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Album review: Israel Nash Gripka, Rain Plans (Loose)

The brilliant Barn Doors and Concrete Floors told an engaging story: what happens when you concentrate a load of Neil Young and Rolling Stones influences into a large, plank-walled byre in upstate New York and then let them run and play.

Birdy

Fantasy band: Birdy

'Keane are one of my biggest influences so it makes sense to have Tom Chaplin as lead singer'

Music review: Manic Street Preachers - a satisfying and varied show

Less than two years ago, the Manic Street Preachers played the 20,000-capacity O2 Arena. Now, they play to a tenth of that audience size, the intimacy of this west London venue - and others on this tour - ideal for their new, 11th studio album, Rewind the Film, which revolves around gentle acoustic modes. It seems that in their middle age the Welsh band are embracing subtlety (musically, at least).

Album review: MGMT, MGMT (Columbia)

MGMT’s recent rant against the “commercial sensibility” of other bands shouldn’t be taken as an attempt to deflect charges of failing to repeat their own initial commercial flush. Arriving under a mission-statement eponym, Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden’s third album stretches the slippery psychedelia of 2010’s Congratulations beyond the point of any return to 2007’s festival-sized debut; it sometimes meanders like a wasted hipster at an Animal Collective after-show.

Delon Armitage, left, and Jonny Wilkinson, right, lift the Heineken Cup

Move to new Anglo-French competition 'inevitable' says Saracens chairman

Nigel Wray not surprised by developments over European competition

Album: Goldfrapp, Tales of Us (Mute)

Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory veer closer to the dreamy sensuality of Seventh Tree here than their glam electro-pop outings. Tales of Us has a stately pace and woozy beauty, with cinematic orchestration of swaying strings over acoustic guitar or mossy cello (though "Thea" has the beats and bass to give your sub-woofer a work out).

First lady: Marin Alsop conducts the Last Night of the Proms yesterday

First female conductor, Marin Alsop, rocks Last Prom

You could not have dreamed up a better PR warm-up than the one for this Last Night of the Proms, with Nigel Kennedy's multiple baiting of the PC police, and Joyce DiDonato telling all who would listen about her Vivienne Westwood frocks.

Album: The Ebor Singers, Paul Gameson, Mystery & Miracle: Music From Medieval York (Boreas)

This survey of sacred a cappella music linked to the city of York furnishes some surprises, not least the revelation that the earliest surviving sacred polyphony was intended not for church service but the community-based performances associated with the York Mystery Plays.

Music review: Gabriella Cilmi - She may be sweet, but she also shows talent and guts

“My boots keep getting stuck on the gum on the floor,” Gabriella Cilmi observes. The dirty surface belongs to Mayfair’s version of a bohemian dive, all shadowy corners and murals of topless, brazen rock chicks. Though Cilmi had one of the hits of the summer of 2008 with “Sweet About Me”, and her naturally throaty voice drew comparisons to Amy Winehouse, success since has been patchy at best. This low-key gig in advance of her third album, The Sting, has the feeling of starting again.

Porn is no substitute for good sex education

Girls are learning their sexuality is something they perform for others, instead of something they own

Fisherman's Friends

Fisherman's Friends head for record books with eldest boyband member, 79, to score top 20 hit

Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends are set to enter the record books with the oldest boyband member to perform on a top-20 album.

Page 3 Profile: Gareth Malone, choirmaster

Oh, that man from the TV

Album of the week: Naughty Boy, Hotel Caban (Virgin EMI)

Naughty but nice driving beats are worth checking out

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa performs at The May Fair Hotel at the launch of Downton Abbey series 4.

Abbey ever after: New Downton star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa names dog after ITV drama

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa said she was so happy to land the role of famed opera singer Dame Nellie Melba in Downton Abbey she named her new pet dog after the hit show.

Chris Brown attends a hearing in court

Chris Brown suffers seizure at recording studio because of 'extreme emotional stress, fatigue, legal matters and nonstop negativity'

The 'Look At Me Now' singer suffered a non-epileptic seizure at a Hollywood recording studio on Friday

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