The English singer-songwriter’s fifth album is subtly flavoured by her sojourn on the American west coast

Sleater-Kinney are, from left, Janet Weiss, Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein

After an eight-year hiatus, the trio were compelled back into the studio by a ‘mystical’ force

Rachel and Betty Unthank: ‘If you’re not going to put yourself out there, what’s the point in living?

The group have been singing the canon for a decade – but what happens now that they are making their own music?

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The Decemberists: purveyors of bookish indie-rock, yet prone to fantastical lyrics, concept albums and rock operas

After a hiatus, illness, and, for frontman Colin Meloy, three children’s books, the band are back with an eclectic album

Josh Tillman: “This whole intellectual dream that I’ve been living in, I’m ready to wake up and address this new reality”

For his second album, inspired by his wife Emma Garr, Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty, had to surrender to love – and a little(...)

Some band reunions make complete sense, but The Libertines' attempt seems more sad than anything else

‘We discovered that we had this really easy rapport with each other in the studio as musicians.’ Above, Jeff and Spencer Tweedy

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Above, director Dearbhla Walsh, with Mads Damsbo (right) and artist Lasse Andersen, at Dublin’s Science Gallery. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Danish short film lets the viewer inhabit one of five characters around a dinner table by wearing an Oculus Rift headset. And so(...)

Thom Yorke

Did the Radiohead frontman really make $20 million on his solo LP? And has he fixed the music industry?

Aqualung: 10 Futures

Mark Lanegan: ‘It’s satisfying and gratifying to make your own music, but I personally don’t get the same enjoyment out of the music that I make as I do from somebody else’s music that I like’

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Booker T Jones: ‘New bands don’t have record companies to go to and support them like we did; they can’t just walk down the street and start to play a session at a recording studio’

Jones played a key role in Memphis’s 1960s soul scene, but his music looks forward, not back

We speak to several musicians playing First Fortnight about the songs that get them through hard times

All We Are: All We Are

Hugh Travers: writing Hunger, a sitcom about the Irish famine

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She & Him: Classics

Take That: III

London Irish: Conor Egan, Graham Knox, Danny O’Reilly and Dave McPhillips of the Coronas are enjoying “starting all over again” in England and the move seems to be paying off as they find themselves on a bit of a roll

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Rebecca Collins: Solar

Dave Grohl: “There’s more than just going out and selling T-shirts and turning on the smoke machines. To me, it seems like at some point, you need to give something back.” Photograph :Andrew Stuart

The Foo Fighters frontman on meeting his musical heroes, playing Nirvana tunes for the first time in a decade, and the one thing (...)

Peter Doran: Outlines

Tim Wheeler: Lost Domain

All Tvvins’ Lar Kaye and Conor Adams have paid their indie dues – now it’s time to go pop

Bison Bar and BBQ on Wellington Quay

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A still of Shane Mac Thomáis from One Million Dubliners: very early on it became apparent that the charismatic tour guide  was the film’s nucleus

One Million Dubliners is a fascinating documentary feature about the living and the dead of Glasnevin Cemetery whose star, histori(...)

Sylvie Simmons: ‘I just decided that I would move out to LA because I wanted to be a rock writer. And since I had all the qualifications I needed – except a penis – I had to move away from London.’ Photograph: Di Holmes

Having made a career writing about music, Simmons has now seen the other side of the business, having recorded a plaintive album w(...)

Paddy Casey: Songbook

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So, women aren’t funny, eh? We talk to four funny females playing the Vodafone Comedy Carnival to get their take on that lazy trop(...)

With The Smiths, he helped push the boundaries. Now Johnny Marr is back in the limelights as a solo act.

Amelia Meath ditched hipster Brooklyn to move to Durham, which is just one of the things that have helped her musical project wit(...)

Caribou: Our Love

HWHC Alumni Le Galaxie. 
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Calling all Hard Working Class Heroes - here’s the expert lowdown on how to approach music as a career

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One of the world’s most popular podcasts mixes NPR, Twin Peaks and The Onion. Co-creator Jeffrey Cranor explains why they’re takin(...)

Alt-J: This Is All Yours

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For six years, Danny O’Donoghue and his bandmates have relied on an ethos of plain talk, hard work and ambition – 10 million album(...)

Fox Jaw: Ghost’s Parade

Adam Cohen: We Go Home

Jillian Banks: ‘I think the second I discovered what music did for me and for my soul, I knew that it would be the biggest love of my life’

Jillian Banks is accumulating fans and topping Next Big Thing polls worldwide with her brand of late-night electro-pop. The LA nat(...)

Ty Segall: Manipulator

Basement Jaxx: ‘We need to do things that inspire us’

The electronic/dance duo accentuate the positive on their new album

Ryan Adams: ‘It was so dark. I don’t think I could have been in a worse position, but I think, if anything, I handled it pretty good.’ Photograph: Julia Brokaw

Things went very bad for Adams, once alt-country’s poster boy, when label problems, addiction and internet leaks of his albums ver(...)

Regrouping: Romeo Stodart, Angela Gannon, Michele Stodart and Sean Gannon

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Think on: Simple Minds, with Jim Kerr, centre. “As a band, we feel the story can continue”

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