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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...

Editors : London King’s Cross Scala, Tuesday August 9

There are many baffling contradictions in the world of music today. Take Arctic Monkeys: a great band with a terrible name. Crazy Frog has...

Arctic Monkeys : Birmingam Carling Bar Academy, Sunday August 14

“You’re not from New York City, you’re from Rotherham!/Get off the bandwagon and put down the handbook!” Yeah, Arctic Monkeys, right. Because you’re no...

Festival Internaçcional de Benicassim : Valencia, Spain, Thursday August 4-Sunday 7 August

Welcome to FIB, the Hispanic pop paradise of myth and legend where everything they say is true. Imagine Glastonbury with an outdoor swimming pool...

Eminem/50 Cent/D12 : Madison Square Garden, New York, Monday August 8

Ten minutes into 50 Cent’s set, there are seven men onstage, holding their crotches and splashing water on each other. There are also simulated...

Infadels : The Favershaml, Saturday July 30

In the corner a man is bashing the drums with his dick, in the next room onstage party-starters The Infadels are banging the fuck...

Tapestry Goes West, Winnard’s Perch, Cornwall : Spirit Of The West Adventure Park, Fri July 29- Sun

Uniquely for a British festival, lo-fi folk-meets-prog shindig Tapestry Goes West takes place in a Wild West theme park in rural Cornwall. It’s a...
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