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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.

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Every now and then, if you’re very lucky, you get to witness a live performance that blows everything else away. A gig that’s so inspiring it leaves you with a lasting smile etched on your face and a burning desire to download every track the artist has ever recorded. Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce Vieux Farka Touré.

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During musical predictions season there is little time to consider the fates of those acts tipped for greatness in previous years. Take indie duo The Big Pink. Three years ago, on the back of one well-received single, they were shortlisted for the BBC's Sound of 2009, then given the NME award for best new act.

My Fantasy Band - Jordan Gatesmith, Howler

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He was The Cramps' frontman – he died about three years ago. His voice was so spooky and so scary, as if a ghoul or a skeleton could sing. He was really punk rock.

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Album: The Little Willies, For the Good Times (Parlophone)

The Little Willies are a vehicle for Norah Jones and a few of her friends to express their love of old country music, mostly through covers of songs by the likes of Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Lefty Frizzell and Loretta Lynn.

Stereophonics, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

You would think Kelly Jones would have to more to say at his first gigs in a year, yet, true to form, half an hour passes before he can muster a simple “Here’s one for ya.”

Russell Marsden

My Fantasy Band: Russell Marsden, Band of Skulls

Drums - John Bonham
For the fact that he was such a musical badass, inventive, intense and our drummer, Matt, will have a real problem with me if I pick another drummer that's not Bonham.

Real Estate, The Scala, London (3/5)

There are certain shows at which it is cool to be seen. Not the glamorous, sellout arena tours of multimillion-record selling megastars, but a performance by an ascendant act in the midst of their rise to prominence.

Jacob Graham of The Drums

Album: Rocket From The Tombs, The Day The Earth Met The... (Fire)

Rocket From The Tombs were a Cleveland proto-punk legend that remained unrecorded in its brief existence, but would go on to provide the seed-corn from which Pere Ubu would grow.

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Cults, XOYO, London

Cults are a boy-girl couple, who studied film in New York and started making catching indie-pop on the side. Yes, they are as young, and cool, as one might expect. Darlings of the blogosphere, their career launched almost by accident after they posted a few tracks that showcased just what a good match Sixties girl-group pop layered with reverb and synth could be. They were snapped up by Lily Allen's label – she's in the audience tonight – but while their first album didn't disappoint, this show did.

Album: Charlene Soraia, Moonchild (Peacefrog)

Pastoral English psychedelicism has a long and curly reach.

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Battles by name, battles by nature. At least, that's what Gillian Orr found when she met the New York avant-gardists whose attitude belies their fun side

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