Arts and Entertainment Glory days: US singer Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen has scored his tenth UK number one album with High Hopes, beating the likes of David Bowie and Michael Jackson.

Sing us a song and we'll let you off, court tells Nelson

A melodious end is in sight in the marijuana case that ensnared the country singer Willie Nelson when a search of his tour bus last November by keen-nosed West Texas troopers turned up a small stash of the prohibited weed: he will be let off on condition he sings for the judge and prosecutor in court.

Manchester City legend Neil Young has died

Former Manchester City forward Neil Young has died, aged 66, the club confirmed today.

Album: The Decemberists, The King is Dead (Rough Trade)

Kicking off with a Dylanesque blast of harmonica, the Decemberists reveal their new intent right up-front.

Album: Jim Sullivan, UFO (Light In The Attic)

There are those "lost" albums that are probably best left that way, and then there are gems such as this.

Album: Cowboy Junkies, Renmin Park (Proper Records)

The Junkies sound has always been about that tension between the familiar and the other-worldly, so where better to look for inspiration than the three months Michael Timmins spent with his family in the Chinese town of Jingjiang?

Album: Neil Young, Le Noise (Reprise)

Daniel Lanois is a producer who makes every record he works on sound like a Daniel Lanois album.

Album: Various Artists, Be Yourself: a Tribute to Graham Nash's Songs for Beginners (Grass Roots)

On Be Yourself, the Woodchuck Nation pays homage to the Woodstock Nation, as a younger generation of folk-rockers offer their own takes on Graham Nash's Songs for Beginners.

Album: The Mynabirds, What We Lose in the Fire... (Saddle Creek)

Laura Burhenn says she wants her album to be “like Neil Young doing Motown”.

Phosphorescent, ICA, London

"Sometimes I can play too rough," Matthew Houck croons on "Tell Me Baby (Have You Had Enough)". "Tell me baby have I gone too far?" He pleads. There's scant rough stuff tonight, and Houck's pugnacious Brooklyn-based outfit are refreshingly, delightfully "far out".

Album: Mary Gauthier, The Foundling (Proper Records)

"Mama here, Mama gone." An album on a theme of adoption, explored with the hard-bitten demi-keen of one of American folk's fugitive survivors.

Album: Wrinkle Neck Mules, Let the Lead Fly (Blue Rose)

Rowdy, possibly slightly pissed Appalachian-style country-rock, shot through with the romance of the mine, the creek, the catfish and the car crash.

Bobby Charles: Songwriter who composed 'See You Later, Alligator'

Although Bobby Charles could neither read nor write music, nor play an instrument, he was a fine songwriter, writing the hit songs "See You Later, Alligator" (Bill Haley), "Walking to New Orleans" (Fats Domino) and "(I Don't Know Why) But I Do" (Clarence "Frogman" Henry). Keen to live in seclusion around the Louisiana swamps, he never promoted his own career, but a highly regarded album, Bobby Charles, with Dr. John and members of the Band, was released in 1972. His attitude to songwriting was simple: "When they come, they come."

Album: Allison Moorer, Crows (Rykodisc)

She made the two most soulful country-rock albums of the early 2000s and then drifted. Here she kicks further over the country traces and returns aboard a semi-acoustic pop-rock vehicle of some solemnity.

Album: Elvis Presley, Elvis 75: Good Rockin' Tonight (Sony Legacy)

One disc better endowed and not to be confused with the box set confined to the top 20 hits, Good Rockin' Tonight is a four-disc chronological collection of Presley moments expected and surprising.

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The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
The heartfelt title track from the latest album by these Carolina bluegrass hipsters.

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