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Jamie T, Rock City, Nottingham<br/>DMC, Jazz Café, London

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Pogues singer Shane MacGowan 'goes days without sleep'

Pogues singer Shane MacGowan has revealed he stays awake for a week at a time.

The Xmas Factor: What is it like to be a one-season, one-hit wonder?

Every year, pop stars vie for the Christmas number-one spot. Why? Because a good seasonal hit never dies... Nick Duerden meets the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future

How we met: Spider Stacey & Max Décharné

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Album: Sharon Shannon, Saints & Scoundrels, (Independent)

An exuberant, good-timey return by the Galway accordion virtuoso.

Album: Mundy, Strawberry Blood, (Camcor recording)

Length-and-line, blokeish, Irish pop-rock, with a whiff of Muswell Hill in Mundy's use of language and melody.

James Corrigan: Paddy prints money for pub regulars

Any fear – or, indeed, hope – that the credit crunch might bring a more restrained air to the Cheltenham betting ring was eliminated in spectacular fashion here yesterday when Forpadydeplasterer won the Irish Independent Arkle Chase and his owners proceeded to turn Prestbury Park into Roker Park.

Spirit of the Eighties: Cult designer Pam Hogg is back in the spotlight

Andy Warhol would have loved Pam Hogg. Resplendent in fringed ivory wool bolero jacket, zip-fronted black Spandex top with gleaming gold lightning stripes, and skin-tight optic-print leggings, all topped off with her trademark candyfloss pink curls, she herself is clearly among her greatest creations. With her opalescent green eyes, preternaturally pale powdered skin and full mouth painted a violent red there is more than a little of the living doll about her. Not that this should be misread as sugar-sweet: Hogg's throaty Glaswegian delivery and raucous explosions of laughter – not to mention a crucifix tattooed from wrist-bone to knuckles on her left hand – give the lie to that.

Album: Cat Power, Dark End of the Street EP, (Matador)

'Dark End of the Street' is a six-track EP of cover versions which didn't fit on to this year's 'Jukebox', recorded in Cat Power's trademark lugubrious style.

Ronnie Drew: Lead singer of the Dubliners

With his huge bushy beard, trademark gravelly voice and a gift for stripping a song down to its soul, Ronnie Drew was one of Ireland's musical heroes. He was a founder member of the folk group the Dubliners, whose charismatic stage presence and penchant for raw, bar-room ballads and roaring chorus songs helped them achieve unprecendented international success over four decades. Drew was the group's incorrigible front man and he came to define the archetypal image of the raffish, hard-drinking, carousing Irishman of popular myth.

The Daily Mash - satirical, scatological and already profitable

Launched only last year to 'help people in offices waste time', the Daily Mash is a hit with users and advertisers, finds Tim Luckhurst

Dubliners' founder dies

Ronnie Drew, a founding member of the Irish folk group The Dubliners, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. He was 73.

The spirit of Stiff Records lives on

Stiff Records produced Madness, Elvis Costello and Ian Dury &ndash; then went bust. Pierre Perrone salutes a brave venture
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