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Arcade Fire and Lily Allen have already been confirmed as performers

Album: The Dears, Degeneration Street (Dangerbird)

There are moments on Degeneration Street that suggest Dears' creative mainspring Murray Lightburn is hoping to effect an Arcade Fire-style vault from indie saltmines to popularity; but it's all too little, and at five albums into their career, too late for that.

Arcade Fire overwhelmed by Grammy triumph

Arcade Fire were overwhelmed by their shock 'Best Album' Grammy win.

Arcade Fire leave the studio and blaze their way on to the big screen

The band have teamed up with director Spike Jonze for a film to accompany their latest album. It illuminates the record's heart of darkness, says Elisa Bray

Arcade Fire and Cee Lo Green to perform at Brits

Canadian rockers Arcade Fire and American singer Cee Lo Green will perform at next month's Brit Awards.

Album: My Little Cheap Dictaphone, The Tragic Tale of a Genius (Pias)

It starts so well. For the first few minutes of their third album, My Little Cheap Dictaphone – a Belgian band led by Redboy – mine the same rich seam of vintage sounds as the Real Tuesday Weld and the Shortwave Set, creating a haunted junkshop feel.

Critics name the year's best albums – but are they right?

As we publish HMV's Poll of Polls on 2010's critically acclaimed music, Kunal Dutta notes the gap between the pundits and the punters

Arcade Fire, 02 Arena, London

I have seen Arcade Fire in a small church and in a packed Hackney Empire. Now they are bounding onstage at the O2 Arena as if born to the role. Their ascent has been rapid and has been all the more surprising given the peculiarity of their music, a bewildering panoply of strings and things. Significantly, they do not seem out of place here. As an octet, they are not dwarfed by a stage this size. The same applies to their sound.

First Night: Arcade Fire, O2 ARena, London

Fire burns bright as band of many talents step up to the big stage

Digital Digest: 22/11/2010

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This one's for all the ladies in the house

Maroon 5 are huge but credibility eludes them. Gillian Orr asks Adam Levine, their frontman, if all the trite songs and videos about women might be to blame

Caught in the Net: Green goes straight into Compton

Cross the Proms' two most popular fixtures – the Last Night of the Proms and the Doctor Who Prom – and you might just end up with the event that's taking over the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday afternoon. It's a recreation of the programme you would have heard had you attended the Last Night of the Proms 100 years ago, in 1910.

Digital Digest: 23/08/2010

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Caught in the net: A pleasure to treasure

Last year's collaboration with Scarlett Johansson was probably more aesthetically pleasing, but music fans will likely be more excited by Pete Yorn's latest hook-up with Frank Black, aka Black Francis.

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