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Last.fm users will now have access to the 20 million songs available on Spotify

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Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast

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The second album of LA band Best Coast arrives in mid May. I’ve previously written about the lead off song (and title track) “The Only Place” which continues in the vein of their debut album in offering lashing of West Coast surf pop meets garage rock - with newly added hints of country rock and Neutral Milk Hotel. The track can still be downloaded free at bestcoast.us.

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The Independent announces Spotify partnership

The Independent has teamed up with Spotify for the first time to allow users to listen to Spotify content while viewing relevant music-related features on independent.co.uk.

Cher Lloyd, Indigo2, London

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The Official UK singles Chart - Top 10

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Andrew WK

Andrew WK: 'We can unite the human race through partying and music'

A couple of years ago, on an evening that I was regrettably absent from, a few friends of mine ended up partying with Andrew W.K. If you’re familiar with the 32-year-old rock star/celebrated hedonist/motivational speaker, you’ll know that this is a big deal. A very big deal. Because no-one parties quite like Andrew W.K. The man has made it his mission to party; it’s his religion. Why just live, when you can party?

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Jarvis Cocker, one of the DJs for 6 Music

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As the station celebrates its 10th birthday today, our writer celebrates its unrivalled prowess

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