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Militias in the Central African Republic are slitting children's throats, razing villages and throwing young men to the crocodiles: http://gu.com/p/3ktn7/fb What needs to happen before the world intervenes? Photograph: Matthieu Alexandre/AFP/Getty Images

Listen: Joanna Gruesome - Tugboat

<b>Joanna Gruesome</b> have posted a cover of Galaxie 500's 'Tugboat' online - listen to it now.<p>2013 could well be the year the indie pop baton was handed …

New Singles

Robbie Williams, Swings Both Ways, album review

Robbie Williams is on to a winner with a mix of originals and cuddly Christmas-themed covers on Swings Both Ways, says Helen Brown<p>So here it is then, the soundtrack to this year’s Christmas shopping. <b>Robbie Williams</b> knows he’s onto a winner with his retro swing sound: although 2001’s Swing When …

John Tavener: five top pieces

Ivan Hewett picks outstanding pieces by the late composer John Tavener<p><b>To play the pieces embedded in this article, you need to download Spotify at spotify.com</b><p><b>THE PROTECTING VEIL</b><p>One of Tavener’s hits, and deservedly so. The beginning of this cello concerto, where the string orchestra swells …

13 year-old girl: Women wearing very little in music videos is normal - isn't it?

After the launch of a new campaign urging the music industry to stop sexism in singers' videos, Rosie Thomas, a 13 year-old girl, explains why she thinks age ratings are probably a good idea.<p>If I’m honest, I’ve never really thought much about how women are portrayed in music videos.<p>But now that …

Live Gig Video: Johnny Marr performs 'The Right Thing Right' on Conan O'Brien - There Goes The Fear, a UK/US/IE Music Web site

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Stream: Barnaby - Bored

<b>Barnaby</b> has posted new track 'Bored' online - check it out now.<p>Hailing from Southampton, Barnaby is only 22 years old. Fresh faced and too damn young …

Kings of Leon give girl advice to One Direction

Drummer Nathan Followill tells the popstars to confiscate fans' phones to avoid "incriminating" pictures<p>Kings Of Leon have given One Direction some …

One Direction

Mott the Hoople, Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, review

Ian Hunter's still wonderful voice rescued Mott the Hoople's uneven back catalogue<p>After a stop-start career that ended in a blaze of acrimony and an initial reunion four years ago, Mott The Hoople are back for a second bite of the nostalgia cherry. Most of the band look like they have stepped out …

Paul McCartney writes open letter to Vladimir Putin calling for release of Greenpeace protesters

The singer wants detained group home in time for Christmas<p>Paul McCartney has appealed to Russian president Vladimir Putin to free the ‘Arctic 30’, …

Paul McCartney

John Tavener: how I came to love his music

John Tavener wasn't Ivan Hewett's favourite composer until he allowed his innate gifts to shine through<p><b>As Sir John Tavener said to me with a twinkle only 13 days ago</b>, death could come at any time. I like to think of him now in some ecumenical heaven, gazing down with amusement as we struggle to …

U2: what will $30m management deal mean?

U2 are being taken over by Live Nation and Madonna's manager in a $30 million deal. Will this lead to a disco mix of Bono Don’t Preach, wonders Neil McCormick<p>U2 are under new management. The flag-waving rock megabrand are being taken over by the biggest concert promotion company in the world, Live …