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Music review: Justin Currie, Union Chapel, London

Given the banalities and blandishments expressed by many of the current crop of so-called singer-songwriters who rely on a coterie of collaborators, it's refreshing to listen to Justin Currie, currently touring Lower Reaches, his third solo album since Del Amitri went on a hiatus that will end in January.

Album: Babyshambles, Sequel to the Prequel (EMI)

The Doherty debate – a wasted talent, or just a talent for getting wasted? – leans closer to the latter with every passing year.

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Oh Sting, where have you been?

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Art for rock's sake: Among the musical elite, swapping a guitar for a paintbrush comes naturally

What is it with modern musicians and painting? What spurious orthodoxy now decrees that no rock star of note reaches his/her 50th birthday without having an exhibition of scratchy-dauby artworks launched in a major gallery? Did Schubert or Liszt or Beethoven pause in their labours at the keyboard to knock off charming watercolours of the scene from their music-room window? No. Today, you can't throw a paintbrush across Cork Street without hitting another ageing rocker mounting canvases onto a whitewashed wall.

Album: Terje Rypdal, Melodic Warrior, ECM

Norwegian guitarist Rypdal favours a rocky axe-attack that can sometimes nag, but the two superb orchestral pieces here suggest that he really needs to be seen as a composer.

Bob Dylan set to blow into Europe for 33-date tour

US singer Bob Dylan will embark on a 33-date tour of Europe starting in Oslo on 10 October and ending at London's Royal Albert Hall on 28 November, a statement on his website confirmed today.

Stage time: Mick Jagger

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Ahead of a new compilation of James Brown shows, Robert Webb lists the best live records

Artist's impression of 'The Lizard King' Barbaturex morrisoni

Oh, don't ask why: 40 million years after extinction, giant lizard is named after The Doors' 'Lizard King' Jim Morrison

A newly discovered 6ft lizard that is up to 40 million years old has been named after The Door’s frontman Jim Morrison – adding a whole new meaning to the words ‘musical scale’.

Crash course: Music festivals

This month, the Isle of Wight festival and Glastonbury launch that British summer season of traipsing around fields to hear live music.

Kristjan Järvi, Absolute Ensemble, Simone Dinnerstein, Bach Re-Invented (Sony Classical)

Album review: Kristjan Järvi, Absolute Ensemble, Simone Dinnerstein, Bach Re-Invented (Sony Classical)

Kristjan Järvi here uses three of JS Bach's brief “Inventions”, played by Simone Dinnerstein, as jumping-off points for new pieces by members of his Absolute Ensemble, aiming to transport the originals “from baroque to rock to Gypsy folk, to Indian rhythms, to African beats and electronics”.

Album: Laura Marling, Once I Was an Eagle (Virgin)

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.

Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist and founding member of The Doors who had a dramatic impact on rock 'n' roll, has died. He was 74

This is the end... Keyboard player of The Doors Ray Manzarek dies of cancer aged 74 

Ray Manzarek, the keyboard player and co-founder of The Doors, one of the most influential rock groups of the 1960s, has died after a protracted battle with cancer. He was 74.

Bob Dylan and Joan Baez were anti-war activists

Pot-smoking, peacenik Bob Dylan ‘unworthy’ of French Légion d’honneur award

Is Bob Dylan “unworthy” of the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest civilian award? The head of the institution which decides on the recipients appears to think so.

Bob Dylan pictured in London in May1966; song lyrics for

Original lyric sheet of unreleased Bob Dylan anti-war song expected to fetch £35,000 at auction

A never-before-released Bob Dylan song lyrics are to go to auction in London next month, after being discovered in a drawer in Sweden.

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Andy Gill recalls how Richie Havens, who died this week, was a supremely talented musician who put his mark on an entire era

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