News Chris Hadfield has agreed to take on the role of cultural ambassador for Ireland

Chris Hadfield, the singing astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station, has taken on a role as cultural ambassador for Ireland.

Adam Buxton

Edinburgh 2013: Adam Buxton's Kernel Panic is comedy for the YouTube generation

If you like to spend your free time laughing at mad, misspelt and hyperbolic comments on web forums, then Adam Buxton's brand of piss-take comedy for the YouTube generation will be right up your street.

Album: Mayer Hawthorne, Where Does This Door Go (Republic)

After his sensitive soul-boy debut and a major label follow-up that flirted with ELO-style cleverness, Michigan auteur Hawthorne has synthesised his influences into perfect power pop, with the help of producers including Pharrell Williams.

Kraftwerk performing on the Obelisk stage during the Latitude Festival at Henham Park near Southwold, Suffolk

Latitude Festival 2013: It is an eye-opening weekend, but Kraftwerk’s 3D show falls a bit flat

Oxford’s inexplicably popular math-rockers Foals closed Latitude’s main stage last night with something close to thrash-rave, and a laser light-show reaching towards the full moon. Clearly exhilarated by their headline slot, they still struggled to excite.

Earls Court Exhibition Centre - used for 1948 Olympic Games - to be razed

London Mayor Boris Johnson has approved plans to demolish the art deco Earls Court Exhibition Centre.

Grain Store, Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street, London

Lisa Markwell finds a new vegetable nirvana behind an old transport hub.

The Diary: Common’s ministry of sound gears up to rock the House

An evening of heavy rock on the House of Commons terrace, sponsored by drinks company Pernod Ricard in the presence of Liam Gallagher’s band Beady Eye – what could possibly go wrong?

Second-string Wales humbled by Japan in Tokyo

Japan 23 Wales 8

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend of The Who

Music review: The Who, SECC, Glasgow - Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend can still command Quadrophenia's magic

One of the most telling moments of this 40th anniversary revisit to The Who’s best-known album Quadrophenia came in one of the least likely locations, amidst the video montage which accompanied martial instrumental “The Rock” on the three circular screens hanging behind the band.

'The Velvet Underground and Nico' with its Warhol sleeve

Velvet Underground dispute with Andy Warhol Foundation settled

A legal fight between the rock band The Velvet Underground and the Andy Warhol Foundation is over.

Latitude 2013: Five minutes with... Clean Bandit

Clean bandit are a hip gang of young British up-and-comers. Catch them at Latitude before they become massive.

Album: Liane Carroll, Ballads (Quiet Money)

Singer/pianist Carroll is the worst kept secret in UK jazz: everyone knows she's amazing but a glass ceiling stops her becoming the world star she so obviously is.

Lara Downes, Exiles' Cafe (Steinway & Sons)

Album review: Lara Downes, Exiles' Cafe (Steinway & Sons)

Exiles' Cafe was inspired by hearing Michael Sahl's “Tango from the Exiles' Cafe”, after which Lara Downes fantasised the location as a source of comfort for transplanted composers, represented by this series of piano miniatures.

Todd Rundgren, State (Esoteric Antenna)

Album review: Todd Rundgren, State (Esoteric Antenna)

State sees Todd Rundgren deliver his customary laconic commentaries on a world gone mad from behind a wall of rock, techno and dubstep riffs.

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