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Beck's new album to be released in sheet-music form

For some music fans, digital MP3 files aren't a patch on old-fashioned vinyl. But now the singer-songwriter Beck is delving further into the past by releasing an album that will be published entirely as individual pieces of sheet music.

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The London electro-pop group Sunless '97 have been gaining in momentum since the December release of their debut EP, Making Waves.

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“I can feel your beats in my vagina,” Beth Ditto informs her drummer Hannah Blilie. “Because the room is so small... welcome to the Beth Ditto Comedy Hour, everyone! I’m here all week.”

Album: The Proclaimers, Like Comedy (Cooking Vinyl)

Few bands have the reliably populist touch of The Proclaimers, so it's no surprise to learn there's a musical in the works based on their catalogue.

Album: Gotye, Making Mirrors (Communion / Island)

Anyone coming to Gotye's third album via twinkling torch-song-cum-YouTube-phenomenon "Somebody That I Used to Know" may be surprised, then disappointed.

Björk, Campfield Market Hall, Manchester

Still (mostly) weird and wonderful

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Atholl is a man who keeps his feelings tightly zipped inside a sturdy fleece.

Album: Wild Beasts, Smother (Domino)

Wild Beasts were, they now admit, on the brink of getting proper jobs when their second album Two Dancers got a surprise Mercury nomination in 2010. They enter their third with an actual audience awaiting it, and the distinct potential to "do an Elbow".

Album: Leisure Society, Into the Murky Water (Full Time Hobby)

Strange they should mention "murky" because the music within is as clear as Perrier.

The Wombats, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Two years may be a long absence, but as his fans readily accede to singer Matthew Murphy's request for another wave, the empathy between both parties remains strong.

Album: R.E.M. Collapse Into Now (Warner)

R.E.M's 15th album could trade places with almost any of the previous 14.

Album: R.E.M, Collapse Into Now (Warner Bros)

R.E.M., by bookending the album with the ringing guitar drone of "Discoverer", are suggesting Collapse Into Now has a conceptual unity absent from their recent albums; and certainly, the recurrent themes of conclusion, starting over and rebuilding do lend it a muscular sense of purpose. That muscularity finds its musical equivalent in the rock heft of tracks like "Alligator_Aviator_ Autopilot_Antimatter" and "All the Best", although it's the more tender songs, such as "Überlin" and "Oh My Heart", which are the standouts, recalling Automatic for the People. The latter track, with its waltzing accordion, has a distinctly European flavour, while elsewhere the presence of mandolin/bouzouki folk-rockers like "It Happened Today" and "Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando and I" marks a welcome return to a more varied textural palette.

All Tomorrow's Parties, Butlins Holiday Camp, Minehead

It's 10 years since Butlins holiday camp was first taken over by twee indie-folksters Belle & Sebastian for their Bowlie Weekender. Since then, the All Tomorrow's Parties festivals have become a fixture of the musical year. To celebrate, Butlins hosted Bowlie 2, again curated by Belle & Sebastian.

Album: Belle & Sebastian, Write About Love (Rough Trade)

B&S's eighth studio album comes after a four-and-a-half year wait, but the hiatus hasn't altered them one jot.

Album: Nico Muhly, I Drink the Air Before Me (Decca/Bedroom Community)

When not working with the likes of Björk, Antony Hegarty and Bonnie "Prince" Billy, contemporary classical prodigy Nico Muhly is best known for his choral pieces, such as 2008's Mothertongue and A Good Understanding, so it's no surprise that this dance work commissioned for the 25th anniversary of the Stephen Petronio Company should open and close with a children's choir.

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