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'James Murphy would be handy to have around...'

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Album: Various artists, Moondust, (Heavenly)

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Peter Doherty, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

What exactly does the new "r" stand for in the reformed title of Peter Doherty? In formalising his name from the casual "Pete", perhaps what the ex-Libertine desires is "respectability". But on tonight's evidence that new consonant may just as well stand for "recidivism".

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First released to mark the 10th anniversary of Jeff Buckley's death in 2007 and now dusted down in the light of "Hallelujah", the question is: does anyone need this?

Jeff Buckley: A singer with the real X Factor

Simon Cowell has been the unlikely catalyst for Jeff Buckley's posthumous ascent of the pop charts. His mother relishes the irony, she tells Guy Adams

Deborah Orr: Pablo the Drug-Mule Dog won't change anything

‘There’s a nod to the horror of the drug trade, even if it is indicated by the sufferings of comic puppets’

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The X Factor winner's single will be a cover of Leonard Cohen's glorious spiritual hymn, following versions by Dylan, Jeff Buckley and many others. Purists may wince, but this great song has taken on a life of its own. By Elisa Bray

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Joan As Police Woman, Classic Grand, Glasgow

Nice gig, shame about the amps

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His work with Jeff Buckley and Captain Beefheart probably makes Gary Lucas the world's most popular avant-rock guitarist, though his solo work can lack focus.

Helen Walsh: Young, gifted, bold as brass

Helen Walsh has matured since she bashed out her drug-fuelled first novel on her mum's kitchen table. But, Katy Guest finds, she's still not scared of controversy

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Martina Topley-Bird, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London

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