Album: Producers, Made in Basing Street (Last Records)

If ever there was a missed opportunity, it was in the naming of Producers.

Chris Baio, Vampire Weekend

Fantasy Band: Chris Baio, Vampire Weekend

'I like sparse, pretty guitar lines... and Romy Madley-Croft is great at writing and playing them'

Album: Can, The Lost Tapes 1968-1975 (Spoon/Mute)

Classic krautrock collection makes for a real find

Album: Pat Metheny, Unity Band (Nonesuch)

A partial return to top form for the widdly-diddly axe-meister.

Sunless '97

Caught in the Net: Sunless wave rolls on

The London electro-pop group Sunless '97 have been gaining in momentum since the December release of their debut EP, Making Waves.

Singer Pip Brown, otherwise known as Ladyhawke

Ladyhawke: Asperger's and the anxious pop sensation

The synth pop songstress tells Elisa Bray that her new album reflects a struggle to reconcile success and syndrome

The Futureheads' Barry Hyde

Fantasy Band: Barry Hyde, The Futureheads

Piano: Ludwig van Beethoven

Tom Vek

Fantasy Band: Tom Vek

The Shins

From Broken Bells to mended Shins

After dallying with Danger Mouse, the US indie rockers are back with new members and a new album

Lloyd Brevett: Bassist with the Skatalites, originators of ska

The ska form was conceived by Brevett and his peers in the run-up to Jamaican independence

Jack White unleashes yet another violent solo

Jack White, Kentish Town Forum, London
New Order, O2 Apollo, Manchester

No one loves a side project like Jack White. But now that he's gone solo, the blues-rock maestro can, finally, do what he does best: shred that guitar

Album: Phronesis, Walking Dark (Edition)

The title refers to a series of concerts played in darkness, in tribute to bassist Jasper Hoiby's sightless sister.

Dollars & Cents: Thom Yorke from the pricey-to-watch Radiohead

How jazz secretly invaded pop music

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Echoa, Sadler’s Wells

Children’s show Echoa came to Sadler’s Wells as part of a Family Weekend, which featured workshops and activities as well as performances.

Jim Marshall launched his amplifier in 1965 and saw it conquer the world

Farewell to the 'Father of Loud' – it's been a blast

The rock world has promised to "crank it up to 11" to mark the death of Jim Marshall, the "Father of Loud", whose groundbreaking amplifiers gave the gift of extreme volume to generations of guitar heroes.

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Panto dames: before and after

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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