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Pop: Wilco

Back at the start of the 1990s, Jeff Tweedy, Wilco's vocalist, was banging mandolins and electric guitars in the pioneering Uncle Tupelo. They were possibly the most innovative band on the US underground but then grunge broke and they were consigned to cult status. By the mid-90s, Uncle Tupelo had split: Jay Farrar, the other main songwriter formed the excellent Son Volt while Tweedy got the more poppy Wilco together. Now three albums on Wilco have dropped their twang resulting in the stunning Summerteeth album which puts a 90s urban feel onto the classic foundations of the Byrds, Beach Boys and Beatles. Their last gig here was a disappointment but there's so much more to play for this time as Wilco could become massive in this country and Tweedy's golden tonsils are among the very best in current day rock.

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Obituary: Bryan MacLean

BRYAN MACLEAN, guitarist and vocalist and songwriter in the cult American psychedelic band Love, wrote the seminal Sixties classic "Alone Again Or" and recorded three albums still revered by critics and connoisseurs. Trivia fans only realised that the Californian musician had nearly been one of the Monkees last August when Channel 4 aired Ian MacMillan's fine documentary Daydream Believers.

Arts: She talks to rainbows

Phil Spector built a Wall of Sound around her, then imprisoned her behind real gates and barbed wire. Game over? Not likely. Meet Ronnie Spector, pop's finest moment.

Pop: Long-distance learner

If Richard Davies's band seemed a little on the hesistant side last time they played London back in March, maybe it was down to the fact that his band - now well bonded and happy after a long US tour - had only just come together.

Music: Innovative Sampling

Publishing rights is an industrious area for lawyers these days, but not, it seems a productive one for the artists themselves. The American art-collagist Beck has expressed no concern over the illegal Beck samples used in Illegal Arts' Deconstructing Beck. Beck's music publisher and record label, however, have resorted to e-mailing a "cease and desist" order to the elusive label owners.

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John Lennon's youngest son talk to James McNair about his debut album, his heroes and the other things that make him go 'wow'

Music: The plastic dinosaurs of pop

The Future Bible Heroes are the house-band of a 1980s that never was, turning the decade's synthesised smoothness into a wonderland of possibility. Oriental strings strike, animals cry, synth-orchestras crash, computer machinery bleeps. And over it all soar two voices : a detached woman and a mordant man. They're singing about aquatic female monsters, a death boutique and a woman who's stopped believing in the Beach Boys. It's like Leonard Cohen and Nico fronting Sparks. It's like nothing else on the planet.
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