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2009:

 
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Ralph McTell plays London's Cadogan Hall on Sunday, 7 June.

 
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Gossip performs on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on Friday, 5 June, which airs on BBC1 at 10.35pm and is repeated on Sunday morning at 12.45am.  The band on the following week, Friday, 12 June, will be Take That.

 
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Billy Bragg is one of the specialist subjects on a Mastermind semi-final at 7.30pm on BBC2 on Friday, 5 June.

 
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The Killers play the Royal Albert Hall on 5-6 July.  Tickets cost £26.50.

 
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Apologies for the long gap since the last update.  There were so many good things to tell you but I'm afraid I've practically been handcuffed to my desk, even over weekends and holidays.  I'll try to improve....

 
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On Friday, 3 April, Sky Arts 1 will show programmes on Led Zeppelin (12.55pm and 4pm), The Doors (1.30pm and 4.35pm), Queen Rock Montreal (9pm) and Queen--the Phenomenon (10.40pm).

 
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BBC HD on Saturday, 4 April, at 12.35am will broadcast Kaiser Chiefs in Concert

 
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Pet Shop Boys play O2 Arena on 19 June.  Tickets are £30.

 
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ITV2 will be showing all six episodes of the new comedy set in a radio station and starring The IT Crowd's Chris O'Dowd as well as Kevin Bishop, FM, on Friday, 3 April, from 10pm until 1am.  Most episodes have an appearance and usually part of a live performance from a band, including The Charlatans, The Wombats, Guillemots, Ladyhawke, The Subways and Sway, as well as appearances by Justin Hawkins, Marianne Faithfull and Toyah Wilcox.

 
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Pet Shop Boys will perform on The Album Chart Show on Channel 4 at 11.50pm on Friday, 3 April.  That will be followed at 12.25am the next morning by a performance by Cambridge group Broken Family Band.  The latter will play London Scala on 7 May.

 
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DEVO will be playing a one-off show at the Forum in Kentish Town on 6 May.

 
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Little Lost David will be profiled on 4Play on Channel 4 on Saturday, 4 April, at 12.40am.

 
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Antony and the Johnsons are expected to perform on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross  on BBC1 on Friday, 3 April, at 10.35pm.

 
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The Times reports that a limited amount of cancelled tickets for this year's sold-out Glastonbury Festival will go on sale on 5 April at 9am from SeeTickets ie www.seetickets.com/g2009 .  Anyone who wants to purchase them would first need to register at www.glastonburyregistration.co.uk  .

 
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Graham Coxon, formerly of Blur, is a guest on a live edition of The Verb on BBC Radio 3 at 9.15pm.  He is expected to perform songs from his new album.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Ben Taylor, singer/songwriter and son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, will appear on Janice Long's BBC Radio 2 programme after 12am on the morning of  Friday, 3 April, promoting his 2008 album The Legend of Kung Folk--Part 1 (The Killing Bite), which is released this month in the UK.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.  He will play the Union Chapel on 26 April.

 
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M Ward will play Shepherds Bush Empire on 30 June.

 
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The fantastic Lyle Lovett will be the guest on Bob Harris Country on BBC Radio 2 at 7pm on Thursday, 2 April.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The Hyde Park Festival on 27 June will include performances by Neil Young, Ben Harper, the Pretenders, Seasick Steve and Fleet Foxes amongst many others.

 
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BBC HD will show a 10-minute snippet on Wednesday, 1 April, at 8.50pm of Folk America at the Barbican: Billy Bragg, probably showing the singer perform Universal Soldier in the name of peace.

 
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A gig not to miss is Nick Lowe playing the Royal Albert Hall on 18 May, with special guest Ron Sexsmith.

 
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At 11.50pm on BBC1, a repeat of BBC One Sessions will be broadcast, featuring Duffy, on Wednesday, 1 April.

 
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BBC1 will show the first of a two-part series called Queens of British Pop on Wednesday, 1 April, at 10.45pm, which initially looks at the 1960s and 1970s, focusing on Dusty Springfield, Sandie Shaw, Marianne Faithfull and even Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees.

 
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Eddi Reader's new album Love is the Way is released shortly on Rough Trade, with guests including the great Boo Hewerdine.

 
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Sky Arts 2 will show at 8pm on Wednesday, 1 April, Marvin Gaye: Greatest Hits Live, a 1976 concert recorded in Amsterdam.

 
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Lisa Hannigan, heard by millions on the Damien Rice albums, will be playing the Shepherds Bush Empire on 13 April.

 
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BBC2 will show BBC Four Sessions: Randy Newman at 12.50am on Wednesday, 1 April, a performance at LSO St Luke's.

 
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6 Music Plays It Again at 12am on Thursday, 2 April, and Friday, 3 April, (ie Wednesday and Thursday nights) will be the two-part My Top Twelve, the magnificent Mama Cass originally of the Mamas and Papas talking to Brian Matthew 12 days before her death in 1974.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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An amazing treat on Sky Arts 2 on Wednesday, 1 April, at 11am will be Live at Ronnie Scott's, a performance by the late legendary jazz trumpeter and singer Chet Baker, joined by Van Morrison and Elvis Costello.

 
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The Troggs will play the 100 Club on 3 April.  Tickets are £18.50.

 
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Singer/songwriter and ex-Any Trouble frontman Clive Gregson will be Mike Harding's guest on BBC Radio 2 at 7pm on Wednesday, 1 April, discussing his forthcoming UK tour and new greatest hits release.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Eric Clapton Sessions for Robert Johnson will be shown on Sky Arts 1 at 9pm on Monday, 30 March, and again following another programme on Clapton, Standing at the Crossroads, which begins at 8pm on Monday, 30 March, and at 3pm, on Tuesday, 31 March.

 
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The fantastic iconic classic mock-umentary This is Spinal Tap will be shown on ITV1 at 11.35pm on Monday, 30 March.

 
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Ezio will play The Luminaire on 16 May.  Tickets are £10.

 
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The Best of Later with Jools Holland 2008 will be shown as a precursor to the forthcoming new series at 1.20am on Tuesday, 31 March, on BBC2.

 
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Dave Matthews Band will play Brixton Academy on 25 and 26 June, the latter date added after the first sold out.

 
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Archive sets that Gideon Coe will play on his BBC 6 Music programme at 9pm on Tuesday, 31 March, will include The Psychedelic Furs as well as live tracks from others including Pink Floyd on Top Gear.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Tracy Chapman will play the Roundhouse on 24 June.  Tickets are £35.

 
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BBC2 will show on Tuesday, 31 March, at 12.20am James Taylor: One Man Band, a retrospective of the American singer/songwriter's 40-year career.

 
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At 8.10am on Tuesday, 31 March, Sky Arts 2 will show Procol Harum - Live at the Union Chapel, a record of the final performance of the band's 2003 world tour, taped in December at the wonderful Islington venue.

 
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Following their 1999 High Court battle over songwriting royalties Spandau Ballet will reform for a reunion tour.  They play the O2 Arena on 20 and 21 October, and the first date has already sold out.

 
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BBC Radio 2 is repeating Joan Rivers' 2008 tribute to Ed Sullivan and the Gateway to America at 10.30pm on Tuesday, 31 March.  Guests on Sullivan's Sunday night television variety show included Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Doors, Edith Piaf and just about anyone who was anyone over several decades.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Seth Lakeman plays the Union Chapel on 24 May.  Tickets are £20.

 
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Piers Morgan on Monte Carlo, shown on ITV3 at 9pm on Monday, 30 March,

 
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The Shepherd's Bush Empire will be the venue for a week of live shows celebrating the 50th anniversary of Island Records from Monday, 25 May, until Sunday, 31 May.  The many acts will include The Fratellis (27th), Cat Stevens and Baaba Maal (28th), Paul Weller (29th), Keane, Tom Tom Club, Ladyhawke (30th), Amy Winehouse and Toots & the Maytals (31st), with more yet to be announced.

 
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BBC Radio 2 will broadcast on the Janice Long programme on the night of Monday, 30 March (Tuesday morning) at midnight Simple Minds' Jim Kerr picking his favourite records.  The group will soon release a new album, Graffiti Soul. You can listen online to the programme for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Mott the Hoople will play extra dates at the Hammersmith Apollo, adding 5 to 6 October to their sold out 1-2 October gigs.  Tickets are £36-£42.50.

 
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On Sunday, 29 March, at 8pm, Sky Arts 1 will show John Lennon: Gimme Some Truth, a documentary on the making of Imagine, courtesy of the channel's programmer for the night, journalist Jon Ronson, as well as Pixies Acoustic at 9.10pm (reformed to play the Newport Folk Festival), The Story of The Clash at 10.35pm, before David Bowie in Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars at 11.40pm.  The latter film will also be shown at 10pm on Tuesday, 31 March, and 9am and 5.25pm the next day.  A film on Bowie called David Bowie--an Earthling at 50, which was released originally to coincide with the release of his 1997 album Earthling, will be shown at 9pm on Sky Arts 1 and Sky HD, and repeated at 8am on 1 April.  The Pixies film will also be repeated on 1 April at 9pm.

 
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Bio Channel will also show some programmes on David Bowie on Wednesday, 1 April, including David Bowie - a Reality Tour at 9pm and a documentary on him at 10pm.  They will be repeated on Thursday, 2 April, at 2pm and 12pm, respectively.

 
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Moya Brennan of Clannad will be a guest on Aled Jones' show on BBC Radio 2 at 7am on Sunday, 29 March.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Pet Shop Boys perform and are interviewed on The Graham Norton Show Uncut at 11.35pm on Sunday, 29 March, on BBC2.  Their new highly-regarded album Yes is out now on EMI.

 
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Seasick Steve performs at Folk America at the Barbican at 10pm on BBC HD at 10pm on Sunday, 29 March.

 
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The great Nick Lowe and also Runrig will guest on Simon Mayo's programme on BBC Radio 2 at 4.30pm on Sunday, 29 March.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Elvis Presley will be the subject of a programme on the Bio channel at 12midnight on the morning of Sunday, 29 March.

 
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Neil Young's latest single, Johnny Magic, is download-only, at www.neilyoung.com .

 
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Songbook on Sky Arts 1 on Saturday, 28 March, at 8pm will be a two-part Duran Duran special, followed at 10pm by Arena: An Absurd Notion, a one-hour concept concert video filmed during the band's 1984 tour and directed by the then King of the new medium of music videos, Russell Mulcahy.  The programmes are repeated later that night, andc the two-hour Songbook will be repeated on Wednesday, 1 April, at 3pm.

 
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Sky Arts 1 will show two Roy Orbinson documentaries on Saturday, 28 March, including In Dreams: The Roy Orbinson Story at 1.10pm, Roy Orbinson and Friends: a Black and White Night at 2.10pm and 5.50pm, and Roy Orbinson: Greatest Hits at 3.50pm.  Some of the programmes will be repeated on Monday, 30 March, from 8am and 3.50pm, and Tuesday, 31 March, at 1pm.

 
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Sky Arts 2 (many Virgin Media subscribers now get the two wonderful Sky Arts channels) will show an early 1980s documentary on composer Philip Glass on Philip Glass and the Making of an Opera at 11pm on Saturday, 28 March.

 
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Eminem stars in 8 Mile, which will be shown on ITV1 at 11.35pm on Saturday, 28 March.

 
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Pete Doherty appears on the repeat of Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, rather than The Doves as billed, on BBC1 on Sunday, 29 March, at 2.10am (just after the clocks "spring forward" an hour).  He will also play live that night at Troxy, E1.

 
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BBC1 Sessions: Annie Lennox, showing the Eurythmics singer performing at the intimate LSO St Luke's with her band and members of the BBC Concert Orchestra, will be broadcast on BBC1 on Saturday, 28 March.

 
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Marianne Faithfull's 22nd album, Easy Come, Easy Go, include duets with Nick Cave, Keith Richards, Dolly Parton and the Decemberists.

 
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Dancing with the Stars, the American version of Strictly Come Dancing has begun again on Watch on Fridays, usually at about 9pm and repeated the next morning.  Belinda Carlisle was a competitor but was eliminated, Jewel was to be a competitor but dropped out owing to injury before the first programme was broadcast (but is frequently in the audience as her gentle rodeo champion husband Ty Murray is competing), rapper L'il Kim is partnered by the loathsome Derek Hough, and his sister Julianne, who is also a country singer, partners her boyfriend, country singer Chuck Wicks.  The show also has guest stars performing, usually on the results programme such as Adele and Hall and Oates.

 
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Arctic Monkeys at the Apollo will be shown on Channel 4 at 11.35pm on Friday, 6 March.

 
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Annie Lennox will perform on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on BBC1 on Friday, 6 March, at 10.35pm (which is repeated early Sunday morning).

 
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Suggs appears on BBC Radio 4's I've Never Seen Star Wars on Wednesday, 4 March, at 6.30pm, when Marcus Brigstocke encourages him to do new experiences such as taking a tap-dancing lesson.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Sky Arts 1 will broadcast Radiohead: Meeting People Is Easy on Tuesday, 3 March, at 12pm and 6pm.  The behind-the-scenes documentary shows the band as they tour.

 
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Ex-Crash Test Dummies musician Benjamin Darvill, now known as Son of Dave, will guest on Mark Radcliffe's programme on BBC Radio 2 on Tuesday, 3 March, at 8pm, and perform a live set. You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Ian Broudie of the Lightning Seeds features in Sky Arts 1's Songbook on Tuesday, 3 March, at 4.10pm and 7pm.

 
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Billy Bragg looks at the House of Lords reform with Joanthan Freedland in The Long View at 9am on Tuesday, 3 March, on BBC Radio 4.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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James Taylor was one of the people interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Front Row programme on 2 March about miming to recordings when supposedly performing live (which he does not do, of course), following the recent what I would call 'scandals' at the Inauguration and Superbowl where performers were miming.  You can download the programme as an Podcast or listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Glenn Tilbrook and the Fluffers' new album Pandemonium Ensues is released on 2 March.

 
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Glenn Tilbrook plays a live set on Jonathan Ross's show on BBC Radio 2 at 10am on Saturday, 28 February.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Gideon Coe's programme on BBC 6 Music on Monday, 2 March, at 9pm will include a 1968 session by Leonard Cohen.  You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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Andrew Collins presents a programme examining gothic rock, called The G-Word, with input from Siouxsie Soux, Gary Numan and Steve Severin.  Tune in to BBC Radio 2 at 7pm on Saturday, 28 February, or you can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Sky Arts 1 will show The Who: The Kids Are Alright at 4pm on Sunday, 1 March.

 
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Channel 4 will show 4 Music Presents...Snow Patrol at 11.45pm on Saturday, 28 February.

 
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A programme on The Stereophonics will feature on the Biography Channel (now just 'Bio') at 12 midnight on Monday morning (Sunday night).

 
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U2 will be the musical guests on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on BBC1 on Friday, 27 February, at 10.35pm, which will be repeated on Sunday at 2am.  An interview with the band also appears on The Culture Show Uncut on the same night (Friday) on BBC2 at 11.35pm.

 
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Roger McGuinn will play Cadogan Hall on 6 June.  Tickets are £26.50.

 
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Only Men Aloud! and Katherine Jenkins will appear in a special St David's Day version of Songs of Praise on BBC1 at 4.55pm on Sunday, 1 March.

 
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The 1981 concert Queen Rock Montreal will be broadcast by Sky Arts 1 at 9pm on Friday, 27 February.

 
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I have always recommended the wonderful singer/songwriter from the Faroe Islands, Teitur Lassen, and his latest album The Singer has finally been released in the UK.

 
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Ezio will play The Luminaire on 16 May.  Tickets are only £10.

 
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4Music on Channel 4 broadcasts The NME Awards on Friday, 27 February, at 11.35pm, with performances by The Cure, Elbow, Franz Ferdinand and Glasvegas.  Highlights will be shown on Saturday afternoon at 10.55am.

 
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Seth Lakeman will play the Union Chapel on 24 May, and tickets are £20.  He'll also play on the same night as Kate Rusby at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust concert programme, on 25 March.  Tickets for that range from £19.50 to £46.

 
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The final part of the series presented by Bruce Hornsby about Fats Domino will be broadcast at 7pm on BBC Radio 2 on Friday, 27 February.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Cara Dillon will play the Union Chapel on 10 October.  Tickets are £17.50.

 
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Mary Wilson of The Supremes and The Acorn, who have opened for Elbow, will be the musical guests on Loose Ends on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday, 28 February, at 6.15pm.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Gideon Coe's programme on BBC6 Music at 9pm on Wednesday, 25 February, will include a rare live set by Kate Bush.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Mike Harding's programme on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday, 25 February, at 7pm will be a tribute to the late John Martyn.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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BBC2 will show eight special editions of TOTP2, treating us to the archives of Top of the Pops performances.  The first one on Monday, 22 December, at 11pm will feature hits from Madness, the Police and Kylie Minogue amongst many others.

 
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Channel 4 has been showing the Spectacle programmes where Elvis Costello plays talk show host, perhaps having got a taste for it when guest hosting for David Letterman when he had his heart operation.  On Monday, 22 December, at 12.15am (ie Sunday night-ish), he will be talking to Rufus Wainwright.   The programme shown the next night, on Tuesday, 23 December, at 1.25am, will feature interviews with Lou Reed, who should be a happier man thanks to all the revenue from the Christmas releases of Hallelujah (sadly the new X Factor version has apparently topped the charts; oh dear), and Julian Schnabel.

 
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Damon Albarn may be on Front Row on Monday, 22 December, at 7.15pm, talking about reforming Blur.  Tune into BBC Radio 4 or you can listen online for up to a week afterward.

 
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Razorlight plays at the end of Graham Norton Uncut at 11.30pm on Sunday, 21 December, on BBC2.

 
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BBC Radio 2 will repeat Radio 2 Live: Coldplay, the concert recorded on 20 August, at 7pm on Monday, 22 December.   You can listen online for up to a week after the programme airs.

 
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Highlights from the concert I was so sorry to have missed will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday, 20 December 2008, at 9pm.  Tune in to hear Teddy Thompson and Friends, a recording of the 17 December concert of the young singer/songwriter with his amazing parents, Richard and Linda Thompson.  You can listen online for up to a week after the programme airs.

 
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BBC4 offers some wonderful treats from yesteryear on Saturday, 20 December, from 7pm, beginning with Legends: Louis Prima, a documentary on the outstanding bandleader and one-time husband of singer Keely Smith, followed at 8pm by Judy, Frank and Dean: Once in a Lifetime, a 1962 television special featuring Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.  That is followed at 9pm by Show of the Week:  Count Basie and his Orchestra, a performance from 1965.  The wonderful 1957 musical Pal Joey starring Sinatra and Rita Hayworth will be shown at 9.45pm, followed at 11.30pm by Artie Shaw: Quest for Perfection, a profile of the jazz bandleader who retired in 1954.  That will be shown again at 2.50am the next morning, following a repeat of the Sinatra/Garland/Martin concert at 1.55am.

 
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Cerys Matthews, Il Divo and Tom Jones will be some of the performers on For One Night Only at 8.55pm on ITV1 on Saturday, 20 December.

 
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Bob Harris will broadcast a live set by Calexico on his BBC Radio 2 programme on Saturday, 20 December, at 11pm.  You can listen online for up to a week after the programme airs.

 
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Chris Difford and the Decorations's excellent more-than-Christmas single Let's Not Fight This Christmas can now be downloaded from Amazon.co.uk as well as iTunes and other outlets.  It's only 69p at Amazon, much less than many of us spend on a cup of coffee each morning, and proceeds go to Children in Need.  This is the song that has been much touted in the press as John Sergeant's novelty single, but in fact, it has little to do with him and has all the charm of a traditional Difford or Squeeze single, a la Cool for Cats or Up the Junction, but it switches from just Chris singing the excellent verses to a schoolkids' choir and a few others joining in for the chorus, the few others including the BBC One Show's presenters Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley as well as contributors such as the delightful Dan Snow and John Sergeant.  You can't distinguish their voices at all so the song barely qualifies as a novelty tune; it's really just an impressive modern Christmas single more in the category of the enjoyable Jona Lewie's Stop the Cavalry.  Apparently, Difford wrote the song with Kenton Hall, Kevin Malpass and Tom Houston at his Hurst House songwriting week.  You can listen to a sample to the song first to hear how catchy it is, but don't forget that it's only a few pence and goes to charity, as well.  Click on the link above now--or go to iTunes or your preferred shop--and download it now; it will keep you smiling 'til Boxing Day, and it's for charity!

 
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Rufus Wainwright Sings Judy Garland, which I seem to recall includes an appearance by his sis Martha Wainwright  and mum Kate McGarrigle, will be shown at 4pm on Sky Arts 1 on Wednesday, 10 December. 

 
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The Pogues have added a date to their Brixton Carling Academy performances on 18 and 19 December and will now be playing the 20th as well.  If only Kirsty MacColl could be there, too, it would be the perfect Christmas....

 
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Joan as Policewoman (Joan Wasser) will perform a live session on Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie's programme on BBC Radio 2 on Thursday, 11 December, at 8pm.  You can listen online for up to a week after the programme airs.  She also plays the Shepherds Bush Empire on Tuesday, 9 December.

 
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Manu Chao plays the Forum on 16 December.  Tickets are £18.50.

 
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Sky Arts 1 on Tuesday, 9 December, will show John Lennon: Live in New York at 4pm followed at 5pm with John Lennon: Gimme Some Truth on Tuesday, 9 December.

 
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Franz Ferdinand plays Heaven on 20 January.  Tickets are £17.50. 

 
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David Byrne has released an album, Big Love: Hymnal, containing his compositions for the HBO series, and the album has been well received by critics. 

 
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Gideon Coe will play an archive set by Talk Talk from 1983 on Tuesday, 9 December, at 9pm on BBC6 Music between 9pm and midnight.   The next day, on Wednesday, 10 December, at 9pm, he will play concert highlights from the great Edwyn Collins. On Thursday, 11 December, at the same time, he will play archive sets from Electric Light Orchestra (1976) and Radiohead (1997).  You can listen online and for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Annie Lennox will highlight the role of artists and musicians in generating support and awareness for Amnesty International in a programme that includes contributions by Pete Townshend, Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Bono and the Edge of U2, Tom Robinson and others at 10.30pm on Tuesday, 9 December, at 10.30pm.  You can listen online for up to a week after the programme airs.

 
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The Concert for George Harrison, which featured performances by Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jools Holland, Joe Brown and his daughter Sam Brown, Paul McCartney, Jeff Lynne, Billy Preston, Ringo Starr and Andy Fairweather Low, on Tuesday, 9 December, at 9pm on Sky Arts 1.  It will be repeated on Wednesday morning on 10 December at 9am and 12.15pm.

 
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Herbie Hancock's recent performance at the Barbican Centre during the London Jazz Festival will be broadcast on Jazz on 3 at 11.15pm on Monday, 8 December, at 11.15pm on BBC Radio 3.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Late Junction on BBC Radio 3 at 11.15pm on Tuesday, 9 December, will focus on a new album by Susanna featuring the voice of Bonnie Prince Charlie and music by former Cocteau Twin Robin Guthrie.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Ex-Polecat Martin 'Boz' Boorer  will be the guest on Jools Holland's BBC Radio 2 programme on Monday, 8 December, at 10.30pm.  You can listen online for up to a week after the programme airs.

 
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Take That  will appear in a one-off special on ITV1 on Sunday, 7 December, at 8pm in Take That Come to Town, "a grand spectacle" including performances of their greatest hits and songs from their new album.  It will be repeated at 8pm on ITV2 at 8pm on Tuesday, 9 December.

 
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Mark Lamarr continues paying tribute to the great Roy Orbinson in the four-part series In Dreams--the Roy Orbinson Story on Monday, 8 December, at 11.30pm on Monday, 8 December.  You can listen online for up to a week after the programme airs.

 
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John Mellencamp will perform on Johnnie Walker on BBC Radio 2 at 4.30pm on Sunday, 7 December. You can listen online for up to a week after the programme airs.

 
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Sir Cliff Richard will be interviewed and perform on Songs of Praise on BBC1 on Sunday, 7 December, at 4.50pm.

 
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The season finale of Gilmore Girls called "Partings", which will air on E4 on Saturday, 6 December, at 1.35pm (and on E4+1 at 2.35, of course), includes numerous cameos from various musical artists busking around the town.  The troubadours include the Mael brothers of Sparks, Sam Phillips, (ie the ex-Mrs T-Bone Burnett) who always provides the incidental music for the series, Yo La Tengo, Joe Pernice of The Pernice Brothers doing a great snippet of an acoustic version of Amazing Glow (which you can now download from Amazon.co.uk), Sonic Youth, Dave Allen, Grant Lee Philips, 24 actress Mary Lynn Rajsub, and others.  Definitely worth tuning in even if the episode lacks the usual humour as it struggles with more dramatic, depressing issues.  There are various clips online of the troubadour scenes including on YouTube.

 
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BBC Radio 2's Dermot O'Leary programme at 2pm on Saturday, 6 December, will feature live sets from Snow Patrol and Travis and include guest Lily Allen discussing her new single.  You can listen online for up to a week after the programme airs.

 
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Amazon.uk is finally offering music downloads like its American company.  Initially, many album downloads from such artists as Coldplay, Elbow, Il Divo, Seasick Steve, Katherine Jenkins, Leonard Cohen and the Kings of Leon will be a mere £3, with single prices more in line with their competitors.  I am not yet clear whether Amazon will have DRM or any other awful things.  I personally do not purchase from iTunes or others who use that and tend to buy downloads from Play.com, free of those limitations, although my preference is still for old fashioned CDs with booklets et al.

 
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Duke Special will play Proud Galleries on 19 January 2009.  Tickets are £12.50.

 
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King Creosote will perform on The Culture Show Uncut at 11.35am on Tuesday, 5 December, on BBC2.

 
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Terry Wogan has stepped down from presenting the Eurovision Song Contest, and Graham Norton will take over, which should be interesting.

 
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Franz Ferdinand will play Heaven on 20 January 2009.  Tickets are £17.50.

 
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Scarily, respectable (so far) political journalist John Sergeant, having just escaped with his dignity from that dancing programme controversy nonsense, is now cashing in on the attention with a Christmas single, in collaboration with The One Show's Adrian Chiles and (also fellow former Strictly Come Dancing participant) Christine Bleakley.  I have not yet heard it but it does have a secret weapon in that the song has been written by champion wordsmith Chris Difford of Squeeze.  Check it out for yourself when the video will be shown on The One Show at 7pm on Friday, 5 December.

 
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Channel 4's 4 Music on Thursday, 4 December, at 11.40pm will feature Lily Allen's new video for The Fear

 
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Barry Manilow is the featured guest on The Graham Norton Show on BBC2 at 9.30pm on Thursday, 4 December.  An uncut version is shown the following Sunday.

 
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The Biography Channel will show Marc Bolan: Ride On at 1pm and Viva Joe Strummer at 2pm on Thursday, 4 December. 

 
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An excellent gig not to be missed will take place in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the South Bank Centre on Wednesday, 17 December.  A Thompson family Christmas, featuring legends Richard, Linda, tremendously talented son Teddy, and their lesser known but also impressive daughter Kami (Kamila), will also have performances from a variety of amazing artists including Chris Difford, Eddi Reader, Bert Jansch, Badly Drawn Boy, Kathryn Williams, Ed Harcourt and others.  Not only is the bill amazing but Teddy Thompson's fee will be donated to Amnesty International.  Sadly, I've been too busy with life and missed out on these tickets so it will be a gig to be missed for me.  Heartbreaking (but touts needn't contact me!).  Incidentally, if you click on Kami's name above, you can listen to her husky-voiced songs on MySpace, if you've not yet had the pleasure of hearing the lesser-known Thompson, which will have to do until her debut album Love Lies is released.

 
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BBC4 on Friday, 28 November, will show the Grammy award-winning The Clash: Westway to the World at 9pm, followed at 10pm by The Clash Live--Revolution Rock, a documentary including concert footage.

 
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BBC4 will be showing two great concerts in its BBC4 Sessions on Thursday, 27 November.  Georgie Fame recorded live at LSO St Luke's will be shown at 11pm and again at 3am on Friday, with Van Morrison performing at the same venue being shown at midnight (ie Friday morning, Thursday night).

 
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Fleet Foxes have added a date to their Roundhouse residency, and will now be playing from 22 to 24 February 2009 (the first two dates have sold out).  Tickets are £16.50.

 
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The Tings Tings will perform on The Graham Norton Show at 9.30pm on Thursday, 27 November, on BBC2.  An uncut version of the programme is shown on Sunday, 30 November, at 11.10pm.

 
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Christy Moore featuring Declan Sinnot will be performing at the Royal Festival Hall on 25 and 26 May 2009.  Tickets are £25-35.

 
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An extra date, 7 December, has been added to Barry Manilow's performances at the O2 Arena.  He is also there on 4 December and 6 December.

 
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Sky Arts 1 on Wednesday, 26 November, will show quite a bit of Elvis Costello.  Tune in at 9am to see him live with The Imposters (repeated at 11.30am, 4.35pm), at 10.30am to see him in live in Montreal (repeated at 1pm and 6pm).

 
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Julien Temple's documentary charting the life of Clash frontman Joe Strummer, The Future is Unwritten, will be shown on Channel 4 at 11.40pm on Wednesday, 26 November.

 
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Buzzcocks will be playing Shepherd's Bush Empire on 30 January 2009.  Tickets are £17.50 each.

 
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The Cure will play the O2 Arena on 26 February 2009.  Tickets cost £30.

 
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The surreal last episode of series three of the great Australian sitcom Kath and Kim will be shown on BBC2 at 3.30am on Saturday, 22 November, and includes a guest appearance by Kylie Minogue.

 
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Fleet Foxes will be playing the Roundhouse on 22 to 23 February 2009.  The first date is already sold out.  Tickets cost £16.50.

 
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Kings of Leon will play the O2 Arena on Monday, 15 June 2009, and tickets have already gone on sale.  Their new album, Only by the Night, is available now.

 
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Shakira (2.20am) and then Pink (2.50am) will be profiled on Planet Rock Profiles in the wee hours of Saturday, 22 November, on ITV1.  Meanwhile, Sigur Ros will be profiled on 4Play at 2.15am Saturday morning.

 
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Teddy Thompson will play Shepherds Bush Empire on 12 February 2009.  Tickets are £13.50.

 
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Snow Patrol will play the O2 Arena on 14-15 March 2009.  The first date is already sold out.

 
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ITV1 will show Now That's What I Call 1983 at 10pm on Friday, 21 November, which is billed to include performances by Paul Young, Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw, Heaven 17, Kajagoogoo and Tony Hadley.

 
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Ultravox will play the Hammersmith Apollo on Friday, 24 April 2009.

 
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Tracy Chapman's first solo tour in over a decade will bring her to London's Hammersmith Apollo on 15 and 16 December 2009.  Her guest will be Joseph Arthur

 
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BBC4 will be having a folky Friday on 21 November, beginning at 9pm with the episode of Folk Britannia that focuses on the rise of 1960s folk-rock; followed at 10pm with Steeleye Span's Maddy Prior at Electric Proms, where she performs songs from her current album at Cecil Sharp House; followed at 11pm by Electric Folk:  Steeleye Span, showing the band perform at Penshurst Place, Kent, complete with morris dancers.  The first two programmes are repeated at 1.50am.

 
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Sky Arts 1, which even Virgin customers can get now, will show REM Road Movie at 9pm on Thursday, 20 November, and Zappa Plays Zappa at 4pm that day.

 
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The Only Ones will play Shepherd's Bush Empire on 6 February 2009.  Tickets are £16.50.

 
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More4 on Tuesday, 18 November, at 10pm will show True Stories: Kurt Cobain-About a Son, including previously unheard interviews with the Nirvana frontman.

 
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Hue and Cry will play Shepherd's Bush Empire on 7 March 2009.  Tickets are £20.

 
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The delightful Death Cab for Cutie are playing Brixton Academy (tickets for the original venue are still valid) on Wednesday, 19 November.

 
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Grace Jones appears on the first of the new series of The Culture Show at 10pm on BBC2 on Tuesday, 18 November.  An "uncut" version of the show is aired at 11.35pm on Friday, 20 November.

 
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A 1980 XTC set will be included in the archive footage played on Gideon Coe's  BBC 6Music programme after 9pm on Wednesday, 19 November.  Archive sets the following night will include Joni Mitchell (from 1968) and Depeche Mode (from 1983). You can listen online for up to a week afterward.

 
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Another nostalgic radio programme presented by David Quantick is Long Players, an ode to the vinyl LPs, which will be broadcast at 11.30pm on Tuesday, 18 November, on BBC Radio 2.  The long line on of contributors includes Bob Harris, ex Sham 69 frontman Jimmy Pursey, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, and Suzanne Vega. You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Simply Red will perform on GMTV after 6am on Monday, 17 November.

 
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Jools Holland's guest on Monday, 17 November, at 10.30pm will be Tony Christie discussing his new album, as well as trumperter Guy Barker.  Tune into BBC Radio 2 to hear it.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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BBC4 will repeat at midnight and 3am on Monday, 17 November, its BBC4 Sessions - Paul Weller.

 
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The legend Paul Anka will play the London Palladium on 8 February 2009.  Tickets cost £55-65.

 
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David Quantick presents a programme, The Disappearing Art of the Mix Tape, on Sunday, 16 November, at 1.30pm, on BBC Radio 4, which includes contributions from Elbow's Guy Harvey.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The Enemy will play Brixton Academy on 11 to 12 April 2009.  Tickets are £20.

 
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The first of a two-part series called Come in from the Cold--the Return of Joni Mitchell where singer/songwriter Amanda Ghost interviews the legend is repeated on BBC Radio 2, beginning at 7pm on Saturday, 15 November.  The second part goes out on Tuesday, 18 November, at 10.30pm. You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Robyn Hitchcock will play the Union Chapel on Thursday, 12 February, with Catherine Feeny opening for him.

 
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Tim Finn has a marvellous new album out, The Conversation, with former Split Enz bandmate Eddie Rayner playing throughout and co-producing.  You can hear some of the songs on Tim's MySpace page, but you might as well go ahead and buy it; it's worth it.

