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God Is In The Details: Stripped for success

THE INDEPENDENT'S GUIDE TO POP'S FIDDLY BITS

Pop: A bit of existential slickness

ARCHIVE LA ROUTE DU ROCK FESTIVAL, ST MALO FRANCE

MUSIC: CD REVIEWS: POP

TRICKY: JUXTAPOSE (Universal)

Music: Where are you going, Tricky?

Tricky Astoria, London

Pop: The bones of hip hop bleached white

UNKLE

Going Out: Pop: massive attack

December is marked by several big names going out on arena tours. While some of these (Tom Jones, UB40 and the unnecessary return of Culture Club) are at best nostalgia fests and at worst mere excuses for companies to use their hospitality budgets, Bristol's Massive Attack (right) do offer an alternative. This is the first time that they'll be touring the Mezzanine album, and, while venues of this size are impersonal, their urban sound is rich enough to permeate the entire venue.

How We Met: Neneh Cherry and Andrea Oliver

Neneh Cherry, 34 (top), is the step-daughter of the jazz trumpeter Don Cherry. She was born in Stockholm and moved to London in 1980. Her first marriage was to a drummer, Bruce Smith, and the couple had a daughter, Naima. She has had an award-winning solo career, which began with the hit single 'Manchild'. She is now married to Cameron McVey, a producer. They have two daughters, Tyson and Mabel. Andrea Oliver, 35, was brought up in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. She presents an afternoon show on GLR and co-presented Channel 4's 'Baadass TV'. Previously she was in the band Rip, Rig and Panic. She lives in London with her daughter, Miquita

Going Out: Pop Morcheeba

South London-based Morcheeba's second album, the excellent Big Calm, is packed with diverse beats and rhythms, and spent almost six months in the Top 40. Since its release in March, they've been on a constant touring schedule in Europe and the USA.

Music: The politics of dancing

From Pop Group to gabba-techno, Mark Stewart's an end-of-the-century man.

First call...Last call

Like it or not, Christmas is fast approaching, and to ensure your share of festive spirit, book now for Raymond Briggs' The Snowman at London Sadler's Wells at the Peacock Theatre. It's the enchanting story of how a snowman comes alive, and befriends a young boy to take him on a magical journey. It is brought to life in this theatrical extravaganza as the boy and snowman fly over the audience. The show is on for eight weeks only from 8 Dec, so book early to avoid disappointment. Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London WC2

Pop: Put a spell on me

THE BETA BAND THE ELECTRIC BALLROOM LONDON

Pop: Things can only get Beta

Where the four-piece pop group goes to die, there lurks The Beta Band.

Music: Andy Gill's album round-up

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