Busy week as ever in the capital for music, so straight in we go:
Monday night sees Fountains of Wayne grace the Astoria with their power-pop melodies. Tickets are still available from the usual places, however are going quickly. However if power pop isn't your sort of thing, you can seethe avant-garde guitar experimentalists Wilco play Shepherds Bush Empire on Monday night, which is well and truly sold out.
If you like your Joy Division / Jeff Buckley style doom and gloom then Tuesday night is just what you want. New York based quintet The National play the Astoria for a one off show to celebrate their new long player, 'Boxer'. Tickets are still available at £12.50 each. They'll also be doing an instore performance at Fopp on Tottenham Court Road on Monday night at 6pm, free to those who get wristbands - details here. Alternatively, if you just like a plain and simple good ol' mosh, Biffy Clyro play the Roundhouse on Tuesday night, which is completely sold out.
On Wednesday night there is another big choice on the music front. Innovative alt/indie foursome Modest Mouse grace the Royal Albert Hall, or you can go and see English doom and gloomers Editors who play the Roundhouse, following on from Interpol who graced the capital last week. Tickets are still available for Modest Mouse (though you'll most likely have a very restricted view), but are long gone for Editors.
Thursday also sees War Child fund raiser Army of You at Koko, with The Noisettes, Metronomy, Late of the Pier, These New Puritans, Friendly Fires, Video Nasties and Fear of Flying. As well as all of those artists, there will also be a DJ set from the fantastic Simian Mobile Disco. They'll be joining The Rakes, Punks Jump Up! and Kissy Sell out behind the turntables. Tickets are available for £12 from here.
Following on from Radio One's One Big Weekend, next weekend looks set to become London's Big Gay Weekend, as we see the return of Girls Aloud to the capital when they play Wembley Arena on Saturday night, followed by on Sunday Pet Shop Boys at Hammersmith Appollo and Rufus Wainwright starting a stint at the Old Vic. All of these are sold out.
Finally, if you want to go a bit further afield for a gig thats a bit more special, Maximo Park are playing at a secret venue in Oxford as part of Vodafone's TBA. Sign up before Monday 10am to be in with a chance of winning these free tickets.