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Bombay Bicycle Club “So Long, See You” (Tomorrow Island)

The Bonus Track: Ashley Beedle, The Heartbreaks, Anna Calvi, Noah Francis Johnson, Katy B

A sideways look at the world of music

Live at the Brixton Academy by Simon Parkes and JS Rafaeli

One minute he was a humble punter trying to peek up Debbie Harry's skirt at a Hammersmith Odeon gig, the next he was the owner of the venue which was to steal the Odeon's crown. If Simon Parkes' autobiography – full of raucous tales and Geezer-speak – is ever made into a film, it will be fun trying to find an actor who can do him justice. When he wants to sound hard, he can sometimes come across like Ray Winstone. But would Ray Winstone ever have banked at Coutts?

Win Butler of Arcade Fire. The band are confirmed to headline Primavera 2014

Primavera 2014: Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar and Queens of the Stone Age to headline

The National, Pixies, and Disclosure also confirmed for Barcelona festival

King CEO 'sets the record straight' with open letter responding to trademark row

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Saddled with success: (from left) Suren de Saram, Ed Nash, Jack Steadman and Jamie MacColl of Bombay Bicycle Club

Bombay Bicycle Club interview: Saddled with success

The band’s latest album takes them way beyond the jangly indie-pop for which the quartet are still known

Groove armada: The stunning rebirth of vinyl

Vinyl is shedding its image as a retro novelty as a new generation discovers cover art, liners and great sound

Dan Smith of Bastille, who are nominated for an impressive four Brit Awards

Brit Awards 2014: Bastille and Disclosure head nominations but Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus are snubbed

Bastille are nominated for four awards but Robbie Williams misses out

Herman Dune performs some 'searing solos'

Herman Dune, gig review: 'Searing solos and a nostalgic glow'

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Shia LaBeouf appears on a poster for Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac

Shia LaBeouf: I was asked to send pictures of my penis to Nymphomaniac producers

The actor has revealed he is 'not extremely well-endowed' in past interviews

Second time yucky: Yuck on life with a new front man

Indie rockers Yuck lost their lead singer last year, but with a new album out and an upcoming tour, they’re enjoying a new lease of life

Fringe benefits: Stephen Malkmus

The week in music: A chance to wig out to the indie rockers who are no Scrooges

After the rush of Christmas albums and deluxe repackagings, it remains a thin time for music. But that's all set to swerve in a more exciting direction. First up are albums by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks and Ed Harcourt, both out on Monday. As a new year's gift to the fans, Malkmus's sixth studio collaboration with the Jicks, Wig Out at Jagbags, is being streamed in full on Amazon. Pepping up a weak month for gigs, they start their UK tour on 13 January, reaching London's Forum on 16 January.

Guitar trio: (from left) Gordon Skene, Scott Hutchison, and Billy Kennedy of Frightened Rabbit on stage this year

Hark the herald alt-popsters sing: Christmas albums from the most unexpected angles

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