Robert Plant is back to his bluesy roots – and happy to put his rock god days behind him. By Tim Cumming
One of the most senior figures in City regulation will meet protesters from the St Paul's Cathedral camp today as part of a Church of England initiative on finance and ethics.
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said of the strike action today: "I genuinely regret the disruption and inconvenience that these kinds of actions cause, but I think people do realise that sometimes it is right to take a stand. Public sector workers are saying to the Government 'you have got to negotiate in a fair way'.
On 9 September 2001, Islamic terrorists launched a massive attack on the USA.
Famed for his work with stars such as Thom Yorke, UNKLE's James Lavelle has now curated a major exhibition of art inspired by his music. Charlotte Cripps meets him - Download three free tracks below!
You may remember Thorn as the Lyndhurst-faced leader of 1980s indie-jazz duo Everything but the Girl, and later guest vocalist on Massive Attack's "Missing".
Trip-hop act Massive Attack have their first stand-alone album for seven years. Here one half of the band, 3D, gives an exclusive inside view of the record that also features Damon Albarn and Martina Topley-Bird
Where do you go when the sound you pioneered has been absorbed by the mainstream as a default setting for car ads?
Albums as perfect as this appear rarely. Tunisian oud maestro Brahem has been one of ECM's most-revered artists for years, pioneering a superior kind of east-west fusion (although that makes it sound less interesting than it is).
If Faithless are a poor man's Massive Attack, then Zero 7 truly are a band for credit crunch times.
No Longer at Ease, indeed. From the opening track – the spookily atmospheric "Death" – this Nigerian singer-songwriter delivers her own brand of edgy, politically motivated, post-soul (rather than nu-soul).
The home I grew up in ... I remember when we made the step from flat to house and I got my own room. It was a nice big house across the road from a lake and up the street from a country park
It's been a long time since a major rapper made an album as politically radical as 'Untitled'. The presence of the Last Poets as guests offers a clue as to where Nasir Jones's head is at right now.
She's belted Russell Harty, beaten James Bond and brought the house down with her fashion sense. Now the inimitable Grace Jones is back at Meltdown. Andy Gill takes cover
Wrapped up in blue: pathos, paranoia and psychobabble
Between the rows and break-ups, Massive Attack have always worked with their friends and heroes. So, as Robert Del Naja tells Phil Johnson, curating the Southbank Meltdown season is business as usual