The Twang told NME recently they have to travel down to London on the train from Birmingham several times a week â
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
Lethal Bizzle follows up his NME Rock 'N' Roll Riot tour with The Wombats and The Enemy â
Our favourite thing from New Zealand right now, and nothing like 'Flight Of The Conchords', Cut Off Your Hands play with Les Savy Fav on Feb 10 in London.
Pic: Tom Oxley
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
The Courteeners are preparing to support Babyshambles at Brixton Academy on February 11, along with Tinseltown and Beggars. Pic: Danny North
Richard Hawley plays Londonâ
Maps (aka Northampton laptop genius James Chapman) plays Londonâ
New Young Pony Club were initially just called Pony Club until they realised there was an Irish group of the same name. The new, young version hit Londonâ
Metronomy bring extra rave to the New Young Pony Club show at KOKO on Feb 12, and if youâ
Simian Mobile Disco play their Shockwaves NME Awards Show on Feb 13 at Londonâ
The Whip support Simian Mobile Disco at their London Astoria show on February 13. Pic: Andy Willsher
Black Francis (or Frank Black) is well known as the frontman for The Pixies. Whatâ
XX teens were once called Xerox Teens, but lost their vowels along the way after a warning from the photocopying firm of a similar name. They support Black Francis. For more Awards Shows listings and tickets visit NME.COM/Awards
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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
The Horrors have just launched their own monthly club night, starting this Saturday at London's Buffalo Bar. They play London Astoria on Feb 16. For more Awards Shows listings and tickets visit NME.COM/Awards Pic: Tom Oxley
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
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
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
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
The Kooks recently announced some VERY low key gigs at the end of this month. Check out their Artist profile for more information. Their Shockwaves NME Awards show at London Astoria on Feb 25 is sold out already.
Pic: Guy Eppel
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
The Wombats have just announced a massive UK tour for April, but if you can't wait that long they top a bill including To My Boy, Glasvegas and Eugene McGuiness at London's Shepherds Bush Empire on Feb 25.
Pic: Andy Willsher
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
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
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
Kate Nash went down a storm at her LA debut last week. Her NME show is selling fast, get to www.nme.com/gigs or call 0871 2301 094 to get hold of tickets. Pic: Danny North
Gallows have been banned by Disney! The punk band were due to play Anaheim's House Of Blues venue at Disneyland but Disney took offence at the lyrics to their album. We don't care; the band wrap up the London Shockwaves NME Awards shows on Feb 29. For more Awards Shows listings and tickets visit NME.COM/Awards.â