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A sideways look at the world of music

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When the Beatles burst on to the scene, Bristol had the Wurzels, and that's how it stayed, until suddenly, Massive Attack, Tricky and Portishead became the doyens of dance music you don't dance to.

Live John Martyn Royal Festival Hall

John Martyn has been playing the South Bank since the late Sixties, even though he's never quite seemed at home there. He played the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1970 with his then wife Beverley, a full electric band and a support slot from Nick Drake and, already, he was taking issue with his reputation as a slightly whimsical solo folkie. Martyn has long since shrugged off the most obvious trappings of his hippie past and established himself as a man in a suit playing electric guitar, but he's still struggling with his past, his audience's expectations and the sheer gentility of the Festival Hall.

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Today is the 220th St Leger, Britain's oldest classic horse race. Bookmakers expect pounds 8m to pounds 10m to be staked. Mark Holder will be tak ing a special interest. He's a professional gambler. Photograph by Marc Hill

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The dance-pop duo Moloko evade pigeonholes. Their sound is vaguely reminiscent of Grace Jones and Talking Heads. But, they tell Nicholas Barber, not at all of Portishead

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Live review: Moloko Eve's Club, London

"Sniverling [sic] little bunny/ Bouncing up and down/ Scummy little creature/ Run them out of town..." Despite the echo of its terrifying tango, Moloko's molten opening number, "Killa Bunnies", is impossible to watch from the end of a 30ft tailback winding forlornly down the chicane of this club's snaky entrance. Every other hiss from the stage is blotted by shrieks of fury from the excluded crowd until the heavies at the door are summarily stampeded. The band's name, Russian for milk, seems too innocuous to inspire such incendiary behaviour.

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