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"I feel a whole lot better," maintains a hoarse Wayne Coyne, apologising for being too ill to play the previous day's cancelled concert before informing us that "being sick is pretty petty" compared to the tornado disaster in Oklahoma, his home state. It is. He goes on to admit that "this is kind of a ridiculous event". It's certainly an odd event.

Arts: God has taste as well as humour

`Dogma' tries hard to be madcap but only succeeds in committing the ultimate in cinematic blasphemy - it's just plain dull. By Anthony Quinn: DOGMA KEVIN SMITH (15) n MYSTERY MEN KINKA USHER (PG) n THE MUSIC FREELANCERS DENIS DERCOURT (PG) n MUPPETS FROM SPACE TIM HILL (U)

Arts: Boy from the black stuff

Nick Drake died 25 years ago, in despair and little known. Today his songs are hugely influential. But is it because they're great or because he's dead? By Patrick Humphries

Before the week is out... Buy this

NOT SO much "The Land of my Fathers" as the land of my synthesiser in Wales these days. After Catatonia, Super Furry Animals and a flurry of other class acts comes Hybrid, a Swansea-based dance trio with a predilection for Russian orchestration and Julee Cruise (Twin Peaks) vocals. After a measly 13 gigs they've already been nominated for best live act by Musik magazine (along with the likes of Lauryn Hill, Underworld and Chemical Brothers) but if you'd rather test them out in the comfort of your living room before trundling along to a live gig, their first album, Wide Angle, is out on 13 September (Distinctive Records).

Pop: Cave to the rhythm

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Rock & Pop: Okay, Luke. I don't like you either

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Don't mention Tom Jones

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Lyric Sheets: The Psychedelic Detective

If certain music magazines are to be believed, we may be headed for a third wave of psychedelic music, spearheaded by bands such as Super Furry Animals, Regular Fries and The Flaming Lips, who've just made one of the best albums of the year so far.

Pop Live: Animal tragic

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS

First Night: Furry, but not cuddly, in spotlight

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Going Higher: Valley of the balls

THERE IS fierce competition between the universities in Wales and the south-west of England, Exeter and Cardiff for the accolade of having the liveliest social scenes.

All acting, all singing

Pop stars on film, starting with Elvis in Hawaii, tend to be a showbiz disaster. But that's not stopping a new breed of young actors who are determined to sing their little hearts out. Anne Mullee reports

Theatre: Welshness is a state of mind

The playwright Ed Thomas draws his inspiration from his imagination, from Wales - and from a bizarre near-drowning in childhood. By Dominic Cavendish

Pop: THE WOMBLES REGENCY ROOMS, LONDON

THE LATE 1990s - where everything comes with inbuilt inverted commas - is exactly the right time for a comeback by The Wombles. The audience of twentysomething hipsters at the ultra-fashionable Regency Rooms variety show in London last week obviously thought so. They accorded the super furry animals' first live show for 24 years a standing ovation - before they'd even played a note.
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