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Album reviews: Bombay Bicycle Club, Broken Bells, Suzanne Vega, Breton

Bombay Bicycle Club “So Long, See You” (Tomorrow Island)

The Bonus Track: Ashley Beedle, The Heartbreaks, Anna Calvi, Noah Francis Johnson, Katy B

A sideways look at the world of music

Book review: Sonic Wonderland: A Scientific Odyssey of Sound by Trevor Cox

Last month’s news that the Inchindown oil storage tanks in Scotland have entered the record books as the man-made structure with the longest echo – a resonating 112 seconds – is very largely due to the author of this book. Cox, a professor of acoustic engineering at the University of Salford, embarked on a quest to find not only the longest echo (or more correctly, reverberation) in the world, but also the noisiest, the quietest and even the most musical places around the globe.

Classical album reviews: Avi Avital, Teodor Currentzis, Voces8

Avi Avital "Between Worlds" (Deutsche Grammophon)

The Saturday Quiz answers

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Novelists writing ballads? Song-writers dashing off novels? What does it all mean?

Does success in one genre guarantee it in another?

Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd in the first Back to the Future film in 1985

Back to the Future musical to hit London's West End in 2015

Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale are reuniting with Jamie Lloyd directing

Direction and design by Mark Holthusen, words and music by Martyn Jacques, performed by the Tiger Lillies and Laura Caldow, commissioned by Opera North Projects.

Lulu - A Murder Ballad, theatre review: 'Not so much dark as pitch black'

Performed by The Tiger Lillies and Laura Caldow

French electronica act Daft Punk have been photographed at LAX airport minus their famous robotic helmets

Daft Punk unmasked: Grammy winners spotted without robotic helmets at LAX airport

The French electronica duo were photographed while going through security

Justin Bieber arrest latest: Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford defends ‘successful’ fellow Canadian

Justin Bieber: Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford defends ‘successful’ fellow Canadian

Ford has hit the headlines almost as frequently as the troubled teen for a string of embarrassing public incidents

White Beech: The Rainforest Years by Germaine Greer; Book review

Mohammed Ali  used to boast that when boxing,  he would float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. So it is with Germiane Greer. She writes lightly, gracefully even when agitating for a cause. But the words still sting. And unsettle. Here she consciously creates a quasi-religious epic out of a part of her remarkable life when she decided to restore a small, wrecked rainforest in Australia, her homeland. The tone is apocalyptic, themes existential and critical: (wo)man not against, but ardently for wondrous, pitiless and predatory nature. She, the Lionheart, is awed, meets devastation, fears cataclysms, intuits prophecies, bears historical and biological guilt,  seeks redemption and takes stupendous, fervent  action. It really is some story.

Live at the Brixton Academy by Simon Parkes and JS Rafaeli

One minute he was a humble punter trying to peek up Debbie Harry's skirt at a Hammersmith Odeon gig, the next he was the owner of the venue which was to steal the Odeon's crown. If Simon Parkes' autobiography – full of raucous tales and Geezer-speak – is ever made into a film, it will be fun trying to find an actor who can do him justice. When he wants to sound hard, he can sometimes come across like Ray Winstone. But would Ray Winstone ever have banked at Coutts?

White Beech: The Rainforest Years by Germaine Greer; book review

Mohammed Ali  used to boast that when boxing,  he would float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. So it is with Germiane Greer. She writes lightly, gracefully even when agitating for a cause. But the words still sting. And unsettle. Here she consciously creates a quasi-religious epic out of a part of her remarkable life when she decided to restore a small, wrecked rainforest in Australia, her homeland. The tone is apocalyptic, themes existential and critical: (wo)man not against, but ardently for ITALS PREVIOUS WD wondrous, pitiless and predatory nature. She, the Lionheart, is awed, meets devastation, fears cataclysms, intuits prophecies, bears historical and biological guilt,  seeks redemption and takes stupendous, fervent  action. It really is some story.

Blink and you'll miss it: Medallion man Prince

The Week in Music: Another purple reign as Prince gets back in the groove

Talk about suspense. Further to the news that Prince is soon releasing PLECTRUMELECTRUM, his first album with all-female rock trio 3RDEYEGIRL, a short teaser for their track "PRETZELBODYLOGIC" went up on YouTube this week. Warning: blink and you'll miss it. The album was written and recorded in Prince's Paisley Park recording studio in Minneapolis, London and New York. Meanwhile, at time of writing, we are still waiting to know exactly which "iconic venues in and around London" Prince will be playing on the Hit and Run Tour any time from Monday. Keep your diary clear…

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