Arts and Entertainment Dolly Parton has been strongly tipped for Glastonbury 2014

Arcade Fire and Lily Allen have already been confirmed as performers

Tim Walker: Where the WiId Things Are trailer #1

Here it is, finally. Long overdue and, on this evidence, worth the wait...? The first trailer for Spike Jonze's adaptation of Maurice Sendak's stone cold classic children's book, 'Where the Wild Things Are'. And with an Arcade Fire song on it, too.

Album: White Lies, To Lose My Life, (Fiction)

The Glastonbury headliners of 2011 (probably)

DVD: Arcade Fire, Miroir Noir, (Sonovox)

Arcade Fire blow themselves out of the water

Shearwater, Bush Hall, London

Justin Vernon's Bon Iver and Jonathan Meiburg's Shearwater are two US bands spearheading what could seen as an informal Talk Talk revival this year, with Elbow, a band openly indebted to Mark Hollis's pop pioneers, doing their bit in the UK. Both acts have encored with Talk Talk songs in Shepherd's Bush of late, as though communing with the long-retired ambient-rock maverick, who retired to Wimbledon in the early Nineties after reaching the peak of his powers with the end-piece albums Spirit of Eden, Laughing Stock, and the solo Mark Hollis. Where Vernon sought to capture the parched emotional and spiritual acoustic intimacy of Mark Hollis with his justly acclaimed For Emma, Forever Ago, Meiburg's Texas outfit, Shearwater, have taken inspiration from the post-rock blueprints and occluded garage gospel of Talk Talk's final masterworks.

Album: Bodies of Water, A Certain Feeling (Secretly Canadian)

Indie-gospel, the bloggers are calling it. And, yes, it does seem that the debut album proper from LA-based quartet Bodies of Water marks a defining moment in a sound that has seeped through Danielson into the DNA of Bright Eyes and Arcade Fire.

Album: DeVotchKa, A Mad and Faithful Telling (Anti)

When a band starts you working on a ridiculously diverse list of who their influences might be, and that list just keeps on growing (Strauss, Strummer, Morricone, Arcade Fire...), you know you're probably – paradoxically – dealing with complete originals. This Denver band's fifth and best album manages to deliver intense and cinematic epics (aided by a far from superfluous string section) while also indulging singer, Nick Urata's love of fragile octave-spanning melodies. From tormented, yearning torch songs to galloping Gypsy punk-pop, this is a lean, gripping, and fully rounded effort.

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