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.

Neville Neville (left), seen here with his son Gary Neville, has been arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault

Gary and Phil Neville's father arrested over alleged sexual assault

Neville Neville is a well-known former cricketer and sports agent

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Thom Yorke: Samey sounds spoil Radiohead frontman’s debut album with supergroup

Atoms for Peace, Oval Space, London

The obscurely menacing lyrics which are Thom Yorke’s stock in trade are reflected on the deflated gas-holders in this more obscure, east London Oval.

Prince unveils new track then charges fans to download the video: his rock'n'roll revolution is right on the money

Charging fans to download music videos is just a sign of the times

Steve Reich's minimal tribute to Radiohead

News that American composer Steve Reich's latest composition has been inspired by the work of Radiohead makes a fitting tribute to a band that has done more than any other current rock outfit to bring down the boundaries between their genre and classical music.

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From henceforth, all commercial-pop snobs should be obliged to listen to the Canadian sisters' seventh album.

Foals, Holy Fire (Transgressive)

Album review: Foals, Holy Fire (Transgressive)

It may simply be the influence of producers Flood and Alan Moulder, who have a track record of rendering indie-rock commercially palatable, but on Holy Fire, Foals move further away from their nerdy math-rock origins to a more muscular rock'n'roll style.

My Fantasy Band: Adam Green

'Garfield's a cool cat. He'd play the saxophone really well...'

Conor O'Brien: 'I'd love to see Mozart on stage playing vintage synths'

My Fantasy Band: Conor O'Brien, Villagers

'I'd love to see Mozart on stage playing vintage synths'

Where Are We Now? David Bowie set to miss out on place Official Singles Chart

David Bowie's surprise and much talked-about comeback track looks set to miss out on a place in the singles chart.

Veteran music star David Bowie has today broken years of silence and speculation to release his first single and album in a decade

A new single for David Bowie, but I fear time has caught up with the thin white duke

He made his name(s) through constant self-reinvention; this fresh material, however, feels perilously close to a retread

Matilda Battersby: I fear time has caught up with the thin white duke

I once offended someone famous by asking how it felt to be a national treasure. My (admittedly rather limp) line of questioning was met with an alarmed, and evidently miffed, response from an interviewee who said she didn't see herself that way.

'Recluse' Bowie stuns fans by releasing single

When the email arrived, announcing the surprise return of the master of musical reinvention, it was titled, appropriately "where is David Bowie?"

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