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Tweets, quips and clangers: Football quotes of the year

Football's a funny old game, never more so than in 2011 when those involved opened their mouths – or took to their mobiles

Stereophonics, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

You would think Kelly Jones would have to more to say at his first gigs in a year, yet, true to form, half an hour passes before he can muster a simple “Here’s one for ya.”

White Lies, Wembley Arena, London

Wembley Arena is chilly and two-thirds full, black curtains discreetly veiling unsold seats. “Hello, Wembley!” White Lies’ singer Harry McVeigh greets the faithful anyway.

At ease: Kate Jackson; on stage with the Long Blondes

Kate Jackson - The indie-rock firebrand who got in touch with her softer side

As frontwoman of the Long Blondes, Kate Jackson adopted an aggressive alter ego. Now she's gone solo, she can at last be herself, she tells Elisa Bray

Looking back in anger: the Gallagher brothers

Be angry in your lyrics, not on the stand

News that Noel Gallagher is to take his brother to court reminds us there are few more dispiriting sights for dedicated music fans than seeing their heroes on the way to hearings. Trussed up in unfamiliar shirt and tie combinations, they look as uncomfortable as ex-lags at job interviews. It is bad enough when artists attend divorce proceedings or face the beak for falling asleep at the wheel, but far worse is when they have brought the suit (legal, not sartorial) themselves. Any dealings with the legal system are bound to make the protagonist look petty-minded, venal or underhand.

Moogy Klingman: Collaborator with Todd Rundgren and Bette Midler

The possessor of one of the most memorable nicknames in rock and pop, Mark "Moogy" Klingman played keyboards on several of the albums his friend Todd Rundgren made throughout the 1970s, including the dizzying masterpiece A Wizard, A True Star and the experimental Todd, as well as Something/Anything?, the best-selling 1972 double set that preceded them and showcased Rundgren's multi-instrumentalist skills on three of its vinyl sides.

Looking back in anger: the Gallagher brothers

Be angry in your lyrics, not on the witness stand

Taking fellow bandmates to court is usually a mistake, says Chris Mugan

Keef Hartley: Drummer who played with John Mayall and led his own band at Woodstock

The Woodstock Festival in August 1969 was a gigantic success, establishing several acts as major performers and nearly everybody (no matter how stoned) did exceptionally well.

Lisa Hannigan, Shepherds Bush Empire, London (4/5)

There may be more than a touch of end-of-tour high spirits, but Ireland’s current female star of gentle balladry is a revelation tonight, even to herself. “I don’t usually rock out with such force,” Lisa Hannigan explains as she ties back her unruly auburn locks once more.

Kasabian, Brighton Centre (4/5)

These are tough times for the beery, leery, all-male indie-rock band. At a time when women continue to dominate the charts and synth-pop remains the overwhelming sound of choice, such acts have rarely been less fashionable than they are now.

Noel and Liam go at it in the High Court

The deterioration in relations between the Gallagher brothers was revealed in papers lodged at the High Court, detailing accusations of domestic abuse, violent assault and a pattern of "spiteful and childish" behaviour.

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Caught in the Net: Super sisters' early promise holds true

Colette and Hannah Thurlow, the London-based sisters behind 2:54, first appeared in this column in the summer of 2010 as an unsigned band touting an early demo of shoegaze/new wave-inflected gloomy guitar pop on Myspace (ind.pn/c08ayP).

Album: Meshell Ndegeocello, Weather (Naive)

Producer Joe Henry writes a brilliant sleevenote arguing that great artists transcend genre.

People are hankering for the romance of vinyl again

Vinyl finds its groove with young music lovers

Sales are at a 10-year high, record players are back

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