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Caitlin Rose, The Slaughtered Lamb, London

Outside it may be an all-too autumnal September night in the capital, but in the basement of the Slaughtered Lamb for the duration of 23-year-old country pioneer Caitlin Rose's set, we might as well be in downtown Nashville.

Album: !!!, Strange Weather, Isn't It? (Warp)

Ah, the hubris of the early Noughties, when punk-funk revivalists were so confident the moment was theirs they didn't even bother having proper names.

50 years on: 'Hamburg' still spells magic

The Beatles' first gig in Germany in 1960 has gone down in history. Paul Bignell looks back on the landmark gigs where you really had to be there

Don Letts: 'It's never too late to be a punk'

It feels like punk never happened!" Don Letts is spluttering over his breakfast, and not because of an annoying headline. The cultural revolutionary is up in arms over the closure of rural post offices. Or, more accurately, he is up in arms that the rest of the country is not in arms over the closure of post offices, or schools or other public services.

Dylan Jones: 'Punk is a period in musical history that becomes more important the further we get away from it'

One of the many wonderful things about Neil Taylor's fascinating Document and Eyewitness: An Intimate History of Rough Trade (Orion, £14.99) is its brief evocation of an even earlier period of rock'n'roll retail, when records were often found at the back of electrical shops, after you had made your way past fridges and cookers, washing machines, vacuum cleaners and televisions.

Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music, By Roby Young

Upwards of 600 pages long, fanatically engrossed in its subject matter, covering a century of native musical culture in the minutest detail, Electric Eden has a symbolic high point that can be dated to 1975. With the entity known as "progressive rock" (Genesis, Pink Floyd, Yes etc) grown tediously overblown, and punk the faintest of stirrings on an unregarded horizon, this was the annus mirabilis of the English folk-rock group, Steeleye Span. A six-part BBC television series saw the band beamed out from a selection of historic country houses. Their stage shows became, as Rob Young puts it, "increasingly flamboyant". For "Lyke Wake Dirge" they trooped on stage wearing medieval space suits woven from priests' cassocks.

Album: James Chance, Twist Your Soul – The Definitive Collection (Dumb Angel)

James Chance was a crucial component of the No Wave/Ze Records strain of early-80s new-wave endeavour in New York.

1-2-3-4 Festival, Shoreditch Park, London

The brainchild of Sean McLusky, once a member of Subway Sect and now a co-owner of the independent record label 1234, the 1-2-3-4 festival heralds the re-emergence of a DIY subculture. The arrival of the internet has prompted the decline of the major labels' stronghold on musical culture and the resultant era of "accessibility" has sparked the return of a non-conformist aesthetic that was prevalent in the punk movement.

Exclusive Sting interview: Symphonicities

The location is Sting's beachside house in Malibu the morning after the night before: another night, another venue - the Hollywood Bowl - another three-hour concert of his songs.

Blondie, Kenwood House, London

On a sunny afternoon, in the rolling grounds of Kenwood House, picnickers amass. It's all terribly civilised – there's probably been a run on Hampstead's houmous stocks – but as my friend mutters as we pick our way through the hampers, "CBGBs it ain't".

Creator of cult comedian Frank Sidebottom dies

Chris Sievey, the man behind comic creation Frank Sidebottom, has died after collapsing at his home.

Enjoli LIston: Unsigned punk-rockers Rooks chat about their debut single

To anyone with their ear to the ground of early Naughties Brit punk-rock, the name Phinius Gage is sure to strike a familiar chord.

Iggy Pop: Rocking the look

There's more to being a punk legend than the music – it takes raw style. Iggy Pop tells Carola Long about going shirtless, body glitter and transparent trousers

Album: LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening (DFA/Parlophone)

Murphy's law: put the others in the shade – then bow out
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