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The 20 best Drake songs

From teen TV star to globe-conquering rapper, we look back on Drizzy’s career highs

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Years & Years – ‘Communion’

Olly Alexander’s synthed-up trio have made the first essential pop album of the summer

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Gigs in London this week

Our pick of the best live music over the next seven days

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Why I love The Jesus And Mary Chain

James Manning revisits his teenage crush on Scotland’s surliest band

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Just announced: the latest London gigs

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The Smiths are playing Wireless festival on Sunday

The Smiths?!No, not them. We’re talking about Willow and Jaden Smith: daughter and son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Any confusion with the Manchester band is purely accidental. Yeah, right. So why devote precious blog space to these celebri-kids?Because not only are Jaden and Willow playing a set together at Wireless this Sunday, they’re also  – despite being 16 and 13 respectively – becoming as quotable as Morrissey. Really? How?Well, in tweets and interviews the pair have shown a curious affinity for vague, pseudo-psychological statements and insights that reveal staggering self-belief. Maybe it’s a product of having a dad who plays heroic leads in movies, but they are remarkably sure of themselves. But surely all teens are slightly precocious?True, but Willow believes that she can actually control time (‘I can make it go slow or fast… and that’s how I know it doesn’t exist’). She also thinks that the powers-that-be are force-feeding her chips: ‘We all need to learn how to harmoniously live on this planet without frying it like those systematic French fries the government feeds us.’ Oookay… What about Jaden?Well, he’s possibly even more intergalactic of mind. Try these Jaden-isms: ‘When you think about an apple, you also think about the opposite of an apple.’ ‘There’s a theoretical physicist inside all of our minds.’ ‘How can mirrors be real if our eyes aren’t real?’ All right, they’re a bit bonkers – but so are lots of child stars. What difference does it mak

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On sale this week: A$AP Rocky and Wiz Khalifa, Lianne La Havas, Gregory Porter and more

You might feel like the heat of this week has melted your brain a little. But whatever you do, don't forget that tickets for these great gigs go on sale tomorrow morning. So even if it's another scorcher, make sure you're up in time to get booking. And remember to check our Music page for more of London's best shows. A$AP ROCKY/WIZ KHALIFA The O2, Oct 17 Harlem born and raised hip hop hero A$AP teams up with fellow US rap heavyweight Wiz Khalifa (real name Jibril Thomaz) for what promises to be a huge show. The combination of A$AP's languorous rhymes and sparse beats with dedicated stoner Khalifa's low-slung musings should be a treat indeed for London hip hop junkies. Buy tickets here tomorrow at 9am   LIANNE LA HAVAS Still just 25 but tipped by Prince and with a Top Five debut album under her belt, south London singer-songwriter La Havas recalls Feist and Erykah Badu with her velvety vocals and mellifluous, synth-shimmering folk-soul sound. Her new album ‘Blood’ could win her a second Mercury nomination – hear bits of it at this big Brixton gig. Buy tickets here tomorrow at 9am   GREGORY PORTER    Royal Albert Hall, Apr 4 US soul-jazz singer Porter has had critics, fans and musicians raving thanks to his stunning Grammy-nominated debut ‘Water’, but he’s the real deal live too. He returns to London following the release of his third album, ‘Liquid Spirit’, and combines the deep soulfulness of John Lucien, the hipness of Kurt Elling and the streetwise lyrical s

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It's getting hot in here... so listen to Time Out's sun-soaked playlist

