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Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro closed Reading Festival on Sunday with a set encompassing both hard, sweaty graft and moments of inspired invention, mainly from their current, first chart-topping album, Opposites.

Michael McCarthy: Kew basks in the return of winter

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Blink-182 announce reunion at Grammys

The members of punk rock trio Blink-182 announced during Sunday night's Grammy Awards that they are reuniting for a tour and new album. The group has been on hiatus for more than four years.

Jerry Finn: Empathetic record producer

Recording Morrissey is never straightforward. The former Smiths frontman is a gifted lyricist and tends to emphasise that aspect of his work. By the time the American producer Jerry Finn worked with him in 2003, the notoriously choosy Morrissey had used four different producers over half a dozen solo albums. He had also relocated to Los Angeles and not released any new music since 1997. For the recording of You Are The Quarry, Finn decided to shake Morrissey out of his comfort zone by changing the singer's modus operandi.

Never forget Cage the Elephant

Elisa Bray meets two brothers whose evangelical Christian roots inform their dirty rock'n'roll

Foxboro Hot Tubs, Stop Drop and Roll!!! (Reprise)

Just in time for the release of their "debut" album, Foxboro Hot Tubs have stopped pretending to be anything other than a pseudonym for Green Day. Rather than deal with the problem of how to follow a record as massive as 'American Idiot', Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool have reinvented themselves and recorded an album of garage rock'n'roll.

Pay day for Green Day at the MTV awards

Hip-hop and commercial pop music have long dominated the MTV Music Video Awards, but this year it was guitar-led bands including The Killers who were celebrated at the glittering Miami bash.

Preview: win V98 tickets & Tommy goodies

There's good news for anyone who missed out on tickets for V98 in Chelmsford next month. Though the event - which takes place on 22 and 23 Aug and boasts headlining sets from both The Verve and The Charlatans - is sold out, one of its sponsors, Tommy Jeans, has given us a pair of VIP tickets for the whole festival to give away. Also featuring in this year's line-up at Hylands Park are Seahorses, Texas, Green Day, Space, Iggy Pop, Robbie Williams, James and Chumbawamba. Tommy Jeans's role at V98 includes sponsoring a celebrity five-a-side football match, starring Bob Mortimer, Keith Allen, Dodgy and Goldie, and giving each V98 artist a Tommy Jeans goody bag containing a pair of jeans, a Tommy T-shirt and an exclusively designed Tommy bag.

New winners, new danger

CRIES & WHISPERS

Music: Three-chord tricks, and then some

California's Green Day have come a long way since their breakthrough neo-punk 'Dookie' album, surviving the drugs, the drink, the burn-out, the second album crisis, to come up with their latest, fine-tuned collectable, 'Nimrod'. James McNaird tracks them down to a, er... sports bar in Dublin.

Pop: Big noise in hardcore rock

Testosterone-fuelled hardcore rock is very popular, though you wouldn't guess it from reading the music press. But while the style fulfils a function for teenage boys, is it really any good?

how to snakeboard

Over the years, tarmac has been put to some pretty creative uses. Skateboarding, BMXing, and recently in-line skating have all reclaimed the roads from those noxious hunks of steel that people innocently call cars, for the sublime twin purposes of looking cool and terrifying old ladies. Well, the next big thing is called snakeboarding and, to use the sport's own parlance, it's rad.

When a Seal beats a Walrus

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it's that time of the decade again

With the Seventies revival still in full swing, now it's back to the Sixties - again. Genevieve Fox asks, is it all a post-modern tease, or has Nineties culture simply run out of ideas? And below, Monique Roffey revisits the glitz of the Eighties
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital