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Anyone who's seen Watt-Roy play bass with the Blockheads, before or after Ian Dury, will know what a star he is.

Album: UB40, Getting Over the Storm (Virgin)

A second album since the mournful Ali Campbell was replaced as lead voice by his brother Duncan. And they have a theme.

Album review: Rolling Stones, Hyde Park Live (Polydor)

While acknowledging that there must be omissions when the two sets of the Stones' Hyde Park shows are condensed down into one manageable download album package, I'm frustrated that so many of my favourites have been cut in favour of a more populist sequence. But there's no denying the power of a set stuffed with riffs like “Honky Tonk Women”, “Brown Sugar” and “Jumpin' Jack Flash”, played with that inimitable loose/tight dialectic that characterises the Stones at their best. And it's worth it for “Paint It Black” alone.

Album: The Hellocentrics, 13 Degrees of Reality (Now-Again)

This UK ensemble have followed up a collaboration with Mulatu Astatke with their most compellingly immersive work to date.

Hugh Laurie, Didn't It Rain (Warner Bros)

Album review: Hugh Laurie, Didn't It Rain (Warner Bros)

Produced again by Joe Henry, the follow-up to Let Them Talk follows a similar format of easy-rolling jazz arrangements and simpatico guest spots supporting Hugh Laurie's blues piano.

Hiss Golden Messenger, Haw (Paradise of Bachelors)

Album review: Hiss Golden Messenger, Haw (Paradise of Bachelors)

There's a strange, archaic feel to the songs of head Messenger, MC Taylor, with their Biblical references and invocations to “cleave ye to the rock”.

Album: Mount Moriah, Miracle Temple (Merge)

If Mount Moriah's Heather McEntire were a contestant on a TV talent show, she'd get this vote within half a second of opening her mouth.

Jimi Hendrix, People, Hell and Angels Experience Hendrix (LLC/Sony)

Album review: Jimi Hendrix, People, Hell and Angels Experience Hendrix (LLC/Sony)

The 2010 outtake collection Valleys of Neptune covered the final recordings of the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Flanker Sam Warburton is staying calm despite not regaining his Wales place after injury

Six Nations: Sam Warburton puts Lions hopes on hold in bid to make Wales bench

Wales captain has fallen out of favour

Beyoncé sings 'At Last', the Etta James song, for President Barack Obama and Michelle at their first dance

Beyonce to sing national anthem at Obama's second inauguration ceremony

Beyonce will sing the national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony.

Album: Joni Mitchell, The Studio Albums 1968-1979 (Warner Bros)

The 10 albums that comprise this box set depict one of the most extraordinary career arcs in all of pop music, testament to the questing intelligence with which Joni Mitchell approached music.

Album: Various artists, All Ready for the 25th (Sartorial)

Any Christmas album that begins with a rendition of "Silent Night" on the musical saw (from David Coulter) scores points, at least, for originality.

Swing kings: the Brad Mehldau Trio have stood the test of time

IoS jazz review: Brad Mehidau Trio, Barbican Hall, London

Generous, creative – and still groovy after all these years

Red Country, By Joe Abercrombie

Once upon a time in the Near Country

Album: Donald Fagen, Sunken Condos (Reprise)

Each new Donald Fagen album is like trading in your old car for a new version of the same model.

Album: Dirty Projectors, Swing Lo Magellan (Domino)

Six albums down the line, Dirty Projectors – aka David Longstreth and his band – show no signs of settling into any one formula.

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