 
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Homeboy Ryan Adams & the Cardinals will play the Brixton Academy on Thursday, 20 November.

 
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BBC Radio 4 will be repeating the programme aired previously that week at 3.30pm on Saturday, 15 November, called 50 Years of Little Richard, where he speaks to Sarfraz Manzoor about his life.  You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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Grace Jones' The Hurricane Tour will hit London on 27 to 30 January 2009, at the London Roundhouse.

 
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If you are a fan of either of these things, you'll enjoy tuning into Strictly Come Dancing to see Tom Jones perform on Sunday, 16 November, at 8.15pm on BBC1.

 
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Simply Red's final and Greatest Hits tour will land at the O2 on Thursday, 2 April, and remain through the 4th. Tickets are a whopping £40-50.  I've never been a fan but saw them live in Belfast years ago, as Brian Kennedy was opening for them, and I was surprisingly impressed--a very sharp, polished show full of numerous songs I was amazed I knew so well.  Their greatest hits album is out on 17 November.

 
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BBC Four Sessions on Thursday, 30 October, at 11.55pm features David Byrne in concert at the lovely Union Chapel in Islington.

 
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Martha Wainwright will perform on The Graham Norton Show on BBC2 on Thursday, 30 October, at 10pm.  An uncut version of the show will be shown on Sunday, 2 November, at 10.45pm.

 
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The great Boo Hewerdine has released a fine EP called Toy Box No 2, which is available on Amazon.co.uk, Play and iTunes, amongst other retailers.

 
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The fantastic singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith will play Scala on 2 November.  Tickets are £25.

 
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Performances by guitar legends such as Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend and Jeff Beck will be shown on BBC4's Guitar Heroes on Later...with Jools Holland, at 10pm on Friday, 10 October, repeated a few hours later at 1.40am on Saturday morning.

 
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Calexico will perform a live set on Mark Lamarr's BBC Radio 2 programme at midnight on Saturday, 11 October (ie Friday night).  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.  They will be playing the Forum Saturday night.

 
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Julian Bream is featured in the BBC4 programme Legends on Friday, 10 October, at 9pm, which will show archive performances from 1962 to 1991, including collaborations with John Williams.  The programme is repeated on Saturday morning at 3.40am.

 
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Bloc Party will play Olympia on 11 April 2009.  Tickets are £25.

 
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Cyndi Lauper appears on The Graham Norton Show (shown on Thursday, 9 October, at 10pm, and then again as an uncut version the following Sunday) and on This Morning (ITV1) on Friday, 10 October, at 10.30am.

 
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An exhibition of drawings by singer/songwriter Edwyn Collins, called Edwyn Collins' British Birdlife, will go on display at London's Smithfield Gallery from 21 October to 1 November.  Collins always loved drawing birds as a child, once did booklets and engravings for the Glasgow Parks Department, and returned to his old hobby more recently whilst recovering from his terrible brain haemorrhages. Check out the gallery's site at www.thesmithfieldgallery.com .

 
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Folk veteran Roy Bailey is Mike Harding's guest on his BBC Radio 2 programme on Wednesday, 8 October, at 7pm, where he will perform tracks from his back catalogue including a version of the amazing Beeswing by Richard Thompson.   You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Hue and Cry have reformed and released a new album called Open Soul. They are, unusually, touring House of Fraser stores and will play in the Victoria Street store on 10 October at 1pm.  If you would like to see them, register for the event on their site beforehand.

 
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Alanis Morissette features in a new programme of Private Sessions, including an interview and performance by her, on Biography on Wednesday, 8 October, at 10pm.  The show is repeated on Thursday at 1pm and 8pm.

 
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The Futureheads will play the Astoria on 29 November.  Tickets are £14.

 
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The day after BBC Radio 2 repeats a programme featuring his father, Richard Thompson, singer/songwriter Teddy Thompson performs a live set on Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie's programme at 8pm on Wednesday, 8 October.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Lindsey Buckingham has released a new album on Reprise called Gift of Screws.

 
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Glen Campbell, who has recently released his 72nd album featuring covers of tracks by groups like Foo Fighters and the Velvet Underground, appears on Laster Live...with Jools Holland on Tuesday, 7 October, at 10pm, as does Coldplay, John (Cougar) Mellancamp, the Hold Steady, Amy LaVere and SIA.  The extended version of the show will be shown on Friday, 10 October, at 11.35pm.

 
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Paul Weller has added a date following the sell-out of his Brixton Academy show on 25 November and will playing the next night as well.

 
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Glen Campbell also appears on GMTV's This Morning (ITV1) after 10.30am on Wednesday, 8 October.  He is also Janice Long's guest on her BBC Radio 2 programme at midnight on Wednesday, 8 October (ie Tuesday night).  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards to Long's programme.

 
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The Kooks play the Roundhouse on 1-3 December (tickets £22.50) and Brixton Academy on 10 and 11 December.

 
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Don't miss BBC Radio 2's programme Richard Thompson: Walking on a Wire, which presents another chance to hear a 2005 interview between the great singer/songwriter/guitarist and Bob Harris.  Contributors include producer Mitchell Froom and ex-wife and singer Linda Thompson.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The Levellers play the Royal Albert Hall on 27 March 2009.  Tickets are £27.50.

 
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BBC Radio 2 begins a four-part series Choo Choo Ch'Boogie: the Louis Jordan Story at 11.30pm on Monday, 6 October.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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A Very Special Evening with Stephen Stills, which sold out at Shepherd's Bush Empire for 11 October, has added an extra show on 20 October.

 
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Boy George will play the Pigalle Club on Tuesday, 16 December, and Wednesday, 17 December.

 
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The Biography Channel will be showing a programme on the late Queen singer Freddie Mercury on Monday, 6 October, at 5pm and the next morning at 1am.  A profile of Mick Jagger begins circulation on Wednesday, 8 October, at 5pm.

 
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Colin Macintyre, aka Mull Historical Society, will play London Cargo on Tuesday, 28 October, to promote his new album, The Water.

 
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Joe Brown, who is also the father of singer Sam Brown, a regular with Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, appears as Jools' guest on his BBC Radio 2 programme at 10.30pm on Monday, 6 October, to discuss Brown's 50 years in the music business.  Brown's new album, More of the Truth, is released on 13 October, and he plays Fairfield Hall on 28 November. You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Kaiser Chiefs will play Wembley Arena on Friday, 6 March 2009.

 
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Travis appears on Graham Norton Uncut, an extended repeat of the previous Thursday's show, on Sunday, 5 October, at 11.10pm on BBC2.

 
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The Ting Tings will return to London following their sold out gigs in October at Shepherd's Bush Empire and the Forum to play London Brixton Academy on Friday, 6 March 2009.

 
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Seasick Steve has released a new highly praised album on Warner Brothers called I Started Out with Nothin and I Still Got Most of it Left.

 
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BBC1 on Sunday, 5 October, at 10.20pm will begin a three-part series called The Story of the Guitar presented by Alan Yentob.  This first episode, called In the Beginning, will feature contributions from John Williams, Pete Townshend, Bert Weedon, comedian/musician Bill Bailey and actor/musician Jack Black.  The programme is repeated on BBC4 on Friday, 10 October, at 11pm.

 
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Following Noah & the Whale's sell-out of their Koko gig on Thursday, 6 November, they have added a new date on Friday, 6 March 2009, at Shepherd's Bush Empire.

 
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Jackson Browne, who has released his first album (Time the Conqueror)  in six years, is Johnnie Walker's guest on the latter's BBC Radio 2 programme on Sunday, 5 October, at 4.30pm. You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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José González will play London ULU on Tuesday, 14 October.

 
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Channel 4's 4Music: Live from Abbey Road features famous talented offspring Teddy Thompson and Martha Wainwright as well as Brian Wilson on Sunday, 5 October, at 12.10am.

 
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 Ben Folds, who will be one of the support acts at Wembley Arena on Friday, 5 December, opening for Counting Crows, has released a new album on Epic called Way to Normal, which includes a duet with Regina Spektor.

 
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Death Cab for Cutie will play Alexandra Palace on Wednesday, 19 November.

 
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The brilliant Glen Hansard (of The Frames) and Markéta Irglová will perform, as The Swell Season, at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday, 24 November, including songs from the excellent film Once, such as their hauntingly beautiful Oscar-winning song Falling Slowly.

 
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The great Eddi Reader will play the Shepherd's Bush Empire on 19 October.

 
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The Biography Channel, as always, features several music problems this week.  Tune in on Wednesday, 17 September, at 2pm for Scissor Sisters; Thursday, 20 September, at 7pm for The Bee Gees - Keppel Road; at 8pm on Thursday and at 8am & 4pm on Friday, 19 September, for Barry Manilow: Songs from the 70s; Sting and Snow Patrol at 2pm and 2.30pm, respectively, on Friday; and Chicago featured on Private Sessions at 5pm on Friday.

 
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Aimee Mann will be promoting her well-received recent album,  @#%&! Smilers , on 24 October at indig02.

 
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Billy Bragg will play Shepherd's Bush Empire on Monday, 8 December.

 
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BBC4 offers some delights on Friday, 19 September, in the form of Martha Wainwright performing at the Cambridge Folk Festival, shown at 8.30pm, followed at 9pm by The Roxy Music Story, which will include contributions from Alison Goldfrapp, Bono and Nile Rodgers (repeated at 12.35am on Saturday). That will be followed at 9.55pm by Roxy Music: Frejus, a live performance from 1982 in France.  Brian Ferry and Roxy Music will be shown at 1.25am on Saturday.

 
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The always fantastic Sam Phillips, now divorced from producer T-Bone Burnett, has released a highly praised album, Don't Do Anything, on Nonesuch.

 
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The Ting Tings and Pussycat Dolls will be shown on the last Transmission programme on Saturday, 20 September, at 12.10am.

 
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Donavon will play the Shepherd's Bush Empire on Tuesday, 18 November.

 
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Estelle will sing her new single on GMTV on ITV1 between 6am and 9.25am (probably after 7.30am) on Friday, 19 September.

 
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Howard Jones is playing a 25th Anniversary Concert  on  indig02 on 20 September.

 
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Amy Winehouse and Pendulum  are featured in the highlights from Bestival 2008 shown by Channel 4 on Friday, 19 September, at 12.30am.

 
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BBC4 will be showing two of its fine BBC Four Sessions series on Thursday, 18 September.  At 11pm, you can see a concert by P J Harvey at LSO St Luke's in London, followed at midnight on Friday by a fine performance by Damien Rice.

 
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The Feeling will play the Hammersmith Apollo on Tuesday, 4 November.

 
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Eric Burdon of The Animals discusses music that has inspired him in Soundtrack to My Life at 11.10pm on Thursday, 18 September, on ITV1.

 
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Gideon Coe's programme on Thursday, 18 September, at 9pm on BBC6 Music, will play archive sets including a 2006 performance by The Good, the Bad and the Queen.   You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The magnificent Roddy Frame will be playing Cadogan Hall on Tuesday, 18 November.

 
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Bob Harris Country on BBC Radio 2 will be broadcast on Thursday, 18 September, at 7pm from the Americana Music Association Awards.  Nominees include Alison Krauss and Robert Plant and Steve Earle.  You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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The repeat of Never Mind the Buzzcocks being shown on BBC2 on Thursday, 18 September, at 10pm will include as panellists now newlywed K T Tunstall and Jon McClure of Reverend and the Makers.

 
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The fantabulous Luka Bloom has released a new album, Eleven Songs,  via his website www.lukabloom.com , which should get a wider release after September.   Definitely worth getting your hands on (even though I've not yet heard it myself.)

 
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BBC6 Music will repeat, in its 6 Music Plays It Again series, The REM Story, a two-part 2001 profile of the band presented by Stuart Maconie, on Thursday, 18 September and Friday, 19 September at midnight (ie Wednesday and Thursday nights).  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The legendary Joan Baez, who has just released an album, Day After Tomorrow, 48 years after her first album, will be Mike Harding's guest on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday, 17 September, at 7pm.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The new nine-part series of Later Live....with Jools Holland begins at 10pm on Tuesday, 16 September, on BBC2.  As before, the Tuesday show will go out live and an "extended version" will be shown the following Friday, in this case at 11.35pm on Friday, 19 September.  I hope they don't continue with the irritating method of completely excluding some acts from Tuesday's show; I would much rather see a taster of all acts on Tuesday and then an extra song or two from most of them on Friday.  This week, we can expect to hear from the French First Lady, Carla Bruni, as well as Kings of Leon, Nicole Atkins, Metallica and "an exclusive performance by the Fireman, a collaboration between producer Martin "Youth" Glover and Paul McCartney.  Metallica fans should stay tuned on Friday as ITV1 will follow Jools with Metallica: A Culture Show Special at 12.35am on Saturday morning, to mark the release of their new album.

 
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Mike Skinner of The Streets will be a guest on Steve Lamacq's programme on BBC6 Music at 4pm on Monday, 15 September.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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If you are a fan of Daniel Powter, you should tune into ITV1's This Morning programme on Monday, 15 September, between 10.30am and 12.30pm, as he will perform his latest single in the studio.  Similarly, Pussycat Dolls fans should tune into the same show on Thursday, 18 September.

 
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Brett Anderson is touring to promote his new album, Wilderness.  The former Suede frontman's album is earning some praise.

 
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Paul Gambaccini's For One Night Only series for its final programme on Sunday, 14 September, at 8pm on BBC Radio 4 revisits Elvis Presley's December 1968 NBC TV comeback special and hears from those who were there.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Intriguing country-bluesman Seasick Steve will by Simon Mayo's guest on his BBC Radio 2 programme at 4.30pm on Sunday, 14 September.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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ITV3 is running a series of shows called Celebrating - The South Bank Show, which shows impressive archive footage from the programme over the decades.  The programmes on Sunday, 14 September, at 8.30pm and 9pm will include spots on Paul McCartney and Pete Townshend.

 
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Planet Rock will broadcast The Who - Live at Leeds Special at 6pm on Sunday, 14 September, and again at 6pm on Friday, 19 September.  You can listen online.

 
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Eileen Rose will perform a live session on Bob Harris' show on BBC Radio 2 at 10.30pm on Saturday, 13 September.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Impressive live performer multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Liam Finn, son of Crowded House's Neil Finn, will be performing tracks from his debut album, I'll Be Lightning, which has finally been released in the UK, at La Scala on 2 December.  Tickets are only £10.

 
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The magnificent Loudon Wainwright III's Joe Henry produced 23rd album, Recovery, sees him giving some of his old songs new treatments and is, in early September, available from Amazon.co.uk for only £7.98.

 
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Dermot O'Leary's BBC Radio 2 programme on Saturday, 6 September, at 2pm will include a live set from Camera Obscura, who answered Lloyd Cole's brilliant classic, Are You Ready to be Heartbroken with their song, Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Lovers of free jazz can enjoy it for free on Friday, 5 September, at the Spitalfields Summer Stew at Bishops Square, E1, from 12.30pm to 6pm.  Performers will include guitarist Billy Jenkins and slide guitarist Steve Morrison, Led Bib, Liam Noble with Paul Clarvis, and (trumpeter) Harry Beckett Band with drummer Steve Noble.

 
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An unusual combination can be found on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday, 6 September, at 10.30am when former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell travels to Paris to meet the friends and family of legendary singer/songwriter Jacque Brel to search through the secrets of his life and music.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Juliana Hatfield will be playing the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the South Bank on 10 October.  Tickets cost up to £15.

 
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Cliff Richard will be signing copies of his autobiography at Waterstone's at 203-206 Piccadilly, SW1Y 6WW, at 12.30pm on Friday, 5 September.  The event is free but will no doubt be crowded.

 
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Alanis Morissette and Elbow will be performing on Live from Abbey Road at 12.35am on Channel 4 on Sunday, 7 September.

 
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The wonderful, Sam Cooke-ish James Hunter will be playing Dingwalls on Tuesday, 30 September.

 
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Homeboy Ben Folds will be one of the support acts at Wembley Arena on Friday, 5 December, opening for Counting Crows.

 
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Tracy Chapman plays the Hammersmith Apollo on Monday, 15 December, during her first solo tour in over a decade.

 
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Sigur Ros will be shown performing on Channel 4's 4Play at 1.35am on Sunday, 7 September.

 
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Siouxsie's Mantaray and More Tour will hit London Koko for its finale on Monday, 29 September.

 
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Enjoy an Evening with Art Garfunkel at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday, 7 October.

 
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Level 42, now including original keyboardist/vocalist Mark Lindup, will perform at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday, 23 October.

 
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Calexico's new album, Carried to Dust, where they're said to return to form with their Spaghetti Western sound, will be released on 8 September.

 
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Music journalist and The Word editor, Mark Ellen, will appear on BBC Radio 4's The Music Group, on Wednesday, 3 September, at 11.30pm, selecting a track of his choice, along with comedians Alexei Sayle and Sue Perkins.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Ronnie Spector and her Band will play the Islington Carling Academy on Saturday, 27 September.

 
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The Pogues will be playing the Brixton Academy from 18 to 19 December.  Tickets cost £30.

 
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BBC4 will have a bit of a Mancunian festival on Friday, 5 September, showing at 9pm They Came from Manchester: The Story of Mancunian Pop, a compilation of BBC studio performances from some of Manchester's greatest bands.  Following that at 10pm will be a Rock Family Trees focused on the past 30 years of bands from that city, including New Order, and then at 10.50pm, Factory: Manchester from Joy Division to Happy Mondays, featuring interviews with many artists including Shaun Ryder as well as the late Factory Records boss Tony Wilson.

 
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Billy Bragg will appear on ITV1's Soundtrack to My Life on the repeat being shown on Thursday, 4 September, at 11.40pm.

 
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The great Dar Williams releases a new album, Promised Land, on  9 September.  She's always worth waiting for, though you can hear a sample (It's Alright) of the new album, and enjoy related material and pre-order offers, on her MySpace page.  Sadly, it looks as though she'll be too busy touring the States for the rest of the year to hit the UK but she usually does pop in at some point.....

 
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The would-have-been grand Drever McCusker Woomble gig, featuring the marvellous singer/songwriters Heidi Talbot and Boo Hewerdine as support for Kris Drever, John McCusker and Roddy Woomble (Idlewild lead singer), on 24 September at the Union Chapel has been cancelled.  The tour will start on the 27th, though sadly not in London, but here's hoping they'll reschedule.  (Samples of all their music can conveniently be heard in one place on the Last.fm page referring to this tour.)
 

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The incomparable Canadian lyrical wonder and eternal suffering optimist, Ron Sexsmith, has blessed us with another album, Exit Strategy of the Soul, complete with some brass, strings, some excellent piano as well as backing vocals on one track provided by A Girl Called Eddy, aka Erin Moran.

 
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A hub session by Eddi Reader performing tracks from her Peacetime album in 2007 will be one of the archive sets played on the Gary Crowley (sitting in for Gideon Coe) programme on BBC6 Music at 9pm on Tuesday, 2 September, along with old sets and sessions by The Beat (1982), Thom Yorke (2006) and Hot Chip (2006).  he archive sets he plays on Thursday, 4 September, will include a 1978 session by The Buzzcocks. Tune in online for up to a week afterward.

 
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Sorry for months of neglect!   Illness, the day job and other awful things took over, but I hope normal service will resume shortly....

 
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BBC4 will be focusing on Pink Floyd on Friday, 23 May, showing The Pink Floyd Story: Which One's Pink? at 9.30pm, chronicling the band's history including their Live 8 performance in 2005; at 10.30pm showing Classic Albums, featuring their 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon; and finishing at 11.20pm with Syd Barrett: Omnibus, profiling the founding member who withdrew from public life until his recent death.

 
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The legendary singer/songwriter Neil Diamond will appear and perform on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on Friday, 23 May, at 10.35pm on BBC1, which will be repeated on Saturday.

 
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Friday, 23 May's extended repeat of Later....with Jools Holland, which was shown live in shorter form on Tuesday, will feature Martha Wainwright and Paul Weller.  Tune in at 11.40pm on BBC2.

 
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The Transatlantic Sessions being shown on BBC4 on Friday, 23 May, at 7.30pm is the old but fine one featuring Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine singing a foot-tapping Hummingbird, which is available on the series album.  Nanci Griffiths and Paul Brady also feature in that episode.  It's repeated at 3.20am.

 
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The always excellent Boo Hewerdine is not only busy touring with Chris Difford promoting the latter's new album on which they collaborated, but also just released his own EP called Toy Box No 1, which at present is available from Amazon.co.uk for only £6.99.

 
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You absolutely must watch BBC2 on Monday, 19 May, at 11.20pm, as they will be showing the BBC4 documentary Edwyn Collins: Home Again, about how the former Orange Juice frontman and solo singer/songwriter of hits like A Girl Like You survived a brain haemorrhage, endured  a lengthy and ongoing rehabilitation, and began re-learning the guitar in hopes of being able to tour again, which he is now doing.  Totally inspirational, it really puts your own problems in perspective.

 
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Carlene Carter's gig on 12 May at the Shepherd's Bush Empire had been cancelled.

 
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Steve Winwood will be promoting his new album, Nine Lives, at the London Scala on Monday, 19 May.

 
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The great Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly aka singer/songwriter Sam Duckworth will appear on BBC Radio 3's The Verb performing and discussing comparisons of his work with that of Billy Bragg.  Tune in at 9.45pm on Friday, 9 May.  You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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Beth Rowley will play Dingwalls on 3 June.

 
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Robert Plant is expected to appear at 8.45am on Wednesday, 7 May, on BBC1's breakfast programme.  As he is without Alison Krauss, I believe, I expect he will just be chatting and not performing.

 
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Brian Wilson will play at Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath on 28 June.  Tickets cost up to £36.

 
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The Buzzcock's Pete Shelley, the Fall's Mark E Smith, Lily Allen, Don Letts and Phill Jupitus will contribute to BBC Radio 4's programme The Bard of Salford, profiling punk poet John Cooper Clarke, on Thursday, 8 May, at 11.30am.  You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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We Are Scientists will appear on the BBC3 music/comedy show The Wall on Tuesday, 6 May, at 11pm.

 
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The BBC4 documentary Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives, where Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett learns more about his late father, quantum physicist Hugh Everett III, will be shown on BBC2 on Wednesday, 7 May, at 11.20pm.

 
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Robbie Williams and Jon Ronson Journey to the Other Side will appear on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday, 6 May, featuring the journalist accompanying the singer to a UFO conference in Nevada.  You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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Tune in to Later Live...with Jools Holland on Tuesday, 6 May, on BBC2 at 10pm to see Jools' old Squeeze bandmate Chris Difford promoting his fine new album.  As he's been touring with co-writer and producer Boo Hewerdine, an amazing singer/songwriter in his own right, there is hope we will at last see Boo on Jools' show, though it would be preferable to see him perform his own material as well.  Other guests include the Fratellis, Emmylou Harris and Robert Plant with Alison Krauss.  An extended version of the programme appears on Friday, 9 May, at 11.35pm.  (The Radio Times actually only mentions Difford in the listing for Friday, so it could be that he only performs in that programme, as Liam Finn only appeared in the Friday version of the programme on the previous week.  Frankly, I think that way of doing things is rubbish, that all artists should appear on both shows, but the extended version might include extra songs by them.)

 
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BBC Radio 4's Great Lives on Tuesday, 6 May, at 4.30pm will focus on the late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis.   Poet Simon Armitage 'champions' the singer's status as great and will be joined by former Joy Division and current New Order band member Peter Hook.   You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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Channel 4 shows Amy Winehouse: What Really Happened on Tuesday, 6 May, at 10pm, which will be repeated on Wednesday, 7 May, at 11.05pm.  In this last of these documentaries, Jacques Peretti seeks "to understand the forces that drive the singer and her troubled private life".

 
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The Drifters will be performing on 8 June at Indigo2.  Tickets are £30 to £35.

 
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Tune into BBC4 on Friday, 24 April, for a Van Morrison feast.  at 10pm, the station will broadcast BBC Four Sessions: Van Morrison, a concert filmed in the intimate and beautiful LSO St Luke's in London, followed at 11pm with a newly compiled selection of Van The Man's performances on Later....with Jools Holland.  They will be repeated a few hours later at 1.10am and 3.10am, respectively, on Saturday morning, with a great Soul Britannia programme, which will also be shown at 9pm about the impact of black American and Caribbean influences on British music, in between at 2.10am.

 
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Seu Jorge, the Brazillian composer/singer who performed the wonderful covers of David Bowie songs in the film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, will be performing at the Royal Festival Hall on 21 May.  Tickets are £15-25.

 
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Dancer in the Dark, the Lars von Trier film starring Bjork and Catherine Daneuve, will be shown on More4 at 9pm on Friday, 25 April.

 
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Impressive singer/songwriter Jael Naim, who performs in both English and Hebrew, will be promoting her lovely album with musician Donald Donatien that includes the delightful song New Soul, used in the Apple Mac Book advert, with a concert at the Scala on 28 May.  Tickets are only £10, which should be definitely worth it.  Visit their MySpace site to hear samples of their work.

 
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An extended edition of Tuesday's Later...with Jools Holland, featuring guests Eartha Kitt, Brenda Carlisle, The Pigeon Detectives, the Charlatans, and Was (Not Was), will be shown on BBC2 on Friday, 25 April, at 11.35pm.

 
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Madness will appear at The 02 Arena on 19 December 2008.

 
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Glen Hansard (of The Frames) and Markéta Irglová, the pair who starred in and performed the lovely music for the film Once, including the gorgeous Falling Slowly, will be playing the Barbican on 3 June.  Tickets are £10-20; surely you can't miss with that one.

 
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Channel 4 will be showcasing tracks from the debut album of Foy Vance at 1.15am on Saturday, 12 April.

 
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Chris Difford is due to play the Hard Rock Cafe at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 8 April.  Tickets are £25, his new album (in collaboration with the great Boo Hewerdine) The Last Temptation of Chris, released by the legendary Stiff records the previous day, sounds wonderful, and the proceeds will benefit Nordoff-Robins Music Therapy.

 
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The important documentary Who Killed Kirsty MacColl? , which follows the campaign of the mother of the excellent and greatly missed singer/songwriter who seeks the truth about the boating accident that killed her daughter in 2000, will be shown again on BBC4 on Friday, 11 April, and repeated the next morning at 3.05am.  Be sure to see that one.

 
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The brilliant Joe Jackson will be promoting his new album, Rain, at Cadogan Hall on 22 May.  Tickets are £28.50.

 
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Billy Bragg will give a special St George's Day concert at the Barbican on Wednesday, 23 April, at 7.30pm, entitled Looking for a New England.  He'll be joined by Tom Clarke of The Enemy and Kitty, Rachel Unthank & the Winterset, and Daisy & Lewis

 
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Karine Polwart is still doing well, having released another highly praised album, This Earthly Spell, on Proper.

 
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The final of the current series of Transatlantic Sessions will be shown on BBC4 on Friday, 11 April, at 7.30pm and featuring a collaboration between the sensational Paul Brady and Cara Dillon, with Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas also performing a duet of sorts.

 
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Boy Kill Boy will perform on 4Music on Channel 4 on Saturday, 12 April, at 12.20am.

 
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Richard Thompson and Mary Gauthier play the Royal Festival Hall on 24 May.  Tickets range from £10 to £27.50.

 
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Status Quo fans might be pleased to learn that they will be performing at Wembley Arena on Saturday, 13 December, promoting their album Pictures--40 Years of Hits, which will be released in November.  They'll also be playing Fairfield Hall on 7 October.  Tickets are £32.50.

 
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Colin Meloy of The Decemberists has released an album of acoustic recordings called Colin Meloy Sings Live!, which is available on CD and download from 7 April.

 
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It looks as though BBC4 will be repeating the controversial Proms on Four concert featuring West End star Michael Ball, shown on terrestrial television in August 2007, now on Friday, 11 April at 11pm.

 
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Actress Scarlett Johannson is working on an album of covers of Tom Waits songs called Anywhere I Lay My Hat, with David Bowie providing backing vocals on two tracks.

 
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Cat Power will play Hammersmith Apollo, with special guests Beach House, on Sunday, 8 June.  Old timers like me will be glad the performance will be all-seated.  Power's promoting her latest album, Jukebox.

 
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Johnny Cash's step-daughter and the ex-Mrs Nick Lowe, Carlene Carter, has released her first album since 1995 called Stronger, no doubt referring to surviving a great deal of hardship since we last heard from her.  She also performs at Shepherd's Bush Empire on Monday, 12 May.

 
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Midge Ure of Ultravox will present a two-part programme called Rocking Scots on BBC Radio 4, which begins on Thursday, 10 April, at 11.30pm when he returns to Glasgow to explore his musical roots, also looking at other Scottish contributors to rock and pop music.   This first programme will include contributions by Eddi Reader and Jim Diamond and will be repeated on Saturday, 12 May, at 10.30am.  The second programme, which apparently won't be broadcast until 10.30am on Saturday, 19 May,  will include Simple Mind's Jim Kerr, Texas' Sharleen Spiteri, Deacon Blue's Ricky Ross and Proclaimers Charlie and Craig Reid.  No mention of Glaswegian Roddy Frame, but one can always hope.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Former My Life Story frontman Jake Shillingford has released a solo album called A Collection of Acoustic Songs, including his version of the band's pretty Claret.

 
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Ravi Shankar's Farewell to Europe tour will reach the Barbican Centre on Thursday, 29 May, and Wednesday, 4 June, at 7.30pm.

 
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The Rolling Stones' soundtrack album Shine a Light is available on Polydor.

 
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José Gonzalez will perform a live session for BBC 6 Music between 10am and 1pm on Friday, 11 April.  You can hear it online.

 
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John Fogerty (ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival) brings his Revival tour to the Royal Albert Hall  on Tuesday, 24 June.

 
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TCM will once again be showing the Michael Antonioni classic Blowup, which captures the swinging 60s wonderfully when a fashion photographer played by the late David Hemmings thinks he's stumbled upon evidence of a murder.  The film features a performance by The Yardbirds when both Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck were in the band.  Apparently their 'part' was meant to be taken by The Who but a contract dispute saw the Yardbirds take their place.  Tune in at 9pm on Thursday, 10 April.

 
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Iron and Wine will play the Forum on Friday, 16 May. 

 
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Paul Weller is in the studio with a new album due out in June.

 
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The great Joe Jackson will appear on Soundtrack of My Life on Wednesday, 9 April, at 11.40pm on ITV1 in the London region.

 
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Do not miss Wednesday night on BBC Radio 2 on 9 April, as the absolutely magnificent Irish singer/songwriter Luka Bloom (brother of Christy Moore) will be Mike Harding's guest at 7pm, and then Billy Bragg will perform live on Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie's programme beginning at 8pm.  You can listen online.

 
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The Long Blondes have released their second album, Couples, to a fairly lukewarm reception, though it's probably worth hearing and is available at some online outlets for just under £9 now.

 
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Later Live...with Jools Holland on BBC2 on Tuesday, 8 April, will feature live performances from Goldfrapp and the Kooks.  The extended version will be shown on Friday, 11 April, at 11.35pm.

 
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Loudon's daughter and Rufus' sister Martha Wainwright performs at the Royal Festival Hall on Monday, 19 May.

 
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The King of Rock'n'Soul, Solomon Burke, will be performing at the Barbican on 3 July.  Tickets are £20-30.  I saw him at the Albert Hall years ago and he performed dressed in a white hat and suit, sitting on a red velvet thrown, with several James Brown-style attendants, and women from the audience queued up at his feet to receive roses from him as he sang with that incredible voice.  It's an experience.

 
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The channel Dave continues to show TOTP2 regularly, usually weekdays at 6pm and 6.30pm and 8am on Sundays.  Tune in for some frequently amazing treats from the Top of the Pops archives (even bands like Split Enz), as well as some admirable modern performances recording when the TOTP2 shows were first broadcast by the BBC a few years ago.

 
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Jesse Malin has released a covers album called On Your Sleeve.

 
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Paul Gambaccini presents the history of Electra Records in a six-part series on BBC Radio 2, which begins on Monday, 7 April, at 11.30pm.  The first edition includes contributions from Carly Simon, and as the label included artists such as Love, Tim Buckley, Harry Chapin, Judy Collins, the Doors, Tim Paxton and Bread, there should be plenty of treats in store throughout the series.  You can listen online.

 
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The archive sessions on BBC 6 Music played at 4am will include Divine Comedy at Glastonbury 2004 on Monday, 7 April; Teardrop Explodes in Guildford 1981 on Tuesday, 8 April; and Kathryn Williams at Summer Sundae in 2006 on Thursday, 10 April.  You can listen online.

 
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On the magnificent David Letterman's programme, thankfully now shown in the UK on DivaTV, you can see Counting Crows close the show on Monday, 7 April (shown in the US on 24 March) at 9pm, and the enjoyable A Fine Frenzy do the same on the show broadcast on Sunday, 6 April, at 10pm (originally shown in the US on 6 February).  Additional forthcoming treats are the marvellous Cat Power on   15 April at 10pm, Norah Jones on  16 April at 9pm, and the wonderful Irish singer/songwriter Paddy Casey on  17 April at 9pm.

 
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Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will perform with Marc Almond at Excel on 24 July and 1 August.  Tickets are £25 to £33.

 
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Curtis Hanson's 2002 film 8 Mile about a rapper starring Eminem will be shown on ITV2 at 11.35pm on Tuesday, 8 April.

 
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Willie Nelson features in the episode of Monk that the Hallmark Channel is showing on Monday, 7 April, at 10am and 6pm.

 
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Jools Holland's guests on his radio programme on BBC Radio 2 on Monday, 7 April, at 10.30pm will be Irish rockabilly/blues singer Imelda May and her husband, guitarist Darrel Higham.  You can listen online.

 
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Squeeze will play Excel on 26 July.  Tickets are £25 to £33.

 
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Singer/songwriter Adam Green will perform live on Tom Robinson's programme on BBC 6 Music on Monday, 7 April, at 7pm.  Some of you will know him from the Juno soundtrack, as half of Moldy Peaches performing Anyone Else But You.  You can listen onlineGreen can also be seen at Koko on Tuesday, 8 April, from 7pm.  Tickets are £12.50pm, and the support will be Noah and the Whale and Turner Cody.

