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Revealed: The secret of Lily Allen's Ivor Novello success

When Lily Allen stepped up to collect her third Ivor Novello award of the night earlier this week, few would have recognised the chiselled features of her Californian collaborator, who stood beside her at the podium. While the famously feisty songstress from Hammersmith is a household name, Greg Kurstin is the pop industry's best kept secret.

Green Day, SECC, Glasgow

Punk rockers have a grey day

Thom and Flea: rock's odd couple

There was considerable bemusement among Radiohead fans when Thom Yorke this week appeared on stage in Los Angeles with a new live supergroup starring Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was, everyone agreed, the least likely alliance in rock music.

Gang of Four, Macbeth, London

Perfect time to gang up again

The Jayhawks: Heartbreak heroes

After 15 years of illness and ill-timing, depression and dead dogs, might the rock'n'roll dream finally be coming true for the unluckiest band on the planet?

Basic instinct: How Meltdown found its mojo

He invented his own theory of jazz, can't stand pianists and once asked to be castrated. Expect things to get a little crazy when Ornette Coleman curates this summer's musical wig-out on London's South Bank

Who needs Simon Cowell? Enrol at the school where fame and fortune are part of the curriculum

Kids, right here is where you start paying – in sweat. Just as soon as your business lecture is finished. Nick Duerden meets the students of the Academy of Contemporary Music, where the 'Fame' game has never been more serious

Metallica welcomes new 'Guitar Hero' fans

Signing on for a 'Guitar Hero' game was a "no brainer," according to Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.

My Fantasy Band: Amadou Bagayoko, Amadou & Mariam

Vocals - Robert Plant
I have so much love for Led Zeppelin. I met Robert in Switzerland, when we played a big concert together. He watched me perform and I was so proud. It was one of the best days of my life.

My Fantasy Band: Jules De Martin, The Ting Tings

Vocals - Jeff Buckley

Pop: Gang of Four Shepherd's Bush Empire London oooo9

THEIR INFLUENCE stretches back two decades, yet there was still shock that Gang of Four could roll back the years with ease. It has almost become a cliche to namecheck the Leeds quartet as an inspiration, after Franz Ferdinand, The Futureheads and The Rapture showed due deference. When news came of a reunion, Flea, bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers, also came out as an acolyte of the group's mix of scratchy guitars and funk rhythms.

An audience with stupidity

Riot, redemption and rock'n'roll

For the past five years entrepreneurs have been trying to cash in on the spirit of Woodstock

Music: Review - The lean mean funk machine

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