The Barometer: Jukebox the Ghost; Liars; The XX; Owen Pallett; Flying Lotus; Bob Dylan
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Jukebox the Ghost Good Day
From the Washington band's forthcoming album, "Good Day" track purveys classic ebony-and-ivory pop, flavoured with quirky lyrics and inventive songwriting.
Liars Proud Evolution
The centrepiece of the art-rocker's new LP, "Sisterworld", is shimmering, menacing and brilliant.
The XX Islands (Delorean Remix)
Barcelona's Delorean give London's the XX a hazy reboot with waves of synth on a remix of "Islands".
Owen Pallett Lewis Takes Off His Shirt
Pure magic: the stand-out track from Heartland, the sparkling new LP by violin experimentalist Owen Pallett (formely Final Fantasty).
Flying Lotus Quakes
More glitchy beats from the high-flying LA producer.
Bob Dylan The Times They Are a-Changing
With Barack Obama looking on, Bob performed a stirring, piano-backed rendition of his civil-rights era classic at the White House this week.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 Christmas comes early to Hong Kong, as millions of bank notes spill out onto busy street
- 3 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 4 Northern Lights above Britain: Stunning Aurora Borealis illuminates Northumberland sky on Christmas Eve
- 5 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Christmas Day TV guide 2014: What to watch from Strictly Come Dancing to the story of Frozen
Felicity Jones on being Stephen Hawking's wife in The Theory of Everything: 'I didn't want her to be a saint'
Best underrated Christmas movies: From Trading Places to While You Were Sleeping
Game of Thrones season five: First preview clip shows a beardy Tyrion, a moody Cersei and a distressed Arya
The Interview is finally released after Sony hack and terror threats – but reviews of North Korea satire are mixed
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food