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Saxophonist Murray is the most exciting live performer in jazz, but since a great run on the DIW label his recordings haven't always offered a true estimate of his worth.

Grace Jones displayed her flexibility (physically and vocally) as she dry-humped the stage wearing a Lion King-inspired grass mane and matching tasselled, sand-coloured coat

Lovebox Festival, Victoria Park, London

In its tenth year, the increasingly successful (and therefore increasingly corporate) Lovebox festival seems to be trying hard to prove its hipster credentials by involving local Hackney-based talent.

Lovebox, Victoria Park, London E3

Get into the groove at the capital's dance music festival

The Vaccines

Snowbombing - Chill out at the coolest festival of them all

It started as a gimmick to sell more ski holidays, but these days Snowbombing, a dance bonanza in the Austrian Alps, is a highlight of the musical year.

The Vaccines

Chill out at coolest festival of them all

Snowbombing, a dance extravaganza in the Austrian Alps, has become a highlight of the musical year, says Elisa Bray

Album: Various Artists, Northern Soul 2 (Spectrum/Universal)

The meaning of Northern Soul grows ever more random and while there's some fast-paced "dancers" with a handclap beat on this well-researched cheapie collection, there's a few floor-clearers, too.

Album: Will Young, Echoes (RCA)

Last year's Groove Armada collaboration "History" suggested the Pop Idol charmer had a cracking dance album in him.

Sound It Out: Teesside's own spin city

Record Store Day, the annual event to promote independent music-retail, has been going from strength to strength. This year it boasts its own official film, an affectionate tribute to the workings of one such institution and the characters that frequent it.

Groove Armada, Academy, Bristol<br/>British Sea Power, Academy, Leeds

Groove Armada remind us that there's more to them than a song that goes well with canap&#233;s

Hurts, The Ritz, Manchester<br/>Everything Everything, Scala, London

Emotion is always hovering near the severely tailored surface of Eighties-inspired duo Hurts

Album: Rhythms del Mundo, Revival (Transmission)

This latest charity compilation of made-over pop hits in an Afro-Cuban style has some routine examples of unimaginative salsa-fication (Wyclef Jean's "Stayin' Alive"), but mercifully they're outnumbered by the more apt transformations of things like Gorillaz' "Feel Good Inc", Groove Armada's timbale-rattling "Superstylin'", and Dizzee Rascal's "Holiday", its new Caribbean setting perfectly in line with its vacation theme.

Pet Shop Boys, Empress Ballroom, Blackpool<br/>Klaxons, Ruby Lounge, Manchester

A dash of wit, a slice of politics and a garnish of art-school style &ndash; the Pet Shop Boys' synth-pop formula just gets better and better

Man dies at T in the Park

A man collapsed and died at the end of the first night of the T in the Park festival, police said today.

The revolution that killed Soho's record shops

Long before it featured on the cover of the best-selling Oasis album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? London's Berwick Street was a mecca for any self-respecting record collector.

The Friday Playlist - Groove Armada edition

This week's Spotify playlist is compiled by Groove Armada

Groove Armada - Big beat boys chart new waters

After more than a decade spent reaching for the lasers as the UK's foremost main-stage dance act, Groove Armada say it's time to go back to basics. By Marcus O'Dair
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