MUSO'S GUIDE PRESENTS... Cats and Cats and Cats, Stairs To Korea and Ute The Monarch 40-42 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8BG, January 20th Buy tickets! Cats and Cats and Cats (or Catsx3 as they're more commonly known!) are awesome. Really awesome. In case you've never heard of them, they craft a deftly-layered mix of post-rocky orchestral folk-pop with singer Ben George's vocals unsure and volatile set against pounding crescendos with sumptuously layered violin and trumpet atmospherics. Last year's single A Boy Called Haunts showed Cats and Cats and Cats' soft, beating heart while Sweet Drunk Everyone, released on the ever-dependable Big Scary Monsters, offered a tenser affair full of atmospheric, angular guitars and ever-changing time signatures. Known for their incendiary live performances, this Staines five-piece have topped many a 2010 tips-list. Listen to them on Myspace Stairs To Korea is Will Vaughan, a frighteningly talented, half-Icelandic multi-instrumentalist who crafts skewed pop music using an array of effects, synthesisers and a dinky white guitar. Sugar-coated harmonies meet bended brass lines and intricate guitar motifs in his unique paeans to growing up, going out and getting lost in the 21st century. Listen to them on Myspace Ute are a three-piece from Oxford who’ve fast been gaining a reputation for their passionate, genre-bending live shows. Pushing the boundaries of folk, their music features entrancing clapping patterns, room-filling harmonies and pensive structures that leave the listener wondering what’s going to happen next.