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CD: Dr John - Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch

To most people, Louis Armstrong wasn’t the young jazz firebrand of “St James Infirmary” but the smiley old bloke who sang “What a Wonderful World”. Unfortunately, Dr John’s latest album – a tribute to Satchmo – isn’t going to change this perception at...

Guy Oddy | The Artsdesk

The Pierces: Creation review silvery, spinetingling soft-rock

(Polydor)Catherine and Allison Pierce's fifth record is, to all intents, a drug album: it was shaped by the Alabama sisters' experiences with the hallucinogen ayahuasca, which they used after finishing the promotion of their breakthrough 2011 LP, You...

Caroline Sullivan | The Guardian

Kate Bush - Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith

Ms Bush walked on in a black, tasselled tunic with the slight air of an aging hippy. Her feet were bare and her tousled hair, half tied-back. And that – for anyone who had managed to avoid the papers all week – answered the first question: what she...

Russ Coffey | The Artsdesk

CD: The Pierces - Creation

Five albums down, and it seems that The Pierces are yet to stop dressing up their music in different, albeit recognisable, clothes. If 2011’s You & I was the big pop album that with any justice would have made Allison and Catherine household names...

Lisa-Marie Ferla | The Artsdesk

Kate Bush review a magical new dawn

Hammersmith Apollo, LondonWhat is truly thrilling about Kate Bush's comeback is how little her voice, or her questing spirit, have changedKate Bush, you notice, is barefoot. It is rather wonderful that she has taken her shoes off and thrown them in the...

Kitty empire | The Guardian

Interpol - 'El Pintor'

Revisiting the darkness and vigour of their past, the New Yorkers' fifth album is a revitalised return to form


Ty Segall - 'Manipulator'

The prolific Californian's latest is freaky, but it's his most focused yet


The Coral break indefinite hiatus to release eight-year-old album

Psych-folk album Curse of Love from 2006 will be released in the next few weeks Two years into an indefinite hiatus, the Coral have announced they will unveil a full-length recorded almost a decade ago. Curse of Love is described as an unreleased psych...

Sean Michaels | The Guardian

Guardian Sessions: Royal Blood perform Loose Change video

Last week, Brighton's garage grunge duo performed Figure It Out for the Guardian Live Sessions. Here's their second track, recorded by at Kings Place in London. The groove based grind of Loose Change is taken from their self-titled debut album, which...

Ben Kape | Irene Baqué and Richard Sprenger | The Guardian | Tom Silverstone