The Bonus Track: Women's Hour, Jack White, Bat and Ball, Neneh Cherry, Lily Allen


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Cometh The Hour

Indie four-piece Women’s Hour (not to be confused with the dulcet tones of Jenni Murray) are currently on the road with Metronomy and release their debut album ­Conversations on 14 July. Plus, art-cred points for roping in ­photographers Broomberg & Chanarin to do the artwork and videos. Watch “Her Ghost”


Jumping Jack Flash

Eccentric White Stripes front-man Jack White loves a gimmick. Last weekend his funk-driven new single “Lazaretto” became the world’s fastest released record (under four hours from recording studio to record stores). He’s about to embark on a world tour, and considering last time round he flipped a coin each night to decide on his backing group, there are sure to be plenty of tricks. Listen to “Lazaretto”


Ball Boy (And Girl)

We’ve flagged up brother and sister-fronted duo Bat and Ball in this column before, after the Florence-esque vocals of lead singer Abi caught our ear. But they’re so good we’re mentioning them twice. They’re releasing their new single “Stops My Mouth” next week and playing a gig at The Shacklewell Arms, London

Cherry Pick

If you want to see Neneh Cherry dancing around an abandoned warehouse, ­cackling, while dressed like a scarecrow, then legendary video director Jean-Baptiste Mondino has read your mind. Watch his seven minutes of brilliance, which was all shot in one take


Next week’s biggie ...

Lily Allen releases her new album Sheezus after a three year baby-break from music - she’s calling it her “mumback”. Following her ­patriarchy-smashing “Hard Out Here” video, something tells us it might be a controversial one. Watch her new video for the title track