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Though marginally better than its predecessor, BE can in no sense be considered a progression, despite the swirling of sitars and strings that characterises tracks such as the seven-minute “Don't Brother Me”.

Miles Kane, Don't Forget Who You Are (Columbia)

Album review: Miles Kane, Don't Forget Who You Are (Columbia)

Album of the Week: Singalong anthems with a Sixties beat and lots of swagger

Bruce Springsteen to play at Olympic Park for Hard Rock Calling

Bruce Springsteen will return to London this summer as headliner of  Hard Rock Calling - despite having his set at last year's festival cut short after overrunning.

Robert Smith of The Cure performs during day 2 of Leeds Festival at Bramham Park

First Night: Reading and Leeds festivals

Same old Reading list, but still a rite of passage

<p><b>Foo Fighters</b>: Nominated for international group.</p>
<p>Former-Nirvana-drummer-turned-legendary-rock-n-roll-frontman Dave Grohl and co released their seventh studio album <i>Wasting Light</i> in April last year. The 11 Grammy Award-winning band walked away with five out of six awards they were nominated for this year, only losing out to fellow Brit nominee Adele in the album of the year category.</p>

Everybody's talking about...Reading and Leeds Festival

Richfield Avenue, Reading / Bramham Park, Leeds

Festival of the Week: T in the Park, Balado, Kinross-shire

Missing Glastonbury this year? Not to worry: the Scottish festival that usually welcomes an exodus of Glasto survivors takes up the slack as its bill ranges from big tunes to big beats via all points in between.

Foul play: Teddy Sheringham clatters Gordon Ramsay

Trending: The 'oof' word – when charity gets nasty

Forget the antics of Joey Barton, the toughest footballers these days are to be found playing in charity games. It's something that Gordon Ramsay discovered at the weekend, after he was floored by Teddy Sheringham during the Soccer Aid event at Old Trafford.

One Minute With: Tim Lott, novelist

Where are you now and what can you see?

Anna Calvi says of Wild Beasts: 'Their album Smother is great. It's full of subtleties; chords are implied rather than over-emphasised, and the drums are integral to the melodic interest of each song.'

The sounds and songs the stars fell in love with in 2011

Anna Calvi, Ghostpoet and Leslie Feist all made great albums this year. Here, they and others pick the music that rocked their year

Kasabian - Now it's time to conquer Europe

Having shaken off the 'lad-rock' tag, Kasabian are hoping their new album will make them superstars. Elisa Bray meets them

Kasabian, Roundhouse, London

Kasabian are one of those bands who divide opinion. They are either touted as the slick saviours of Brit rock or snootily derided as Oasis-lite. I'll be honest and admit that I used to sit squarely in the latter camp.

Periscope up: Richard Ayoade and Alex Turner unite their talents in hot new Brit flick Submarine

One is a notoriously nervous comedian, the other a pop star renowned for his reticence. Craig McLean mediates a meeting between the men behind this month's hottest Brit flick

BBC pulls plug on Electric Proms

The electric Proms is to be axed because of cuts to the BBC's budget, the Corporation has confirmed.

Kasabian to headline IoW festival

The final headliner for next year's Isle of Wight Festival was announced as Kasabian today.

Diary: Kasabian's loss, Oxfam's gain

Elton John opened his own pop-up shop in Covent Garden to sell his old outfits. Kylie Minogue's costumes were the subject of an exhibition at the V&A. Yet despite being the frontman for the band named "Best Act in the World Today" at this week's Q Awards, Kasabian's Tom Meighan chose to dispose of the contents of his wardrobe at his local branch of Oxfam, in Leicester. The singer recently made two trips to deposit more than 100 items at the charity shop, including an £800 Vivienne Westwood jacket, signed T-shirts and Leicester City football strips. Meighan wore many of the garments at gigs and festivals; they have, allegedly, been washed since. "He was quite interested in how much money we made," store manager Ahsan Sheikh told the Leicester Mercury. "I said I'd let him know." (Let us know, too!) Among the apparel from Meighan's collection available to buy online is a pair of black jeans, which staff have helpfully placed in the "Women's Clothing" section of the store's website. Hmm. I always thought they looked a bit tight.

Reformed Suede set for Q Awards honour

Reunited indie guitar act Suede are to be honoured for their musical "inspiration" at the Q Awards next week, it was announced today.

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