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Devendra Banhart, Koko, London

"Alternative-folk", "freak-folk", even "psych-folk" are expressions that have been used to describe the Texan-born singer Devendra Banhart and his band The Grogs. But at Koko, it became clear that the group, part of the New Weird America movement, has morphed into a very different beast from the quirky, folky hippies who produced Cripple Crow in 2005.

David Beckham set for Jonathan Ross' 'Friday Night With' swansong

David Beckham and Hollywood star Jackie Chan will be the final guests as Jonathan Ross bows out from his BBC1 chat show, it was announced today.

The Sketch: There he was, with his fragrant wife and Bryan Ferry hair

It was Nick Clegg who fired the starting gun. Straight into his foot. It was 7.30 and no one was there because only drug addicts, brokers and political activists are up at that hour.

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Album: Various artists, Ethiopiques 24 (Buda)

The wealth of sublime music produced in Ethiopia in the 1970s (before a military junta stopped the party) seems to have no end.

New Generation Ties: Forget me knot

Ties are cool again, whether skinny, knitted or bow. Harriet Walker presents the long and the short of it

Brioni launch exclusive fragrance

Leading Italian lifestyle brand Brioni has launched a limited-edition fragrance to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the house of Brioni.

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Hell, aka Helmut Geier, was one of the prime players in the early Noughties electroclash scene.

Christina Patterson: Ayn Rand is the last role model we need right now

Bad artists are rarely good guides to economics, politics or anything else

Deborah Orr: Brown should stop treading water and call an election

How does Gordon Brown keep going? How does he manage to get out of bed and face the troublesome day? What does he hope will happen to change the political weather in the 15 long months he intends to hang on as Prime Minister for?

Otis Ferry accused of trying to nobble witness in assault trial

Otis Ferry, the son of the rock star Bryan Ferry, was remanded in custody yesterday, accused of perverting the course of justice by trying to discredit a witness in a robbery and assault trial.

Chris Difford: It's a bit of a Squeeze

In his champagne years, Chris Difford lived in an eight-bedroom farmhouse. Now he's in a mews flat – but he still has wallspace to hang the platinum disc

Ferry cleared of criminal damage

The pro-hunt campaigner Otis Ferry – son of the singer Bryan Ferry – was cleared of criminal damage yesterday after snatching the car keys of two paparazzi who were pursuing the actress Sienna Miller.

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