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Say hello again to the new romantics

Richard Strange's avant-garde Cabaret Futura altered the landscape of Eighties clubland. Elisa Bray welcomes its return

Iggy and the Stooges, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Still crazy after all these years

Alistair Hulett: Scottish songwriter whose work was suffused with his radical politics

In a music world that thrives on shallowness, Alistair Hulett was always destined to be an outsider.

LCD Soundsystem, Brixton Academy, London<br/>Scouting for Girls, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Murphy's law: you don't need a flashy stage show if the music speaks for itself

LCD Soundsystem, Brixton Academy, London

On the Beastie Boys' 1998 song "Unite" they declare, "We're the scientists of sound, we're mathematically putting it down" (it's one of the more pointy-headed boasts in rap history). These lines, though, could easily be assigned to fellow New Yorker and sonic adventurer James Murphy, producer behind the DFA label and mastermind of LCD Soundsystem.

Rhiannon Harries: 'No matter who you are, design matters &ndash; even if you're a punk'

News coverage of Malcolm McLaren's death a week and a half ago featured an archive clip of an interview with the man behind the Sex Pistols in which he defined the punk movement as "anti-design, anti-fashion, anti-social, anti-establishment". From a man who sometimes claimed to have planned the demise as well as the ascent of the notorious band, an antipathy for design seems perhaps the least credible part of that manifesto. Nor is it possible to overlook the fact that McLaren's former partner, Vivienne Westwood, went on to become a figurehead of design in what is probably its most conspicuous form – clothing.

Why do bands make albums for children?

Moulding a three-year-old's musical taste is utterly impossible, says Fiona Sturges

Asbestos from his punk shop 'killed McLaren'

Partner Young Kim tells <i>The IoS</i> that Sex Pistols manager wanted to make Sex, his Kings Road design store, look as if a bomb had hit it &ndash; and family believes that caused mesothelioma 30 years on

How Punk Changed My Life

For some, the anarchic music scene defined by Malcolm McLaren and the Sex Pistols was terrifying. For others it was an inspiration. They tell their stories to Rob Sharp

Amy Jenkins: We haven't 'moved on' on just because we've embraced café life

The Cadbury Cocoa House is coming soon to your high street. It will serve afternoon tea and chocolate and is an attempt by Cadbury – now part of Kraft – to take advantage of the booming, soaring, runaway success of coffee shop chains in this country.

McLaren to be buried at Highgate

The funeral of rock manager and impresario Malcolm McLaren will take place at Highgate cemetery, his partner has confirmed.

Jon Savage: How punk bridged the class divide

Today&rsquo;s society can learn from the protest movement fronted by Malcolm McLaren

For the record: 29/03/2010

"We hope that other philanthropists will also be interested in maintaining quality journalism to protect freedom of speech and encourage investigative reporting to promote greater transparency in society." Alexander Lebedev speaks out after acquiring The Independent and The Independent on Sunday.

Album: Kid Sister, Ultraviolet (Downtown)

A whiff of Partridgean "People like them, let's make some more" thinking surrounds the distinctly Kesha-like Kid Sister – aka 29-year-old Melisa Young from Chicago – but the Kanye West-affiliated crunk diva (West appears on the single "Pro Nails", and the whole thing's exec-produced by his DJ A-Trak) has enough in her locker to justify her existence.

Caught in the Net: Very Moore-ish

Alongside his day job in Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore is something of an underground pop-culture oracle: he runs a record label, Ecstatic Peace. He collects long-forgotten literary journals. He writes a monthly music column for 'Arthur' magazine (arthurmag.com) and authors books on musical subcultures (grunge, no wave, mix tapes). Since February he has taken to the web to pursue his myriad interests with a blog, flowersand cream.blogspot.com. Here he writes about culture from the fringes: dispatches about underground poets and experimental musicians; snippets of his own poetry; details on upcoming projects including a record made with Kim Gordon and Yoko Ono; random pop-culture snapshots – a recent posting was a cut-out of a 1969 review of the Stooges by Jim Morrison's wife, Patricia Kennealy Morrison.

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