Morgan Mackintosh whose show Between Empires opens in Edinburgh next week.
Musician Luke Haines

Music review: Luke Haines, The Borderline, London

"Hangman hangman, hang me a man, any old man will do," Luke Haines maintains on "A Badger Called Nick Love" from the 45-year-old's characteristically eccentric (and menacing) new concept record, Rock and Roll Animals.

The British Library: For aspiring misanthropes, it’s a ripe hunting ground

From students to shouters, the library offers a space like no other

Can music really affect your workout?

Fitness apps: Are we exercising to distraction?

Many of us can’t get through a workout without tunes or telly to make it less boring. And there’s nothing wrong with that, says Simon Usborne

Big screen breakthrough: Next month sees the release of 'Alan Partridge, The Movie', which goes by the name Alpha Papa

A-ha! Alan Partridge movie Alpha Papa gives airtime to forgotten pop classics

His musical tastes famously extend from Abba to Wings, “the band The Beatles could have been”. But Alan Partridge’s elevation to the big screen is set to bring a new lease of life to a host of artists unfairly excluded from pop’s hall of fame.

Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai

Manchester International Festival: Mogwai, Performing live to Zidane, a 21st Century Portrait

One of the triumphs of this year’s Manchester International Festival was its capacity to create a sense of place in an unexpected space. The 5,000 who communed on the Tarmac of a city centre car park to see a relay of Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford’s Macbeth on Saturday night can vouch for that.

Mogwai, whose soundtrack album Les Revenants has brought them a mainstream audience after 18 years

French undead give new life to Scottish band: Mogwai fuel nightmares and sales with their sinister score for The Returned

Mogwai are riding high on their spooky music for TV hit ‘The Returned'

Street life: Olivia Colman as Carol, single mother to two thugs, in the first Run drama

TV review: Run - Abandon all hope – here comes Olivia Colman

Her brutal performance set the tone for a quartet of dramas about life at its hardest

Album: Various artists, Daora – Underground Sounds of Urban Brasil (Mais um Discos)

"Daora" (meaning "dope", as in "cool") is a follow-up to the best Brazilian compilation of 2010; Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira! And cool it is, in the way it avoids generic samba and bossa nova in favour of cutting-edge yet melodic hip-hop more sonically engaging than anything at present coming from the US or UK.

Album review: Various artists, Selected Signs 111-V111 (ECM)

Chosen as the soundtrack for the exhibition ECM – A Cultural Archeology at Munich’s Haus der Kunst, the music on these six CDs is austere even by the label’s own standards, but no less beautiful.

Assange reportedly wanted £1m to be interviewed in We Steal Secrets

Film review: We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange: a paranoid loner – and every screen writer’s dream

The principal players in Alex Gibney’s dizzying new documentary can’t resist seeing their experiences in cinematic terms.

Michael Keefe, 11, a highly talented pianist, saxophonist and composer of his own music, is Child Executive Officer of Zeamu Music. Zeamu produces high quality pop songs and video by children, for children

Talking about my generation: Michael Keefe, 11, hits the right note with his Zeamu pop song catalogue aimed at pre-teen music fans

Michael Keefe isn’t your ordinary CEO. For a start, he’s only 11 and his board-level title actually stands for Children’s Executive Officer rather than Chief Executive Officer.

Alexander McQueen's collection, was dedicated to 'ceremonial dressing'

Another two-fingered salute to the bespoke tradition from London menswear collections

Sarah Burton ripped the stuffing out, exposing seams, shoulder-padding and fraying hems and cuffs

Ozzy Osbourne, Jose Mangin and Geezer Butler attends the Black Sabbath Town Hall Event Celebrating The Release of

13 is lucky for some: Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne back at top of album charts after 43 years

The heavy rock trailblazers have set a new UK chart record - and beaten Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye

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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
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Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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