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MANIC STREET PREACH­ERS

Th­ese days, the Manic Street Preach­ers are a well-honed clas­sic rock ma­chine. Af­ter all, it would not be pos­si­ble for them to still be trad­ing on the no­tions of revo­lu­tion and sedi­tion with which they first made their en­trance two decades ago. www.man­ic­street­preach­ers.com

THE CHAR­LA­TANS

The jour­ney of The Char­la­tans from baggy war­riors to blue-eyed coun­try soul dream­ers is one chock-a-block with in­ci­dents, ad­ven­tures, mishaps and some great mu­sic. Over the course of 10 al­bums, they’ve hit some mes­meris­ing heights and, go­ing on latest album You Cross My Path, there’s still plenty in the tank. www.thechar­la­tans.net

PEN­DU­LUM

Orig­i­nally pur­vey­ors of buck­wild drum’n’bass when they were sort­ing out their heads in their na­tive Aus­tralia, Pen­du­lum’s re­lo­ca­tion to Bri­tain saw them re­tool­ing their sound. As you’ll hear on latest album In Sil­ico, Pen­du­lum’s drums and basses are now louder, more fran­tic and more bad-ass than ever. www.pen­du­lum.com

ECHO AND THE BUN­NY­MEN

This stage is be­gin­ning to re­sem­ble an old indie folks’ home. In their pomp, Echo and the Bun­ny­men were peer­less when it came to won­der­fully spacey and idio­syn­cratic big mu­sic. While lesser tal­ents (yeah, you, Bono) went on to reap the re­wards, the Bun­ny­men fell apart. Their come­back album, 1997’s Ever­green, was sweet, but they’ve yet to show they’re ca­pa­ble of repli­cat­ing those clas­sics of old. www.mys­pace. com/the­bun­ny­men

VAM­PIRE WEEK­END

It’s an album which gets bet­ter and bet­ter with ev­ery lis­ten – the de­but from the well-ed­u­cated New York act with lofty am­bi­tions to re­sus­ci­tate the no­tion of eru­dite, dance­able pop. www.vam­pireweek­end.com

BRI­TISH SEA POWER

Thanks to latest album Do You Like Rock Mu­sic? Bri­tish Sea Power are fi­nally be­com­ing more than just the to­ken weirdos at the indie rock party.

While their live shows have al­ways been inim­itable feasts of grand­stand­ing ec­cen­tric­ity, the new album sees them adding some de­cent songs. www.british­seapower.co.uk

THE TING TINGS

From the very get-go, That’s Not My Name had “hit” writ­ten all over it, and so it went for Jules and Katie. But there is more to this Man­cu­nian tag-team than that one big tune, and re­cently re­leased de­but album We Started Noth­ing has a slew of sim­i­larly spikey, day-glo and sharp tunes. There is ev­ery chance that Ting­ma­nia will break out in Punchestown. www.mys­pace.com/thet­ingt­ings

THE DE­LAYS

As latest album Ev­ery­thing’s the Rush shows, The De­lays cer­tainly can do in­tri­cate, slow-burn­ing, melodic pop. www.thede­lays.co.uk

BRIAN JON­ESTOWN MAS­SACRE

Cal­i­for­nian psy­che­delic wig-out spe­cial­ists Brian Jon­estown Mas­sacre are prob­a­bly best known be­cause of Dig, Omni Ti­moner’s wry doc­u­men­tary on the band’s lengthy his­tory, the ec­cen­tric com­ings and go­ings of front­man An­ton New­combe and their love-hate re­la­tion­ship with The Dandy Warhols. The game for them now is to out-shine the flick. www.bri­an­jon­estown­mas­sacre. com

CON­CERTO FOR CON­STAN­TINE

Con­certo for Con­stan­tine have been on stages this big be­fore, al­beit not to­gether or un­der this name. Mark Gre­aney, Gavin Fox and Paul “Binzer” Bren­nan have form as pre­vi­ous mem­bers of JJ72, Idlewild and The Frames. Since form­ing last sum­mer, they’ve gigged a lot, and got to com­pare rid­ers with the Smash­ing Pump­kins. www.mys­pace. com/con­certo­for­con­stan­ti­ne­offi cial

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