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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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
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Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

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

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

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2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

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Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
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
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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