 
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The original members of Level 42 will perform at the Royal Albert Hall on 23 October.  Tickets are £27-35.

 
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Marc Almond plays a few nights at Wilton's Music Hall, from 28 April to 4 May.

 
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James perform live on Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie's programme on BBC Radio 2 on Monday, 7 April, at 8pm. You can listen online.

 
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You can see the legendary Leonard Cohen perform at 02 Arena on 17 July.  tickets cost £50 to £75.

 
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ITV3 on Sunday, 6 April, at 9pm will broadcast Paul McCartney: The Space Within US,  a documentary charting his 37-stp US tour in 2005, including concert footage and interviews.

 
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Blind Boys of Alabama will be Aled Jones' guests on BBC Radio 2 at 7am on Sunday, 6 April.  You can listen online.

 
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Echo & the Bunnymen will be playing the Albert Hall on 16 September.  Tickets are £20 to £37.50.

 
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Brian Kennedy has a new covers album out called Interpretations. 

 
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From Friday, 4 April, to Tuesday, 8 April, BBC 6 Music will continue repeating the ten-part programme In My Life--John Lennon Remembered, usually from 3am to 4am each morning.  That will be followed by a repeat of the Rolling Stones Story from Wednesday, 9 April. You can listen online up to a week after each episode.

 
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Martha Reeves will play the Jazz Cafe on15 to 17 August.  Tickets are £30-35.

 
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Kathleen Edwards has released her third album, Asking for Flowers, on Rounder/Decca.

 
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The Biography Channel will be broadcasting plenty for music fans during the week beginning Saturday, 5 April. Most of the shows are repeated several times, so check their site for listings.  A few to mention: Tom Jones Live from Cardiff on Saturday, 5 April, at 8am, 1pm, and other days; a new profile of Duran Duran at 9pm on Saturday, 5 April, and midnight on Sunday, with other showings; Duran Duran: Extraordinary World on Saturday, 5 April, from 10pm, and other times/days; Pink profile at 5.30pm on Monday, 7 April; Meat Loaf and his Bat Out of Hell album at 6pm on Monday, 7 April, repeated at midnight the next day and other times; Red Hot Chili Peppers profile at 12.30pm on Wednesday, 9 April; John Entwistle of The Who, "Thunderfingers" at 6pm on Wednesday, 9 April, and again at midnight the next day; Child Stars: Kid Rockers including New Kids on the Block, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, the Jacksons, the Osmonds, Hanson and others, shown at 10am on Tuesday, 8 April; Anastacia at 5.30pm on Wednesday, 9 April; Scissor Sisters at 5.30pm on Thursday, 10 April and again on Friday; Led Zeppelin on Thursday, 10 April, at 6pm and at midnight and 8am on Friday, 11 April; Nelly Furtado at 5.30pm on Friday, 11 April; and highlights of performances by Elvis Presley at 6pm that day.

 
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REM plays Twickenham Stadium on 30 August.  Tickets are £51.75.

 
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The Kooks's second album, Konk, is said to be more of the same as the first, and will be released on 14 April by Virgin.

 
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BBC Radio 2 continues to broadcast Theme Time Radio Hour with Bob Dylan, the American radio show hosted by his nibs, at 11pm on Thursdays.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.  The programme can also be found on BBC 6 Music at 9pm on Fridays, which can also be heard online.

 
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The great singer/songwriter Josh Ritter is expected to be the musical guest on BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends on Saturday, 5 April, at 6.15pm. You can listen online.

 
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Former Moloko singer Roísín Murphy is Pete Mitchell's guest at 3am on Sunday, 6 April, on BBC Radio 2.  You can listen online

 
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Calvin Harris has cancelled his forthcoming UK tour dates, shortly after losing a laptop in the Heathrow Terminal 5 baggage debacle that apparently contained his next album.  The two events aren't meant to be related, and I trust that he had the sense to back up said album before the laptop disappeared....

 
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BBC Radio 2 is sensibly re-broadcasting its Radio 2 Music Club Introduces....Duffy now that the Welsh singer is topping the charts, on Saturday, 5 April, at 8pm.  She closes the show with Mercy. You can listen online.

 
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What excellent news that Edwyn Collins feels able to treat us with his presence (and what presence!) despite having to re-learn how to walk and many other basic things--never mind how to play basic guitar--after suffering two cerebral haemorrhages in 2005.  (I hope the Beeb eventually screens the touching BBC4 documentary on him, entitled Edwyn Collins : Home Again, the same as his last album, on terrestrial television.) Edwyn will be performing at the Shepherds Bush Empire on 29 April.  The concert will surely be much more subdued than the Edwyn of old but he is always worth seeing and supporting, and it is amazing that we have the opportunity to do so. Tickets are £23.

 
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Don't miss the great Paul Brady playing the Royal Festival Hall on 26 May with Emily Maguire.  Tickets are £15-20.

 
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The Beat are performing again, this time at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on Saturday, 5 April.  Sadly, former Fine Young Cannibals Andy Cox and David Steele have still not joined the reunion, but former frontmen for this band, known to as The English Beat in the States, and to General Public, Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger, will be there, along with Saxa, Andy Pearson and others.  The Specials' Neville Staples will be joining them and providing support with his own band, and apparently the great Jerry Dammers also of The Specials will appear, apparently a nod to the forthcoming Specials reunion.  The mixed bag of Two-Tone heroes should be delightful; when I saw most of them a few years ago, absolutely no one could remain seated even in a usually sedate venue.

 
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Tune in to BBC Radio 4 on Saturday, 5 April, at 10.30am to hear Phil Jupitus extole the many virtues of the 2Tone (Two-Tone) label, with contributions from members of the Beat, Madness, the Specials, and Pauline Black, lead singer with 80s ska band The Selecter. You can listen online, usually for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Chrysalis has released a Specials CD and DVD compilation, even including the Jerry Dammers tracks such as What I Like Most About You is Your Girlfriend.  The CD has 20 tracks and the accompanying DVD has 16 videos.  Amazon.co.uk is currently selling it for only £8.98 and Play.com for £8.95.

 
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Tom McRae and the Hotel Cafe will play the KCLSU on 30 April.  Tickets are £15.

 
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Tickets for Glastonbury go on sale at 9am on Sunday, 6 April, to those who have already registered, via Seetickets and telephone.  The bill is officially announced nearer the festival date (27 to 29 June) but those expected to perform include Neil Diamond, Leonard Cohen, Solomon Burke, British Sea Power, the Editors, Hot Chip, Kings of Leon, Dirty Pretty Things, the Levellers, Kate Nash, the Verve, Elbow, Estelle and Fatboy Slim.

 
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Roísín Murphy plays the Brixton Academy on Saturday, 29 November.

 
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The reformed Portishead are playing the Brixton Academy on 17 April.  They will also be premiering their new album, Third, on Sky Digital channel CurrentTV at 10pm on 11 April, three weeks before it is released.  The show may then be available on Current's website for a few weeks.

 
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The delightful Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly will play Shepherd's Bush Empire on Tuesday, 8 April, at 7pm.  Tickets are £14.50.

 
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BBC Radio 2 is offering a free download of Radiohead performing Videotape live at the BBC Radio Theatre on 1 April 2008, as the voice at the beginning and end of the track (which is easily clipped out with Audacity) tells you.  Visit their site.

 
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The Blockheads will be performing with Phill Jupitus at the Electric Ballroom on Thursday, 17 April, with special guests including actor/musician Ed Tudor-Pole of Tenpole Tudor.

 
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Beth Rowley and Tom Baxter will, surprisingly, be guests on BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night on Friday, 4 April, at 7.30pm, in a special edition celebrating fresh UK talent. You can listen again online for up to a week.  Baxter will also appear at KOKO on Tuesday, 3 June.

 
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Matchbox 20 will play Wembley Arena on 1 May.  Even if you think you don't know this band, you probably know lead singer Rob Thomas as the voice and co-writer of the Carlos Santana 1999 Grammy-winning hit Smooth.  Tickets are £27.50.  Santana meanwhile will be playing 02 on 22 June with Beverley Knight.  Tickets are £38-48.

 
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K T Tunstall plays Hammersmith Apollo on Friday, 11 April, but even more interesting is her support act: Teitur, a fabulous singer/songwriter from the Faroe Isles who should be a real treat to see and hear live.

 
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Play.com now sells MP3 downloads, and without the digital rights management restrictions you get with iTunes.  The first time you use them, there might be a slight delay of a few hours whilst they check your credit card details, but after that, you can download your choices right away.

 
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Kylie fans might want to tune into Dancing with the Stars, the American version of Strictly Come Dancing (or whatever it's called here) on UKTV Gold on Saturday, 5 April, at 9am to watch her perform during the programme presumably with dancers doing the tango around her.

 
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Supergrass have added a date and will now appear at the London Astoria on both Tuesday, 22 April (sold out), and Wednesday, 23 April.

 
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Jens Lekman will play Scala on 20 May.  Tickets are £10.50.

 
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One of the more talented reformed 80s bands is Yazoo, aka Alison Moyet and Vince Clarke,  who will be playing the Hammersmith Apollo on 18 and 19 June.  The first date has already sold out.  Tickets are £50.50.

 
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The Boomtown Rats, without Bob Geldof, will appear at the Electric Ballroom on Thursday, 7 August, at 7.30pm, with special guests including The Vibrators.

 
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Simone White, whose The Beep Beep Song (from her I Am the Man album) most of you will have heard on the Audi advert, will be performing, will be playing the north London Enterprise on 23 March.  Tickets are a mere £7. 

 
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Seasick Steve plays his blues to the cavernous Albert Hall on 1 October.  Tickets are £15.50 to £29.50.

 
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Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan appear on Tuesday, 10 June, at the Shepherd's Bush Empire.

 
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Radiohead is expected to be the guest on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on BBC1 on Friday, 4 April, at 10.35pm, which is repeated on Sunday, 6 April, at 1.50am.

 
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The unique Hawksley Workman will give a performance--surely like nothing you have seen before, complete with dancing--at the lovely Union Chapel on 3 May.  Tickets are £14.

 
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The Stray Cats play the Brixton Academy on Wednesday, 10 September, on their Farewell European Tour.  Tickets are £29.50.

 

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The legendary Eartha Kitt will be playing the Pigalle Club on 23 through 25 April.  Tickets including dinner are £95; without dinner, they're £

 
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Anyone who likes Mariah Carey can see her on The Friday Night Project on Channel 4 on Friday, 4 April, repeated the next night at 11.05pm.  The latter showing will be followed by 4 Music Presents: Mariah Carey, an interview by Steve Jones, at 12.05am on Sunday.

 
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This week's musical guest on Al Murray's Happy Hour is The Enemy; tune in to ITV1 on Friday, 28 March, at 10pm to see that.   Squeeze's appearance the previous week, when they performed Cool for Cats, a version of Take Me, I'm Yours that unfortunately wasn't shown in full to the television audience, and Queen's Seven Seas of Rhye (Murray, who somewhat scarily joins them in that one, requires his musical guests to perform Queen songs), can now be seen on various video sites including YouTube.  Seems a shame they didn't also perform Glenn's Happy Hour, which of course was used for the theme to Jack Dee's Happy Hour.

 
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It's time again for Roger Daltrey's Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at the Albert Hall (8-13 April), featuring performances by Madness (8 April), Paul Weller and Duffy (10 April), Joan Armatrading, David Gray and Amy MacDonald (all on 13 April), and the Fratellis (11 April) and Muse (12 April)--mostly sold out .

 
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Dr Feelgood is playing Astoria 2 on 10 May.  Tickets are only £14.

 
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James Taylor appears on the first of the live series of Later...with Jools Holland on BBC2, which is shown live on Tuesdays (in this case, 1 April) at 10pm and repeated as an extended, obviously not live version on Fridays (here, 4 April at 11.35pm).  The first edition also includes guests Estelle, the Only Ones and Adele.  I think it will work a lot better live.  I never viewed the New Year's Eve Hootenanny programmes with half as much enthusiasm since being offered a ticket to go see one being recorded....in November.  It makes it look ridiculous and so false when everyone's ringing in the new year with champagne and the pipers of the Regimental Scots Guards.

 
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The Kooks will be performing on Friday with Jonathan Ross on Friday, 28 March, at 10.35pm on BBC1, which is repeated the next day.

 
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Gabrielle talks about her pop career and influences in Soundtrack to my Life, shown in the London region on ITV1 at 11.05pm on Tuesday, 18 March.

 
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America's darling folk musician Jewel stars as herself in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in the series eight episode Bull, which Channel 5 will broadcast at 9pm on Tuesday, 18 March.  It's repeated the next day on Five US at 9pm.

 
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On Tuesday, 18 March, at 10.35pm, BBC1 will show Help! My Kid's a Rock Star, where parents of musicians including Amy Winehouse, Courtney Love, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis and Madness' Suggs talk about the effect on them of their children's lifestyles, revealing family photos along the way.

 
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BBC1 is showing the Bruce Paltrow (late father of Gwyneth, husband of Blythe Danner) film Duets, which sounds rubbish as it's largely about karaoke competitions, but is actually fairly enjoyable.  It stars 80s pop star Huey Lewis and the director's daughter, and wife of Coldplay's Chris Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow, who will stun you with her vocal talent. She can't just sing, she is a truly impressive belter.  Tune in at midnight on Tuesday, 18 March (ie Monday night).

 
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The Biography Channel this week is airing problems on Barry White (Sunday, 16 March, at 11am and repeats), Barry Manilow (Also Sunday, at 5pm and repeated), Bono and U2's The Joshua Tree (Monday, 17 March, 7pm and 8pm respectively).

 
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The channel Dave has been repeating the wonderful TOTP2 programmes, which trawl through the amazing performance archives from Top of the Pops and often end with a more modern performance from wonderful people like Paul Brady, although I can't promise that that episode will be shown any time soon.  A double bill of the programme is shown usually at 8am at weekends and at 3pm and 6pm at weekdays.

 
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Channel 4 on Monday, 17 March, at 1.35am will show The Album Chart Show featuring We Are Scientists and Boy Kill Boy, followed at 2.05am by 4Play profiling Tom Baxter.

 
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The South Bank Show on ITV1 at 11.15pm on Sunday, 16 March, focuses on the theme of revolution in 1968 and has not only Tom Stoppard as a guest, but shows rare interviews with John Lennon and Mick Jagger.

 
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The free St Patrick's Day festival in London, held on Sunday, 16 March, will include some fantastic musical performers, as usual.  The sublime Luka Bloom will appear at 2.40pm at Trafalgar Square, following 50s/60s rocker and dad of songstress Sam Joe Brown, who begins at 1.50pm. Ex-Moloko Roisin Murphy follows Luka at 3.40pm, and Aslan follows her at 4.55pm. 

 
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The track list for the BBC Radio 2 broadcast of the special Van Morrison concert recorded for them on 12 February was Have I Told You Lately? /  Magic Time / Playhouse / One Irish Rover / Precious Time / How Can A Poor Boy / Song of Home / Keep It Simple / Soul / Don't Go to Nightclubs Anymore / End of the Land / Behind the Ritual.  Some of the old favourites were played in new tempos, and the last seven songs were from the new album, Keep it Simple, which is released Monday, 17 March, and has already been ordered....He was in excellent voice, as always.  You might be able to use the BBC 'listen again' function if you missed it, but I'd be surprised if this programme were included.

 
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BBC 6 Music is repeating in 6 Music Plays It Again the three-part series Hey! Bo Diddley!, presented by The Who's Roger Daltrey, beginning at 9.30pm on Monday, 17 March.  You can listen online for at least a week afterwards.

 
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The great Scottish singer/songwriter Karine Polwart will join Goldfrapp as a guest on Simon Mayo's Music Club Weekly on Monday, 17 March, at 11.30pm on BBC Radio 2, though I'm not suggesting they'll perform together, although that would really be something.  You can hear it online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Paul Jones will follow Van Morrison's appearance on his BBC Radio 2 programme with a guest spot by Van-collaborator and legendary jazz trombonist Chris Barber on Monday, 17 March, at 7pm.  You can hear it online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The great Brian Kennedy will be Aled Jones' guest on BBC Radio 2's Good Morning Sunday programme at 7am on Sunday, 16 March, oddly billed as discussing the forthcoming BBC series The Passion, which dramatises the events of Holy Week.  You can hear it online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Mystery Jets will showcase tracks from their new album, Twenty One, on BBC 6 Music's 6 Mix at 9pm on Saturday, 15 March.  You can listen online.

 
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Scouting for Girls will give a live studio performance during Stuart Maconie's live coverage from the South by Southwest music festival in Texas on BBC Radio 2 at 2pm on Saturday, 15 March.  You can hear it online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Neil Finn's eldest son Liam Finn performs on The Late Show with David Letterman show on Diva TV on Thursday, 13 March, at 9pm.  Liam's album I'll Be Lightning, can currently be purchased as an import from either the US or Australia.  Lenny Kravitz performs on the episode that will be shown on Tuesday, 18 March, as does British Sea Power at 9pm on 26 March.

 
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More Van Morrison from the Beeb....tune in on Saturday, 15 March, at 8pm to hear Live and Exclusive: Van Morrison, a special concert recorded on 12 February at the BBC's Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House.  You can listen online, but I would be surprised if this concert features on the BBC's 'Listen Again' page, but you might try if you miss it.

 
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Billy Bragg, whose new album Mr Love and Justice, his first since 2002, is being well received, appeared on BBC Radio 2's Music Club Weekly on 10 March, as did singer/songwriter Beth Rowley, and you can listen again to that programme online for up to a week.

 
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The Beeb did a fair bit to promote Van Morrison's forthcoming album, Keep It Simple, which is released on Monday, 17 March.  The previous week, he was billed to appear on BBC Radio 4's Today show, which was a surprise as I couldn't see Van volunteering to appear at 6am in a sparring match with John Humphrys, and in the end, they just played a clip of the interview that was to be broadcast that night (10 March) on BBC Radio 2's Paul Jones programme.  That was a fairly impressive hour-long interview with live sessions (live in the pre-recorded sense), with Van clearly more willing to interact with someone he viewed more as a fellow musician--and Jones was even asked to join in on the performances--than a journalist, the bane of his existence, particularly when they work for those 'propaganda' magazines, ie the music magazines (I was disappointed when he even named Word).  (Jones fronted Manfred Mann as well as The Blues Band and is President of the National Harmonica League.) You should be able to listen again to Van's appearance on the Paul Jones programme for up to a week.  You can also subscribe to the show's podcast at that site and download a podcast of that show, but as it's only half the length of the show, I suspect it will exclude Van's excellent performances and anything else Van didn't want included.

 
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Sorry for the delay and long lack of updates to the site.  The day job crept into night and every waking moment....I hope to return to regular updates now.

 
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Morrissey will play the Roundhouse on 21-23 and 25-27 January 2008.  Tickets are £35.

 
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A 200th Show DVD  boxset of Later...With Jools Holland will be released on 4 February 2008.  The price is yet to be confirmed.

 
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Cat Power, aka actress Chan Marshall, who sadly had a nervous breakdown just as her last fantastic album, The Greatest, was taking off, is releasing another covers album on Matador called Jukebox, which is highly praised by critics.  She actually includes a bit of original material stressing her devotion to Bob Dylan, along with her versions of Joni Mitchell's Blue, James Brown's Need Someone, Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn's A Woman Left Lonely (famously performed by Janis Joplin), Billie Holiday's Don't Explain, and Hank Williams' Rambling [Wo]Man.

 
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Santana will play at O2 on 22 June 2008.  Tickets will be around £40-50.

 
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Channel 4 on Friday, 7 December, at 11.35pm will show in Transmission performances by Kate Nash, Babyshambles, Stereophonics, Kasabian, Groove Armada and Mutya.

 
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You can currently download for free from the Virgin website a video of an acoustic session for Windows Media Player by the talented Canadian singer/songwriter Feist, who's recently received such a boost from her catch song 1234 being featured on an iPod advert.

 
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The excellent Kate Walsh (not to be confused with Kate Nash) will play the International Arts Theatre on 2 and 3 March 2008.  Tickets are £14.  Be there.

 
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The Killers have released Sawdust: B Sides and Rarities, apparently crucial for the Killers fan, and including Tranquilize with Lou Reed.

 
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Paul Morley has published a book on Plexus called Joy Division: Piece by Piece,  a collection of various interviews, reviews, anecdotes and essays by the former NME reporter who championed the band.

 
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American Music Club will play Dingwalls on 13 February 2008.  Tickets are £16.

 
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Rev-ola has reissued Eartha Kitt's impressive debut That Bad Eartha.

 
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Jane Birkin will play the Roundhouse on 1 March 2008.  Tickets are £20.

 
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The penultimate Later...with Jools Holland of the series on Friday, 7 December, at 11.35pm on BBC2 should include performances by David Gray, Rilo Kiley, The Coral, husband and wife Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, Mali's Bassekou Kouyate, and energetic Londoner Jack Peñate, who has opened shows for both Amy Winehouse and Adele (interesting connection below....).

 
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Amy Winehouse was scheduled to perform on BBC1's Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on Friday, 7 December, but it looks like her music slot will be replaced by the "Motown diva-voiced" Adele now.

 
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Steve Earle, with his seventh wife Allison Moorer as a guest, will perform at the Roundhouse on 18 February 2008.  Tickets are £24.50.

 
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You can download for free NPR live concert sessions from their website featuring the wonderful singer/songwriter Kim Richey, The New Pornographers and Rilo Kiley.

 
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Smashing Pumpkins will play the O2 Arena on 16 February 2008. 

 
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Stiff Records has released The Big Stiff Box Set, including early work from Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Kirsty MacColl, Madness, the Damned, Devo, Any Trouble, Reckless Eric, Ian Dury & the Blockheads, The Members, Tenpole Tudor, Jona Lewie, Lene Lovich, Rachel Sweet, Alvin Stardust, Tracey Ullman, Yello, Andy White, the Pogues, Dr Feelgood, Furniture, Joe "King" Carrasco and the Crowns, Theatre of Hate, The Rumour (who backed Graham Barker and were fronted by Brinsley Schwarz--the guitarist not his band) and many others.  Definitely one for the Christmas wishlist.  If that's all too much for you, Stiff is also re-releasing some individual albums from their artists, including Tenpole Tudor, the Untouchables, the Rumour and Jona Lewie.

 
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Scouting for Girls will play Shepherd's Bush Empire on 2 April 2008.  Tickets are £24.

 
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The Biography Channel will show programmes on REM (5pm), Kylie Minogue (5.30pm) and LeAnn Rimes (6pm) on Thursday, 6 December.  They'll be repeated at various times on Friday, 7 December, when programmes will also be shown on Sting (5.30pm) and The Darkness (5pm).

 
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Island has remastered and repackaged Nick Drake's highly recommended Fruit Tree  box set, including his three studio albums, a detailed documentary booklet and DVD, including Jeroen Berkven's praised 2000 film on Drake, A Skin Too Few.

 
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Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck celebrates his 80th birthday this week, and as a tribute, BBC Radio 3's Jazz Library will broadcast a conversation with him recorded during his quartet's 40th anniversary UK tour, with him choosing some of his favourite recordings.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Roy Harper's 1971 Stormcock, often referred to by those with the sense to know Harper's work as a masterpiece, has been remastered and re-released on the Science Fiction label.

 
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A podcast on Bob Dylan narrated by Patti Smith is available free from iTunes.

 
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If you don't have enough Beautiful South for Housemartins "best of" collections yet, you can now get a combined version in Soup, which has 22 tracks of PD Heaton and co catchiness, from Happy Hour to Don't Marry Her.  I declare without shame that I adored the Housemartins in the 80s.

 
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Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez have released the highly rated Live from the Ruhr Triennale on Train Wreck records.

 
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Dave (the channel formerly known as UKG2) now shows old repeats of Later...with Jools Holland on Thursdays at 11.30pm, so it will usually be worth tuning in to see who will appear.  On Thursday, 6 December, it should be Macy Gray, The Beta Band, Garbage, The Hives and Hall and Oates.

 
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Topic has released an apparently impressive 1966 live session by Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick called Both Ears and the Tail, although sadly Carthy is said to sing throughout with a country accent. 

 
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Jack Peňate will play Shepherds Bush Empire on 12 March 2008.  Tickets are £12.50.

 
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Jools' little brother Christopher Holland has released his fifth album, Everything You Can Imagine is Real, which from the reviews I've read seems to be much like the album of his that I own--pleasant enough but forgettable.  But we may be wrong....

 
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Toyah Willcox will present ITV1's The People's £50 Million Lottery Giveaway on Thursday, 6 December, at 11.05pm, making the case for the Black Country bid for funds.

 
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Billy Bragg will appear at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Sunday, 9 December, to discuss with Jude Kelly the music that inspired him, using performance, a record player and stories.

 
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Tom Baxter has released another album, Skybound.  I was disappointed by the massive overproduction and histrionics on his last album after the promise of his EP, early singles and an opening slot for the Finn Brothers, and this album is rumoured to contain some of the same concerns, but he definitely has talent that will one day be presented in the right package to wow us all.

 
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Eels will play the Royal Festival Hall on 25 February 2008.

 
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Sony/BMG have released a Bob Dylan DVD, The Other Side of the Mirror, of the early 1960s Newport Folk Festival shows that made him a legend.

 
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Sir Antony Hopkins has revealed that he intends to tour the world as a concert pianist....

 
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The fantastic Bellowhead will be providing "Christmas revels" at the Royal Festival Hall ballroom on Tuesday, 18 December--their amazing brass-tinged folk with "a bit of joyous dancehall thrown in."

 
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David Byrne is releasing The Knee Plays on Nonesuch, the first time on CD for the Talking Head's 1986 album, originally conceived for avante-garde  Robert Wilson's the CIVIL warS, planned as a day-long piece of "opera" to accompany the 1984 Summer Olympics, which has never been performed whole. The brass-based album includes some extra unreleased material by Byrne as well as a DVD of a slideshow to the music of 400 black and white photograph's of the opera's production. 

 
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Stiff Little Fingers will play the Astoria on 7 March 2008.  Tickets are £18.50.

 
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Marilyn Manson, bizarrely, will appear on The Graham Norton Show, as will Rihanna and Nigella Lawson, on Thursday, 6 December, at 10pm on BBC2.

 
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Kula Shaker will play Shepherd's Bush Empire on 8 February 2008.  Tickets are £17.50.

 
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Cerys Matthews has released a mini-album in Welsh called Awyren=Aeroplane, which is impressing critics.

 
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Jesus and Mary Chain will play the Roundhouse on 11 & 12 March 2008.  Tickets are £25.

 
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Where Do I Begin? The Andy Williams Story is a four-part series presented by Donny Osmond on the 80-year-old crooner on BBC Radio 2, beginning at 11pm on Thursday, 6 December.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Athlete will play the Roundhouse on 19 January 2008.

 
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James Taylor releases One Man Band, an "unplugged" set performed in Massachusetts, covering his long career of material, and including a DVD of interviews, rare footage and home movies.  It is possible that he will appear on BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends on Saturday, 8 December, at 6.15pm, along with the intriguing Tom Brosseau.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.  Don't forget Taylor has a Christmas album, too...James Taylor at Christmas.

 
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Rhino/Reprise have released Donald Fagen's solo albums as Nightfly Trilogy, including The Nightfly, Kamakiriad, Morph the Cat and four other discs including DVD and bonus and interactive material.  It's a rather pricey £40 at the mo.

 
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Damien Jurado will play Luminaire on 17 February 2008.  Tickets are £10.

 

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Roy Stride from Scouting for Girls will be one of the panellists on Never Mind the Buzzcocks on Thursday, 6 December, on BBC2 at 9pm.  Sadly, the great Bill Bailey is missing from his team captain role.

 
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My Bloody Valentine will play the Roundhouse on 20-23 March 2008.  Keep your eyes peeled in case they add another date.

 
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On his BBC Radio 2 programme with Mark Radcliffe on Wednesday, 5 December, at 8pm, Stuart Maconie will be reporting from backstage at the O2 Arena at an event the station will broadcast on 15 December featuring performances from K T Tunstall, Mika, the Hoosiers, Newton Faulkner and James Blunt, some of whom might join him for a chat. You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Robyn Hitchcock will play the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 29 January 2008.  Tickets are £15-20.

 
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The final instalment of BBC Radio 2's Hep to the Jive--the Cab Calloway Story, a tribute to the amazing jazz band leader/showman of Minnie the Moocher fame, will be broadcast on Wednesday, 5 December, at 11pm.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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BBC4 will show Legends: Val Doonican Rocks at 8pm and 11.30pm on Tuesday, 4 December.

 
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Archive footage of The Who will appear on BBC4's Pop Go the Sixties at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 4 December.  The Moody Blues will appear on Wednesday, 5 December.

 
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Turin Breaks will play the Islington Academy on 10 December.  Tickets are £18.

 
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Eighties singer/dancer and reality show judge Paula Abdul will appear on The Paul O'Grady Show at 5pm on Tuesday, 4 December, on Channel 4.  Enrique Iglesias will appear on the show on Thursday, 6 December.

 
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The Sex Pistols are rumoured to be considering recording together again following their recent five-night stint at the Brixton Academy, where they all got on famously.

 
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Dolly Parton and McFly (not performing together, I assume) will appear on ITV1's This Morning on Tuesday, 4 December, at 10.30am.  Dolly Parton will return to the UK to perform at O2 on 5 July 2008.  Tickets will be a whopping £50-75.

 
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At midnight on Monday, 3 December, 4Music will show The JD Set, a celebration of whiskey founder Jack Daniel, featuring performances by Patti Smith and Juliette Lewis.

 
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Former Style Council keyboardist Mick Talbot will be Jools Holland's guest on his BBC Radio 2 programme on Monday, 3 December.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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TCM will be showing Pink Floyd--The Wall, the 1982 Alan Parker adaptation of their album, staring Bob Geldof as Pink, at 11.40pm on Sunday, 2 December.

 
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Morrissey is suing NME for defamation after it printed an article criticising him for allegedly saying that Britain had lost its identity as a result of higher levels of immigration than other European countries, suggesting that that was his reason for not returning to Britain.  He apparently gave the NME a deadline to issue a suitable apology but said the magazine's response was to say it did not have time to deal with the allegations, so legal proceedings began. Morrissey stated in a later interview that expense and pressure were reasons for not returning to live here. Music journalist Andrew Collins offers an interesting take on the argument, since he was part of "the scheming cabal who sought to bring him down in 1992" with similar accusations of racism in the NME, in his blog.

 
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An apparently somewhat weak John Denver biopic, Take Me Home: the John Denver Story, will be shown on BBC1 on Dunsay, 2 December, at 11.20pm.

 
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K T Tunstall will play the Hammersmith Apollo on 11 April 2008.  Tickets are £25.

 
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The fantastic KCRW has available on its site a one-hour conversation with Paul McCartney as well as a live performance in a record shop.

 
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The South Bank Show on Sunday, 2 December, on ITV1 at 11.10pm will focus on old Slowhand, Eric Clapton, talking about the tragic death of his young son, his most moving songs (surely including the tribute to Conor, Tears in Heaven), and the demons of his past.

 
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Duran Duran and Westlife will perform on the X Factor programmes on ITV1 on Saturday, 1 December, at 6.55pm and 9.10pm, repeated on Sunday, 2 December, at 2pm and 3.30pm. (Oh, dear.)  Westlife will also  be performing on This Morning on ITV1 on Monday, 3 December, after 10.30am.

 
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Warner has released a live Damien Rice album recorded at the excellent Union Chapel in Islington, sensibly called Live at the Union Chapel, but be warned that it contains only eight tracks, apparently two of which are primarily if not exclusively sung by Lisa Hannigan.  His sidekick has an excellent voice and they work well together particularly on the excellent The Blower's Daugher, but I have taken issue before at something being marketed as a Damien Rice track when we're lucky to hear him on backing vocals (and why doesn't she?)

 
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One of the many Columbo repeats (not that I'm complaining) being shown on Sunday, 2 December, will be the 1974 one starring Johnny Cash as a murderous evangelist, Swan Song.  Tune into the Hallmark Channel at 11am or 7pm.

 
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Hard-Fi and the dreaded Bon Jovi (I didn't understand the hysteria the first time 'round and I certainly don't understand it now) will perform on ITV1's venture into the feasibility of returning to the comedy/music variety  format of the 80s with Saturday Live Again!, shown live at 9.40pm on Saturday, 1 December.  A benefit will be the great Marcus Brigstocke hosting, with other first-rate comedy from Lee Mack, Jimmy Carr and Mitchell and Webb, as well as an appearance from the original host Ben Elton, no doubt sticking to his ranting style that doesn't wash so much now.  The fine comic Lee Mack will also appear in Live at the Apollo with Sean Lock on Monday, 3 December, at 10.35pm on BBC1.

 
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On Saturday, 1 December, VY1 will show VH1 Live with Maroon 5 performing at 11.30pm, followed at midnight on Sunday with Amy Winehouse on 45th at Night.

 
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Island has released a re-mastered and expanded 'super deluxe 2-CD/DVD edition of U2's Joshua Tree, including a documentary and live performances.

 
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The fledgling Virgin 1, which must be Virgin's attempt to make us forget that they no longer offer us Sky 1 after their Sky-spat, will surprisingly show The Magic Numbers at the Eden Project at 11pm on Saturday, 1 December.

 
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Robert Plant and country singer Alison Krauss discuss their collaboration on Johnnie Walker's BBC Radio 2 programme on Sunday, 2 December.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The Biography Channel will show Simply Red Live in Cuba followed by a Behind the Scenes show on Sunday, 2 December, beginning at midnight, and repeated at 12pm.  I was never a fan of the band but saw them live in Belfast once as I'd gone to see their opening act, Brian Kennedy, and stuck around to get my money's worth, and I was surprised at what an entertaining and professional show they put on and the numerous numbers with which I was very familiar.  It opened my eyes a bit.

 
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If you are a new Pink Floyd fan with £150 going spare, you might invest it in EMI's limited edition 16-CD boxset Oh By The Way, released on 10 December.

