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The Rakes: Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, Sunday September 25

"Thisisforalltheintellectualstudentsnotthatyouhaveto beintellectualtobeastudentoranyfinglookatJamie hewasastudentbutheneverreadabookinhislifeand…" Everybody’s do-oing a brand new dance now. C’mon Portsmouth, do the Rakesy-Alan! It’s just a jittery elbow to the left, then a...

Shout Out Louds: Liverpool Barfly, Sunday September 11

Sweden’s Shout Out Louds sound very, very Scandinavian indeed. They’re sugary sweet. They’re winsome. They simultaneously beg to be loved and are utterly loveable....

Art Brut: Atomic Café, Munich, Germany, Thurs September 14

Which band are currently the hottest British act in Germany? Bloc Party? No. Kaiser Chiefs? Nope. The Rakes? Not likely. Instead, Germany’s new favourite...

Hard-Fi: King’s Cross Scala, London, Thurs Sept 15

Racism, eh? It’s rubbish. Just ask Hard-Fi. After coming within a whisker of winning the Mercury Prize, and with two dates at the roomy...

Mystery Jets: London ICA, Fri September 5

Has anyone thought about how close this venue is to Buckingham Palace?” yells Mystery Jets frontman Blaine Harrison midway through the psychedelic prog-poppers’ frenzied...

The Kooks: Islington Bar Academy, London, Thurs Sept 1

Sometimes there’s nothing quite as good as a perfectly-formed pop song. A singalong chorus can be all it takes to pull you out of...

Pixies: Apollo/Alexandra palace, Manchester/London, Tues Aug 30/Wed Aug 31

Tuesday, Manchester3pm “It’s a really big deal for us to play with the Pixies. When we were putting The Futureheads together there weren’t many...

Franz Ferdinand/Arcade Fire: Princess Street Gardens, Edinburgh, Wed Aug 31

Alex Kapranos is a man of many guises. With his peculiarly lop-sided leer and vaudevillian burr, he occasionally looks as though he belongs in...

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: The Garage, Monday August 22

BRMC are a band who once looked doomed to an eternity in the graveyard of goth for being miserable bastards, making a rubbish second...

Devendra Banhart : London KOKO, Thursday August 11

If at this exact moment it was 1966, Devendra Banhart would be about to start a riot – a cultural one at least, if...
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