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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.

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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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But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

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Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

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Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
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Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment