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New Young Pony Club - Electro stars rise from the rave

New Young Pony Club rode the nu-rave scene to a Mercury Music Prize nomination in 2007. Now the female-heavy electro-pop group are back. Rob Sharp meets them

Larry Cassidy: Leader of the post-punk Factory group Section 25

Along with Crispy Ambulance and The Wake, the post-punk group Section 25 struggled to emerge from the long shadow cast by their Factory label-mates Joy Division/New Order, in the UK especially, but commanded a strong following in continental Europe, particularly in the Benelux countries and Germany. They recorded a John Peel session in 1981, and supported The Cure, the Stranglers and Talking Heads, as well as several of their Factory contemporaries, and made dark, brooding records which influenced the likes of Sonic Youth and Orbital and were sampled by the Shamen.

Album: New Young Pony Club, The Optimist (The Numbers)

After their poised punk-funk debut, one worriedwhether Tahita Bulmer and co knew how to follow it. But though they've been mostly silent for two and a half years, it hasn't been time wasted.

Album: Among The Oak & Ash, Among the Oak & Ash (Verve Forecast)

Discovering a shared love of US folk idioms, solo performers Josh Joplin and Garrison Starr joined forces to create Among the Oak & Ash.

Album: Hot Chip, One Life Stand (EMI)

Having improbably won the love of the Hed Kandi honeys, Alexis Taylor and his Hot Chip boffins could have been forgiven for playing it safe and knocking out another dozen party anthems.

Album: The Hotrats, Turn Ons (G&D)

The Hotrats offers Supergrass members Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey the opportunity to indulge themselves with a series of energetic covers of some of their favourite artists' songs, recorded with producer Nigel Godrich.

How We Met: Siobhan Fahey & Marco Pirroni

‘He had to lie down with his head onmyknee, being stroked, before he could go on stage’

The Rapture, By Liz Jensen

"Maverick weather was becoming the norm" – and in this eerily intense apocalyptic thriller, it takes the form of "heat to die in" followed by a deluge.

Frank Turner, Union Chapel, London

The way a section of the crowd rise in their pews like a gospel choir tells you how fervently Frank Turner is loved by his fans. With his checked shirt and beard, he is no one's normal idea of a protest hero.

Dress code: Gizzi Erskine, Punk Chef

What are you wearing right now?

I want to say my new bloodred velvet Sixties shift dress with cream lace collar and cuffs, but I'd be lying. I'm sitting here in my nautical navy and white striped jumper and my pants!

New York Dolls: Anarchy from the USA

The cross-dressing pioneers of punk, the New York Dolls, begin a UK tour. James McNair talks to the band whose excesses have become part of rock'n'roll legend

How we met: Spider Stacey & Max Décharné

'We supported the Pogues because he thinks our music matches; we both make a fair old racket'

Stackridge, 100 Club, London

Back in the early 1970s Stackridge were what the more discerning listener moved on to when they had finished with Lindisfarne. Like the Geordie folk-rockers, Stackridge had an air of feisty provincialism – they emerged from the Bath/Bristol area – and were not lacking in fiddles and flutes. But they were less earnest and more whimsical.

Jim Carroll: Poet, punk rocker and author of 'The Basketball Diaries'

The New York poet and punk rocker Jim Carroll was the author of The Basketball Diaries, a lurid account of his transformation from a clean-cut teenager attending a private school in Manhattan to a junkie hustling around Times Square to support his habit.

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