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While Herman Dune have been going for over a decade, with a varying line-up, it was around their 2006 album, Giant, that they became favourites on the anti-folk scene. Their sweet, lovelorn, and often rather oddly rhymed lyrics (singer David-Ivar Herman Dune combining Swedish and French accents) bounced over jangly indie pop nicely. And with their new single getting a publicity boost from a video featuring Jon "Don Draper" Hamm befriending an adorable little blue yeti – only the latter, alas, is in attendance tonight – it seems mainstream success might just beckon.

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Album: Tune-Yards, Whokill (4AD)

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Lykke Li, New Trinity Centre, Bristol

The dry ice, ominous synth and reverberating bass that is the prelude to Lykke Li’s stage entrance suggests that she has been taking notes from fellow Swede Fever Ray on ‘How to Spook An Audience’. However, she stops short of the stuffed bear's head approach of her contemporary and instead opts for a less disturbing and more flattering black kimono that gives the impression of Lykke Li as a trainee ninja.

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Album: Sam Carter, Keepsakes (Captain)

Virtuosity is not supposedto be rewarded in Englishfolk music, for the reasonthat virtuosity is a vanity.But thankfully thevirtuosity of Carter'sguitar playing does notobscure the carefulnarratives of his songs.

Gay rights marchers to defy Eurovision ban

A gay parade planned to coincide with the Eurovision Song Contest, hosted by the Russian capital, has been banned by Moscow because it will "destroy morals", a spokesman for the city's Mayor said.

SXSW blog: At the KCRW showcase

As I listen to Peter Bjorn and John soundcheck for their MBE performance this morning, I'm thinking about our fantastic showcase last night. The Boat People kicked it all off with a set of poppy songs, including my personal fave, "Born in the 80's", and charmed the entire room. Next up, were Oklahoma's Other Lives whose music can best be described as orchestral folk. It was packed by the point and the entire room was consumed by the music in the best way.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/the-life-bro-12.html">The Life Browser: No mumbo-jumbo</a>

Don't you just hate those songs that ramble incessantly without really saying anything?

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/mixtape-exactly.html">MixTape: Exactly what it says on the tin</a>

In the "Caught in the net" article in today's paper, I mentioned this website, which is offering a free 20 song digital mixtape download. You choose your mixtape from 100 songs, all of which can heard on the site before any downloading is undertaken.

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