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Teens show punk's not dead

Touts The Duke of York, Belfast Tomorrow, 7pm

By Patric Baird

Touts, the teenage punk trio from Londonderry, released their second EP, Lit, late last year to much acclaim, with single Bomb Scare gaining widespread airplay.

Their politically charged lyrics have earned inevitable comparisons to Stiff Little Fingers, while their exhilarating live shows have been likened to those of hometown legends The Undertones.

But Touts are very much of the 21st century, with songs covering modern-day social injustice.

Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.ie.

Tom Waits For No Man

R-Space Gallery, Castle Street, Lisburn

Tomorrow, 8pm

Quite possibly the best named show ever, Tom Waits For No Man is the latest in a series of jam nights bringing together musicians for sessions of homegrown musical entertainment at its best.

VerseChorusVerse's Tony Wright stages a tribute to gravel-voiced Tom Waits, with Michael Anthony Wright, Paul McMordie, Stefanie Campbell, Andrew Thompson and Kieron Black contributing some of Waits' better and lesser-known numbers.

For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.ie/e/tom-waits-for-no-man-tickets-43292359613.

Gallops

Empire Music Hall, Belfast

Tomorrow, 7.30pm

The Welsh experimental rock and electronica band formed in late 2007, and during their relatively brief career have gained a worldwide following.

After several years of silence, Gallops reformed in 2016 and revealed they were recording a new album, Bronze Mystic, as well as promising some live shows, including this rare outing to Northern Ireland.

For more details, visit www.thebelfastempire.com.

En Vogue

Mandela Hall, Belfast

Tuesday, 7.30pm

Nostalgia for the 1990s has seen many acts hastily reform for comeback tours, before disappearing again with a few quid in their pockets.

One of the biggest acts from that time, Californian soul trio En Vogue are different in that, despite numerous line-up changes, they've never actually split up and have been touring and releasing albums since they formed in 1989.

Their current tour for new album Electric Cafe hits Belfast with two-thirds of the original line-up. It's their first studio release in 14 years, and several singles have reached the top 10 in Billboard's R&B chart.

For details, visit www.mandela hall.com.

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