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Millennium Eye: We have to play on the front foot to right the wrongs of the autumn

Album review: Bob Dylan, Folk Singer – Humdinger (Smith & Co)

This double-CD draws together some of the songs which comprised such early Dylan bootlegs as Great White Wonder and Stealin'.

The best magazine essays of 2012

Merry Christmas from the Independent Voices team.

Bon Jovi to headline Isle of Wight Festival 2013

The news that the rockers will play Sunday night comes after the Stone Roses were confirmed to top Friday night's bill

The Rolling Stones performing at the O2 arena, at their 50-year anniversary show

Ti-i-i-ime is on their side

The band's 50-year shows don't mean it's the last time. John Walsh salutes rock's elder statesmen

IoS album review: Jason Collett, Reckon (Arts & Crafts)

Well this is most unexpected: a stands-up-in-its-own-right solo album from an affiliate of Canadian collective Broken Social Scene who isn’t Feist.

Dylan goes cosy: soft-pop release suggests the times have a-changed

It’s time to relax, unwind and put on a best-selling album celebrating the “new cosy” – a collection of the softest sounds recorded by music’s biggest names.

The Tallest Man on Earth, HMV Forum, London

Interpretative dance and Swedish folk music aren’t mutually exclusive concepts, but nor do the twain often meet. But when Kristian Matsson - The Tallest Man on Earth -  plays live the two *almost* collide like cultural proton beams.

Album: Wanda Jackson, Unifnished Business (Sugar Hill)

One is inclined to ask, "What unfinished business?" Jackson's 1950s rockabilly records are whole unto themselves: the opposite of unfinished.

Four-year-old boy lost at sea fell into a 'whirpool', says mother

The mother of a four-year-old boy lost at sea after falling from a seafront jetty has spoken of the moment he disappeared under the water, saying she knew immediately that she would not see him again.

Pop Royalty: Jason Donovan, Kylie Minogue in 1988, when they dominated the charts

Kylie and Jason reunion silenced after Hyde Park turns into mudbath

It is, as headliners Steps would undoubtedly have sung, a “tragedy”. A Hyde Park concert featuring Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley and a host of 80s stars tomorrow has been cancelled after heavy rain turned the Royal grounds into a mudbath.

Plan B can't decide which side he's on

Simmy Richman: The Emperor's New Clothes (10/06/12)

Plan B is being hailed as the voice of his generation, spokesman for the dispossessed. But not by me...

Ticket sales fall as music festivals hit a flat note

Vince Power's Music Festivals group yesterday warned that economic woes are hitting sales at its Hop Farm Music Festival in Kent and its Benicassim event in Spain.

Music Festivals is hit by ticket sales drag

Vince Power's Music Festivals group yesterday warned that economic woes are hitting sales at its Hop Farm Music Festival in Kent and its Benicassim event in Spain.

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