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The Twang told NME recently they have to travel down to London on the train from Birmingham several times a week â

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Nine Black Alps made a spectacular comeback in the latter part of last year with their album 'Love/Hate', but did you know their name comes from a line in a Slyvia Plath poem? They play Londonâ

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Lethal Bizzle follows up his NME Rock 'N' Roll Riot tour with The Wombats and The Enemy â

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Future Of The Left join Les Savy Fav at London Astoria on February 10 - go to www.nme.com/gigs or call 0871 2301 094 to get tickets.

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Babyshambles played a storming set in Paris last week, and even found time to buy a kitten before the gig. Fingers crossed theyâ

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Maps (aka Northampton laptop genius James Chapman) plays Londonâ

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Metronomy bring extra rave to the New Young Pony Club show at KOKO on Feb 12, and if youâ

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Simian Mobile Disco play their Shockwaves NME Awards Show on Feb 13 at Londonâ

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Frank Black of The Pixies performs at the Voodoo Music Festival in City Park in New Orleans Louisiana.
Black Francis (or Frank Black) is well known as the frontman for The Pixies. Whatâ

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Ipso Facto is a Latin phrase translated as â

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Sam Duckworth got his unusual stage moniker from a ZX Spectrum magazine's hints for a Batman computer game, which advised "Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly." Take-off is Feb 15 at KOKO. Pic: Tom Oxley

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Dizzee Rascal has been bonding with Blur's Alex James over cheese recently. In other news, he hits Shepherds Bush Empire with Newham Generals on Feb 17. Pic: Andrew Kendall

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Hadouken! head up another hi-NRG grindie rave night at the Shockwaves NME Awards next month, headlining over Cut Copy, Ali Love and David E. Sugar. Pic: Sonia Melot

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CSS are halfway through recording their next album in Brazil, but are taking a breather to headline a Shockwaves NME Awards show at London Astoria on Feb 23 with Mystery Jets, Wild Beasts and Team Waterpolo. For more Awards Shows listings and tickets visit NME.COM/Awards Pic: Guy Eppel

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Enter Shikari won the NME John Peel Award for Musical Innovation last year, and were presented with their award at their Lostprophets support show. The hardcore ravers are headlining their own show at London Astoria on Feb 24. Pic: Danny North

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Blood Red Shoes were formed from the ashes of two other bands, Cat On Form and Lady Muck. Odd band names are obviously a penchant for the twosome. For more Awards Shows listings and tickets visit NME.COM/Awards

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The Young Knives will preview forthcoming new album 'Superabundance' on February 26 at London Astoria. For more Awards Shows listings and tickets visit NME.COM/Awards. Pic: James Quinton

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Reverend and the Makers are opening the new Carling Academy in Sheffield on April 11, and before that play a Shockwaves NME Awards show at London Roundhouse on Feb 26. Pic: Tom Oxley

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Apparently The Hold Steady are Harry Potter (or rather Daniel Radcliffe)'s favourite band. Their Shockwaves NME Award show in London is on Feb 27. For more Awards Shows listings and tickets visit NME.COM/Awards. Pic: Andy Willsher

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