 
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Ben's Brother will perform live on Dermot O'Leary's BBC Radio 2 programme on Saturday, 1 December, at 2pm.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Appleseed's Give Us Your Poor (homeless) charity album has musical and spoken word with material contributed by various artists including Natalie Merchant, Madeleine Peyroux, Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger performing Woodie Guthrie, Jewell, Michelle Shocked, Bonnie Raitt and Tim Robbins.

 
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Richard Hawley and  Reverend and the Makers will perform on BBC2's The Culture Show on Saturday, 1 December, at 7.10pm, repeated at 1.40am the next morning.  The latter will play a William Blake tribute in the form of his Jerusalem to mark the 250th anniversary of his birth.  The programme will also include a chat with Todd Haynes, director of Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There.

 
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The excellent Teddy Thompson plays Dingwalls on 23 January 2008.  Tickets are a mere £12.

 
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Scritti Politti will be playing the Luminaire on 17 December.  Tickets are £12.

 
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TCM will once again be showing the Michael Antonioni classic Blowup, which captures the swinging 60s wonderfully when a fashion photographer played by the late David Hemmings thinks he's stumbled upon evidence of a murder.  The film features a performance by The Yardbirds when both Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck were in the band.  Apparently their 'part' was meant to be taken by The Who but a contract dispute saw the Yardbirds take their place.  Tune in at 11.05pm on Friday, 30 November 2007. 

 
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Josh Rouse will perform at the Shepherd's Bush Empire with the intriguing Jens Lekman opening for him on Sunday, 9 December. 

 
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Later...with Jools Holland on Friday, 30 November, will include the fantastic Josh Ritter as well as Stephanie Dosen and Common. I'd tell you more but the Beeb site has something annoying embedded in that page that keeps crashing Explorer before I can read anything more.  Ritter will also be playing live at Shepherd's Bush Empire on 22 November, with the delightful Kate Walsh opening for him. Tickets are £15.

 
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Robert Wyatt will be Matthew Wright's guest on The Weekender on Friday, 30 November, at 10pm on BBC Radio 2.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Pentangle will play the Royal Festival Hall on 29 June 2008.  Tickets will sell from £15 to £30.

 
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Kanye West will be the musical guest on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on Friday, 30 November, at 10.35pm.

 
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ITV2 will be broadcasting the 35th annual American Music Awards on Wednesday, 28 November, at 9pm, with performances by Duran Duran as well as Alicia Keys, Mary J Blige, Avril Lavigne and some (frankly) horrors of the North American pop chart.

 
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Squeeze have added 5 December to their sold-out date at the Hammersmith Apollo.

 
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Channel 4 will be showing a video exclusive of The White Stipes' new song Conquest on Thursday, 29 November, at 12.10am, repeated at 4.25am

 
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Alison Moyet will play the Palladium on 27 January 2008.  Tickets are £33.50.

 
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Girls Aloud fans might want to tune into GMTV's This Morning on Tuesday, 27 November, between 10.30am and 12.30pm to hear the band perform their new single in the studio.  K T Tunstall will appear in the earlier GMTV slot on Friday, 30 November, between 6am and 9.25am.

 
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A somewhat tenuous link for die-hard Sting fans: see his wife Trudie Styler acting in the 2001 film Me Without You, which will be shown on BBC1 at 11.35pm on Tuesday, 27 November.  (Mind you, if I included a note of whenever she appeared on the telly, I'd have to add a lot of good old Miss Marples of the perfect Joan Hickson era, as she features in The Body in the Library).

 
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The glorious tenor Ian Bostridge will be one of Andrew Marr's guests at 9am on Start the Week on Monday, 26 November, on BBC Radio 4.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Stephen Duffy & the Lilac Time have released a new album, Duffy's first  for five years, called Runout Groove on Fruitcake/Universal.

 
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Jackie Stewart will be Jools Holland's guest on BBC Radio 2 at 10.30pm on Monday, 26 November.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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A link between rock and physics....on Monday, 26 November, BBC4 will be showing at 9pm Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives, where Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett (aka E)  explores the work of his late father, quantum physicist Hugh Everett III and his theory about parallel universes.  The programme has been selected by the Radio Times as Choice viewing, and the Times' The Knowledge magazine included a feature on Everett and his 'brilliant, tragic father' on 24 November.

 
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4Music: Foo Fighters: Live in Hollywood will be shown on Channel 4 at 12.50am on Tuesday, 27 November, featuring acoustic renditions of the band's In Your Honour album.

 
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Duran Duran have released a fairly well-received album, Red Carpet Massacre.

 
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BBC Radio 2 will be broadcasting X-amining Kylie at 10.30pm on Tuesday, 27 November, where Kylie Minogue discusses her life including her forthcoming appearance on the Doctor Who Christmas special and tracks from her new album, X.

 
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Alison Moyet and Thomas Dolby will be the impressive guests on The Music Club with Simon Mayo at 11.30pm on Monday, 26 November, on BBC Radio 2.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Tom Baxter will play the Shepherd's Bush Empire on Thursday, 31 January 2008.

 
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The full original line-up of The Pogues will play Brixton Carling Academy on Tuesday and Wednesday, 18-19 December.  Whilst Billy Bragg is their guest in Manchester, the rest of the tour's shows will be opened by The Holloways.

 
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TCM will be showing The Who's rock opera Tommy, which also features performances by Elton John and Tina Turner, at 11.20pm on Sunday, 25 November.

 
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Gary Numan will play IndigO2 on Saturday, 15 March 2008.

 
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BBC4 will be showing the much-missed Help! starring The Beatles, who perform many wonderful songs in between a lot of delightful silliness, at 7pm on Sunday, 25 November.  The film has finally been released on DVD as well.

 
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Madness with The Bees will play the O2 Arena on Friday, 14 December.

 
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The Biography Channel, around the anniversary of Michael Hutchence's death, will be showing INXS: Live Baby Live (on Sunday, 25 November, at 12pm, and repeated at various times over the next few days) and Michael Hutchence: The Loved One (same Sunday at 2pm, and also repeated).  On Monday, 26 November, it will show Fleetwood Mac: Rumours at 7pm, and a programme at 11pm on Tina Turner.   On Thursday, 29 November, at 11am, they'll show a programme on Phil Collins' Face Value album, a programme at 5pm on Pink, and at 7pm and midnight on The Who--Who's Next.  Most of these programmes are repeated over a few days.

 
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Joe Cocker will perform at Indigo2 on Sunday, 16 December.

 
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Legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden will be Michael Berkeley's guest on Private Passions at 12pm on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday, 25 November.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards

 
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Cowboy Junkies have released Trinity Revisited, their 1988 highly praised debut re-done with guests including Ryan Adams, Natalie Merchant (of the 10,000 Maniacs) and Vic Chesnutt.

 
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How's this for a fun 80s revival: ABC, Curiousity Killed the Cat, Rick Astley, Paul Young, Bananarama and others, playing Wembley Arena (shame) on 16 May.  Tickets are £36.50, which when you think of it is four extra acts for only £5 more than kd Lang.

 
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Eagles' singer/drummer Don Henley will perform live on BBC Radio 2 on Johnnie Walker's show at 4.30pm on Sunday, 25 November.     You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.  The Eagles have released a comback album called Long Road Out of Eden.

 
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Marc Almond will play the Indigo2 on Saturday, 8 December.

 
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ITV3 will be showing the 2002 open-air concert in Auckland, New Zealand, of the tenor Russell Watson--The Voice at 7pm on Sunday, 25 November.

 
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Editors will play Alexandra Palace on 5 March 2008.  Tickets are £20.

 
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Athlete will be performing live on Jonathan Ross'  BBC Radio 2 programme at 10am, which will come live from a Wakefield bus depot, on Saturday, 24 November.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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kd Lang will perform at the Hammersmith Apollo on 30 January 2008.  Tickets are £31.50.

 
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The South Bank Show on Sunday, 25 November, will be all about Annie Lennox, including a rare in-depth interview with her, where she also talks about Dave Stewart and being the Eurythmics, while also rehearsing live performances.  You never know, if they show old footage of the band, you might catch a glimpse of Eddi Reader when she was their backing singer; TOTP2 sometimes shows a clip of her joining the band on stage for Top of the Pops in the early 1980s.

 
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Billy Ocean will play at the Ocean, of course, on 16 December.  Tickets are £22.50.

 
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Rilo Kiley will be performing live on Dermot O'Leary's programme at 2pm on Saturday, 24 November, on BBC Radio 2.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.  They'll also appear on Tom Robinson's programme on BBC6 Music on Monday, 26 November, and you can listen to that online for up to a week as well.  For those who don't know, one of RK's singers is Jenny Lewis, who released an enjoyable album as part of Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins last year

 
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The Hoosiers will play the Shepherd's Bush Empire on 4-6 March 2008.  Tickets are £14.

 
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The Fall plays the Galtymore Ballroom on 30 November.  Tickets are £16.

 
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On Sunday, 25 November, David Gray will be featured in concert at St Luke's on BBC1 Sessions, shown at 11.20pm. 

 
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Rodrigo y Gabriela will play the Hammersmith Apollo on Sunday, 9 December.

 
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Capercaille plays the Cadogan Hall on 30 November.  Tickets are £20.

 
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BBC Radio 2 finishes its two-part series Days in the Life: Pink Floyd at 40  at 8pm on Saturday, 24 November, featuring interviews with the surviving members of the band. You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Aqualung plays the London King's College Student Union on Tuesday, 20 November.  Tickets are £12.

 
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The Beach Boys will play the Hammersmith Apollo on 4 April.  Tickets are £37.50.

 
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BBC4 will profile the legendary American bandleader/singer/entertainer Louis Prima, also the husband of the band's singer Keely Smith and the figure of the anticipated visit in the delightful film Big Night, at 9pm on Friday, 2 November.  It's repeated a few hours later at 1.20am on Saturday.  In addition, Capitol/EMI have released Jump, Jive An' Wail: The Essential Louis Prima, also featuring Smith on vocals.

 
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James Taylor's One Man Band CD/DVD will be released in November.

 
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The intriguing Patrick Wolf will play Shepherd's Bush Empire on 20 December.  Tickets are £15.

 
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BBC4 on Friday, 2 November, will show a new series of four programmes on the Cambridge  Folk Festival 2007 at 8.30pm, featuring Mike Scott of the Waterboys, Idlewild's Roddy Womble and others.

 
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The Magic Numbers will play the Royal Festival Hall on 5 December.  Tickets are £18.50.

 
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Dar Williams' Live at Bearsville Theatre DVD will be released on 16 October.

 
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Channel 4 will show a video exclusive of The Killers' forthcoming single Tranquilise at 12.05am and 3.10am on Saturday, 3 November.

 
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Later...with Jools Holland returns for its 30th series on Friday, 2 November, at 11.35pm on BBC2, featuring performances by Siouxsie Sioux, Richard Hawley, Hard-Fi, Laura Marling, Soil and Kaki King.

 
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On Wednesday, 31 October, at 8pm on the Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie programme, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will (at first glance bizarrely) perform a live set together.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Ian Hunter plays the Shepherd's Bush Empire on 28 October.

 
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The Music Club with Simon Mayo on BBC Radio 2 at 11.30pm on Monday, 29 October, will feature Michael Stipe discussing REM's new live album, which was recorded at Dublin's Point Theatre in 2005.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The Beat will play Jazz Cafe on 10 November, and Orchestra Baobab will perform there on 18-20 November.

 
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On Monday, 29 October, BBC2 will show BBC Electric Proms: Highlights at 11.20pm, featuring footage of the Roundhouse concerts of Mark Ronson, Bloc Party, Ray Davies, Paul McCartney and Kaiser Chiefs.  On the same day at 7pm, BBC Radio 1 will broadcast highlights of the Electric Proms, which can be heard online.

 
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Hot Chip will play Electric Ballroom on 22 November.  Tickets are £15.

 
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BBC Radio 3's Performance on 3 at 7pm on Tuesday, 30 October, will be an Eartha Kitt concert with the Nash Ensemble from December 1972.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Seal will be a guest on The Paul O'Grady Show at 5pm on Monday, 29 October, on Channel 4.  His new album, System, is released on 20 November.

 
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Karine Polwart plays the London Bloomsbury Theatre on 11 November.

 
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A live set from Willy Mason will be broadcast on Tom Robinson's show on BBC 6 Music at 7pm on Monday, 29 October, and Tuesday, 30 October.  You can listen online for up to a week. 

 
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Stephen Duffy will be Jools Holland's guest at 10.30pm on Monday, 29 October, on BBC Radio 2. You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Captain will play the KCLSU on 22 November.  Tickets are £10.

 
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Biography on Sunday, 28 October, will be showing a Tom Jones documentary at 9am followed by Tom Jones Live from Cardiff Castle at 10am, with both programmes repeated at 2pm and 3pm, respectively.

 
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The episode of the brilliant Father Ted featuring Altered Images lead singer Clare Grogan will be shown on More4 at 11.05pm on Sunday, 28 October.

 
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ITV4 is showing The Story of Punk at 10pm and 11pm, with interviews and archive footage of punk bands including the Sex Pistols in concert, on Sunday, 28 October.

 
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BBC Electric Proms on Sunday, 28 October, at 11.50pm on BBC2 shows a concert in the Roundhouse by former Kinks frontman Ray Davies playing tracks from his new album, Working Man's Cafe, which he gave away free in the Sunday Times recently, as well as classics.

 
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Young jazz singer Peter Cincotti will perform on Parkinson on ITV1 on Saturday, 27 October, at 10.20pm.

 
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The Handsome Family will perform on The Culture Show on BBC2 on Saturday, 27 October, at 9.20pm, repeated at 1.20am BST the next morning.

 
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Finally, someone is showing The Beatles' 1965 film Help!, although we reach this stage right before it is released on DVD.  BBC2 on Saturday, 27 October, will show the 'musical comedy' at 7.50pm.

 
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The Halloween version of TOTP2 showing on Dave on Saturday, 27 October, at 10am includes a clip of Split Enz's old video for the brilliant Neil Finn-scribed number, I Got You.

 
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Stuart Maconie will have Paul Anka as his guest on BBC Radio 2 at 4pm on Saturday, 27 October, just after Dermot O'Leary's 2pm programme that will include sets from David Gray.  You can listen to both online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The Osmonds--yes, The Osmonds--will play Wembley Arena on 30 May 2008.  Tickets will be £39.50.

 
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BBC4 will profile the legendary Belgian singer/songwriter on Legends: Jacque Brel--Ne Me Quitte Pas on Friday, 26 October, at 9pm.  The excellent programme will be repeated on Tuesday, 30 October, at 8pm.

 
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Kate Nash will play the Hammersmith Apollo on 10 March 2008.  Tickets will be £16.50.

 
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BBC4 on Friday, 26 October, at 8.30pm will show the last of the current series of Transatlantic Sessions, hosted by Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas who duet, and featuring several other performers worth watching.

 
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Singer Russell Watson, "The Voice", is critically ill in hospital after a three-hour operation on 25 October to treat a brain tumour.  The next 48 hours are crucial for the 40-year-old father of two, so please send prayers and/or positive thoughts his way.

 
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Athlete and The Hoosiers will play the Union Chapel on 21 November.  Tickets are £35.

 
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Duran Duran have split with guitarist Andy Taylor, who reportedly was unhappy with such things as the decision to work with Justin Timberlake and producer Timberland.

 
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BBC Electric Proms on Friday, 26 October, at 11.35pm on BBC2 will feature coverage of the Kaiser Chief's collaboration with composer David Arnold performed at Camden's Roundhouse.

 
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Hugh Masekela will perform at the Barbican on 28 November.  Tickets range from £6 to £30.

 
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Mick Hucknall has announced the end of Simply Red after 25 years, although he's the only original member who is still part of the band.  He says they will split in 2009 at the end of their tour, and he will focus as a solo performer on blues/R&B, and has apparently just recorded a tribute album to Bobby 'Blue' Bland, a much admired legend who has performed with Van Morrison in recent years.

 
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The Shins will play Hammersmith Apollo on Wednesday, 7 November.

 
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Bill Nighy continues to read from Eric Clapton: the Autobiography at 9.15pm on Friday, 26 October, on BBC Radio 2.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Chris Rea will play the Royal Albert Hall on 28 March 2008.  Tickets will be £27.50.

 
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Duran Duran will perform live (a toned-down version of their performance) on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on Friday,  26 October, at 10.35pm on BBC1.  The programme will be repeated the next night. 

 
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Hazel O'Connor will play Dingwalls on 18 November.  Tickets are £15.

 
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Specials vocalist Neville Staple will be Mark Lamarr's guest at midnight on Saturday, 27 October, (ie late on Friday) on BBC Radio 2.  You can listen  online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Paul Heaton, ex-Housemartin and The Beautiful South frontman, will play Bush Hall on 19 November. 

 
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If you were a Wet Wet Wet fan, you will want to tune in to GMTV on ITV1 on Friday, 26 October, probably after 8.35am, to see them perform live.

 
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The blessing of the new Diva TV is that the magnificent Late Show with David Letterman will be shown in the UK again!  Hurrah!  It will be shown nightly at 9pm, several weeks after each show airs in the US.  Most nights will feature a musical guest.  For instance, Rihanna will perform on Thursday, 25 October; Iron and Wine on Friday, 26 October; Patti Scialfa on Friday, 27 October; and Arctic Monkeys on Sunday, 4 November.

 
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Andy White is playing a FREE gig at a country-dominated night at What's Cookin' at Leytonstone Ex-Servicemen's Club, E11, at 8.30pm on Wednesday, 17 October.

 
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E4 is showing The Chris Isaak Show at 2.35am on Thursday, 25 October.

 
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Steve Earle will play the Roundhouse on 18 February 2008.  Tickets are £24.50.

 
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Barry Adamson will play the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 20-21 November.  Tickets are £15-20.

 
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The Verve will play O2 Arena on 13 December.  Tickets are £32.50.

 
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According to the Radio Times, the guest on the Rob Brydon-narrated programme about Kiwi comedy "band" The Flight of the Conchords on Thursday, 25 October, at 11.30pm will be Neil Finn.  You can listen to the radio programme online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Keane and Rilo Kiley will perform at the Union Chapel on 28 November.  Tickets are £35.

 
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Hard-Fi's performance at the Ibiza Rocks festival can be seen on Channel 4 at 12.05am on Friday, 26 October.

 
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Amy Winehouse will play Brixton Academy on 16 and 17 December.  Tickets are £22.50.

 
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Rufus Wainwright will appear on the Graham Norton Show on Thursday, 25 October, at 10pm on BBC2.  The programme is repeated at 12.20am on Monday, 29 October.

 
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Josh Ritter with guest the fantastic Kate Walsh will play the Shepherd's Bush Empire on Thursday, 22 November.  That would be one worth attending even if you have not yet experienced their talents.

 
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The Buzzcocks and Alternative TV will be amongst the bands performing at Indigo2 on 30 November.  Tickets are £15.

 
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Powderfinger will play the Hammersmith Apollo on 7 December.  Tickets are £22.50.

 
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Paul McCartney's live performance at the Roundhouse for the BBC Electric Proms will be broadcast on Thursday, 25 October, during Stuart Maconie's show at 8pm on BBC Radio 2 and at 11.20pm on BBC2.  You can listen to the radio programme online for possibly for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Siouxsie plays the Roundhouse on Monday,  5 November, promoting her new Mantaray album.

 
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Aimee Mann will be Stephen Merchant's guest on his BBC6 Music programme at 3pm on Sunday, 2 September.  You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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Joy Division's albums Unknown Pleasures and Closer as well as compilation Still are being re-released by Warner Brothers with bonus live tracks.

 
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Friday Night with Jonathan Ross returns at 10.35pm on Friday, 7 September, at 10.35pm on BBC1, featuring music from The Polyphonic Spree.

 
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Some forthcoming impressive acts at the Pigalle Supper Club include the magnificent Luka Bloom on 3 September, the gloriously voiced classical singer Alfie Boe on 5 September, and Alison Moyet on 15 and 16 October.

 
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BBC4 on Friday, 7 September, at 9.20pm will show BBC1 Session: Elton John, showing a performance by the singer in the beautiful, intimate LSO St Luke's in London.

 
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Toots and the Maytals will pay the Forum on 29 November.  Tickets are £22.50 each.

 
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Patti Scialfa, aka Mrs Bruce Springsteen, will be promoting her new album by appearing on Johnnie Walker's BBC Radio 2 programme at 4.30pm on Sunday, 2 September.  You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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An odd new series on ITV1 called Don't Call Me Stupid kicks off on Tuesday, 4 September, at 10pm with the Happy Mondays' Bez trying to teach royal correspondent James Whitaker a bit about his life and vice-versa as they swap roles in a game show format.

 
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Linda Thompson's highly rated follow-up to her 2002 comeback album is called Versatile Heart and naturally has son Teddy as one of the guests.

 
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Channel 5 will show Stoned, Stephen Woolley's 2005 the biopic of Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones, at 11.05pm on Monday, 3 September.

 
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Tunng's new album, Good Arrows, is getting consistently high reviews from the press.  They will be performing at 229 on Great Portland St, W1, on 17 October, and tickets cost £12.50 each.

 
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Editors perform tracks from their second album on Tom Robinson's programme on BBC6 Music at 7pm on Monday, 3 September.  You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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BBC2 will show highlights of the Reading and Leeds Festivals at 11.35pm on Friday, 31 August.

 
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The Jesus and the Mary Chain are playing Brixton Academy on Friday, 7 September, with Evan Dando as support.

 
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Session musician and writer Andrew McGibbon, who has also played with Peter Gabriel, Bucks Fizz and many others, reports on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday, 4 September, about his time as a drummer for Morrissey in the aptly named I Was Morrissey's Drummer.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Athlete apparently returns to form with their self-produced third album, Beyond the Neighbourhood.  They will also appear on Channel 4's The Album Chart Show on Saturday, 1 September, at 12.55am (repeated on Saturday, 8 September, at 12.25am), and on that channel's 4Music: 4Play at 1.05am on Monday, 3 September, which will profile the band.

 
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Singer Pauline Black, once of ska-band The Selecters, fronts a programme on BBC Radio 4 on Monday, 3 September, at 11am called Welcome to My World, where she travels to the "white" southwest of England to meet a black farmer and prospective Tory MP, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones. You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Cherry Ghost will be the support act for Manic Street Preachers at the Brixton Academy on Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 and 12 December.

 
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Pink Floyd's David Gilmour will respond to listeners' queries on the Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie programme at 8pm on Thursday, 6 September, on BBC Radio 2, and talking about the film documentary of his Royal Albert Hall performance.  You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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The impressive guitarist and singer-songwriter José González has released his second album, In Our Nature.

 
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Stuart Maconie focuses on the Dixie Chicks' anti-war statement made at their performance at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire in 2003, which led to a huge backlash against them in the States, including the modern version of record-burning (CD-crushing), in his programme Seven More Days that Rocked the World, on Thursday, 6 September, at 11pm on BBC Radio 2.  You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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Ben's Brother will play at Dingwalls on Tuesday, 18 September.

 
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Mark Knopfler has a new album out called Kill to Get Crimson with an apparently country/pop/folky feel.

 
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Chris Hawkins' show on BBC6 Music at 1am on Wednesday, 5 September, will include a performance by Badly Drawn Boy.   The following morning will include an archive set from 1983 by Depêché Mode. You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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Mark Eitzel will be playing the Luminaire on 14 October.  Tickets are £12.

 
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Iron and Wine have released an apparently impressive album, The Shepherd's Dog.

 
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Peter Gabriel and Genesis will be one of the specialist subjects on Mastermind on BBC2 at 7.30pm on Monday, 3 September, if you want to try to match wits with that constestant.

 
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Marc Almond is performing at the Indigo2 on Saturday, 8 December.

 
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BBC4 will be showing BBC1 Session: Amy Winehouse, a concert  recorded in the intimate Porchester Hall, at 9pm on Friday, 31 August  That will be followed at 9.55pm by Originals: Dinah Washington--Evil Gal Blues, a profile of the jazz singer.

 
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Annie Lennox has released a new album, Songs of Mass Destruction, described as "bluesy" and "soulful".

 
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The vibrant Hot Hot Heat has a new album out called Happiness Ltd.

 
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K T Tunstall's released her "difficult second album", as they say, Drastic Fantastic.  She will be Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie's guest on their BBC Radio 2 programme at 8pm on Monday, 3 September.  You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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White Chalk, P J Harvey's latest, is impressing the critics and is said to be more stylised and peaceful, as she turns to piano rather than guitar.

 
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The last ever Heaven & Earth with Gloria Hunniford on Sunday, 2 September, at 10am will feature performances by the Proclaimers and Beth Neilsen Chapman as well as a look over its nine year history, which could possibly include some of the excellent musicians they've had perform live in the studio over the years (from memory, this included Loudon Wainwright III, Bic Runga, Joan Armatrading, Martin Joseph, k d Lang and possibly Brian Kennedy)....perhaps when renaming the show to add Gloria's name they should have made it clear it wasn't a religious programme, which no doubt scared off viewers.

 
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The Stranglers will perform a 30th anniversary show "Rattus at the Roundhouse" on Sunday, 4 November.

 
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Josh Ritter has a new album out, The Historical Conquests of ...., and he will be performing at Monto Water Rats on Gray's Inn Road, WC1X, on 13 and 14 September.

 
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Joni Mitchell's new album, Shine, is released on Hear on 24 September.  It's apparently as excellent as you would expect, and samples can be heard on Amazon.  Amongst the 10 songs is a reworking of her classic Big Yellow Taxi (she was largely right but rather than putting all the trees in a tree museum, they simply cut them down....).

 
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If you love Leonard Cohen, you'll surely be wowed by Howe Gelb, who will be performing at the Luminaire on 18 September.  Tickets are £12.50.

 
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The Mercury Prize 2007 will be broadcast live on BBC4 from 9pm on Tuesday, 4 September, hosted by Jo Whiley and Jools Holland, with several live performances. 

 
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Richard Hawley will promote his new album Lady's Bridge by performing at the Roundhouse on Wednesday, 5 September, but the evening may be stolen by his support act, the wonderful Kate Walsh.

 
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E4 will show The 100 Greatest Pop Video, presented by comedian Jimmy Carr, on Saturday, 1 September, at 9pm for over four hours, including talking head contributions by Peter Gabriel, Bjork, Dave Stewart, Jarvis Cocker and Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim and ex-Housemartin). 

 
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Awkward Annie is Kate Rusby's seventh solo album, released on Pure on 3 September.

 
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Hard-Fi will appear on 4Music Presents on Channel 4 on Saturday, 1 September, at 12.25pm.  The channel's Album Chart Show later will be a Hard-Fi Special, beginning at 12.30am on Sunday morning (2 September), followed at 1am by a programme of the band Live in Concert, shown at the Astoria.  A profile of the band will be shown on that channel at 12.55am on Saturday, 8 September.  Also, both Hard-Fi and Athlete will appear on The Music Club with Simon Mayo at 11.30pm on BBC Radio 2 on Monday, 3 September.  You can listen to that online for up to a week.

 
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The Proclaimers' new highly rated album, Life With You, is released on 3 September.

 
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Manu Chao performs at Brixton Academy on Tuesday, 2 October.  His other dates there have sold out.

 
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Deborah Harry is releasing her first solo album in 14 years, called Necessary Evil, on 17 September.

 
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The October 2007 issue of Mojo magazine contains a welcome feature article on the wonderful Edwyn Collins, who has thankfully improved so much following his 2005 massive brain haemorrhage that he is releasing a new album, Home Again, on EMI on 17 September, which the magazine describes as 'probably his finest solo album.'  Single You'll Never Know (My Love) is released on 10 September.

 
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Turin Brakes is promoting their new album, Dark on Fire, which is released on 17 September, with a tour that hits London's Forum on Thursday, 11October.

 
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BBC4 on Wednesday, 5 September, at 10.20pm will show Arena: The Strange Story of Joe Meek, about the "eccentric, pioneering" record producer who committed suicide in 1967, having won an Ivor Novello Award and produced such hits as The Tornados' Telstar (the first American No. 1 by a British group) and The Honeycombs' Have I the Right?

 
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A 25th anniversary edition of The Young Ones will be released on DVD before the end of the year, called Extra Stupid Edition.  The series included some performances by Madness, Jools Holland and The Damned.

 
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The reformed Van der Graaf Generator is working on a new album for release in early 2008.

 
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VH1 will be showing Queen Live at 8pm on Friday, 31 August, and again at 10.10pm on Wednesday, 5 September.  If that weren't enough for you, also on 5 September, ITV4 will show Queen Live in Rio, a concert from 1985, at 10pm.

 
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The refreshing Irish singer/songwriter perhaps the Irish Billy Bragg, Damien Dempsey, will play the Luminaire on 7 October to promote his new album, To Hell or Barbados.

 
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Channel 4 at 11.35pm on Thursday, 6 September, will show iTunes Festival: London--Paul McCartney, a concert of the ex-Beatle at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts.  That will be followed at 12.35am on Friday, 7 September, by 4Music Presents: Editors, where the band discusses their career and perform tracks from both albums.

 
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Billy Bragg is said to be working on his first new album in five years, to be released in January.

 
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Edwina Hayes is playing at the Green Note in NW1 at 7pm on Wednesday, 29 August.  She sings gentle country-tinged folk and has opened for Loudon Wainwright III, Van Morrison, Nanci Griffith and Jools Holland.  Her 2004 album Out on My Own was produced by John Wood and Clive Gregson, the latter of whom performs on the album along with Christine Collister, Neill MacColl and Kate St John, and the album contains a song, Lost, that was co-written with Boo Hewerdine.

 
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Jon Boden and Paul Sartin from Bellowhead will be Mark Lamarr's guests on his Alternative 60s programme (curiously) on BBC Radio 2 at 10pm on Wednesday, 29 August.  You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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David Gray's The World To Me tour reaches London's Roundhouse on Monday and Tuesday, 12 and 13 November, with tickets going on sale at 9am on Friday, 31 August.

 
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BBC Radio 2 will broadcast live the Blackpool Illuminations, on Friday, 31 August, with Dr Who's David Tennant throwing the switch, and some run-of-the mill pop stars playing, including Natalie Imbruglia, Ghosts and Natasha Bedingfield.   You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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Photographer Paul Slattery's book of his photos of The Smiths in 1983 and 1984 called The Smiths: The Early Years is out now, published by Omnibus and priced at £19.95.

 
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Editors will be playing Brixton Academy on 8-10 October.  Tickets are £17.50.

 
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A 1980 set by the great Joe Jackson and a 1984 set from Screaming Blue Messiahs will be broadcast on George Lamb's programme on BBC6 Music on Tuesday, 24 July, from 10pm.  You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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Rufus Wainwright and band will perform three songs on Tom Robinson's show on BBC 6 Music at 7pm on Monday, 23 July.  The same show will include a session by the Manic Street Preachers.  You can listen online for up to a week.  Rufus will also be choosing two of his ten favourite records each day in Tracks of my Years on Ken Bruce's programme between 9.30am and 12pm each day for a week from Monday, 23 July, on BBC Radio 2

 
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The Decemberists will play the newly refurbished Royal Festival Hall on 2 October.  Tickets are £15 to £20.

 
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The Thrills will be Lauren Laverne's guest on The Music Club on BBC Radio 2 on Monday, 23 July, at 11.30pm.  You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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ITV3's Best of Talk on Sunday, 22 July, at 8pm, will show highlights of Russell Harty's chat show career, including interviews with the Who, George Harrison, David Bowie, Ringo Star and Elton John.

 
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Channel 4 will show T4 on the Beach on Sunday, 22 July, from 1.45pm, naturally including a (headline) set by Kaiser Chiefs with performances also from Athlete, Kate Nash, Badly Drawn Boy, Kate Nash, Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris, the Maccabees, Funeral for a Friend, Super Furry Animals, Just Jack and many others.

 
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Paul McCartney is one of the performances to be shown in Channel 4's highlights of the iTunes Festival: London on Monday, 23 July, at 12 midnight.

 
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Patti Smith's Rock 'n' Rimbaud show will come to Shepherd's Bush Empire on 20 October.  Tickets are £27.50.

 
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See Madonna's appearance in a good film, Susan Seidelman's 1985 picture Desperately Seeking Susan, at 3.40pm on Sunday, 22 July, on Channel 5.  It was rumoured that the part was destined for Suzanne Vega, who turned it down.

 
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Biography Channel will be showing David Bowie--A Reality Tour on Saturday, 21 July, at 10pm and several other times that week, including on Sunday at 3pm, right after they show Duran Duran: Extraordinary World at 2pm.

 
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Mark Ronson will be one of the performers on Channel 4's The Album Chart Show at 12.15am on Friday, 20 July.

 
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BBC Radio 2 will broadcast on Saturday, 21 July, at 8pm a highly anticipated tribute by Mark Radcliffe to Syd Barrett, one of the founding members of Pink Floyd who retained a cult following despite bowing out of the music world in the early 70s when drug-induced mental illness took hold.  He sadly died last year but was nearly worshipped by so many people and artists who claim him as an influence.  Tom Stoppard even wrote about him in his marvellous play Rock 'n' Roll.  This programme will include input from other Pink Floyd members Rick Wright,  Nick Mason and David Gilmour (who replaced Barrett in 1968), as well as his sister and manager.  You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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Paul McCartney and Martin Scorsese discuss the life of Albert Maysles, who played an important role in the pop and rock documentary film-making revolution, in Between the Ears: Maysies in the Dakota, at 9pm on Saturday, 21 July, on BBC Radio 3.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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BBC2 on Saturday, 21 July, at 8.15pm shows TOTP2 Goes Disco!, including archive hits over the years from those you would expect in such a show:  Gloria Gaynor, the Village People, Chic, Kool and the Gang, the Bee  Gees, Earth Wind and Fire, Abba, Yazz, Boney M....and somehow Blondie  and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

 
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Don't miss BBC4 Session: Nick Lowe on Friday, 20 July, at 10.30pm, showing a recently recorded acoustic set (with band) at the glorious LSO St Luke's, London.   The set will include tracks from his new impressive, laid-back album At My Age as well as past hits Cruel to be Kind, What's So Funny 'bout Peace Lover and Understanding (which Elvis Costello made famous), I Knew the Bride and a song he wrote for Johnny Cash, who was Lowe's father-in-law when he was married to Carlene Carter.  The programme will be repeated at 12 midnight on Saturday night/Sunday morning.

