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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.

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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).

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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


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