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Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand performs live

Music review: Franz Ferdinand deliver polished dance-rock, but don't exactly shake things up

"Lick your cigarette and then kiss me," yelps Alex Kapranos on the ripe "No You Girls". The trim frontman (and part-time food writer) sports a short-sleeved gold shirt, trademark pointy shoes and is looking considerably younger than his 41 years.

Video: Stars and their covers albums

Watch the videos below to take in tracks from a number of music stars recent albums of covers.

Music review: Jarvis Cocker and Franz Ferdinand join Beck's Song Reader Live, The Barbican, London

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Campaign stars Charlotte Free and Lenny Kravitz

Eleven Paris: New enfant on the block

French brand Eleven Paris has arrived in London's Carnaby Street – it's about time, says Stephanie Hirschmiller

Bowie's ad-bomb inspiring album cover

Marketing: Is David Bowie ad-bomb funky or an all-time low?

Few acts unite popular musical opinion like David Bowie. Arguably, even more so than The Beatles. Even if Bowie’s new album The Next Day, which was released on Monday, doesn’t tickle your fancy like Low or Hunky Dory, it’d be a bold move to say you didn’t love at least some of his work. The man, frankly, unarguably, is a genius. Are we quorate on that? Right.

David Bowie strikes a pose at Cannes in 1983

Where was he then? Bowie relives odyssey in Seventies Berlin

Berlin’s much vaunted love affair with David Bowie has been given a new lease of life with the release of the singer’s first album in a decade, featuring a track dedicated to his time in the once-divided Cold War city at the end of the 1970s.

Album review: Various Artists, Son of Rogue’s Gallery (Anti-)

This follow-up to the original 2006 Rogue's Gallery sea-shanty compilation is slightly less salty but just as broad-ranging musically.

March 1977: Rock singers David Bowie, right, and Iggy Pop in Germany.

Lust For Life: Biopic about David Bowie and Iggy Pop in West Germany set for production

Weeks after Bowie released a nostalgic single about his time in 1970s  Germany plans for a film about that time have been announced

Veteran music star David Bowie has today broken years of silence and speculation to release his first single and album in a decade

A new single for David Bowie, but I fear time has caught up with the thin white duke

He made his name(s) through constant self-reinvention; this fresh material, however, feels perilously close to a retread

First Listen: David Bowie, Where Are We Now?

His fond look back shows singer still has plenty to offer

Rolling Stones celebrate 50 years

Ageing rockers The Rolling Stones celebrated 50 years in the industry by performing to a packed London crowd for the first time since 2007.

Album: Joe Jackson, The Duke (Ear Music)

In his Eighties pomp, Jackson contributed a superb arrangement of "Round Midnight" to a Thelonious Monk tribute album, but this new homage to Ellington works as superior adult-pop rather than jazz.

Ohhhh no! Churchill Insurance did not want to insure a bulldog as it was too old

Advertising: Will you insure me?

Ohhh no, we can't insure your bulldog. This was the response from Churchill Insurance when Timothy Taylor, of Leicestershire, tried to get a quote to cover his six-year-old bulldog, Monty, who'd just been given a clean bill of health.

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