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Album: Peter Gabriel, New Blood (Realworld)

As with the Radiohead album, New Blood finds Peter Gabriel getting a second bite at his own material – in this case, continuing the orchestral re-arrangement approach applied to the cover versions of last year's Scratch My Back.

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Mercury Rev, Roundhouse, London

Smiling with beatific rapture and throwing his arms wide open like a man here to save souls, Jonathan Donahue swigs red wine from a bottle as he arrives on a stage lit by candles.

Peter Gabriel, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Peter Gabriel's typically ambitious and playful notion of swapping cover versions with admired peers resulted in Scratch My Back, his 2010 album of stately interpretations of Radiohead, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire and others. Tonight's show with the New Blood Orchestra applies the same reflective approach to Gabriel's own songbook. They show consistent conscience, expressed in a voice of gravelly, intellectual English soul.

Memoirs of a Geezer, By Jah Wobble

Jah Wobble has lived an eventful life: bass player in PiL, solo musician and influential figure in the popularisation of world music, as well as London Tube driver, warehouse manager, chronic alcoholic and book reviewer for the Independent on Sunday.

Album: Tom Jones, Praise & Blame (Island)

It's not that unusual: Tom Jones goes back to the roots

Robert Sandall: Music writer and broadcaster whose work was suffused with his knowledge and passion

The writer, rock journalist, broadcaster and wine expert, Robert Sandall, died on Tuesday morning, 20 July, aged 58, after a long battle with cancer. For many years he was the rock critic at The Sunday Times, and then wrote more generally for the Culture section, where he flourished until the very end of his life. Only a month ago, despite being in severe pain and aware of the limited time he had left, he turned in a polished and imaginative review of a film about the Doors full of the wit and observation for which he was known. He also wrote for Q magazine, Mojo, Rolling Stone and The Word.

My Fantasy Band: Melissa Etheridge

'Kenny Aronoff is a powerful, powerful drummer'

Album: John Metcalfe, Matthew Barley, Constant Filter (Signum Classics)

Most recently to be found helping Peter Gabriel transform the cover versions on Scratch My Back, John Metcalfe here furnishes cellist Matthew Barley with a series of pieces mostly composed for solo cello and electronics.

Album: Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles (Fiction/Polydor)

A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a synth-punk enigma

Phoenix, Roundhouse, London<br/>Peter Gabriel, O2, London

Too cool for charisma? Must be French electro pop

Peter Gabriel, The O2, London

An old master strips back the covers

Album: Peter Gabriel, Scratch My Back (EMI / Real World)

A concept waiting to happen: a Gabriel covers album.

Album: Peter Gabriel, Scratch My Back (Virgin/Real World)

The covers album as we know it dates back to 1973, when David Bowie's Pin Ups and Bryan Ferry's These Foolish Things were released.

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