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Sheryl Crow "Feels Like Home" (Warner Bros)

Pat Metheny, Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol 20 (Nonesuch)

Album review: Pat Metheny, Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol 20 (Nonesuch)

Since the 1980s, John Zorn has composed 500 songs inspired by traditional Jewish music, a series known as the Masada Book, variously recorded by adventurous musicians such as Marc Ribot and now Pat Metheny.

Album: The Hellocentrics, 13 Degrees of Reality (Now-Again)

This UK ensemble have followed up a collaboration with Mulatu Astatke with their most compellingly immersive work to date.

Album: Rod Stewart, Time (Capitol)

A keenly autobiographical Rod writes his first songs in 20 years – and nobody gets kicked in the head.

Caught in the Net: Change of tune is music to my ears

Normally when a film director moves into music-making I would handle with care – but art-house maven Jim Jarmusch has decent music pedigree, stretching back to New York's early-80s no wave/new wave era, when he was involved in a number of music projects.

Album review: Natalie Maines, Mother (Columbia)

Maines is the bell-voiced lead singer of the Dixie Chicks and, as such, worthy to be admired.

The Child Of Lov, The Child Of Lov (Double Six)

Album review: The Child Of Lov, The Child Of Lov (Double Six)

The Child Of Lov is Cole Williams, a reclusive bedroom soundscaper flushed into the open courtesy of this debut album, which marries disjointed beats with hoarse, high soul vocals.

Slow progress, but Rush's hour is here at last

James McNair talks to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's latest inductees

Charlie Fink, frontman of Noah and the Whale

Music review: Noah And The Whale, Palace Theatre, London

You get a sense of frontman Charlie Fink’s ambition early on, when his band reveal their idea of a “stripped-back set” involves Tom Hobden’s violin soaring over a string quartet in the midst of a rollicking "Tonight’s The Kind Of Night".

Phoenix, Bankrupt! (Glassnote)

Album review: Phoenix, Bankrupt! (Glassnote)

French quartet Phoenix's follow-up to their 2009 breakthrough, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, continues in a similar vein of throwback pop whose retro leanings are neatly signalled by the nostalgic jet-set imagery of “Drakkar Noir”.

String theory: Richie Havens in 1998

Richie Havens: The singer who set the Woodstock festival on fire

Andy Gill recalls how Richie Havens, who died this week, was a supremely talented musician who put his mark on an entire era

Album: Junip, Junip (City Slang)

Junip's second album, although less cloying than singer Jose Gonzalez's solo stuff, still resides in the folktronica zone.

Brad Paisley, Wheelhouse (Arista/Sony)

Album review: Brad Paisley, Wheelhouse (Arista/Sony)

On the excellent Wheelhouse, Brad Paisley tiptoes a fine line between satisfying his core country audience and encouraging them to more adventurous attitudes. Good ol' boys, for instance, are sure to enjoy the likes of “Outstanding in Our Field”, a celebration of the blue-collar budget delights of tapping a keg of beer round a campfire.

King Creosote, That Might Well Be It, Darling (Domino)

Album review: King Creosote, That Might Well Be It, Darling (Domino)

Initially released in 2010 as a series of EPs only available at King Creosote live shows, That Might Well Be It, Darling is being given a limited release for Record Store Day. As such, it's more than welcome: it may well be Kenny Anderson's best album.

Music review: Josephine Oniyama, The Tabernacle, London

Mancunian born Josephine Oniyama is a welcome addition to the new music scene with her folky, neo-soul songs that captivate with their honesty and maturity.

Album: Rokia Traoré, Beautiful Africa (Nonesuch)

The exciting thing about this Malian singer-songwriter is that she's always moving on.

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