Arts and Entertainment Pharrell Williams will perform alongside the likes of Katy Perry and Rudimental at the Brit Awards 2014

The rapper will join Arctic Monkeys and Bruno Mars at the February event

First Night: Arctic Monkeys, O2 Academy, Brixton, London

Arctics return from wilderness with horizons broadened

Album: Arctic Monkeys, Humbug (Domino)

If Favourite Worst Nightmare was a sketchbook of Arctic Monkeys' responses to their vertiginous success then Humbug seems to represent the more considered comedown after a few years pursuing alternative diversions.

Free tickets on offer with Arctic Monkey's Oxfam single

Shoppers picking up Arctic Monkeys' new single from Oxfam today could win "golden tickets" to see them in person.

Album: The Answering Machine, Another City, Another Sorry, (Heist Or Hit)

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Le Donk & Scorz-ayz-ee, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh

Welcome back to Shane's world

Direct to the fans: album release to make history

Band uses <i>Independent</i> to give away debut record

Indie supergroup Mongrel to release debut album free with <i>The Independent</i>

' Better than heavy', the 11-track debut album of indie supergroup Mongrel will be given away with The Independent print edition on Saturday 7 March.

Arctic Monkeys, Hordern Pavilion, Sydney

Monkeys up for it Down Under

Ssshhh! It's all about you know where: The Arctic Monkeys promote Sheffield, well sort of...

Sheffield natives Arctic Monkeys have made a live DVD to promote their city &ndash; although you'd never know from watching it. Mark Hughes on a curious marketing ploy

A little ice? Arctic Monkey decides to buy his own pub

The days when Arctic Monkeys were too short to be served alcohol are long gone. However, perhaps recalling the times before they were famous and had to queue for drinks, two of the band's members have decided to open their own pub.

Glasvegas, Reading Festival<br/>Last Shadow Puppets, Reading Festival

Alex Turner may be bidding for the Mercury Prize, but all eyes are on Glasvegas as the most important breakthrough band of the year

The Last Shadow Puppets, Guildhall, Portsmouth

"Thanks for 'avin' us, Portsmouth," says Alex Turner. "It's our first time." The string and brass sections glimpsed behind him like ballroom ghosts are enough to tell you the Arctic Monkeys' prosaic urban dreams have been briefly left behind. His new band with The Rascals' Miles Kane, The Last Shadow Puppets, instead attempts urbane sophistication on record. David Axelrod and Love's Arthur Lee are among its challenging models. But tonight's full debut unexpectedly harnesses this sound to driven rock'n'roll. The shrieking strings aren't prissy adornments, but aggressive implements in the service of the old-fashioned, four-piece beat group Turner and Kane lead at the front. The daring of their experiment is clarified thrillingly.

Arctic Monkeys in dispute with pioneering radio website over 'failure to pay royalties'

Some of Britain's top bands, including the Arctic Monkeys, Editors and Basement Jaxx, are locked in an increasingly bitter dispute with the music radio website Last.fm over substantial unpaid royalties.

Designers working together? Whatever happened to good old-fashioned cut-throat rivalry?

When the luxe label Day Birger et Mikkelsen asked hip scenesters Preen to create a collection for them, the fashion world was aghast.

I Play The Drums In A Band Called Okay, by Toby Litt

A tale of gigs and groupies that captures the true spirit of rock'n'roll
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A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
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Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
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Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

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New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried