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The best of pluck: less is more for Laura Marling

Why pop stars should end on a high note

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

The best of pluck: less is more for Laura Marling

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

New Zealand: Earth moves for Foo Fighters fans

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

Natalie Haynes: If you don't pay for it, you won't value it

The thing is...

Music industry in a spin as rock stars shun stadium gigs

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

Video: Michael Jackson tribute gig confirmed

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

See Jamie xx and Quayola collaborate on the first ever RizLab project

Experience a conceptual audio/visual experiment for one night only

Wombats play private gig

An exclusive interview and performance by the Wombats at London’s Lovebox festival last weekend.

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

HMV's bank masters give it more time

The retailer has two more years, but lenders have it 'over a barrel' and the pressure is on
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Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
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'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
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Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

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