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Album review: Trentemoller, Lost (In My Room)

Denmark’s Anders Trentemoller has moved ever further away from the propulsive techno that he made a decade ago, to the point where his third album proper includes verse-chorus-verse structures and vocals by the singers from Low, the Drums, Blonde Redhead and the Raveonettes.

Album review: Adrian Utley's Guitar Orchestra, In C (Invada)

A sequence of 53 variably repeated fragments of music, Terry Riley's minimalist milestone In C is most often performed by ensembles of keyboards and winds, but Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley has here organised a version dominated by guitars. They are used to expose the intricate interplay of lines, and the way that the piece appears to speed up and slow down as the sequence shifts gradually between sparse and busy fragments. It's beautiful in places – the triplet tremors seemingly passed from one guitar to another about five minutes in are a lovely example of the work's planned serendipity – though ultimately the lack of textural variety works against it.

Protesters from 'Camp Badger' near Watchet in Somerset

Badger cull: Protest camp evicted, as anarchists claim responsibility for Portishead arson

Camp Badger residents had hoped to stay in place for the cull's six-week duration

Album review: Rodrigo Leão, Songs (2004-2012) (Glitterhouse)

Since leaving the group Madredeus, Portuguese composer Rodrigo Leão has let his muse drift between rock, classical and movie music, all areas feeding into this latest album which features guest vocalists fronting his jazz-pop arrangements.

After soundtracking Ryan Gosling in Drive, Secret Diary could put College in the driving seat

As well as turning Ryan Gosling into an action hero, the noirish thriller Drive has also given a nitro boost to the career of musician David Grellier. Under his pseudonym College, the French electronica producer provides the backing for one of the film's rare romantic interludes – when Gosling's getaway driver takes Carey Mulligan and son for a jaunt down that iconic urban idyll, the Los Angeles River.

Alcohol used to induce heart attack and save patient's life

Doctors have saved a patient's life by killing off part of his heart with neat alcohol.

Album: Hidden Orchestra Archipelago Tru Thoughts bbb

Hidden Orchestra's Joe Acheson characterises Archipelago as a voyage round a group of islands, all built from the same materials, but each with its own topography.

Album: Delilah From the Roots Up (Atlantic)

Best known for her work with Chase & Status, Delilah's impressive solo debut displays a versatile, inventive attitude that sets her apart from more routine R&B divas.

Shape shifter: Robert Plant performing in Nashville

A whole lotta talent

Robert Plant is back to his bluesy roots – and happy to put his rock god days behind him. By Tim Cumming

I'll Be Your Mirror, Alexandra Palace, London N22

All Tomorrow's Parties' spring seaside festivals have stalled, but their hearty alterna-spirit parties on in this London spin-off, a three-day event thin on the chalet front but crackling with cult bands, rare reunions and evangelists of noise.

How jazz secretly invaded pop

Radiohead's live drummer and Adele's pianist are jazz stars. They tell Nick Hasted how go-to players are restoring the genre's links to the mainstream

Dollars & Cents: Thom Yorke from the pricey-to-watch Radiohead

How jazz secretly invaded pop music

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Liz Green, Bush Hall, London

“It’s going to be a whole lotta of fun tonight,” Liz Green sings, in her jazz-coated tones, on the perky 'Midnight Blues'. That’s about as jaunty as the 28-year-old’s music gets. She even warns us, jokily (and Green’s very droll, like a blend of Victoria Wood, Linda Smith and Beautiful South’s Paul Heaton), that “I’m going to try and depress you now,” before the exquisite lament 'Hey Joe', adding “it’s a sad song about my imaginary friend’s less than impressive love life.” 

Primary school classes 'could be taught in sheds'

Rising birth rates and immigration sees a growing shortage of classroom places
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