Picks of the week: North: Rock and pop

Howard Elliott Payne | The Duke Spirit Club | Heavy Trash

Howard Elliott Payne
Trash, Leeds, Sunday
The Stands' former frontman goes early Dylan in solo mode — intricate narrative lyrics, fingerpicked guitar, harmonica, scruff y hair — with similar presence.

The Duke Spirit Club
Academy, Manchester, Monday; Astoria, London, Tuesday
Bouncy alt rocking from the London band, who recently signed to the new label of Hollywood producer/Liz Hurley's ex Steve Bing.

Heavy Trash

The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne, Monday
Heavy, heavy monster rockabilly sounds and sheer blistering charisma from the Pussy Galore/Blues Explosion hero Jon Spencer. Slick those quiffs.

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