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Laura Marling has dropped the obligatory encore. Other acts should too, says Elisa Bray

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Why rock and pop stars should end on a high note

Laura Marling has dropped the obligatory encore. Other acts should too, says Elisa Bray

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The Foo Fighters' latest concert in New Zealand rocked. Literally.

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CD sales fell by 7.9 per cent in 2010 while revenues from live music declined by 6.8 per cent after a decade of growth

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The Jackson family announce an MJ tribute concert will be held in Cardiff in October.

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Bright ideas can lose their way in the dark

Malian music stars Amandou and Mariam cut the lights for their latest gig. Why? So the audience would know what it's like to be blind - like them. Paul Vallely on a curious eye-opener.

Far-right plans weekend of protests

The English Defence League (EDL) is to march against against Islam today in four towns and cities.

Caught & Social: Booed Amy cancels next gigs

Amy Winehouse began her European Tour to boos from the Belgrade crowd, after she played a 90-minute set which involved a little singing, lots of mumbling and some throwing of her microphone on the floor.

At St Pancras, struggling bands find platform to promote their music

The Guillemots are in mid-song flow when the announcement that the 7:02pm Eurostar to Paris is boarding somewhat thins their audience. But that's one of the hazards for bands who are bringing "rush-hour rock" to harassed commuters at one of Europe's busiest train platforms.

What's so great about the outdoors?

Whether it's cafe tables or cinema screenings, concerts or picnics in the park, we're obsessed with going alfresco. But, argues Tim Walker, life on the inside is far more civilised

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