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Gin and The Bee Gees, that's about the size of it

The Gary Glitter fans who still follow the leader — Steven Thomas was 37 years old when, as he puts it, "my world ended". He had been a Gary Glitter fan since the early 70s: "Do You Wanna Touch Me on Top of the Pops, 1973, that was it. Bam. Totally hooked."

Why Songhoy Blues's Music in Exile is the one album you should hear this week - video review — The debut album by Songhoy Blues, Music in Exile, arrives with a gripping backstory attached, involving a hasty flight from Islamist fundamentalists who'd banned music entirely in their hometown. But it's the music, not the circumstances in which it was made that makes it worth hearing, says Alexis Petridis

Run the Jewels on hip-hop's golden age, playing Ferguson and America's civil rights problem — Seated in the restaurant of an east London hotel, El-P and Killer Mike are running through recent events. The past few months, they say, have been pretty tumultuous ones in the career of Run the Jewels, packed with startling highs and lows.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds: Chasing Yesterday review - unready for takeoff — Last October, Noel Gallagher's second solo album was announced via a Facebook Q&A with fans. As ever in interviews, the elder Gallagher was on fine, bullish form, describing the recent reissue of Definitely Maybe as "money for old fucking rope", dismissing the suggestion that he should give his new album away for free ("If anything I want to put the prices up") and talking intriguingly about its contents.

Madonna falls, but it was the Brit awards that took a tumble — The instant Madonna hit the deck, you knew that was the only aspect of the Brits that people were going to be talking about the next day. What price the triumphs of Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, or the death-dealing banter of Lewis Hamilton and Ellie Goulding, or even Jimmy Page dutifully saying "I hope you're having a great night - I am!"

The sound of beating hearts: our writers' favourite love songs — We tend to think of love songs as being all about the lyrics. Sister Sledge's Thinking of You is an incredible record - the sound of the Chic Organization at their vertigo-inducing zenith, when everything they made seemed simultaneously faultless and effortless - but, to be perfectly honest, the lyrics aren't all that: not bad, not clunky, but certainly nothing to match the beautiful setup in Jimmy Webb's Wichita Lineman, no line you'd pick out as particularly incisive or poetic.

The banishing of the mavericks is pop music’s loss — Last year's Spandau Ballet documentary Soul Boys of the Western World spent a considerable amount of time focusing on two Soho clubs in London, Billy's and the Blitz, where the nascent new romantic scene was born.

Why the Unthanks' Mount the Air is the one album you should hear this week - video — Alexis Petridis recommends the Unthanks' new album, Mount the Air, which he says is ambitious and rooted in folk traditions, without being hard work for the listener.

Charli XCX: Sucker review - hype and glory — "Dear God," sings Charlotte Aitchison, with a note of irritation in her voice, as Sucker's opening title track gets into gear, "do you get me now?" You can't really blame her. Aitchison is 22, and Sucker is her third album as Charli XCX.

Sam Smith's Grammys triumph leaves controversy elsewhere — News that 22-year-old British vocalist Sam Smith had swept the board at the Grammy awards - winning record of the year, song of the year, best new artist and best pop vocal album - received a curiously mixed reaction in the US press.
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Mar 02, 2015

RT @cox_tom: Bidding on a rare folk 70s LP on eBay. Never have I wished more that a record came with its original inner.

Mar 02, 2015

@raeearl Thank you! Very kind of you to say so. x

Mar 01, 2015

@dannywest85 ...I ended up asking myself: what if it was Bowie? Neil Young? What would I do then? I didn't come to any conclusions...

Mar 01, 2015

@dannywest85 No, interviews were done prior to LostProphets thing. But I'm rglad you're asking yourself that question, because that's what

Mar 01, 2015

"We'll decide for ourselves, thank you very much": I went and met with Gary Glitter's die-hard fans:…

Mar 01, 2015

@MrLukowski thankyou! Yes, was a v odd, intriguing experience meeting them.

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