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Ben Watt: Hendra review excellent, decorous new set of alt-folk songs

Ben Watt's early collaborators were Kevin Coyne and Robert Wyatt, and his 1983 debut album, North Marine Drive, drew comparisons with John Martyn.

Thee Oh Sees: Drop review playful psych-rock cult heroes on top form

It's a little hard to tell – their numerous lineups, incarnations and releases are not easy to keep track of – but this is something like the 12th Oh Sees studio album in eight years.

Graun: Easter Oratorio review 'The challenges are variably met'

Carl Heinrich Graun (1703-57) is best known for a number of operas written late in his career when he was court composer to Frederick the Great of Prussia.

The Vamps: Meet the Vamps review guitar-playing boyband's hit-and-miss debut

With their debut album, British teenage foursome the Vamps want to "bring back bandy-sounding music into mainstream stuff": in other words, they play their own instruments, and by happenstance have come along just as the idea of the guitar-playing boyband

Afghan Whigs: Do to the Beast review tense, dramatic, soulful rock from returning grungers

Afghan Whigs' first album in 16 years carries on where the Ohio grunge-era rockers left off in 1998.

Ramona Lisa: Arcadia review beguiling side-project from Chairlift singer

This solo album from Chairlift singer Caroline Polachek was apparently recorded on a laptop in various hotel room cupboards, airport terminals and – if we're to believe Caroline Polachek herself – aeroplane toilets, presumably mid-flight when you're a

The day Oasis went Supersonic exhibition marks 20 years since debut

To borrow the words of their heroes – and sometimes rather too obvious inspiration – it was, almost unbelievably, 20 years ago today that the world received their first dose of a Manchester band whose guitar-based anthems managed the unlikely trick of

Misery on the Mersey Nadine Dorries MP joins the fiction faction

The Four Streets conjures up 1960s Liverpool where poverty isn't exactly fun, but it's nothing to get political about Politics is at heart about trying to create a different reality, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that so many politicians try their ha

I Found My Horn review 'This one-man show turned out to be oddly affecting'

Trafalgar Studios 2, London Jasper Rees tackled his midlife crisis by relearning the French horn and devising a one-man play about it The midlife crisis comes in many forms. For the journalist Jasper Rees it hit with high cholesterol , a dodgy back and

Why Frozen's Let It Go is more than a Disney hit it's an adolescent aperitif

The Oscar-winning track is an LGBT anthem, YouTube parody and feminist call for freedom. But for Dorian Lynskey, it's the sound of his daughter's burgeoning independence Read Mark Kermode's four-star review of Frozen I dont yet know what my song of