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The Gutter Twins, Komedia, Brighton

A satanic howl from the Gutters

Album: Nas, Untitled (Def Jam)

It's been a long time since a major rapper made an album as politically radical as 'Untitled'. The presence of the Last Poets as guests offers a clue as to where Nasir Jones's head is at right now.

Gong, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

This is Gong we're talking about, and half measures are an unknown quantity in their world. This is a band that knew what the joke was, and their joyous trip to enlightenment and the left-hand path made for an unforgettable, psychedelic experience at Massive Attack's Meltdown.

Grace Jones: Still a slave to the rhythm

She's belted Russell Harty, beaten James Bond and brought the house down with her fashion sense. Now the inimitable Grace Jones is back at Meltdown. Andy Gill takes cover

Massive Attack, Royal Festival Hall, London

Wrapped up in blue: pathos, paranoia and psychobabble

Massive Attack's curation of the Southbank Meltdown season is a tantalising prospect

Between the rows and break-ups, Massive Attack have always worked with their friends and heroes. So, as Robert Del Naja tells Phil Johnson, curating the Southbank Meltdown season is business as usual

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Bristol Time: The return of a trip-hop legacy

The capital of trip-hop is back on track with a slew of new recordings from its Nineties pioneers. By Nick Hasted

Red lines: Robert '3D' Del Naja's massive attack on the art world

Away from music, Massive Attack's Robert '3D' Del Naja has become a sought-after modern artist

Music & Me: Nitin Sawhney

The first record I bought was...

Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. I remember hearing "So What" on the radio when I was just eight years old and my dad was driving us up to London one night in the rain. Around that time I had been getting more and more into playing around with scales and improvising on the piano, so I was just really struck by American jazz pianist Bill Evans' way with harmony.

How young Serbs rocked the castle

The Exit festival in Novi Sad began as a massive political protest. Radio 1's Annie Nightingale joined the throng this year

Album: Faithless

No Roots, Cheeky

Border Crossing: Unification campaign

Social ideals fuel the hip-hop outfit Border Crossing, says Chris Mugan

Siobhan Donaghy: My bitter life as a Sugababe

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