Arts and Entertainment Still charming: Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty

Tonight we have come expecting the casual, ramshackle charm and strangely whimsical grace of Babyshambles circa 2009 and Grace/Wastelands but the band’s new album, Sequel to the Prequel seems almost unnaturally controlled and surprisingly vibrant.

Libertines 'electric' for comeback gig

Carl Barat said the chemistry with his fellow Libertines frontman Pete Doherty is "pretty electric" as the band prepared to play their first full gig tonight since their bitter break-up in 2004.

Libertines announce first public gig since reforming

Indie rockers The Libertines announced plans today for their first full gig since confirming they were getting back together.

Klaxons, King Tuts, Glasgow

"Well, you've definitely still got it, that's for sure," Jamie Reynolds breathlessly informs his audience. Hold on, aren't we meant to be the ones making that judgement about Klaxons? It's been three years since their debut album, Myths of the Near Future, rode the crest of nu rave to small-time era-defining status, and next month, their sophomore effort Surfing the Void arrives.

The ten most successful solo projects

Former Libertine Carl Barat has decided to forge a career for himself as solo artist with a new stripped-down sound. Will it work out for him? Perhaps in hope rather than expectation, we take a look at some of the more successful musical spin-off projects.

Libertines frontman Carl Barat going solo

Indie band frontman Carl Barat announced he will be launching a solo career - just months after reuniting with The Libertines.

Instigate Debate Live: Is the party over?

"Instigate is now the most important underground movement" - NME

Album: MGMT, Congratulations (Columbia)

Like Scouting for Girls and Plan B, on Congratulations MGMT have taken a sudden left turn away from the route that secured their initial success, abandoning the psych-pop charms of Oracular Spectacular for a far deeper immersion in the murky waters of acid-head prog-rock.

Pete Doherty questioned over death of heiress

Rock star Pete Doherty has been arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs following the death of heiress Robin Whitehead, sources said today.

Pete Doherty's manager jailed over hit-and-run crash

The manager of rock star Pete Doherty was jailed for 12 months today after admitting being involved in a hit-and-run crash.

Pete Doherty: 'I was on life support machine after poisoning'

Troubled Pete Doherty has revealed that his heart "stopped" and he was on a life support machine after being rushed to hospital.

Pete Doherty's manager on hit and run charge

The manager of rock star Pete Doherty appeared in court today charged over a hit-and-run crash in which a man was critically injured.

You call these the best albums of the last decade?

Andy Gill takes issue with the pick of the Noughties pop selected by NME

NME names top 50 albums of the decade

Music magazine NME has published its list of the top 50 albums of the noughties, as voted for by leading figures in the music industry.

Pete Doherty set to reform The Libertines

Pete Doherty has revealed he is prepared to reform his band the Libertines, even if fellow frontman Carl Barat refuses to join.

It's true! Spandau Ballet are back

The new romantic pioneers have re-formed, despite one of the most vicious feuds in pop. Mark Hughes reports
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