The singer turned down a request to sing at the Sochi opening ceremony
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Saturday 27 April 2013
'I am the finest swordsman in England'
Thursday 25 April 2013
Propeller Arts is an all-male-troupe, which is unusual in itself when gender-blind casting in Shakespeare is on the rise and more women are taking leading male roles.
Friday 19 April 2013
“We're all broken boys and girls at heart,” claims Frank Turner in “The Fisher King Blues”, pinpointing the tight focus of Tape Deck Heart, in which bouts of rollicking Mumfordry help cauterise the blunt exposure of emotional scars.
Thursday 18 April 2013
More than a century of male-dominated baton wielding will finally be brought to an end when Marin Alsop becomes the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms.
Sunday 14 April 2013
Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead - the song propelled into the charts by opponents of Baroness Thatcher - has failed to reach the number one spot.
Saturday 13 April 2013
Emo feels like the last days of grunge right now: the bubble's burst, but the major players still fill arenas.
Tuesday 09 April 2013
Everyone I spoke to in Brixton had a clear and political reason for being there
Thursday 04 April 2013
The last album released by John Lennon before he was murdered will be played in full live for the first time when his widow, Yoko Ono, takes over this year's Meltdown Festival.
Monday 01 April 2013
There’s a crackle of electricity in the dark, lights spark on the stage, and a skull and crossbones banner dramatically unfurls behind The Gaslight Anthem as they start to play.
Friday 29 March 2013
As an on-trend parent these days you need to invest in an all-terrain buggy that takes up the width of a pavement, but what's on your little one's MP3 player? If you insist baby is cool for crèche, you might want to follow the lead of Elton John and Victoria Beckham, ensuring your offspring nods off to lullaby versions of popular songs. Based in Los Angeles since 2006, the Rockabye Baby! series has been reworking the oeuvres of pop and rock's biggest names (anyone from Madonna and Kanye West to U2 and Metallica) into soothing instrumentals using glockenspiel and vibraphone to suit the ears of both babies and parents.
Friday 22 March 2013
Alt-country star Ryan Adams (pictured) has, over the years, released metal, hard rock and hip-hop among his prolific output, so his fans have become accustomed to the unexpected. Now it has emerged that he has formed a punk trio called Pornography, with singer Leah Hennessey and Johnny T Yerington.
Out of this world: 35 years after mission to boldly go where no spacecraft has gone before - Voyager 1 'exits' Solar System
Wednesday 20 March 2013
Probe has reached the edge of interstellar space, where no manmade object has gone before
Wednesday 20 March 2013
Peak District two-piece Drenge play filthy blues rock with the force of a band with twice the number of arms. They're also playing Latitude this year.
Friday 15 March 2013
Though no masterpiece, Suede's Bloodsports is a decent piece of work that stays true to the band's aesthetic while boosting its sound to arena size.
Sunday 10 March 2013
I got knocked out a few times performing stand-up I did it early in my career as a way to express the punk attitude. [Allen fronted punk act the Atoms in the 1970s.] One night it would feel like I was sleeping with 127 virgins; the next night I'd get my arse kicked after making jokes about the Army. I got knocked out by soldiers twice. I'd get my own back by walking over seats and pissing on people.
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
- 4 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
- 5 New Tricks: Dennis Waterman to leave the show after a decade of crime-solving