The Old & The Young

Last Wednesday, the six members of Midlake from Texas took to the stage of Dolan’s Warehouse and delivered an impressive 90-minute set. I wasn’t that familiar with their music beforehand, but I thoroughly enjoyed the band’s musicianship, vocal harmonies and their songs. They formed in 1999 and released albums in 2004, 2006 and 2010. Antiphon is the title of their fourth album and it will be released later this year

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For Your Pleasure

The latest season of Later with Jools Holland concludes next week just in time for the release of the latest album from the presenter and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. Jools usually sits down to accompany his guests on the piano, but this week he’s also going to be a guest as he plugs his Rockinghorse album by playing a tune or two from it. Jools (pictured, top right) originally recorded a version of Boogie Woogie Country Girl for his first EP in 1978. He re-recorded it for his Moving Out to the Country album in 2006. The still-suave Bryan Ferry (bottom left) turned 65 recently and the former Roxy Music man will be promoting his thirteenth solo album, Olympia. It’s his first since 2007’s Dylan covers album, which wasn’t the first time he tackled Bob’s songs. He opened his first album in 1973 with a version of A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall and included two more on Dylanesque’s predecessor, Frantic (2002). Don’t Think Twice is one of those. Midlake (top left) formed in Texas in 1999 and Courage of Others is the title of their third and current album. Roscoe opens their second, The Trials of Van Occupanther (2006). Two Door Cinema Club (bottom right) hail from Co Down in Northern Ireland and their only album so far, Tourist History, was released earlier this year. Their acoustic take on Poker Face was performed live on Virgin radio. Finally, the alliterative pop performers Jessie J (top centre) and Tinie Tempah (bottom centre) will also appear on this penultimate episode of the current season

Boogie Woogie Country Girl (Big Joe Turner cover) – Jools Holland

Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (Bob Dylan cover) – Bryan Ferry

Roscoe – Midlake

Poker Face (Lady GaGa cover) – Two Door Cinema Club