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James Vincent McMorrow brings soaring vocal lines to his latest track

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Brooklyn post-punk band Parquet Courts have recorded a new five track EP

Caught in the Net: The post-punks it's OK to laugh at

And enter the Museum of Love gift shop

Eminem deserves his place among the greatest artists in hip hop history

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The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

Natalie Cassidy is rejoining EastEnders

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Since her exit, Cassidy has become a reality TV star

Album review: Paul McCartney, New (Virgin EMI)

Recently, Paul McCartney’s  long and  winding road has veered, bumpily, between peppy, populist highways (Olympics gigs, Diamond Jubilees) and more restless byways (an electronic music collaboration with Youth and the Nigel Godrich-produced 2005 album Chaos & Creation …). On the first album of original Macca-song since Memory Almost Full (2007), his split explorations lead to one destination: a spot where McCartney-isms, vintage and modern, meet mostly amicably.

“Chamakay” is on Dev Hynes' forthcoming album

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Robbie Williams has said he's 'gutted' Radio 1 won't play his singles

Robbie Williams 'gutted' Radio 1 won't play his singles

The singer was declared irrelevant to Radio 1's young audience earlier this year

Man mows Taylor Swift a welcome lawn: 5 other simple ways to get a celeb's attention

Taylor Swift might throw away tons of fan mail unread, but there’s no way she can discard of this particular message, as the enterprising admirer, a Rhode Island farmer, mowed his greeting into a corn maze.

Nigel Harman as visiting valet Mr Green, who attacked and raped Anna Bates in Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey: Nothing gratuitous about this harrowingly accurate rape scene

On his fourth series,  Julian Fellowes is bound to want to keep his plotlines interesting

John Palermo helped produce X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Hugh Jackman's former business partner posts bizarre racist messages on Facebook

Unemployed movie producer John Palermo claims he's satirising Hollywood's underlying prejudices

Katy B's new material sounds impressive

Gig review: Katy B - XOYO, London

At Katy B's first headline show in London for "like a year or something", the singer excitedly announced that her second album will be called Little Red, before singing a tempting selection of the new album's tracks.

Mark Halsey

Mark Halsey accused of 'betraying' fellow referees after criticising top-flight referees of lacking fitness

Graham Poll has said other officials have been 'appalled' by Halsey's actions

The debut single from new London band Telegram is a great blast of scuzzy, droney rock

Caught in the Net: Big hair, big sound... big future

And a resurgent LA duo's latest shore thing

Michael Sheen start in Masters of Sex

Arts observations: Let's talk about sex, baby, says Michael Sheen

"Very shut off, very difficult to know what's going on in his mind," says Michael Sheen (pictured) of his character William Masters, the real-life gynaecologist-turned-sex-researcher in Channel 4's new US import Masters of Sex.

Masters, along with his research partner Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) – whom he married – pioneered the scientific study of sex. The series is based on Thomas Maier's 2009 book, which tells how the couple "discovered" the fake climax and women's ability to enjoy multiple orgasms, as well as the duo's struggle to be accepted by the medical establishment. "I read Maier's book," says Sheen. "I also met some of the gynaecological surgeons practising at the time, so I got a sense of how things changed quickly for people in that field." Can we expect more series after the 12-episode run? "We've talked about it. There's a desire to tell the entire story of Masters and Johnson. It intersects so much with our culture's relationship to sexuality."

'Masters of Sex' begins on Channel 4 on 8 October

New Zealand-via-London indie rockers Popstrangers channel the the sound of Wavves

The Playlist: Popstrangers / White Lung / Velvet Underground

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