Arts and Entertainment Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon (RCA)

While Laura Mvula deserves credit for blending her Caribbean heritage with her classical training, Sing to the Moon is far from the masterpiece some claim.

The Beach Boys, Royal Albert Hall, London

It’s amazing they lasted this long. Not just the 50 years that this near-classic Beach Boys line-up is celebrating with a final tour, but through the six months of the tour itself without falling out.

Mary Epworth

Fantasy Band: Mary Epworth

Fantasy Band: Jeremy Warmsley, Summer Camp

'Billie Holiday has the softest, roundest tone in the world'

Album: The Beach Boys, That's Why God Made the Radio (EMI)

For Beach Boys fans, hope constantly triumphs over experience: we keep hoping they'll make another Pet Sounds, but we know they're only likely to make another 20/20 or Wild Honey, at best.

Mark Foster, Foster the People

Album: Lightspeed Champion, Bye Bye (Domino)

His recent Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You album found Dev Hynes, aka Lightspeed Champion, emulating Todd Rundgren at his most excessive and baroque.

Album: Brian Wilson, Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin (Disney Pearl Series)

It's no surprise to find the Great Arranger of his era tackling the Great American Songbook; but sadly, the absence of surprise also applies to the bulk of the treatments here, which err on the side of schmaltz.

Album: S. Carey, All We Grow (Jagjaguwar)

C W Stoneking is a one-off eccentric of the first order, a 21st-century Australian white man who presents himself, colouration excepted, as a black American minstrel from a century earlier.

Album: Department of Eagles, Archive 2003-2006 (Co Op)

Former NYU room-mates Daniel Rossen and Fred Nicolaus began life as a muck-about band who, inspired by Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks' Smile, locked themselves into an expensive studio they could barely operate.

Panda Bear, Heaven, London

Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, broke through in the UK as a solo artist in 2007 with his third album, Person Pitch. Then last year his band Animal Collective performed the same feat with their latest neo-psychedelic LP, Merriweather Post Pavilion. In the meantime, Lennox has become a much in-demand collaborator.

Album: The Ruby Suns, Fight Softly (Memphis Industries)

On Fight Softly, The Ruby Suns leader Ryan McPhun goes it alone, writing, performing and producing these 10 songs virtually solo.

Album: Daniel Johnston, Is and Always Was, (Feraltone)

The rehabilitation of Brian Wilson was heartwarming, but the rebirth of Daniel Johnston will melt the cockles.

Album: Mayer Hawthorne, A Strange Arrangement (Stones Throw)

It's doubtful whether soul music is supposed to be this wimp-voiced or nerdily obsessive, but 29-year-old bedroom auteur Hawthorne – who writes, produces and plays many of the instruments himself – has created a deliciously vulnerable sound and persona that's as close to the Brian Wilson of "In My Room" as it is to Marvin or Smokey.

Brian Wilson, Roundhouse, London

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