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Album: Cut Copy, In Ghost Colours (Modular)

Australia has been steadily emerging as a powerhouse of electronic pop, and Cut Copy are at the forefront with 'In Ghost Colours', a record which with every listen climbs higher up my Albums of the Year list.

Are We There Yet? Dig out the wellies for the festival season

Summer's on its way, which means it must be time for a festival. All that hanging out in tents and rolling in mud is guaranteed to get the kids enthused.

Album: Fleet Foxes, Sun Giant (Bella Union)

Seattle quintet Fleet Foxes were the surprise hit of this year's SXSW Festival – and no wonder, if this sublime debut is anything to go by.

Album: Boredoms, Super Roots 9 (Thrill Jockey)

For their first release on Thrill Jockey, the legendary "Japanoise" band Boredoms present the latest in their Super Roots series, a single 40-minute piece in their signature tribal-drone style, called "Livwe!", recorded at a Christmas Eve 2004 concert in Japan.

Album: MGMT, Oracular Spectacular (Columbia)

MGMT are, along with Vampire Weekend, the most droppable name out of New York City right now, and have been heralded with the loudest buzz of advance hyperbole of any NYC band since the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, if not the Strokes.

MGMT, ICA, London

Klaxons are in the lobby, Queens of Noize are waiting patiently in the front row; oh look, there's Mark Ronson in the bar, hanging out with Kaiser Chiefs. And, um, Kimberley Stewart (but let's forget about her). If anyone here isn't on the guest list, I'd like to personally congratulate them on being able to get in, because to call MGMT at the ICA a hot ticket would be the understatement of the year.

Why The Hoosiers are getting seriously cheery

Critical acclaim, who needs it? Making pop with a bit of substance is doing wonders for The Hoosiers, says chris mugan

The man who's laughing all the way to da Bank

Despite looking just like a regular punter, the Radio 1 presenter has created the hit Bestival events, runs his own record label, and now has a very successful podcast. Ian Burrell reports

Dominic Lawson: Russia and the illusion of democracy

It remains a state in which the most powerful obtained their position by the exercise of brute force

Tiger prawns

To be honest, this is a bit of a cheat from Claudia Roden. I first discovered her cooking 15 years ago and she is responsible for my gaining two stone in weight as I absolutely love her Middle Eastern recipes. This recipe (from The New Book of Middle Eastern Food) is one I have been cooking for years and I've added a light Indian side salad, which you can prepare either instead of or with rice, as it's a recipe I particularly enjoy at lunchtime. It's also brilliant for entertaining as there's virtually no preparation beyond shopping, and the cooking takes under five minutes.

The Flaming Lips: Shooting from the lip

The Flaming Lips turn death and tragedy into strangely uplifting music. We're beyond weird, Wayne Coyne tells Pierre Perone

Album: AC Newman

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