Brian May joins a march against the badger cull

Brian May's anti-badger cull track enters download chart

Queen guitarist and anti-badger cull campaigner Brian May could be headed for chart success on Sunday with his new single ‘Save The Badger, Badger, Badger.’

Max and Ivan: The Reunion

Edinburgh 2013: Max and Ivan: The Reunion - Ingeniously plotted and zingily executed

Sketch shows take one of two forms - a high-speed rattle through random gags or a narrative arc structured around more-or-less random gags. The latter can be tortuous, if not nonsensical but like Pappy's last year, Max and Ivan have hit upon the perfect vehicle for their sketch story this year. Their school reunion rom-com has plot and heart enough to stand alone but leaves space for plenty of playful messing around, too.

Edinburgh 2013: Squally Showers - Like a low-budget Eighties soap opera, but more vacuous

There are glitter curtains and mullet wigs, an overhead projector and exercise video workouts. Welcome to the Eighties! Little Bulb, a young company of five actors, take us back the decade of greed and into the offices of a booming television company.

Franco de Gemini: Harmonica player who performed on hundreds of film scores

Three men wait at a remote railway station for another. A haunting, surreal, echoing trio of notes on a harmonica announces the arrival of the man they have been waiting for: a gunfighter played by Charles Bronson, known only as "Harmonica". This is a parody of the Gary Cooper film High Noon and believed by many critics and film enthusiasts to be the opening to the greatest Western ever made. So begins Sergio Leone's classic film Once Upon a Time in the West, featuring the music of Ennio Morricone.

Shore Capital founder: 'UK would be better off if we left the EU'

One of the City's best-known financiers has called for the UK to withdraw from the European Union, describing Brussels red tape as a "drain on the economy".

The British Library: For aspiring misanthropes, it’s a ripe hunting ground

From students to shouters, the library offers a space like no other

Can music really affect your workout?

Fitness apps: Are we exercising to distraction?

Many of us can’t get through a workout without tunes or telly to make it less boring. And there’s nothing wrong with that, says Simon Usborne

Big screen breakthrough: Next month sees the release of 'Alan Partridge, The Movie', which goes by the name Alpha Papa

A-ha! Alan Partridge movie Alpha Papa gives airtime to forgotten pop classics

His musical tastes famously extend from Abba to Wings, “the band The Beatles could have been”. But Alan Partridge’s elevation to the big screen is set to bring a new lease of life to a host of artists unfairly excluded from pop’s hall of fame.

Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai

Manchester International Festival: Mogwai, Performing live to Zidane, a 21st Century Portrait

One of the triumphs of this year’s Manchester International Festival was its capacity to create a sense of place in an unexpected space. The 5,000 who communed on the Tarmac of a city centre car park to see a relay of Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford’s Macbeth on Saturday night can vouch for that.

Mogwai, whose soundtrack album Les Revenants has brought them a mainstream audience after 18 years

French undead give new life to Scottish band: Mogwai fuel nightmares and sales with their sinister score for The Returned

Mogwai are riding high on their spooky music for TV hit ‘The Returned'

Album: Various artists, Daora – Underground Sounds of Urban Brasil (Mais um Discos)

"Daora" (meaning "dope", as in "cool") is a follow-up to the best Brazilian compilation of 2010; Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira! And cool it is, in the way it avoids generic samba and bossa nova in favour of cutting-edge yet melodic hip-hop more sonically engaging than anything at present coming from the US or UK.

Album review: Sven Helbig, Pocket Symphonies (Deutsche Grammophon)

Sven Helbig is a young German composer equally drawn to classical, pop and hip-hop modes, probably most famous for his orchestrations on Pet Shop Boys' Battleship Potemkin and The Most Incredible Thing. That populist spirit informs this debut release, with emotionally expansive pieces restricted to pop-song length.

Album review: Various artists, Selected Signs 111-V111 (ECM)

Chosen as the soundtrack for the exhibition ECM – A Cultural Archeology at Munich’s Haus der Kunst, the music on these six CDs is austere even by the label’s own standards, but no less beautiful.

Harrowing: Anne Sophie Duprels, Mungo Reoch, and Dan Stephenson

Classical review: Madama Butterfly - Head down to the park to see a stunning Butterfly take flight

Paul Higgins's staging of Madama Butterfly is not easy to watch, and nor should it be.

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