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Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan performing live

Music review: Bat For Lashes - Natasha Khan channels an eclectic mix of influences in London

Three albums in, and at the age of 33, Natasha Khan has been in the game long enough, to cultivate a rich, distinctive sound. Debut album Fur and Gold was well-received, but follow-ups Two Suns and last year’s The Haunted Man - which consolidated her phantasmagorical sound into an effortless, distinctive whole - gained real critical acclaim.

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Music review: iamamiwhoami, Electric Brixton, London

They're described as a “multimedia entity”, a “internet phenomenon” - but please don't stop reading. Yes, the name iamamiwhoami is annoying, and yes, they are best known for their lengthy, mystery, teaser-trailer, viral internet video campaign – more words to make the heart sink, unless you're a hipper-than-thou 17-year-old.

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Grace Dent on Utopia:

Grace Dent on TV: Utopia

I watched two episodes of Utopia – entranced, repelled, confused and in quiet admiration

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Album: Bat for Lashes, The Haunted Man (Parlophone)

If, in the past, Bat for Lashes has sometimes seemed a better proposition on paper than reality – all feathers and no parrot – then The Haunted Man is the album on which Natasha Khan should truly silence all doubters.

Album: Bat For Lashes, The Haunted Man (Parlophone)

There are moments on The Haunted Man when Natasha Khan's carefully-marshalled musical forces evoke exactly the right ambience for songs pivoting on the notion of renewal.

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Following up on their Diamond Jubilee performance Madness will be taking centre stage at the Olympics closing ceremony.

The Word music magazine to close

Respected music magazine The Word is to close after nine years.

Album: Jesca Hoop, The House That Jack Built (Jesca Hoop Curu)

"Dig it out of the basement, out of the discard and onto the record player," sings Jesca Hoop on "Dig This Record", one of several delightful curiosities on The House That Jack Built.

Adele's wealth soared from £6m to £20m in 2011

Ed Sheeran and Adele take Ivor Novello Awards

A sympathetic portrayal of a young girl’s descent into crack addiction and prostitution didn’t sound like the recipe for a global hit.

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Reclusive singer Kate Bush pipped Adele to a prestigious prize after her latest album was recognised at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

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