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Record Store Day, held in April, contributed to an increase in sales at independent record stores in Britain

Vinyl revival boosts independent record stores as sales surge by 44%

Their numbers have been decimated by the digital revolution but independent record stores have reported their first sales uplift in a decade boosted by a vinyl revival.

Hope Sandoval has co-written Mazzy Star's first new album in 17 years

Caught in the net: Fresh dose of Star quality

Mazzy Star release their first album in 17 years this September. Seasons of Your Day, co-written by Hope Sandoval (pictured) and David Roback, features performances by all the band's original members, including guests Colm O'Ciosoig of My Bloody Valentine and the late Bert Jansch. This week the band posted “California” on YouTube at tinyurl.com/os96qro. It's a gorgeous, affecting song, sure to please fans of their shoegaze dream-pop.

History boy: J Willgoose Esq

History and indie music: Listen and learn

A new generation of indie artists is taking inspiration from 17th-century witch trials, war-time propaganda and other intriguing corners of British history. By Chris Mugan

Latitude 2013 video: Half Moon Run - Call Me in the Afternoon

Half Moon Run are playing the i Arena at this year's Latitude festival at Henham Park, Suffolk

The Pipedream Skookum 29er Titanium is designed to hammer down muddy paths

Cycling review: Pipedream Skookum 29er Titanium

'Built for muddy trails, perfect for tackling potholes'

One to watch: Rainy Milo, singer, 17

One to watch: Rainy Milo, singer, 17

Is this the new Neneh Cherry? Gilles Peterson snapped up her soulful pop song “'Bout You” which she had posted online for his compilation CD.

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, By Lucy Knisley

Week four in my adventures in using every single pan in any given kitchen and, on a cartoon high after re-reading some old Calvin and Hobbes, aka my Ulysses, I plump to road-test a comic-book cookbook.

Album: Deap Valley, Sistrionix, Universal

Don’t let the hipster hype scare you away.

Full voice again: Tom Smith and drummer Ed Lay of Editors in rehearsal this month

Editors: The lost chart-toppers get a new start

Editors shed a key band member and a producer as they struggled to make their new record. They tell James McNair that it was worth it

Amazon AutoRip service

Amazon gives UK customers free MP3 download of any CD bought from retailer since 1999 via AutoRip

Customers who have bought an album from Amazon will be able to download an MP3 file of the record for free.

Matt Berninger of The National

Music review: The National, The Roundhouse, London

"I’m going through an awkward stage," Matt Berninger pleads on standout new track “Demons”, in that battered, beautiful baritone voice of his.

'Greek Monsters’ installation by Beetroot at Belgrade Design Week

Belgrade Design Week: New ideas ripple by the Danube

Shortly before I left Belgrade a woman said to me. “If you write about us, don’t make us seem like savages.” For natives and blow-ins alike it can be hard not to conjure the dark days of war but I was in the capital for altogether more cheery reasons.

Video: Three big summer events

Watch the vidoes below to see previews of three of the biggest events of the summer, including bands playing at Glastonbury Festival, as well as what to expect from Wimbledon and the Tour de France.

Album: Tom Odell, Long Way Down (Columbia)

There was much amusement in the Twitterverse this week after Odell's father rang NME to complain about its 0/10 review of Long Way Down.

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