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Blondie

Only 40 minutes of old BBC footage but still an exhilarating glimpse of Blondie live in '79, as their commercial peak kicked in. Filmed at Glasgow's Apollo Theatre, it climaxes with a bagpipe quartet screeching through "SundayGirl". It's the band's raw energy, and La Harry's endearingly awkward presence, which radiate through "Atomic", "Union City Blue" et al. Novices should then graduate to the Eat To The Beat-era videos: a pinnacle for punk and pop.

Smile High Club

Heaven-sent innovation from the legendary Beach Boy, plus supporting cast

We Will Post-Rock You

Texan noiseniks battle big beards and beer monsters to find life in the old rock yet

Josh Rouse

BUSH HALL, LONDON Monday March 1, 2004 Rouse closes the first of two nights here with a version of Neil Young's "For The Turnstiles" so intense and intimate that when he sings the line "though your confidence may be shattered" we all inwardly go "uh-oh",and when he adds "it doesn't matter" we all go "phew, what a relief". His crowd are rapt throughout, whooping at every intro like he's just won the Superbowl.

Cerebral Healing

America's most unforgiving musical satirist performs many of his classic songs in this solo European show

Pseud Awakening

Much-adored Glasgow four-piece leave us suitably overawed

The Thin Red Line

Rock'n'roll's leading dysfunctional couple play their biggest UK shows yet

Go Their Own Way

Return of the Mac—another crazy episode in the longest-running soap opera in rock'n'roll

Slow Dazzle

Ex-Velvet revisits the dark places of his astonishing solo career

Rickie Lee Jones – UCL Bloomsbury Theatre, London

December 14, 2003
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