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Braids, The Lexington, London

Finding a point of reference for Braids is difficult – there are tones of the XX and a feel of the Twilight soundtrack in their foresty howling, but the way it's put together is entirely original.

Why the indie record bosses are So-ho happy

Music market pulls in a new crowd

Caught in the Net: Bill Callahan dips into his past

Bill Callahan recently added to his huge catalogue of recordings – both using his own name and the moniker Smog – with a great new album, Apocalypse.

Laura Marling - Sweet taste of success for a shy songstress

Laura Marling's triumph at the Brits introduced a prime-time audience to a hugely undervalued treasure, says Gillian Orr

Album: Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie XX, We're New Here (XL)

This remix album by Jamie from The xx stands in similar relation to the original as Garvey's Ghost did to Burning Spear's Marcus Garvey.

Price creep: Radiohead’s new album is no freebie

Radiohead shocked the music world three years ago when they released an album that could only be downloaded from the internet, then invited fans to pay whatever they thought it was worth.

James Blake, Plan B, London

He's living the electric dream

Caught in the Net: Picking up mixed Goodrich vibrations

I'm torn between being repelled and drawn in by the indie pop singer Rachel Goodrich. Take her song "Lightbulb": with ukulele, banjo and jolly vocals, it's almost unbearably kooky.

Troubled Commonwealth Games draw to a close

Now it is Glasgow's turn to play host to the Commonwealth after Delhi's much-derided Games ended in a lavish display of the best of India.

Modern master: Architect John Pawson reveals his life-long love affair with the perfect monastic space

Pawson shows Caroline Roux around his latest client's minimalist home

New bands making all the right noises

Who are tomorrow's Arctic Monkeys, or even the next xx? Elisa Bray trawls the indie labels to seek out the best up-and-coming young talent

First Night: Bestival, Isle of Wight

Teen spirits and ghost stories at Bestival's costume drama

My Secret Life: John Pawson, architect, 61

My parents were ... brought up Methodists. My mother had an enduringly complicated relationship with the material world which I have inherited, along with my father's appetite for absolute quality.

Story of the Song: You've Got the Love, Florence + the Machine (2008)

Three times a hit in the Nineties and endlessly remixed before landing in the hands of Florence + the Machine, "You've Got the Love" dates back to 1986, when it was titled "You Got the Love".

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The young are the new poor

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Through the stories of his accusers
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Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
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Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
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Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
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Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible