Pop preview: The Cribs, on tour

White Air, Brighton, Sat; Academy, Dublin, Mon; Mandela Hall, Belfast, Tue; UEA, Norwich, Thu; Junction, Cambridge, Fri

The Cribs' story sounds like a pop fan's fantasy come true: one day, you're in a stout indie group, the next, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr is in your band. Always well-connected and popular among their peers - Franz's Alex Kapranos produced their last album; Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo appeared on it - a one-off collaboration, and a shared adopted hometown (Portland, Oregon) laid the groundwork for Marr's entry. The appropriate phrase for new LP Ignore The Ignorant is probably "special relationship", with Marr providing his trademark silky skills to the Jarman brothers' songs. The result? Like a rough diamond, on its way to being polished up.

• White Air, Brighton, Sat; Academy, Dublin, Mon; Mandela Hall, Belfast, Tue; UEA, Norwich, Thu; Junction, Cambridge, Fri


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