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IAN BROWN

Oh Ian, where did it all go wrong? The for­mer Stone Rose foghorn has never bet­tered or even come close to match­ing those highs from his past, and he prob­a­bly knows it too. www.ian­brown.co.uk

THE POGUES

Any­one who can pen a line like “You are the mea­sure of my dreams” de­serves to be kept in high re­gard. Well over two decades on from when Shane McGowan was putting to­gether clas­sic lines like that, The Pogues con­tinue to fill sheds, the­atres, clubs and fes­ti­val stages with the faith­ful. www.pogues.com

TOM BAX­TER

Hav­ing knocked around with­out much suc­cess for his James Blunt/David Gray schtick at home in Bri­tain, Bax­ter found an Ir­ish au­di­ence ea­ger for more. www.tombax­ter.com

REV­EREND AND THE MAK­ERS

Jon McClure is the Rev­erend con­cerned and he cuts his scathing ob­ser­va­tions on the rub­bish of mod­ern life from much the same cloth as fel­low Sh­effield dude Alex Turner. What sets Rev­erend and the Mak­ers apart from other would-be Mon­keys is the hard-edged elec­tro grooves. www.mys­pace. com/rev­erend­mu­sic

JACK PE­NATE

Wide-eyed spikey con­fes­sional pop tunes are what Pe­nate has to of­fer the world, all tied up with the kind of in­fec­tious boo­gie not heard since the Stray Cats were threat­en­ing to rock this town. www.jack­pe­nate.com

ALABAMA 3

Land­ing the theme tune to the life and com­pli­cated times of Tony So­prano may be the high point in the Brix­ton col­lec­tive’s CV, but there is more to th­ese un­shaven, sham­bolic des­per­a­dos than Woke Up This Morn­ing, as those who tune in on Sun­day will dis­cover. www.al­abama3.co.uk

THE WHIGS

Garage-rock trio The Whigs have been mak­ing friends and in­flu­enc­ing peo­ple with such bold and brazen slices of over­heated son­i­cally dis­turbed pop as Give ‘Em All A Big Fat Lip. www.the­whigs.com

THE STRAN­GLERS

Thirty years on from their high, The Stran­glers, al­beit with­out singer Hugh Corn­wall but with the iconic Jean-Jac­ques Bur­nel in their ranks, con­tinue to rip mer­rily through such un­weath­ered fare as No More He­roes, Golden Brown and Peaches. www.stran­glers.net

THE HOLD STEADY

Those who value the heart­stop­ping swag­ger of a hot-to-trot band, the lyri­cal craft of a song­writer like Craig Finn and live shows which re­mind that it ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive will do the right thing when The Hold Steady walk on­stage. www.the­hold­steady.com

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