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Album: Hard-Fi, Killer Sounds (Necessary/Atlantic)

Hard-Fi's third album certainly talks a good fight, with tracks titled "Feels Good", "Excitement" and, of course, "Killer Sounds", which perhaps reveals their ambition to become the British equivalent of The Killers.

Video: Lady Gaga praises Japanese fans

While in Japan to perform at MTV's Video Music Aid, Lady Gaga reveals how much she loves Japanese fans.

Video: Lady Gaga's Edge of Glory

Lady Gaga has released the video for her single Edge of Glory.

Culture Club: Skins

This week's Culture Club is on the new series of E4's controversial teen drama Skins. Do you love it? Do you hate it? How do feel the latest cast members compare with their predecessors? Let us know your thoughts below.

Culture Club: Glee

This week's Culture Club focuses on the second series of Glee. Do you love it? Do you hate it? How do you feel it is comparing with the first series? Leave your thoughts on Glee below.

Culture Club: Let Me In

This week’s Culture Club focuses on Let Me In - the American remake of acclaimed Swedish vampire movie Let The Right One In.

Album: Lucas Renney, Strange Glory (Brille)

When pop's fickle finger briefly pointed towards Sunderland about five years ago, Renney's band the Golden Virgins were swiftly signed up alongside the Futureheads and Field Music.

Coming soon: Exclusive Sting interview

The location is Sting's beachside house in Malibu the morning after the night before: another night, another venue - the Hollywood Bowl - another three-hour concert of his songs.

Jack Riley: The artistic side of retro gaming's new wave

David Crookes’ fascinating take on the inner workings of the new wave of retro gaming last week reminded me of this episode of geeky video podcast Shift Run Stop

Album: Tom Petty, Mojo (Reprise)

If the feeling after all these years is that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers sound like a leather-bound omnibus edition of American rock's best intentions, that doesn't mean they're no good.

Caught in the Net: US indie's in the Pink again

I've been meaning to write about the brilliant new single by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti since it became available as a free download from 4ad.com a few weeks ago. The song feels like a conflation of a lot of what's happening in the US indie music sphere at the moment: the songcraft meets experimentalism of Animal Collective, Atlas Sound and Grizzly Bear; acid-drenched psychedelia; the general vogue for hazy nostalgic pop; 70s AM radio gone lo-fi; the ambient electro feel of the "chillwave" set. Ariel Pink is the alter ego of Ariel Marcus Rosenberg, an avant garde musician based in LA. Appropriately, he was the first artist signed to Animal Collective's label Paw Tracks half a decade ago, gaining a cult following for his lo-fi experiments. The expanded Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, includes several other friends and collaborators, and they're likely to gain greater audience since signing with 4AD. 'Before Today', their first album for the label is due on 6 June. Hopefully, this song, with its wider scope and high-gloss production is a good sign of things to come.

Album: New Young Pony Club, The Optimist (The Numbers)

After their poised punk-funk debut, one worriedwhether Tahita Bulmer and co knew how to follow it. But though they've been mostly silent for two and a half years, it hasn't been time wasted.

Album: Marina & The Diamonds, The Family Jewels (679)

Marina Diamandis' debut album demonstrates the inevitable workings of entropy on pop methodology.

Album: Sting, If on a Winter's Night...(Deutsche Gram)

In which our lute-toting born-again curator of Early Music puts the Police comeback to bed and releases an album of broadly winter-themed songs which combine the words of dusty old scribes with the music of equally antediluvian composers.

DVD: Helen, Retail & Rental, (New Wave)

Joy, 18, has gone missing. Her classmate Helen is asked to retread her steps for a reconstruction. In doing so, she finds a new life for herself, outside of her care home.

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