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Wrote a Song for Everyone finds John Fogerty revisiting his Creedence songbook in the company of rock and country guests, with a final nod to his imagined bayou roots on a "Proud Mary" bristling with cajun raunch and second-line New Orleans funk, courtesy of Allen Toussaint and the Rebirth Brass Band.

Freddie Starr has been arrested for a second time

Freddie Starr rearrested over further allegations of sexual offences by officers from Operation Yewtree

The comedian Freddie Starr has been rearrested over further allegations of sexual offences, it has emerged.

American Music Club's Mark Eitzel strikes a hopeful tone

The band are back on tour with a new album

The first episode of Top of the Pops, presented by Jimmy Savile, was on New Year's Day 1964 and featured The Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield, and a filmed contribution from the week's No 1 act, The Beatles

Jimmy Savile Top Of The Pops repeats may be dropped by BBC

The BBC could drop its archive repeats of Top Of The Pops in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Dave Lee Travis arrest by Savile police is 'not to do with kids'

The DJ Dave Lee Travis has denied groping two women and stressed that allegations against him have “nothing to do with kids”.

Butch Vig: The Garbage baggage just melted away

The drummer and music producer spills the beans on his new American band The Emperor's of Wyoming

Greg Upchurch of 3 Doors Down on his sport addiction

ESPN America’s Michael Kim speaks to, Greg Upchurch the drummer of US band 3 Doors Down about his sport obsession.

Album: Kate Bush, Director's Cut (Fish People)

Director's Cut was greeted with reactions ranging between disappointment, bafflement and ridicule, before anyone had heard a note.

Album: Foo Fighters, Wasting Light (Roswell / RCA)

Back to basics time for the Foo Fighters. Well, kinda.

Album: Foo Fighters, Wasting Light (Columbia)

Just because it was recorded in Dave Grohl's garage doesn't make Wasting Light garage-rock, even if it was captured on analogue tape by Nirvana producer Butch Vig.

The Pierces, Bush Hall, London

The recent history of hotly-tipped Alabaman sisters The Pierces contains nearly every conceivable peak and trough, from the depths of being dropped by their record label to the heights of touring with Coldplay. Their story borders on cinematic cliché at times, but it seems that experience has brought the best out of Catherine and Allison; a decade after their first album was released, they're grabbing the attention their perseverance richly merits.

Suede, Bush Hall, London

Band reformations are a depressing lottery. They're rarely done for the purest of reasons: the money from a reunion tour has got to be pretty tempting for people whose creative profitability is years over. Couple that with the fact that pop stars in their 40s are rarely as vigorous as in their 20s, and it's all too easy for a group to lose sight of what it was that made them special in the first place.

Fran Healy: From Britpop to the Brandenburg Gate

The Travis frontman has found a new lease of life in Berlin - and the incentive to record his debut solo album. Chris Mugan talks to him about a heartfelt hiatus.

Album: EL-P, Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3, (Gold Dust)

More of a stopgap collection of incidental music and rudimentary beatscapes than a fully-considered follow-up to 2007's epochal I'll Sleep When You're Dead, this is nonetheless infused with El-P's characteristic dystopian sci-fi mood and edgy, paranoiac tone.

I Am Kloot, Bush Hall, London

I Am Kloot are the very definition of a cult band, a critically adored three-piece who've never made waves much outside of a tiny but fervent fanbase.

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