Joni Mitchell

Album: Various Artists, The Village (429)

The village in question is Greenwich Village in New York, which in the 1960s hosted one of the pivotal periods in 20th-century culture when it changed from being the haunt of beatniks and jazzbos to the focus of the burgeoning folk-music boom which spawned the hippie counter-culture.

Supperclub, 12 Acklam Road, London W10

Travellers have long returned from Amsterdam with wide-eyed accounts of a fabulous, indulgent nightspot called Supperclub, where guests recline on beds like pashas, nibbling on divine sweetmeats while beautiful young people entertain them with exotic performance art and cutting-edge cabaret.

Alela Diane, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

In the true tradition of folk, singer-songwriter Alela Diane's shows are a family affair. Her father Tom Menig plays guitar and mandolin, while her boyfriend is the bassist.

Ane Brun, Union Chapel, London

Given the packaging that surrounds many a budding pop career, it comes as a pleasant surprise to encounter a performer whose style is as pared down as that of the Norwegian singer-songwriter Ane Brun. For her, it's clear, all that matters is the music.

Album: Joan as Police Woman, To Survive (Reveal)

Just as Antony Hegarty first came to prominence as one of Lou Reed's backing singers, Joan Wasser started out as one of Antony and the Johnsons' backing singers before renaming herself Joan as Police Woman.

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