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Kele, Village Underground, London

"As you may or may not know, I have a day job in another band," says Kele Okereke mischievously from the tiny stage under Hoxton's stone arches. Indie-rock lovers couldn't fail to recognise the Bloc Party frontman's rich London voice, but they could be forgiven for a double-take. Thoroughly beefed up, vest-clad and cap tilted way back on his good-looking head, Okereke, or the The Boxer, as his new solo album attests, is grinning. It was a rare sight in his day job, and one you'd think would be even rarer now that the band is on indefinite hiatus, but it becomes highly familiar by the end of this brief, 50-minute set.

Album: Mystery Jets, Serotonin (Rough Trade)

Opening line "Freedom is an illusion generated by our brain" raises false hopes that Mystery Jets have moved on to weightier topics than fancying the girl next door.

Album: The Pipettes, Earth vs the Pipettes (Fortuna Pop)

There's a strong case that Earth vs the Pipettes shouldn't be credited thus, since the once polka-dotted princesses feature no original members (an indie Sugababes, essentially).

Album: Kele, The Boxer (Wichita)

The Bloc Party is over but Kele comes out fighting

'Intelligence lessons to be learned' from soldier's death

A coroner investigating the death of a soldier in Afghanistan said today there were "lessons to be learned" about intelligence-sharing among troops on the ground.

As I Am Kloot aim for the Elbow

As I Am Kloot return to the fray with their fifth album, Sky at Night, maybe it's time for some of Elbow's magic dust to fall on one of the lesser lights of their home town.

Broken Social Scene, Heaven, London

"When you're in a band, you get on stage and suddenly everyone's louder and crazier. That's generally the idea with Broken Social Scene," says Kevin Drew, the singer, guitarist and founding member of the sprawling Toronto indie-rock collective that is Broken Social Scene. The strength of that idea is certainly apparent tonight; it's live that they become a real force.

Album: The Futureheads, The Chaos (Nul Records)

"5-4-3-2-1... on your marks!" This is the up-and-at-'em statement of intent with which the Futureheads kick off their fourth album.

Album: Scouting for Girls, Everybody Wants to Be on TV (Epic)

With an inevitability that feels like a sledgehammer to the skull, Scouting for Girls – the shiny happy people of "She's So Lovely" ubiquity – have Gone Serious with their second album.

Album: The Courteeners, Falcon (A&M Records)

Vacancy. One Mancunian guitar band with a cocky, feather-cut singer called Liam. If the Courteeners didn't exist, the music industry would have had to invent them.

Hadouken!, The Scala, London

“Does anyone remember 1992?” shouts Hadouken! singer James Smith. Judging by the appearence of Smith and the fresh-faced crowd, I'd be surprised if anybody actually does. A smattering of grunts from the back proves my point.

Album: Los Campesinos! Romance Is Boring (Wichita)

Like a drunken Lord's spectator floored by a cover drive six, I didn't see this coming. Cardiff collective Los Campesinos! have previously erred on the side of twee and irritating, but the Bis-like hyperactivity of their early releases is now only half the story.

Album: These New Puritans, Hidden (Angular)

These New Puritans come with a manifesto of sorts, declaring themselves "anti-experimental, anti-distortion, anti-avant garde", like an audio wing of the Stuckists.

Album: Badly Drawn Boy, Is There Nothing We Could Do? (BDB Records)

Three years since the last BDB album, Damon Gough still hasn’t completed the official follow-up.

Album: Badly Drawn Boy, Is There Nothing We Could Do? (Big Life)

Badly Drawn Boy's first soundtrack, for 2002's film of About a Boy, showed him to be a skilled wielder of homely moods and sympathetic tones, both characteristics also in full effect on this soundtrack to Caroline Aherne's TV film The Fattest Man in Britain, starring Timothy Spall in the title role.

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