Arts and Entertainment Blink and you'll miss it: Medallion man Prince

Talk about suspense. Further to the news that Prince is soon releasing PLECTRUMELECTRUM, his first album with all-female rock trio 3RDEYEGIRL, a short teaser for their track "PRETZELBODYLOGIC" went up on YouTube this week. Warning: blink and you'll miss it. The album was written and recorded in Prince's Paisley Park recording studio in Minneapolis, London and New York. Meanwhile, at time of writing, we are still waiting to know exactly which "iconic venues in and around London" Prince will be playing on the Hit and Run Tour any time from Monday. Keep your diary clear…

Album: Harper Simon, Harper Simon (Pias)

He is Paul's son, and for about half the songs here there can be no mistaking the lineage.

Album: Paul Brady, Hooba Dooba (Proper)

Paul Brady is the singer-songwriter's singer-songwriter, arguably held in higher esteem by peers such as Dylan, Carole King and Van Morrison than by the general public. Hooba Dooba is a typically assured set, opening in surprisingly funky manner with the gurgling clavinet and soulful organ of "Cry It Out", Brady advising blasphemy when dealing with the pain of failed love.

Observations: The Feeling return to their roots as curators of Little World

Join with us," The Feeling command on one of their less forgettable numbers, a request tricky to perform when they are ensconced halfway up the French Alps. For that is where you will find them next week as the good-time band get to curate their own festival, Little World.

The Word On... Joanna Newsom, Have One On Me

"Set aside an afternoon, pull down the shutters and immerse yourself in it... It might take a week, a month, or even a year for it to yield up all its treasures; but after only a week in its company, this reviewer's instincts tell him that 'Have One on Me' is a masterpiece." - musicomh.com

Album: Joanna Newsom, Have One on Me (Drag City)

Ding dong the witch-child is dead! Make mine a triple

Album: Vinicio Capossela, The Story-Faced Man (Nonesuch)

Do we really need an Italian Tom Waits?

Album: Joao Gilberto, Chega De Saudade (El)

Unavailable for years, this is Brazilian singer/songwriter and guitarist Gilberto's debut from 1959: the single most defining artefact in what Antonio Carlos Jobim (who produced, arranged and partly composed) called bossa nova's "revolution with beauty".

Album: Peter Von Poehl, May Day (Tot Ou Tard)

Earnest Swedish singer-songwriters are not exactly thin on the ground, and on first few listens Von Poehl sounds too much like all the others: unobtrusive, polite, nothing to jump up and grab you.

Interview: Caitlin Rose - 2010's honky tonk heroine

The first time you hear Caitlin Rose, the Nashville-born singer-songwriter whose country-tinged arrangements are threatening to make a big impression in 2010, you'll thank your lucky stars that she chose to pursue a career in music rather than go to college.

Martha Wainwright, Jazz Cafe, London

For once, the guest really is special. The unannounced treat at Martha Wainwright's first show since her son Arcangelo was born two months premature in November is his granddad, Loudon Wainwright III – aka the "Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole" of the savagely raging song which made Martha's name. "We won't be singing that song tonight," she assures him. Its fury at his parenting had clearly blown itself out anyway, even before grandparenting became the new priority, with Martha guesting on Loudon's latest record and at a New York show. Still, when he strides onstage, the healing hug you might expect becomes a professional passing of an acoustic guitar. They do embrace when he leaves, détente achieved.

Album: Laura Veirs, July Flame (Bella Union)

There are quirky female singer-songwriters in the indie-rock idiom and there's Veirs, who is idiomatic only in the sense that she uses funny tunings, blues-free harmony, never swings and never calls a spade a spade when she can avoid the subject altogether.

Album: Thea Gilmore, Strange Communion (Fullfill/Universal)

Gilmore has gravitas. Her solemn contralto is warm as a hearth, still as a pine forest at night.

Album: Julian Casablancas, Phrazes for the Young, (Rough Trade)

At last, the organ-grinder. Or at least, that is how the debut from the Strokes leader will uncharitably be viewed – coming as it does after nearly all of Casablancas' monkeys have dropped at least one solo record.

The Word On... Sufjan stevens, The BQE

"Sufjan's first foray into the classical realm... 'The BQE' is a great addition to the his catalogue, not simply for its novelty, but for its quality as well. It isn't likely to satiate fans' hunger for a true 'Illinoise' follow-up, however." - creative deconstruction.com

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