News Fans of the Arctic Monkeys were left outraged after the hashtag #RIPAlexTurner started trending on Twitter.

Fans of the Arctic Monkeys were left outraged after the hashtag #RIPAlexTurner started trending on Twitter.

Album: Tegan and Sara, Hearthrob (Warner)

From henceforth, all commercial-pop snobs should be obliged to listen to the Canadian sisters' seventh album.

Palma Violets, Boston Arms, London

Crowd surfing continues with the band off-stage, a topless girl balances on a mate's shoulders and the bouncers look panicked. This year’s hotly tipped saviours of guitar rock take all this in their stride, at least until a chaotic finale, suggesting either they learn fast or this is typical of their gigs.

Album: Various Artists, Nuggets (Rhino)

When Elektra's Jac Holzman first commissioned future Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye to compile Nuggets, back at the start of the Seventies, the intention was simply to collect overlooked Sixties gems worthy of rescue from oblivion.

Django Django, Heaven, London

The Mercury Prize isn’t much to get excited about these days. Despite its judges’ best efforts, it’s an increasingly predictable marketing tool for a more upmarket demographic than the Brits.

Caught in the Net: Flying Lotus gets ready to soar again

Until the Quiet Comes, the new album from Flying Lotus, arrives on 1 October.

Locog prompts last-gasp ticket scramble for Closing Ceremony

Extra tickets could be released on Sunday morning for the Closing Ceremony spectacular, which will feature The Spice Girls, George Michael and The Who heading a cast of British musical stars, the organisers have said.

6ft 5in woman suing the NHS for £2m

A former drama student whose dream of becoming an actress was ruined when she grew to 6ft 5in is suing the NHS for £2m for failing to spot her growth condition.

Parent rap: Mz Bratt, who learned to improvise from her dad

How to snatch triumph from the jaws of disaster

Testing, testing?... Hello?? Elisa Bray on the gigs that went wrong, brilliantly

Album: Go-Kart Mozart, On the Hot Dog Streets (West Midlands)

Lawrence Hayward, former leader of Felt and Denim, is one of underground pop's true eccentrics.

Dizzee revamps England song to try toget Roy's boys to fix up and look sharp

With expectations of its footballers suddenly on the rise, England needs a new anthem to unite behind. Dizzee Rascal has risen to the challenge after dashing to the studio to record an "emergency" England Euro 2012 song which he plans to release today.

Agent Chris Nathaniel charged with murder of teen Danny O'Shea

An entertainment agent with links to England stars Rio Ferdinand, John Terry and Ashley Cole appeared in court yesterday charged with the murder of a teenager in east London.

Album: Gabriel Prokofiev & Peter Gregson, Cello Multitracks (Non Classical)

Cello Multitracks is Gabriel Prokofiev's four-part suite for nine cellos, here performed by the gifted cellist Peter Gregson, whose familiarity with laptop multi-track technology undoubtedly aids its realisation.

Melvyn Bragg to interview Dizzee Rascal in South Bank Show special

Melvyn Bragg is resurrecting The South Bank Show with an interview of Dizzee Rascal in a new documentary on the rise of the grime scene.

Delilah and Ms Dynamite, KOKO, London

What's the link between Ms Dynamite, Liam Bailey and Delilah, who all performed last night?

Album: Labrinth, Electronic Earth (Syco)

Received wisdom suggests this urban-ish popster is the first "credible" signing to Cowell's Syco label, in so much as he's emerged organically via initial success as a writer/producer.

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