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Do you re­ally need rea­sons to go to see The Prodigy rock your brainy head up­side-down and inside-out? They’re the band who were born to ex­plode onto stages like this and they have an arse­nal of tunes to make ev­ery­one in the place jump like crazy. www.the­p­rodigy.com


Thanks to Mark Ron­son and Amy Wine­house re­cast­ing their Va­lerie into a soul­ful thriller, The Zu­tons havn’t been out of the pic­ture for quite some time. But they didn’t need that hand-up, as cur­rent album You Can Do Any­thing shows. The only indie band who will sock it to you with a fe­male sax player this week­end. www.thezu­tons.com



While they’ve never pro­duced any­thing to set the charts alight over six al­bums, there still seems to be enough of a fol­low­ing for this sort of mun­dane and undis­tinc­tive rock to war­rant con­tin­ued high plac­ings at fests like this. www.feed­er­web.com


The latest band to come hurtling out of Las Ve­gas’s neon canyons, Panic at the Disco may have be­come as­so­ci­ated more by ac­ci­dent than de­sign with emo’s smudged eye­liner melo­dra­mas, but don’t let that put you off. Stick with them and you’ll find a band whose sound is in­formed by rock’s past rites of pas­sage, but who have a very mod­ern out­look. www.mys­pace.com/ pan­i­catthedisco Many, many bands have walked the same streets as The En­emy, but it’s a while since a band have cap­tured sub­ur­ban dis­il­lu­sion so well. A bunch of kids hail­ing from Coven­try, their de­but album We’ll Live and Die In Th­ese Towns is brim­ful with lusty rebel yells about life on the bleaker side of the streets. www.theen­emy.com


Au­di­ences on this side of the At­lantic have al­ways had a soft spot for ex­tra-large cheery Yan­kee rock, so it makes per­fect sense that a band from Over Here (two parts English to one part Swedish) should seek to repli­cate that. En­ter The Hoosiers, a band whose The Trick To Life album has enough an­thems and epics to keep you go­ing for days. www.mys­pace.com/the­hoosiers


Paul McCart­ney, the man who wrote The Frog Cho­rus, claims to see some­thing in The Wom­bats, but we’re damned if we can spot any­thing but char­ac­ter­less indie rock from a band who first bumped into each other at the Macca-en­dorsed Liverool In­sti­tute for Per­form­ing Arts. www.thewom­bats.com


Meet the vet­eran rock­ers from down un­der who nicked their name from a Neil Young tune and got away with it. Pow­derfin­ger’s six al­bums have done more busi­ness at home than Neigh­bours and Home & Away com­bined but, un­like those totem-poles of Aussie cul­ture, the band have not trav­elled as well. Maybe the time has come for that sit­u­a­tion to change. Or maybe not. www.pow­derfin­ger.com


Teenage indie rock­ers whose Started A Fire album is their first stab at great­ness. They need a bit more prac­tice be­cause there’s very lit­tle here to sug­gest any­thing more than poor Su­per­grass try-outs. But, hey, they’re young. www.onenighton­ly­on­line.com


Lit­tle Man Tate’s cloy­ing taste in ob­ser­va­tional lyrics, Jam-style swing and sar­donic pos­ing doesn’t re­ally lead you any­where in­ter­est­ing. www.mys­pace. com/lit­tle­man­tate­mu­sic

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