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

Tim Key

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Leading article: When rock music meets do-it-yourself

While not quite in the same class as John Cage's 4 minutes 33 seconds of silence, Andy Warhol's empty sculpture stand or Gianni Motti's blank white canvases, rock musician Beck's decision to release his latest album only as a collection of 20 pieces of sheet music constitutes something more than artistic eccentricity.

Tesco in free-to-listen net radio buy

Tesco has bought a digital music firm backed by the singer Peter Gabriel that provides a free-to-listen, personalised radio service on the internet for £10.8m.

Artist spotlight: Dawes

Los Angeles band Dawes are successfully managing to capture the magic of the classic Laurel Canyon sound, whilst adding a fresh young twist to it and gathering a following of a whole new generation of fans through their impressive live shows.

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together with £730,000 in cash through the David Hockney Foundation

Recession? What recession? Britain's richest get 5% richer

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Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast

Caught in the Net: New music from Best Coast

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.

Jamie Hewlett: 'My brain is like a dried-out sponge, but I'm having ideas'

With the hugely successful Gorillaz out to grass, its artist co-creator is taking time off to see where his creative juices lead, hears Genevieve Roberts

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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No self-respecting billionaire wants to be seen as mean when it comes to celebrating a birthday, but they need to dig deep, says Genevieve Roberts

Jarvis Cocker, one of the DJs for 6 Music

Chris Maume: In 6 Music we trust – a reminder of just how great the BBC can be

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

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