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Album: Alberteen, Metal Book (Rhythm & Noir)

Their name's sideways nod to The Slits' Viv Albertine is just one of a welter of new-wave influences coursing through Alberteen's Metal Book.

The Maccabees

The Maccabees - The quiet men of guitar rock go large

With their third album, The Maccabees have moved into epic territory, the chart-topping south London quintet tell Elisa Bray

Album: Mike Doughty, Yes and Also Yes (Snack Bar)

The fourth solo album from Doughty is his most focused and upbeat to date.

Album: Kathleen Edwards, Voyageur (Rounder)

We should all be so lucky to spend winter under the duvet of a Bon Iver co-production.

In 2008 Adele's album 19 reached number one

Why January is the time to launch a pop career (it only takes 30,000 album sales to get to No 1)

There are few certainties in hit-making but one motto used to ring true – January is a dead month for music.

Album: Diagrams, Black Light (Full Time Hobby)

Diagrams is the latest vehicle for Sam Genders, once co-frontman of electro-folkies Tunng, so it's not surprising to find clear echoes of his former band on Black Light, notably in his familiar, downbeat northern inflections, and the still-flickering interest in animist fable discernible in tracks like "Antelope" and "Animals".

Singing Adams, Lexington, London

Modest to a fault, Steven Adams explains while tuning up that his band’s performances start awkwardly, only relaxing at the end, so everyone feels short changed.

Long time coming: Kate Jackson, back on stage as a solo artist

Kate Jackson, Madame Jojos, London

The star appeal of an ex-Blonde whose roots are still showing

Wild Flag

Wild Flag, The Lexington, London (4/5)

Five years after riot grrrl mavens Sleater-Kinney announced news of their indefinite hiatus and two of the band's core members -larger-than-life guitarist turned writer Carrie Brownstein and drummer Janet Weiss - are back with a new musical endeavour which threatens to blow all other previous projects clean out of the water.

At ease: Kate Jackson

The firebrand who found a softer side

After fronting the Long Blondes, Kate Jackson can finally be herself as a solo artist, she tells Elisa Bray

At ease: Kate Jackson; on stage with the Long Blondes

Kate Jackson - The indie-rock firebrand who got in touch with her softer side

As frontwoman of the Long Blondes, Kate Jackson adopted an aggressive alter ego. Now she's gone solo, she can at last be herself, she tells Elisa Bray

Bowman says: 'I loved Now Is Good - I couldn't speak when I came out'

Cultural Life: Edith Bowman, presenter

Television: I just started watching the second series of The Killing. It's a commitment. The first series was 20 episodes. I almost felt like I was having an affair with it. I'd wake up in the middle of the night, sneak downstairs and watch an episode. I've also been watching re-runs of Arrested Development. It just sums up my sense of humour exactly. Also I've got a slight obsession with Jason Bateman.

Album: Hard-Fi, Killer Sounds (Necessary/Atlantic)

Hard-Fi's third album certainly talks a good fight, with tracks titled "Feels Good", "Excitement" and, of course, "Killer Sounds", which perhaps reveals their ambition to become the British equivalent of The Killers.

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.

Luke Pritchard: Indie's cocky so-and-so is back – and now he wants to be friends

Luke Pritchard of The Kooks has a flair for rubbing people up the wrong way. But, he tells Gillian Orr, people have got him wrong
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