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LOOKING like they would know more about terrace farming in Madagascar than indie rock, Young Knives, above, pay their first visit to O2 Academy tomorrow.

LOOKING like they would know more about terrace farming in Madagascar than indie rock, Young Knives, above, pay their first visit to O2 Academy tomorrow.

Having last month released new album Ornaments From The Silver Arcade the Notts nerds once again prove their Mercury-nominated début Voices Of Animals And Men and follow up Superabundance weren’t flukes. Seeking to ditch some of their typical Englishness, brothers Henry and Thomas Dartnall and Oliver Askew swapped tools in rehearsals, acquired new ones and finished the album in LA with the aid of local and sister backing singers.

The result still embraces the trio’s understanding of a spiky pop hook but throws a little more soul and dance bounce into the tracks.

Rely on Ryan for musical colour

DON’T let the surname of Colourmusic’s lead singer fool you - these Oklahoma scamps, pictured above, are far from turning out versions of Voodoo Chile when they hit The Harley on Monday.

Vocalist and guitarist Ryan Hendrix leads a small sonic army that includes a British guitarist among its ranks in making music that is described as euphorically heavy live.

Colourmusic released their debut Memphis Industries album My _____ is Pink last month, plucking highlight You For Leaving Me as a single.

It was an aggressive yet groove-laded glimpse into a curious sonic world of monstrous R&B, acid-drenched pop and Bladerunner-inspired psych.

Southern softeners are in a spin

BEFORE anyone reaches for the red paint and Stanley knife, Real Fur are actually a band from east London and far from unscrubbed indie types.

In fact, the chirpy chaps, pictured above, seem to have a curious fascination with launderettes – as their brief stop in Sheffield tonight will confirm.

Real Fur have gained coverage for their Safari Funk parties in public washing machine establishments across the capital.

Now, with debut single Animal set to emerge on June 6, they continue their UK tour of such venues by performing at Dry Cleaning Coin Laundry, next to Co-Op off 853 Ecclesall Road.