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Do to the Beast review Afghan Whigs mix slinky beats and stately menace

An odd thing happened at SXSW last year. Usher – that's the multimillion-selling soul'n'B star Usher – shared a stage with the Afghan Whigs, a criminally under-appreciated 90s rock outfit who had reunited a year previously.

Thee Oh Sees: Drop review - 'cheerily psychedelic'

Garage rock can get a little one-dimensional.

Justin Timberlake review an evening of 'unrelenting class'

Justin Timberlake will not be playing, announces a man from the lip of the stage, rubbing the back of his own neck ruefully.

EMA: The Future's Void review dystopian angst with a personal touch

Erika M Anderson's second album mines a rich seam of digital despair to stirring effect Kitty Empire reviews Justin Timberlake at the London O2 There were few more arresting songs in 2011 than EMA 's California , a track taken from her solo debut,

Under Color of Official Right review Protomartyr's 'pleasurable dose of anomie'

(Hardly Art) This Detroit post-punk band set some tongues wagging at SXSW the recent Texan music conference festival for being something of an anti-buzz band . Industrial decline in the 1970s yielded British post-punk; Detroit's post-industrial eviscerat

Kiss Me Once review - Kylie Minogue's raunchy R&B reboot

In decades gone by, it used to be commonplace to marvel at how pop divas reinvented themselves.

Lost in the Dream review - the War on Drugs turn 80s arena rock into something more intriguing

(Secretly Canadian) On Lost in the Dream , his third album as TWOD, Adam Granduciel puts forward the notion that no genre is irredeemable. This Philadelphian longhair and his band have dusted off the smug 80s chug of Dire Straits , the percolations of

Love Letters review - Metronomy add 60s songwriting to their 80s synths

(Because) The difficulty of sustaining long-distance relationships isn't a hardship exclusive to touring musicians. But the workers in song know all about divided loyalties, about following one's muse to play to half-empty hockey stadiums in North Americ

The Take Off and Landing of Everything review - Elbow without the anthemics

Charge is the go-to song on Elbow's sixth album, containing the Bury fivesome's best, and least-best, instincts.

GIRL review - Pharrell Williams turns on the charm

Pharrell Williams tones down the libido and turns on the charm for his latest long-player Kitty Empire reviews Little Dragon live "Different," intones Pharrell sotto voce at the start of GIRL , rush-released with a fortnight's notice of its existence