Preview: This week's gig guide

Simon ParkinJON ALLENNorwich Arts Centre, TuesdaySouth Devon's finest Jon Allen sits comfortably with contemporaries such as Ryan Adams and Damien Rice, whilst being unmistakeably evocative of the folk-rock scene of the late 1960s and early 70s.Simon Parkin


Norwich Arts Centre, Tuesday

South Devon's finest Jon Allen sits comfortably with contemporaries such as Ryan Adams and Damien Rice, whilst being unmistakeably evocative of the folk-rock scene of the late 1960s and early 70s.

A confident performer - he has previously opened for the likes of Mark Knopfler, Emmylou Harris, KT Tunstall, Jose Gonzalez and Damien Rice - who has wowed audiences in venues ranging from the miniscule 12 Bar all the way up to Wembley Arena.

His critically acclaimed first single, Going Home, was championed by Radio 1's Jo Whiley and featured on the Land Rover TV commercial in 2008 achieving a respectable 20,000 downloads from Jon's website in the process.

The proceeds gave him the freedom to self-fund the recording of his debut album, Dead Mans Suit, an eclectic range of influences, from early Rod Stewart and the Faces to the legendary and lamented John Martyn in his Solid Air era.

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Waterfront, Thursday

Inspired by the first wave of punk coming out of New York and London, The Dickies were formed in 1977 in LA. Their initial line-up consisted of cartoon-voiced lead singer Leonard Graves Phillips and guitarist Stan Lee, both of whom have remained constant throughout the band's myriad personnel shifts.

Having weathered numerous ups and downs as punk has come in and out of fashion, their brand of ultra-fast and outrageously energetic comic book punk currently sees them on a high once again. They are also often cited as an influence on more recent punk bands such as Offspring and Green Day. Their singles have included covers of Black Sabbath's Paranoid and the theme from Banana Splits.

Support comes from Love & A45 and Vanilla Pod.

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Norwich Arts Centre, Wednesday

London-based anti-folk five-piece fronted by Tom Mayne on vocals and guitar who take dark morally dubious story telling to new lengths.

Whether playing acoustic twisted lullabies or in-your-face electric hollers the lyrics catch you off your guard with their openness, black humour and troubling themes.

Mark Watts serves double duty on guitar and bass, while Thom Alder adds a little variety on guitar and violin. A further bassist, Rhi Tucker, extends the group's repertoire with the addition of keyboard skills, while drummer Stuart Saunderson completes the line-up

Their debut album, Bluebeard's Rooms, is unarguably dark with lyrics seem to match the relatively discordant mood of the piece.

Support on this Wilde Club night comes from F*** Dress, Tell Me How and The Milgram Experiment.

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t July 17

Monkey Spanner (ska) - Brickmakers

Aluminium Risk (indie) - Marquee

Mohawk (space metal) - King Edward VII

Emma Hall Band (soul/funk) - Blueberry

Coupe de Ville (rock/pop) - Reindeer

Replica (rock) - Heartsease

Rob Charles (easy) - Trowel & Hammer

Freeload - Mustard Pot

Linda James (pop/soul/country) - The Farmhouse

t July 18

Hayseed Dixie (folk/rock) - Waterfront

Mr Pink/Luna Ghost (rock/funk) - Brickmakers

Red Leaf (rock) - Boundary

The Unremarkables (indie/rock) - Blueberry

Live N Loud (rock) - King Edward VII

Starsexplode (psychedelic/rock) - Marquee

Lou & The Diamonds (60s) - Arkwrights

Bob Reeves (pop/60s/70s) - Silver Road Cottage

Emma Hall (soul/funk) - Reindeer

t July 19

Tell It To The Marines (pop-punk) - B2

Liza Wolfe & Scott Firth (pop/rock) - King Edward VII

Outta The Blues (blues) - Reindeer

Lenny T (easy) - Baker's Dozen

Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) - Brickmakers

t July 20

Norwich Rocks: feat. Reece Fitz Gerald/Headz of State/Scott Martin (indie/rock) - Rivergarden

Sessions (open mic) - Brickmakers

Jam With Jazz (jazz) - Blueberry

t July 21

Tomorrow Belongs To Us (hardcore/punk) - B2

Prism (rock) - Brickmakers

Adust (metal) - Queen Charlotte

t July 22

The Kabeedies (indie) - B2

Pure Acoustic (open mic) - Brickmakers

The Session (Irish) - Cider Shed

Blues/Rock Jam (jam session) - Blueberry

t July 23

Replica (rock) - Brickmakers

Uncle Stash (funk/rock) - B2

Kevin Devine (indie/acoustic) - Marquee

Freefall (rock/indie) - Blueberry

Backdown Or Die (metal/punk) - King Edward VII

The Vagabond (rock/pop) - Rose Tavern