Arctic Monkeys have spoken about their plans for the follow-up to Suck It And See and have hinted that their next album may be filled with faster songs.

Speaking to Spinner, bassist Nick O'Malley stressed that it was early days in the writing process, but that the band had a rough idea of what they wanted to do.


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The line-up for Antony Hegarty's Meltdown festival at London's Southbank Centre has been revealed.

The Antony And The Johnsons singer is curating the annual festival, following in the footsteps of Jarvis Cocker, David Bowie and, most recently, The Kinks' Ray Davies, by curating the 12-day festival which runs August 1-12.


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Ringo Starr is to write the soundtrack for a new Hollywood musical, according to Deadline.com.

Starr will collaborate with former Eurythmics'Dave Stewart on Hole In The Fence, a coming of age story about a group of kids who form a band in a mining town.

Starr and Stewart came up with the idea and will act as both executive producers and songwriters for the film.


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REM's Mike Mills, Hop Chip's Alexis Taylor and Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake are among the artists confirmed to appear at Big Star Third - A concert performance of Big Star's legendary third album, Sister Lovers.

The show will take place at London's Barbican Centre on Monday, May 28.


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My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields has claimed that the delay in reissuing the band's albums Isn't Anything and Loveless was because their record label Sony hid the original demos.


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Metric have spoken about their collaboration with Lou Reed, which appears on their new studio album, Synthetica.

The Canadian band will release their fifth full-length offering on June 18. The record contains a total of 11 tracks, and has been produced by the group's guitarist Jimmy Shaw.

Reed appears on a track called "The Wanderlust", singing backing vocals. Singer Emily Haines told NME that she first became friendly with The Velvet Underground man when he quoted some of her lyrics from "Gimme Sympathy" back at her.


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The Gaslight Anthem will release their new album, Handwritten, on July 23.

The album was produced by Brendan O'Brien. The band recorded the follow-up to 2010's American Slang in Nashville and have confirmed via their Twitter account Twitter.com/Gaslightanthem that they have also recently recorded a number of covers and a selection of B-sides.

The Gaslight Anthem's brand new single, "45", received its world premiere last night [April 30] on BBC Radio 1 and was named DJ Zane Lowe's Hottest Record in the World.


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The world of Lawrence is, by all accounts, a strange one. A singer once told me that, while visiting Lawrence at home, he was taken urgently by the need to use the lavatory. As the story was presented me, Lawrence flatly refused and the singer was forced to go outside to relieve himself. No one, it seems, uses the toilet chez Lawrence, apart from Lawrence.


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Graham Coxon was forced to evacuate a hotel Falmouth earlier today (April 30) after it caught fire.

The Blur guitarist, who is staying at the Beach Hotel ahead of his gig in the Cornish town tonight, spoke about the drama in a series of tweets.

He wrote: "We have rooms at the Beach Hotel and had to leave when the smell the smell of smoke for [sic] a little much."

Coxon then tweeted pictures of the burning hotel, before adding: "We watched it... We had to leave the foyer and then watch it get worse and worse...rather sad."


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The Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Bon Iver headlined the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival this weekend [April 27 - 29].

The Beach Boys, whose 50th anniversary tour kicked off in Tuscon, Arizona on Tuesday, April 24, played a 29 song-set on Friday night [April 27].

Bruce Springsteen, meanwhile, played a two and a half hour set on Sunday [April 29], and was joined on piano by Dr John for two songs, "Something You Got" and "Oh Mary Don't You Weep".

Tom Petty and Bon Iver also played at the festival this weekend.


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Introducing… Elvis Costello: The Ultimate Music Guide


In June 1977, Allan Jones of the Melody Maker took a familiar route to the offices of Stiff Records in West London. His appointment, that day, was with a notably irascible young singer-songwriter from Hounslow. In the course of a frequently startling interview, the man who had chosen to call...