 
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Hot Hot Heat will play King's College on 30 August.  Tickets are £12.50.

 
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BBC Radio 2 begins a three-part series called Mad About the Boy: the Songs of Noel Coward at 7pm on Friday, 20 July, presented by the Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant, with possible contributions from the likes of Neil Hannon of Divine Comedy.  You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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P J Harvey's Royal Festival Hall concert on 29 September is sold out. 

 
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BBC2 will be showing BBC4's three-part series Soul Britannia from Friday, 20 July, at 11.35pm, investigating the impact of black American and Caribbean influences on British music and society.  Contributors include Van Morrison, Paul Weller, Elton John and Tom Jones.

 
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The White Stripes will be playing the O2 Arena on 2 November.  Tickets are £30.

 
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Mark Riley's Musical Time Machine on BBC Radio 2 at 11pm on Thursday, 19 July, will revisit an early 1990s interview by Nicky Campbell with Frank Zappa.  You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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Roisin Murphy, ex-Moloko singer, is performing at Koko on 17 November.  Tickets are £18 each.

 
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Pink will play Brixton Academy on 14-15 August.  Tickets are £30 each.

 
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BBC4 is showing In Concert: Donovan, and archive performance of the singer playing solo with acoustic guitar, at 7.30pm on Thursday, 19 July.

 
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Josh Rouse will be playing Shepherd's Bush Empire on 9 December.  Tickets are £16.

 
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Nick Lowe will be performing at the Royal Festival Hall on 23 October.  Tickets will be £20 to £30.

 
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BBC Radio 2 on Monday, 16 July, will include a live session by ex-Housemartin and Beautiful South frontman Paul Heaton during Staurt Maconie's programme at 8pm and by Heaven 17 and Honeyroot vocalist Glenn Gregory during The Music Club with Simon Mayo at 11.30pm.  You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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BBC Radio 4 on Saturday, 14 July, will broadcast at 10.30am Shots from the Hip, a programme where Andrew Collins examines whether music critics are still relevant. 

 
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The Broken Family Band will play Koko on 17 October.

 
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Dermot O'Leary's programme on BBC Radio 2 at 4.30pm on Saturday, 14 July, will be a Guilfest special, which should include Squeeze, Ross Copperman, Ghosts, Cherry Ghost and Supergrass--whether live or recorded sadly isn't clear.  You can listen online for up to a week.

 
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Kaiser Chiefs will play Earl's Court on 14 and 15 December.  Tickets will be £27.50 each.

 
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Wilco and Midlake will be some of the interviewees from Glasgow's Indian Summer at 4pm on Saturday, 14 July, on The Queens of Noise.  You can listen to for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Ash will play the Astoria on 21 November.  Tickets are £11.50.

 
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Channel 4's The Album Chart Show at 12.10am on Saturday, 14 July, will include performances by Rufus Wainwright, Jarvis Cocker and Kings of Leon.

 
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The Stranglers will play the Roundhouse on 4 November.  Tickets are £25 each.

 
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BBC2 will show T in the Park highlights on Friday, 13 July, at 11.35pm, with possible coverage of performances by Snow Patrol, Arctic Monkeys, the Killers, Brian Wilson, Amy Winehouse, the Kooks, Arcade Fire, Rufus Wainwright, Lily Allen, Scissor Sisters and Kings of Leon.

 
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The Editors will play Brixton Academy on 8-9 October.  Tickets are £17.50 each.

 
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Van Morrison is on the cover, and naturally in a feature article, of this month's Word magazine (August 2007.)  You should subscribe to this magazine and if you do so now, they promise a copy of Nick Lowe's recent great album, At My Age.

 
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BBC4 on Thursday, 12  July, shows In Concert: Neil Diamond, an archive performance, at 7.30pm.

 
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Rufus Wainwright is due to perform on Richard and Judy on Channel 4 at 5pm on Wednesday, 11 July.  He also joins the Routable review panel on Stee Lamacq's BBC 6 Music programme at 4pm on Thursday, 12 July, which you can listen to for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The BBC will cover Live Earth from Wembley from 12.30pm on BBC2 on Saturday, 7 July, until 5.20pm.  Coverage then continues on BBC1 from 5.30pm, then they break for the news at 10.30pm, with coverage resuming at 10.50pm supposedly until about 4am.  The last show will focus on highlights from the concerts in New York, Brazil, Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai and Johannesburg, and I would imagine will be the best show yet, with coverage promised from Crowded House (who has suffered power problems in Sydney, sadly) and others.  The apparent line-up in the Wembley show is:-
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1PM to PM GMT: Genesis Set: "Turn It On Again", "No Sun Of Mine", "Land Of Confusion"

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2 PM to 3 PM: Razorlight Set: "Before I Fall To Pieces", "America" Chris Moyles introduces a film
Snow Patrol Set: "Open Your Eyes", "Shut Your Eyes", "Chasing Cars"
From 3 PM to 4 PM: Damien Rice and David Gray. Set: "Babylon" (Gray), "The Blower's Daughter"(Rice) "Que Sera Sera" (both)
Kasabian Set: "Empire", "Club Foot", "ID"
Films, then Paolo Nutini Set: "Wonderful World", "Last Request", "New Shoes", "Jenny Don"t Be Hasty"

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From 4 PM to 5 PM: Black Eyed Peas Set: "Let's Get It Started", "Pump It", "Don't Phunk With My Heart", "Big Girls Don"t Cry", "Where Is The Love?"
John Legend Set: "Ordinary People"
Duran Duran Set: "Planet Earth", "Ordinary World", "Night Runner", "Falling Down"

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From 5 PM to 6 PM: Red Hot Chili Peppers Set: "Can't Stop", "Dani California", "So Much I", "By The Way"
Film then Bloc Party Set: "Hunting For Witches", "Banquet", "So Here We Are", "The Prayer"

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From 6 PM to 7 PM: Corinne Bailey Rae Set: "I'd Like To", "Mercy Mercy Me", "Put Your Records On"
Keane Set: "Everybody's Changing", "Somewhere Only We Know", "Is It Any Wonder"
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From 7 PM to 8 PM: Metallica Set: "Enter Sandman", "Nothing Else Matters", "Sad But True", "For Whom The Bell Tolls"
Film then, brilliantly, Rob Reiner introduces Spinal Tap, Set: "Stonehenge", "Warmer Than Hell", "Big Bottom"
James Blunt Set: "Same Mistakes", "Wiseman"
Film, then Keith Urban and Alicia Keys Set: "Gimme Shelter"

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From 8 PM to 9 PM: Beastie Boys Set: "Sabotage", "So What'cha Want", "Sure Shot", "Intergalatic", "Off The Grid"
David Tennant introduces the Pussycat Dolls Set: "Buttons", "I Don't Need A Man", "Feelin' Good", "Don't Cha"

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10.15PM "Moment of darkness" followed by Madonna Set: "Hey You", "Ray Of Light", La Isla Bonita", "Hung Up"
 

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BBC3 on Friday, 6 July, at 7pm will show performances from T in the Park including Lily Allen and the Coral.  More coverage from 10.30pm should include the headlining set by the Arctic Monkeys and Bloc Party.

 
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At 9am on Friday, 6 July, BBC Radio 4 will broadcast Lennon--The Wenner Tapes, a portrait of John Lennon told through Jann Wenner's 1970 interview for Rolling Stone magazine, which Lennon apparently considered to be the definitive record of the Beatles' career and split.  Yoko Ono also contributes.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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BBC4 will repeat the session at Glastonbury by The Who on Friday, 6 July, at 9pm.

 
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BBC1 on Friday, 6 July, will broadcast some Saving Planet Earth --Live events.  At 7pm, there will be a fundraising event at Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, which will include music from the likes of Natasha Bedingfield, Manic Street Preachers and Katherine Jenkins.  Coverage ends at 8pm but continues at 8.30pm.  Meanwhile, BBC Radio 1 will start coverage from the festival at 1pm on the Edith Bowman show.  You can listen online.

 
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On Friday, 6 July,  Arctic Monkeys and Paul Weller with Graham Coxon are due to appear on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross at 10.35pm on BBC1.  That programme is repeated on Saturday.

 
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Travis will appear on GMTV on Friday, 6 July, between 8.35am and 9.25am on ITV3.

 
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BBC Radio 2 on Thursday, 5 July, will include an archive interview with Tom Waits from 1976 and one from 1986 with Boy George on Marc Riley's Musical Time Machine at 11pm.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Crowded House will be featured in The Music Club with Simon Mayo on BBC Radio 2 on Monday, 2 July, at 11.30pm.  The show will be devoted to the band, who on that day release their first album of new material since 1993, after recently reforming.  The programme includes interviews with founder members Neil Finn and Nick Seymour.  The album, Time on Earth, will also be 'in the spotlight' on Ken Bruce's show from 9.30am to 12pm.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Scott Matthews will perform a set on the Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie programme on BBC Radio 2 on Monday, 2 July, between 8pm and 10pm.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Tinariwen perform a session on Andy Kershaw's programme on BBC Radio 3 at 11.15pm on Monday, 2 July.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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More4 will be showing the film End of the Century: the Story of the Ramones on Monday, 2 July, at 10.30pm.

 
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Van Morrison will play a one-off concerts at the Albert Hall on Friday, 14 September.  Tickets went on sale on 21 June.  His new compilation album, The Best of Van Morrison, Volume 3, includes two previously unreleased tracks, including a duet with Tom Jones.

 
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Linda Thompson releases her third solo album, Versatile Heart, in the US on Rounder on 14 August.  Contributors include son Teddy Thompson, Antony, Martin Carthy, Martha Wainwright, Eliza Carthy, and Rufus Wainwright, performing songs by, amongst others, Rufus, Teddy and Tom Waits.

 
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Cowboy Junkies will perform The Trinity Session on 10 October at The Albert Hall.

 
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Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with Lulu and Ruby Turner will appear at Indigo2 on Monday, 2 July.

 
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Lyle Lovett is expected to release a new album in September 2007, with Santana following suit in October.

 
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VH1 on Friday, 29 June, at 10pm will show Sterephonics: Language, Sex, Violence, Other?, a recording of a concert where the band plays many songs from the album of the same name.

 
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Klaxons will play Brixton Academy on 5 December.  Tickets are £14.

 
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Former Japan frontman David Sylvian will play the Royal Festival Hall on 17 September.  Tickets are £37.50.

 
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The repeat of the penultimate Seven Ages of Rock programme, entitled Left of the Dial: US Alternative Rock, which focuses largely on Nirvana and grunge as well as REM with interviews with Michael Stipe, will be shown at 11.35pm on BBC1 on Friday, 29 June.

 
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Crowded House will play Wembley Arena on 9 December.

 
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Having survived a scary emergency landing in her helicopter following her impressive Glastonbury appearance, Dame Shirley Bassey is expected to appear on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross at 10.35pm on Friday, 29 June.  Iggy and the Stooges are also billed, but they appeared the previous week.

 
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Dr Robert and P P Arnold will both be playing the Jazz Cafe on 19 September.  Tickets are £15.

 
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They Might Be Giants release The Else on Rounder on 10 July.

 
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The fantastic James Hunter, who is like hearing new original material from Sam Cooke, a step back in time, will be playing the Jazz Cafe on 1 & 2 August.  Van Morrison is a fan.

 
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A "Deluxe Edition" of Prefab Sprout's Steve McQueene is released as a 2-CD set on Legacy in the US on 7 August.

 
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The BBC1 interview with Princes William and Harry on Friday, 29 June, at 7.30pm, will apparently include a preview of the Concert for Diana at Wembley, which will be shown on Sunday, 1 July.

 
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The Happy Mondays will play Brixton Academy on 16 October.  Tickets are £27.50.

 
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Tune into BBC4 on Thursday, 28 June, at 7.30pm for In Concert: James Taylor, recorded in 1971.

 
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The Hives will play the 100 Club on 24 July.  Tickets are £15.

 
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Arcade Fire plays Alexandra Palace on 17 November.  Tickets are £24.

 
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K T Tunstall will play the Roundhouse on 30 and 31 October, with tickets costing a whopping £45.  (She's good but I would expect to pay that for a long-established artist who has been wowing the masses for decades.)  At least you will also get to see Willy Mason, her 'guest'.   If you are keen to pay that price for another newish popular artist, you can see Maroon 5 for the same price at Wembley Arena on 4 December.

 
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Ian Hunter is releasing a well-received new album on Jerkin' Crocus called Shrunken Heads.

 
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Ash perform songs from their new album Twilight of the Innocents at 12.10am on 4Music Presents on Channel 4 on Friday, 29 June (or Thursday night-ish).  That is followed at 12.55pm by a brief profile of The Wombats.  The next night/morning, they'll feature The Editors chatting about their career at 12.10am and Ghosts performing tracks from their album at 12.55am.

 
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The Wedding Present plays Koko on 31 October.  Tickets are £16.

 
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Arcade Fire will also be in session during Gideon Coe's programme at 10am on BBC6 Music on Friday, 29 June.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Manic Street Preachers will play Brixton Academy on 11 and 12 December.  Tickets are £26.50.

 
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Marc Almond has released a covers album on Sanctuary called Stardom Road, with guests including Antony and the Johnsons' Antony Hegarty  and St Etienne's Sarah Cracknell.

 
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Prince has added 1 August to his long list of appearances at the O2 Arena in August and September. 

 
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ITV1 will show Scissor Sisters' Playlist at 11.35pm on Thursday, 28 June, where Jake Shears selects his five favourite tracks and chats to the presenter.

 
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Joss Stone appears (with Dennis Hopper) on The Graham Norton Show at 10pm on Thursday, 28 June, on BBC2, and a revised repeat with extra content will be shown on Sunday, 1 July.  She will also play Indigo2 on 25 July.  Tickets are £30-£40.

 
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The Hold Steady will play Shepherd's Bush Empire on Monday, 2 July.

 
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Jools Holland and Suggs will be members of a panel on the first of a new eight-part series Does the Team Think? on BBC Radio 2 on Thursday, 28 June, at 11.30pm.  Vic Reeves invites audience members to ask questions on basic subjects in hopes that the panel, which I am afraid also includes Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen amongst others, in hopes that they provide witty responses.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards. 

 
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The Human League is playing Hammersmith Apollo on 1 December.  Tickets are £27.50.

 
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Amy Winehouse appears on the repeat of Never Mind the Buzzcocks on BBC2 at 10pm on Wednesday, 27 June.

 
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The Boomtown Rats' I Don't Like Mondays will be the focus of the Classic Singles show on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday, 27 June, at 11pm.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards. 

 
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The reformed/new Crowded House will appear on GMTV on Wednesday, 27 June, between 6am and 8.35am--probably closer to 7.30am, but it is hard to say.  Skip work and tune into ITV1 and suffer breakfast television for this reward, or remember to set that record button.

 
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Crowded House will be performing live on Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie on BBC Radio 2 between 8pm and 10pm on Tuesday, 26 June.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.  Tune in to the programme on Thursday, 28 June, for a session by Arcade Fire and on Monday, 9 July, for Brett Anderson.  Anderson will also play the marvellous Union Chapel on 9 July, although it is sold out.

 
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Sophie Ellis-Bextor will play the Shepherd's Bush Empire on 2 October.  Tickets are £17.50.  Athlete will be playing the same venue on 11 and 12 October for the same priced ticket.

 
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Bob Harris marks the 50th anniversary of the day when Paul McCartney met John Lennon, 6 July 1957, in The Day John Met Paul on Tuesday, 26 June, at 10.30pm on BBC Radio 2.  Amongst the contributors are Lennon's first wife, Cynthia, and Paul's brother Mike.  You can listen online  for up to a week afterwards.  Jim O'Donnell has released a book of the same name, which is a second edition of a book first published in 1994, now updated with a new introduction and photos of Liverpool landmarks.

 
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Ladysmith Black Mambazo will play the Royal Festival Hall on 15 and 16 October.  Tickets range from £10 to £27.50.  They're a sight to behold as well as a sound to, uh,  be-hear....

 
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BBC6 Music will broadcast archive live sets by the Police from 1979 and Pearl Jam from 2006 at 10pm on Tuesday, 26 June.  You can listen online for up to a week afterward.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Kate Walsh will play the Union Chapel on Wednesday, 18 July.

 
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The Twang plays Brixton Academy on 26 October.  Tickets are £15.

 
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Tune in to BBC Radio 4 at 11.30am on Tuesday, 26 June, to hear Rockin' Against Racism, a look at the history of the campaign, with contributions by Terry Hall and Tom Robinson.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.   You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Albert Hammond Jr will play Dingwalls on 11 July.  Tickets are £12.50.

 
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Don Lett's film True Stories on More4 at 10pm on Monday, 25 June, explores the mid-1970s punk revolution that redefined popular music and fashion, with a wide range of contributions and amateur footage apparently of bands like The Ramones.

 
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A 'Legacy Edition' of Carole King's legendary album Tapestry will be released on 10 July.

 
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Aqualung will play Bush Hall on 12 July.  Tickets are £13.50.

 
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The South Bank Show on Sunday, 24 June, at 10.45pm on ITV1 will feature Marianne Faithfull.

 
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If you missed the coverage below, BBC4 will show the Best of Glastonbury at 9pm on Friday, 29 June, including the highlights with acs such as Toumani Diabaté, Amy Winehouse and Corrine Bailey Rae.

 
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The Pete Murray Trio will play Shepherds Bush Empire on Sunday, 7 October.

 
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The BBC's Glastonbury coverage will be extensive, involving numerous programmes on BBC2, BBC3 and BBC4 from Friday, 22 June, through Sunday, 24 June, finishing with The Who's rumoured final live appearance as the last day's headliners.  BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music will also cover the action, involving a load of great acts including Rufus Wainwright (particularly featured on Friday, BBC4 at 9pm), the Kaiser Chiefs, the Fratellis, Shirley Bassey, Arcade Fire, the Hold Steady, Bjork, Kasabian, Amy Winehouse, LIly Allen, Toumani Diabaté, the Killers, John Fogarty of Creedence Clearwater Revival (particularly on BBC4 at 10.30pm on Saturday), the Kooks, the Editors, Babyshambles, K T Tunstall, Tinariwen, Mika, Just Jack, Corinne Bailey Rae, the View, Manic Street Preachers and the Marleys as well as the odd acoustic performance in their on-site studio by the likes of Nick Lowe.  Sounds like many of us can experience the great music without the mud (and with much better views of the acts).

 
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Martha Wainwright will play Shepherds Bush Empire on Friday, 17 August.

 
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Brian Kennedy will be playing the Pigalle Supper Club on Piccadilly on Monday, 24 September.

 
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The reformed Crowded House (with  Beck drummer Matt Sherrod playing drums in place of the late Paul Hester) release their new album, Time on Earth, on 2 July.  The album was co-produced by Steve Lillywhite and includes guests such as Johnny Marr (on the first single Don't Stop Now) and a track co-authored by the Dixie Chicks, Silent House.  Word, usually a staunch supporter, did not seem to be enamoured of the album, or perhaps the principle, though that was Andy Gill's view rather than Finn fans and Word bosses David Hepworth or Mark Ellen.  Don't Stop Now can be streamed at the band's MySpace page.

 
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David Sylvian's The World is Everything Tour will reach London on Monday, 17 September, at the newly revamped Royal Festival Hall.

 
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The Editors have released a new album, An End Has a Start.

 
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Tune in to BBC Radio 2 on Friday, 15 June, at 7pm for Radio 2 Music Club Presents...Leonard Cohen on Songwriting.  The Canadian legend will talk to Word editor Mark Ellen about his working methods.  You can listen online   for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The Human League will bring their The Dare! Tour 2007 to London on Saturday, 1 December 2007, at the Hammersmith Apollo.  The show will include a complete performance of their classic album.

 
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BBC2 will show BBC4 Sessions: Ray LaMontagne, a performance from LSO St Luke's in east London, at 11.35pm on Friday, 15 June.

 
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If you are a fan of Jon Bon Jovi, you might like to tune in to GMTV on Thursday, 14 June, between 6am and 9.25am, as he will be a guest (ITV1).  On Friday, 15 June, Badly Drawn Boy will perform on the show, probably between 8.35am and 9.25am.

 
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K T Tunstall will perform at London Roundhouse on Tuesday, 30 October, and Wednesday, 31 October.

 
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BBC Radio 2 will broadcast Louie and the G-Men at 10.30pm on Tuesday, 12 June, featuring Steve Van Zandt of the E Street Band celebrating the 50th anniversary of the classic rock standard Louie Louie.  Contributions will be made by members of The Kingsmen, Paul Revere and the Raiders and others with a link to the song. You can listen online   for up to a week afterwards.

 
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VH1 will show Duran Duran: Live at Wembley on Monday, 11 June, at 10.10pm.  On Wednesday, 13 June, it will show Inxs: Live Baby Live in that timeslot.  At 10pm on Friday, 15 June, the channel will show Queen: Live at Wembley.

 
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Billy Ocean and his 10 Piece Band will play the Hammersmith Apollo on Wednesday, 17 October.  Tickets are £27.50.

 
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Lou Reed will be Mark Radcliffe's guest, discussing his upcoming tour, on BBC Radio 2 at 8pm on Tuesday, 12 June.  You can listen online   for up to a week afterwards

 
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Tom McRae, with guest Steve Reynolds, will play the Shepherd's Bush Empire on Friday, 15 June, a re-scheduled date.

 
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Super Furry Animals will play ICA on 19 June, the same night as Smashing Pumpkins will play Shepherd's Bush Empire.  The latter is charging a hefty £37.50 per ticket.

 
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BBC 6 Music on Monday, 11 June, will play archive sets from Al Green in 1999 and Coldplay and Elbow, both from 2005, on George Lamb's programme at 10pm.  That will be followed at 1am in Chris Hawkins' programme with a live archive set from B B King from 1991.  The following night, Tuesday, 12 June, and Wednesday morning, will feature archive sets from Jesus Jones and David Bowie on George Lamb's programme and from Jimi Hendrix and Blur on Chris Hawkins' programme.  On Wednesday, 13 June, the archive sets on George Lamb's show at 10pm will be Paul Weller, with Amy Winehouse, as well as Lou Reed and Charlotte Hatherley.  The archive set on Chris Hawkins programme at 1am will be Steve Winwood.   You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Eddi Reader will be Jools Holland's guest on his BBC Radio 2 programme on Monday, 11 June, at 10.30pm.  Immediately following that programme, Marc Almond and Ghosts will be Simon Mayo's guests on The Music Club at 11.30pm. You can listen online  for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The Coral will play the Astoria on 18 June.  Tickets are £16.

 
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R&B singer and ex-Mr Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, will be the first subject interviewed by Jamie Campbell in his 24 Hours with.... series where the two are locked together in a room for a whole day.  The show will be broadcast on Monday, 11 June, at 10pm on ITV1 and repeated on Friday, 15 June, at 11.35pm.

 
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The Undertones (with Paul McLoone rather than Fearghal Sharkey singing ) will play Shepherd's Bush Empire on 13 October.  Tickets are £16.

 
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Jason Donovan will perform on Loose Women (so to speak) at 12.30pm on Monday, 11 June, on ITV1.

 
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Chris Hawkins on BBC6 Music will play archive sessions from Kraftwerk and Rufus Wainwright at 2am on Monday, 11 June.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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John Hammond will play the Jazz Cafe on 10 July.  Tickets are £17.50.

 
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Sinead O'Connor will appear on Heaven & Earth with Gloria Hunniford on BBC1 at 10am on Sunday, 10 June, speaking about how the Old Testament inspired her new album.

 
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Yoko Ono will be Kirsty Young's castaway on Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4's programme on Sunday, 10 June, at 11.15am, which is repeated on Friday, 15 June, at 9am.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Kings of Leon will play Wembley Arena on 12 December.  Tickets are £25.

 
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The Traveling  (sic) Wilburys' catalogue has finally been re-released.  The Traveling Wilburys Collection seems to be wowing the critics, but then we are talking about a collaboration involving Roy Orbinson, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne.

 
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Kathleen Edwards and Oh Susanna (Suzie Ungerleider) will be the guests on Bob Harris' show on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday, 9 June, at 11pm.  You can listen online   for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Jimmy Cliff will play the Jazz Cafe on 30 and 31 July.  Tickets cost £25.

 
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David Cassidy fans up for a taste of nostalgia might like to note that Living is showing the first series of The Partridge Family on Saturdays at 12pm beginning on Saturday, 9 June.

 
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Squeeze (without Jools Holland) has added an extra date at the Hammersmith Apollo and will now also be playing Wednesday, 5 December (the 4th is sold out).

 
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Gary Numan will play Shepherd's Bush Empire on 28 July.  Tickets are £20.

 
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Clive Gregson will play the Kalamazoo Klub, downstairs at the King's Head Crouch End, N8, at 8.30pm on Friday, 8 June.  Tickets are £12.

 
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BBC Radio 2 will broadcast The Radio 2 Music Club Presents...the Pet Shop Boys--Live and Exclusive, a special concert recorded on 4 June to mark the reopening of the Beeb's newly refurbished Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House.  You can listen online (BBC Radio 2)  for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Laura Veirs will play Bush Hall on 30 July.  TIckets are £15.

 
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Jarvis Cocker, who is curating this year's Meltdown Festival at the newly reopened (Royal Festival Hall at the) South Bank Centre will appear on The Culture Show on BBC2 on Saturday, 9 June, discussing it.  He will then be featured in what the Radio Times has designated the Documentary of the Week in The South Bank Show, an episode of the programme called Jarvis Cocker: Running the World, talking to Melvyn Bragg about songwriting, politics and living in France.   Tune in on Sunday, 10 June, at 10.45pm on ITV1.

 
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Nick Harper, son of Roy, will be playing a brief free gig at Fopp on Goodge Street, W1, from 6pm on Friday, 8 June, 2007.

 
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Runrig has released a new album, Everything You See, on Ridge Records.

 
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The Alarm will play Shepherd's Bush Empire on 10 November.  Tickets are £19.

 
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Loudon Wainwright III releases his 18th album, Strange Weirdos, which is apparently up to his usual high standard, and no doubt an improvement on his last one.

 
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VH1 shows a profile of The Rolling Stones in The Rolling Stones: Truth and Lies, at 8pm on Friday, 8 June.

 
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Jarvis Cocker will be featured on The South Bank Show at 10.45pm on Sunday, 10 June, on ITV1.

 
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Those of you who forgot Colin Hay after his band Men at Work disappeared from the charts after their 80s heyday have missed some marvellous material over the years from an outstanding singer/songwriter, some of which has been given a decent airing on medical comedy Scrubs (and Hay even appears in one episode).  He has recently released another album on Compass called Are You Lookin' At Me?

 
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Homeboy Ben Folds has released two DVDs on Sony: Live at MySpace, with a setlist of Internet requests and the first live performance on that site, from his Nashville studio in 2006, and Live in Perth, a more conventional concert, albeit backed by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, in 2005.

 
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Blur bassist Alex James will be in converstaion with journalist Miranda Sawyer about his memoir, Bit of a Blur, on Thursday, 7 June, at 7pm at UCL Bloomsbury.  Tickets are £7.

 
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BBC6 Music will broadcast at 9pm on Friday, 8 June, Theme Time Radio Hour with Bob Dylan, whilst at 9.15pm on BBC Radio 2, Sean Penn will read the second of eight parts of an abridged version of Dylan's 2004 autobiography, Chronicles, Volume One. You can listen online (BBC Radio 2) or  online (BBC 6 Music) for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Bo Diddley's stint at the Jazz Cafe on 6 and 7 June has been cancelled.

 
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VH1 will show at 10.10pm the Pet Shop Boys Cubism concert on Thursday, 7 June, an interesting peek at their performance, which is now also available on DVD.

 
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The original OMD will play London Indigo2 (ie the Millennium Dome) on Friday, 20 July, and Youssou N'Dour will play there the next day, on Saturday, 21 July.  Aimee Mann will play there on Friday, 27 July, and Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, with Lulu, will play there on Monday, 2 July.

 
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BBC4 will show In Concert: The Cars at 8.30pm on Thursday, 7 June, at 8.20pm.

 
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The fantastic Nick Lowe has a new album out on Proper called At My Age.

 
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Rory McLeod will be Mike Harding's guest at 7pm on Wednesday, 6 June, on BBC Radio 2, followed at 8pm by Mark Radcliffe's show where Charlotte Hatherley will appear in the 'show and tell' feature.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Marc Almond will play Shepherd's Bush Empire on 9 July.  Tickets are £22.50.

 
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George Lamb will broadcast archive sets by Gomez and the Futureheads on his BBC 6 Music show on Tuesday, 5 June, at 10pm.  The next night, on Wednesday, 6 June, he'll play archive sets by Joy Division and ELP.  On Thursday, 7 June, the archive set will be by the Inspiral Carpets.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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A DVD on The Traveling Wilburys called Where There's A Wilbury, There's A Way, a documentary filmed in 1988, has been released on Rhino to accompany the long overdue re-release of their albums.

 
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Richard Thompson has a new album, Sweet Warrior, out on Proper.

 
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Paul Anka will play the Tower of London on 11 July.  Tickets cost between £45 and £65.

 
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ITV1 will show a one-off special of Challenge Anneka on Wednesday, 6 June, at 9pm where Anneka Rice attempts to enlist "famous musical artists" to record a CD in aid of children's hospices.  Those she hopes to attract, who will not necessarily appear on the programme, are Curtis Stigers, Cerys Matthews and others who are not particularly interesting.

 
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Marc Almond performs live on Janice Long's programme from 12.30am on Wednesday, 6 June, on BBC Radio 2.  The next night (morning) at the same time, you can hear a live set from Diesel Park West.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Sondre Lerche has a new album out, billed as Sondre Lerche and the Faces Down, called Phantom Punch.

 
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Ultravox's Midge Ure will be one of the chef contestants in Celebrity MasterChef on Wednesday, 6 June, at 7pm on BBC1.

 
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BBC Radio 2 will broadcast on Tuesday, 5 June, at 10.30pm  Mr Simon's Big Trip, about Paul Simon's 13 months in England in prior to the 1965 release of Simon and Garfunkel's The Sounds of Silence and how the folk venues he frequented influenced him.  Contributors include Al Stewart and Martin Carthy, from whom Simon is often accused of stealing the S&G arrangement of Scarborough Fair, and the previously unaired 1965 Simon track The Northern Line is expected to be played.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Jerry Casale of Devo will be Mark Radcliffe's guest on BBC Radio 2 on Tuesday, 5 June, at 8pm.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The Fray are playing Hammersmith Apollo on Monday and Tuesday, 5 and 6 November.  Their support act will be the Pete Yorn.

 
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The Arctic Monkeys' video for their new single, Fluorescent Adolescent will be shown on Channel 4 at 11.40pm on Tuesday, 5 June, and again at 2.20am the next morning.

 
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The Zombies, sadly but naturally without the late Paul Atkinson, will celebrate 40 years since the release of their classic 1968 album Odessey and Oracle by reconvening to perform it entirely at Shepherd's Bush Empire.  Tickets are £27.50.

 
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Paul McCartney will be Jools Holland's guest on his BBC Radio 2 programme on Monday, 4 June, at 10.30pm.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.  McCartney's new album Memory Almost Full has been getting some fairly positive reviews and can be purchased with deluxe packaging or with a limited edition booklet.

 
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Jonatha Brooke plays the Borderline on Wednesday, 27 June.

 
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Channel 4 will show a quick snippet of the Isle of Wight Festival: Classic Moments featuring The Who on Tuesday, 5 June, at 12.05am.  The following morning at 12.15am, they'll offer a clip of David Bowie performing Heroes.  On Thursday, 7 June, at 12.05am, the artist shown will be REM, whereas on Thursday at 12.10am, it will be Coldplay.

 
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Suzanne Vega will play the South Bank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall on Wednesday, 4 July, promoting her new album, Beauty and Crime, which will be released on 17 July.

 
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Marty Wilde--50s/60s pop rocker and Kim's dad--will be the artist picking two each day of his ten favourite records on Ken Bruce's programme on BBC Radio 2 between 9.30am and 12pm from Monday, 4 June, all week.  You can listen online to each programme for up to a week afterwards.

 
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If you are a fan of Bruce Springsteen, you might be interested in his recently released concert film on DVD called Bruce Springsteen with the Sessions Band, Live in Dublin, on Columbia.

 
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Stereophonics will play Wembley Arena on 15 November.  Tickets are £29.50.

 
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BBC6 Music will repeat the two-part profile of The Doors' Jim Morrison at 9.30pm on Monday, 4 June, and Tuesday, 5 June. You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Andrew Bird plays Scala on Thursday, 7 June, with St Vincent as support.

 
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Mott the Hoople front man Ian Hunter has released his 11th solo album, Shrunken Heads, on Universal.

 
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Howard Goodall's programme How Music Works with Howard Goodall about the tricks of the trade when writing (pop) music will be repeated by Channel 4 at 10.30am each day from Monday, 4 June.

 
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The Editors have a new album, An End Has A Start, although one review accused them as trying to sound like Coldplay (badly).

 
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An archive set from David Bowie will be aired on Chris Hawkins' show at 2am on BBC6 Music on Monday, 4 June.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Orbital's Paul Hartnoll has released a solo album on ACP called THe Ideal Condition. 

 
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BBC2 will show the 1972 film starring Jimmy Cliff called The Harder They Come at 12.10am on Monday, 4 June.

 
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Former X frontman John Doe has released his seventh solo album, A Year in the Wilderness.

 
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The Biography Channel will show several music programmes throughout the day on Sunday, 3 June: Queen: Live at Budapest; Bon Jovi: One Last Night; a profiled of Meat Loaf; and a new profile of Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott.  Such programmes are usually repeated throughout the week. 

 
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Stereophonics are working on their next album, expected to be released in October 2007.  Athlete are expected to release an album in September.

