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Arctic Monkeys set for fame and fortune

On the eve of chart success, Xan Phillips describes his first encounter with this Sheffield four-piece phenomenon...

Swedish metallers mourn loss of front man

The vocalist of Swedish metal band Nasum has officially been declared dead after he went missing in the Asian tsunami.

Keane man on success, songs and Steve Lamacq

Interview The frontman of the Mercury Music Prize nominated group explains why they certainly aren't just another Travis or Coldplay…

Rock’s finest descend on Download

One of the world’s biggest and best metal festivals is held in Scotland for the first time to the delight of thousands of hard-rocking fans.

Waging war on the web's ticket touts

The music industry and the internet continue their rocky relationship into the online ticket arena, with the king of music festivals proving, once again, to be a hurdle too high.

How to be a music journalist

A rising reporter offers newcomers practical advice based on his own experience of the long, hard road into the music press.

Morrissey did WHAT to Princess Diana?!

Crazed conspiracy theories or elaborate musical masterminds? One reporter goes on the trail of the best and worst of the music industry's "tallest tales" online.

Inul Daratista: 'The devil’s dancer'

She is a singer, dancer, and a political hot potato. Waggling her hips in Indonesia’s "dangdut" style, Inul Daratista is hitting the big time and courting controversy as she goes.

Sleepless in Abidjan

Nightclubbing in the Ivory Coast capital is a rich experience if you can get from your front door to the entrance without meeting a local militia gang.

Iraq: Rolling the barrel

Going to war can be thirsty work, especially when you're holed up on the border with a small but desperate army of fellow hacks for company.


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