Breaking news for anyone who’s been sitting at home all-day inside a fridge: it’s hot outside. Like, obscenely, sickeningly stickily, soul-meltingly hot. If, like most of London, you’ve discovered that most of your being is now made up purely of sweat, console yourself by listening to our scorching playlist. Okay, it won’t cool you down, but it might take your mind off the stifling heat for a while. Click play on the video above, sit back and let the sunny tunes roll. Or skip through to one of these hot little numbers.  Lovin’ Spoonful – ‘Summer in the City’ Roy Ayers – ‘Everybody Loves the Sunshine’ The Specials – ‘Too Hot’ MK – ‘Burning’ Inner Circle – ‘Sweat’ The Jimi Hendrix Experience – ‘Long Hot Summer Night’ Husker Du – ‘Celebrated Summer’ Talking Heads – ‘Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes on)’ Pulp – ‘David’s Last Summer’ Pavement – ‘Summer Babe’ Of Montreal – ‘Oslo in the Summertime’ Nelly – ‘Hot in Herre’ Rico Love feat. Usher – ‘Sweat’ Louis Armstrong – ‘On the Sunny Side of the Street’ Chet Faker – ‘Melt’ Katy Perry – ‘Hot n Cold’ Bob Marley – ‘Sun is Shining’ Jungle – ‘The Heat’ Imagination – ‘Burnin’ Up’ Coolio – ‘Too Hot’ Modern English – ‘I Melt with You’ Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers – ‘Ice Cream Man’ Bruce Springsteen – ‘I’m on Fire’ Caribou – ‘Sun’ Ian Dury and the Blockheads – ‘Uneasy Sunny Day Hotsy Totsy’ Billy Idol – ‘Hot in the City Tonight’ Holger Czukay – ‘Let’s Get Hot’ Want more smokin' tracks? Here's the best

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This month’s best gigs

Don’t miss D’Angelo, AC/DC and Terry Riley in town this month

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Just announced!

Get ’em while they're hot: here's our weekly list of the capital's latest top tickets to be released

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Lauryn Hill

The former Fugee plays an acoustic set

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Lianne La Havas

A big Brixton gig for the young and super-soulful singer-songwriter

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City of London Festival

It’s hard to compete with the impressive venues that host this annual Square Mile of concerts. From an orchestral oratorio in St Paul’s Cathedral to tenor Ian Bostridge singing lieder in Mansion House (Jun 30) and New Zealand String Quartet playing Brahms at Goldsmiths’ Hall (Jul 8). Meanwhile, there is a chance to play 12 street guitars, stashed inside the more modest upturned boats.

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Multi-Story Orchestra

Talk about musique concrète! Peckham’s disused multi-storey car park is the setting for summer concerts from the 60-strong Multi-Story Orchestra under Christopher Stark, alongside recitals in a smaller ‘strawditorium’ space.

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Orquesta Filarmónica de México UNAM

As this is officially ‘The Year of the UK in Mexico and Mexico in the UK’, let the party continue as the Mexican Philharmonic hits town to play music from the two cultures. South America is represented in works by Arturo Marquez and José Pablo Moncayo, while violinist Tasmin Little flies the Union Jack as soloist in Vaughan Williams’s ‘The Lark Ascending’ and Holst’s ‘Song of the Night’. ¡Viva México!

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City of London Festival: Voices of our Ancestors

Thea Musgrave’s ‘The Voice of Our Ancestors’ promises to ‘create a three-dimensional, surround-sound landscape’. The world premiere is the centrepiece of an evening presenting other stunning John Armitage Memorial commissions, including Paul Patterson’s The Fifth Continent (2005) and Paul Mealor’s ‘Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal’ (2010). The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, Onyx Brass and organist Simon Hogan are conducted by Nicholas Cleobury.

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The 100 best party songs

Plug in your biggest speakers and party hard with our playlist of guaranteed floorfillers

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The 50 best love songs

Say hello to your new smoochy-time playlist – it’s Time Out’s pick of the best love songs ever made

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The 50 best break-up songs

Heaven knows you’re miserable now – so you may as well enjoy it with our ultimate break-up playlist

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The 100 best London songs

London calling! This is the sound of the city, distilled into a hundred songs

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The 50 best karaoke songs

Warm up those vocal cords, take a swig of something strong, and show us what you've got

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The 50 best ’80s songs

From pop hits to hair metal, grab your Walkman and celebrate a golden era of musical excess

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Music festivals in London

Wireless

Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J Blige and more big acts light up Finsbury Park

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Lovebox

Snoop Dogg, Rudimental, Hot Chip and Jessie Ware join the party in Victoria Park

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Citadel Festival

A new one-dayer with Ben Howard, Bombay Bicycle Club and plenty of sophisticated fun

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South West Four

Clapham Common’s dance music explosion returns for another big weekender

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The best music venues in London

Union Chapel

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Brixton Academy

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Royal Albert Hall

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Koko

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The O2

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Shepherd’s Bush Empire

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