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. 

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?

Folk music enjoys chart revival

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

Les Misérables was relaunched in 2010 - 25 years after opening

Cast of 'Les Mis' in revolt over royalties

Original performers told that the curtain's coming down on their payments for recording sales

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".

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