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Mailmusic: CLUBBER'S GUIDE; Pop Idol Gareth Gates's cheesy pop failed to impress but the red-hot Libertines, Trap 6 and gentle vocals of Katie Melua all got the thumbs up. Plus, we have a chat with Stellastarr*'s Michael Jurin and Mickey McMonagle reveals Scotland's best club nights.

Byline: Michael Jurin and Mickey McMonagle

THE LIBERTINES Barrowland, Glasgow, March 2 HHHHH Ten years ago Creation Records boss Alan McGee was launching Oasis's debut album Definitely Maybe. At this show he was onstage in a Jimmy wig promoting, 'The best new romantic band to come out of Scotland'.

It was an odd introduction since the band are from London but they did match their manager's passion when they launched into their edgy, unpredictable, ramshackle show.

Until now The Libertines were most famous for singer Pete Doherty going to jail in 2003 for burgling fellow-vocalist Carl Barat's flat. On his release, the band's future was in doubt but shows like this prove they have moved on.

The band are still unpolished a good thing and blast out jagged classics such as Time For Heroes, Boys In The Band, Good Old Days and Up the Bracket.

The release of a new album this summer could see them make the leap to Oasis-sized success.

Looks like the bald ginger guy in the daft headgear has struck gold again.

BRENDAN McGINTY TRAP 6 Bunker, Glasgow, February 29 HHHHH This fantastic set from one of Scotland's most promising bands showed just why the buzz surrounding them has been so intense.

Since they first burst on to the scene by winning the Rock Garden's Best Glasgow Band title, word of mouth has seen interest grow incredibly quickly.

The Trap 6 sound is influenced by the likes of Oasis, Feeder, Stone Roses and Snow Patrol and is shaken up to create a rich, energetic groove that really stands out.

This gig was a real stormer, boasting more than an hour of superb original material. Frontman Gary Curley's strong voice, casual rock swagger and easy between-song banter identify him as a real talent and he also writes all the band's songs.

Stand-out tracks such as It's Not The End Of The World, Stop The World and chart-bound ballads We Are All Stars and Burn All The Sad Songs really got the crowd going wild.

It's little wonder a number of labels are sniffing around this wicked act it's definitely only a matter of time before Trap 6 follow Speedway into the charts.

MICKEY McMONAGLE KATIE MELUA Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, March 3 HHHHH In the last year 19-year-old Katie Melua has shot from unknown jazz singer to chart star.

Accompanied by a jazz band, Katie quickly won over the crowd with her ethereal voice and the title track from her No.1 debut album, Call Off The Search.

A little bit of crowd-pleasing improvisation which included adding the word Glasgow to her jazz romp Crawling Up A Hill upped the tone before she slowed things down again with Blame It On The Moon.

While some songs such as Lilac Wine passed in a bit of a blur, Katie pulled things together again at the end with a fantastic version of her hit single The Closest Thing To Crazy.

JULIA HUNT STEREOLAB QMU, Glasgow, March 1 HHHHH Anglo-French electro-pop pioneers Stereolab returned to Glasgow to promote Margerine Eclipse, their first album since the tragic death of band member Mary Hansen in a cycling accident in 2002.

Frontwoman Laetitia Sadler began proceedings with an impromptu rendition of Joyeux Anniversaire, before they launched into Margerine Rock. Other highlights included Need To Be and Sudden Stars.

The band's avant-garde sound was perfectly complemented by Laetitia's dreamy vocals and she showed her versatility by adding trombone harmonies to many tracks.

Despite their 12-year career most of the songs played were from their current album. This was no bad thing as much of their recent material is more accessible, while still retaining an experimental edge. But they did play classics such as Lo Boob Oscillator and L'Enfer Des Formes. TONY NICOLL STELLASTARR* King Tut's, Glasgow, March 1 HHHHH This hot New York four-piece are champions of an

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