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Blog faves, BBC Sound of 2013 poll, world tour…and the trio hadn't even released an album. Can it live up to the hype?

Tricky, IndigO2, O2 Arena

Anarchy in the O2. “We need some people on here,” Tricky demands. “Are you scared?” the topless singer keeps repeating.

ENO to stage Philip Glass opera about the last days of Walt Disney

The English National Opera is set to stage a series of new works next year including a Philip Glass opera about the last days of Walt Disney and an experimental piece scripted by Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell.

Being Modern: Period dramas

The past is a lucrative country; they do things deliciously there. So runs one of the unsinkable maxims of 21st-century British television. Or at least it seemed unsinkable until ITV's Titanic: finishing tonight, the multi-decked extravaganza's ratings have drowned amid a vortex of so-so reviews and bad seafaring puns. Which might make you wonder: is the period drama set for a fall from grace to rival that of Tess of the d'Urbervilles?

Album: BBB (Balkan Beat Box), Give (Crammed Discs)

This New York-based trio's name has always irritated because it fails to convey how musically eclectic they are.

Album: Orbital, Wonky (ACP)

The first Orbital album in eight years offers further confirmation of the enduring strength of old-school electronic music.

Album: Grinderman, Grinderman 2 RMX (Mute)

Remix albums are always hit-and-miss affairs, yoking together as they do a diversity of approaches.

Album: VCMG, Ssss (Mute)

The VC and MG in question are Vince Clarke and Martin Gore, Ssss being a Depeche Mode composers' reunion album – albeit only at email arm's-length, the two electro-heads firing files back and forth between their respective studios.

Azealia Banks, Heaven, London

“How you all enjoying that cotton candy?” Azealia Banks grins. No need to worry what that might be a euphemism for. The most gasped-over new rap talent on either side of the Atlantic is most literally talking about the fluffy fairground confectionery, being handed out free to fans at the side of the venue.

Elektro Kif, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London

Blanca Li’s Elektro Kif is an upbeat jumble of street dance, observational comedy and high school clichés. The different episodes go on too long, but Li’s all-male company are bright dancers with cheerful stage presence.

Thom Yorke and Radiohead are launching an ‘ethical’ ticket exchange

Radiohead try to pull plug on ticket resale rip-offs

They have already cut out record companies by selling music direct to fans. Now Radiohead are taking a stand against the inflated prices that fans are forced to pay for live concerts by launching their own "ethical" ticket exchange.

Album: Morton Subotnick, Electronic Works Vol 3 (Mode)

Morton Subotnick was a 1960s pioneer of classical electronic composition, using his Buchla modular system to access unique tones and timbres, rather than approximate the sounds of acoustic instruments.

Album: School of Seven Bells, Ghostory (Full Time Hobby)

Darker, dreamier, dancier: so might run the motto of these New Yorkers, who began life as estoeric shoegaze revivalists but have shorn a member and streamlined their sound on the way to this third album.

My Fantasy Band: Isaac Slade, The Fray

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Jamie Hewlett-designed Chuck Taylor shoes

Trending: Are Gorillaz really 'selling their soles'?

This week, an all-star line-up of three of the best acts of the 21st century (or parts of them, at least) will team up for a new collaboration. It's not for a Brits spectacular, but for a track called "Do Ya Thing" featuring Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and OutKast's André 3000, and funded, and given away by, Nike-owned Converse.

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