Arts and Entertainment Win Butler of Arcade Fire. The band are confirmed to headline Primavera 2014

The National, Pixies, and Disclosure also confirmed for Barcelona festival

IoS album review: Various artists, Rolling with the Punches: The Allen Toussaint Songbook (Ace)

When it came to modernist funk, New Orleans composer, producer and performer Toussaint was your go-to guy.

Passengers hurt as coach overturns on motorway

A coach carrying 26 passengers has overturned while travelling on a motorway, according to police.

Mother survives M6 motorway crash that killed two sons

Rescuers fight in vain to save two boys and a woman on a bleak day on Britain's roads

Album: Scala and Kolacny Bros, December (Pias)

Christmas songs tend to be either brash and tinselly or calm and still. This collection falls as delicately and lightly as snow into the latter category.

Album: Nils Landgren, Christmas with My Friends Vol III (Act Music)

A third Christmas live album by the Swedish trombonist, recorded in a Stockholm church.

Album: Tracey Thorn, Tinsel and Lights (Strange Feeling)

Tracey Thorn takes a wider brief than usual for her Christmas Album Tinsel & Lights, mostly avoiding the routine carols and standards in favour of left-field choices from writers like Stephin Merritt, Sufjan Stevens and Low, the wonderfully oblique melody of whose "Taking Down the Tree" affords a lovely duet with Green Gartside of Scritti Politti. Gartside's own "Snow in Sun" is another highlight, cleverly paired with Randy Newman's "Snow".

10 treated after M6 tanker blaze

10 people, including eight firefighters, have been treated in hospital for breathing difficulties after toxic fumes were reportedly released following a chemical tanker fire which shut parts of the M6 motorway.

One dead and 10 injured in nine-vehicle M6 pile-up

A spokeswoman for Cheshire Police said the collision involved two vans, two HGVs and five cars

Beth Orton, Union Chapel, London


"Call me the sea/ Call me the stream/ Call me the sky/ Call me the leaves," Beth Orton informs us, in her distinctive nasally folk twang, on new track "Call Me the Breeze". There’s a great deal about the elements - the moon, the sun, the sky, the leaves, the breeze, the wind – in this patchy, mainly solo performance in these reverential environs.

Man arrested after brawl erupts on M1 as two are killed in crash

Four fire engines and six ambulances were sent to the scene this morning

IoS album review: Jason Collett, Reckon (Arts & Crafts)

Well this is most unexpected: a stands-up-in-its-own-right solo album from an affiliate of Canadian collective Broken Social Scene who isn’t Feist.

First Aid Kit, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Nearly 40 years after Abba burst on the scene, Swedish pop continues to amaze and delight and enthrall. How does it happen?

Mounted police during student protests in London

Budget cuts threaten the future of police horses

Police horses could become a rare sight on Britain’s streets as forces across the country cut or merge their mounted section units to save money.

Ian Holloway

Blackpool give Crystal Palace permission to speak to Ian Holloway

Crystal Palace have been given permission by Blackpool to talk to Ian Holloway and he is set to become the club's new manager over the weekend.

Four seriously injured in M23 motorway crash

Four people were seriously injured in a motorway crash after a stationary car was hit by two other vehicles.

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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

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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