Arts and Entertainment Still charming: Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty

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.

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Chas & Dave, Amersham Arms, London

You need to peer closely to spot how these purveyors of cockney novelty have aged. They look much as they did on Top of the Pops in 1986, when they last had a hit. Of course, even then they were session veterans who looked grizzled compared to the show's other guests, something exacerbated by their boots-and-braces outfits. Tonight, their beards and tinted specs give them a uniform look.

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Babyshambles, The Brickyard, Carlisle

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Silent Alarm, WICHITA

FOCUS: THE NEW DECADENCE: Rock & Roll: All the best stars are a mess

Pete Doherty is a mess, or a genius, or both. The singer is also now a star thanks to his affair with Kate Moss. Is it hype, or is he the latest in a proud line of rock rebels? And why do we still need them so?

He went into the cells a pop star: he may come out a poet

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He went into the cells a pop star: he may come out a poet

Publishers scramble to sign troubled rocker Pete Doherty. Anthony Barnes reports

Keep it in the family

PEOPLE WARNED model Kate Moss that her romance with the singer-songwriter Pete Doherty was dangerous. They were probably worried about his drug addiction. But what is proving a threat to Kate is the explosion of media coverage that has greeted their liaison, much of it focusing on the wild ways of the model's loyal circle of celebrity friends.

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PETE DOHERTY, the controversial rock star, was in custody last night on suspicion of assault and theft following an alleged fight at a central London hotel.

Libertines call in lawyers as split looms over royalties

First the frontman burgled his co-star's flat. Then they had to be kept apart by bouncers when they recorded the second album. Now The Libertines' rapid descent into rock'n'roll history as one of the country's most acrimonious bands has hit a new low.

Babyshambles, The Forum, London

If Carl Barat still awaits his prodigal compadre's meek return home, he had better find a good book to read. On this showing, Pete Doherty's new band are ready to step up from cult oddity to mainstream attraction.

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