Arts and Entertainment Red Hot Chili Peppers are headlining the Isle of Wight Festival 2014

The US rockers will join Calvin Harris and Biffy Clyro at the top of the bill

Muse song named greatest riff of the 21st century

Rock trio Muse are the greatest riff merchants of the 21st century, music fans said today.

First Night: Guns N' Roses, Reading Festival

Axl flounders as Reading made to wait for its rock fix

Twelve acts, one prize: the Mercury shortlist

Andy Gill reviews the albums nominated for the music prize

Mercury Prize Shortlist announced

Paul Weller, The xx, Dizzee Rascal and Corinne Bailey Rae all make the 12-strong list.

Biffy Clyro, HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London

"There is no such thing as a naked man," says shirtless frontman Simon Neil, as if quoting from some mysterious book of Biffy logic.

Storming in: From Ummagumma to Elegy

Storm Thorgerson, the designer of over 400 album covers, whose iconic artwork plotted the aesthetics of Pink Floyd, talks to Matilda Battersby about his creative journey.

The Brits who are making a big noise in Hollywood

Home-grown success in movie soundtracks is being given a business boost, reports Ian Burrell

Storm Thorgerson - My art on their sleeves

Pink Floyd, Muse, Biffy Clyro... graphic artist Storm Thorgerson on his iconic cover designs

Oasis in running for three NME awards

Oasis are in the running for three awards at a major music event tonight - despite splitting six months ago.

Oasis nominated for three NME awards despite split

Oasis showed they are gone but not forgotten today after landing three nominations at the NME Awards, including best British band - despite splitting five months ago.

Madness, Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

Nutty Boys leave them skastruck

Album: Biffy Clyro, Only Revolutions (14th Floor)

The progress of Ayrshire prog-metal trio Biffy Clyro demonstrates again that, outside of the short-term imperatives of Cowellised talent-show pop, the best way for a proper rock band to develop is through faith and persistence, rather than coaching and consultancy. Together since 1995, they've persevered through years of solo gigs and well-chosen support slots, building up a solid fanbase which finally expanded to chart-bothering proportions in 2007 with their fourth album Puzzle. It's an object lesson in self-determination akin to the success of Muse, with whom they share an affection for pungent riffs and quirky lyrical themes. Biffy Clyro favour the kind of abstruse non sequiturs that leave one scratching one's head. But the drift is clear: Only Revolutions is packed with violent imagery – lots of hits, bruises, shots, burns and blood, and even a track titled "Booooom, Blast & Ruin". Elsewhere, big metaphors – God and Satan, mountains and oceans - abound, decked out in suitably grandiose, constantly gear-changing pomp-metal riffs, fattened in some case with fanfaring horns or underscored with strings. The exception is the oddly-titled "Many Of Horror", an understated love song and obvious single-in-waiting; but the standout track is surely "Bubbles", to which a guesting Josh Homme brings a touch of Queens Of The Stone Age.

Meet the folkers

Chris T-T and Frank Turner combine punk attitudes with the essence of folk

Rihanna, O2, London<br/>The Long Blondes, Amersham Arms, London

Too much shouty showbiz and not enough soul: She's pretty, she sings, she dances, she acts the diva. But the latest Beyoncé clone fails to bring a spark to the crowd

Swimmer One: The band bringing philosophy to the dancefloor

This Scottish duo aim to cram deep ideas into light-hearted pop songs. Is it possible to dance and think at the same time?
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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?