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A sideways look at the world of music

No tickets? No problem: Glastonbury, Wimbledon and Tour de France TV guide

This week sees the start of three of our biggest spectator events, but with touts, bad weather and possible early drop-outs to contend with, you’re better off at home with the remote – and couch-potato Hugh Montgomery’s how-to guide

Hey big spender: Never mind the tabloid tales - Viv Nicholson defines 1960s chic

Viv Nicholson. You've either no idea who I'm going on about, or no idea why I'm going on about her, especially on the fashion pages. In 1961, Viv won £152,300, 18 shillings, and 8 pence – the equivalent of a cool £3m today – on the football pools. When the press asked Viv what she planned to do with the money, she famously declared "Spend, spend, spend". That epithet became Viv's epitaph: it's also the title of her autobiography, a musical based on said tome, and an EP penned by her brother.

Album review: Mavis Staples, One True Vine (Anti-)

With One True Vine, Mavis Staples reprises the collaboration with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy that created 2010’s hugely successful You Are Not Alone, with even more spectacular results. The two work with an ease and assurance that allows the producer to bring out the best in Staples’ smoky, impassioned delivery.

Tom Odell

‘Hello, NME? I’d like to complain about your Tom Odell review. Why? I’m his dad’

Singer’s no-star strike-out prompts paternal fightback and backlash against music magazine

Kings of Leon

Kings Of Leon and Rizzle Kicks to join Justin Timberlake at the iTunes Festival 2013

Rock group Kings Of Leon, chart duo Rizzle Kicks and composer Ludovico Einaudi are among the latest headline acts added to this year's iTunes Festival.

The name of Greater Manchester's long-awaited version of the London Oyster Card has been announced

My Get Me There: Manchester scratches its head over ‘Get the heck out of here’ answer to London's Oyster card

The name of Greater Manchester’s long-awaited version of the London Oyster Card was announced yesterday. It is to be called – drum roll –  “My Get Me There”. And has, unsurprisingly, elicited a big fat “WHAT?” from Mancunians.

“This sure does remind me of the New Jersey shoreline,” Jon Bon Jovi remarks

Video: Isle of Wight Festival bands

Watch the videos below to listen to tracks from bands who played the Isle of Wight Festival this year.

Video: Rihanna and Kings of Leon

Watch the videoes below to view hits from both Rihanna and the Kings of Leon whose gigs were reviewed this week.

The rain turned the Isle of Wight Festival into a mudbath

Isle of Wight festival organisers promise no repeat of last year's chaos as revellers board ferries for the 2013 event

Thousands of music-lovers have been piling on to ferries to the Isle of Wight for the first of the major summer music festivals.

Latitude in Henham Park, Suffolk

Zed Bias, Romare and Roy Davis Jr top the bill at Latitude's i Arena

Latitude has announced the line-up for its late-night i Arena, sponsored by the i newspaper. Headlined by Zed Bias, Romare and Roy Davis Jr, the venue will be a showcase for cutting-edge DJs and electronic acts.

Former Rascals frontman Miles Kane

Music review: Miles Kane, Dingwalls, London

Wiry Kane's got the hair, the looks, the champions...but he doesn’t really have the tunes

Video: Film trailers for the latest releases

Watch the videos below for a selection of trailers for the latest releases:

Video: Film trailers for the latest releases

Watch the videos below for a selection of trailers for the latest releases:

Confusion reigns

The iQuiz final: Warwick's quiz titans tick every box (nearly)

It's the student test so grand one team nearly missed an exam for it – but still lost

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

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Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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