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There comes a point in every critic's life when you look at a row of Common albums and realise you are never going to listen to them again.

Magnetic Man: The Hadron collision of dubstep

Skream, Benga and Artwork give the inside track on their meteoric rise at the Volvo Snowbombing festival in Austria.

Ten top spring festivals

1 Germany

The Liszt 2011 festival (liszt-2011.com), for the composer's bicentenary, starts today. The website has ideas on where to stay.

Brits scoop awards at Grammys

British stars Muse, La Roux and Jeff Beck have scooped awards at the Grammys - where Lady Gaga hatched from a giant egg.

Greta Scacchi: Why did I do it? The question to ask is, if it does good, why not?

Our writer says she has always been a campaigner. But she got really worried when people started thinking she was an expert

Album: Quincy Jones, Q: Soul Bossa Nostra (Qwest/Interscope)

Soul Bossa Nostra: the title, a pun linking Quincy Jones' emblematic '60s instrumental "Soul Bossa Nova" (of Austin Powers dance-routine fame) with intimations of his don-like hegemony over black American music of the last five or six decades, gives some impression of the producer's massive, mafioso-like presence in American music culture.

Album: Cassandra Wilson, Silver Pony (Blue Note)

This part-live, part-studio quintet recording might mark time more than break new ground, but it's still easy to succumb to Ms Wilson's charms.

My Fantasy Band: John Legend

Album: John Legend & the Roots, Wake Up! (Columbia)

Theres never a wrong time to revisit the core values of Seventies soul and funk, though it may have been more effective for John Legend & The Roots to release Wake Up!, a selection of politicised black covers from that era, during a previous administration's tenure, when the admonition was more pertinent.

Album: Album: Angie Stone, Unexpected (Stax)

On her second outing for Stax, soul diva Angie Stone shifts slightly away from the neo-soul style of 2007's The Art Of Love & War – although the change is not quite as pronounced as she suggests in the title-track.

Album: Angelique Kidjo, Õÿö (Razor & Tie/Proper)

Õÿö is Beninese diva Angelique Kidjo's celebration of her roots and influences, from early icons such as Miriam Makeba and the Togolese singer Bella Bellow to Santana – whose "Samba Pa Ti" brought the Saturday-night dances of her teenage years to romantic conclusions – and soul and funk legends such as Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin and James Brown.

Rhymes busted on peace mission to Britain

The American rapper Busta Rhymes was detained for 11 hours yesterday by British immigration officials, who tried to have him deported after he arrived in London for a concert.

Album: The Script, The Script (RCA)

London-based Dublin trio The Script like to characterise their music as "Celtic Soul", but this debut album is light years away from Van or Dexy's or The Hothouse Flowers.

Album: Al Green, Lay It Down (Blue Note)

Producers from Arthur Baker to Al B Sure have striven to find a more potent vehicle for Al Green's ecstatic falsetto than that originally devised in the early Seventies by Willie Mitchell, characterised by the occasional prompt of horns or organ against that trademark flat snare, clipped guitar and discreet curtain of strings.

Athletics: Claims over a doping network 'are crazy', says Hermens

Jos Hermens, the agent whose clients include Ethiopia's Olympic 10,000 metres champions, Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele, has denied sending some of his athletes to a Spanish doctor for doping.

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