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X- Factor's Dermot O'Leary attends the UK premiere of 'Valkyrie'

Latitude 2013: Five minutes with... Dermot O'Leary

TV's Dermot O'Leary will be gracing Latitude 2013 with his own special A-list charm.

Tale of the unexpected: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' pop-slut instincts now embrace dub, gospel, soul, rap and goth-punk

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, ATP I'll Be Your Mirror, Alexandra Palace, London

Growing up with grace is difficult for any band, but when, like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, you make your early name with a bratty, sexy, art-punk squall, with feral, strutting anthems of youth, what do you do when you’re all edging into your 30s and you’ve already done the ‘going electronic’ shtick?

The National performing their hit ‘Sorrow’ at the PS1

Six hours. One song. No encore - The National transformed into an art installation

Repetition, any composer will agree, is a vital component of any chart-aspiring song.

Agenda: What's hot and what's not

Middle-class problems

Childhood draw as much influence from the dream pop that dominated 2010 as they do from Palma Violets

The Playlist: Iggy and the Stooges / Childhood / Ty Segall

Iggy and the Stooges

Two Door Cinema Club are the sort of band hacks love to sneer at: softly-spoken, sweet and undeniably generic.

Music review: Two Door Cinema Club, Alexandra Palace, London

Two Door Cinema Club are one of those bands that make you wonder what the point is. Not in a the-end-is-upon-us sort of way (there's very little apocalyptic about this lovely little Northern Irish troupe) but in that, if this is the band that makes it, this is the band that gets massive, this is what people want, then... what do music journalists know about anything? Why bother?

The News Matrix: Saturday 27 April 2013

Badger cull protest enlists squatter help

Edwyn Collins

Music review: Edwyn Collins, Union Chapel, London

"The singing is no problem," Edwyn Collins maintains. "[But] the talking is a bit dodgy, to say the least."

The Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts (L), Mick Jagger (C) and Keith Richards (R) perform during '12-12-12 The Concert For Sandy Relief' December 12, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Rolling Stones add second Hyde Park concert

Announcement follows tickets for earlier show selling out in matter of minutes

Also showing: The War of the World Alive on Stage!, Papadopoulous and Sons, Thursday Til Sunday and Home

The War of the Worlds Alive on Stage! (118 mins, PG)

Cedric Bixler-Zavala of At The Drive-In performs on stage at Splendour In The Grass

Caught in the net: Second time around for At the Drive-In

At the start of the last decade Texan post-hardcore band At the Drive-In (pictured) made some of the most exhilarating raucous rock music around. Some 13 years later their album Relationship of Command is getting bells and whistles re-release treatment. To mark the occasion there is a remix of seminal single “One Armed Scissor” by Swedish electronic musician The Field. The remix is out in May as a 12-inch but it's already streaming at youtu.be/iopzilfHj9M. Admittedly it's a strain to find much trace of the original (if you can hear it at all) but it's a fascinating beats-and-pulses-filled, nine-minute whirr of electronica nonetheless.

The full Field Day line-up

Field Day 2013: The full line-up

Now in its 7th year, Field Day, London’s most forward thinking festival returns to the leafy green surroundings of Victoria Park. With its unique formula of pioneering line-up coupled with village fete mentality, Field Day is a celebration of all that is bold, daring and innovative in the world of alternative music!

Surprise storm: Dan Smith of chart-topping Bastille

Bastille, 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

In barely six months Bastille have gone from playing undersold, tiny venues to selling out London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Academy on the back of their anthemic and synthy debut album, Bad Blood.

Noah and the Whale's Charlie Fink

Caught in the net: New album from killer Whales

Noah and the Whale have always had a keen interest in film (their name was inspired by the movie The Squid and the Whale). This week they announced the first single from their new album Heart of Nowhere, the follow-up to their platinum-selling Last Night on Earth. The video for the single is a trailer for a short film directed by their singer and songwriter Charlie Fink (pictured), that will accompany the album's release on 6 May. The album's title-track is a hit-in-waiting for the band. Watch the video at http://tinyurl.com/d989cb9

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