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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?

Science Museum to display legendary Oramics Machine

Fans of primitive electronica are licking their lips at the chance to view a unique instrument that has acquired near legendary status. The Oramics Machine was invented in the 1960s by Daphne Oram, the first director of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. It has been largely unseen for 20 years.

Lady Gaga taking surfing lessons

Lady Gaga is having surfing lessons.

DJ Pete Tong gets restraining order against singer Shara Nelson

Radio One DJ Pete Tong has been granted a restraining order against Shara Nelson, the former Massive Attack singer and songwriter, after she was found guilty of harassing him.

Album: Nidi d'arac, Taranta Container (Galileo)

An inventive and involving overhaul of the traditional Italian folk dance form, the taranta, which on the whole works well. The constants are the sounds of plaintive violin, muscular accordion and romantically yearning vocals. But as the album progresses, rock, dub and electronica elements enter the fray without ever taking over the show. Traditionalists won't have much time for it, but for anyone who enjoys Gotan Project's deconstructions of tango this should appeal.

Caught in the Net: Swift, ambient sounds from Hebden

On 19 September, Kieran Hebden, operating under his usual moniker Four Tet, will release a Fabriclive mix record (the 59th in the series).

Lady Gaga promises to show everything in book

Lady Gaga's forthcoming pictorial book will include images of her in the shower.

Moby/Silver Apples, Roundhouse, London

Moby gives fans a whale of a time

Lady Gaga couldn't talk for 48 hours after Winehouse's death

Lady Gaga was so devastated by Amy Winehouse's death she couldn't talk for two days.

Lady Gaga offered 200k for Perez Hilton chat show

Lady Gaga is being offered £200,000 to get into bed with Perez Hilton. The 'Edge of Glory' singer - known for her kooky exploits, which have seen her hatch out of an egg live on stage - is wanted by ITV bosses to appear on a new show fronted by the US gossip blogger, entitled 'Sleeping with Perez'.

Little Dragon - Time to hear Sweden's cult favourites roar

They've toured and recorded with Gorillaz – now Little Dragon are poised to make an overdue breakthrough, says Elisa Bray

Lady Gaga warns public not to 'kill the superstar'

Lady Gaga says Amy Winehouse's death is a lesson not to "kill the superstar".

I'll Be Your Mirror: Portishead, Alexandra Palace, London

Portishead's 1994 debut, Dummy, was so perfect it almost instantly became a cliché, a cul de sac they only escaped with 2008's aptly titled Third. But on the first night of a festival the Bristol band curated and headline, they dig deeper into songs it had seemed would bury them, expanding their sonic terrain of scratched hip-hop, vintage vinyl spookiness and Cold War spy movie cool, Billie Holiday and John le Carré.

Album: Lamb, 5 (Strata)

Lamb used to feel like the most infuriatingly middle-class band in existence: a Portishead for people who were scared of the dark, a proto-Dido to provide ambience at dinner parties.

MTV: Thank you for the music ...

Pioneering pop video director Kevin Godley chooses his 10 favourite promos of the past 30 years

Album: Little Dragon, Ritual Union (Peace Frog)

Collaborations with Gorillaz and Big Boi have made the Swedish quartet Little Dragon one of the more intriguing new prospects, arousing an interest which the piquant electro-soul stylings of Ritual Union more than bear out.

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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