BLAZING a trail, like a set of indie scenesters, straight through Camden, it will come as no surprise to all and sundry that the pseudo-politically monikered Metro Riots hail from London.
HAMMOND B3 organist Melvin Rhyne was born in Indianapolis in 1936, some 11 years after his fellow Naptown confrere Wes Montgomery. And it was accompanying Montgomery's miraculous guitar during his 1960s heyday that Rhyne first achieved jazz prominence on key albums such as Boss Guitar or A Dynamic Jazz Sound.
KARL DALLAS maintains that, despite a dressing-down by rock critic Clinton Heylin, Sergeant Pepper remains an all-time great album.
TRANSCENDING its damp surroundings, The Manic Street Preachers' anthem to alienation Motorcycle Emptiness soars freely tonight.
THROBBING Gristle's pioneering forays into industrial music experimentation in the late 1970s and their controversial live shows led to MPs denouncing them as the wreckers of civilisation.
SHEFFIELD has a long-established and thriving popular music scene, with a track record of producing exceptional talent of the calibre of Joe Cocker, Pulp, the Human League, Heaven 17, Richard Hawley and, most recently, Little Man Tate and the Arctic Monkeys.
I HAD a pink martini once. It was a bit sickly and, frankly, made the morning after a real gut-wrencher.
FOR traditional Irish music fans, some of whom may still be getting over the shock of Dervish's participation in the Eurovision song contest - they came last - these performances, taken from the last 10 years of Irish language TV channel TG4's highly praised traditional music series Geantrai, could be the perfect antidote.
In a delightful Yorkshire village, DENIS ROBB finds a new folk festival with a strong focus on tradition.