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Arts Writer — Guardian
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Gin and The Bee Gees, that's about the size of it

Why Natalie Prass is the one album you should hear this week - video review — Alexis Petridis recommends Natalie Prass's debut album, on the Spacebomb label. He says that while the Virginia-based label-cum-studio's music is rooted in old soul and early 70s rock, it feels contemporary. Natalie Prass is the singer-songwriter's third album and is produced by Matthew E White and Trey Pollard

Blue’s Lee Ryan says ‘I had a dream’ - and sparks a million feline nightmares — Lost in Showbiz doesn't mind admitting that it has recently felt bereft, oddly incomplete, nagged day and night by the suggestion that something was missing from its life. It feels free to confess this to you because it suspects that you have felt the same way too, and that we all know full well what the problem is.

Community service, Lindsay Lohan-style: selfies with the fans or trips to the Chiltern Firehouse with some workies — Today, Lost in Showbiz finds itself wrestling with legal matters. It hastens to add that these legal matters do not concern Lost in Showbiz itself. For once, its week has passed without incident. No noisome conversation involving a policeman keen to know how it came by that much diazepam without a prescription.

Bob Dylan: Shadows in the Night review - an unalloyed pleasure — It's obviously up against some stiff competition from lingerie adverts and festive albums that came with free Christmas cards, but there's an argument that Shadows in the Night may be the most improbable moment yet in Bob Dylan's latterday career.

Björk: Vulnicura review - a sucker punch of a breakup album — Seven tracks into Vulnicura comes a song called Atom Dance. It is the moment when the mood of Björk's ninth solo album finally shifts a little, from black despair to something close to battered optimism. It's a kind of avant-garde I Will Survive.

Indiana: No Romeo review - moody and fascinating electro — You might have heard Indiana's single Solo Dancing last year. It made the top 20 and got played on BBC Radio 1. Moreover, it stood out by dint of being understated in an era when most mainstream pop stars seem to think subtlety is a village in Languedoc that's had a lot of one-star reviews on TripAdvisor - I might have heard of it, but I'm certainly never going there.

Pub Landlord Al Murray on his election strategy: ‘I could drink Nigel Farage and William Hague under the table’ — If you get to Westminster, which of your fellow MPs would you want on a pub quiz team? Jonathan Freedland, executive editor, opinion Tricky. Pub quiz teams require an all-round knowledge of the outside world, so putting a team of MPs together won't be easy.

Kim Fowley: punk before punk, the cynic who called himself a 'necessary evil' — You don't have to look far into Kim Fowley's background to work out how he turned out the way he did: a serial, mercurial opportunist who worked with everyone from Berry Gordy to GG Allin; an often brilliant, occasionally appalling figure whose view of rock music was shot through with a cynicism that set him at odds with the 60s counterculture, but made perfect sense in the glam and punk eras.

Why Club Meds by Dan Mangan + Blacksmith is the one album you should hear this week - video — Alexis Petridis recommends Canadian songwriter Dan Mangan's fourth album and the first to offer equal billing to his backing band, Blacksmith.

The Brit awards 2015: more thumping inevitability at pop's joyless office party — Few awards ceremonies have the same sense of thumping inevitability about them as the Brits. That's partly because every year, without fail, the media react to their imminent arrival in the same way.
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Jan 29, 2015

@RobertaKlimt wow! thank you so much! Glad your dad enjoyed it.

Jan 22, 2015

@wadeywade @tracey_thorn @ewanpearson @biznotic @petepaphides I dunno. As you know, Steppin' Out is my all-time favourite single so GO JOE

Jan 22, 2015

@wadeywade @tracey_thorn @ewanpearson @biznotic @petepaphides Like Donovan's To Try For The Sun: you're a bit "what are you saying here?"

Jan 22, 2015

@jakecantona7 To be honest, I look quite hot in that photo: not a description anyone's ever used of me before

Jan 22, 2015

@pollardtrey Was an a absolute pleasure! Thank you for having me!

Jan 22, 2015

@jessemedaries Dude, I cannot thank you enough for being a rock when I lost my passport! Hope all's good with you x

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