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Vinyl is shedding its image as a retro novelty as a new generation discovers cover art, liners and great sound

Hark the herald alt-popsters sing: Christmas albums from the most unexpected angles

Watch the exclusive Erasure video for 'Make it Wonderful' above

Fans of the Arctic Monkeys were left outraged after the hashtag #RIPAlexTurner started trending on Twitter.

Alex Turner: Arctic Monkeys frontman is NOT dead

Fans of the Arctic Monkeys were left outraged after the hashtag #RIPAlexTurner started trending on Twitter.

Gig review: Gravenhurst, Bishopsgate Institute, London

Gravenhurst is the musical project of Nick Talbot - a Bristol-based singer-songwriter who coaxes gorgeous tones out of his guitars, but whose gentle tunes wrap up an often dark and melancholy lyrical heart. He's got the satisfying well-balanced melodies, the ever-so-pretty fingerpicking and the lush harmonising to rival many a modern folk act - Gravenhurst call to mind Kings of Convenience or early Iron and Wine, and have been compared to Simon and Garfunkel even - yet mysteriously Talbot's star has never risen so high.

Album review: Peter Gabriel etc, And I'll Scratch Yours (Real World)

The reciprocal half of Gabriel’s I’ll-cover-yours-if-you’ll-cover-mine project Scratch My Back, in which his correspondents respond to his proposition by covering PG songs in return - a round dozen of them, including “Biko”, “Shock the Monkey” and, ill-advisedly, “Don’t Give Up”.

Music Review: Fleetwood Mac, The 02, Dublin

Return of the Mac

Through the Keyhole is a painfully unfunny peep show, and should be shown the door

Grace Dent on TV: Through the Keyhole, ITV

The perma-tanned prankster and his painfully unfunny peep show should be shown the door

Video: Tracks from the Playlist

Watch the videos below to take in one of the tracks from this week's Playlist.

It's not rock'n'roll for bands to blame the crowd

Arctic Monkeys and Plan B both turned on their fans. Bad move, says Elisa Bray

Indyplus music videos: Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys' fifth album, AM, has hit the top of the album charts. Watch music videos for the three of the tracks from the album below:

America’s Cup: Ehman raises question of radio communication in veiled accusation against New Zealand

A veiled accusation of cheating has been made against the New Zealand challenger for the America’s Cup by a senior member of event organiser and the defending Golden Gate Yacht Club.

Graffiti to promote Arcade Fire's new single

Caught in the Net: Arcade's epic single is a two-video affair

Arcade Fire's new song, the title track from the October-released fourth LP Reflektor, is a suitably big affair; it prompted Pitchfork to quip that it's so epic, it has two videos – one a monochrome effort directed by Anton Corbijn (youtu.be/7E0fVfectDo), the other an interactive extravaganza (justareflektor.com). The song itself is a bouncy number, with dance-like textures that may in part be a result of James Murphy being in the production booth. David Bowie is on backing vocals, which is nice.

Audio: Caught in the Net

Listen to the tracks mentioned in Caught in the Net below:

The Mercury Music Prize 2013 nominees

Mercury Prize 2013: List of nominees in full

David Bowie’s first new album for a decade is leading the field for this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize, which has returned to the mainstream after 2012’s shortlist was dubbed the “most obscure” in recent history.

Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys performing live

Music review: Arctic Monkeys, iTunes Festival, Roundhouse, London

“I’ve forgot the words,” sings Alex Turner at the climax of the encore "505". It is the last song of Arctic Monkeys’ London iTunes festival headline slot (and an established fixture on the band’s setlist for several years) on the day their much-lauded new album AM is released.

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