 
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Channel 4 will show Making The Monkees at 10pm on Sunday, 3 June, showing how the 60s group was the first manufactured pop group but rebelled in an effort to produce their own music in a cut-throat industry.  There are contributions from all four Monkees (well, Michael Nesmith, of course, does not really take part but an archive interview is shown) and 'The Man with the Golden Ear,' Don Kirschner.

 
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Singer/songwriter Jesse Malin will be performing a live session on Johnnie Walker's show on BBC Radio 2 on Sunday, 3 June, between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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BBC2 will show Arena: Bob Marley--Exodux 77, about when the reggae legend was forced to leave Jamaica in 1977 following an attempt on his life, at 10pm on Sunday, 3 June.

 
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One of the many programmes to mark the anniversary of the iconic Beatles album, Sgt Pepper--It Was 40 Years Ago Today...., will be shown on BBC2 at 10.45pm on Saturday, 2 June, showing footage of Kaiser Chiefs, the Fray, Travis,  Stereophonics, the Magic Numbers and Bryan Adams re-creating some of the tracks using the original four-track equipment in Abbey Road studio with original Grammy-winning engineer Geoff Emerick.  You can also hear a related show covering the same ground aurally on BBC Radio 2 at 8pm the same day, which you can hear online for up to a week afterwards.    You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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BBC2's third programme in the Seven Ages of Rock series, airing on Saturday, 2 June, at 9pm (and repeated on Sunday, 3 June, at 11pm), focuses on the "Blank Generation: Punk Rock", with footage of Patti Smith, Richard Hell, the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, the Clash and  the Slits, and some of those band members contributing to the programme with modern interviews.

 
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UB40 will play Wembley Arena on 7 December.  Tickets are £35.

 
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Gwen Stefani will play Wembley Arena on 28 & 29 September.  Tickets run up to £32.50.

 
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VH1 will show Kurt and Courtney, a documentary on Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love at 10pm on Friday, 18 May.

 
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Aimee Mann is playing Indigo2 , ie the Millennium Dome, on Friday, 27 July.

 
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The intriguing Sondre Lerche will play Scala on 16 May.  Tickets are only £10.

 
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4Play will feature Ross Copperman at 1am on Saturday, 19 May, on Channel 4.

 
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The amazing Damien Dempsey will play Bush Hall on Monday, 18 June, on the day he releases a new album, To Hell or Barbados.

 
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Ray Lamontagne has added another date at the Royal Albert Hall, on Tuesday, 6 November. 

 
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Tony Hadley will appear on ITV1's repeat of It Shouldn't Happen on a Reality Television Show at 11pm on Friday, 18 May.

 
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The World Environment Day concert at Koko on 5 June will feature Guillemots amongst others.  Tickets are £28.

 
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BBC Radio 4's The Film Programme at 4.30pm on Friday, 18 May, will feature director Julien Temple talking about his new documentary on The Clash and its fantastic front man called Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Patti Smith, Joe Cocker and  Simply Red will be some of the guests on Later...with Jools Holland on Friday, 18 May, at 11.35pm on BBC2.

 
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Michael Bublé will play Wembley Arena on 4 December.  Tickets are £40.

 
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The Bees perform live on Mark Lamarr's programme on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday, 19 May, at midnight (ie Friday night).  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Willy Mason sold out his 16 May gig at the Shepherd's Bush Empire so he has added the next night as well, Thursday, 17 May.

 
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Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on Friday, 18 May, at 10.35pm on BBC1 will have the fantastic Regina Spektor as a guest.

 
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Keane will play the O2 Arena on 21 July.  Tickets are £25.

 
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Gary Numan joins Janice Long on her BBC Radio 2 programme at 12.30am on Friday, 18 May.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Captain plays London ICA on Tuesday, 5 June.

 
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BBC Radio 2 broadcasts the first of a five-part series on Hank Williams Sr called In Love With Hank, which is presented by Steve Earle.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Scritti Politti's Green Gartside will be a special guest on the first The Charles Hazlewood Show on BBC Radio 2 at 10pm on Wednesday, 16 May.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Bobby McFerrin will appear on BBC Radio 4's Front Row at 7.15pm on Tuesday, 15 May, promoting his 'in residence' shows at the Barbican Centre on 20-21 May.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Fountains of Wayne are playing The Astoria on Monday, 21 May.

 
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ITV4 will show Sinatra Under Siege, a documentary on Frank Sinatra's ill-fated tour of Australia in 1974 when he was pilloried by the press after insulting the country's journalists, at 9pm on Tuesday, 15 May.

 
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Camera Obscura will perform live on Janice Long's BBC Radio 2 programme at 12.30am on Tuesday, 15 May.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Ziggy Marley plays the Shepherd's Bush Empire on Monday, 25 June.

 
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The Biography Channel shows on Sunday, 13 May, programmes on Tom Jones (at 11am), George Michaels--an unplugged concert at 4pm, Olivia Newton-John (8pm), and The Bee Gees--Keppel Road (12 midnight on Monday).  On Wednesday, 16 May, it will show programmes on Petula Clark (8pm), David Bowie (9pm), Red Hot Chilli Peppers (11pm), and The Chemical Brothers (11.30pm).

 
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Blondie plays the Hammersmith Apollo on Wednesday, 11 July.

 
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June Tabor will be promoting her new album Apples on Andy Kershaw's programme on BBC Radio 3 at 11.15pm on Monday, 14 May.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Clare Grogan of Altered Images appears in an acting role in the episode of Father Ted being shown on More4 at 11.05pm on Sunday, 13 May.

 
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BBC4 will broadcast Music Hall Meltdown, a variety show featuring Madness amongst others, at 10.50pm on Sunday, 13 May.

 
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Devo are playing the Shepherd's Bush Empire on Tuesday, 26 June.

 
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ITV3 will show Ray Charles: Live in Edmonton, footage of the legend performing in 1981, on Sunday, 13 May, at 8pm.  The Oscar-winning biographical film, Ray, will be shown by ITV1 at 9pm on Tuesday, 15 May.

 
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Bryan Ferry, talking about his new album of Bob Dylan covers, and Maximo Park, performing a number from their forthcoming second album, will appear on BBC2's The Culture Show, which will air on Saturday, 3 March, at 7.25pm, repeated at 1.20am the next morning.

 
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Kathryn Williams will play the Tricycle Theatre on 18 March.  Tickets are £15.

 
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The Decemberists will play the Shepherds Bush Empire on 8 February, promoting their promising new album The Crane Wife, which will be released on 29 January.

 
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California Comes to the Whistle Test will be shown on BBC4 at 10pm on Friday, 12 January, showing performances by American artists in the 1970s including Jackson Browne, Judee Sill, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat and Ry Cooder.

 
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Bloc Party will play Brixton Academy on 19-20 April but both dates have sold out.

 
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The final BBC4 In Concert programme of the week will feature Neil Young in a 1971 concert showcasing his Harvest album.  Tune in at 8.30pm on Friday, 12 January.

 
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Don't miss Duke Special performing at ULU on 21 February.  The venue is great, tickets are an amazingly low £10 each, and the Belfast man has a faultless live voice, sounding something like Michael Penn merged with Rufus Wainwright despite looking like Robert Smith of the Cure with (white) dreadlocks.

 
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More4 will show on Friday, 12 January, at 11pm performances Live from Abbey Road by Paul Simon, Corinne Bailey Rae and Primal Scream.

 
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BBC2's Timewatch programme on Friday, 12 January, at 9pm will focus on Beatlemania, showing previously unseen archive footage and interviews with people who toured with the band to give an insight into the disillusionment that saw the Beatles announcing at the height of their popularity that they would never tour again.

 
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Genesis and supergroup Asia will perform phoenix-style later this year, the former appearing at Twickenham Stadium on 8 July (tickets £50-65) and the latter at Shepherd's Bush Empire on 18 December (tickets £25). 

 
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The Indigo Girls are playing Shepherd's Bush Empire on 15 February.  Tickets are £25 each.

 
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Amy Winehouse will perform on The Friday Night Project at 11.05pm on Friday, 12 January, in Channel 4.

 
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The Frames are promoting their new album at Scala on 20-21 February.  Tickets are £16.

 
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Janice Long's guest at midnight on Friday, 12 January (Thursday night), will be Kaytu, featuring members of Goldfrapp and Blackbud, performing a live session.  Tune in to BBC Radio 2 or listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Continuing its In Concert series showing 1970s performances, BBC4 will show the amazing Joni Mitchell in a 1970 performance on Thursday, 11 January, at 8.30pm.

 
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Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine will play the Shepherd's Bush Empire on 10 February.  Tickets are £18.50 each and definitely worth it.

 
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ABC frontman Martin Fry will guest on comedian Lee Mack's programme at 10pm on BBC Radio 2 on Thursday, 11 January.   You can listen online for up to a week afterwards

 
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Stephen Fretwell will play downstairs at the Slaughtered Lamb on Great Sutton Street in Clerkenwell on 27 February through 1 March.  Tickets are £9.50.

 
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Barenaked Ladies will play Hammersmith Apollo on 30 March and are invariably terrific live.  Tickets are £25 each.

 
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More4 will show the documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston, profiling the manic depressive singer/songwriter who became a cult icon in the 1980s, at 9pm on Wednesday, 10 January.

 
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Lloyd Cole will play The Arts Theatre on Newport Street on 24 and 25 January.

 
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Glaswegian singer/songwriter Roddy Hart will perform a live set on Janice Long's midnight programme on Thursday, 11 January, (Wednesday night) .  Tune in to BBC Radio 2 or listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Fionn Regan will play Dingwalls on 6 February.  Tickets are £10.50 each.

 
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BBC4 will broadcast In Concert: Crosby and Nash, a 1970 concert by the duo performing their best-known tracks, at 8.30pm on Wednesday, 10 January.

 
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Thea Gilmore and Eric McKeown will be a worthy double bill at Dingwalls on 21 March for a £14 ticket.

 
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BBC Radio 4 begins a five-part series called The Singer Not the Song at 9.30am on Tuesday, 9 January.  The first programme will focus on the Jazz voice, with Jacqui Dankworth and Humphrey Littleton analyzing some of the best voices of the last century.

 
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Liam Frost and the Slowdown Family will play Spitz on 17 January.  Tickets are £8.50 and should be well worth it.

 
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Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues and Tony Banks will contribute to the (repeated) programme at 11.30am on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday, 9 January, called Sampledelica!  The History of the Mellotron, the instrument famously used in the intro to The Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The magnificent Tim Finn (ex-Split Enz, ex-Crowded House, brother of Neil etc) will be playing Shepherd's Bush Empire on 12 March.  Tickets cost £25 each, and unfortunately for those of us who don't like to continue the pleasures of a crammed Tube journey (ie standing for an age with an aching back and one's nose jammed into someone else's armpit), the downstairs of the venue will be all-standing.  There is first-come first-served seating way up on the upper level, but Tim is worth anything.

 
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Ex-Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys will play the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the South Bank on 2 March.

 
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On Monday, 8 January, BBC4 will show In Concert: The Eagles at 8.30pm followed at 9pm by Hotel California: from the Byrds to the Eagles, a new programme looking into "the music and mythology of 1960s and 1970s California".  The latter programme will be repeated at 1am on Thursday, 11 January (ie Wednesday night), and again at 10pm on Friday, 12 January.

 
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Green Gartside of Scritti Politti will chat with Janice Long and perform in the studio on her BBC Radio 2 programme at midnight on Monday, 8 January.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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BBC1 will show on Sunday, 7 January, at 10.15pm Kings of 70s Romance, focusing on pin-ups for the more mature women of the time such as Barry White, Leo Sayer and Gilbert O'Sullivan.

 
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Bob Dylan will play Wembley Arena on 15 April.  Tickets are £37.50.

 
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Art Garfunkel is playing the Palladium on 18 March for a £40 ticket.

 
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BBC2 will show The Electric Proms: The Good, the Bad and the Queen, showing a performance at Camden's The Roundhouse by Damon Albarn and Paul Simonon's new band, at 11.45pm on Sunday, 7 January.

 
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Roy Harper will be playing four dates at the 100 Club, his only in the UK: 19 to 20 January and 26 to 27 January.

 
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Sorry for the recent lack of updates as the day job completely took hold!  Many updates will appear over the next few days.  Meanwhile, happy New Year to everyone.

 
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Judie Tzuke will play the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the South Bank Centre on 27 February 2007.  Tickets are £22.50.

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BBC4's Rock Goes to College programme on Friday, 8 December, at 10pm will feature no less than The Specials in a 1979 performance at the Colchester Institute.

 
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Joan Armatrading will be wowing the Royal Albert Hall on 8 May 2007.  Tickets are £32.50.  The Waterboys will play there on 11 May, with tickets costing between £22.50 and £28.50.

 
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John Martyn will play the Roundhouse on 3 February 2007.  Tickets are £24.50 each. 

 
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ITV1 will show 2006: Greatest Hits at 9pm on Friday, 8 December, with Keane performing, as apparently will Scissor Sisters, James Morrison, Snow Patrol, the Fratellis, Jamiroquai, Kasabian and Razorlight

 
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Liam Frost and the Slowdown Family will play Spitz on 17 January 2007.  Tickets are only £8.50.

 
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Later...with Jools Holland on Friday, 8 December, at 11.35pm on BBC2 will be the last of the series and will include as guests the Good, the Bad and the Queen (Damon Albarn's new band with The Clash's bassist Paul Simonon, former The Verve guitarist Simon Tong and Afrobeat drummer  Tony Allen); Tony Bennett, Eric Bibb, Scott Matthews, Scissor Sisters and The Hours.

 
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Kristin Hersh will play the Soho Arts Theatre on 11 January 2007.  Tickets are £17.50 each.

 
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The Guillemots will perform their new single on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on Friday, 8 December, at 10.35pm on BBC1.  The programme is repeated the next day.

 
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Keane will play Wembley Arena on 28 February 2007.  Tickets are £25.

 
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Eliza Carthy will join Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2 at 10.30pm on Thursday, 7 December.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The Magic Numbers will play the Forum on 9 and 10 January 2007.  Tickets cost £17.50 each.

 
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Bonnie Tyler and father and daughter singer/songwriters Joe Brown and Sam Brown will guest on Radio Rivron on BBC Radio 2 at 10pm on Thursday, 7 December, which is repeated the following Saturday at 1.30pm.  Kathryn Williams will also contribute by telephone.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards

 
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Fairport Convention will play ICA on 10 March 2007.  Tickets are £22.50.

 
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Madonna: Million Dollar Babies, a programme on the recent controversy over Madonna's decision to adopt a boy from Malawi, will be shown at 10pm on ITV1 on Thursday, 7 December.

 
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Nine Inch Nails have added a date and will now be playing Brixton Academy on 7-8 and 10 March 2007.  Tickets are £25.

 
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Seth Lakeman will be Mike Harding's guest on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday, 6 December, at 8pm.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Bobby McFerrin will play the Barbican Centre on 20-21 May 2007.  Tickets cost £20-30.

 
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Nick Barraclough's programme on BBC Radio 2 at 7pm on Wednesday, 6 December, will focus on an interview with Linda Ronstadt, who has recently released an album with Cajun singer/guitarist Ann Savoy.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Barry Manilow will appear on The New Paul O'Grady Show on Channel 4 at 5pm on Tuesday, 5 December.  If you like Rod Stewart, you'll want to tune in to the show on Friday, 8 December.

 
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4Music Presents...Red Hot Chili Peppers will be shown on Channel 4 at 1am on Monday, 4 December.

 
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Amy Winehouse performs with the BBC Big Band in Big Band Special on BBC Radio 2 at 9pm on Monday, 4 December.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The Biography Channel will be showing Michael Hutchence: the Loved One on Monday, 4 December, at 12 noon and 5pm.  On Wednesday, 6 December, tune in for programmes on Harry Connick Jr at 8pm, Paul McCartney at 9pm and Elton John at 10pm, and repeated the following day.

 
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Sting will guest on Parkinson's Sunday Supplement on BBC Radio 2 at 11am on Sunday, 3 December.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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BBC Radio 2 are running a two-part series beginning on Saturday, 2 December, at 8pm called England's Still Dreaming--30 Years of Punk, presented by Steve Lamacq with contributions from Malcolm McLaren, John Lydon, Mick Jones of The Clash, Hugh Cornwell of the Stranglers, and Buzzcocks founders Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto. You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The great "new" singer songwriter from Belfast (the one who looks like Robert Smith with dreadlocks but sounds nothing like his image), Duke Special, will perform on the Dermot O'Leary programme on BBC Radio 2 at 4.30pm on Saturday, 2 December.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Albert Hammond Jr, former Strokes guitarist, will perform on The Album Chart Show on Channel 4 at 12.30am on Saturday, 25 November, which will also be repeated on Sunday.

 
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Nine Inch Nails will be playing Brixton Academy on 7-8 March 2007.  Tickets are £25.

 
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BBC2 will show Living Famously at 12.45am on Saturday, 25 November, an apparently impressive profile of the Who's legendary drummer Keith Moon.

 
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Don't forget that Boo Hewerdine will be playing the Spitz on Wednesday, 22 November; he is always unmissable.  Tickets are £12.  He will be joined by Ewan Vernal and Neill MacColl with special guests Alice McLaughlin and Senegal's Nuru Kane, nominated as 'Best Newcomer' in the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music 2007.  Ben Taylor, son of James Taylor and Carly Simon and very much a chip off the old block(s), will be playing Spitz the following night.

 
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Tony Hadley and tenor Alfie Boe will join the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Mermaid Theatre in Friday Night is Music Night at 7.30pm on BBC Radio 2 on Friday, 24 November.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Don't miss the first of a four-part series on American folk legend Woody Guthrie presented by Billy Bragg called The Dust Bowl Balladeer on BBC Radio 2 beginning at 7pm on Friday, 24 November.  Contributors will include his son Arlo Guthrie, an outstanding balladeer himself, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Tom Paxton, Donovan, Ralph McTell, Bob Geldof and Country Joe McDonald.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The Pogues will now be playing Brixton Academy from 17 to 19 December, having sold out the first date.  Tickets are £27.50.

 
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BBC4 will show Rock Goes to College: The Police, a 1979 concert from the Hatfield Polytechnic, back when the three piece band fronted by Sting was were really impressive.  Tune in at 10pm on Friday, 24 November, for an undoubted treat.

 
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Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood will have one of his compositions, which was written specially for the BBC Concert Orchestra, played in Performance on 3: Red, White and Blue, a programme live from the Queen Elizabeth Hall featuring contemporary British music on BBC Radio 3 on Friday, 24 November, at 7.30pm (although his Popcorn Superhet Receiver will probably be heard closer to 8.40pm).  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Ray Lamontagne will play the Hammersmith Apollo on 2 February 2007.  Tickets are £19.

 
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Later...with Jools Holland on Friday, 24 November, at 11.35pm on BBC2 will feature The Killers, Lucinda Williams, and Jools' own fantastic Rhythm & Blues Orchestra performing with Lulu and Richard Hawley.

 
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Josh Ritter will be Phill Jupitus' guest on BBC 6 Music on Friday, 24 November, between 7am and 10am.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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David Gray will be featured on the Biography Channel on Friday, 24 November, at 6pm and a few hours later at 12 midnight.

 
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Jack Savoretti, who will soon be opening for Shawn Colvin at the Union Chapel, will perform a live set on Janice Long's BBC Radio 2 programme at 12 midnight on Friday, 24 November (ie Thursday night).  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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My Life Story will play the Astoria on 8 December.  Tickets are £12.50.

 
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Rowland Rivron, on Radio Rivron on BBC Radio 2 at 10pm on Thursday, 23 November, will go on location with teh recently revived Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.  The programme will be repeated on Saturday at 1.30pm or you can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Nitin Sawhney has added extra Jazz Cafe gigs and will now be playing from  5 to 10 December.  Tickets are £35.

 
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On Monday, 20 November, Tom Waits is releasing a limited edition three-CD box set called Orphans, which some are referring to as a career retrospective but which also includes 30 new tracks such as his versions of his songs covered by other artists and his covers of songs by others such as The Ramones and Leadbelly.

 
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Courtney Love and Juliette and the Licks will appear on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on Friday, 24 November, at 10.35pm.

 
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Patti Smith will be performing poetry and songs at ICA on 27 November.  Tickets are £10.

 
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ITV2 will show the American Music Awards at 9pm on Thursday, 23 November, including performances from that great world music star  Beyoncé (see below), Snow Patrol and Gwen Stefani formerly of No Doubt.

 
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The World Music Awards featuring an interesting performance by Michael Jackson as well as Beyoncé Knowles, Mary J Blige and Faithless--not really my definition of World Music, but anyway--will be shown by Channel 4 on Thursday, 23 November, at 11.35pm.

 
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Jefferson Starship will be playing Dingwalls on 27 November.  Tickets cost £22.50.

 
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Jools Holland releases another 'and friends' album on Monday, 20 November.  This one is scarily country, called Moving Out to the Country, and featuring appearances by the usual suspects including Tom Jones, Solomon Burke, Mark Knopfler, Paul Carrack, Marc Almond, Lulu, Richard Hawley, K T Tunstall and others.

 
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The Biography Channel will show programmes on The Darkness (6pm), The Pretenders (7pm) and Phil Collins' First Farewell Tour (10pm) on Wednesday, 22 November.  Most of their programmes are repeated throughout the week.

 
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The Fratellis perform a live session on Janice Long's BBC Radio 2 programme at 12 midnight on Thursday, 23 November (ie Wednesday night).  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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If you would like to see an interesting and apparently warm-hearted take on songs by Radiohead and the Clash, tune in to Channel 4 at 9pm on Wednesday, 22 November, to see a band with an average age of 80 from New England tackling them.

 
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You Send Me--the Sam Cooke Story continues on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday, 22 November, at 10pm, presented by Paul Gambaccini. You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Mark Radcliffe's guest on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday, 22 November, at 10.30pm is the great Andy Partridge of XTC.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The Magic Numbers will be one of the live sessions broadcast on Jo Whiley's In Live Music We Trust programme on BBC Radio 1 on Wednesday, 22 November, at 9pm.  You can listen online.

 
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Beth Nielsen Chapman will join the likes of Merle Haggard and Booker T Jones in contributing to the Kris Kristofferson-narrated four-part profile on BBC Radio 2 called Outlaw: Willie Nelson and the Road Less Travelled, which continues on Tuesday, 21 November.  You can listen online.

 
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REM and the Presley Family will be profiled on the Biography Channel on Tuesday, 21 November--the latter at 11am and 4pm.  REM will technically appear on Wednesday, 22 November, actually as their show begins at midnight.

 
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BBC Radio 2 will begin a two-part programme on Barry Manilow called I Write the Songs: the Barry Manilow Profile at 8.30pm on Tuesday, 21 November.  You can listen online for up to a week aftewards.

 
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Jools Holland will be a guest on The New Paul O'Grady Show at 5pm on Channel 4 on Monday, 20 November.  Jools' radio programme will be broadcast that night at 9.30pm on BBC Radio 2 featuring his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra performing with Kevin Godley.  You can listen to his radio programme online.

 
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Joan Armatrading will be taking another journey on BBC Radio 4, this time through Ireland.  Tune in at 3.45pm each weekday beginning Monday, 20 November, where she'll begin in Dublin, meeting Mary Black and pop cellist Vyvienne Long whilst sampling some traditional music.  On Tuesday, she'll hit Limerick and its World Centre for Irish Music and Dance and a harping school; on Wednesday, she'll be in County Clare and encounter a piper and a ceilidh band; on Thursday, she'll hit the Aran Islands and meet ballad singer Lasairfhiona Ni Chonaola; before finishing on Friday at Ballinasloe in Galway.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The Killers and Pink will perform on The Album Chart Show, which will be repeated at 2.40am on Channel 4 on Monday, 20 November.  Pink will also be profiled in a programme on the Biography Channel to be shown at 6pm on Monday, 20 November, and again at midnight, 9am and 1pm on Tuesday.

 
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Petula Clark will be profiled in Petula Clark--Blue Lady on Sunday, 19 November, on BBC4 at 8pm.

 
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Oasis fans will no doubt want to tune into Channel 4 on Sunday, 19 November, at 11.50pm for Oasis: Don't Slow Me Down, showing footage of their recent world tour on and backstage, followed at 1.10am by Oasis: Live from Manchester. You might also like to tune into BBC Radio 2's daily Tracks of My Years during Ken Bruce's morning programme (9.30am--12 noon) to hear Noel Gallagher pick his ten favourite discs, two each day. You can listen to that online.

 
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Artist Peter Blake, who created the famous cover of the Beatles album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, will be Melvyn Bragg's guest on The South Bank Show on ITV1 at 10.45pm on Sunday, 19 November.

 
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Paul Simon will be featured on BBC1 Sessions on BBC1 on Sunday, 19 November, at 10.55pm, showing his concert at London's LSO St Luke's.

 
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George Michael: 25 and Live, a celebration of the Wham! singer's 25 years in pop including a candid interview with him, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 at 8pm on Saturday, 18 November.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Roy Harper will be playing the 100 Club on 19 and 20 January 2007.  Tickets will cost £17.50.

 
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BBC Children in Need takes place from 7pm throughout the night on BBC1 on Friday, 17 November.  The only really decent music contributor will be Keane, scheduled to perform live between 9.30pm and 10pm.

 
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Rufus Wainwright has added an extra date for his performance of Judy Garland's 1961 Carnegie Hall Concert, this time at 18 February on the London Palladium.  Tickets cost between £65 and £75.

 
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The Good, the Bad and The Queen, Damon Albarn's new group with Clash bassist Paul Simonon, will play York Hall on 2 February.  Tickets are £22.50.

 
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Petula Clark -- Blue Lady will be shown on BBC4 on Friday, 17 November, at 9pm and again at 12.20am the next morning.  The documentary is timely in that Clark's biggest hit was Downtown, which is this year's Children in Need single, albeit performed by Emma Bunton and the like, 17 November being that night.  Clark will also be performing at the Theatre Royal on 26 November.  Tickets range from £15 to £40.

 
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Marc Almond and Kiki Dee will be two of the singers joining the BBC Concert Orchestra on Friday Night is Music Night in paying tribute to UK Hall of Fame inductee Dusty Springfield on Friday, 17 November, at 7.30pm.  You can listen online for up to a week afterward.

 
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The Killers will play Wembley Arena on 24 to 25 February 2007.  Tickets cost £27.50.

 
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Later....with Jools Holland on Friday, 17 November, at 11.35pm will include performances from Christy Moore, Razorlight, Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), the Magic Numbers and Gotan Project, with an interview with former Police guitarist Andy Summers, who has recently released a book on the band.

 
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The controversial South Bank Show Special where George Michael was shown smoking and praising cannabis (in a country where it is legal) will be shown at 11pm on ITV1 on Friday, 17 November.

 
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Nanci Griffith will be interviewed on Bob Harris Country at 7pm on Thursday, 16 November, on BBC Radio 2.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The UK Music Hall of Fame next induction will receive quite a bit of coverage, including a two-hour programme on Channel 4 on Thursday, 16 November, at 9pm, including performances by James Brown and Brian Wilson.  Other inductees include Dusty Springfield, Led Zeppelin and, uh, Rod Stewart, the latter of whom will receive a tribute from James Morrison, whilst Joss Stone and Patti LaBelle will perform two hits of the late Dusty Springfield  Also, BBC Radio 2 will have Mark Radcliffe live backstage reporting from Alexandra Palace on Tuesday, 14 November, from 10.30pm, and you can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Amy Winehouse is scheduled to appear on Never Mind the Buzzcocks on BBC2 at 10pm on Thursday, 16 November.

 
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Although he is not expected to be appearing live, Loudon Wainwright III--or his music--will be one of the focuses of Verity Sharp's Late Junction on Wednesday, 15 November, at 10.15pm on BBC Radio 3.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The former Altered Images lead singer and actress Clare Grogan will be Mark Radcliffe's guest on BBC Radio 2 at 10.30pm on Wednesday, 15 November.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The Kooks, The Feeling, the Automatic, Boy Kill Boy and Captain will all play the Brixton Academy on 9 December.  Tickets are £25.

 
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The Biography Channel will be showing a programme on K T Tunstall at 6pm on Wednesday, 15 November, repeating it at midnight.  That same night, the channel will show programmes on Johnny Cash at 7pm, Barry Manilow at 9pm and Rod Stewart at 10pm, and most of those shows will be repeated the next day, when a show on ABBA at 3pm and on the Red Hot Chili Peppers at 6pm will be shown.

 
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The fantastic Richard Thompson will appear on Mike Harding's programme on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday, 15 November, at 8pm, discussing the fact that many of his songs have been covered by other singers, including the great Paul Brady and Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello and others. You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Madonna Talks to Kirsty Wark will be shown on BBC4 at 11.30pm on Wednesday, 15 November.

 
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Channel 4 will be repeating John Peel's Record Box at 11.35pm on Wednesday, 15 November, exploring the battered wooden box containing the late DJ's most treasured singles.

 
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To coincide with her induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame, Dusty Springfield's 1969 album Dusty in Memphis will be featured in a programme on BBC Radio 2 at 8.30pm on Tuesday, 14 November, including archive input from Dusty never aired before in the UK.

 
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Nelly Furtado fans might like to watch the New Paul O'Grady Show at 5pm on Tuesday, 14 November, on Channel 4.

 
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Julian Cope will perform live on Mark Radcliffe's show at 10.30pm on BBC Radio 2 on Monday, 13 November.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Tori Amos will be Michael Berkeley's guest on Private Passions, revealing her love for the classics, at 12 noon on Sunday, 12 November, on BBC Radio 3, which you can listen to online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Eddi Reader will perform at Shepherd's Bush Empire on 10 February 2007.  Tickets are £18.50.

 
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Rufus Wainwright will perform his own version of Judy Garland's legendary 1961 Carnegie Hall performance in its entirety on 18 February at the London Palladium.  Tickets are £65/75.

 
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Cerys Matthews, former lead singer of Catatonia, will perform on Jools Holland's radio programme on BBC Radio 2 on Monday, 6 November, at 9.30pm.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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4Music Presents Gnarls Barkley will be shown at 12.55am on Monday, 6 November, on Channel 4.

 
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Blue Nile frontman Paul Buchanan will play the Theatre Royal on Thursday, 19 November.  Tickets are £28

 
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Paul Weller: Into Tomorrow, an intimate biography "told by Weller and those who know him" will be shown on BBC2 at 9pm on Sunday, 5 November.  The programme should exclusive rare and previously unseen photos and footage, with contributors including Mick Talbot, Boy George, Noel Gallagher and Weller's ex-wife.  BBC2 will show  Paul Weller at the Electric Proms that same night at 11.40pm, a performance from Camden's Roundhouse on the opening night of the Beeb's Electric Proms.

 
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Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band will play the 100 Club on 31 December.  Tickets are £39.50.

 
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Channel 4 will show Gorillaz: Live in Manchester recreating Demon Days on stage at 1.10am on Saturday, 4 November.

 
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David Kitt will play Scala on 27 November.  Tickets are £10.

 
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Madness will perform at Brixton Academy on 7 December and at Wembley Arena on 20 December.

 
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Channel 4's The Album Chart Show at 12.05am on Saturday, 4 November, will include performances by Jet and The Charlatans.   It will be repeated on Sunday.

 
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Badly Drawn Boy, with guest Isobel Campbell, will perform an extra date at London Bloomsbury Ballroom on Monday, 6 November, after his previous night's gig sold out.  His new album is Born in the UK.

 
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Seth Lakeman will appear at Shepherd's Bush Empire on 20 February 2007.  Tickets are £13.50.

 
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The WOMAD festival will be held from 27 to 29 July 2007 at Charlton Park in Malmesbury. 

 
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Later with Jools Holland returns for its 28th series on Friday, 3 November, at 11.35pm on BBC2.  The first of six shows should feature excellent Belfast singer/songwriter Duke Special (aka Pete Wilson), Dave Stewart, Amy Winehouse, Dave Stewart,  the Gipsy Kings, Muse and the RaconteursDamien Rice's website says that he will be appearing on the show but that is unconfirmed.

 
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Tom McRae will perform with artistes of the Hotel Cafe at KCLSU (King's College) in Islington on Thursday, 7 December.   Tickets are £15.

 
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Paul Weller will guest on Pete Mitchell's BBC Radio 2 programme from 1am on Sunday, 5 November.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Actor Jack Black's band Tenacious D will appear on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross to promote the band's new movie, and Australian garage rock band Jet will also appear.  The programme will be shown at 10.35pm on BBC1 on Friday, 3 November, and repeated on Sunday, 5 November, at 1.20am.

 
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Damien Rice's new single 9 Crimes will be released on 27 November in the UK.  His new album 9 will be released on 6 November.

 
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The Who will be the next live performance from the Roundhouse broadcast as part of the BBC's Electric Proms.  Their 28 October gig will be played on Saturday, 4 November, at 9pm on BBC Radio 2, and you should be able to hear the programme online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Speaking of famous offspring (below), Ben Taylor, son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, will be playing at London Spitz on Thursday, 23 November, to promote his new well-received album, Another Run Around the Sun.

 
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Sean Lennon will perform at St James Church on Thursday, 9 November, with Julie Feeney.  He is promoting his new album Friendly Fire.

 
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The Men They Couldn't Hang will perform at the 100 Club on 15 December.  Tickets are £15

 
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Ray Davies's Royal Albert Hall concert gigs originally planned for November will be rescheduled to take place on 10 May 2007. 

 
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BBC Radio 3 will present a new "festival of ideas for the future" this weekend, which will be launched on Friday, 3 November, at 9.30pm by Free Thinking: the Brian Eno Lecture, where the producer unveils his personal manifesto for a new understanding of culture and science in the 21st century in a lecture given at Liverpool's Hope University.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The Wonder Stuff will perform at Shepherd's Bush Empire on 8 December.  Tickets are £16.50.

 
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Nick Cave performing solo will perform at the ATP Festival at Butlins Holiday Camp Minehead over 27 to 29 April 2007. 

 
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UKTV History will show Soul Deep: the Story of Black Popular Music on Friday, 3 November, at 7pm, and this programme will give an insight into how James Brown instigated a funk revolution in 1965.  The programme that follows at 7.30pm will focus on hip-hop artist Mary J Blige and the 1980s soul beats that influenced her music.

