Kick off the week tomorrow with Stephen Fretwell at Cadogen Hall (£15). The singer songwriter is touring his 3rd album "Man On The Roof" and by all accounts it's pretty good. Or if you like your things with a bit more soul (or rubbish pop depending on your point of view) then the 'legend' that is Craig David begins the first of four dates at Ronnie Scott's (£25).
The Mercury nominated one man dream-machine Maps plays Kings College on Tuesday at a brilliantly cheap price. (£8.50, here. He's supported by Swedish singer songwriter Loney Dear and Ulrich Schnauss. Cult star Bobby Conn headlines a night at the ace Corsica Studios. We've been there for clubnights and it was great, but we're not entirely sure how well it works for gigs. Let us know. Plus The Wave Pictures who've been recommended by Martin Hills as being "THE BEST THING EVER if you were into Hefner" play 93 Ft East along with the Jeff Lewis Band, The Mules and Professor Louie.
Indie folksters Tunng play really good new venue 229 on Wednesday (£12.50, here). The Cribs are still basking in the glory of Men's Needs cracking the top 20 and will be lighting up The Forum for one night only, while the NME Rock N Roll Riot Tour takes over Brixton Academy. The Enemy headline, supported by the promising Wombats and the constantly brilliant boy from Walthamstow - Lethal Bizzle. Danish pop wonder kids Alphabeat play Borderline; we caught them at Water Rats earlier in the year and they were amazing. If you don't like pop music that's bright and colourful give this one a miss, but if you do then you're in for a treat. They've just been signed to a major and are set for big things in 2008. And Underworld play the first of two nights at the Roundhouse.
On Thursday The Hoosiers play probably one of their last small gigs as their career rockets off with a 2nd top ten entry today. Von Sudenfed play Heaven, Mr Hudson & The Library (who we loved back in Jan are at Koko and Nathan Fake bleeps up The Luminaire.
In May Alice McLaughlin made us smile and she can do the same to you at Barfly on Friday night. London rapper Niyi takes to the mini stage at the Old Blue Last for the pricely sum of £1 and queen of the underworld Siouxsie Sioux plays the Astoria (£28.50). If you heard the excellent "What Is Woman" earlier in the year from Eskimo Disco then you'll be pleased to know they're showcasing their excellently named album Robots and Laptop Dancers Make Good Friends at Buttoned Down Disco Live Show at 93 Ft East. But make sure you move rooms when the terrible Trash Fashion take to the stage.
We always recommend ethical gig trading site Scarlet Mist as your first port of call for tickets particularly when they're sold out, so check them out and beat the touts. Failing that Gumtree is always a friend.