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One minute he was a humble punter trying to peek up Debbie Harry's skirt at a Hammersmith Odeon gig, the next he was the owner of the venue which was to steal the Odeon's crown. If Simon Parkes' autobiography – full of raucous tales and Geezer-speak – is ever made into a film, it will be fun trying to find an actor who can do him justice. When he wants to sound hard, he can sometimes come across like Ray Winstone. But would Ray Winstone ever have banked at Coutts?

Album: Broadcaster featuring Peggy Seeger Folksploitation (Red Grape)

There's a burgeoning Scottish tradition of roots remixing thanks to the pioneering work of the late Martyn Bennett, but it's rarely done as smoothly as Folksploitation, on which Broadcaster recontextualises old folk performances by Peggy Seeger, with a strong reggae flavour reminiscent of Little Axe's remixes of blues material.

Album: Various Artists, Bass Culture Vols 1-4 (Nascente)

The imminent 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence has prompted a rash of exhaustive reggae retrospectives, the best being this 4 x 2CD series.

Rastamouse: 2011 onwards

Children's TV star Rastamouse signs second album deal

Rastamouse, the cheese-loving, children’s TV star, has defied the sceptics by announcing he’s signed a deal for a second album with EMI, to be released in 2013.

Shape shifter: Robert Plant performing in Nashville

A whole lotta talent

Robert Plant is back to his bluesy roots – and happy to put his rock god days behind him. By Tim Cumming

We love: Fashion War - Summer months mean road trips to weddings, festivals and beyond. For those who aren't the designated driver, these fashion playing cards are enough to make you wish for a traffic jam. Fashion Face Off, Maia Adams and Erin Petson, £8.95, amazon.co.uk

The Fashion Audit: Fashion war, fishnet shorts, Launer London and famous fragrances

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Latitude’s late night i Arena line-up revealed!

We’re excited to announce more of this year’s amazing late night line-up with DJs booked on the i Arena, In The Woods and The Lake Stage.

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Album: Jack Savoretti, Before the Storm (Fulfill)

Back in 2007 the public could find it in their hearts to make room for only one singer-songwriter of British-Italian descent and Savoretti's loss was Nutini's gain.

Album: Alexandra Burke, Heartbreak on Hold (RCA / SYCO MUSIC)

Alexandra Burke claims that, as executive producer of her follow-up to Overcome, she's ensured that Heartbreak on Hold is a much more personal album.

Sleigh Bells
An exposed strap is no longer seen as a fashion faux pas

What the best-dressed breasts are wearing

As the sun makes a rare and somewhat bashful appearance, so too will bra straps across the land as clothes inevitably become flimsier and gauzier. The flagrant flashing of one's unmentionables may send the more traditionally mannered into a tizzy, but as long as the bits of your foundation garment that are on show aren't the colour of discarded chewing gum, an exposed strap here or there is no longer seen as a fashion faux pas.

Miserable now? Struggling to see through that trendy fringe could leave you with a lazy eye

Fashion victim: Warning - fads can damage your health

So, that emo fringe could be effecting your eyesight, but it's hardly the first style fad to leave behind a trail of harm

Elisa Bray: Where's soul, reggae, rap, jazz, R'n'B, hip-hop and trip-hop on the Music is GREAT compilation?

If the team behind the Music is GREAT compilation were looking for live moments that captured the pop zeitgeist, there could be no better moment than Dizzee Rascal performing Bonkers at Glastonbury 2010.

Adam Yauch performs with the Beastie Boys at an MTV concert in 2004

Adam Yauch: White rapper who went from novelty act to genre-bending pioneer

Accused of appropriating rap music, Yauch likened it to the Rolling Stones playing the Blues

Ska pioneer Brevett dies, aged 80

The Jamaican double bassist and ska pioneer Lloyd Brevett has died at the age of 80.

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