 
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Captain will play the Mean Fiddler on 5 December.  Tickets are £9.50.

 
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Channel 4 will show ex-Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy Live in Concert at 1.15am on Friday, 3 November.

 
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Nerina Pallot will perform live on the Janice Long show, which begins at midnight on Wednesday, 1 November, on BBC Radio 2.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Culture Club will play Shepherd's Bush Empire on 23 December.  Tickets are £23.50.

 
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The Beat will play Shepherd's Bush Empire on 14 April 2007.  Tickets are £15.

 
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George Michael will play Earls Court on 25-25, 28-29 November and will play Wembley Arena on 11-12 December.

 
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Meat Loaf will play Wembley Arena on 23 May 2007.  Tickets are around £45.

 
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Dolly Parton will play Wembley Arena on 25 March 2007.  Tickets are £50-75.

 
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Singer/songwriter Jack Savoretti will perform some songs from his forthcoming album and chat to Johnnie Walker on BBC Radio 2 on Sunday, 29 October, at 5pm.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Curtis Stigers will play Ronnie Scott's in Soho from 8 to 11 November, two shows a night.

 
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Bloc Party's Astoria gigs on 31 January and 2 February have sold out.

 
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The Blockheads will play the 100 Club on 22 December.  Tickets are £19.50.

 
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Video footage from Tom Baxter's live shows at the Amadeus Centre in September is available on his site http://www.tombaxter.co.uk/songs/videos/.

 
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James Brown--BBC Electric Proms will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 at 9pm on Saturday, 28 October, featuring a special appearance by the R&B/funk legend with special guests.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Amy Winehouse will play Shepherd's Bush Empire on 2 February 2007.  Tickets are £17.50.

 
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Amy Winehouse will perform a special live acoustic session on Pete Mitchell's show, which begins at 5pm, on Saturday, 28 October, on BBC Radio 2, and you can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The Magic Numbers will play a free gig at Fopp in Goodge Street at 6pm on Monday, 6 November, but you will need a wristband to enter, and those are available first-come, first-served from the store after 23 October.

 
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Lily Allen will play the Astoria on Monday, 6 November, and Tuesday, 7 November, at 7pm, but both gigs are sold out.

 
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Tom Paxton will play the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 22 January.  Tickets are £22.50.

 
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Barenaked Ladies will play the Hammersmith Apollo on 30 March 2007.  Tickets are £25.

 
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The magnificent Roddy Frame will be playing ICA on 28 October with Phil Wilson and The Wolfhounds.  Tickets are £22.50.

 
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Guillemots will be playing the Union Chapel on 22 November and the Brixton Academy on 16 February 2007.  They'll also appear with Kasabian and the BBC Concert Orchestra in a sold-out gig at the Roundhouse on 28 October for the 'BBC EP' gig.

 
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BBC4 on Friday, 27 October, will show Sight and Sound in Concert: Thin Lizzy at 10pm. The late  Phil Lynott and his band will be shown performing a concert from 1983.

 
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Don't miss the amazing Boo Hewerdine performing at The Spitz in the City of London on 22 November.

 
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The New York Dolls will appear on The Album Chart Show at 12.10am on Channel 4 on Saturday, 28 October.

 
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To celebrate 15 years (is it that time already?!) of music in Cabot Hall at Canary Wharf in the Docklands, a special concert will be held with Chris Difford and his band headlining, along with Ruby Turner, Jean Jacque Burnel (of the Stranglers) and Baz Warne and 'surprise special guests' on Wednesday, 15 November, at 7.30pm.  Tickets from Ticketweb are £20.

 
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Peter Gabriel has apparently rejected the chance to reunite and tour with Genesis, including Phil Collins, as he is working on new solo material.

 
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The Icicle Works will play Shepherd's Bush Empire on 27 October.

 
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Smokey Robinson appears on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross at 10.35pm on Friday, 27 October, on BBC1.  The programme will be repeated the next day.

 
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New Order will play Wembley Arena on Friday, 27 October, with Maximo Park as support, so it should be worth the £35 ticket price.

 
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Jools Holland will make a brief appeal on BBC Radio 4 for the Amber Trust, which gives blind children access to music, at 3.27pm on Thursday, 26 October.   You can listen online.

 
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Deacon Blue lead singer Ricky Ross will be one of the panellists on the first of the new series of Never Mind the Buzzcocks at 10pm on Thursday, 26 October, on BBC2.

 
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Damon Albarn's new project, the Good, the Bad and the Queen, with Clash bassist Paul Simonon, guitarist Simon Tong of the Verve, Blur and Gorillaz; and Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen, will give a performance at the Roundhouse that will be broadcast live at 9.30pm on Thursday, 26 October, on BBC Radio 1 as part of Zane Lowe and Colin Murray at the BBC's Electric Proms. Before that, at 7pm, Jet will play at the Barfly.  You can listen online

 
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Neko Case and M Ward are playing Koko on 1 November.  Tickets are £16.

 
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VH1 will broadcast The Zutons in Control on Thursday, 26 October, at 12.30am.  You can catch the band live at the Roundhouse on Saturday, 2 December, or Sunday, 3 December, but only if you can get your hands on a ticket for the sold out gigs.

 
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America will play Hammersmith Apollo on 13 March 2007.  Tickets are £32.50.

 
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The Storys will perform a live set at 10.30pm on Thursday, 26 October, on BBC Radio 2 on Claudia Winkleman's show.  You can listen online.

 
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In Martin Freeman's The Great Unknown on Tuesday, 24 October, The Office actor will focus on the early career of Traffic, which of course featured Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi.  Tune in to BBC Radio 2 at 9.30pm; you can listen online.

 
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James Morrison, The Automatic and Lily Allen will play the Union Chapel on 27 November, but it has already sold out.

 
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Elton John will guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which can now be seen on the new Five Life Channel, at 4pm on Monday, 23 October.

 
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Glenn Tilbrook will be playing Jacksons Lane on 1 November.  Tickets cost up to £16.50.  His live performances are something to behold.

 
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Led Zeppelin will be one of the specialist subjects on Mastermind on Monday, 23 October, at 8pm on BBC2.

 
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The Fratellis will play the Astoria on 5 November.  Tickets are £13.50.

 
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Jarvis Cocker has sold out his gig at the Roundhouse on Saturday, 16 December.

 
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Chip Taylor, who wrote Wild Thing, Angel of Morning, and many other greats and can claim to be Jon Voigt's brother and thus Angelina Jolie's uncle, will perform with Carrie Rodriguez at Luminaire on 24 November.  Tickets are £24.

 
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Martin Simpson will play the Purcell Room on 4 November.  Tickets are £15.

 
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The magnificent Tim Finn of the Finn Brothers, Crowded House and Split Enz will guest on Jools Holland's BBC Radio 2 programme at 9.30pm on Monday, 23 October, the day Tim's new solo album is released.  You can listen online and for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Chris Difford is playing the Harrow Cricket Club on 8 December.  Tickets are £12.50.

 
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Intriguing Belfast singer/songwriter Duke Special--the one who looks a bit like a goth with dreads but sounds smooth and soulful, whose influences include early Van Morrison, Aimee Mann, Elliott Smith, Rufus Wainwright, Ben Folds and Tom Waits (so the man has taste)--will be featured in 4Play on Monday, 23 October, at 1.35am on Channel 4.   He will also be playing the Roundhouse on Thursday, 2 November.

 
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Georgie Fame begins a three-night residency at Ronnie Scotts on Monday, 23  October.  Tickets for each performance are £26.

 
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Amadou & Mariam will play the Roundhouse on 11 December.  Tickets are £17.50 and the ticket will include K'Naan and Ba Cissoko.

 
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Billy Bragg is popping up in all sorts of places promoting his new book, The Progressive Patriot.  You can get signed copies of the book or his recently released box set from his website, if you don't catch him at a book signing somewhere...or in concert at the Hackney Empire on Sunday, 10 December.

 
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Bert Jansch will promote his highly acclaimed new album with a concert at the Roundhouse on Friday, 12 January 2007.

 
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Lionel Richie fans might like to see him on Heaven & Earth with Gloria Hunniford at 10am on Sunday, 22 October, on BBC1.

 
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If you enjoy Chumbawumba, you might be interested in their acoustic concert at the Purcell Room on 3 November.  Tickets are £16.

 
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Ron Sexsmith plays Shepherd's Bush Empire on 21 November.  Tickets cost up to £20 and he's worth it.

 
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The Biography Channel is showing programmes on some musicians this week, including The Killers (9am and 1pm on Saturday, 21 October); Duran Duran: Extraordinary World (11pm on Saturday, 21 October, and 11am and 4pm on the Sunday); Elton John (Sunday, 22 October, at 9.30pm and Monday, 23 October at 3pm); Kaiser Chiefs (Tuesday, 24 October at 6pm and at midnight and 1pm the next day); John Entwhistle in Thunderfingers (Wednesday, 25 October at 8pm); Jamiroquai (6pm on Monday, 23 October; 12 midnight the next morning; 1pm on Tuesday, 24 October); and Pete Townshend (7pm on Wednesday, 25 October, and 11am the next day).  The Classic Albums programme at 10pm on Wednesday, 26 October--and possibly the next day at 8am and 5pm--will feature The Who's Who's Next.

 
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Morrissey will play Wembley Arena on 8 December. Tickets cost £35.

 
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Gomez with the great Josh Ritter as support will play Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday, 23 November.  They are promoting their new album, How We Operate.

 
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Madeleine Peyroux, who most agree sings like Billie Holiday possibly with a bit of Peggy Lee added, will speak to Russell Davies about her new album Half the Perfect World at 2.30pm on Sunday, 22 October, on BBC Radio 2.  You can listen online.

 
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Former Strangler (I mean the band, of course) Hugh Cornwell  appears at The Scala on 26 October at 8pm.  Tickets cost £15.

 
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Older TOTP2 programmes repeated on UKTV G2 at 8pm on Saturday, 21 October, from 8pm will feature U2, the Cranberries, and Santana, and those on Sunday, 22 October, at 8pm will feature Hazel O'Connor and Kylie Minogue.

 
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Jefferson Starship, with original members Paul Kantner and David Friedberg (but no Grace Slick), will perform two nights at Camden Dingwalls.  On Wednesday, 22 November, they'll perform Blows Against the Empire in its entirety, and on Monday, 27 November, they'll perform Surrealistic Pillow.

 
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E4 is showing The 100 Greatest Pop Videos at 9pm for several hours on Saturday, 21 October.  Naturally the countdown includes REM, Queen and Michael Jackson.

 
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Billy Bragg plays the Hackney Empire on 10 December.  Tickets cost  around £18.

 
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The Beat featuring Ranking Roger will play Camden Dingwalls on Thursday, 9 November.

 
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BBC Radio 4 broadcasts a programme called Video Killed the Musician, where Harry Allen meets the founders, some watchers, and critics of MTV, which is now 25 years old, and wonders whether it has been good for music.  Tune in at 10.30am on Saturday, 21 October.  You can listen online.

 
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Albert Hammond Jr is playing Scala on 29 November.  Tickets are £10.

 
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The late night music programmes on Channel 4 on, well, Sunday morning (22 October) include at 12.55am The Set Presents...Paul Weller; at 1.25am, 4Play: Broken Family Band; at 1.40pm on Rockfeedback, the Pipettes and others at Norway's Oya Festival; and at 2.10am, a few minutes of The Dears playing tracks from their new album on 4Play.

 
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Toumani Diabate's Symmetric Orchestra will play the Barbican Centre on Sunday, 22 October, at 7.30pm, with Yusuf Mahmoud.

 
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The new TOTP2 on BBC2 on Saturday, 21 October, at 9.05pm will feature archive performances that include Bonnie Tyler, Meat Loaf, the Byrds, Roxette and Cockney Rebel, with new performances from Amy Winehouse and an exclusive video broadcast by Oasis.

 
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Chris Rea discusses his new release of blues covers on Bob Harris' programme at 10pm on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday, 21 October.  You can listen online.

 
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John Mayer will play the Forum on Monday, 23 October, at 7pm.  Tickets are £20.

 
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Radiohead's Thom Yorke will be on The Culture Show on BBC2 at 7.45pm on Saturday, 21 October.

 
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Singer/songwriter Scott Matthews will perform a live set on Dermot O'Leary's programme at 5pm on Saturday, 21 October, on BBC Radio 2.  You can listen online.

 
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Ray Davies plays the Albert Hall on Monday, 23 October, and Tuesday, 24 October, and there still seem to be tickets available...at £29.50 each.

 
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Karine Polwart will play the Union Chapel on 15 November.

 
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Steve Lamacq presents a documentary on the 30-year career of punk band The Damned, featuring contributions from members Rat Scabies, Captain Sensible and Brian James, as well as from Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols, Jean-Jacque Burnel of The Stranglers and Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders.  Tune in to BBC Radio 2 at 9pm on Saturday, 21 October.  You can listen online.

 
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Amy Winehouse will play Koko on Tuesday, 14 November.

 
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VH1 will be showing The Best of the Tube at midnight from Saturday, 21 October.   Meanwhile, the cult 1980s Channel 4 music show presented by Jools Holland and the late Paula Yates is set to be reborn on digital radio with Blur bassist Alex James co-presenting with Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq.  The show will be broadcast on Channel 4's web-based radio service in preparation for a digital radio bid.

 
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The Raconteurs will perform live on Jonathan Ross' radio programme at 10am on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday, 21 October.  You can listen online.

 
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If you are foolishly missing Tim Finn's Scala concert on Friday, 20 October, and find yourself indoors instead, tune in to BBC4 to see coverage from last summer's Cambridge Folk Festival, including performances by Eddi Reader, Richard Thompson, Emmylou Harris, the Chieftains, Amadou and Mariam, and possibly also Tift Merritt and Cara Dillon.  It will be shown on Friday at 9pm and repeated on Saturday, 21 October, at 12.20am, 4.20am and 11.50pm.

 
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If you are a fan of Kasabian, you might like to tune in to Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on Friday, 20 October, at 10.35pm on BBC1.  The programme will be repeated at 1.05am on Sunday, 22 October.

 
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Captain will play Mean Fiddler on Tuesday, 5 December. 

 
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The Buzzcocks will perform at the Forum on 2 December.  Tickets are £15.

 
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BBC2 will show a biography of the Small Faces musician in The Passing Show: the Life and Music of Ronnie Lane, which was originally shown on BBC4, at 11.35pm on Friday, 20 October.  Contributors will include Eric Clapton, Kenney Jones and  Pete Townshend.

 
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Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue appears on Heaven & Earth with Gloria Hunniford at 10am on Sunday, 15 October, on BBC1.

 
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Stan Ridgway from Wall of Voodoo will be supporting Pere Ubu at their Mean Fiddler gig on Tuesday, 24 October.

 
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Jools Holland appears on The Piano: A Love Affair at 9pm on BBC4 on Tuesday, 26 September.  He joins Damon Albarn as well as amateurs and a child prodigy in speaking of their obsession for the instrument.

 
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The BBC4 on BBC2 run of Folk Britannia ends with folk "Between the Wars", focusing particularly on the period from the 1980s with acts like the Pogues and Billy Bragg bringing new energy leading to today's "twisted folk".  Tune in at 11.20pm on BBC2 on Monday, 25 September.

 
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The life and music of Ian Dury will be one of the subjects on Mastermind at 8pm on Monday, 25 September, on BBC2.

 
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Nina Simone will be the feature of Great Lives on BBC Radio 4 at 4.30pm on Tuesday, 19 September.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.  The Radio Times has chosen this programme as 'Choice' listening.

 
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UKTV History begins showing the series The 60s: the Beatles Decade, showing how the group personified cultural change in "Swinging Britain", at 9pm on Monday, 18 September, and daily thereafter.

 
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The Zutons will be live in session on Janice Long's programme on BBC Radio 2 at midnight on Tuesday, 19 September (ie Monday night).  Tune in online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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BBC4's excellent Folk Britannia series will be shown on BBC2--at least the second of the three programmes, this one on Folk Roots, New Routes--will be broadcast at 11.20pm on Monday, 18 September, featuring Richard Thompson, Bert Jansch, Nick Drake, Simon and Garfunkel, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan and Norma Waterson.

 
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Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet will be one of the contestants on Celebrity Masterchef on BBC1 at 7pm on Monday, 18 September.

 
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Shawn Colvin will pick two tracks a day to represent her 10 favourite disks on Tracks of My Years during Stuart Maconie's show on BBC Radio 2 from 9.30am on Monday, 18 September.  You can listen online.

 
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Simply Red perform on The Sharon Osbourne Show at 5pm on Monday, 18 September, on ITV1. 

 
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Tori Amos will be Simon Mayo's guest on Sunday, 17 September, at 5pm on BBC Radio 2.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Toyah Willcox will be featured in Faith and Music on ITV1 on Monday, 18 September, at 12.10am.

 
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BBC4 will be paying tribute to Stiff Records with a documentary on one of the earliest Stiff signings, the late great Ian Dury: On My Life shown at 9pm on Friday, 15 September.  That is followed at 10pm with part one of If It Ain't Stiff...., featuring other Stiff artists including Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Captain Sensible of The Damned, Rachel Sweet, Wreckless Eric, Lene Lovich, Clive Gregson of Any Trouble, Shane MacGowan, Tracey Ullman, Madness and too few glimpses of Kirsty MacColl.  The programme finishes on Saturday at 10pm.  Two parts of Stiff & Co at the BBC featuring footage from those artists and others will be shown Friday at 10.45pm and Saturday at 9pm.  Footage and behind-the-scenes coverage of Son of Stiff Tour will be shown at 12.25am on Sunday, 17 September.

 
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Lloyd Cole will play the Arts Theatre on 22-23 October.  Tickets are £18.

 
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Archive footage of Aztec Camera, Tom Petty, Dusty Springfield and Blur on Top of the Pops will be shown on TOTP2 on Sunday, 10 September, at 8pm.

 
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Seth Lakeman will perform on Andy Kershaw's show on BBC Radio 3 at 10.15pm on Sunday, 10 September.  You can listen online.

 
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Midge Ure is one of the guests to appear on the Heaven & Earth Show with Gloria Hunniford on Sunday, 10 September, at 10am on BBC1.  Those of you who like Katie Melua can tune in to see her as well.

 
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Morrissey should appear on the repeat of the Frank Skinner Show that Paramount 2 will show at 10.40pm on Saturday, 9 September.

 
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Camera Obscura will play Scala on 18 October.  Tickets are £10.

 
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4Play: Thom Yorke will be broadcast by  Sunday, 10 September, at 2.15am on Channel 4, including a profile of the Radiohead front man and his new album.

 
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Channel 5 will broadcast highlights of the MTV Video Music Awards at 11.40am on Saturday, 9 September, at 11.40am.

 
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The Killers' special gig at Blackpool's Winter Gardens on 8 September will be broadcast on BBC Radio 1 on Sunday, 10 September, following an interview with Zane Lowe.  You can listen online.

 
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BBC4 will be showing at 10.30pm on BBC4 on Friday, 8 September, Glastonbury 2003: Love with Arthur Free to honour the performaner who died on 3 August.

 
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BBC2 will show at 11.35pm on BBC2 on Friday, 8 September, highlights of last Tuesday's Mercury Prize award ceremony hosted by Jools Holland with live performances by Richard Hawley, Guillemots, Thom Yorke, and Editors.

 
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The Killers will perform their new single on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on Friday, 8 September, at 10.35pm on BBC1, which will be repeated on Sunday morning at 12.25am.

 
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 The Biography Channel will show The Rocker: Phil Lynott at 11am on Thursday, 7 September, and a programme on Cat Stevens at 4pm that day.

 
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Janice Long will feature a live session from The Stranglers on her programme on Thursday, 7 September, at 12 midnight on BBC Radio 2.  You can listen online.

 
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Bob Dylan's new video for When the Deal Goes Down starring Scarlett Johansson will be shown on Channel 4 at about 11.35pm on Thursday, 7 September.  The Channel will feature another video exclusive on Saturday, 9 September, at 12.15am, in the form of Badly Drawn Boy's Nothing's Going to Change Your Mind.  The latter will also be a guest on Dermot O'Leary's show on BBC Radio 2 at 5pm on Saturday, 9 September, before appearing on 14 September at the Arts Theatre.  Tickets are £13.50..

 
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Ray Lamontagne will perform at the Hammersmith Apollo on 7 February 2007.  Tickets will cost £19.

 
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Elvis Costello and Allison Moorer contribute to the profile of the late country singer in Tammy Wynette: 'Til I Can Make it on My Own: BBC4 on BBC2 on BBC2 at 11pm on Friday, 1 September.

 
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Shawn Colvin will play the Bloomsbury Theatre on 18 September.  Tickets cost £18.50.

 
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Archive clips and comments from 'celebrities' will be featured in the repeat on Channel 5 of Now That's Embarrassing: The 80s at 9pm on  Friday, 1 September.  Limahl of Kajagoogoo, Cheryl Baker and Tony Hadley will help move things along.

 
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Performances by Goldfrapp, the Zutons, Paolo Nutini and Ronan Keating will be broadcast live as part of the Blackpool Illuminations on BBC Radio 2 at 8.30pm on Friday, 1 September.  You can listen online.

 
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A tribute to Syd Barrett called What Colour is Sound will take place at the Union Chapel on 18 September featuring Mystery Jets, Television Personalities and Lupen Crook.  Tickets are £10.50.

 
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The voices of REM will feature in the Homer the Moe episode of The Simpsons that will be shown on Channel 4 at 8.30pm on Friday, 1 September.

 
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Joe Brown, folk, country and skiffle singer (and dad of singer Sam Brown), will perform with the BBC Concert Orchestra on Friday Night is Music Night at 7pm on Friday, 1 September.  You can listen online.

 
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Something definitely worth tuning into or recording is the guest spot and live set by Limerick-born Don Mescall, who recently toured with Brian Kennedy and wowed the audience, at midnight on Janice Long's BBC Radio 2 show in the wee hours of the morn of Friday, 1 September.  He is vastly better live than in the studio, with an amazing rawness that is lost in the production, so do tune in--online, if need be.

 
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Scissor Sisters will play a free gig at Trafalgar Square on 16 September.  For tickets, text MOTORED to 80855.

 
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Camera Obscura will play a session on Mark Radcliffe's BBC Radio 2 show at 10.30pm on Thursday, 31 August.  You can listen online.

 
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Rowland Rivron's Jammin' returns to BBC Radio 2 on Thursday, 31 August, at 10pm, featuring Kim Wilde as the first guest.  She will reinvent her hit Kids in America undoubtedly in some comic way, and another guest will pay tribute to the Artic Monkeys.  You can listen online.

 
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BBC1 will be showing Be My Baby - the Girl Group Story at 10.35pm on Thursday, 31 August, focusing on six celebrated girl groups: The Supremes, the Three Degrees, Sister Sledge, Bananarama, and the Bangles, with many of them contributing to the programme.

 
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The Otis Redding Story, a new four-part series, begins at 10pm on Wednesday, 30 August, on BBC Radio2.  The programme features interviews with many of Redding's band members and other colleagues as well as the sole survivor of the plane crash that took Redding's life in 1967.  You can listen online.

 
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On 30 October, a box set of The Clash singles with the original artwork will be released.  The surviving members have taken part in the project and the sleeve notes will include contributions from the likes of Pete Townshend and Damon Albarn.

 
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Larrikin Love are due to play Scala on 7 September, although their guitarist, Micko Larkin, might be replaced for the gig (and earlier festivals) by The Rev Ben Hammer from Airhammer.  Larkin apparently dislocated and fractured his shoulder at the Secret Garden Party Festival when paddling in a shallow stream.

 
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The Beth Orton/Joan as Police Woman gig scheduled for 12 September at Hammersmith Apollo has been cancelled.  Orton has cancelled seven dates in her tour after doctors advised her to rest owing to her pregnancy, which is in its late stages.  Her show scheduled for The Spitz with Bert Jansch on 29 September is still expected to go ahead.  Tickets fro that are £17.50.

 
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Unfortunately, the Lyle Lovett show at the Royal Albert Hall on 6 October has also been cancelled.  Lovett's entire seven-day UK tour has been cancelled for varied reported reasons--officially owing to recording commitments, which seems unlikely as that is not the sort of scheduling oversight one would normally come across, but Lovett has reportedly said that the promoters were concerned about slow ticket sales and wanted to postpone the tour, but Lovett did not want to have fans' funds tied up in that way (ie holding onto their tickets for a later promised date) so cancelled the tour.  A great shame.

 
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Maddy Prior and Friends will play the Bloomsbury Theatre on 23 October.  Tickets cost £16.

 

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Planxty's Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny will guest on Mike Harding's how on BBC Radio 2 at 8pm n Wednesday, 30 August.  You can listen online.

 
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Archive live footage from New Order will be featured on BBC 6 Music's Dream Ticket at 10pm on Monday, 29 September.   You can listen online.

 
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The Scissor Sisters (and Mrs Rod Stewart) will appear on The Sharon Osbourne Show at 5pm on Tuesday, 29 August, on ITV1. If any of you have fallen for the Sandi Thom lark, you might like to see the programme on Wednesday, 30 August, when she will be a guest.

 
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Raconteurs will play the Brixton Academy on 19 October.  Tickets cost £20.

 
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Paula Abdul fans might like to see her act in The Waiting Game, the 1998 Victor Sarin film being shown on Channel 5 at 3.40pm on Tuesday, 29 August.

 
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BBC 6 Radio will be repeating a special "Director's Cut" version of the Pet Shop Boys concert previously broadcast live.  Tune in from 7 'til 8.30pm on Monday, 28 August.   Tune in at 7pm on Tuesday, 29 August, to hear the Scissor Sisters co-host the Tom Robinson programme. You can listen online.

 
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Toumani Diabate's Symmetric Orchestra will perform at the Barbican on 22 October.  Tickets cost between £15 and £25.

 
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The Rolling Stones in Concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 at 8pm on Monday, 28 August, featuring the group in concert at Glasgow's Hampden Park, recorded on 25 August (2006).  You can listen online for probably about a week afterwards.

 
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E4 will show highlights from the V Festival 2006 at 12.05am on Monday, 28 August.

 
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Chris Difford will play the Harrow Cricket Club on 8 December.  Tickets cost £12.50.

 
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Neil Finn, Phil Manzanera, Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams will contribute to a documentary called The Record Producers on BBC Radio 4 that, on Monday, 28 August, will focus on Bob Clearmountain, who has worked as sound mixer for the Rolling Stones, Springsteen, Roxy Music, Crowded House, the Clash, David Bowie and Robbie Williams.  Tune in at 7pm; you can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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4Music Presents....Kasabian will be shown on Channel 4 at 12.05am on Monday, 28 August.

 
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Footage of Mystery Jets at work on their debut album will be shown on Channel 4 at 1.45am on Sunday, 27 August. 

 
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The National Geographic channel (oddly) will show on Sunday, 27 August, at 11pm, Inside: Rolling Stones in Rio, a behind-the-scenes look into the logistics involved in making it possible for the Stones to perform a massive free concert in Brazil in front of 1.5 million people.  Apparently the documentary does not show much of the band itself, but provides a fascinating look at the necessities, which include 26 trailers and two 747 jets to shift all their gear from one country to another.  The Radio Times has selected the programme as 'Choice' viewing, though it suggest that the first 20 minutes of roadies lugging things around can be missed, but that the last 30 minutes are riveting.

 
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Alison Moyet and Boy George will be some of the performers featured in old Top of the Pops footage on TOTP2 on UKTV G2 at 8pm on Sunday, 27 August.  On Monday, 28 August, tune in at the same time to see archive footage of the Beach Boys, the Kinks, Cyndi Lauper, George Michael and Marc Almond.

 
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Richard Hawley will play Shepherd's Bush Empire on 29 November.  Tickets cost £14.

 
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Jarvis Cocker discusses the inspiration for Pulp's hit in The Story of...Common People on BBC3 at 3am on Sunday, 27 August.  He can be heard the same day at 1.30pm on BBC Radio 4 in Sunday Best: The Art of Pop, the second of three episodes, focusing on the many pop groups springing from art school backgrounds in the 1960s and '70s.  You can listen online for up to a week afterward.

 
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BBC4 will repeat Matt Monro: The Man With the Golden Voice at 8.10pm on Saturday, 26 August

 
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Madness will play Wembley Arena on 20 December.  Tickets are £35.

 
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The Beeb will show plenty of coverage of the Reading and Leeds Festival.  On Saturday, 26 August, at 11.30pm until 1am, you can see performances on BBC2 by the likes of  Arctic Monkeys, the Streets, Dirty Pretty Things and  Muse, the Guillemots.  From 8pm until 3am, BBC3 will be showing live coverage of both festivals, with a special spot on the Kaiser Chiefs.   The coverage continues on Sunday, 27 August, at 11.20pm on BBC2, with appearances by Pearl Jam, Placebo, Jet and the Raconteurs, with live coverage on BBC3 that day from 9pm until 3am.  More highlights will appear at 12 midnight on BBC3 on Wednesday, 30 August.  BBC Radio 1 will broadcast highlights and live music on Tuesday, 29 August, at 9pm.  You can listen to that online.

 
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BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a two-part series beginning at 9pm on Saturday, 26 August, called A Kind of Magic -- A Tribute to Freddie Mercury, with contributions from Liza Minnelli, George Michael, Queen members, Tim Rice, Richard Branson, Mercury's family and many others.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The utterly brilliant Canadian singer/songwriter and eternal optimist Ron Sexsmith will perform at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on 21 November.  Tickets cost up to £20 and will be worth every penny.

 
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Ray LaMontagne, whom Rolling Stone magazine called the "backwoods Van Morrison", will play the magnificent Union Chapel on 26 and 27 October.  Tickets are only £15. 

 
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Babyshambles, the Streets and Peter, Bjorn and John are expected to perform on Transmission at 1am on Saturday, 19 August, on Channel 4.

 
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Gary Numan will be performing at the Forum on 9 December.  Tickets cost £18.

 
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The 1940s Andrews Sisters-style act the Puppini Sisters will perform Mr Sandman on ITV1 on Friday, 18 August, during GMTV between 6am and 9.25am.

 
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The Be Good Tanyas will play the Royal Albert Hall on 16 November.  Tickets cost £15-25.

 
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Vega 4 will perform a live set on Evening Sequence with Tom Robinson on BBC6 Music on Thursday, 17 August, after 7pm.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Calexico will play the Roundhouse on 5 November.  Tickets cost £17.50 each.

 
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The Biography Channel on Wednesday, 16 August, will show programmes on Elton John at 7pm and 1am the next day; on The Who at 8pm; on Freddie Mercury at 9pm; and on the Sex Pistols at 10pm.  The programmes on Mercury and the Who will be repeated a few times the next day.

 
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Nerina Pallot will perform at Shepherd's Bush Empire on 28 November.  Tickets are £15.

 
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BBC Radio 4's More Than Just a Song series on Wednesday, 16 August, delves into the story of This Land is Your Land by the great Woody Guthrie (Arlo's dad), which has been recorded by all sorts of singers from Bing Crosby to Bruce Springsteen.  You can listen online.

 
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The great Christy Moore will play the Hackney Empire on 13 November and the Electric Ballroom on 15 and 16 November.

 
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Dirty Pretty Things are expected to perform on Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday, 16 August, at 11.05pm on ITV4.

 
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Nils Lofgren will play Shepherd's Bush Empire on 13 November.  Tickets cost up to £25.

 
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Badly Drawn Boy will be one of the artists featured on Transmission on Channel 4 at 1.10am on Wednesday, 16 August.

 
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Mary Coughlan will play the supper club The Pigalle Club on Thursday, 31 August.  The show and meal cost £45, or the show alone is £15.

 
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Guitar legend Duane Eddy will chat with Suzi Quatro on her Hereos of Rock 'n' Roll programme on Wednesday, 16 August, at 10pm on BBC Radio 2.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Paul Simon will play Wembley Arena on 10 November.  Tickets cost £45.

 
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Janice Long will have on her show the Mystery Jets in session from midnight on Wednesday, 16 August, (ie Tuesday night) on BBC Radio 2.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Cat Power will play the Roundhouse on 1 November, the day after Imogen Heap plays the same venue.

 
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James Morrison will play Koko on 10 October.  Tickets are £11 each.

 
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BBC Radio 4's programme Send in the Clones explores the world of tribute bands at 1.30pm on Tuesday, 15 August.  You can listen for up to a week afterwards online.

 
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Tunng will play Scala on 25 October.  Tickets cost £12.50.

 
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The Scissor Sisters perform in the quick clip of V Festival: The Best of 2005 shown by Channel 4 at 1.25am on Tuesday, 15 August.  The next morning at 1.05am, the clip shown will be that of Oasis performing.  On Thursday, 17 August, the five-minute clip from the festival, shown at 12.45am, will be that of Franz Ferdinand performing Take Me Out.  The band shown at 1am on Friday, 18 August, will be Kaiser Chiefs.

 
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Malcolm McLaren discusses Andy Warhol's silkscreen images of Queen Elizabeth II in the first of the Portrait series on BBC Radio 4, which begins on Monday, 14 August, at 3.45pm.  Toyah Willcox discusses Dora Carrington's study of writer Lytton Strachey in the second programme, which airs the next day at the same time. You can listen online.

 
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BBC Radio 1 will broadcast during Lamacq Live a special documentary feature on Siouxsie and the Banshees at 11.30pm on Monday, 14 August.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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BBC1 will show This Year's Love on Sunday, 13 August, at 10.45pm.  The film not only features a David Gray song as its theme tune, but it also shows him performing in the film in the role of the pub singer.

 
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Loudon Wainwright III will play the Barbican on 21 April 2007.  Tickets will cost up to £26.50 and they will be worth every penny.

 
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Boo Hewerdine will be playing The Spitz in London on 22 November.  Be sure to pick up a copy of his typically stunning latest album, Harmonograph, to keep you going until then, if you're unable to catch him on tour elsewhere.   An incredible sample of his wares is available on his MySpace space: Sing to Me plays automatically and will keep you transfixed; the other three songs available are also treasures.

