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Second-division soft rock that lacks Feeling

Siouxsie, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

The Cure are packing them in on the Continent, Bauhaus have just released a new album – and promptly split up again – and The Cult have been trying to sell us sanctuary again. So it's no surprise to see Siouxsie, the original grande dame of post-punk with the Banshees, playing a sell-out concert in the capital at the end of a British tour to promote Mantaray, the full-length solo debut album she released last autumn.

Guillemots, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Here to preview their second album, Red, the band named after an obscure sea bird continue to beguile and baffle in equal measure. While it is birds of a feather that normally flock together, this more motley bunch find it hard to gel.

The Zombies, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

You could form one hell of a supergroup with the musicians queuing to see the premiere performance of Odessey and Oracle, the wonderful, pastoral album The Zombies released 40 years ago. Paul Weller is in attendance, as are Robyn Hitchcock, Gary Lightbody, and Sid Griffin, the American musician-turned-journalist and broadcaster.

Music &amp; Me: Yan of British Sea Power

The first record I bought was…

The Wurzels’ “Combine Harvester” from Natland Village Hall jumble sale, in Kendal. Strange how fate works as British Sea Power had a lovely tug of war behind Shepherds Bush Empire with The Wurzels a few years later.

We Are Scientists, Soho Revue Bar, London

If their record sales ever dry up, We Are Scientists could always forge a second career as a comedy troupe. BBC3 would probably give them a show in a second, for while their guitar hooks may be catchy as hell, they can also riff between songs – on subjects as diverse as Billy Joel's sunglasses and the O2/iPhone exclusivity deal.

Dizzee Rascal, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Dizzee Rascal's struggle to stretch out and show his full creative range, without snapping the bond to his roots, will define how he is remembered. His Mercury-winning debut, Boy in Da Corner (2003), remains UK hip-hop's pinnacle, and his career already dwarfs every other British rapper's. But Dizzee's move from a Bow council estate to an English country home, and the presence of Alex Turner and Lily Allen on last year's Maths + English, shows the bigger picture he has always understood. "World Outside" opened that album, repeating the assertion of Showtime (2004) that pride in the "ghetto" background he carries inside him would not stop him rising from it.

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Cat Power, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're going to get. Thus far in her career, the Atlanta-born singer-songwriter's performances have been more strawberry cream than truffle delight, known for her fits of crying, forgetfulness and stage fright. She's been responsible for some of the most terrible concerts of the past decade. But something has changed. The 36-year-old is now a bona-fide mainstream success, not just as a singer, but as an actress (in Wong Kar- Wai's My Blueberry Nights) and an improbable fashion muse to Karl Lagerfeld.

Pop: Gang of Four Shepherd's Bush Empire London oooo9

THEIR INFLUENCE stretches back two decades, yet there was still shock that Gang of Four could roll back the years with ease. It has almost become a cliche to namecheck the Leeds quartet as an inspiration, after Franz Ferdinand, The Futureheads and The Rapture showed due deference. When news came of a reunion, Flea, bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers, also came out as an acolyte of the group's mix of scratchy guitars and funk rhythms.

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