Rickie Lee Jones – UCL Bloomsbury Theatre, London

December 14, 2003

Changing Man

So much to answer for... the Bard Of Bromley's back in fine forward-looking fettle with a scintillating combination of the old and the new

Amazing Grace

Shimmering performance by the Mother Superior of country rock

The Handsome Family


Road To Nowhere

From art-damaged garage to cosmic avant jitterfunk; a box set containing 54 tracks and 13 videos charts the weird musical journey that took Talking Heads from CBGB's to MTV

The Old Soul Rebels

Kevin Rowland's legendary rabble-rousers make a triumphant live return

Thea Gilmore – Adam Masterson

She walks on stage looking pale and enervated, like a ghostly image of heroin chic. Just what have they done to Thea Gilmore? Then two songs in she reveals she's "got the lurgy, big time". It turns out she's been taking nothing stronger than herbal tea to keep the flu at bay.

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Cecil Sharp House, London

Photos of morris dancers adorn this home of the English Folk Dance & Song Society, and the atmosphere is pin-drop reverent as the Prince's legions gather. Floorboards creak, glasses clink, and someone actually tiptoes. No wonder Will Oldham's first act is to wince, then hurl us into his world of gore, spunk, death and cunnilingus. The mountain man who tore up British stages last time round has been replaced tonight by a straight-backed loner in the smart-casual dress of the conscientious worker.

Both Sides Of The Coyne

Wayne holds court in front of the Lips' biggest non-festival audience to date

The Thunder Rolls On

His Bobness kicks up a storm among the seven hills and proves he's still armed to the teeth

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