The week in music: Damon's aboard for the Mali express
Damon Albarn is a busy man. In between touring with Blur – and work ing on an upcoming solo album – last month he was in Mali recording Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes, the second album by the collective of African and Western musicians and producers. The album, download-able on 9 December, includes Lobi Traoré Band and Moussa Traoré alongside Brian Eno, Django Django's David Maclean, Ghostpoet and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner. The same day, a launch show at Oval Space, east London, will feature Songhoy Blues and Kankou Kouyate's first ever UK performances, Ghostpoet and Maclean, and the premiere of the film of the 2012 train tour. The physical release will follow in early 2014.
Read my lips
It's one of the greatest songs of all time, but Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" has never had an official video – until now, 48 years later. An interactive video has been unveiled on his website, enabling the user to flick between 16 different channels in which hosts and actors lip-sync the lyrics as the song plays. It's addictive watching the various storylines unfold.
Arcade Fire have hinted that they will play a certain muddy UK festival in 2014, but in the meantime they've announced a show at Earls Court on 6 June. Tickets go on sale on Thursday. And book now for Arctic Monkeys at Finsbury Park, London, in May (with excellent support from psych-rockers Tame Impala and Miles Kane).
Gig of the week
Bob Dylan returns to the Royal Albert Hall, where he last played in 1966 – during the tour on which he was famously heckled as "Judas" for going electric.
Review: A panoramic account of the hacking scandalbooks
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Now diplomacy has failed, boycotting Israel might be the only way we can protect the people of Gaza
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
Game of Thrones actress Aimee Richardson begs for 'other princess work' after Myrcella Baratheon part is recast
Cultural relations between Sydney and Melbourne soured by row over milk crate art instillation
The Walking Dead season 5 will see deaths of 'favourite characters', suggests Andrew Lincoln
Star Wars Episode 7: Simon Pegg hints at role
Secret Cinema Back to the Future, review: Interactive cinema experience finally arrives
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
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