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.

Bleeding ulcer causes Morrissey to postpone six shows of American tour

British rock singer Morrissey is postponing six performances on his US tour due to a bleeding ulcer, his spokeswoman said on Sunday.

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Rough Trade, the pioneering independent record store, could open new outlets across the UK following the collapse of HMV, Geoff Travis, the company’s founder has suggested.

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The Killers set to headline Isle of Wight festival

Anthem-rockers The Killers have been named as the last headliner for next year's Isle of Wight Festival.

Teenage heartbreak, The Wedding Present and Labour MP Stella Creasy

Stella Creasy tells of the anguish of unrequited love that an indie rock album was able to heal

Rising Labour star Stella Creasy wears heart on her album sleeve for Leeds indie band The Wedding Present

The Walthamstow MP shares teenage woes in an essay to accompany a vinyl edition of the band's Seamonsters album

Q awards get soulful as Bobby Womack beats cancer and pneumonia to win album of the year (with a little help from Damon Albarn)

Bobby Womack was recuperating from pneumonia and colon cancer in a hospital bed when Damon Albarn first called. Now the soul legend’s comeback has been sealed after the record he crafted with the Blur frontman was named album of the year.

Chat shows: Viva hate! Moz tangles with Colbert

He's one of the most imposing figures in rock, but Morrissey may have met his oratorial match in Stephen Colbert – or at least the Comedy Central comic's combative Republican alter ego.

Seamus Coleman (left) and James McCarthy will both start against Germany

End of an era arrives as Republic Ireland's famous four of Shay Given, Richard Dunne, Damien Duff and Robbie Keane pass the baton

If tonight's match feels difficult and disconcerting for the Republic of Ireland, it will not just be because of the German opposition. This qualifier at the Aviva Stadium is the start of a new era for Irish football, or at least a preparation for one.

Britain’s got talent: One Direction have made a lot of fans across the Atlantic

One Direction and The Wanted: If they can make it there...

British boybands One Direction and The Wanted have taken the US – and the pages of The New Yorker – by storm. Tim Walker charts their stateside success

Last night: Reading Festival, Berkshire

This year’s Reading bill looks over-familiar from top to bottom, faithfully reflecting a rock scene desperately waiting for new heroes.

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