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Yan, AKA Scott Wilkinson (L) and Martin Noble (R) of British indie band British Sea Power

Music review: British Sea Power, The Old Market, Hove

If any current band could soundtrack Spirit of ’45, Ken Loach’s new documentary on Britain’s post-war spirit of utopian belonging, it’s British Sea Power.

A large section of Dover’s famous White Cliffs has tumbled into the English Channel.

Large section of Dover's White Cliffs falls into English Channel

A large section of Dover’s famous White Cliffs has tumbled into the English Channel.

Peace, In Love (Columbia)

Album review: Peace, In Love (Columbia)

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Peace, love and a fine riposte to easy understanding

Laura Marling

The Playlist: Laura Marling/ The Knife/ Wavves

Laura Marling

Craig Finn, of The Hold Steady

From CD to celluloid: Pop stars with a second string

Stung by falling royalties, top musicians are turning to penning soundtracks. Charlotte Cripps listens as they carve new careers

Devendra Banhart, Mala (Nonesuch)

Album review: Devendra Banhart, Mala (Nonesuch)

Devendra Banhart's last few albums left little impression, and despite moving to Warners' artists colony Nonesuch, his latest seems unlikely to arrest that trajectory.

Album: Sally Shapiro, Somewhere Else (Paper Bag)

If you haven't heard this Swedish singer/producer duo before, then track title "This City's Local Italo Disco DJ Has a Crush on Me" tells you what to expect.

Ronnie Wood accepts the award for Best Music Film for 'Crossfire Hurricane'

Rolling Stones return to win NME awards after nearly 50 years

Almost 50 years after the Rolling Stones first provoked hysteria at the NME awards, the rock veterans have been embraced by a new generation after winning two prizes at this year’s ceremony.

Album: Palma Violets, 180 (Rough Trade)

Nature abhors a vacuum, and so does a record-company roster.

Rizzle Kicks have been confirmed for the Isle of Wight Festival

Rizzle Kicks added to Isle of Wight Festival line-up

Hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks have been added to the line-up of the Isle of Wight Festival along with 1980s favourites T'Pau.

Album: Tegan and Sara, Hearthrob (Warner)

From henceforth, all commercial-pop snobs should be obliged to listen to the Canadian sisters' seventh album.

Chvrches
Everything Everything in concert

Everything Everything, Heaven, London

“I heard some good singing done there,” vocalist Jonathan Higgs remarks in a gruff Cumbrian accent. “Well done.”

Django Django at the NME Awards Tour 2013, O2 Academy, Glasgow, Scotland

Django Django, Peace, Palma Violets, Miles Kane, NME Awards tour 2013, O2 Academy, Glasgow

By any critical measure, the NME’s annual tour package of four thrusting young acts broadcasting their sound to the nation has once again chosen well from a pool of artists who are unheard-of, just-rising or deserving of a step-up now their careers are well the way.

Two Door Cinema Club, Brixton Academy, London

“I'm majorly losing my voice”, says singer Alex Trimble after a pulsating rendition of “Settle”. It is only mid-way through Two Door Cinema Club's set at the Brixton Academy and the buoyant atmosphere built up thus far, takes a slight dip at the news.

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