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George Ezra, the ‘Prius of pop’, grins back at people who sneer at him

Solo artist has always been more charming, his songs more compelling, than people like to admit, although he could try something a little more ambitious

Albums: The Brian Jonestown Massacre plus Karen O and Danger Mouse

Anton Newcombe sounds self-assured on The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s 18th album, while a meeting of two wildly different minds proves fruitful for Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O and producer Danger Mouse

BBC's Finding Fame thankfully fails to ‘make sense’ of David Bowie

Like Prince and Kurt Cobain, Bowie’s allure is that he is, above all, an enigma, who as much as we relate to or adore, will never truly understand

Ariana Grande owns her contradictions on new album ‘thank u, next’

It lacks a centrepiece to match the arresting depth and space of Sweetener’s ‘God Is A Woman’, but Grande handles its shifting moods and cast of producers with engaging class and momentum

Sam Smith's song for the new Watership Down series is plodding mush

Smith’s bog-standard orchestral soul track is lyrically about bursting with palpitating lust, but sounds like he gave up trying to achieve arousal some hours ago

Simon Boccanegra review: 'A dark masterpiece'

One or two critics have mystifyingly called for this production to be scrapped, but Michael Church can’t imagine a more satisfying staging

Julia Jacklin at Omeara, London: An authentic, soul-baring performance

Mesmerising: onstage she is self-possessed and supremely unhurried, as she demonstrates how, just two years after the release of her debut album, her songwriting has matured to a level most artists twice her age would envy