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The chart-topping nu metal band are touring the UK, scary masks and all. But can a newcomer appreciate their music? Simmy Richman heads for the mosh pit to try to discover their appeal
Kraftwerk performing at the Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery) museum in Berlin earlier this month

The Kraftwerk conference: Why a bunch of academics consider the German electropoppers worthy of their own symposium

During the event at Aston University, it was impossible to guess who was the fan and who the academic

The Red Hot Chili Peppers join Bruno Mars and his backing band on stage

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George Ezra enjoyed a meteoric rise in 2014

George Ezra: My fantasy band

‘It blows my mind that Keith Richards is still alive...’

The ex-'Cream' drummer Ginger Baker

Whiplash has put drummers in their rightful place as music's irreplaceable root

Drummers are finally beginning to shake their tag as 'clueless thumpers'

The singer Jack Savoretti, whose new album Written in Scars’ is released in February

Jack Savoretti interview: The former 'new Paolo Nutini' on finding success the hard way

The music world will find it hard to keep this determined storyteller down

PJ Harvey will be working on her follow-up to 2011's Let England Shake

P J Harvey set to begin month-long residency inside glass recording studio at Somerset House

Gillian Orr explores what it means to make an exhibition of yourself
L to R: Janet Weiss, Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein, the three members of Sleater-Kinney

Sleater-Kinney: Bring on the return of riot grrrl!

The feminist punk trio are releasing their first album in a decade - and longtime fan Daisy Buchanan hopes it will fire up a new generation of young women

Throat-singer Tanya Tagaq in animal guise

Tanya Tagaq: The throat-singing, seal-wearing Inuit star of Canadian music

The esoteric musician won Canada's version of the Mercury Prize

Singer and songwriter Little Boots photographed in High Street Kensington

Little Boots interview: How I found my feet

Victoria Hesketh has taken her own path rather than become a 'singing Barbie'

Thom Yorke's reported £13 million BitTorrent success is 'totally and utterly false'

Call for the karma police - Tomorrows Modern Boxes may have been downloaded 4m times, but Yorke hasn't found a solution to the music business' woes

George Ezra enjoyed a meteoric rise in 2014

George Ezra interview: The singer-songwriter on his stunning rise and what to do next

The 21-year-old has reached a level of fame he never expected

Hip hop artist Run the Jewels

The best US hip-hop releases of 2014: From Run The Jewels to Ghostface Killah

In 2014 the fast-moving, fickle world of rap was wide-open for the taking

Paolo Nutini performs live at Radio 1's Big Weekend at Glasgow Green on25 May, 2014, in Glasgow, Scotland

From Paolo Nutini to Leonard Cohen: the best albums of 2014

A special mention must also go to Robin Thicke as Turkey of the Year

Sink the Pink's 2013 New Year's Eve party

A guide to New Year's Eve party Nirvana

Four of Britain's top DJs give their verdict on how to party into 2015

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Reawakening: can Jon Hamm’s Don Draper find enlightenment in the final ‘Mad Men’?
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Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward and Robin in the 1960s Batman TV show

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