Arts and Entertainment Kendrick Lamar, here performing live with Imagine Dragons, enjoyed a 99 per cent rise in Spotify traffic after his Grammys performance

The rapper notched up the plays after collaborating with Imagine Dragons

Shapely Ankle Preferred, By Francesca Beauman

History is just a series of dates

Gormley and Shechter 'deconstruct spectacle' in Survivor

Survivor, Barbican Theatre, London
Milagres, Old Blue Last, London

Choreographer Shechter and 'space doctor' Gormley insist that only music critics review their show. That left our man scratching his horns ...

Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to its Own Past, By Simon Reynolds

Pop, deprived of fresh meat, feeds on itself

Album: The Maccabees, Given to the Wild (Fiction)

It's hard not to feel somewhat let down by The Maccabees' follow-up to 2009's Wall of Arms.

White Lies, Wembley Arena, London

Wembley Arena is chilly and two-thirds full, black curtains discreetly veiling unsold seats. “Hello, Wembley!” White Lies’ singer Harry McVeigh greets the faithful anyway.

The best of pluck: less is more for Laura Marling

Why rock and pop stars should end on a high note

Laura Marling has dropped the obligatory encore. Other acts should too, says Elisa Bray

Steel Panther / Mötley Crüe / Def Leppard, LG Arena, Birmingham
Little Dragon, Concorde 2, Brighton

It's as if poodle rock never went away when Mötley Crüe and the hair metallists get together

Album: Emmy the Great and Tim Wheeler, This is Christmas (Infectious)

In which indie singer-songwriter Emma-Lee Moss and Ash frontman Tim Wheeler, a couple in real life, join musical forces and attempt, valiantly and with not inconsiderable success, to breathe new life into that stalest of stale old genres: the Christmas song.

Blondie, Somerset House, London

The audience for tonight's gig includes many who were not even born when the New York band adopted their Blondie moniker in 1975, but everyone knows all of the words anyway.

Aerosmith recording new album

The 'Walk This Way' rockers went into the studio with producer Jack Douglas to lay down tracks for their first album since 2004's 'Honkin' on a Bobo' covers album.

Bon Jovi live! Watch Saturday's gig from the comfort of your home

Bon Jovi will be giving fans across the globe a chance to experience the live European show from the comfort of their homes on Saturday.

Rock 'n' roll politics: Steve Richards and John Bercow

Steve Richards speaks to the Speaker John Bercow on his live show, Rock 'n' Roll Politics.

Rock 'n' roll politics: Steve Richards' one man show

Watch Steve Richards' one man show, Rock 'n' roll politics:

Album: Tom Petty, Damn the Torpedoes (Deluxe Edition) (Geffen)

Petty's "breakthrough" album, his third, from 1979, the big-sounding, hi-gloss, monster-drumming Jimmy Iovine production which blasted the 'breakers out of their UK-only taste corner and propelled their leader towards American superstardom on the back of "Refugee".

The Word On: Mojo, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

"'Mojo' is the strongest set of songs from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in over a decade and a half." esdmusic.com

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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