Arts and Entertainment Tom Odell: 'Every band needs a vibe guy to bring up the energy'

'Every band needs a vibe guy to bring up the energy'

Beach Boy Bruce Johnston performing at the Henley Festival last week

Picking up better vibrations? Beach Boys succumb to Auto-Tune for new album

Fans say the results are 'embarrassing' and make the singers - famous for four-part harmonies - sound more like robots

Oritse Williams, Aston Merrygold, JB Gill and Marvin Humes of JLS attends a photocall to launch the new JLS female fragrance 'LOVE' at One Mayfair on January 31, 2013 in London

JLS to headline London's Hyde Park before they split

Soon-to-split boy band JLS are the latest headliners for a series of major outdoor shows in London's Hyde Park.

Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon (RCA)

Album review: Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon (RCA)

While Laura Mvula deserves credit for blending her Caribbean heritage with her classical training, Sing to the Moon is far from the masterpiece some claim.

Bride of Strictly winner Harry Judd lost sleep worrying about wedding dance steps

The new bride of 2011's Strictly Come Dancing champ Harry Judd was unable to sleep on the eve of their wedding - because she was worried about remembering the moves to their first dance.

Sixties music set to get Christmas charts rocking once again

A group of '60s music fans are aiming to give today's pop stars a run for their money in the race to be the number one album at Christmas.

My Secret Life: John Cale, 70, musician

'I love the PR lady in Twenty Twelve'

The Beach Boys, Royal Albert Hall, London

It’s amazing they lasted this long. Not just the 50 years that this near-classic Beach Boys line-up is celebrating with a final tour, but through the six months of the tour itself without falling out.

Folk singer Scott McKenzie, whose hit 'San Francisco' soundtracked the flower power movement, dies aged 73

Scott McKenzie, the folk singer who provided a global anthem for the 60s “flower power” movement, has died aged 73.

Album: Poor Moon, Poor Moon (Bella Union)

Half of Seattle quartet Poor Moon, including guiding singer-songwriter Christian Wargo, are also in Fleet Foxes, which gives a certain interest to this debut album.

Album: Micachu and the Shapes, Never (Accidental/Rough Trade)

These Guildhall-trained experimentalists' debut unravelled pop's inner workings.

Mary Epworth

Fantasy Band: Mary Epworth

The Saturday Quiz answers

1. Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood.

Friends

Deathwish that brings out the best of Friends

Near the top of the bill at Field Day and one of the BBC's Sounds of 2012, the group should be in raptures – but, they tell Gillian Orr, they have a morbid streak, too

Album: The Beach Boys, That's Why God Made the Radio (EMI)

For Beach Boys fans, hope constantly triumphs over experience: we keep hoping they'll make another Pet Sounds, but we know they're only likely to make another 20/20 or Wild Honey, at best.

Interactive Google Doodle celebrates music pioneer Robert Moog's 78th birthday

Google's search engine is designed to be a gateway to whatever destination website you choose.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links