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Tonight comes with an odd sense of dislocation – the solo artist on stage bears the glow of a five-month pregnancy if not the bump, while singing mostly about heartbreak and separation. A lot has happened in the two years since Alela Diane's last album, the country-swinging Alela Diane & Wild Divine, notably divorce and engagement to a new feller. The north Californian has yet to reveal if this fiancée is another musician, something you wonder about as she takes the stage to perform solo.

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With three Grammy Awards and multi-platinum American sales, the Zac Brown Band are the coming thing in outlaw country music. 

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An 11-day-old baby boy died after a car crash on the M6 motorway in Staffordshire over the weekend.

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Marling's fourth album is tall galoshes against the rising tide of the most irritating industry norm going, the one that requires female singer-songwriters to ingratiate themselves with the attractiveness of their personality.

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People like a shed – especially if they are creative. For writers it is often a peaceful bolt-hole.

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Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, Child Ballads (Wilderland)

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Having impressed with her folk-opera Hadestown (with Justin Vernon and Ani de Franco), and followed up with a winning solo album, Young Man in America, Anais Mitchell began 2013 with a new project: the Child Ballads.

Rebecca Tyrrel: JD Wetherspoon is named after a teetotal geography teacher from New Zealand

Who knew that one of George Orwell's legacies to British culture is the JD Wetherspoon pub chain? Among the countless millions inspired by his work was Tim Martin, who was a young entrepreneur in 1976 when he read an Orwell article in the Evening Standard from 40 years earlier describing his perfect pub – free of music so that the customers could talk freely, selling cheap and nutritious food, serving its draught beer in pewter tankards, and where the friendly barmaids know your name (and they're always glad you came).

Snow brings M6 to stand still while flooding hits other areas of Britain

Heavy snow has closed the M6 motorway in both directions after lorries jacknifed across carriageways while flooding in other areas of the country has led to various traffic problems.

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