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: Imaginative storytelling returns with vigourfilm
Bannatyne leaves Dragon's DenTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 3 Belgium fan Axelle Despiegelaere lands L'Oreal campaign after World Cup viral photo
- 4 Britney Spears sings 'Alien' without Auto-Tune in embarrassing leaked audio clip
- 5 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories