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Pop: Country sounds, Acetone music

Acetone's co-vocalist and bass player Richie Lee sounds a bit out of breath over the phone and there's some slapping about going on in the background. "Oh I'm still at work," he explains. "We fly out to the UK tomorrow to tour with Spiritualized, but I need this house-painting job. In America, it's hard to make a living playing in a band and you live hand to mouth. The tax structure is so messed. I owe $23,000 to the IRS and that's all penalties and fees. I can't even afford to go and see the doctor."

Books: Return to Fender

Robert Sandall nods along with the virtuoso riffs of a surreal comedy; Flesh Guitar by Geoff Nicholson Gollancz, pounds 9.99

Music: They sing his praises, but does anyone listen?

Everyone from Elvis Costello to Sir Elton thinks Ron Sexsmith is the best thing to come out of Canada since Joni Mitchell, so why then does James MacNair find him ekeing out his European tour staying in a Paris fleapit?

`I may have bonded with Dennis, but I draw the line at breastfeeding him'

I've never had a greal deal of sympathy for bereaved pet owners who need counselling when Fido has shuffled off his mortal lead. But then I never realised how Dennis, he of the unfeasibly large testicles and hairless pink tail, had gnawed his way to my affections until I found myself in the vet's consulting room, tears streaming down my face, being told that the prognosis for a dehydrated rat with upper respiratory infection was not good.

Records: Rock

Pearl Jam: Yield (Epic, CD/LP/tape). Having whinged for years about not wanting to be a Messiah, Eddie Vedder has finally accepted that actually, we never thought he was, and has allowed a relieved Pearl Jam to get on with being a straightforward American rock'n'roll band. And an effortless job they make of it, too.

I couldn't be Jagger; how about Donovan?

John Walsh didn't make an actual resolution to become a rock star. It just sort of happened. But finally resolving not to be - that was something far more weightily determined.

Obituary: Nicolette Larson

Nicolette Larson, singer and songwriter: born Helena, Montana 17 July 1952; married 1990 Russell Kunkel (one daughter); died Los Angeles 16 December 1997.

Weber puts fantasies on display

Fifty-one fantasies of adolescence inspire the American photographer Bruce Weber's alternative exhibition at the Zelda Cheatle Gallery in London.

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Pop: Hard-edged but not precious

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