Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hot Tickets; Weekend Gigs; David Smyth

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hot Tickets; Weekend Gigs; David Smyth

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LADYHAWKE Known for her superb 2008 cult hit, My Delirium, New Zealander Pip Brown is finally back with new material. Her second album, Anxiety, is released at the end of the month, so expect plenty of unfamiliar tunes here.

Tonight, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, W12 (0844 477 2000, o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk) JD MCPHERSON Oklahoma rockabilly rebel with a quiff and a howl that will do very nicely when Little Richard isn't in town. With a debut album out this week, he's saying nothing new in an incredibly entertaining way.

Tonight, The Borderline, W1 (020 7734 5547, theborderline.co.uk) Rock chick: Ladyhawke releases a new album at the end of the month IAN MCCULLOCH The Echo & the Bunnymen singer is solo again and set to release a new album that was funded by fans on the Pledgemusic platform. They can find out if they're getting their money's worth here.

Tomorrow, Union Chapel, N1 (0870 264 3333, unionchapel.org.uk) LISA HANNIGAN The Mercury nominee, and Damien Rice's former muse, expanded her acoustic sound on last autumn's second solo album, Passenger.

Sun, Queen Elizabeth Hall, SE1 (0844 875 0073, southbankcentre.co.uk) MORTEN HARKET Now that his band a-ha have officially split with a farewell tour in 2010, the Norwegian singer is free to concentrate on his solo sound. A new album, Out of my Hands, was released last month. Sun, IndigO2, SE10 (0844 844 0002, theindigO2.com) WEEKEND COMEDY BRUCE DESSAU RUSSELL BRAND A surprise one-off London gig from the controversial comic-turned-Hollywood star. Brand will be trying out new material and promises a night of "spontaneous" comedy. Hecklers beware, he recently vented his full spleen on someone who interrupted his stream of consciousness. Sold out but returns may be available. Sunday, Lyric, W6 (0871 22 117 22, lyric.co.uk) KNOCK2BAGSOHO The Soho Theatre specialises in acts doing longer sets but here it muscles in on clubland with this gig featuring shorter turns. Edinburgh Comedy Awardwinner Adam Riches headlines, supported by Humphrey Ker, Sarah Pascoe, sketch group Sheeps and US import Hannibal Buress, whose own recommended run here ends tomorrow. Tonight, Soho Theatre, W1 (020 7478 0100, sohotheatre.com) CHANNEL 4 COMEDY GALA If you've seen them on Live at the Apollo, they are probably on this annual megabill topped by Lee Evans, Michael McIntyre, Micky Flanagan and Jack Dee. Disappointingly male-heavy -- Jo Brand is the only woman apart from Jessie J -- but laughs are guaranteed. If you miss it, highlights are on C4 on May 19.

Tonight, O2 Arena, SE10 (0844 856 0202, theo2.co.uk) ROBIN INCE The master of angry, geeky, scientifically rigorous humour, usually seen in conjunction with assorted boffins in his various Uncaged Monkeys projects, brings his solo show to the Bloomsbury. …

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