Ranking Trevor: Jamaican pioneer of rap-reggae

The Seventies saw the emergence of several Jamaican deejays and toasters whose claim to excellence in the genre that prefigured rap and dancehall was reflected by the use of Ranking in their stage name.

Album: Antibalas, Antibalas (Daptone)

With their fifth album, the Brooklyn-based Antibalas show themselves to be almost as potent an Afrobeat ensemble as even the late Fela Kuti's greatest bands.

Album: Adam Baldych/The Baltic Gang, Imaginary Room (Act)

Jazz violinists are routinely compared with Stephane Grappelli, but young Polish fiddler Adam Baldych seems less concerned with lightness and charm than in creating a thick, heavy line that can function like that of a tenor sax.

Album: Espen Eriksen Trio, What Took You So Long (Rune Grammofon)

Despite a closing solo piece, "Oslo", invoking the aftermath of the Breivik massacre, there's not a great deal of drama to this rather poppy acoustic-trio album; and that's what's so good about it.

U2 star Adam Clayton's aide jailed for theft

U2 star Adam Clayton's former personal assistant has been sentenced to seven years in prison for the embezzlement of 2.8 million euro (£2.2 million) of his money.

Album: Pat Metheny, Unity Band (Nonesuch)

A partial return to top form for the widdly-diddly axe-meister.

Doug Dillard: Musician in the vanguard of the rise of country rock

As a member of the Dillards, the banjo-player Doug Dillard played an important role in the evolution of bluegrass music, modernising its sound and bringing it into the living rooms of millions of Americans through a series of popular TV appearances. Later he formed a partnership with the former Byrd, Gene Clark, that would help usher in the country rock movement, before becoming an in-demand session musician for acts such as Harry Nilsson, the Monkees and the Beach Boys.

New Order, Brixton Academy, London

A muffled blast from the past

Sumner time: New Order at the Brixton Academy

New Order, Brixton Academy, London

A muffled blast from the past

Keith Richards has raised the bar with his landmark memoir Life

Keith Richards apologises to Mick Jagger for book offence

Keith Richards has apologised to bandmate Mick Jagger and admitted some parts of his autobiography Life "really offended" the singer.

Tune-Yards, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Is it a tribal chant or a yodel? A squawk or a chirrup? Merrill Garbus - aka Tune-Yards - is back, after the triumphant critical success of last year's album whokill, and live she's as arresting as ever.

Toy, The Shacklewell Arms, London

There's a dark and backcombed shadow that looms over innocent young art-rock hopes Toy, shake their shiny manes as they may on this tiny stage.

Roots Manuva, The Roundhouse, London

I have never understood why Roots Manuva doesn’t get the widespread acclaim that he so richly deserves.

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