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Feliciano still lights the fire

First Night: Jose Feliciano Jazz Cafe London

Pop review: Devlin disguise

The Devlins

Jazz: Rumble in the jungle

Goldie and Pat Metheny? An unlikely team, but it works.

Pop: Live - Urban angst with a country smile

Beth Orton Shepherd's Bush Empire

Pop singles, dance & albums charts

SINGLES

Prose is another country

Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash broke free of the Nashville `treadmill', and her father's shadow, to become her own woman. OK, so it led to drugs and divorce. But now she's realised her lifelong ambition - to write. By Marianne Brace

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MICHAEL

Sing whatever is well made

Jasper Rees on a new album of Yeats poetry

Loony tunes

Why is it that male pop hopefuls can achieve stardom simply by writing great songs, while their female counterparts have to have nervous breakdowns, write mad lyrics and pull stupid faces? Emma Forrest on pop's whining ways

Burning ambition

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Pop Live: Natalie Merchant Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

I like Natalie Merchant. Bjork may be wilder, PJ Harvey more scalding, Alanis Morissette has got a better marketing campaign, and Tori Amos has a piglet clamped on to her breast. But Natalie Merchant has got... what?

Absence can't make Art grow stronger

ROCK

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'He teases out unforeseen possibilities, layering different versions to achieve an untethered effect perfectly appropriate for a long Dead jam'

Season of mists and mellow thoughtfulness

LONDON, 3am, a slow-moving cold front shambling along off the south coast. Endless drizzle. Wet tyres on wet streets, yellow lights, desolation. Everything closed; draggled au-pairs stumping out of the clubs and along Oxford Street, laughing about men. Wet-lipped Cro-Magnon youths, blurred on contaminated drugs, weaving home, alone, again. Taxis shushing past, lights off; they won't stop for anyone they don't like the look of, and they don't like the look of anyone. Mournful knots of minicab drivers hunched like pimps under the leaky awnings, dreaming of the South in outlandish tongues, the rain glistening on their leatherette bomber- jackets. You might as well be in Watford. You might as well be dead.
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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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