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Video: Three big summer events

Watch the vidoes below to see previews of three of the biggest events of the summer, including bands playing at Glastonbury Festival, as well as what to expect from Wimbledon and the Tour de France.

Kings of Leon

Kings Of Leon and Rizzle Kicks to join Justin Timberlake at the iTunes Festival 2013

Rock group Kings Of Leon, chart duo Rizzle Kicks and composer Ludovico Einaudi are among the latest headline acts added to this year's iTunes Festival.

Vampire Weekend playing live at the Troxy, London,

Music review: Vampire Weekend, The Troxy, London

For the belligerently preppy Vampire Weekend and their music, which oscillates around an idea of summer-house north-eastern America, an old cinema in the heart of London's east-end might not seem a most natural alighting point for the band’s new album.

The Boy Least Likely To: another indie-pop duo making a comeback
Fred C Dobbs

Album: The Very Best, MTMTMK (Mosh Moshi)

Album two from the duo comprised of Malawi's Esau Mwamwaya and London-based producer Johan Hugo and it's not getting any easier to describe their sound.

Album: Fun, Some Nights (Atlantic)

NYC indie-poppers Fun may be riding high off hit single "We Are Young", but, how long can they evade the trade descriptions act? 

Graceland: Soundtrack of our lives

When Paul Simon released Graceland in 1986, who would have thought his mixture of wistful pop and African sounds would endure across generations? Harriet Walker salutes a political and cultural classic

Caught in the Net: In a New York state of mind

The brief, cacophonous No Wave scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s in New York didn't bequeath us many bands with vast back catalogues.

Album: The Strokes, Angles (Rough Trade)

So many negative noises have been made about Angles from critics and the band (guitarist Nick Valensi admitted "I feel like we have a better album in us"), that its actually-not-badness comes as a pleasant surprise.

Pop surfs new waves of nostalgia

In a troubled 2010, indie acts fromThe Drums to Best Coast looked to a hazier, lazier past for solace, says Gillian Orr

Vampire Weekend, Alexandra Palace, London

Vampires out of New York

Quiz: Conference question time

The party conferences are over for another year, but were you paying attention? Our quiz sorts the political nerds from the know-nothings (answers at the bottom of the page)

The hands that rocked the book world seek the fruits of success

It has helped a group of teenage actors become some of the hottest young stars in Hollywood, made a multi-millionaire of its author, and turned a small town near Seattle into one of America's hottest tourist destinations. Now the Twilight franchise is striking a blow for the fortunes of a cash-strapped New York hand model.

Music and fashion - Ever feel like you've been stitched up?

You might expect Avril Lavigne to have a fashion sideline – but Beth Ditto and Pete Doherty? It's all very wrong, says Gillian Orr
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Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen
Secrets of comedy couples: What's it like when both you and your partner are stand-ups?

Secrets of comedy couples

What's it like when both you and your partner are stand-ups?
Satya Nadella: As Windows 10 is launched can he return Microsoft to its former glory?

Satya Nadella: The man to clean up for Windows?

While Microsoft's founders spend their billions, the once-invincible tech company's new boss is trying to save it
The best swimwear for men: From trunks to shorts, make a splash this summer

The best swimwear for men

From trunks to shorts, make a splash this summer
Mark Hix recipes: Our chef tries his hand at a spot of summer foraging

Mark Hix goes summer foraging

 A dinner party doesn't have to mean a trip to the supermarket
Ashes 2015: With an audacious flourish, home hero Ian Bell ends all debate

With an audacious flourish, the home hero ends all debate

Ian Bell advances to Trent Bridge next week almost as undroppable as Alastair Cook and Joe Root, a cornerstone of England's new thinking, says Kevin Garside
Aaron Ramsey interview: Wales midfielder determined to be centre of attention for Arsenal this season

Aaron Ramsey interview

Wales midfielder determined to be centre of attention for Arsenal this season
Community Shield: Arsene Wenger needs to strike first blow in rivalry with Jose Mourinho

Community Shield gives Wenger chance to strike first blow in rivalry with Mourinho

As long as the Arsenal manager's run of games without a win over his Chelsea counterpart continues it will continue to dominate the narrative around the two men
The unlikely rise of AFC Bournemouth - and what it says about English life

Unlikely rise of AFC Bournemouth

Bournemouth’s elevation to football’s top tier is one of the most improbable of recent times. But it’s illustrative of deeper and wider changes in English life
A Very British Coup, part two: New novel in pipeline as Jeremy Corbyn's rise inspires sequel

A Very British Coup, part two

New novel in pipeline as Jeremy Corbyn's rise inspires sequel
Philae lander data show comets could have brought 'building blocks of life' to Earth

Philae lander data show comets could have brought 'building blocks of life' to Earth

Icy dust layer holds organic compounds similar to those found in living organisms