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The Miles Davis standard “So What” has been a modal jazz touchstone for 55 years, providing the harmonic canvas for myriad improvisations and reinterpretations.

Simon Price on pop: Smiths' reborn rocker Johnny Marr is on the side of the angels

For a band routinely dismissed as effete, the Smiths were always a surprisingly muscular rock'n'roll entity, whose musical heft created the liberty for the gladioli-thrashing freak at the front to carry on camping. Like the Rolling Stones with Quentin Crisp as lead singer.

My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine, Barrowlands, Glasgow

Were it not for the return of David Bowie, My Bloody Valentine would surely have provided the ‘serious’ music event of the year with the emergence of mbv, their 22-years in the making follow-up to the alternative classic second album Loveless.

Madness singer Suggs, who is writing a memoir

Suggs to perform in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK

Madness singer Suggs will perform in a star-studded evening of music to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Bonnie Tyler will represent UK in Eurovision

UK holds out for a hero as Bonnie Tyler chosen for Eurovision Song Contest 2013

“Total Eclipse of the Heart” singer Bonnie Tyler will represent Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.

Bobby Rogers: Singer and songwriter with Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

The singer and songwriter Bobby Rogers was a founder member of The Miracles, the soul group whose formation predated the launch of Berry Gordy Jr's Motown operation in 1959 and earned them premier status on the company's roster. In 1960 the quintet scored the first million-selling Motown single with the catchy "Shop Around" – containing the peerless advice "My mama told me you better shop around" – co-written by Gordy and their primary vocalist and composer Smokey Robinson. Two years later, Rogers sang tenor lead alongside Robinson's yearning falsetto on "You've Really Got A Hold On Me", an arrangement the Fab Four emulated for the version included on their second album With The Beatles.

Bruce Springsteen to play at Olympic Park for Hard Rock Calling

Bruce Springsteen will return to London this summer as headliner of  Hard Rock Calling - despite having his set at last year's festival cut short after overrunning.

Jimi Hendrix, People, Hell and Angels Experience Hendrix (LLC/Sony)

People, Hell and Angels: New album of unreleased Jimi Hendrix recordings reveal the guitar god's 'artistry'

If there were any doubts about the lingering force of fabled rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix more than four decades after his death, his latest release should put them to rest.

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Playful as ever, Richard Thompson has described his latest project as a “weedy power trio” that plays “folk-funk”. Fact is, tonight offers precious little folk, not much funk and his current, highly economical line-up sounds anything but puny.

David Bowie album review - track by track: The Starman pulls off the greatest comeback album in rock'n'roll history with The Next Day

Andy Gill listens to Bowie’s first album in a decade – The Next Day (Iso/Columbia) – and says it’s as good as anything he’s ever made

Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, Child Ballads (Wilderland)

Album review: Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, Child Ballads (Wilderland)

The folk songs collated in the 19th century by Sir Francis James Child are the taproot of transcontinental folk culture: a treasure-house of tales for performers from Martin Carthy to Bob Dylan, and a more recent influence on nu-folkies like The Decemberists.

Willie Mullins sent out four winners at Clonmel yesterday

Chris Pea Green reveals his true colours to enter Triumph picture

It would be gratifying if the bookmakers were made to regret a rather snooty response to what looked a perfectly legitimate trial for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Huntingdon. For they would certainly have shown greater respect had any among his victims, hailing from more fashionable yards, happened to win the 32Red Chatteris Fen Hurdle in the same style as Chris Pea Green. As it was, they appear to have decided that he was merely exploiting a collective failure to run to form, and still offer 33-1 for Cheltenham next month.

Fleetwood Mac to go their own way performing new songs on tour - and fans outraged at 'tickets that cost more than my rent'

Fans might clamour for the hits from Rumours but Fleetwood Mac will perform new material on their forthcoming tour.

Family, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Even more than fellow travellers Traffic, Family were in danger of being written out of the annals of British rock history or just remembered for the handful of off-kilter, intriguing hits they scored in the early seventies. 

My Fantasy Band: Tiga

‘There’s a fair chance that this line-up would be a train wreck’

My Fantasy Band: Alice Costelloe, Big Deal

'Being a Muppet shouldn’t exclude him from the band...'

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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

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