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The Cribs, Heaven, London

There was a time that The Cribs seemed highly unlikely to be anything other than grot rock also-rans.

Sarah Sands: The teenage parents might have the last laugh

It is not certain that Alfie Patten, aged 13 and looking about seven, will be a disastrous father to his daughter Maisie Roxanne. So far he has been good-natured towards the baby and keen to support her with his occasional £10 pocket money. His father, along with newspaper commentators, has expressed sentimental regrets about Alfie's loss of childhood. "He loves computer games and Manchester United," said Mr Patten. This does not actually set Alfie apart from the adult male population, who manage to squeeze in fatherhood around these twin passions.

The Word On... Franz Ferdinand, the new album

"'Tonight' is an exciting record for what it could potentially spell for Franz Ferdinand's future – from here, you could easily imagine the band further exploring electro-house productions, or stripping their sound down and making a folk record, or delving into tropical laptop-tronic pop." - http://www.pitchforkmedia.com

Honours: Military Division - The Army

Order of the Bath

<a href="http://larry-ryan.livejournal.com/1437.html">Larry Ryan: 'Bizarre indie cameos'</a>

Via the music site Idolator comes a compilation video someone has made consisting of "bizarre indie cameos" on an old American kids tv show, The Adventures of Pete & Pete. See how many you can spot (they're not all music related mind you).

Ladyhawke: 'You have no idea what I have been through'

She hated physical contact, shunned company and once locked herself in her house for three months. Then, two years ago, Pip Brown was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. So how is she coping with life as Ladyhawke, the next big thing in pop?

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/mixtape-the-lon.html">MixTape: The Long Blondes' split ends</a>

Oh boo hoo. The Long Blondes have split up. It’s very sad that the guy had a stroke, I wish him all the best and hope he gets well soon. But...

Shadow play: How Bloc Party reinvented their sound

When non-stop touring left them creatively shattered, Bloc Party had to reinvent their sound. Gavin Cumine hears how they did it

The Last Shadow Puppets, Guildhall, Portsmouth

"Thanks for 'avin' us, Portsmouth," says Alex Turner. "It's our first time." The string and brass sections glimpsed behind him like ballroom ghosts are enough to tell you the Arctic Monkeys' prosaic urban dreams have been briefly left behind. His new band with The Rascals' Miles Kane, The Last Shadow Puppets, instead attempts urbane sophistication on record. David Axelrod and Love's Arthur Lee are among its challenging models. But tonight's full debut unexpectedly harnesses this sound to driven rock'n'roll. The shrieking strings aren't prissy adornments, but aggressive implements in the service of the old-fashioned, four-piece beat group Turner and Kane lead at the front. The daring of their experiment is clarified thrillingly.

Album: The Little Ones, Morning Tide (Heavenly Recordings)

It's been two years since this LA quartet dropped their sunshine-drenched 'Sing Song' EP, with its flattering nods towards Big Star and the Byrds.

Album: The Futureheads, This Is Not the World (Nul)

Dropped by 679 Recordings after poor sales of their second album, Mackem quartet the Futureheads came close to splitting up, but instead applied their work ethic, regrouped, and formed their own label for album number three.

Feist, Royal Albert Hall, London

There's nothing new in pop acts deploying back-projected images to add a dimension to a live show, but, for her biggest London date so far, Leslie Feist extended the visual frontiers with an effect that was as beguiling as the music that has lifted her from indie obscurity to major mainstream success.

Music &amp; Me: Gareth of Los Campesinos

The first record I bought was…

“CU when u get there” by Coolio. I’ve held my head up high, poor and righteous ever since, just like Coolio wanted.

The first gig I went to was…

Hear’Say. Birmingham NEC. Totally Rad.

My favourite album is…

Album: Death Cab for Cutie, Narrow Stairs (Atlantic)

Naming your band after a Bonzo Dog song is risky, but Death Cab for Cutie's moniker hasn't hindered their progress, judging by the platinum sales of 2005's Plans. This follow-up is more experimental. There's still a fair complement of standard American indie-rock in songs like "No Sunlight", a catchy piece of stomp-pop that recalls their chums The Shins, and the opener "Bixby Canyon Bridge", which builds from a quiet thrumming of guitars to a vortex of sound.

Album: Hadouken!, Music for an Accelerated Culture (Surface Noise)

They may come from Leeds, but Hadouken!, on the face of it, are the most Hoxtonite band imaginable: as much as the press release rubbishes the "new rave" and "grindie" tags, with their mix of early Nineties 'ardcore synth riffs and wound-up white-boy rapping over the top that's exactly what they are.

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