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Paloma Faith debuted her upcoming album

Paloma Faith and the Guy Barker Orchestra, Jazz Festival, Cheltenham
Gregory Porter featuring Jamie Cullum, Jazz Festival, Cheltenham

Jamie is swinging his hammer on the chain gang – but Mrs Overall just swings

Private Lives, Brighton Fringe

With more than 681 events on the programme this year, the Brighton Fringe has had to get creative with venues. There’s a wealth of site-specific work on offer, from plays in an old prison cell to dance works at the swimming pool.

Michele Stodart

Michele Stodart - A Magic Number goes solo

Michele Stodart has decided to stepaway from a successful band to make a country-themed album. By Gillian Orr

James Franco's photobook Dangerous Book Four Boys explores themes of childhood and memory
Andrew WK

Andrew WK: 'We can unite the human race through partying and music'

A couple of years ago, on an evening that I was regrettably absent from, a few friends of mine ended up partying with Andrew W.K. If you’re familiar with the 32-year-old rock star/celebrated hedonist/motivational speaker, you’ll know that this is a big deal. A very big deal. Because no-one parties quite like Andrew W.K. The man has made it his mission to party; it’s his religion. Why just live, when you can party?

Britpop revivalists Viva Brother quietly announce their demise

They were the “future of music”, the band with a quote for every occasion who would revive Britpop’s stadium-filling glory days.

Album: Keaton Henson, Dear... (Oak Ten)

Another young singer-songwriter, another break-up album – though unlike For Emma... the cause of Henson's sorrow remains nameless.

Urban legend: the Barbican Centre

What will arts centres of the future look like?

As austerity bites, the temples of culture will have to change and be at the centre of communities, says Nicholas Kenyon

Urban legend: the Barbican Centre

What will the arts centre of the future look like?

As austerity bites, the temples of culture will have to change, says Nicholas Kenyon

No thanks: We didn't need Adele's speech

Music awards: Roughing up The Brits

Tuesday's awards ceremony was anodyne and uncomfortable. Andy Gill offers his 20-point plan to inject a bit of danger back into the show

Vieux Farka Touré, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Every now and then, if you’re very lucky, you get to witness a live performance that blows everything else away. A gig that’s so inspiring it leaves you with a lasting smile etched on your face and a burning desire to download every track the artist has ever recorded. Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce Vieux Farka Touré.

The Train in the Night: A Story of Music and Loss, By Nick Coleman

Notes from the day the music died

Chalk Talk: For the last time - my teaching union is bigger than yours

I knew when I quoted Chris Keates saying last year's teachers' union ballot on pensions proved her union was the biggest in the land, that would not be an end of the matter.

Love cheat: Uma Thurman and Robert Pattinson in 'Bel Ami'

2012: The unmissable cultural treats

Next year promises to be a cultural jamboree, with world-class films, art exhibitions, gigs and theatre performances around the country. Our critics select the most exciting highlights

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