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Album: Go-Kart Mozart, On the Hot Dog Streets (West Midlands)

Lawrence Hayward, former leader of Felt and Denim, is one of underground pop's true eccentrics.

Album: Santigold, Masters of my Make-Believe (Atlantic)

Santigold was one of 2008's great pop finds, making the sound of tumbleweed whistling around her second album baffling.

Bow Wow Wow, The Brook, Southampton / Daniel Johnston, St Bartholemew's Church, Brighton

Bow Wow Wow's return after 30 years is unexpectedly life-affirming, while Daniel Johnston's honesty has 'em snivelling in the aisles

Album: M Ward, A Wasteland Companion (Bella Union)

This Oregonian 38-year-old, perhaps best known as the "Him" to Zooey Deschanel's "She" (who guests here), hasn't reinvented any wheels with his seventh album.

Four police officers suspended in Northern Ireland over 'sectarian texts'

Four police officers in Northern Ireland have been suspended from duty after the discovery of racist and sectarian text messages.

Album: The Futureheads, Rant (Nul Records)

The most famous moment of The Futureheads' most celebrated song – a cover of Kate Bush's "Hounds of Love" – is its a cappella intro, so the idea of the Mackem quartet recording an a cappella album isn't too much for the imagination to handle.

How Soon Is Now?, By Richard King

To the younger generation of music fans, "indie" is a genre, a ubiquitous term used to describe artfully scruffy purveyors of white-boy guitar pop. In the late Seventies and Eighties, however, it was an abbreviation of "independent", used to distinguish the small, self-financed, artist-friendly record labels - the type started in garages, garden sheds and behind the counters of record shops - from their corporate counterparts.

Album: Blood Red Shoes, In Time to Voices (V2)

ITTV is the third album from the Brighton duo of Laura-Mary Carter and Steven Ansell and, while they haven't quite justified their claim to have thrown away the rulebook, they're executing their spooked alt-rock with added poise and class.

Sting at Hammersmith Apollo, London

“Sometimes I'm scared of being Ozzy Osbourne. But it could have been worse. I could have been Sting.”

Album: Frankie Rose, Interstellar (Memphis Industries)

Former denizen of Brooklyn indie girl groups such as Vivian Girls and Crystal Stilts, Frankie Rose has stepped out on her own and come up with a surprise delight: an enchanting dream-pop album steeped in her multi-tracked harmonies.

Culture to comfort us: When did we become so culturally conservative?

We are taking refuge in the past, whether it's 'Call the Midwife' and 'Downton' on TV, Coward and Rattigan at the theatre, or neo-Romantics in the galleries. Where's the sensation? By Philip Hoare
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The shock of the old: When did we become so culturally conservative?

We are taking refuge in the past, whether it's 'Call the Midwife' and 'Downton' on TV, Coward and Rattigan at the theatre, or neo-Romantics in the galleries. Where's the sensation, asks Philip Hoare?

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