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Sheryl Crow "Feels Like Home" (Warner Bros)

Album review: Zac Brown Band, Uncaged (No Reserve/Atlantic)

With three Grammy Awards and multi-platinum American sales, the Zac Brown Band are the coming thing in outlaw country music. 

Album: Sarah Gillespie, glory Days (Pastiche)

Flamenco-dancing pigeons, pumpkin pie, Charlie Sheen and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn all crop up on this British singer-songwriter's Gilad Atzmon-produced third album.

Album review: Mark Padmore, Morgan Szymanski, Alec Roth: Sometime I Sing (Signum Classics)

Best known for his Schubert lieder, tenor Mark Padmore here performs Alec Roth's arrangements of songs and poems for voice and guitar, ranging from a sequence of Thomas Wyatt poems of love lost, to the more reflective, crepuscular tone of modern verses on nocturnal themes by Vikram Seth.

Album review: Tunng, Turbines (Full Time Hobby)

There's a deceptive warmth to Tunng's Turbines, exemplified both by the description, in “Trip Trap”, of a woman as “sweet and sour, a poisonous flower”, and musically by the blend of wispy analogue synth and tingling acoustic guitar in “Heavy Rock Warning”.

Johnny Sexton

Jamie Roberts: Why I'm looking forward to teaming up with perfect 10 Jonny Sexton

In the Lions' Den: His French is much better than mine because he seems to be doing more lessons

Johnny Marr appears to have reformed himself

Festival review: Plan B, Johnny Marr and others at Parklife Weekender, Heaton Park, Manchester

The sun blazes over Manchester almost ceaselessly. The 40,000 gathered over the weekend in a corner of the city’s beautiful Heaton Park need no further excuse to celebrate.

Album: Michael Janisch, Jazz for Babies (Whirlwind/Cadiz)

Appalled by the synthetic-sounding CDs available, bassist and new dad Michael Janisch decided to create his own: a now five-disc selection of "slow and relaxing" jazz lullabies performed on real instruments by real musicians to soothe and educate wombers to pre-schoolers.

Album: Camera Obscura, Desire Lines (4AD)

Scottish indie-pop outfit Camera Obscura return after a hiatus of four years, but Desire Lines follows familiar territory.

Album: Queens of the Stone Age, Like Clockwork (Matador)

Few people do "underlying menace" as effectively as Josh Homme, and the 10 songs here all carry the sinister edge of QoTSA's previous five albums.

Miles Kane, Don't Forget Who You Are (Columbia)

Album review: Miles Kane, Don't Forget Who You Are (Columbia)

Album of the Week: Singalong anthems with a Sixties beat and lots of swagger

Indyplus music videos: Karen Mok

Karen Mok is China's feminist and rebellious top-selling female vocalist and actress. She now attempts to break in the UK with album of Cantonese-influenced jazz. Watch some of her music videos, including her song in English, below:

Public Service Broadcasting's Willgoose

Music review: Public Service Broadcasting, Village Underground, London

London’s East End makes a fitting location for a duo obsessed with 1940s heroics, as on their War Room EP, much of which they play tonight.

Guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison sells for $400k

A guitar played by Beatles pair John Lennon and George Harrison sold for 408,000 US dollars (£269,000) at a New York auction today.

Album: The National, Trouble Will Find Me (4AD)

The National's quiet, steady ascent presents the Cincinnati band with a problem on their sixth album: how to crown their rise without losing the ATP/Pitchfork crowd which nurtured them.

The National, Trouble Will Find Me (4AD)

Album review: The National, Trouble Will Find Me (4AD)

Album of the Week: Alt-rock's lurkers cement a stealthy rise to success

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