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Nick Mulvey: First Mind review Portico Quartet wok-beater turns troubadour

When he was in experimental jazz types the Portico Quartet, Nick Mulvey played a hang drum, an instrument resembling a giant wok played with knitting needles.

Tori Amos: Unrepentant Geraldines review a return to 90s-style voice and piano

After three classically influenced albums and a foray into a musical based on a 19th-century fairytale, Tori Amos has finally returned to the voice and piano format that made her a huge star in the 1990s.

Ray Lamontagne: Supernova review perfect summer psych-pop

With his top 5 2004 debut, Trouble, Ray Lamontagne enjoyed the kind of success that doesn't often greet shy purveyors of melancholy Americana.

How we made 3 Feet High and Rising

Posdnuos, De La Soul rapper: 'Our manager asked, "Stay in college – or be rap stars?" I was like, "Uh, I'll take rap star"'.

The Flaming Lips: The Terror - review

(Bella Union) The Flaming Lips have come a long way since 1999's unit-shifting The Soft Bulletin and 2006's At War With the Mystics, and all those happy-clappy, celebratory gigs featuring giant rubber hands and frontman Wayne Coyne in an inflatable glo

Ian Hunter - review

City Varieties, Leeds "I don't know if this is what you're expecting, but this is what you've got," says Ian Hunter with a laugh. Rather than bringing a rock show to town, he's touring with just an electric guitarist and a chap who perches a giant double

Edwyn Collins: Understated - review

(AED) Edwyn Collins understandably addresses his continuing struggle to recover from the two brain haemorrhages he suffered in 2005. As he puts it on the slinky, horn-augmented Baby Jean, "I've got to find a way to understand the world." He is still

Sound City OST: Sound City - Real to Reel - review

(Columbia) In 1991, Nirvana rolled up at Sound City recording studio in Los Angeles. The tattered room, which had recorded everyone from Neil Young to Johnny Cash, wasn't what they had expected. However, the album they recorded there - Nevermind - beca

Status Quo - review

In 2009, Status Quo's Francis Rossi told an interviewer that reuniting the band's original lineup would be like "trying to get your dick up your own arse". Four years on, Rossi appears to achieved the anatomically impossible: after years of acrimony and c

Bastille - review

Long before Bastille could ever have dreamed of a No 1 album , frontman and mastermind Dan Smith was a student at University of Leeds. As he tells those who have come to see him at his alma mater, he got the news about Bad Blood 's success as his tour