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Album review: A Fine Frenzy, Pines (Virgin)

A Fine Frenzy is the nom-de-disque of Californian singer-songwriter Alison Sudol, whose gently keening vocals invoke a strain of Pacific coastal wyrdness.

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Album review: Fleetwood Mac, Rumours: Super Deluxe Remastered Version (Rhino)

Pitch-perfect pop before they went their own way

Di and Viv and Rose, Hampstead Theatre, London

Hampstead Theatre is riding high at the moment. Their splendid revival of David Hare's The Judas Kiss has just moved triumphantly into the West End. And now they are celebrating a transfer of a different kind.

Album review: Adam Ant, Adam Ant is the Bluback Hussar... (Blueblack Hussar Records)

What most people know about Adam Ant's troubled 21st century is that he threw a car alternator through a pub window, waved a gun around and got sectioned. What fewer realise is he's been working on a comeback album. He's self-aware enough to acknowledge the situation in swamp-glam lead single "Cool Zombie" (interest declared: I'm in the video), with its references to "not playing with a full deck", and on Blueblack Hussar's title track, wherein he admits: "You know me, I go too far."

Video clip of deaf bulldog 'dancing' to a blues song goes viral

Experts think Winston may be feeling vibrations from the music

One of the eight Monopoly tokens is being relegated to history in favour of a replacement that 'reflects the interests of today's players'

Will they give the Scottie dog the boot? Monopoly board game makers launch online vote to scrap one of its famous playing pieces

Fans will be able to 'vote in' a more up-to-date replacement piece

Album review: Menahan Street Band, The Crossing (Dunham/Daptone)

An instrumental unit associated with the Daptone organisation, the Menahan Street Band have proven a fertile sampling source for such as Jay-Z, Kid Cudi and 50 Cent, and it's not hard to tell why listening to the grooves on this latest album.

Caught in the Net: Sparks fly early from Foals' new fire

Foals are slowly easing themselves back into the fray ahead of the 11 February release of the third album, Holy Fire.

Album: Mike Vass Decemberwell, Rusty Squash (Horn)

Eschewing the standard repertoire in favour of original compositions, Vass has created an aural landscape of the Scottish winter.

The Black Keys

The Black Keys, SECC, Glasgow

Fresh from last week’s announcement that they’ve collected five nominations at this year’s Grammy Awards and currently engaged in their first bona fide UK arena tour, Akron, Ohio (they’re so proud they name the place on their T-shirts) duo the Black Keys have truly arrived in the big leagues.

Rolling Stones celebrate 50 years

Ageing rockers The Rolling Stones celebrated 50 years in the industry by performing to a packed London crowd for the first time since 2007.

IoS album review: Fanga/Maalem Abdallah Guinea, Fangnawa Experience (Strut)

French Afro collective Fanga and Morocco’s Abdullah Guinea have superimposed gnawa roots music on to 1970s funk so successfully as to make these two disparate forms seem as if they belong together.

IoS album review: Various artists, Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us (Mercyland)

High-concept stuff – as in heavenly – in which the Nashville songwriter Phil Madeira co-opts a posse of notables into a project predicated on the idea that “God is love” (as opposed to the moralist of “crazy TV preachers”).

Subtle touch: Shuggie Otis at the Jazz Café, London Caitlin Mogridge/Getty

IoS pop review 2: Shuggie Otis, Jazz Café, London

Integrity intact, this blast from the past heads to the future

Album: Snow Palms, Intervals (Village Green)

Better known as one-third of post-rockers State River Widening, David Sheppard here collaborates with producer Chris Leary as Snow Palms, a percussion-based unit whose creations owe much to the mallet music of Steve Reich, Moondog and Indonesian gamelan orchestras.

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