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Sheryl Crow "Feels Like Home" (Warner Bros)

The best Christmas gifts for the gent

Main image: eclectic bronze shoe door stop by Tom Dixon, £145, Selfridges; selection of frames, from £5, John Lewis

Fire! Jimi Hendrix's 'favourite' smashed and burned guitar returns from the dead

His beloved black Fender Stratocaster is expected to fetch £125,000 at auction

Jake Bugg, Koko, London

There’s a feeling of excitement in the air. “It was never this busy for Prince,” gasps a man by the bar, and “I really hope it’s not all hype says a stiletto-clad woman in a scouse accent.

Album: Jan Garbarek, Egberto Gismonti, Charlie Haden, Magico – Carta de Amor (ECM)

More than 30 years after this short-lived trio's landmark albums Magico and Folk Songs, ECM has unearthed a live recording from a 1981 concert in Munich.

Beach House, Roundhouse, London

Dream pop duo Beach House are covered in smoke and coloured light, reduced to mere silhouettes on the stage. Victoria Legrand’s big, shaggy hair is the only discernable feature as she bobs and whispers. She is sometimes heard, sometimes obscured by Alex Scally’s rippling, dreamy guitar chords.

Album: Robbie Williams, Take The Crown (Universal Island)

A well-crafted ode in honour of self-obsession

Album: Tim Maia, Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of… (Luaka Bop)

How great it is to discover belatedly the Brazilian legend Maia, a teenage illegal immigrant to the US who took Sly Stone and the Isleys' 1970s funk back home to Rio, blending it with samba, Afrobeat and even reggae.

Grizzly Bear, Brixton Academy, London

It is Grizzly Bear vocalist Ed Droste's birthday, and the crowd break into a haphazard round of 'Happy Birthday'. This should please the Brooklyn four-piece - they publicly moaned that an audience in Newcastle was too quiet last week.

Album: Paul Banks, Banks (Matador)

It takes great skill and taste to make pseudo-intellectual condescension palatable as entertainment, and Interpol singer Paul Banks clearly lacks both, in sizeable quantities.

Album: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Psychedelic Pill (Reprise)

Young's rock'n'roll reminiscing is not so hard to swallow

Album: The Black Keys, Tour Rehearsal Tapes (Nonesuch)

The six tracks of Tour Rehearsal Tapes underscore the explosive musical chemistry between guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Pat Carney that made last February's shows such joyously exhilarating affairs.

Album: Donald Fagen, Sunken Condos (Reprise)

Each new Donald Fagen album is like trading in your old car for a new version of the same model.

My Fantasy Band: Jake Bugg

'Elvis was a showman; he had all the moves'

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.

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