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Mark Lanegan joins Josh Homme on stage at rare London acoustic show

QOTSA guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen also joined the frontman at Meltdown festival gig<p><b>Josh Homme</b> was joined on stage at London’s Royal Festival Hall by …

New Singles

Polica Return With New EP 'Raw Exit'

A bewitching fusion of soul, machine funk and electronics, <b>Poliça</b> delivered new album 'Shulamith' last year.<p>Bewitching, entrancing and hopelessly …

New Albums

St Vincent interview: 'I like to tame chaos'

Annie Clark aka St Vincent is a guitar virtuoso who mixes the hooks of Prince with the alienated visions of JG Ballard. Helen Brown meets her<p>Annie Clark prefers photographers to shoot her head-on: it scratches her itch for symmetry. Her clever hazel gaze, like her music, has hardened in intensity …

Live Gig Video: watch Queens of the Stone Age's entire Austin City Limits performance - There Goes The Fear, a UK/US/IE Music Web site

<b>Queens of the Stone Age</b> appeared on American public television this past week, and PBS has been kind enough to have uploaded the entire performance …

Neil Young Tells Off His Audience For Clapping

<b>Neil Young</b> isn't renowned for his patience.<p>The Canadian born performer has a reputation for not suffering fools, for stamping his authority in …

Neil Young

'There was lots of waiting for the Rolling Stones to get their groove together'

Chris Kimsey remembers recording with Keith Richards and the Rolling Stones in 1970<p>This was taken in Studio 2 of Olympic Studios in Barnes, south-west London, when the <b>Rolling Stones</b> were working on their live album Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!. I had started working there in 1967 as a 16-year-old. I was …

How the music of 1914 failed to predict the future horror

Despite dark clouds ahead, Europe's mood in 1914 was one of creative possibility, argues Ivan Hewett<p>BBC <b>Radio</b> 3 is getting in early with its salute to the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. For the whole of this week, much of the schedule has been pulled under the umbrella title of …

10 greatest American rock bands of all time

Kurt Cobain

Anne Frank's Amsterdam: A Then and Now Photo Series

Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929, in Frankfurt, Germany. She lived in Amsterdam with her family during World War II. Escaping Nazi persecution of …

World War II

Awe-inspiring ancient sites

Taken from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Experiences</i>, may we present a bevy of BC (or thereabouts) beauties that have stood the test of time without losing any of their ability to drop your jaw.<p>Pyramids of Giza, Egypt<p>Egypt’s a country rich in both World Heritage sites and tourist clichés, and at the …

Archaeology

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

European Travel

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

New York City

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

France

Top things to do in Rome

Few cities evoke the sheer wonder and amazement of Rome. Ancient history, outstanding art and religious icons are around every corner and when it all gets too much you can just join the locals in sipping espresso in one of the city's many squares. With so much to see and do, the real test will be …

Italy

London Grammar - If You Wait

Having met at Nottingham University and been signed soon thereafter, it was to take 18 months of agonising and obsessing over every little nuance of …

Arctic Monkeys - AM

Five albums in, and things are getting kinda sinister for <b>Arctic Monkeys</b>.<p>Welding inspiration from hip-hop greats with rock’s titans, ‘AM’ is built …