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The brothers are still work­ing it out. Ed Si­mons and Tom Row­lands have been vir­tu­ally joined at the hip since the early 1990s, when their boom­ing breaks, beats and grooves first gained them trac­tion. Fes­ti­val stages on days like this are their do­main and, as last year’s We Are The Night proved, they still have a han­dle on tunes which push all the right but­tons. www.the­chem­i­cal­broth­ers.com



Star­ring Jack White, Bren­dan Ben­son, Pa­trick Keeler and Lit­tle Jack Lawrence, The Racon­teurs have some­how shoe­horned two rock­ing al­bums into jam-packed sched­ules and also man­aged to get in a cou­ple of tours. Fans of hairy rock and pop, get thee to the front of the stage. www.ther­a­con­teurs.com


Few acts can match the Loose when it comes to funky riffs, chunky breaks and stone-cold in­fec­tious verse-cho­rus-verse bits. If that swag­ger wasn’t enough, they’ve a show-steal­ing front­man in Mick Pyro. Chan­nelling in fairly equal mea­sure the spir­its of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, James Brown, Bren­dan Grace, Solomon Burke, Joe Dolan and LL Cool J, Pyro ca­joles, pro­vokes, teases, screams, shouts, stomps and flirts away from start to fin­ish. A band putting the “show” in “show­busi­ness”. www.re­pub­li­cofloose.com The world of Noughties pop would be a dif­fer­ent place if Lon­don ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion the BRIT school taught, say, or­ganic gar­den­ing in­stead of mu­si­cal per­for­mance. Kate Nash is an­other BRIT grad­u­ate who has put what she has learned to good use with dreamy, emo­tional, some­times ec­cen­tric pop. Not to be con­fused with Lily Allen, Adelle or Amy McDon­ald. www.mys­pace. com/kate­nash­mu­sic From Leeds, this out­fit are indie’s equiv­a­lent of a pho­to­copier which has just had its toner changed. Churn­ing out iden­tikit re­pro­duc­tions of work by Kaiser Chiefs and The Fratel­lis, they are an ex­am­ple of Bri­tish indie’s Achilles heel, the bands who jump on the band­wagon. Don’t ex­pect to be see­ing them at Ox­e­gen 2010. www.mys­pace. com/thep­i­geon­de­tec­tives


Few will fail to smile at We Are Sci­en­tists, three geeky New York­ers who have a win­ning way with glit­ter­ing, kooky tunes which are a lit­tle bit heavy on the gui­tars and a lit­tle bit heav­ier on way­ward cho­ruses. They are also one of the very few bands around who have mas­tered the art of be­tween-song rap­port with the au­di­ence. www.mys­pace. com/wear­e­sci­en­tists


Do we re­ally need an­other band like The Courteneers? I don’t think so, but there are prob­a­bly hun­dreds who will sim­ply thrill to the lumpen, delu­sioned, ar­ro­gant Inger­land-indie which they spe­cialise in. De­but album St Jude was full of it, an album high on a sense of its own im­por­tance, and thick with it. Go see some other act for the sake of your san­ity. www.mys­pace. com/the­courte­neers


Few acts rock as hard as Wel­wyn Gar­den City trio The Sub­ways, who have been visit­ing fes­ti­val stages, tiny clubs and TV stu­dios like billy-o over the last few years, get­ting the word to the masses. What be­gan as a bunch of pals play­ing Nir­vana and punk cov­ers have pro­gressed to two al­bums and a bur­geon­ing rep. www.the­sub­ways.net

The Racon­teurs

Kate Nash

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