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17 August 2004, Issue 15

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Music: Rock and Pop
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Franz Ferdinand, Brixton Academy

Thu, 28th October 2004 to Fri, 29th October 2004, Tickets UKP15.00 + fees
Post-Post-Post Punk and Rock's Own European Revolution
Scurrying past post-punk with clippy beats, heart strung lyrics and five super-rocked-out band members, Franz Ferdinand have made a quick jump to the top, from a huge abandoned warehouse in Glasgow.

Franz Ferdinand's eponymous first album, released in February 2004, has accumulated scores of fans and media hype, under critics who blush at their bourgeoning abilities to truly stretch the edges of modern music. While the premise of the quartet stemmed partly from, 'wanting to make girls dance,' the album has thankfully moved beyond being ready for that jelly, incorporating moody 80's synthesizers, sudden tempo changes, and lyrics that might as well be the next David Berman book, a fair claim for the Nuevo bohemians.

While they have been dubiously penned as the UK's answer to the Strokes and Whitestripes, Franz's music lives and breathes without tight jeans, long hair, and a tumbler of Scotch, a grateful notion for those of us who don't look forward to the tapered jean's return. And, during the industries rushed grasp of all thing post (post-punk, post-post punk, post-post-post punk) Franz Ferdinand is honourably Googled before it's namesake, making history repeat itself in Rock's own odd sort of way. (Megan Retka)
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Zero 7, London Carling Apollo Hammersmith
Thu, 25th November 2004, Tickets UKP17.50 + fees
The Ulimate Quest for Chill
Fans that love to stand around and wave their arms are long awaiting the UK leg of Zero 7's small European tour this fall, so they can stand around, wave their arms, and pant-out the breathy Electronica that questionably qualifies as dance.

The 2004 release of Zero 7's sophomore effort, When It Falls, brings an assortment of acid jazz, funk and mellow soul to the ringing ears of many critics, who wonder why the album mirrors so similarly the low-throbbing, airy 2001 debut album, Simple Things. While many are looking for a pointed, quick-switching, high packaged sound, the sitting-on-the-beach-smoking-a-joint sounds of Zero 7 stem from the Honduran nightclub where they took their name. The music simply fits the fan base: their Glastonbury performance was coupled with a downpour and thousands of muddy admirers, yet they still managed to out-chill most every other performer and induce a good amount of standing and hand-waving. (Megan Retka)
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Groove Armada, Brixton Academy
9th and 11th December, Tickets UKP17.50-19.50
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Our Pick
Lou Reed, London, Carling Apollo Hammersmith

Tue, 17th August 2004, 7.00 PM, UKP30.00 + fees
The legendary NY art rocker formerly of Velvet Underground returns to London. With a solo repertoire including Walk On The Wild Side, Perfect Day, Satellite of Love and Sweet Jane this is set to be an aural treat. The tour follows the release of a new live album, Animal Serenade. Click here for tickets (FC)

Top Five Gigs
1. Lou Reed - Hammersmith Apollo
2. Franz Ferdinand, Brixton Academy
3. The Spin Doctors, The Mean Fiddler
4. Elbow, Shepherd's Bush Empire
5. PJ Harvey, Hammersmith Apollo
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Music: Classical and Dance

The Greek Passion, Royal Opera, Royal Opera House
Wed, 15th September to Fri, 1st October , Tickets UKP46.00 + fees
More Passion Than Athens
: The Greek Passion collects a number of stodgy, ethocentic Greek villagers, brings in a bunch of foreigners, and sets them out to do a big production. Sound familiar?

As chaotic and dramatic as preparations for this year's Olympics, The Greek Passion heats up the foibles of a small village's faith against an influx of refugees, when the characters suddenly become their roles. David Poutney's interpretation of Martinu's last work promises to be high drama and brilliant costuming, good for pushing out the poor memories of this year's British Olympic failures and bringing in the classical greek drama in even the smallest of villages. (Megan Retka)
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Andrea Bocelli, Wembley Arena
Sun, 7th November 2004, 7 p.m., Tickets: UKP85.00 + fees
Andrea Bocelli's concerts are always the classical music events of any year. Seven UK hit albums (three certified platinum) in five years have confirmed Andrea Bocelli as not just the British public's favourite classical artist, but simply one of the British public's best loved vocalists. This concert is a rare opportunity for British music lovers to experience the voice, in a programme that will feature the greatest Italian arias.
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Top Tickets
Andrea Bocelli, Wembley Arena
The Greek Passion, Royal Opera, Royal Opera House
Opera Gala, Bryn Terfel Faenol [email protected] Estate
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