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Avi Avital "Between Worlds" (Deutsche Grammophon)

Album: Buddy Guy, Rhythm & Blues (RCA-Silvertone)

Buddy Guy is now 76 and can lay claim to special status as a near-sole survivor of Chicago's era of eminence in the 1950s and 1960s.

Food bank recipient 'Brenda' and her one-year-old daughter Mercedes are pictured in the Tower Hamlets food bank Poplar branch

Case study: 'I'm in a lot of debt, and I've been so worried about food'

For those who use them, food banks are a lifeline. Emily Dugan talks to some of those on the breadline in Tower Hamlets

Album review: Chris Thile, Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 (Nonesuch)

Once again, the protean malleability of J.S. Bach's genius is demonstrated by the unusual transcription of his work - in this case, the Violin Sonatas and Partitas - to another instrument, the mandolin. The Punch Brothers' mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile was first drawn to Bach by the rhythmic “groove” of Glenn Gould's 1981 re-recording of The Goldberg Variations. Thile's country and improv roots lend more rubato accents than some might prefer, but he liberates the pieces from their conservatoire corsets. The dazzling deftness of his fingering in the Presto and Double Presto sections evokes a kind of giddy delirium and his feathery technique wrests the tenderest of emotions from the second Sonata's Andante.

Audio: Green Man Festival 2013

Listen to the tracks below to hear some of the bands and acts that will be playing at this year's Green Man Festival.

Music review: Night Works - An 80s-obsessed guitar-pop band with electronic tendencies

Pity the poor bassist who leaves a band for a solo venture on the eve of his former group’s big breakthrough. For such is the fate of Gabriel Stebbing, frontman of Night Works and former bass/keys man in thoughtful, wonky electropop merchants Metronomy.

Mr Fallon's comments came as exploratory drilling began at a site in Balcombe, West Sussex, despite anti-fracking protests by local people and activists from across the UK.

Government minister Michael Fallon in alleged fracking 'shakes' jokes

A government minister with responsibility for fracking suggested in a private meeting that the innovative gas drilling process could cause houses' walls to shake, it is reported.

Album: Katmen, The Katmen Cometh (Decca)

Katmen are Slim Jim Phantom, the snare-beating Stray Cat, and Darrel Higham, who twangs a fat Gretsch behind his wife, Imelda May, plus bassist Al Gare.

Album: Guy Clark, My Favourite Picture of You (Dualtone)

The voice is scrunched a little tighter now, and frayed, and the tunes seem worn to the bone, but… Well, you can't keep a good man down.

I Love My Country: Frank Skinner, Gabby Logan, Jamelia, Micky Flanagan

I Love My Country: Is the BBC's 'patriotic' celebrity quiz show television's most inane achievement yet?

When ITV1 launched its celebrity diving show Splash!, the critical derision it prompted only succeeded in driving masochistic viewers to the belly-flopping entertainment on offer.

High street cosmetics chain Lush emerges as the main financial backer of Frack Off after donating £20,000 to anti-fracking campaign

“It's a threat to our water. It's a threat to our air. The oil and gas industry wants to frack the UK and only we can stop them,” begins Lush, the handmade cosmetic company, in its online campaign against the controversial method of fracking.

Police monitor protesters standing near to the entrance of the drill site in Balcombe

Balcombe Fracking: Two arrested as Caudrilla begins test drilling despite nine days of protests

Drilling began at 11.15am at the West Sussex site as demonstrations entered their ninth day

Police monitor protesters standing near to the entrance of the drill site in Balcombe

I meant to say frack North-west, says Tory peer Lord Howell

George Osborne's father-in-law continues to court controversy with new remarks

Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, emerge from St Mary's with their newborn son

For Americans, there's magic in our monarchy

Compared to the grind of US politics, our Royal family offers a burst of romance

Less is more with JJ Cale's accessible and unassuming music

The problem with Cale's tunes is they are such easy listening that you might think that is all they are

About 80 British soldiers travelled to Sangin to fight Taliban insurgents with the Afghan National Army (ANA), just months before it takes full control of security in the country.

British troops return to Sangin after request from Afghan army

The mission required special permission from Defence Secretary Philip Hammond

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