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Former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins, who was handed a 35-year sentence for a string of child sex offences, has lodged an application for permission to appeal the length of his sentence.

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Lanier, far right, with Blue Öyster Cult, the thinking person's heavy metal band

Allen Lanier: Founder-member of Blue Öyster Cult

The keyboard-player, guitarist and songwriter Allen Lanier was a founder-member of Blue Öyster Cult, the thinking man's heavy metal band best known for the spectral anthem "(Don't Fear) The Reaper''. Included in the John Carpenter horror film Halloween in 1978, two years after its original release on the group's fourth studio album Agents Of Fortune, and referenced in The Simpsons, "Reaper'' tends to overshadow the rest of BÖC's mercurial oeuvre.

Album: Travis, Where You Stand (Red Telephone Box)

Yes, they really are still going. No, of course they haven't gone dubstep. That's the headlines out of the way.

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This Sardinian trio's third album illustrates the fact that in the 21st century there's nothing less progressive than progressive rock.

Album: Dawes, Stories Don't End (Mercury/Hub)

Album three from the LA four-piece whose Nothing is Wrong was one of my favourite records of 2011.

GTA 5 Online amplifies the Grand Theft Auto experience with multiplayer mayhem

Online mode will add multiplayer deathmatches and turf war game modes to the GTA experience

Album: Buddy Guy, Rhythm & Blues (RCA-Silvertone)

Buddy Guy is now 76 and can lay claim to special status as a near-sole survivor of Chicago's era of eminence in the 1950s and 1960s.

Album: Katmen, The Katmen Cometh (Decca)

Katmen are Slim Jim Phantom, the snare-beating Stray Cat, and Darrel Higham, who twangs a fat Gretsch behind his wife, Imelda May, plus bassist Al Gare.

Album: Luke Haines, Rock and Roll Animals (Cherry Red)

After alternate English histories and wrestlers' inner monologues, the insanely prolific and prolifically insane Auteur turns to children's fables.

Book review: The Cuckoo's Calling, By Robert Galbraith

The strength of this mystery reveals a 'debut' crime writer with a great future ahead of... her

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Rolling Stone accused of making Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ‘look like rock star’ on front cover

An issue of Rolling Stone magazine published today featuring an article on Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has sparked controversy, with critics saying the cover photo glamourises an accused killer and some retailers saying they will not carry the issue.

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Thom Yorke's Atoms For Peace announce soundhalo broadcast for London Roundhouse dates

Radiohead frontman last week hit out at Spotify, accusing them of prioritising shareholders over artists

Album review: Hebronix, Unreal (ATP)

The latest project of former Cajun Dance Party and Yuck songwriter Daniel Blumberg, Hebronix finds him marrying his natural pop melodic sensibilities to quixotic rock arrangements rooted in American indie modes.

Steve Richards: Rock N Roll Politics, Soho Theatre, London

Given that I'm currently embroiled in a bitter political battle against my local council (albeit with the hearty support of my MP) I might be Steve Richards' toughest audience member tonight, somewhat resistant to the idea that politicians are human beings, insecure and tortured by dilemma.

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Yes, prog-rock of the Seventies is back, says Rick Wakeman

Clubbers who have made "Get Lucky" this summer's dance-floor anthem will be shocked to hear that Daft Punk aren't the robot-friendly sound of the future – but revivalists of Seventies progressive rock, once the most derided of genres.

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