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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).

My Fantasy Band: Mikel Jollett, Airborne Toxic Event

Vocals - Joe Strummer
Not because he had the best voice or anything, but there's something kind of unhinged and totally rock'n'roll about him. He had fire in his belly. You want a riot to break out in the audience or something, otherwise it's just folk music with a back beat.

SXSW blog: Telekinesis & Here We Go Magic

There's only a handful of bands I came to SXSW determined to see and Seattle's Telekinesis was one of them. I caught them at the Austinist day party. They have a singing drummer who had a raccoon stuffed animal on his kit, nice touch.

My Fantasy Band: Just Jack

Vocals - D'Angelo and Lykke Li
I've been listening to 'Voodoo' by D'Angelo quite a lot recently and his voice is indescribable, it acts as another instrument. I think there's just something about Lykke Li and I enjoyed her album, 'Youth Novels'. Obviously she looks cool but I think she has a really interesting and unique voice.

Games Review: Guitar Hero World Tour

PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, Activision, £149.99

Album: The Real Tuesday Weld, The London Book of the Dead (Antique Beat)

The Real Tuesday Weld – essentially Stephen Coates and a collective who help him realise his musical vision – have been making their hazy vintage pop and re-imagined Charleston swing for a small but dedicated audience of aesthetes and aficionados for most of this decade, and 'The London Book of the Dead' is a fine addition to their oeuvre. In and out of clarinets, brushed drums, ghostly girlish voices and the crackles of gramophone needles, Coates creates an impressionistic "now-then, now-then": neither the past tense nor the present tense, but the hesitant tense.

An inspiring gap year

Chrissie Stockting, 22, graduated from Southampton University last year with a degree in music. Earlier this year, she became a Raleigh International Venturer in a team of 120 volunteers and spent 10 weeks in Tampasak, a small village in Malaysian Borneo. She tells us why ‘potential employers are noticeably impressed’ by her time off.

Album: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Real Emotional Trash, (Domino)

"Of all my stoned digressions/Some have mutated into the truth" – in all the years he has been making records, has Stephen Malkmus ever written a more revealing line than the opening words of his fourth post-Pavement record?

Röyksopp, University, Newcastle

Bob Dylan: Stories of the songs

Big Star In Space

Charlie Parker Legacy Band, Brecon Jazz Festival

In the shadow of Parker's mood

Album: Tosca

JAC, G-STONE/!K7

The Great Escape: `The best band I've ever been in is the one with me and my singing teacher'

EVERY MONDAY, I have a singing lesson. It's better than therapy. It's better than aeroplanes, in fact it's about as good as it ever gets. I come bouncing out of there every time with a whole new everything. I walk around singing all week. It is a leap of faith to sing. The hardest thing about it is to believe you can do it. So a bit of encouragement works wonders. It's the best band I've ever been in, this one - with me and my singing teacher.
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