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Podcasts: Song Exploder — more than just a story of knob-twiddling

A lively series in which musicians ‘dismantle’ their work

The Jesus and Mary Chain: Damage and Joy

Album revives the chunky alt-rock chug and drawled Americanisms of the Scottish fraternal duo’s 1990s work

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Modern Ritual at Café Oto

The venue hosts artists with an intriguing mash-up of foghorns, recorders and a very long drum roll

James Blunt: The Afterlove

The songs have appealing melodies, on-trend chart-pop production and A-list collaborators

album cover: Mozart: La clemenza di Tito

Mozart: La clemenza di Tito

Jérémie Rhorer fires up the drama in this live production; recitatives are overplayed by a fortepianist

'Brood X' album cover; Boss Hog

Boss Hog: Brood X

Duo’s first album in 17 years contains songs that bristle with scuzzy riffs and middle-aged antagonism

album cover: Elgar: Symphony No 2

Elgar: Symphony No. 2

Vasily Petrenko’s take offers moments of visionary calm and fearsome intensity, and refuses to let go

album cover: Pierre Boulez: Hommage à Boulez

Hommage à Boulez

Pierre Boulez himself conducts his seminal ‘Le Marteau sans maïtre’, a work of ascetic modernism

album cover: Orchestra Baobab: Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng

Orchestra Baobab: Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng

As the goup break a 10-year silence, guitar work is replaced by kora, which fits in beside twin saxophones

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Drake: More Life

The artist’s preoccupations are to the fore in tracks that cycle fluently from claustrophobic to delicate

Miles Okazaki: Trickster

Mythical figures’ devious ways are captured in a latticework of bouncy rhythms and twisty melodies

Radiophonic Workshop/White Noise, Jazz Café — nostalgia and modernity

Fifty years on from London’s first electronic music festival the sounds were still avant garde

Emeli Sandé unleashes the full hairdryer at the Brixton Academy, London

The singer has an impressive voice but this show highlighted her limitations

A vivid, atmospheric Faramondo at the Royal College of Music, London

Handel’s opera launches a month-long programme of works by the composer

Meistersinger returns in style to La Scala, Milan

Harry Kupfer’s production finds a utopian vision in Wagner’s paean to German art

A convoluted Death in Venice at the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Musical standards are high in Britten’s opera, but the production is visually disappointing

A moving, engrossing Wozzeck in Amsterdam

Berg’s opera becomes a portrait of a failed individual in De Nationale Opera’s production

The mesmerising voice of Laura Marling at the Roundhouse, London

Focusing on material from her new album, the singer displayed her impressive range

Dolly Parton’s ‘9 to 5’ — the ultimate anti-work anthem?

How the song went from the movies to the White House to a muddy field in Glastonbury

Trompe-la-Mort at the Palais Garnier: a pithy, gripping opera

Opera National de Paris presents two engrossing hours of avarice, politics, sex, gossip, blackmail and graft

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