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Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London

Bat for Lashes, Roundhouse, London

When Natasha Khan asks "shall we carry on with a bit more dancing?" she might as well be talking to herself. The trademark cape has a bit more sparkle than previously, but tonight's audience is not looking for a big pop performance. They stand in awe as she powers through the best of Fur and Gold and Two Suns.

Florence + The Machine, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Bewitched by a true siren

Simon Carr: Cometh the hour, cometh the Mandy

Sketch: It was the best speech they'd heard since Tony Blair stopped making them

'Focused on my inability to focus': A brief interview with Glasser

When I wrote about LA musician Glasser in these pages a few months back, I pitched her rather tritely between Kate Bush and Bjork. While her voice does call to mind those esteemed performers, she can stand pretty confidently on her own two feet as well.

Caught in the Net: Through a Glasser, darkly

When I wrote about LA musician Glasser in these pages a few months back, I tritely pitched her somewhere between Kate Bush and Björk.

My Fantasy Band: Marina Diamandis, Marina and the Diamonds

Vocals - Brody Dalle
The Distillers frontwoman's voice is really raw and quite aggressive, but completely beautiful at the same time; she doesn't really sound like a woman. And she's an amazing frontperson: so much energy. I really want to see her new band Spinnerette, but it seems that every time they play over here I have a gig on myself, so I miss them. I'd love to meet her one day.

Granta 107, ed John Freeman

What is it that enables us to survive and what renders us "incapable of functioning"? In his poignant story of a blind man groping his way, alone, through the darkest of places, Tamas Dobozy explores complex "intersections of need". At the heart of other pieces is not the functioning of an individual but a city itself, such as in Rana Dasgupta's tale of Delhi.

Album: Tara Busch, Pilfershire lane, (Tummy Touch)

With her debut album, the California-based Busch invites us to enter her strange and wonderful universe: ethereal, morbid but also poetic - it's a sort of musical and feminine equivalent to the films of Tim Burton. The background sound experiments allow Busch's crystalline voice to create a peculiar atmosphere of "sad cheerfulness". Melodies are both intriguing and delicate. As with most female singers, comparisons to Kate Bush are inevitable. But this Busch is anything but another pale copy.

Observations: Cocktails with cocknbullkid at the Sanderson hotel

We may be in the midst of recession but that hasn't stopped a new series of civilised gigs from springing up in the capital.

DJ Taylor: Who are they calling touts?

The Sun's indignation over the sale of tickets to Michael Jackson's memorial service is a bit rich; and when sex and football collide, it's best just to keep quiet

Music & Me: Little Boots

Victoria Hesketh - aka Little Boots - lets the Music Magazine into a few secrets!

My Fantasy Band: Jack Penate

Vocals: Joanna Newsom, Kate Bush and Thom Yorke
They all have a lot of personality and I'd really like to hear them harmonise together. If they can perform one of my songs, that'd be the dream.

Florence and the Machine, Bloomsbury Ballroom, London

Lungs in perfect working order

Little Boots, Koko, London

Time to follow in bigger footsteps

Caught in the Net - Four into one – Deerhunter

Twice before I have written about the prodigious output of members of Deerhunter in their various side projects, but now all four members of the band are back as one. Following the 'Microcastle/Weird Era Contd', double-album of sorts – one of the best releases of 2008 – the band will put out the 'Rainwater Cassette Exchange EP' on 8 June. The Gorilla Vs Bear blog has a track from it at http://tinyurl.com/dkkpxv, which sees the band continue their rich vein of good form, with clanging guitars and percussive clicks coming to the fore.

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