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The American sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air brought international fame to James Avery as the wealthy Uncle Phil, who welcomes into his huge, ornate mansion his nephew – played by the real-life rapper Will Smith – when the streetwise teenager runs into trouble in a tough West Philadelphia neighbourhood.

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The Blue Note debut by saxophonist Coltrane (yes, the son of Alice and John, who died when Ravi was two) can be as frustratingly tentative as his first outing for RCA 15 years ago.

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Katie Melua's fifth album suffers from the opposite shortcoming to most female singers: rather than over-emote too flamboyantly, on Secret Symphony she seems emotionally constrained, stifling the songs in politesse.

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Nzca/Lines frontman Michael Lovett has claimed as a primary inspiration the late R&B diva Aaliyah and there's something about his gossamer-light falsetto that recalls her delivery.

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Choreographer Shechter and 'space doctor' Gormley insist that only music critics review their show. That left our man scratching his horns ...

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It's a challenge for even the mildest-mannered Class Warrior to remember to review The Maccabees' music, not their names: Orlando, Hugo, Felix, Rupert (and Sam), but our privately schooled heroes' third album is their best yet.

DJ Judge Jules departs Radio 1 to become lawyer

DJ Judge Jules is to step down from his Radio 1 show after 14 years - to become a lawyer.

Thom Yorke DJs for Occupy protesters in UBS building

The Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is the latest big name to lend his support to protesters who have been camping outside St Paul's Cathedral.

The Mouse that soared

Mouse on Mars are already known for some esoteric works that are far from club bangers, not least their Von Südenfeld side project with The Fall's Mark E Smith. So when the electronica duo, who gained a cult following in the Nineties, were given the chance to work with a classical ensemble, it is no surprise that rather than rehash old tunes they collaborated on an ambitious new piece. In fact, Paeanumnion has been in development for two years.

Video Exclusive: Dave Stewart's new video

New video from song-writer and music producer Dave Stewart. The track, Can't Get You Out of My Head, comes from his new album The Blackbird Diaries.

The album is out now.

Music producer denies sex charges

A music producer and member of KC and the Sunshine Band pleaded not guilty to charges he had sexual contact with teenage boys.

The third sex: The truth about gender ambiguity

Neither wholly male nor entirely female, there are more than 30,000 'intersexed' individuals living in Britain today. Here, they talk about their lives

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