News Ian Watkins wants to appeal the length of his sentence

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.

The Hives

The Hives: Suited, booted, top-hatted and ready to rock

The Hives' fifth album has been five years in the making. It's the time it takes to make a classic, the natty rockers tell Gillian Orr

Exclusive album stream: Mary Epworth, Dream Life

Having made her name following a Sandy Denny tribute concert in 2008, Mary Epworth spent four years revitalising the kind of psychedelic pop singer the late 60s created so well. The resulting feral stomp of ‘Black Doe’ was play-listed at 6 Music and Radio 2 and introduced a fiery raw talent.  

Album: Maxïmo Park, The National Health (V2)

There's a drive and urgency about Maxïmo Park's The National Health that perfectly matches frontman Paul Smith's dominant lyrical theme, of taking arms against a sea of troubles in order to forge a better life for yourself.

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Field Day, Victoria Park, London

Now in its sixth year, East London’s Field Day festival has built its reputation on being one the best places to encounter brand new talent before it hits the mainstream.

Robinson shuffles his Scots to face Wallabies

The Scotland coach, Andy Robinson, has freshened uphis team for Tuesday's Test against Australia. The prop Ryan Grant will make his debut and the 21-year-old centre Matt Scott will start for the first time. The hooker Ross Ford will lead the side.

Album: Various artists, Studio One Sound (Soul Jazz)

Soul Jazz continues its unending commitment to the recesses of CS Dodd's back catalogue.

Tom Gabel

Man enough to be a woman and still rock'n'rolling

Following the news about punk singer Tom Gabel, Matilda Battersby hears about the pressures faced by musicians who dare to cross the gender divide

Happy Mondays, Brixton Academy, London

Shaun Ryder’s voice cuts sharply through the mix, every syllable landing cleanly. It’s as unexpected as the sight of a man who has spent most of his 49 years caning it, with a consistency which would put William Burroughs to shame.

Clockwise from top left: Fiona Apple; Alanis Morissette; Shirley Manson; Liz Phair

Trending: They don't make rock chicks like they did in the '90s

Many of today's female singers simper about boys and clothes, says Gillian Orr. Thank goodness the original rebel-rousers are back

Album: Katzenjammer, A Kiss Before You Go (Propeller)

The press notes describe this baroque, Scandi girl band as purveyors of "fairground burlesque" and, accordingly, this first UK release is an aural Waltzer, exhilarating and nauseous.

Album: BBB (Balkan Beat Box), Give (Crammed Discs)

This New York-based trio's name has always irritated because it fails to convey how musically eclectic they are.

Fehily rides State Of Play in the Grand National because Paul Maloney is on Cappa Bleu

Fehily to ride Aintree regular State Of Play

Having gained overdue reward in the Champion Hurdle last month, one of the most respected veterans on the circuit has now been given the chance to complete his fulfilment in the John Smith's Grand National itself. If Noel Fehily happens to win on State Of Play at Aintree on Saturday week, however, it would be no less a triumph of patience for the owners and trainer of his mount.

Album: Labrinth, Electronic Earth (Syco)

Received wisdom suggests this urban-ish popster is the first "credible" signing to Cowell's Syco label, in so much as he's emerged organically via initial success as a writer/producer.

The bowl-shaped arena at Knebworth Park can hold 125,000 music fans

Knebworth House rocked to its foundations

Cancellation of music festival leaves owner struggling to pay for essential repair work

Adam Ant and Ants' bassist Andy Warren at the Marquee Club

Anarchy in the UK: The Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977 was also the year that punk hit

Photographer Simon Barker was there to capture it. Michael Bracewell opens his archive.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker