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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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Smash hit go under the hammer

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America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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