Arts and Entertainment Jake Bugg burst onto the scene aged 18

The success of Jake Bugg and Ben Howard has given rise to a new wave of male singer-songwriters who are queueing up to show off their sensitive sides

Roots Manuva, The Roundhouse, London

I have never understood why Roots Manuva doesn’t get the widespread acclaim that he so richly deserves.

Adele is on song as British acts dominate the album market

Record-breaking star Adele helped British acts dominate the album market in the UK with their highest share of sales for 15 years.

Britons rule in the album charts

Adele is at the forefront of a new British revival in the album charts with home-grown artists recording their best sales since the mid-1990s when Oasis and the Spice Girls ruled.

Album: Mark Lanegan Band, Blues Funeral (4AD)

Not a blues album, but an album borrowing heavily from the bank of blues tonality: minor keys, draggy tempos, undecorated structures, an implicit sense of what it is to be enslaved.

Soko is about to release her debut album - see the video for 'First Love Never Die' at bit.ly/Ah8kem

Agenda: Clarks; Soko; David Lynch; Jack White; The Thirsty Bear

Fashion: Clarks goes back to the bronze age

The Black Keys

The Black Keys - The two keys to the big time

The gritty blues-rock duo have sold out their British tour. Andy Gill meets them at their studio in Nashville

Lyndon Johnson joins them for breakfast on the day of the President’s death

Audio tape casts light on secret conversations after JFK's death

Recording reveals hidden pain of Kennedy's successor Lyndon Johnson. By Rupert Cornwell

John and Jackie Kennedy begin their tragic visit to Dallas,Texas, in 1963 that ended in his assassination

Confusion, panic and realpolitik – new tape throws light on the day JFK died

Newly released recording shows tension between Lyndon Johnson and Kennedy's mother

Milo Cordell and Robbie Furze of The Big Pink, who are releasing a new EP

Indie duo Cordell and Furze are back in the Pink

During musical predictions season there is little time to consider the fates of those acts tipped for greatness in previous years. Take indie duo The Big Pink. Three years ago, on the back of one well-received single, they were shortlisted for the BBC's Sound of 2009, then given the NME award for best new act.

Album: Various artists, This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark (Icehouse)

Guy Clark writes wistful, grown-up, intimate songs about the lives of the American ghost. His genius is in his eye for detail. And the good news is, he isn't dead: he's 70.

Asher Roth, Jazz Café, London

Emerging onto the stage with his (now long) ginger locks, this white Jewish rapper looks no more like a hip hop star than he ever did. 

Folk music enjoys chart revival

Folk music is enjoying a sales boom, with Laura Marling leading a revival of the narrative song.

The Royal College of Physicians has argued in favour of e-cigarettes as a harm-reduction tool

Electronic cigarettes: A safer way to puff

E-cigarettes could save hundreds of thousands of lives, according to their makers. So why are many health experts opposed to them?

Album: Guided by Voices, Let's Go Eat the Factory (Fire Records)

After a 15-year hiatus, the "classic" line-up of Dayton, Ohio, lo-fi veterans reformed in 2010 for a year-long tour, culminating in this new album of 21 songs with titles such as "Doughnut For a Snowman".

Album: Enter Shikari, A Flash Flood of Colour (Ambush Reality / Pias)

A Flash Flood of Colour kicks off with a pained metaphor comparing modern Britain to a clifftop house threatened by coastal erosion, and doesn't let up from there.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee