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Everything Everything have long been one of the UK’s most eclectic (and underrated) indie bands, and new album Fever Dream is suitably full of off-kilter cool. Mixing synth hooks, pop choruses, frantic guitars – and is that a house beat? – it’s complex but downright catchy stuff. Intelligent indie that wants to get us dancing? We’re on board. Out Friday
We love an under-the-radar shoe brand; especially one that whispers luxury, is full of personality, yet fits seamlessly with any outfit. That’s why we adore Julia Mays, whose classic courts, flats and kitten heels come in gorgeous colour-pop shades and are hand-crafted in Italy ( juliamays.com). One Telegraph subscriber can win £750 to spend. See telegraph.co.uk/ subscriber
He’s been described as ‘the Chekhov of our time’, so expectations for Akhil Sharma’s new collection of short stories, A Life of Adventure and Delight, were high indeed. And he doesn’t disappoint, with eight beautifully sleek, minimally written but emotionally shattering tales – dealing with the paradoxes, ironies and harmonies of modern life. A must.
Out Thursday When the World’s Best Bar (official) holds a pop-up at one of London’s Best Hotels, the drinks are hardly going to be second-rate. That’s why you need to drop whatever you’re doing and head to Claridge’s, where award-winning NYC cocktail den Dead Rabbit is taking over for one week only. Warning: signature drink Psycho Killer – involving whisky, Campari and, er, absinthe – may well live up to its name… 15-22 Aug