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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: Mairi Morrison & Alasdair Roberts, Urstan (Drag City)

Alasdair Roberts and Mairi Morrison are part of a golden generation of Scots performers bringing new light to bear on folk music.

Mark Foster, Foster the People

La Shica Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London

Flamenco singer-dancer La Shica performs a traditional Sevillanas, moving with courtly seriousness. Then she and her band add a bassline, teasing rhythms and shapes. She turns to the audience, with beaming delight: “Now you understand why some purists in my country think I am Satan’s daughter!” 

Tune-Yards, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Is it a tribal chant or a yodel? A squawk or a chirrup? Merrill Garbus - aka Tune-Yards - is back, after the triumphant critical success of last year's album whokill, and live she's as arresting as ever.

My Fantasy Band - Jordan Gatesmith, Howler

Vocals - Lux Interior
He was The Cramps' frontman – he died about three years ago. His voice was so spooky and so scary, as if a ghoul or a skeleton could sing. He was really punk rock.

Chairlift’s new album, ‘Something’, is out on Monday.

My fantasy band: Patrick Wimberly from Chairlift

Drums Stevie Wonder

Asher Roth, Jazz Café, London

Emerging onto the stage with his (now long) ginger locks, this white Jewish rapper looks no more like a hip hop star than he ever did. 

My Fantasy Band: Foe

Guitar - Stef Ketteringham
On guitar I've got a guy named Stef Ketteringham, from a band called Shield Your Eyes.

Album: Spotlight Kid, Disaster Tourist (Tri-Tone/PIAS)

If you're going to name your band after a Captain Beefheart album, you'd better make sure you're pretty damn good - or pretty damn weird, at least.

At ease: Kate Jackson

The firebrand who found a softer side

After fronting the Long Blondes, Kate Jackson can finally be herself as a solo artist, she tells Elisa Bray

Twanging foursome Two Wounded Birds

Tracey Emin and the Margate Birds

Tracey Emin has long shown a sometimes bittersweet love for her home town of Margate. A keen supporter of the resort's recently opened Turner Contemporary gallery, she is now hooking up with a different group of local artists: the surf-pop gang Two Wounded Birds.

Business Diary: That's rich, coming from Jamie

Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, who clearly has a difficult time buying into the theory that bankers should spend all their time apologising, is back on his high horse. At a conference organised by Goldman Sachs – and presumably therefore to a receptive audience – Dimon was scathing about the ongoing protests about the distribution of wealth. "Acting like everyone who's been successful is bad and that everyone who is rich is bad. I just don't get it."

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