Caught in the net: Fresh dose of Star quality


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Mazzy Star release their first album in 17 years this September. Seasons of Your Day, co-written by Hope Sandoval (pictured) and David Roback, features performances by all the band's original members, including guests Colm O'Ciosoig of My Bloody Valentine and the late Bert Jansch. This week the band posted “California” on YouTube at It's a gorgeous, affecting song, sure to please fans of their shoegaze dream-pop.

A date with jazz top brass

If you didn't manage to procure a ticket to jazz legend Wynton Marsalis's run at Ronnie Scott's (the three-night, six-show residency sold out in hours), you can watch it broadcast live. Just log on to at 10.30pm on Tuesday to hear the most influential jazz musician of the last few decades perform. It's the first time a show has been broadcast live from the iconic venue, so it's a chance to glimpse its famed ambience.

A gathering of great Scots

Scotland has been enjoying an indie music resurgence of late – so there's no better time for a new album with contributions from some of the scene's biggest names. The Grand Gestures is the project of Spare Snare's Jan Burnett, who invites friends, including Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) winner RM Hubbert, to write lyrics and record the vocals in his bathroom. “Running with Scissors”, featuring the vocals of former Delgado Emma Pollock, is a good taster of what's to come in October:

Middle Eastern promise

Syrian musician Omar Souleyman, favourite of indie-dance acts Four Tet and Caribou, and master of late-night festival appearances, is finally releasing a studio album. Back home, he brings his Shaabi street sound to weddings, and he's released three compilations, but this is the “Syrian techno” star's first studio outing. Wenu Wenu, due in September, is produced by Kieran Hebden (Four Tet). Hear the title track at It captures beautifully the thrilling energy of Middle Eastern dabke dance music.