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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.

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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

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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.

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