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The little-known musicians behind some of music's most famous moments

Raphael Ravenscroft's sax line on Baker Street was better known than he was but hes not alone in being the little known creator of something famous.

Dave Simpson | The Guardian

Sleater-Kinney announce first new album in a decade, No Cities to Love

The alt-rock group return with their eighth album, out in January via Sub Pop. Ahead of its release, listen to Bury Our Friends, a taster of their new material Sleater-Kinney: Start Together review a seven-album box set of punk powerSleater-Kinney have...

Guardian music | The Guardian

Caribou, Our Love, review: 'intricate'

Electronic DJ Dan Snaith builds uncomplicatedly towards euphoria on his latest effort, says Helen Brown

Helen Brown | The Telegraph

Thurston Moore – The Best Day

All the classic Sonic Youth hallmarks are here: Moore’s half-spoken, half-sung drawled delivery, Steve Shelley’s powerhouse drumming, nomadic guitar runs and vague lyrical exhortations to ‘start a fire, stop a fight’. Yet, considering that this is band...

Colm McAuliffe | The Skinny

CD: Scott Walker + Sunn O))) - Soused

As tough-going as expected, the eagerly anticipated collaboration between Scott Walker and deconstructed metallers Sunn O))) is 48 minutes of deliberately ugly darkness. On the opening track “Brando”, in his now-familiar strangulated tenor, Walker...

Kieron Tyler | The Artsdesk

Jessie J, Sweet Talker, review: 'glossy pop'

The former Voice coach still can't help packing her music with theatrics, says Helen Brown

Helen Brown | The Telegraph

Tony Allen: Film of Life CD review cool, contemporary sounds from the master drummer

(Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi)When you are rightly praised as the greatest drummer Africa has produced, and helped to create Afrobeat along with Fela Kuti, then theres no need for indulgent solos. At 74, Tony Allen has released his 10th album, a cool,...

Robin Denselow | The Guardian

Slipknot: .5: The Gray Chapter review Iowan rockers suitably unhinged return

(Roadrunner)Given the circumstances surrounding the making of Slipknots fifth album the death of bassist Paul Gray and the terse departure of drummer Joey Jordison fans have been bracing themselves for disappointment. But despite a refreshed lineup and...

Dom Lawson | The Guardian

Cooly G: Wait Til Night review stripped down seduction

Hyperdub Listen to Cooly Gs album streamMerrisa Campbell has been assiduously doing things her own way for more than half a decade. Signed to the UKs auteur-ish bass label Hyperdub after being spotted distributing her own home-made CDs, she made music...

Paul MacInnes | The Guardian