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Album review: Darwin Deez, Songs for Imaginative People (Lucky Number)

Darwin Deez is hard quirk. The Brooklyn singer is someone you'd never want to be trapped in a lift with, so turned-up-to-11 is his personality, and Songs for Imaginative People ("for", you note, not "by") is essentially a They Might Be Giants record for hipsters.

Album review: Foals, Holy Fire (Transgressive)

Is it pop or is it art? May Foals never be forced to decide.

My Bloody Valentine's Bilinda Butcher

Album: Veronica Falls, Waiting for Something to Happen (Bella Union)

Veronica Falls are a band for whom it's perpetually 1986 and My Bloody Valentine never discovered their speakers went up to "supernova".

Jagwar Ma: The Aussie rockers are one of the best bands around at the moment
Eden project in Cornwall. Dozens of jobs are under threat at one of the UK's most popular tourist attractions after it announced it had to make cuts worth £2 million

Eden Project to axe up to 70 jobs

Dozens of jobs are under threat at one of the UK's most popular tourist attractions in Cornwall after it announced it had to make cuts worth £2 million.

Album review: Local Natives, Hummingbird (Infectious)

Their 2009 debut album saw them compared to Fleet Foxes, who they claimed not to have even heard when they were making it.

Album review: Ducktails, The Flower Lane (Domino)

There's half a great album in here. Ducktails are a vehicle for Real Estate's Matt Mondanile, and fourth album The Flower Lane finds him undecided about which way to fly.

Happy Mondays? For students at BIMM Manchester it will be when Shaun Ryder gives the lectures

School of rock: The Smiths, Happy Mondays and Elbow to tutor at Manchester music college

Students at BIMM Manchester might like Mondays after all if Shaun Ryder is taking the lecture

The Rough Trade store on Tolbert Road, west London

Independent record store Rough Trade could benefit from HMV closures, says founder

Rough Trade, the pioneering independent record store, could open new outlets across the UK following the collapse of HMV, Geoff Travis, the company’s founder has suggested.

Paul Weller has been added as the latest act to appear at the Isle of Wight Festival

'Modfather' Paul Weller joins Isle of Wight festival bill

"Modfather" Paul Weller is the latest act to be added to the bill for this year's Isle of Wight Festival.

Chilli Jesson and Sam Fryer of Palma Violets, who play melodic rock’n’roll with big singalong bits

IoS pop review: Palma Violents, The Dome, Tufnell Park, London
Caravan, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

If this is the band of 2013, take me back to 1973

When Christopher visited where Harry met Sally...

Taking a tour of celebrity homes is so last century. What the discerning movie buff does now is pay homage at the location of their favourite scene. And the website FILMography has made it all the more joyous with a collection of images that matches modern-day New York with stills from movies as diverse as The Dark Knight Rises, Leon and Annie Hall.

Jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal

IoS Sounds of 2013: Jazz

There are not many artists who reignite their careers in their ninth decade, but the Pittsburgh-born pianist Ahmad Jamal, who comes to London's Barbican on 8 February, is really on a roll, at 82. The knockout title track from his latest album, Blue Moon, has been nominated for a Grammy and his London performance will be a showcase for the disc

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