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FIVE FOR THE WEEKEND

13-02-2010

Here’s the Stirrer guide to the best gigs in the region this weekend.

Saturday

Kelly Clarkson.  O2 Academy, Birmingham. 6.30pm, returns only 2002 American Idol winner turned serious singer. If you ignore the circumstances that led to her becoming famous there’s actually a lot of talent there.
www.O2academybirmingham.co.uk 0844-477 2000

The Nightingales. Little Civic, Wolverhampton. 8pm, £6.50
Birmingham’s first art-punk band, Oasis manager Alan McGee called them more important than the Sex Pistols and John Peel kept getting them to do sessions. Mark Riley of BBC Radio 6 says “They’re back and they’re marvellous.”
www.wolvescivic.co.uk 0870-320 7000

Fabio. Hare & Hounds, King’s Heath.  9pm, £8.
Throughout his 20 years in the industry, Fabio has remained at the cutting edge of dance music. Soulful drum & bass or, as he calls it, liquid funk.
www.hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk 0121-444 2081

Sunday
Groundhogs + Stray, Robin 2, Bilston. 8pm, tickets £12.50
A double bill of classic British blues rock. Tony McPhee brings the latest incarnation of the band who back in the days of the blues boom were one of the most highly-regarded outfits in the country and sold more records than you could ever imagine, Support act Stray have been around for almost as long and have worked with the likes of Rush and Kiss.
www.therobin.co.uk 01902-401211.

Tinchy Stryder, O2 Academy, Birmingham. 8pm, tickets £14.30.
Brit rap grime MC who in 2009 became the shortest male artist ever to top the UK singles charts. Yes, ever shorter than Prince. 5’ 1” if you’re wondering.
www.O2academybirmingham.co.uk 0844-4772000.

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