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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 review: Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Pizzica Indiavolata (Discovery Records)

This strikingly original band from southern Italy have been taking the traditional taranta dance of Salento and giving it contemporary resonance and edge since 1975.

Ginger Baker: 'I was listening to the radio when they announced my death'

No other band got close to Cream – or ever will I played the drums, Eric [Clapton] was the best guitarist of all time and our sets [featuring hits such as "Sunshine of Your Love"] were never the same two nights running; it was magic. Unfortunately it didn't last [the band broke up in 1968] but the reunion at the Royal Albert Hall [in 2005] was amazing; it felt like we'd not seen one another for a few weeks, not 35 years!

My Fantasy Band: Yannis Philippakis, Foals

'I think Björk would just be the perfect twist of lemon on top of an already pretty weird band'

Former Malcolm in the Middle child star Frankie Muniz suffers mini-stroke

Muniz's career since 2006 has not matched the success of his hit show

Greig performing in London; until the late 1960s he had worked mainly as a drummer

Stan Greig: Pianist, drummer and bandleader

His roll call of collaborators was impressive; it included Bilk, Melly, Fawkes and Lyttelton

IoS album review: Nat Birchall, World Without Form (Sound, Soul and Spirit)

In a scene dominated by jazz graduates who are fluent in the language but don’t have much to say, the music of saxophonist Birchall – who came to Coltrane via reggae’s Cedric Brooks – screams “Belief!”

Movie review: Hit So Hard starring Courtney Love, Patty Schemel

P David Ebersole, 103mins, NC

Grizzly Bear, Brixton Academy, London

It is Grizzly Bear vocalist Ed Droste's birthday, and the crowd break into a haphazard round of 'Happy Birthday'. This should please the Brooklyn four-piece - they publicly moaned that an audience in Newcastle was too quiet last week.

Album: Salvador Trio, Tristeza/Salvador Trio (Mr Bongo

The best tracks on these two mid-1960s albums by the trio of Brazilian pianist Dom Salvador have a rhythmic density that could still get chin-strokers dancing.

Album: Meshell Ndegeocello Pour une Âme Souveraine – a Dedication to Nina Simone Naïve bbbb

Meshell Ndegeocello's tribute to Nina Simone recasts the High Priestess of Soul's repertoire in the bassist's more subtle, reflective manner.

Album: Beth Orton, Sugaring Season (Anti-)

Beth Orton's first album for six years is an elegant affair, whose ruminations are given pleasing lustre by Tucker Martine, the production polisher of folk-rockers The Decemberists.

Caught in the Net: You gotta fight for your right to funding

What do you do if you're a musician with an album to make and your funding falls through? Raise the money yourself, of course!

Butch Vig: The Garbage baggage just melted away

The drummer and music producer spills the beans on his new American band The Emperor's of Wyoming

Album: The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Between the Ditches (SideOneDummy)

The Reverend Peyton's brooding baritone bark is the vocal equivalent of a scowl, perfect for the blues sermons bashed out by his trio on Between the Ditches.

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