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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: The Black Keys, El Camino (Nonesuch)

When you open an album with the words "Well I'm so above you" and close it singing "Don't let it be over", you'd better make sure that everything in between measures up.

Keef Hartley: Drummer who played with John Mayall and led his own band at Woodstock

The Woodstock Festival in August 1969 was a gigantic success, establishing several acts as major performers and nearly everybody (no matter how stoned) did exceptionally well.

Album: Meshell Ndegeocello, Weather (Naive)

Producer Joe Henry writes a brilliant sleevenote arguing that great artists transcend genre.

Alison Wilding: How the Land Lies New Art Centre, Salisbury

The sculptor Alison Wilding is not as well known as she deserves to be. She tends to be disinclined to talk about her work. Journalists are not presented with easily digestible narratives.

Amy spent night watching videos and playing drums

Amy Winehouse spent her last night alive on Friday watching videos and playing drums for two hours in the bedroom of her £2m mansion in Camden, north London, prompting neighbours to complain about the noise under the false impression that she was hosting a party.

Treacle JR (15)

Starring: Aidan Gillen, Tom Fisher, Riann Steele

Album: Brian Eno / Rick Holland, Drums Between the Bells (Opal / Warp)

Holland is a poet and Eno is Eno.

Wildfire rages closer to US nuclear laboratory

A wildfire burning near the desert birthplace of the atomic bomb advanced on the Los Alamos laboratory and thousands of outdoor drums of plutonium-contaminated waste as authorities stepped up efforts to protect the site from flames and monitor the air for radiation.

Wildfire threatens US nuclear laboratory

A wildfire burning near the desert birthplace of the atomic bomb advanced on the Los Alamos laboratory and thousands of outdoor drums of plutonium-contaminated waste as authorities stepped up efforts to protect the site from flames and monitor the air for radiation.

Letter from the editor: i on Saturday

You can’t say that we don’t give you what you want! I’ve lost count of the number of readers who have written to us asking for a Saturday edition of their favourite daily paper (see a small selection of your comments in a special edition of @i on page 14).

The Drums to round up rollercoaster year with free gig in London

This year was always going to be a good one for The Drums. The 'next Strokes', as they have lazily been labelled, were the winners of the NME Philip Hall Radar Award 2010, an accolade picked up by the likes Glasvegas in the past. The gong is awarded to the band tipped for success in 2010, and it was right on the money.

First Night, Womad, Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Womad's world of music proves hard to beat
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