Live Review: Lyrebirds, Camden Barfly, 5th May

In recent years the rise of the indie bands that ironically ‘share’ the same sound as Manchester legends, Joy Division, isn’t something that instantly springs originality to my ears. The first of this sad bunch, and I mean sad in the non-contemporary form (or not), was the hideous Joy Division impersonators, The Editors. Singing songs about not knowing “love like they used to”, could marriage to Radio One DJ Edith Bowman be that bad? They shamelessly dance, sing, and fashion everything (apart from the epileptic fits) that is Ian Curtis, this can only fill me with resent.

Album: The National, High Violet (4AD)

Widescreen doom rock of the type beloved by beardy men who wear black and read the NME past their prime.

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Pogues singer Shane MacGowan has revealed he stays awake for a week at a time.

First Night: Public Image Ltd, O2 Academy, Birmingham

Difficult, honest and angry, Lydon pushes at the limits

Album: James Blood Ulmer, In and Out (In And Out Records)

Almost 30 years since his unlikely post-punk semi-hit Are You Glad to Be in America?, guitarist/ vocalist Ulmer sounds like an even bluesier version of his former self, oddly accented rhythmic flurries poised somewhere between Ornette Coleman and Jimi Hendrix.

Album: Norah Jones, The Fall, (Blue Note)

Another departure in the career of this unjustly resented pop girl.

Bombay Bicycle Club, Heaven, London

A couple of years ago, Bombay Bicycle Club were at the forefront of the underage band scene, alongside their school peers Cajun Dance Party. Still just 19 years old – the band only finished their A-Levels last year – it's apparent tonight that while their devoted young fans who have grown up alongside them are still present, their audience has expanded to include all ages.

Album: Echo & the Bunnymen, The Fountain (Ocean Rain)

Sweeping, epic music that sounds almost as good as it did in the Bunnymen's pomp – almost good enough, in fact, to forgive them for spawning any number of stadium-pleasing bands since.

And the Ass Saw the Angel, By Nick Cave

Nick Cave's cult classic has been published in a 20th-anniversary edition, to coincide with the release of his second novel. And the Ass Saw the Angel has been, reads the press release, "completely revised... cut down and reorganised by the author so the plot is clarified and the characters stand out more clearly. The book retains all its brilliance but is more accessible to the general reader." It is Cave's inaccessibility and strangeness which is so attractive, yet there is something about this material which seems so alive that it struggles out of the confines of the page.

Album: The Dead Weather, Horehound (Columbia)

Jack White has effectively become the American equivalent of Damon Albarn.

New demand for probe into first death of Troubles

The Police Ombudsman has faced calls to launch an investigation into the death of the first person killed in The Troubles.

Album: Sonic Youth, The Eternal, (Matador)

You really have to hand it to Sonic Youth: album number 15, with the band's mainstays all in their fifties really is some time for a band to hit their peak.

White Lies - Secrets and lies

White Lies are a trio of 20-year-olds who've been tipped for the big time in 2009. But with a debut single called Death and their first album titled To Lose My Life, why do they seem so gloomy? Chris Mugan finds out

Album: White Lies, To Lose My Life, (Fiction)

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