Keane star Richard Hughes 'horrified' at Tories' use of song

The drummer of rock band Keane said today that he was "horrified" that their song was played at the Tory manifesto launch.

Supergrass split over 'musical differences'

Chart act Supergrass are to split after 17 years following a series of summer shows, it was announced today.

Bad Vibes: Britpop and My Part in its Downfall, By Luke Haines

Luke Haines was the lead singer of the 1990s band the Auteurs. One might be tempted to call them a Britpop band, but don't do so in Haines' hearing as he loathes and despises Britpop and all the other bands associated with it. But then, he loathes and despises pretty much everything: all bands more successful than his own; anyone who doesn't think his music was better than everyone else's; small people; small dogs; Northerners... Haines' arrogance is breathtaking: he meets Paul McCartney at Abbey Road studios but declines to play him any of his new songs as "they're too good for him".

Free Brett Anderson download compilation to be released by The Independent

On Saturday 31st, The Independent is offering readers the chance to download eight Brett Anderson tracks, including four brand new songs from the highly anticipated album, Slow Attack.

Mystery death of acclaimed Britpop star

Founder member of 'Space' collapsed while crossing the street

Album: Various Artists, British Rock'n'Roll Anthology (Spectrum)

As much as anything, this box set charting the development of British pop from 1956 to 1964 confirms that the medium is indeed the message.

Album: Tony Allen, Secret Agent, (World Circuit)

Allen was the principal wheel in the engine room of Fela Kuti's monumental Afrobeat, a driving yet relaxed kit-drummer for the ages.

SXSW blog: Sneak peeks and Gomez

After a morning stop for a few live sets, I gathered my official SXSW music badge and visited the offices of C3 – the folks behind Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza. I got a sneak peak into some new music, including a country-style collaboration between Heartless Bastards singer Erika Wennerstrom and the Black Angels.

The Word On...Snow Patrol, the new album

"The overall tone of 'A Hundred Million Suns' is rather fraught, a bit like reading a teenager's poetry, which is the appeal for some, I guess. But the album could have done with the odd quiet moment to break up the onslaught." - William Rycroft, www.justwilliamsluck.blogspot.com

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/mixtape-i-cant.html">MixTape: I can't believe I like Keane</a>

I have officially surprised my musical taste with a band which I formerly thought were a big pile of appalling musical rubble, toppled off with some poppycock; let's just say I wasn't very keen on, er, Keane.

Philharmonia / Ashkenazy / Osborne / Isserlis, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Enclosing two of Shostakovich's concertos between two symphonic scores of Sibelius may not seem the most obvious programming, so different are the sound-worlds of the composers. Yet Schoenberg, who liked neither, was prepared to concede: "I feel they have the breath of symphonists" - meaning the stamina to sustain long, complex structures. And, in the event, this concert under the volatile baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy balanced up well.

Record labels: The Domino effect

One small label has given us the fastest-selling debut album ever, as well as Franz Ferdinand. Alastair McKay investigates

Kate Moss ready to return and meet police

The rehabilitated supermodel is negotiating her return to answer to allegations of cocaine use last year

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