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The V&A previously cancelled a Napalm Death gig due to concerns that the high level of decibels would damage the historic museum

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Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins due to stand trial accused of two separate accounts of raping a baby and conspiracy to rape a child

The rock singer Ian Watkins is to stand trial tomorrow accused of two separate counts of raping a baby, sexually assaulting a baby, and conspiring to rape a child.

Album: Moreland & Arbuckle, Seven Cities (Telarc)

Coarse, rocking garage blues by three young white blokes with facial hair, recorded in Seattle, suitably enough.

Audio and video: ‘Red or Dead’ and ‘The Damn United’

Click on the link below to hear David Pearce read an extract from his new book ‘Red or Dead’ at the Faber Books Soundcloud page. There also follows clips from the film based around one of Pearce's previous novel ‘The Damned Utd’

Album: Buddy Guy, Rhythm & Blues (RCA-Silvertone)

Buddy Guy is now 76 and can lay claim to special status as a near-sole survivor of Chicago's era of eminence in the 1950s and 1960s.

Album review: Drenge, Drenge (Infectious)

Album of the Week: Garage-band and grunge riffs make for raw-boned rock

Video: DVD and Blu-Ray releases

See below to watch the trailers for this week's DVD and Blu-Ray releases

Album review: Editors, The Weight of Your Love ([P.I.A.S.])

Having made progress of sorts with 2009's In This Light and on This Evening, Editors here step backwards into the crepuscular netherworld of Eighties new wave from whence they took their original inspiration.

Heads Up: David's Peace's Bill Shankly novel Red or Dead

What are we talking about? A new novel about the rise of Liverpool Football Club, and its manager, Bill Shankly – until his surprise resignation at the height of the club's success in 1974.

Album: Ms/Mr, Secondhand Rapture (RCA)

You'd have to say this New York duo, singer Lizzy Plapinger and producer Max Hershenow, have given a fair summation of their debut album with that title, such is both the familiarity and enchantment of the music within.

Hanneman: much admired by other heavy metal guitarists

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman died of alcohol-related cirrhosis - not flesh eating disease caused by spider bite

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman's cause of death has been established by a coroner as alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver – and not as a result of flesh-eating disease Necrotizing fasciitis as previously reported.

Ben Chu: Gilded bubbles of denial

Outlook We humans have a biological need for narrative explanations, for meaning. We instinctively dislike the idea that things just happen. We want to know why they happen. It makes us feel better. Take the gold price crash.

Alice in Chains are taking promo to a whole new level

Alice in Chains in devilishly funny spoof

Alice in Chains are taking promo to a whole new level. The American heavy-metal band have produced a polished mockumentary, titled AIC 23, to promote their new album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which is out next month. In the 11-minute film, the four band members talk about the band disguised as spoof musicians, with the help of prosthetics by the Oscar-winning make-up artist Matthew Mungle, who worked on Edward Scissorhands, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Schindler's List.

American Music Club's Mark Eitzel strikes a hopeful tone

The band are back on tour with a new album

Adam Ant Is the BlueBlack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter

Album review: Adam Ant, Adam Ant Is the BlueBlack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter (BlueBlack Hussar)

It's appropriate that Adam Ant should feature his name in the title of this sprawling comeback album, as many of its 16 songs are plainly autobiographical, from the affectionate paeans to Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, to the digs at psychiatry in “Shrink”.

Outsiders: Kurt Cobain with Courtney Love

Smells like teen spirit, all over again

Dig out your Doc Martens: grunge is back, with new releases from stalwarts of the scene and a host of young pretenders

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