Arts and Entertainment Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol whose supergroup Tired Pony trails behind according to our critic

“It’s called... ‘The New One’!” announces Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody, promoting his indie supergroup Tired Pony’s second album The Ghost Of The Mountain with a suitably schmindie level of marketing skill.

Album review: Laura Veirs, Warp and Weft (Bella Union)

Laura weaves her magic with painful and poignant tales

Mack Emerman, who has died at the age of 89, was the founder of Criteria Recording Studios, where acts such as Eric Clapton, James Brown and the Bee Gees made some of their most famous records

Mack Emerman: Recording studio mogul

Mack Emerman, who has died at the age of 89, was the founder of Criteria Recording Studios, where acts such as Eric Clapton, James Brown and the Bee Gees made some of their most famous records.

Circa 1966: The British pop band 'The Troggs', Reg Presley, (front) Chris Britton, Peter Staples and Ronnie Bond, posing with three telephones.

Reg Presley: The Troggs singer who kept on gigging

Troggs frontman Reg Presley will be remembered as the singer on some of the most enduring hits of the 1960s and for one of rock's most famous outtakes.

Supersilent featuring John Paul Jones, Arches, Glasgow

For the majority of the all-seated crowd in Glasgow’s atmospheric underground railway arch venue, the suspicion is they’re here because of the ‘featuring John Paul Jones’ element of tonight’s bill.

Thom’s sideman has a new sound

Music producers rarely leap from mixing desk to live room – even Ian Broudie of Lightning Seeds fame had form on the Liverpool band scene before he worked with Echo and the Bunnymen.

Observations: The real sound of Planet Earth

If Planet Earth,  the acclaimed BBC documentary series that first came to our screens in 2006, taught us one thing, it is that the natural world is endlessly fascinating. It also taught us that a humpback whale calf consumes around 500 litres of milk a day, and that snow leopard cubs aren’t as cute as they look. But as astonishing as the high-definition footage itself was George Fenton’s score, which is now to be heard live.

Adele's '21' went 13-times platinum in Australia

Forget dreams of breaking America... head Down Under

British musicians are urged to follow in Adele's conquering footsteps and look to Australia

Cellist Laura Moody prepares for take-off in 'Mittwoch'

Mittwoch aus Licht, Argyle Works, Birmingham

Stockhausen! Not so long ago the composer’s name served as an expletive for conservative music lovers, expressing not so much their dislike as their nervous fear of radically modern music. It is five years since he died, and he has suffered the usual post-mortem slump in attention.

Charlie XCX pumps pugnacious electropop

Charli XCX. Sebright Arms, London
The Joy Formidable, The Lexington, London

Is this electro-pop's newest star? Or just Christina Aguilera for hipsters?

Album: Colorama, Good Music (AED)

The most rewarding factor on this album is the involvement of Edwyn Collins as producer (and label boss).

Album: Dylan LeBlanc, cast the Same Old Shadow (Rough Trade)

A suite of songs (ie, the mood is consistent throughout) of love and loss that aims for the austere mood of Gene Clark's No Other and falls short only because it reaches so high.

Album: Simone Kermes, Dramma (Sony Classical)

Named after the inscription “dramma per musica” to be found on 18th-century opera librettos, Dramma offers a remarkable collection of arias mostly drawn from longforgotten works by (now) unperformed composers.

Album: Benjamin Grosvenor, Rhapsody in Blue (Decca)

On his second Decca set, piano wunderkind Benjamin Grosvenor programmes Gershwin alongside roughly contemporary pieces by Ravel and Saint-Saëns, but it's the connection between Rhapsody in Blue and Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major that gives the album its point.

Amol Rajan: How about a reggae anthem to inspire the nation?

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The BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

Prom 35: Williams, Osborne, BBC Phil, Storgards; Prom 36: Bevan, Spence, Callow, Hallé, Elder

Steven Osborne is one of the unsung heroes of British pianism. This 40-year-old Scot tends to be typecast as a Beethoven and Schubert man, but he can create subtle spells with Ravel and Debussy: how would he handle Grieg’s ‘Piano Concerto in A minor’?

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