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Blood Orange is the latest alias of former Test Icicle Dev Hynes, aka Lightspeed Champion. Now resident in New York, his operation stripped down to just a laptop and a guitar, he twiddles the latter prettily over slightly crap computerised drumbeats from the former while singing coded confessionals and third-person yarns. It's pleasant enough, but on the whole feels like Hynes' sketches towards an album, rather than the finished item.

Reiss commits to the US and other markets

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Album: Fountains of Wayne, Sky Full of Holes (Lojinx)

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Sloane Crosley: 'Going to a museum is one of the more tiring things one can do'

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Silence is golden for a perfectionist

Home cinema, designer kitchen – no wonder Dominique Strauss-Kahn's smiling

Former IMF chief swaps Rikers Island jail for $50,000-a-month apartment in New York's trendy TriBeCa

One World Trade Centre: the address is back in business

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Stephen Foley: The time for America to to get her finances back in order is running out

US Outlook: Take a look around, said the Fox News presenter, sarcastically, over a live webcam of Times Square in New York. "Life as we know it is merrily going on in the United States of America."

New York woman set fire to daughter in ritual

A woman in New York has admitted setting fire to her young daughter during a voodoo ritual, scarring her body, prosecutors said.

Accused IMF chief settles in at notorious island prison

Dominique Strauss-Khan on suicide watch and held in single cell for his own protection

IMF chief charged with attempted rape after 'brutal attack' at hotel

European bailout meetings cancelled and French politics left in turmoil after dramatic arrest on runway of New York airport

IMF chief charged with 'sex attack' in New York hotel

The leader of the International Monetary Fund and a possible candidate for president of France was arrested in New York on Sunday in connection with the violent sexual assault of a hotel maid after being yanked from a plane moments before it was to depart, police said.

Police say New York may have two serial killers

Police in Long Island who earlier this spring rang the alarm about a possible serial killer preying on prostitutes and dumping their remains along lonely stretches of a beachside road now believe they are looking at the gruesome work of at least two murderers or possibly more.

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