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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Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
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A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

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Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

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She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
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Dame Harriet Walter interview

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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's winter salads

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England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

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