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Last week I turned 45. That means that, best-case scenario, I'm halfway through life. That's a weird thought. My life so far has been a rather varied and extraordinary affair. I was born in Beirut and spent a charmed childhood in the hills above the Lebanese capital, making the occasional jaunt into the Syrian desert. Then came the civil war and everything changed.

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Villagers, Borderline, London

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Focusing on a single band over a weekend is a tricky business on the radio. Get it wrong and you risk provoking the ire of the music police, who are a bit like the fashion police only more militant. They will rain hellfire and damnation down on you on Twitter, picket outside your office and very likely follow you home, barge into your house, skim through your record collection and locate the copy of Kylie and Jason's "Especially for You" that you had studiously hidden from your family, and hold it up as evidence of your abominable taste.

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Radiohead, O2 Arena, London

The most immediately striking thing about Radiohead's current show is the impact of their new double-drummer line-up, which transforms much of their repertoire, and not always for the better.

The Cranberries, HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London

Dolores O’Riordan opens tonight’s performance with an apology: “I’m sorry it took us so long to get here”. The diminutive singer, whose hair has been cropped short and dyed from its native auburn a shocking ash blonde, is not referring to the fairly respectable starting time of 9pm on a Tuesday.

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Caught in the Net: Synth-heavy sounds make for a real gem

The Brooklyn group Telepathe impressed in 2009 with their Dave Sitek-produced debut album, Dance Mother. The female duo return now with "Onyx", the first track from their forthcoming new record, Destroyer.

Album: Elbow Dead In The Boot (Fiction)

Most B-sides compilations seem to have been thrown together to fulfill contracts but Dead In The Boot has a form and substance beyond that.

Beck's website: Song reader is an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012

Beck's new album to be released in sheet-music form

For some music fans, digital MP3 files aren't a patch on old-fashioned vinyl. But now the singer-songwriter Beck is delving further into the past by releasing an album that will be published entirely as individual pieces of sheet music.

Album: Delilah From the Roots Up (Atlantic)

Best known for her work with Chase & Status, Delilah's impressive solo debut displays a versatile, inventive attitude that sets her apart from more routine R&B divas.

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