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Maybe when you are Brazil’s most revered percussionist (Vasconcelos has played with Jan Garbarek and Pat Metheny among others) you feel obliged to stretch the bashing-and-tapping-things envelope. For there doesn’t appear to be any musical reason for what sounds like underwater conga playing or, for that matter, rigorous crisp packet shaking.

Album review: Hebronix, Unreal (ATP)

The latest project of former Cajun Dance Party and Yuck songwriter Daniel Blumberg, Hebronix finds him marrying his natural pop melodic sensibilities to quixotic rock arrangements rooted in American indie modes.

Dispatch: We wanted not to have anyone telling us what to do

Dispatch are untethered to a label and built up a following through a personal connection with fans, yet 100,000 see them play.

Eugene McGuinness

Fantasy Band: Eugene McGuinness

'Keith Richards is my favourite guitarist. It's amazing he's still walking'

Beat that: gnaoua musicians perform in Essaouira

Trail of the unexpected: Essaouira, Morocco

This relaxed port city is full of rhythm. Linda Cookson heard it ... all along the watchtower

British judges long stand accused of being out of touch

Judges – square beyond a reasonable doubt

The news that a judge threw out a claim by Apple – that Samsung's Galaxy Tab infringes on its all-conquering iPad – has shaken the judiciary to its core. This is mainly because High Court Judge Colin Birss showed remarkable astuteness by insisting Samsung's products were "not as cool" as Apple's. British judges long stand accused of being out of touch with the general public, with their cluelessness regarding popular culture providing particular amusement,

Actor Victor Spinetti, star of The Beatles’ films, dies aged 82

The veteran Welsh actor Victor Spinetti has died of pancreatic cancer, his agent said today.

Album: The Dreaming Spires, Brothers in Brooklyn (Clubhouse)

Supra-referential power-pop like this was fashionable in certain strata in the late-1970s, and you can see why.

Album: Can, The Lost Tapes 1968-1975 (Spoon/Mute)

Classic krautrock collection makes for a real find

Album: Sam Sparro, Return to Paradise (Virgin/Positiva

Sooner than you could say "one-hit wonder", Sam Sparro sank from the public eye.

Rockeries Ringo Star, Roger Daltrey and Sir Cliff Richard joined the guestlits of the Chelsea Flower Show's preview yesterday

Chelsea Flower Show: It's the Monsters of Rock Garden

It was a case of sex, drugs and rockeries as Ringo Starr, Roger Daltrey and Sir Cliff Richard joined other special guests to enjoy an exclusive preview of the Chelsea Flower Show yesterday.

Michael (Pinnington), Gordon (Elsmore), Mike (Nichols) and Isaac (Shalam) try to convince talent scouts they should be cast as the Fab Four

Help! We need a Ringo... Wannabe Fab Fours audition for Beatles show

Hundreds flock to theatre for a part in a new musical, reports Charlie Cooper

Levon Helm in 1976 playing the drums at The Band's final live performance

Levon Helm: Drummer and soulful singer at the heart of The Band

With their thick beards and bygone attire, The Band went against the ethos of kaftans and flares

Guitar veteran Bert Weedon dies: Listen to his top hits

Guitarist Bert Weedon, who played with stars including Frank Sinatra and inspired millions to pick up the instrument with his Play In A Day books, has died at the age of 91.

Album: T.Rex, Electric Warrior Super Deluxe Edition (A&M/Universal)

Forty years ago, Electric Warrior was one of the twin pillars upon which glam-rock was built (the other, Bowie's Ziggy Stardust, would arrive nine months later).

Daniel Johnston & The Texan Sea Power (British Sea Power), Union Chapel, London

“Hi, how are you these days?” begins Daniel Johnston, in 'Lost in My Infinite Memory'.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker