Kurt Vile | Clare Teal | York early music Christmas festival | Neko Case | Intersect | Wooden Shjips
Sonisphere | Field Day | We Are FSTVL | Bugged Out Weekender | Reading and Leeds
The Bedford band play their part-Busted, part-Biffy set to an obedient crowd, marshalled by the ringmaster-like charisma of singer Rob Damiani
On tour without the Black Eyed Peas for the first time, the musical magpie pleased the tweenies crowd with his fun but humdrum dance hymns, writes Betty Clarke
Echoes have raided the 1980s for sound and make-up tips if their new song and video combo is anything to go by
When ANC leader Oliver Tambo focused the anti-apartheid campaign on the captive Nelson Mandela, he offered musicians a focal point they could rally around – with startling results
Musician discusses his 'dog shit' year with Rolling Stone, and talks about Disclosure, David Bowie, Lady Gaga and how Arcade Fire should 'pry themselves out of their own asshole'• Noel Gallagher says reading fiction 'a waste of fucking time'
Janet Weiss, drummer of rock group comprising of Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein, Helium's Mary Timony and The Minders' Rebecca Cole, claims the band 'kinda ran its course'
They're signed to Julian Casablancas' label, they're on tour with Albert Hammond Jr, and they sound like an '80s synth-rock Strokes
Roman glam-rockers Giuda bring skill and silliness in equal measure to their stomping, super-catchy racket, writes Tom Hughes
Nia Lynn and her new trio make elegant work of this Norma Winstone-influenced set of songs and standards, writes John Fordham
London-based Chris Morphitis brings together global influences, systems music and improv on this original and enjoyable album, writes John Fordham
Africa Express's mission to promote co-operation between African and western musicians continues apace on this magnificent compilation, writes Robin Denselow
Childish Gambino may have been created as a comedy character, but there's some genuinely good music and ideas on this new album, writes Caroline Sullivan