Elisa Bray

Elisa Bray is The Independent's Rock & Pop Editor

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Thanks for the memories: Tributes to the lesser-known Mark Linkous and Tarka Cordell

Two new tribute albums promise, for once, to do justice to their subjects

In tune: Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos

The Week in Music: People power means Franz Ferdinand fans have it so much better

Perhaps you've been lucky enough to have a song request granted at a gig. If not, your chances are about to increase. Some bands are inviting fans to choose their setlist, like Franz Ferdinand who are offering a choice of 15 singles, album tracks and B-sides spanning their four-album career, to be performed at their show at the 6 Music Festival in Manchester on Saturday 1 March. The six songs with the most votes will open the set. Vote at bbc.co.uk/6music until 7pm on Monday.

Blink and you'll miss it: Medallion man Prince

The Week in Music: Another purple reign as Prince gets back in the groove

Talk about suspense. Further to the news that Prince is soon releasing PLECTRUMELECTRUM, his first album with all-female rock trio 3RDEYEGIRL, a short teaser for their track "PRETZELBODYLOGIC" went up on YouTube this week. Warning: blink and you'll miss it. The album was written and recorded in Prince's Paisley Park recording studio in Minneapolis, London and New York. Meanwhile, at time of writing, we are still waiting to know exactly which "iconic venues in and around London" Prince will be playing on the Hit and Run Tour any time from Monday. Keep your diary clear…

Strum as you are: Kurt Cobain

The week in music: Riotous story of how Brixton became a rock fans' nirvana

What is the best gig you've been to at Brixton Academy? Perhaps it's Public Enemy, or The Smiths' final show in 1986? Simon Parkes bought the seminal venue for £1 in 1982 and what stories he has to tell in his new memoir Live at the Brixton Academy: a Riotous Life in the Music Business.

Saddled with success: (from left) Suren de Saram, Ed Nash, Jack Steadman and Jamie MacColl of Bombay Bicycle Club

Bombay Bicycle Club interview: Saddled with success

The band’s latest album takes them way beyond the jangly indie-pop for which the quartet are still known

In the spotlight: Brit Award nominee John Grant

The week in music: How I'd love to see John Grant win at the Brit Awards

This year's Brit Award nominations highlight the strength of new music, with breakthrough acts Bastille, Disclosure and Rudimental dominating the British Group and Album categories.

Brute Force: Wild Beasts
Fringe benefits: Stephen Malkmus

The week in music: A chance to wig out to the indie rockers who are no Scrooges

After the rush of Christmas albums and deluxe repackagings, it remains a thin time for music. But that's all set to swerve in a more exciting direction. First up are albums by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks and Ed Harcourt, both out on Monday. As a new year's gift to the fans, Malkmus's sixth studio collaboration with the Jicks, Wig Out at Jagbags, is being streamed in full on Amazon. Pepping up a weak month for gigs, they start their UK tour on 13 January, reaching London's Forum on 16 January.

Hark the herald alt-popsters sing: Christmas albums from the most unexpected angles

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