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Dream team

We can't think of a better avant-pop music combination than Björk and Thom Yorke on the Icelandic songstress's new track Naturra. And it's in aid of the environment.

Smokin' art

Frieze Art Fair showcased work from more than 1,000 contemporary artists, including Norma Jeane's smoking booths for visitors.

The Dears

The Canadian band's new album Missiles is one of their best orchestral melodramatic indie-rock records yet.


Expensive comedy tickets

Sarah Silverman, Ricky Gervais and Steve Coogan: hands up! In these economically challenging times, £40 for a show is not cool.


Everyone knows Eurovision is a bit of fun, so why have we lined up Andrew Lloyd Webber to pen our next entry?


AC/DC's 'Black Ice' is just being sold at Wal-Mart. Anything to do with the reported 400,000 illegal downloads?