 
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The legendary Arlo Guthrie of Alice's Restaurant fame and, of course, son of Woody Guthrie, whose anecdotes during his performances are almost as amazing as his songs, will follow his stint at the Rhythm Festival with an intimate gig at Dingwalls on Tuesday, 8 August, at 7.30pm, and I would give my eye teeth and my first born to be there.....  Tickets cost £19.50.

 
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Tom Petty's new album Highway Companion is getting rave reviews that samples seem to justify.  It is currently available online for under £9 (as of 3 August).

 
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James Dean Bradfield, of the Manic Street Preachers, will perform at London KOKO on Thursday, 19 October, still promoting his highly acclaimed new album The Great Western, which was released on 24 July.

 
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Channel 4 and E4 have plans to broadcast footage from this year's V Festival on 19 and 20 August, including appearances by the headliners Morrissey and Radiohead.  More details nearer the time....

 
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Kathryn Williams will perform at the London Union Chapel (I'm still elated that that has returned to working as a part time music venue) on Thursday, 12 October.

 
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BBC Radio 6 will broadcast from the Summer Sundae Weekender festival over the weekend of Friday to Sunday, 11 to 13 August.  Acts on Friday include James Morrison, Richard Hawley, Elbow, Seth Lakeman and Van's daughter Shana Morrison.  Steve Lamacq's show from 4pm until 7pm will come live from the festival and the station will broadcast a festival special from 10pm with Coldcut.   Saturday's acts include Calexico, Loudon's daughter Martha Wainwright, the Proclaimers, Gomez, Gem, David Kitt, Joan as Police Woman and the talented Kim Richey.  Live programmes from the festival on Saturday will air at 7am, 1pm and 6pm.  Sunday's acts include Jose Gonzalez, the wonderful Adem, Stephen Fretwell, Guillemots, Belle & Sebastian, Buzzcocks, The Boy Least Likely To, Coldcut, Camera Obscura and Larrikin Love.  Programmes from the festival will air on BBC Radio 6 throughout the day.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Beth Orton will perform on Tuesday, 12 September, at Hammersmith Apollo, with special guest Joan as Police Woman.  She will also be playing with the legendary Bert Jansch at Spitz on 29 September.  Tickets cost £17.50.

 
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Bruce Cockburn's first studio album release in three years includes guests Ron Sexsmith, Ani DiFranco and Hawksley Workman.  The Cooking Vinyl release has received glowing reviews, which is not a surprise given the added power by those fellow Canadian talents.

 
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Producer Joe Boyd, whose recent book White Bicycles tells of music in the 1960s, will be interviewed on Mixing It at 10.30pm on BBC Radio 3 on Friday, 11 August, which will include music by Nick Drake, Pink Floyd and the Watersons.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Bic Runga will perform at the lovely UCL Bloomsbury on Saturday, 19 September.  Tickets are £16.

 
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BBC Radio 2 is expected to broadcast a live session by Scissor Sisters on Tuesday, 29 August, from 9.30am until 12pm.  You can listen online.

 
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Transmission on Channel 4 at 11.35pm on Friday, 11 August, will come from Manchester and include performances from Badly Drawn Boy, whose live appearances can be starkly uneven, Orson and Longcut.  Badly Drawn Boy's latest seven-inch only release, Born in the UK, available from 7 August, comes in a limited-edition format designed like fish 'n' chip wrapping available in three different colours, all including a free chip fork.  What more could you want from a pop record, really?  Other than a big chorus, some critics have suggested.

 
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Cara Dillon will perform with the BBC Concert Orchestra on Friday Night is Music Night at 7.30pm on Friday, 11 August, on BBC Radio 2.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Kim Richey will perform at the Borderline on Wednesday, 16 August, and should definitely be a treat to see.

 
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Chris Stills, the son of Stephen Stills and a French singer, has released his second (self-titled) album to mixed but generally favourable reviews.  One of the better songs is said to be a French version of The Band's The Weight.

 
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The Goo Goo Dolls have sold out two dates at London Shepherd's Bush Empire and thus have added Monday, 16 October.

 
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BBC4 on Friday, 11 August, will show an old In Concert: Gilbert O'Sullivan at 10.30pm.  That will be followed a few hours later by BBC Four Sessions: Beck at 12.20am on Saturday, 12 August.

 
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Thea Gilmore will be promoting her new album, Harpo's Ghost, with a gig at Koko on 28 September.  Tickets cost £17.50.

 
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Australian singer/songwriter M Kraft will perform a live session on Tom Robinson's show on BBC Radio 2 at 10.30pm on Thursday, 10 August.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Fionn Regan's album The End of History will be released on 7 August.  Apparently those who like ballads a la Damien Rice and Nick Drake will appreciate his music, although the album has received varied reviews, most fairly favourable.

 
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The Woodentops will play the 100 Club on 13 September.  Tickets cost £12.50.

 
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M Ward will play Bush Hall on Friday, 11 August.  Tickets are £12.50.

 
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BBC Radio 4 will begin a three-part series More than Just a Song at 8.45pm on Wednesday, 9 August, where Robin Denselow looks at songs that have made a political impact.  The first song examined is Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika (God Save Africa) by Enoch Sontonga, which was adopted by the African National Congress in its struggle against Apartheid.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The Slits will play The Underworld on Wednesday, 9 August.

 
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Richard Thompson has released 1000 Years of Popular Music, a DVD of his 2005 live show that sees him covering Squeeze, Gilbert & Sullivan and Britney Spears songs as well as two CDs of live tracks.

 
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Suzi Quatro guests on the Never Mind the Buzzcocks that will be repeated on UKTV G2 on Wednesday, 9 August, at 9.40pm.  She will also be a guest of the amusing family in Wembley when she appears on a new The Kumars at No 42 on Friday, 11 August, at 9.30pm, on BBC1.  If you still can't get enough of her, it would be worth tuning in to her Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll programme at 10pm on Wednesday, 9 August, on BBC Radio 2 as she focuses on child star of the telly turned pop idol Ricky Nelson, son of Ozzie and Harriet and father of actress Tracy, in a programme that includes an interview with him before his premature death in a plane crash while on tour in 1985 (and it is rumoured that the last song he played on stage was Buddy Holly's Rave On).

 
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Chris Difford apparently has admitted seeking closure by releasing South East Side Story, 10 Squeeze classics that he co-wrote with Glenn Tilbrook, and giving them a new acoustic treatment accompanied by Dorie Jackson on vocals.  Much as I love Chris, the prominence of pedal steel on the album could keep me away although I no doubt will give in eventually, particularly as the album comes with a bonus DVD of him live in concert, and he is brilliant, after all.

 
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Corinne Bailey Rae plays Brixton Academy on Wednesday, 11 October.

 
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Jarvis Cocker's The Art of Pop series comes to an end on Tuesday, 8 August, at 11.30am on BBC Radio 4 as he explores ways in which artists will continue to impact the pop industry.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The highly praised singer/songwriter Micah P Hinson will play ULU on 4 October.  Tickets are only £10 so take the plunge.

 
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Brian Houston has been compared to Van Morrison, Paul Weller, Brian Kennedy, Graham Parker and Peter Townshend and referred to as the "Belfast Elvis".  His album Sugar Queen is available from his site for now but should soon be on general release.  He will be touring with The Storys in September.

 
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BBC Radio 2's new four-part series Don't Start Me Talking begins at 9.30pm on Tuesday, 8 August, and will see fans of all ages reminisce and share anecdotes about "everyone from Cliff Richard to the Sex Pistols."  It might sound a bit lame but the result is apparently fairly impressive.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Captain's This is Hazelville, released on 14 August, has been produced by ex-Buggle Trevor Horn and apparently nods towards immaculate 80s pop but Prefab Sprout or Aztec Camera with some added influence by the Carpenters.

 
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Tracks by former Talk Talk frontman Mark Hollis will be included in Fiona Talkington's Late Junction on Tuesday, 8 August, at 10.15pm on BBC Radio 3--not as good as a live session, but a chance to hear his more recent work, anyway.  You can listen online.

 
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Seth Lakeman will appear on GMTV on Tuesday, 8 August, between 6am and 9.25am on ITV1--presumably not before 7am.  He has also added a gig at The Scala on 17 October.  Tickets are a mere £12.

 
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Franz Ferdinand has added a gig at the Forum on Wednesday, 23 August.  Tickets are £22.50 and special guests will be Tapes 'n' Tapes.

 
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The Late Show with David Letterman has just shown a week of repeats while Dave is on hols, and the show that airs in the US on Friday is the one that ended with a performance by The Streets promoting their album The Hardest Way to Make An Easy Living.  If all goes according to plan, that show will be shown in the UK on ITV4 on Monday, 7 August, at 11.05pm.  Kevin Spacey will also be on the show.

 
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Alex Lloyd plays the Islington Academy on Wednesday, 30 August.

 
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Jerry Lee Lewis and the Killer Band will play Shepherd's Bush Empire on Saturday, 12 August.  Tickets cost £35 each.

 
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Madonna: Truth or Dare will be shown at 9pm on More4 on Monday, 7 August.  The documentary was shot during her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour.

 
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The Dears will play Koko on 24 October.  Tickets are £12.50.

 
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On Ken Bruce's morning programme on BBC Radio 2 (9.30am to 12 noon) during the week beginning Monday, 7 August, Tim Rice-Oxley and Tom Chaplin of Keane will pick two a day of their ten favourite discs on the Tracks of My Years feature.  You can listen online.

 
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Joe Brown will play the Hackney Empire on 25 October.  Tickets cost between £19.50 and £23.50.

 
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The Vines will play the Forum on Tuesday, 29 August.  Tickets are £16.

 
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BBC4 will broadcast the Maysles' 1970 film Gimme Shelter on the tragic events of the Rolling Stones' Altamount concert in 1969, including appearances by the Stones themselves as well as members of Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Ike and Tina Turner and Santana's band, including concert footage of some of those performers.  The film will be shown at 10.30pm on Monday, 7 August.

 
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Ike Turner and His Kings of Rhythm's concert at Shepherd's Bush Empire on Monday, 7 August, has been cancelled.

 
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Golden Smog, a concotion of members of Wilco, Soul Asylum and Jayhawks, has released its third album, Another Fine Day, which Amazon is offering (as at 2 August) for under £9.

 
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Edith Piaf will be one of the specialist subjects on Mastermind on Monday, 7 August, at 8pm on BBC2.

 
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Graham Coxon will play the Astoria on 25 October.  Tickets are £15.

 
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Eighties supergroup Asia, including all four original members (Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake and Palmer;  Steve Howe of Yes;  John Wetton of King Crimson, and Geoffrey Downes of The Buggles) will be playing London Shepherd's Bush Empire on Sunday, 3 December.

 
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David Bowie and Mylo contribute to a profile of Kraftwerk that will air on Steve Lamacq's programme on BBC Radio 1 on Monday, 7 August, at 11.30am.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Sparklehorse will play the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the South Bank Centre on 26 and 27 October.  Tickets cost up to £20.

 
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The Biography Channel will show programmes on Sunday, 6 August, on Johnny Cash at 6pm (repeated at 8am the next day); Dolly Parton at 7pm (repeated at 9am and 3pm the next day); Shania Twain at 11pm (repeated at 1pm the next day); and a programme at 9pm called Hairdos and Heartache: the Women of Country Music, which includes interviews with Emmylou Harris and Crystal Gayle (repeated at 11am the next day).  On Thursday, 10 August, tune in at 8am or 2pm for a programme on Bob Marley or at 10am or 3pm for a programme on Jimi Hendrix.

 
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The Divine Comedy will play the Roundhouse on 2 November, with tickets costing £22.50.  The day before that, Cat Power will play there, with tickets available fro £17.50 each.  Calexico will play there on 5 November, and tickets are also £17.50.

 
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Thom Yorke's recently released solo album The Eraser is receiving high praise and can be found online for less than £9.

 
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Sky Two will show clips of some decent bands before the 80s became too terribly naff in Pop Years: 1983 at 12 noon on Sunday, 6 August.

 
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The Dresden Dolls will be playing the London Roundhouse on Friday, 3 November, and Saturday, 4 November.

 
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Fans of Lulu might enjoy seeing her in her first film role and, of course, singing the theme song to To Sir, with Love, James Clavell's 1967 film starring the spectacular Sidney Poitier, Judy Geeson and Mark Thackeray.  Channel Five will show it at 3.10pm on Sunday, 6 August.

 
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Christy Moore will play the Hackney Empire on 13 November, with tickets costing £25 each.  He will also be at the Electric Ballroom on 15-16 November.

 
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Now that Film4 is free, make sure you don't miss Walter Salles'  The Motorcycle Diaries following the youthful travels of Che Guevara and the magnificent Peter Weir classic Gallipoli starring Mel Gibson back when he was young and innocent.  The Argentine film will be shown at 9pm on Sunday, 6 August, and again at 9pm on Thursday, 10 August,  and the Australian film will be shown at 6.55pm on Saturday, 5 August.  BBC4 will also be showing Robert Altman's Oscar-winning Nashville at 11pm on Thursday, 10 August.

 
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Brian Kennedy is expected to discuss his spiritual beliefs on Heaven and Earth with Gloria Hunniford at 10am on Sunday, 6 August, on BBC1.  Before the format changed, the programme would often feature a couple of live songs from one of the guests, but that might be too much to hope for now, although Gloria is a fan/supporter.  Brian is always a charming interviewee in any case.

 
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The Futureheads will feature on 4Music Presents.... at 1.10am on Sunday, 6 August, on Channel 4.

 
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Ray LaMontagne, whom Rolling Stone magazine called the "backwoods Van Morrison", will perform and be interviewed on Channel 4's 4Play on Sunday, 6 August, at 1.40am.  His album, Trouble, can currently be picked up at impressive prices online (as at 3 August for less than £7).

 
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BBC Radio 6's Live at Midnight which begins, of course, at midnight will broadcast archive live performances by The Stranglers on Sunday (morning), 6 August; Johnny Cash (from 1994 Glastonbury) on Monday morning, 7 August; Gary Numan on Sunday morning, 13 August; and the Undertones on Sunday morning, 27 August.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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A live session from former Moloko singer Róisín Murphy will feature on Pete Mitchell's BBC Radio 2 show at 1am on Sunday, 6 August.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Richard Hawley will play a short live set before a screening of his favourite film Zulu at the Curzon, Soho, W1 at 1pm on Sunday, 6 August.  Entrances costs £6.50.

 
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Stuart Maconie talks to the session musicians whose cover versions of chart hits by the likes of David Essex, Queen and Donna Summer were featured on the cheap Top of the Pops albums available in the 1970s in his programme The Pickwick Poppers at 10.30am on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday, 5 August.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The free Fruitstock festival at Gloucester Green at Regent's Park on Saturday and Sunday, 5 and 6 August, will not only provide Innocent smoothies but also music by Arrested Development and Breaks Co-op amongst others.  It takes place from 12 noon to 9pm and includes various activities for those small energetic people in your household as well.

 
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The Story of Light Entertainment on BBC2, hosted by Stephen Fry, will continue on Saturday, 5 August, by focusing on a range of radio stars including Terry Wogan, Ricky Gervais, Clive James, Johnnie Walker, Eric Sykes, Annie Nightingale and Mark Radcliffe.  The programme will also look at pirate radio and the birth of Radio 1.

 
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BBC Radio 2 gives you another chance to hear Mark Radcliffe's 2005 interview with Kate Bush who speaks mainly about her latest album Aerial on Saturday, 5 August, at 9pm.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs at 4.30pm on Saturday, 5 August, will pay tribute to the top movie songs as all time as voted for by members of the American Film Institute, including classic musicals, recent themes and films by performing artists.

 
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BBC4 will be repeating its documentary called Coppersongs about the nearly unknown yet somehow legendary folk singer Bob Copper and his family, "'the first family of English folk music" at 12.20am on Saturday morning, 5 August.  The documentary includes interviews with Billy Bragg, Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy and Shirley Collins, amongst other musicians worth tuning in to see.

 
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The Pigalle Supper Club at 215 Piccadilly will see performances by Leo Sayer on Thursday, 10 August; Mary Coughlan on Thursday, 31 August;, Jacqui Dankworth on Wednesday, 20 September; and Marianne Faithfull on Monday, 18 December.  Ticket prices include dinner and dancing of the 1940s type....

 
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David Quantick presents The Blagger's Guide in BBC Radio 2's The Comedy Hour on Saturday, 5 August, at 1pm, giving you sometimes fabricated information on pop music that you could possibly use to impress your friends.  Or not.  Listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Gang of Four play London Koko on Thursday, 31 August. 

 
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In Concert: Crosby and Nash, showing a 1970 performance of David Crosby and Graham Nash, will appear on BBC4 on Friday, 4 August at 10.30pm.

 
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BBC4 runs the final programme of the repeat of Folk Britannia on Friday, 4 August, at 9pm, which will have Billy Bragg and Beth Orton explaining how folk music has reinvented itself and its appeal. 

 
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BBC4's repeat of the final programme of the Highland Sessions on Friday, 4 August, at 8.30pm will include Mary Black and Karan Casey celebrating the links between Irish and Scottish music.

 
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Channel 4's Transmission  on Friday, 4 August, at 11.35pm will show performances from Belfast including Kasabian and  Hot Chip and an interview with Jada Pinkett Smith.

 
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Channel 4 will broadcast music from the Truck Festival at 12.45am on Friday, 4 August, at 12.45am, including performances from Futureheads, Mystery Jets and Seth Lakeman.

 
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BBC Radio 2's site allows you to watch video footage of some acts at the Cambridge Folk Festival, including the marvellous Seth Lakeman performing the eminently catch Lady of the Sea; Eddi Reader, supported by some amazing musicians including the brilliant singer/songwriter Boo Hewerdine, performing Willie Stewart; Cerys Matthews performing Oxygen; homegirl Tift Merritt singing Late Night Pilgrim; Richard Thompson performing a fabulous rendition of Beeswing (which the site has called Crazy Man Michael); his terrific son Teddy Thompson performing a solo acoustic version of I Should Get Up from his wonderful last album; Nickel Creek  performing a number that finally explains to me why they're so often wrongly labelled as a bluegrass band; and Cara Dillon.  Now if only Dell's version of next-day on-site repair didn't mean that they send pages of e-mail instructions of complicated things for me to do that don't work so that, a year later, half of my screen is pink, then watching the footage would be a delight....Fortunately, the Beeb will be showing some footage of the festival on television in August, though I am not sure yet whether it will be on BBC2 or BBC4.  Meanwhile, you can also download the audio highlights including interviews with many of the above artists.

 
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Razorlight plays London Wembley Arena on Wednesday, 1 November.

 
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The Biography Channel on Thursday, 3 August, will be showing a programme on Paul McCartney at 8am and 2pm and one on the murder of John Lennon at 10am and 3pm.

 
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A new four-part BBC Radio 2 series, Tony Bennett at 80 -- the Good Life, begins on Friday, 4 August, at 7pm.  You can listen  online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Radio Rivron on BBC Radio 2, which will feature as guests Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes and Level 42 bassist and vocalist Mark King whilst looking at the career of Steve Winwood's band Traffic, will be broadcast at 10pm on Thursday, 3 August, and repeated on Saturday, 5 August, at 1.30pm.  You can listen to the programme online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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BBC 6 Music will be broadcasting on its Dream Ticket programme between 10pm and 1am archive footage of live performances by The Specials from 1979 on Thursday, 3 August; Depêché Mode on Tuesday, 8 August; Aimee Mann on Monday, 14 August; Doves on Tuesday, 15 August; and Goldfrapp on Wednesday, 16 August.  You can listen online for up to a week afterward.

 
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Scritti Politti will perform on Tom Robinson's Evening Sequence on BBC 6 Music on Wednesday, 2 August, after 7pm.  You can listen online for up to a week afterward.

 
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Billy  Bragg joins Lord Tibbet as a contributor to The Union Jack - a Banner for Britain, a programme that examines why the flag carries associations with war and racism, which airs on BBC1 at 12.25am on Thursday, 3 August.

 
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BBC2 will be repeating the two-part Three Men in a Boat featuring the marvellous Griff Rhys Jones joining Dara O'Briain, Rory McGrath and a lovely dog boating along the Thames à la Jerome K Jerome.  The first programme on Wednesday, 2 August, at 9pm includes a visit to ex-Pink Floyd member David Gilmour's studio where he gives the visitors a quick aural peek at the then-new tracks he was recording for his solo album.

 
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Additional highlights from the Cambridge Folk Festival will be broadcast at 7pm on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday, 2 August.  In addition to the names listed below that were included in Saturday's programmes, you can expect performances from Eddi Reader, Cara Dillon, Julie Fowlis and the Chieftains. You can listen  online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The unique Canadian performer Hawksley Workman will appear at the Borderline on Monday, 18 September, and Tuesday, 19 September.  He is a sight to behold live.

 
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BBC Radio 4 will continue its three-part The Art of Pop series presented by Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker on Tuesday, 1 August, at 11.30am.  That second programme will focus on the 1960s and 1970s and the big names, such as the Beatles and the Sex Pistols that owed something to an art school influence.  You can listen online for up to a week afterward.

 
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MTV first launched 25 years ago on 1 August 1981, can you believe.  I remember it being a terribly exciting entity at the time, offering a whole new world of music to us in the States--never mind the added plus of video, the music was amazingly new at the time, particularly as they played a lot of the Finn Brothers in Split Enz!  MTV celebrates on 1 August 2006 by re-playing its First Hour apparently at 11pm, which naturally will include The Buggles, after showing at 9pm Breaking the Rules: MTV's Top 25, its highlights over the years.

 
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Cerys Matthews will appear on GMTV between 6am and 9.25am on ITV1 on Tuesday, 1 August.  She is promoting her new album, Never Said Goodbye, which will be released on 21 August.

 
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Seth Lakeman will be Phill Jupitus' guest on Monday, 31 July, on his breakfast show that begins at 7am on BBC 6 Music.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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BBC2 airs the final Top of the Pops on Sunday, 30 July, at 7pm, when they will show clips of highlights over the years that will include Coldplay, Sonny and Cher, Madonna and, I hope, others.  Tune in also at 10pm to see Robbie Williams present Top of the Pops: the True Story with a wider range of footage as well as contributors speaking about the show such as Robin Gibb, Blondie, Holly Johnson, Suggs and Kylie Minogue.

 
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BBC Radio 3 will broadcast Womad 2006 live on Saturday, 29 July, first at 1pm and then at 10pm, the latter programme including an acoustic set from Malian wonder Toumani Diabate.  The coverage of the festival continues live at 10.15pm on Sunday, 30 July, when you can hear a performance by the marvellous Angelique Kidjo.  More highlights will be included in Late Junction at 10.25pm on Wednesday, 2 August.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Tune in to BBC Radio 2 on Saturday, 29 July, for coverage of the Cambridge Folk Festival.  At 2pm, Stuart Maconie will be broadcasting from the festival and chatting to some of the performers, including Tift Merritt, who will also perform, and ex-Catatonia singer Cerys Matthews, whose recent album sounds like a welcome departure from the country feel of her first solo album.  Live performances by the legendary Richard Thompson and by his sensational son Teddy Thompson as well as Seth Lakeman are also promised.  That show will be followed at 9pm by BBC Radio 2 Cambridge Folk Festival, where Mark Radcliffe presents highlights from the festival so far.  They might also include Eddi Reader, Nickel Creek, John Tams and Cara Dillon.  You can listen to both online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Tim Finn will release a solo album later this year called Imaginary Kingdom.

 
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The fantastic Boo Hewerdine will apparently perform on Janice Long's BBC Radio 2 programme on Monday, 24 July, shortly after midnight.  That should definitely be worth recording even if you manage to stay awake to hear it.  The programme can also be heard online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Bob Dylan's first album of original material in about a decade, Modern Times, will be released on 29 August, but owing to an error by a Sony employee, some 30-second samples of some tracks are available online at unofficial fan sites.  The employee accidentally posted the samples to an official Sony music store but they were later removed, only after being tapped into by fans who have uploaded the samples to other sites. 

 
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Richard Thompson - Solitary Life will be repeated by BBC4 at 2.10am on Saturday, 22 July. 

 
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Pink will perform on the Late Show with David Letterman that will air on ITV4 on Saturday, 22 July, at 2am.

 
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BBC4 will show the fourth of the six-part series Highland Sessions on Friday, 21 July, at 8.30pm, which focuses on oral music and traditional music such as pipe tunes, with a performance by Rona Lightfoot.  That is followed by the first of three programmes on Folk Britannia at 9pm, which centres that night on the 1950s folk revival and the birth of skiffle. 

 
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Razorlight will appear on Channel 4's The Friday Night Project on Friday, 21 July, at 10.30pm.  That will be followed at 11.35pm by Transmission, which will include a performance by Mystery Jets, before 4Music Presents....Razorlight airs at 12.40am.

 
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BBC1 will broadcast on Friday, 21 July, at 10.35pm a highly rated documentary called Blondie - One Way or Another, charting the bands rise from punk clubs in 1974 to their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.  As well as exclusive footage and interviews with the band members, the programme will include contributions from Iggy Pop and Tommy Ramone.

 
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Jamie Cullum will appear in the unusual outlet of The Kumars at No. 42 on BBC1 on Friday, 21 July, at 9.30pm.

 
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Razorlight give a live performance from a secret venue in Channel 4's TBA on Thursday, 20 July, at 11.50pm.

 
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Janice Long's programme on BBC Radio 2 on Tuesday, 18 July, at midnight features a live session from former Ultravox front man and solo artist John Foxx.  The programme can be heard online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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BBC Radio 2 will include coverage of Guilfest 2006 on Saturday, 15 July.  Stuart Maconie's programme at 2pm comes live from the Guildford festival and may include sets from A-ha, Billy Idol, The Stranglers, Sophie B Hawkins and Gary Numan, and Maconie will also present Guilfest 2006 at 9pm.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Chris Difford plays the Half Moon Putney at 8.30pm on Sunday, 2 July.  Tickets are only £10.

 
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ITV4 on Monday, 3 July, at 11.10pm will show The Who - Live in Boston following a broadcast of the 'rock-doc' about the band's rise to fame, The Kids are Alright, at 9pm.

 
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Definitely worth seeing is Irish singer/songwriter Don Mescall with his band and support Catherine Foley at the Hammersmith Irish Centre, W6, at 7.30pm on Friday, 30 June.  Tickets are a remarkably good value when hearing such talent at £8.  Mescall recently opened for Brian Kennedy and a review full of praise will appear here shortly.  Though his album would benefit from less production that leans toward American crossover new country, it is still worth the purchase, but he is in mint condition live, with fiercely raw, emotive vocals that will suck you in to his heartfelt songs from the first note (and rest assured do not come across as country so much as power-folk/pop with mean hooks).

 
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The Bluetones will play Spitz on 18 September.  Tickets are £12.

 
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BBC1 will broadcast at 11pm on Sunday, 2 July, the highly rated programme Live 8 - What a Difference a Day Made, reviewing the concerts that took place a year before to persuade the leaders of the G8 to help give Africa a brighter future. 

 
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 The Divine Comedy will perform at the Camden Roundhouse on Thursday, 2 NovemberTheir new album, Victory of the Comic Muse, has recently been released.  The Dresden Dolls will perform at the venue the next night.

 
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Guillemots will be one of the acts performing on Channel 4's Transmission at 11.35pm on Friday, 30 June.

 
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Steve Lamacq will preview T in the Park by playing sets from previous festivals on his programme at 9pm on BBC Radio 1 on Monday, 3 July.  You can listen online.

 
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On Channel 4's The Album Chart Show on Sunday, 2 July, at 12.50am, you can hear a live set from Snow Patrol and music from The Flaming Lips and James Dean Bradfield.

 
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Kiwi Bic Runga with support Breaks Co-op will perform at Shepherd's Bush Empire at 7pm on Monday, 3 July.  Tickets cost £15.  Her new album Birds has finally been released here and steps into the jazz arena.  I preferred her earlier sweet pop, but her voice is always a pleasure to hear.  Don't forget fellow Kiwi Dave Dobbyn--with whom Bic toured along with Tim Finn, as documented on the outstanding live album Together in Concert--will be playing Dingwalls on 19 July for a £15 ticket.  Now there is a voice and a repertoire to behold--be sure to be there.

 
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BBC4's Friday night concert on Friday, 30 June, at 10pm will be Bill Withers, including his wonderful hit Ain't No Sunshine.

 
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Former Byrd Roger McGuinn will play the intimate UCL Bloomsbury theatre on 31 October.  Tickets are £22.50 each.

 
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Channel 4 will show V Festival Highlights at 1.10am on Monday, 3 July, including sets from Kaiser Chiefs and K T Tunstall.

 
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James Dean Bradfield, of the Manic Street Preachers, will perform at the London ULU on Tuesday, 11 July, to promote his new single That's No Way to Tell a Lie, released on 10 July, and new album The Great Western, released on 24 July.

 
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The impressive jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, who has toured with Sting and worked with Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra and Paul Simon and released albums of his own featuring vocalists such as Shawn Colvin,  will be performing five nights at the newly reopened Ronnie Scott's in Soho from Wednesday, 28 June.  To pay for the club's major refurbishment, prices have gone way up, and it will be interesting to see whether people will be willing to pay such steep prices for people who are less than legends.  Botti will take the stage at 9.45pm between sets by pianist James Pearson and the ticket price is £35.

 
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The enchanting Scottish singer/songwriter Karine Polwart, who is often compared with Joni Mitchell, will perform a live set at about 12.30am on Friday, 30 June, on BBC Radio 2's Janice Long programme.  You can listen online for up to a week afterwards.

 
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Keane have added an extra date, Friday, 27 October, at Alexandra Palace.

 
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The first of Rowland Rivron's new BBC Radio 2 series Radio Rivron will feature guests Glenn Tilbrook, Vic Reeves and that awful Melua woman.  Tune in at 10pm on Thursday, 29 June; you can listen online for up to a week afterwards.   The programme will also be repeated on Saturday, 1 July, at 1.30pm.

 
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Damian Marley will perform at Somerset House on Tuesday, 11 July.

 
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The Biography Channel on Saturday, 1 July, will feature portraits of several Canadian performers, beginning at 6pm with Leonard Cohen and followed at 7pm by Neil Young before venturing into the scary waters of the likes of Ceilne Dion. 

 
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Before his Canada Day appearance in Trafalgar Square, Ron Sexsmith will play a 30-minute acoustic set at the Fopp record shop in Covent Garden on Earlham Street off Shaftesbury Avenue beginning at 5.30pm on Friday, 30 June.  Arrive early as the shop only holds about 100 people.  Ron will be signing records afterwards.  His set will be followed at 6.15pm by one by Alana  Levondoski, who will also appear at Trafalgar Square later, and who has been compared to Nanci Griffith or the McGarrigle Sisters.

 
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Beth Orton will perform at the Hammersmith Apollo on Tuesday, 12 September, promoting her recently released highly acclaimed album Comfort of Strangers.

 
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Ron Sexsmith will be playing live in Trafalgar Square on Friday, 30 June, as part of the Canada Day celebrations.  Ron should be due on stage at about 8.10pm and play for 20 minutes.  The festival includes street hockey, activities, crafts and food, but the live music begins at 5pm.  Also performing will be Peter Appleyard, Leeroy Stagger and Dance Saskatchewan, though sadly not Sarah Harmer who was in town recently.

 
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Martha Wainwright will perform a Leonard Cohen song on Late Show with David Letterman on ITV4 at 11.30pm on Thursday, 29 June.  Paul Simon will perform a new song on the programme on Tuesday, 4 July, at 2.05am.

 
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BBC2's Mastermind programme on Thursday, 29 June, at 10pm will include Bruce Springsteen's life and work as one contestant's specialist subject.  Tune in to test your own knowledge.

 
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Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer will perform live on Bob Harris' BBC Radio 2 programme on Thursday, 29 June, at 7pm.  The amazing performer's third album, I'm a Mountain,  has recently been released over here and although it has much more of a country than folk tint to it than her previous work, the song Going Out is a wonderful, lovely comfort.  You can listen online for up to a week afterward.

 
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Joe Jackson will play Shepherds Bush Empire on Thursday, 6 July, with Graham Maby and Dave Houghton.  The bill is made particularly amazing by the support act being the fascinating Karine Polwart, whose new album, Scribbled in Chalk, you should definitely get, particularly if you like slightly folky singer/songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Kate Rusby.    Listen to samples of her album on her site.

 
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Ed Harcourt and composer Michael Nyman will perform a benefit gig in aid of a soldier who refused to serve in Iraq on grounds of conscience and was consequently sentenced to eight months in prison and fined £20,000.  Tony Ben will introduce the gig at St James's Church, W1, at 7.30pm, which will also feature comedians amongst the other guests.

 
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The delightful Death Cab for Cutie will perform at the Brixton Academy at 7pm on Wednesday, 28 June.
 

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Van Morrison: Live at Ryman will be shown on BBC4 on Friday, 9 June, at 10pm.  The programme is a concert film including interview clips as Morrison showcases his new Pay the Devil album at Nashville's Ryman theatre.

 
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Ray Davies, José González, Johnny Cash's daughter Rosanne Cash and Primal Scream will appear on Later...with Jools Holland at 11.35pm on Friday, 9 June.

 
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Damien Dempsey will perform a live set on Janice Long's programme at midnight on Wednesday, 7 June, on BBC Radio 2.  You can listen online to the programme for up to a week afterwards.  Damien has a new live album coming out shortly called Olympia.

 
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Paul Simon- Live and Exclusive, a concert recorded at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London on 25 May, will be broadcast at 9pm on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday, 3 June.  You can listen online to the programme for up to a week afterwards.

 
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The human rights charity Reprieve will be holding a benefit gig at the marvellous Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on Monday, 5 June, at 7.30pm.  Performers include Steve Earle, the Proclaimers, Allison Moorer and Dire Straits co-founder David Knopfler as well as comedians such as Stewart Lee and Mark Thomas.  Tickets are available for £25-45 from the Globe Theatre box office.

 
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BBC Radio 2 will be worth tuning into on Monday, 29 May, first at 7pm to hear The Record Producers: Tony Visconti, whose clients have included Morrissey, Sparks, Thin Lizzy, T Rex and, of course, David Bowie.  At 9.