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Tonight we have come expecting the casual, ramshackle charm and strangely whimsical grace of Babyshambles circa 2009 and Grace/Wastelands but the band’s new album, Sequel to the Prequel seems almost unnaturally controlled and surprisingly vibrant.

The Word On... Peter Doherty, the new album

"'Grace/Wastelands' appears at first to be a slightly disjointed album. However, it becomes apparent that there is one thing linking all the tracks – an honest and genuine outpouring of Doherty's soul." - Lizzie Ennever, bbc.co.uk/music

My Fantasy Band: Alan Donohoe, The Rakes

Vocals - Woody Allen
I'll have him sing songs by Morrissey. They both have a deep, inquisitive outlook on life. Woody plays clarinet in a jazz band so he must be a bit musical but I think it's more important with singing to have character than to have an Alexandra Burke falsetto.

Why are so many pop stars turning lecturer?

The days when pop stars just sang are over. Never mind Will Young on Question Time – musicians today are likely to be lecturing at a podium near you. Elisa Bray samples their wisdom

First Impressions: The Libertines, Fibbers, York (2002)

If Simon Schama ever gets around to making The History of British Pop, he could do worse than call on The Libertines for period battle scenes from the Rock Wars. Everything here's a re-enactment, a reconstruction. You pick a year – 1964 (Mod), 1979 (Mod Revival), 1993 (New Wave of New Wave), 1995 (Britpop) – and these are the boys for the job.

The View, Koko, London

To enjoy widespread live success but scant commercial recognition is the curse of the second wave of British indie bands inspired by the DIY ethos of The Libertines. Without the trumped-up poeticism of Pete Doherty and his peers or the pop wit of Arctic Monkeys, The View and groups like them have been condemned to the cultural hinterland of entertaining a crowd in different cities every night of the week while being largely ignored by the Top 40.

Glasvegas win new music award

Glasvegas were today named winners of Xfm's New Music Award for their self-titled debut album.

A bit of rough and tumble: Rough Trade celebrates 30 glorious years

Rough Trade is the indie label that made it big, and now it's celebrating 30 glorious years – but it almost didn't make it.

Rick Wright: Interstellar overdrive

Rick Wright gave Pink Floyd their surreal, spacey sound. Andy Gill bids farewell to the man, and the band, who changed the face of rock

Pandora: Edmonds accused of hollow talk over TV licence row

Ding Ding! Noel Edmonds' row with the BBC over his apparent refusal to pay the licence fee is shaping up into one of the most engaging stand-offs in recent years.

Drummers - fit and they know it

Scientists have found that drummers have the stamina of athletes. Trouble is, their lifestyles are rather different. Keith Moon, anyone?

Steve Mason: 'My brain had an MOT'

The Beta Band's Steve Mason has a new alter ego. He tells Chris Mugan how it came about

Warrant issued for Pete Doherty's arrest

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of troubled musician Pete Doherty after he failed to show for a court appearance in Yeovil.

Album: Dirty Pretty Things, Romance at Short Notice (Vertigo)

When Carl Barat first launched Dirty Pretty Things, there was a degree of goodwill.

After all, he seems like a decent lad, there was a feeling that he’d been unfairly cheated out of any credit in the Libertines, and he might as well do something while P-Doh was off being a celebrity/cellmate/carcrash and occasionally a Babyshamble, even if it was an undaventurous continuation of the Libs’ style.

Dirty Pretty Things - a band on the run

With their latest album, Dirty Pretty Things are finally emerging from the shadow of The Libertines. Nick Hasted talks to the group about a dark legacy

Music review: The Courteeners - St.Jude

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t actively dislike the Courteeners. In fact, it might actually be impossible to dislike a band with a chorus that goes “What took you so long/ Was there a queue at the post office?”

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