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Sheryl Crow "Feels Like Home" (Warner Bros)

Jim White

Music review: Jim White, St. Pancras Old Church, London

Jim White’s songs are the tip of an iceberg of painful lives he’s lived and seen. The 56-year-old Floridian is a neat man of small movements, and his music too has incremental, gentle power.

Album: Goldfrapp, Tales of Us (Mute)

The peculiar flip-flop trajectory of Goldfrapp’s career continues with Tales of Us, on which they eschew the electropop of 2010’s Head First in favour of a more sensuous, intimate style that owes much to Kate Bush.

Album: London Grammar, If You Wait (Metal & Dust)

London Grammar have spent  18 months preparing to be an overnight success, which care and attention pays dividends on If You Wait.

Album: The Strypes, Snapshot (Virgin EMI)

A scintillating shot of roughneck rhythm and blues

Book of a lifetime: In the Heart of the Country, by JM Coetzee

A good book must have a certain aroma. That is what a lifetime of reading library books has taught me. Some reek too much of tobacco, others have a musty odour that seems to choke the very text, but the books that chime with me just smell right. I find them by accident; hiding behind frayed plastic jackets in the book sales of the local libraries. I peel away their protective wrapping and then sniff. In the Heart of the Country by JM Coetzee had hints of apple, sandalwood and charcoal between its pages; surprising, for such a lean and austere book, but  also promising.

Album: Fleetwood Mac, Then Play On (Rhino)

The mournful 1969 album that was Peter Green’s last as a Mac, a strange, elliptical creation owing plenty to both psychedelic and “progressive” impulses as well as an expanded sense of the blues: an extraordinary and not always compelling ramble which offers to chart new territory but often returns abruptly to home comforts.

Album: Getsemani, 3-Logic (Getsemani)

This Sardinian trio's third album illustrates the fact that in the 21st century there's nothing less progressive than progressive rock.

Album review: Laura Veirs, Warp and Weft (Bella Union)

Laura weaves her magic with painful and poignant tales

Music review: Night Works - An 80s-obsessed guitar-pop band with electronic tendencies

Pity the poor bassist who leaves a band for a solo venture on the eve of his former group’s big breakthrough. For such is the fate of Gabriel Stebbing, frontman of Night Works and former bass/keys man in thoughtful, wonky electropop merchants Metronomy.

Album review: Johnny Dowd, Do the Gargon (Mother Jinx)

Album of the Week: A toe-tapping mix of tortured grooves and Texas boogie

Jono Ma: 'Billie Holiday just glides and floats over the chaos'

Fantast band: Jono Ma, Jagwar Ma

'Billie Holiday just glides and floats over the chaos'

Indyplus video: Terence Blacker live

The Independent's columnist Terence Blacker found out he could not only be behind the microphone talking about books or political debates, but that he could also sing. He makes his Edinburgh Festival debut this week. Watch him performing three of his songs on the videos below:

Album: Chick Corea, The Vigil (Concord)

Good fusion bands need great drummers and Marcus Gilmore's all-around-the-kit technique adds massive energy and oomph to star pianist Corea's latest band.

Album: Medicine, To The Happy Few (Captured Tracks)

A big legend in small circles, Medicine were the first American band signed to Creation Records and were, according to Planet Pitchfork, 'the American answer to My Bloody Valentine'.

Album: Mogwai, Les Revenants (Rock Action)

Mogwai's latest album is the soundtrack to the acclaimed French supernatural drama series The Returned, and they've done a respectful job of augmenting the atmosphere of melancholy, contemplation and unease.

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