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Gig review: Gravenhurst, Bishopsgate Institute, London

Gravenhurst is the musical project of Nick Talbot - a Bristol-based singer-songwriter who coaxes gorgeous tones out of his guitars, but whose gentle tunes wrap up an often dark and melancholy lyrical heart. He's got the satisfying well-balanced melodies, the ever-so-pretty fingerpicking and the lush harmonising to rival many a modern folk act - Gravenhurst call to mind Kings of Convenience or early Iron and Wine, and have been compared to Simon and Garfunkel even - yet mysteriously Talbot's star has never risen so high.

Charlotte Church performs live

Music review: Charlotte Church, Scala, London

Another sparse crowd greeted Charlotte Church at the close of a low-key tour, though the former child star beamed as she revelled in her new-found freedom. Having renounced her classical roots for leftfield DIY, the Welsh singer may struggle to convince rock fans of her worth, yet she retained the strength of character displayed to the Leveson inquiry.

Pixies perform in New York

Music review: Pixies, iTunes Festival

The Pixies without bassist Kim Deal should feel like a jam sandwich cream without the sugar-coated jam. The best bit is surely missing and with it the warmth and the evocative, breathy vocals the charismatic Deal provides.

Album review: Peter Gabriel etc, And I'll Scratch Yours (Real World)

The reciprocal half of Gabriel’s I’ll-cover-yours-if-you’ll-cover-mine project Scratch My Back, in which his correspondents respond to his proposition by covering PG songs in return - a round dozen of them, including “Biko”, “Shock the Monkey” and, ill-advisedly, “Don’t Give Up”.

Video: Tracks from the Playlist

Watch the videos below to take in one of the tracks from this week's Playlist.

Indyplus music videos: Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys' fifth album, AM, has hit the top of the album charts. Watch music videos for the three of the tracks from the album below:

Arctic Monkeys have made history as the only independent group whose first five albums have gone to the top of the charts

Arctic Monkeys make history as fifth album AM enters chart at number one

Sheffield’s noisemongers have seen their first five albums go to No 1

Audio: Caught in the Net

Listen to the tracks mentioned in Caught in the Net below:

Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys performing live

Arctic Monkeys on course to beat Daft Punk to fastest-selling album of 2013

The Sheffield band's new album AM has sold 97,000 copies so far

The Mercury Music Prize 2013 nominees

Mercury Prize 2013: List of nominees in full

David Bowie’s first new album for a decade is leading the field for this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize, which has returned to the mainstream after 2012’s shortlist was dubbed the “most obscure” in recent history.

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Hugh Laurie to host blues show for Radio 2

Actor and musician Hugh Laurie is turning DJ to host a blues show for Radio 2.

Katy Perry has scored her fourth UK number one with 'Roar' after selling 179,500 copies in the last seven days.

Katy Perry roars to the top of the UK Singles chart

Katy Perry has roared her way to the top of the UK Singles charts for the fourth time.

Indyplus music videos: Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys' fifth album, AM, sees the band rebuilt to last. Watch music videos for the top 3 tracks of their latest album below:

Mercury nominee Anna Calvi has a new single out

The Playlist: Anna Calvi / Jon Hopkins / London Grammar

The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

Hip hop artists Ryan Lewis, left, and Macklemore

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis win big the at Association of Independent Music awards

See the AIM Independent Music Awards winners in full (below)

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