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Blog faves, BBC Sound of 2013 poll, world tour…and the trio hadn't even released an album. Can it live up to the hype?

How We Met: Moby & Lucy Walker

'He sat next to me on the subway and asked for my number. I didn't give it to him'

Caught in the Net: Bill Callahan dips into his past

Bill Callahan recently added to his huge catalogue of recordings – both using his own name and the moniker Smog – with a great new album, Apocalypse.

The anti-popstar: Moby regains his focus

Moby's life has driven him to drink, drugs and therapy. Now we can see it too, in a photo album and show. He talks to Fiona Sturges and shows us some of his pictures

Radiohead's 'newspaper album'

The King of Limbs shows the record industry's determination to sell music in every format, says Elisa Bray

Afghan pilot kills nine US trainers in 'personal' row

Eight American soldiers and a civilian contractor were shot and killed by an Afghan pilot in Kabul yesterday after an argument erupted during a meeting at the city's military airport.

Album: Underworld, Frankenstein: Music from the Play (www.underworldlive.com)

Underworld's music for Danny Boyle's Frankenstein sounds like Throbbing Gristle doing the soundtrack to The Wicker Man – a fog of industrial noise punctuated by flamenco guitar flourishes and bursts of communal folk-singing.

Lady Gaga 'doesn't need gimmicks'

Lady Gaga could still "make you cry" with her musical ability if all her gimmicks were stripped from her.

Brian May appears on Lady Gaga track

Queen guitarist Brian May features on Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' album.

Album: Gorillaz, The Fall (Parlophone)

The Fall was sneak-released to fan-club members on Christmas Day, just nine months after Plastic Beach, but is only now getting a wider physical release to the slowcoaches of the general populace.

Terence Blacker: Why God will smile on Lady Gaga

Praise the Lord, Lady Gaga is to release an Easter single. The exotic singer has taken her interest in religion a step further with a song called "Judas" which will be launched next week. According to Lauriann Gibson, her choreographer, the new song is essentially "a conversation about salvation, peace and the search for truth". God was "active in a big way" in the making of it.

Volvo Snowbombing, Mayrhofen, Austria

Of all the new additions to the snow festival scene, it's Snowbombing that reigns supreme. Taking place in the tranquil alpine village of Mayrhofen, since 2000 Snowbombing has been dedicated to dance acts and DJs. The 12th edition, now expanded to 6,000 festival-goers, saw an ever-strong line-up catering to dance-loving party-goers, including Fatboy Slim, Ms Dynamite and Pendulum. Chase & Status's frenzied live show featured some of the vocalist contributors on their album No More Idols. Liam Bailey's compelling performance of chart hit "Blind Faith" set him out as one to watch.

Always read the label

Today's savvy dresser is making waves by wearing designers that remain determinedly under the radar. Harriet Walker searches out the best niche names

Sound It Out: Teesside's own spin city

Record Store Day, the annual event to promote independent music-retail, has been going from strength to strength. This year it boasts its own official film, an affectionate tribute to the workings of one such institution and the characters that frequent it.

Lady Gaga's raunchy birthday gift

Lady Gaga was given a custom-made sex doll at her birthday party yesterday.

Lady Gaga to direct new video

Lady Gaga will direct the video for her next single 'Judas'.

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