Pick of the week: Rock and pop

Hayseed Dixie | Hercules And Love Affair | REM | Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick

Hayseed Dixie
Carling Academy, Bristol
Tuesday 2 Sept
An intriguing turn of events: the band specialising in bluegrass covers of popular hits decide to do their own material. Interesting tactic — and reasonably successful, too.

Hercules And Love Affair
Thekla, Bristol
Wednesday 3 Sept
In the vanguard for the new wave of electro-disco comes this work of many hands. Antony Hegarty present in spirit if not person.

REM
Twickenham Stadium, London
Saturday 30
Michael Stipe and band enjoy the re-invigoration prompted by new album Accelerate. Feisty three-chord rock sits alongside acknowledged classics.

Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick
Loughborough Town Hall
Thursday 4 Sept
Two leading lights of 60s folk reconvene to off er spellbinding reels. Reissue of their Both Ears And The Tail LP worth a listen, too.

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