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Kaiser Chiefs to headline an Eden Session

Kaiser Chiefs have been confirmed to headline an Eden Session in Cornwall on Saturday 29 June 2013.

David Gray's plan to convert Dylan's studio falls flat

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August 12, 2012: Fireworks explode during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium

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Wilson says of Graham: 'Her work matches our band totally: it's hyper-real, enjoying itself'

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Album: Kaiser Chiefs, The Future is Medieval (Fiction)

With their fourth effort, Kaiser Chiefs are pioneering the music industry's latest attempt to revive the CD as a physical product: from a longlist of 20 songs on their website, you can choose your own tracklist and pick your own artwork.

The fans chose the album, but how many will actually buy it?

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Album: Kaiser Chiefs, The Future Is Medieval (Fiction/B-Unique)

You'd think that the best way to reinvigorate a career slipping into the doldrums would be to focus on quality – so it's brave of Kaiser Chiefs to go the contrary route and opt for quantity instead, with the caveat that fans pick their 10 favourite tracks from the 20 offered online, abnegating to listeners decisions about sequencing and quality.

Kaiser Chiefs' fans invited to design album

Their detractors claim that you couldn’t pay people to listen to a new Kaiser Chiefs record. That theory has been put to the test after the band invited fans to become retailers by creating “bespoke” versions of their new album and selling copies online.

Kaiser Chiefs' guitar heavy comeback

Kaiser Chiefs have been working on guitar heavy new tracks for their comeback album.

Young pup and old hound get collared by Derby's Afghan

Football Focus, BBC1

Barry buzzes with intent on City debut

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XFM's Winter Wonderland, Brixton Academy, London

Consummate Chiefs add a dash of winter cheer

Anarchy in Barcelona as Lydon is accused of racist attack on singer

The Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon has been branded a bigot after his entourage allegedly assaulted Bloc Party's Kele Okereke, in an "unprovoked and racist" attack at a music festival in Barcelona on Saturday.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Radio 4

Want world peace? Launch the ukes

Album: The Zutons, You Can Do Anything (Deltasonic)

Like its predecessor Tired of Hanging Around, The Zutons' difficult third album features another cast of flaky characters culled from the seedier corners of David McCabe's imagination, though the inevitable attrition means that none has quite the anthemic appeal of "Valerie". The closest they come here are "Always Right Behind You", an exercise in lolloping Seventies boogie-pop, and "Dirty Rat", an adulterer's mea culpa set to the first cousin of a Kaiser Chiefs melody; but neither quite repays one's curiosity in full.

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