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Alan John Wren is born in Manchester, UK. He will find success as Reni, drummer of The Stone Roses.
Bob Hall and George Green record their live album, Jammin' The Boogie, at the Arts Centre in Swindon, Wiltshire, UK, with Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones on drums.
The first UK Indie Charts are published in trade magazine Record Week, with Spizzenergi's Where's Captain Kirk topping the singles chart, and Adam and the Ants' Dirk Wears White Sox topping the album chart.
Leon Rene dies aged 80 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He found success as a songwriter during the 30s, 40s and 50s, composing When the Swallows Come Back To Capistrano, Rockin' Robin and When It's Sleepy Time Down South. he also founded and ran several independent record labels.
The UK's No1 Indie single is Heartache Avenue by The Maisonettes.
Despite PR Man Scott Piering's appointment as manager of UK indie darlings The Smiths' the previous day, New York City booking agent Ruth Polsky announces that she is now their manager.
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The Smiths' British tour plays at the University of Kent, Canterbury, England, UK, Europe.
The Smiths do a live BBC radio broadcast in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe, and play a gig in Queen Margaret Hall.
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When The Smiths' UK tour plays at the Hammersmith Palais, London, England, UK, Europe, Sandie Shaw comes onstage for the encore.
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The Smiths' British tour plays at the University of Liverpool, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
The Fall play at The Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe.
Fugazi play at The Cameo Theatre, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
The album 1999 by Prince is certified for achieving four million sales by The R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The Strokes play at Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, supported by Kings Of Leon.
Joanna Newsom plays at The Academy 2, Manchester, UK.
Arcade Fire play at Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Hal play at APU, Cambridge, England, UK.
Arcade Fire play at The O2 Academy, Liverpool, England, UK.
Arctic Monkeys release their second LP, Favourite Worst Nightmare, on Hostess Records in Japan, Asia.
Imogen Heap plays at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
New York trio School Of Seven Bells play at Les Ardentes, Liege, Belgium, Europe.
The Arcade Fire release a new album, The Suburbs, in the USA and Canada.
Touring in support of her album Welcome Back Colour, Danish singer-songwriter Tina Dico plays at Junction 2, Cambridge, UK.
Touring in support of her album Welcome Back Colour, Danish singer-songwriter Tina Dico plays at The Arts Centre, Norwich, UK.
Foals and Trophy Wife play at The Forum, Tunbridge Wells, England, UK, Europe.
Alarmed at the decline in the number of record stores, indie rock band Frankie And The Heartstrings open their own record shop, Pop Recs Ltd in their home town of Sunderland, UK. The shop is also to be used for live performances.
Sir Elton John is presented with the first ever BRITs Icon Award by Rod Stewart, at a gala concert marking Elton's return to the stage after surgery for appendicitis. Rod describes him as "the second-best rock singer ever". The Icon prize was created by the UK music industry's trade body, the BPI, which also runs the Brit Awards.
St. Vincent releases her fourth album, St. Vincent, on Loma Vista/Republic Records in the UK.
Cibo Matto play at Slim's, San Francisco, California, USA.
Lykke Li plays at Le Trianon, Paris, France, Europe.
Neko Case plays at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Neutral Milk Hotel play at The Roundhouse, London, England, UK.
Elbow play at The Fox Theater, Oakland, California, USA.
Veruca Salt play at The Independent, San Francisco, California, USA.
Lykke Li plays at The Observatory, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Arcade Fire, Spoon and Dan Deacon play at Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
During their AM Tour, Arctic Monkeys play at Sporting Park, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Dodson And Fogg release their sixth LP, In A Strange Slumber, on Wisdom Twin Records in the UK.
Of Montreal play at The Vinyl Music Hall, Pensacola, Florida, USA, with Nedelle Torrisi.
The Wombats play at The Leadmill, Sheffield, UK.
As part of the Forest Live series of concerts, Tom Odell plays at Dalby Forest, near Pickering, North Yorkshire, UK.
Owl And Mouse, The Smittens, The School, The Just Joans and others play the first of two days at Indiefjord, Bjorke, Norway, Europe.
Joanna Newsom plays the second of two nights at Christ Shinagawa Church Gloria Chapel, Tokyo, Japan, Oceania.
Foals play at L'Olympia Bruno Coquatrix, Paris, France, Europe.
Four members of the British band Viola Beach and their manager, are killed when their Nissan Qashqai smashes through a barrier on a bridge and plunges 25m (82ft) into the Södertälje canal in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
Bon Iver play at The Star Theatre, Singapore, Asia.
The xx release a new album, I See You, on The Young Turks Records.
Tune-Yards are among the artists appearing at Le Guess Who Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands, Europe.
Tune-Yards play at The Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, California, USA.