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The Magic Numbers, The Islington, review: Still the perfect soundtrack to T-shirt weather

But the band sound less saccharine than their previous albums

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This isn’t the way it’s meant to go. Back in the mists of pop time, aka 2009, singer Elly Jackson and producer Ben Langmaid, aka La Roux, led a wave of 1980s synth-pop fetishisation with a couple of sleek hits and a lesser album. But when it came to following it up, delay followed delay, Jackson split from Langmaid, and the charts moved on to 1990s house fetishisation. It seemed safe to assume that La Roux’s future lay as a pub quiz answer (“or was it Little Boots?”)

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Tom Jones, Edinburgh Castle, review: Hits played with musical depth and playfulness

There are few sometime pop performers who manage to achieve near-complete career renewal as they hit their 70th year, but with 2010’s rich blues odyssey Praise & Blame Tom Jones broke that particular mould.

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Latitude 2014, review: A huge success that shows festival is maturing nicely

Eclectic line-up catered to all age ranges as sun beat down in Southwold

Lauren Mayberry's faltering between-number chat leaves a lot to be desired

Chvrches, Somerset House, review: 'Overpoweringly disconnected'

The band mistakenly swamp themselves in backing tracks

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Dan Smith performs with Bastille at Somerset House on 15 July

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$8m musical opened less than two months ago

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