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Album: The Roots, Undun (Mercury)

The Roots' 13th album may be their best.

Lisa Hannigan, Shepherds Bush Empire, London (4/5)

There may be more than a touch of end-of-tour high spirits, but Ireland’s current female star of gentle balladry is a revelation tonight, even to herself. “I don’t usually rock out with such force,” Lisa Hannigan explains as she ties back her unruly auburn locks once more.

Album: Howlin' Wolf, Smokestack Lightning: The Chess Masters 1951-1960 (Universal)

Greatness is notoriously difficult to define, but it's easy to demonstrate.

Album: Liz Green, O Devotion! (Pias)

The crashing of distant cymbals and the honking of muffled trombones provide the backdrop for the debut album from 28-year-old Scouser Liz Green, who sings Brechtian waltzes and squeaky-fingered blues songs of intrigue and mystery, inspired by everything from Primo Levi to Harold & Maude.

A failure to shine: Madeline Follin of Cults

Cults, XOYO, London

Cults are a boy-girl couple, who studied film in New York and started making catching indie-pop on the side. Yes, they are as young, and cool, as one might expect. Darlings of the blogosphere, their career launched almost by accident after they posted a few tracks that showcased just what a good match Sixties girl-group pop layered with reverb and synth could be. They were snapped up by Lily Allen's label – she's in the audience tonight – but while their first album didn't disappoint, this show did.

Album: Richard Galliano, Nino Rota (Deutsche Grammophon)

This dream team of accordionist Galliano playing Fellini's favourite composer with trumpeter Dave Douglas, reeds master John Surman, bassist Boris Kozlov and drummer Clarence Penn appears as part of the London Jazz Festival at the South Bank on Thursday.

Album: Tim Buckley, Starsailor – The Anthology (Rhino)

Everybody needs Tim Buckley in their life, for self-medication as well as entertainment.

Britney Spears, 02 Arena, London

The last time Britney Spears took to the UK stage, in a 2009 tour to promote her Circus album, she was criticised for miming and a lack of personality.

Album: Berlioz, Grande Messe des Morts – Ensemble Wroclaw / McCreesh (Winged Lion)

With 200 singers and massed choirs of period brass, Berlioz's 1837 Grande Messe has rarely sounded so thrilling or transparent.

Album: Hayley Westerna, Ennio Morricone, Paradiso (Decca)

The soprano Hayley Westenra is the supreme "crossover classical" artist, her album Pure being the fastest-selling classical debut of all time.

Album: CSS, La Liberacion (V2)

The world may not be crying out for a new album from the Sao Paulo quintet after 2008's lacklustre Donkey, on which Cansei de Ser Sexy (Sick of Being Sexy) sounded sick of being CSS.

Album: Bombay Bicycle Club, A Different Kind of Fix (Island)

Most bands find their signature style and stick with it till the fanbase drifts away. Not so Bombay Bicycle Club, who have an appealing tendency to change bicycles midstream, as it were.

Album: Various artists, Johnny Boy Would Love This (Hole In The Rain / Absolute)

A tribute album to the late, sometimes-great John Martyn (betcha couldn't see that coming).

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