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Stevie Wonder, NIA, Birmingham

A rather muted master blaster

Santogold, Liquid Room, Edinburgh<br/>Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Concorde 2. Brighton

Santogold may make perfect tunes for marketing cars and trainers, but she will never wow a crowd like Martha Reeves

Pervis Jackson: Detroit Spinners bass vocalist

The fine art of blending vocals in a group is one that was beautifully exemplified by the line-up of the Detroit Spinners. The group's foundation was the bass singing of Pervis Jackson, to which was added Henry Fambrough's baritone and the tenor voices of Bobbie Smith and Billy Henderson. These four were the group's mainstays, but additional fifth members who came and went included Philippe Wynne, whose distinctive falsetto and high tenor graced several hits between 1972 and 1977.

A tribute to the hot buttered soul of Stax

Isaac Hayes, who died last weekend, was a driving force behind the Stax revolution. By Andy Gill

Snapshots of fame: The Sunshine Bores the Daylights Out of Me

A treasure trove of photographs of rock royalty lay hidden for years. Now, fans can rediscover them at a new show, says Charlotte Cripps

Stevie Wonder: Blind faith

Who knows how far the singer's relationship with Barack Obama will go?

Album: Jamie Lidell, Jim (Warp)

OK, I get it, even though it sounds like bad Motown it's actually a clever-clever, 21st-century take on soul and funk music through the ages.

Beth Rowley, Bush Hall, London

With its chandeliers, frescoed ceilings, and black-and-white prints, stepping into Bush Hall is like going back in time. Back to the days of dance halls and jazz clubs; back when a smoky-voiced songstress could hypnotise an audience using just her voice and a five-piece band; back when singers could actually sing. In short, Bush Hall is the perfect venue in which to kick off Beth Rowley's first headline tour.

Album: Was (Not Was), Boo! (Rykodisc)

Drawing equally from Motown and the MC5, Detroit's Was (Not Was) were big in the Eighties, before Don Was's role as a superstar producer put the band on the backburner.

Album: Erykah Badu, New Amerykah Part One (Universal/Motown)

Attempting to depict the social ravages and alienation of black America by sounding ravaged and alienated oneself is a risky method, and the confessional sketches and doodles that make up over half of this album confirm Erykah Badu as the Syd Barrett of what used to be called Nu Classic Soul. And yet on the few occasions ("Me", "Telephone", a final "secret" track) when there's a real tune for the production touches of Madlib etc to play with, she still sounds way ahead of the game. But the threatened trilogy is the real worry: why not just one half-decent album?

Album: Adam Green, Sixes & Sevens, (Rough Trade)

The success of 'Juno' has seen the world finally catch up with the lo-fi anti-folk Adam Green pioneered with his band the Moldy Peaches. Typically, just when you'd expect an album full of twee duets, Green goes the other way and presents an album that forgoes much of the usual whimsy in favour of fully rounded pop. There is proper production. There are backing singers. Hell, there is even a rather lovely soul feel. The Jonathan Richman comparisons are still accurate, though, and Green even namechecks his inspiration in "Morning After Midnight". File under 'Adam Goes Motown'.

Marvin Gaye: How the singer created one of the most stinging break-up records of all time

At the age of 39, Marvin Gaye's marriage hit the rocks, and he was forced into the studio to pay the divorce fees. Reissued 30 years after its first release, 'Here, My Dear' remains the most bitter break-up record of all time

Record labels that rocked our world

It's not all platinum discs and private jets. As executives at EMI discovered to their cost this week, the record industry can be a cruel mistress. But what of the other labels that made musical history? Rock's back catalogue is full of hits and misses... announced plans for 2,000 job losses. Does the digital revolution spell doom for the record labels that built rock 'n' roll?

Gloucester 63 Bristol 25: Goodridge too good for woeful Bristol

After the humiliation of their EDF Energy Cup hammering by the Ospreys last weekend, Gloucester more than made up for it with this demolition of the Premiership leaders.

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