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A whole lotta talent

Robert Plant is back to his bluesy roots – and happy to put his rock god days behind him. By Tim Cumming

FSA chief to meet with occupy protesters

One of the most senior figures in City regulation will meet protesters from the St Paul's Cathedral camp today as part of a Church of England initiative on finance and ethics.

Brendan Barber 'regrets strike disruption'

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said of the strike action today: "I genuinely regret the disruption and inconvenience that these kinds of actions cause, but I think people do realise that sometimes it is right to take a stand. Public sector workers are saying to the Government 'you have got to negotiate in a fair way'.

Album: Anouar Brahem, The Astounding Eyes of Rita, (ECM)

Albums as perfect as this appear rarely. Tunisian oud maestro Brahem has been one of ECM's most-revered artists for years, pioneering a superior kind of east-west fusion (although that makes it sound less interesting than it is).

Album: Nneka, No Longer at Ease, (Four / Yo Mama)

No Longer at Ease, indeed. From the opening track – the spookily atmospheric "Death" – this Nigerian singer-songwriter delivers her own brand of edgy, politically motivated, post-soul (rather than nu-soul).

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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.

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