London Lite Wednesday, 15 July 2009 17 IN&OUTTONIGHT IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS The first ladies of electro-pop LADYTRON Ladytron play Matter on Friday. 12PAGE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION CompiledbyStephanieKillingbeck COMEDYTHEATRECLUBSMUSIC The PReTeNDeRs CHRISSIE HYNDE, right, leads The Pretenders back to rock Shepherds Bush after their explosive set at Hard Rock Calling. O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherds Bush Green W12 (0870 060 0100), 7pm, returns only. Tube: Shepherds Bush Coming SoonTomorrowToday Londons biggest and best newspaper guide to staying in...or going out simPLe miNDs JIM KERR, right, and the Scottish band behind hits such as Dont You (Forget About Me) headline this iTunes gig. Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Rd NW1 (face book.com/iTunesEU), 7pm, free, register for tickets online. Tube: Chalk Farm The OffsPRiNg THE punk rockers, right, may not have had a hit since 1999s Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) but theyve still shifted 32 million albums. 25 Aug, O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Rd SW9 (0870 060 0100), 7pm, 24. Tube: Brixton DiNNeRLADies THIS play, right, is based on Victoria Woods TV series, and follows the tumultuous love story of caterers Bren and Tony. Until Sat, Richmond Theatre, The Green, TW9 (0870 060 2516), Mon- Sat 7.45pm, mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm, 13.75-25. Tube: Richmond Coming SoonTomorrowToday DAmAges JOANNA BELL, right, and Tom Carter star in this fiercely witty look at a ravenous tabloid food chain of scoops, celebrity exposure and breasts. Until 25 July, Old Red Lion, 418 St John St EC1 (020 7837 7816), Tue-Sat 8pm, mat Sun 5pm, 11-13. Tube: Angel The LONDON fOLies A BURLESQUE and variety act, right, with more glitz and sparkle than you can shake a glittery glowstick at. Theres also some comedy thrown in for good measure. 5-29 Aug, Leicester Square Theatre, 5 Leicester Place WC2 (0844 847 2475), 7.30pm, 20-35. Tube: Leicester Sq LOweR gROuND LAughs THIS venue regularly hosts hot new comedy acts, and tonights no exception with sets from Adam Tempest, Henning Wehn, Joanna Neary and Simon Feilder, left. Lower Ground Bar, 269 West End Lane NW5 (020 7431 2211), 9pm, 5. Tube: West Hampstead Coming SoonTomorrowToday miss mAchismO IF.COMEDY award nominee Zoe Lyons, left, takes on the Pope himself in her latest show. Walkabout Inn, 11 Henrietta St WC2 (020 7379 5555, walkabout.eu.com), 7.30pm, 6. Tube: Covent Garden miND OveR PATTeR AWESOME mind reader Chris Cox, left, will again predict the unpredictable. But will he be able to turn his audience into mind readers, too? 31 Jul, Canal Caf Theatre, The Bridge House Pub, Delamere Terrace W2 (020 7289 6054, canalcafetheatre. com), 7.30pm, 6.50, 4.50 concs. Tube: Warwick Avenue DiscO fiAscO RAve BORIS PECKER, left, and DJ Placid, whos been making dance floors quake for more than 20 years, hit Prouds Wheels Of Steel tonight. Proud, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd NW1 (020 7482 3867), 8pm, 5, 3 concs, free before 9pm. Tube: Camden Town Coming SoonTomorrowToday OuR giRLs DJ OUR GIRLS DJs Leslie, Katie and Heledd, left, spin an eclectic mix of tunes you love with ones youre about to love for the punters at Round Our Gaff. Queen Of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Rd EC2 (020 7422 0958), 8pm, free. Tube: Old St ALwAYs fRiDAYs EGG invites Style Of Eye, left, Jesper Dahlback, Shir Khan and Oli Dab vs Robin to play a mixture of tech, electro, house, disco, minimal and bass. Fri, Egg, 5-13 Vale Royal, off York Way N7 (020 7609 8364), 11pm, 12, 8 before midnight. Tube: Kings Cross THE pop sound of 2009 may have been defined by La Roux, Little Boots and Lady GaGa, but there is another female-fronted act beginning with L who beat this latest crop of girls with synthesizers to the punch, by a clear 10 years. In 1999, when we started out, says Mira Aroyo, one of Ladytrons two singer/keyboardists, people were like, why are you bringing these Eighties sounds back? Wed be on tour, and the flyers would be us as robots, but we always felt we came from a more tradi- tional pop songwriting background. Since their humble, synth-tootling beginnings in Liverpool, the two-boy- two-girl quartet have grown into a proper, rocking live band, with a drummer and a hairy bassist, and have made four albums which increasingly integrated synthesized machine noise with old- school instrumentation. Their Witching Hour album (2005) seemed poised to cross over big style, but their label, Island, bafflingly withdrew its support. We were lucky, that was right when MySpace exploded, so that effectively became our record label. We became self-sufficient, and our fanbase kept growing worldwide. Wed get all these messages, saying, Please come to Colombia! We played to 3,000 people there, and they all knew the songs. Now our records are like a vehicle for us to go and explore. Thanks to recent tours with Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode, the Tron are now internationally heralded as pioneers of electronic rock -- the kind of hip and influential ensemble who helped those L-ladies to swan up the charts. Theyve written some cracking pop tunes in their own right, too, as gig-goers will find at Matter on Friday. According to Aroyo, their performances always have a party-hearty atmosphere. We used to show films, but people just stood there and watched, so we dropped those. Now we just have a light show, which is quite intense, with lots of strobes. We like people to dance and jump around. 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