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Now this is a place with real pedigree. I don't mean it used to be owned by Pierre Koffmann or helmed by Marco Pierre White or picked up a Michelin star under Raymond Blanc. Oh no. In Edwardian times it was a theatre-cum-dancehall-cum-bioscope (an early form of cinema, where punters could watch footage of King Edward VIII's funeral).

Album: Black Sabbath, 13 (Mercury)

Like track one of Black Sabbath's debut, this starts with big, sludgy Tony Iommi doom-chords and Ozzy Osbourne mournfully wailing a rhetorical question ("Is this the end of the beginning?").

Woolwich killing: Transcript of interview with family of Drummer Lee Rigby

The family of murdered Drummer Lee Rigby fought back tears as they paid tribute to him today.

Full Statement from Ministry of Defence in response to death of Drummer Lee Rigby

It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that the soldier killed in yesterday's incident in Woolwich, South East London, is believed to be Drummer Lee Rigby, of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (attached to the Regimental Recruiting Team in London).

Pat Metheny, Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol 20 (Nonesuch)

Album review: Pat Metheny, Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol 20 (Nonesuch)

Since the 1980s, John Zorn has composed 500 songs inspired by traditional Jewish music, a series known as the Masada Book, variously recorded by adventurous musicians such as Marc Ribot and now Pat Metheny.

Album review: Various artists, Mirror to the Soul (Soul jazz)

This double CD plus DVD and book combo offers a fascinating glimpse into pan-Caribbean music and culture from the 1920s to the 1970s, with the archive collection of original Pathé newsreels on the DVD particularly resonant, but there’s a seeming randomness to the project that irks.

MS MR, Secondhand Rapture (Iamsound/Columbia)

Album review: MS MR, Secondhand Rapture (Iamsound/Columbia)

Widely tipped for success, Anglo-American duo MS MR deal in a similar kind of blandly alienated, metrosexual pop to Hurts, with Lizzy Plapinger's sultry-soulful vocals allied to Max Hershenow's electronic pop arrangements.

Slow progress, but Rush's hour is here at last

James McNair talks to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's latest inductees

Seasick Steve, Hubcap Music (Fiction)

Album review: Seasick Steve, Hubcap Music (Fiction)

Hubcap Music – so titled because one of the guitars he uses was made from “two hubcaps and a garden hoe” – finds Seasick Steve back on form, with an album steeped in gritty boogie and even grittier attitude.

A sound of deafening beating rain

It may have the presidential seal of approval but football fans in Brazil are reserving judgment on their answer to the vuvuzela.

Album: Junip, Junip (City Slang)

Junip's second album, although less cloying than singer Jose Gonzalez's solo stuff, still resides in the folktronica zone.

Album: Françoise Hardy, L'Amour Fou (EMI)

Hardy, the 69-year-old Parisienne pop icon, returns with, this time, no generation-hopping collaborations with Anglo-American indie stars.

Album: Owiny Sigoma Band, Power Punch (Brownswood)

At first it seems like the more stripped-down sound, utilising additional electronic percussion, has taken the wind out of the sails of this experimental band from London and Kenya.

Album review: Atoms for Peace, Amok (XL)

Thom Yorke: Samey sounds spoil Radiohead frontman’s debut album with supergroup

Scott Hutchison, of Frightened Rabbit

My Fantasy Band: Scott Hutchison, Frightened Rabbit

'Nick Cave is the quintessential frontman'

Album: Marcos Valle, Previsao do Tempo (Light in the Attic)

As a teenage Rio surfer, Valle wrote "Summer Samba (So Nice)", a huge bossa hit. Now, retro-specialist label Light in the Attic has pointed its torch at his neglected early 1970s LPs, when coded lyrics protesting the military dictatorship were partnered by musical excursions into funk, psychedelia and prog.

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