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Something for the weekend (part CXXXIV - approximately)

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Published on February 20th 2009.

Something for the weekend (part CXXXIV - approximately)

Stone me
London-born Jewish comedian Ian Stone will be headlining Rawhide at the Royal Court this weekend, amusing audience with his topical compère-style banter.

Having been on the stand up scene for almost twenty years Stone boasts masses of material that is both intelligent and sharp, consistently prompting actual laughs rather than a few half-hearted sniggers at generalised smut.

Christian Reilly, Martin 'Bigpig' Mor and Mike Wilkinson will no doubt have a decent stab at the mammoth task of warming up, too. So, if you love to laugh, loud and long and clear, Rawhide will not disappoint.
Ian Stone plus guests @ the Royal Court, Fri 20th and Sat 21st Feb, 8.30pm, Tickets £12 and £15.

Das Pop
Bent Van Looy, front man of lively Belgian quartet Das Pop, is one of those pale, skinny indie band types who relentlessly bashes himself with a tambourine when performing. How he manages to go on tour, avoiding severe bruising is a miracle.

He seems to have managed well so far on what has been an extensive UK tour, promoting the imaginatively titled Soulwax produced debut, Das Pop: The Album.

Expect bold pop art stage decoration upstairs at the O2 Academy on Friday the 'Pool audience are treated an intimate dose of the catchy foot-tapping Das Pop concoction that will no doubt be a big festival hit this summer.
*Das Pop @ the O2 Academy, Fri 20th Feb, 8pm, tickets £8, call 08444 77 2000

Anyone will do
It's a case of Any BBC Contestant Will Do in Bill Kenwright's production of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor thingy which is showing at the Empire until Saturday.

It's not Lee Mead, the curly David Essex coverer, not second place Keith or even long-haired Lewis this time. The main reality-show man wowing audiences on the current tour is finalist (ish) Antony Hansen.

Big money making Beeb contestants crop up on posters everywhere, heavily made up with an "As Seen on TV" star shining from their pearly choppers.

Go have yourself some pre-sold fun before the cast are off to standing ovations in the next city.
*Joseph @ the Empire Theatre, until Sat 21st Feb, 7.30pm. £27.50-£14.50.

Dandelion and Burdock? No, Drum and Bass courtesy of the student D'n'B enthusiasts Foul Play.

Dedicated to improving the scene in this city, Foul Play stage a shindig every month pulling in the genres top names from around the country and so far their efforts have been quite impressive.

International d'n'B legend Bryan Gee is in town, alsong with Clipz and Skibadee hammering the big beats and heavy bass fuelled tunes at Barfly this Friday night.

If you like what you hear, une into their weekly Thursday night slot on Liverpool Uni's iconradio.co.uk, home to the likes of Tommy B and the Hartstopper.
*Foul Play @ Barfly, Fri 20th Feb, £10pm, tickets £7, call 0151 707 6171

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