Hitlist - The best music

This article is from 2007.

Festival Music

• Cross Reference A 14-strong bill over two stages in aid of the British Red Cross topped by The Rezillos (pictured) and featuring a varied supporting cast of rock, pop, hip hop and electronica from the local scenes, including Sixpeopleaway, Xvectors and Steve ‘Beta Band’ Mason’s new band Black Affair. Ego, 557 9898, 5 Aug, 10pm, £8.

• Billy Jenkins An undervalued musical gem who has roamed rock’n’roll’s fringes for almost three decades. After flirtations with jazz and punk he’s showing his skills as a considered blues singer and guitarist. A collaboration with stand-up Stewart Lee is in the offing at this show too. Should be interesting. Underbelly, 0870 745 3083, 4 Aug, 11pm, £10.

• Candie Payne Liverpool’s own kohl-eyed, honey-toned retropop sensation shows that pilfering the Dusty songbook for ideas ca be done with panache, ingenuity and charm. See preview, page 44. T on the Fringe, Cabaret Voltaire, 0870 169 0100, 9 Aug, 7pm, £7.50.

• The Table (Stolik) Four men and a large piece of kitchen furniture collaborate on a beatific frenzy which is as much theatrical spectacle as it is live music show. See preview, page 45. Assembly Aurora Nova, 623 3030, until 27 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 3.10pm, £12–£13 (£9–£10).

• Parallelogram There’s no shortage of brave bodies willing to traverse musical boundaries in the name of sonic adventure, but few do it with such vigour and deftness as this mob, mixing up credible folk outfit Lau with members of Flook and Acoustic Ladyland and a jazz rhythm section. See preview, page 46. Acoustic Music Centre at St. Bride’s, 346 1405, 9 Aug, 7.15pm, £12 (£10).

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