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Julia Holter returns in August with her third album in three years

Caught in the net: A high-pitched hometown homage

LA musician Julia Holter (pictured) returns in August with her third album in three years in the shape of Loud City Song. Last year's much praised Ekstasis was a stand-out, full of great experimental baroque pop, strange electronics, fine songwriting and Holter's lovely high-pitched vocal.

The promotional bumf cites Colette and Frank O'Hara as influences on this album themed around Holter's relationship with her hometown, all of which might make one uneasy, but in her skilled hands it should all be OK.

The first track from Loud City Song has been a released and it is an intriguing opening effort. “World” is an extremely sparse affair with those high-end, poised vocals leading the charge over spare hints of synths and strings. The song can be heard with its lo-fi, LA-shot video at youtu.be/BmT7GKPsxto.

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This weekend's Field Day festival in east London is packed with storming new acts.

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Album: Portico Quartet, Live/Remix (Real World)

Whether Portico Quartet ever were a jazz act is debatable, but they certainly don't sound like one now.

Dido, Girl Who Got Away (RCA)

Album review: Dido, Girl Who Got Away (RCA)

Despite her avowed intention to adopt an electronic approach that would take this fourth album in a different direction to its predecessors, it sounds like textbook Dido – which is either a tribute to her voice's character, or an admission of failure.

Album review: Marc Romboy & Ken Ishii, Taiyo (Systematic)

On Taiyo, the universal language of techno bridges 7,000 kilometres to bring together DJ/producers from Germany and Japan in a seamless alliance of beats and tones.

IoS Sounds of 2013: Pop

First, a seasonal recommendation, for though decorations are down and detoxes are underway, blow me down if I haven't found just the thing to soundtrack this bleak midwinter: Pedestrian Verse from Scots rockers Frightened Rabbit. Out in early February, it sees their marriage of grimly poetic lyrics and gustily anthemic choruses more on point than ever.

Kraftwerk

Tate apologises for Kraftwerk ticket debacle

Tate bosses have apologised "unreservedly" for a ticketing disaster this week which left many fans of German electronic group Kraftwerk unable to see the band after the gallery's website could not cope with demand.

Album: Leona Lewis, Glassheart (Syco)

With pesky priapic cherubs One Direction having nabbed Lewis's "most popular X Factor act" crown, this long-delayed third album sets out to make the Hackney diva "current" again.

Album: Adrian Sherwood, Survival and Resistance (On-U Sound)

Not, as you might anticipate given the title, one of the mixmaster's outpourings of noise-rage, but a quiet, meditative, even warm exploration of slooooow, in dub.

A Sound British Adventure, Radio 4, Tuesday

I'm just going to tinker with my sonic screwdriver …

Musician to transform Millennium Bridge into 'sound installation'

Martyn Ware, who made his name with bands Heaven 17 and Human League, is to transform the Millennium Bridge into a “sound installation” designed to tell the story of London and its people. He urged the authorities to invest in more projects to make the city more “beautiful”.

North Korean TV shows an unidentified woman close behind Kim Jong-un

Is Kim Jong-un's mystery woman a long-lost love?

Glamorous companion said to be a married pop star who Korean leader's father forbade him to see

Latitude’s late night i Arena line-up revealed!

We’re excited to announce more of this year’s amazing late night line-up with DJs booked on the i Arena, In The Woods and The Lake Stage.

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