It's a busy week for film. Marvel Comics' superhero team-up Avengers Assemble arrived in cinemas last night, while yesterday the inaugural three-day Sundance London Festival opened for business at the 02 Arena with a screening Under African Skies, a documentary about the making of Paul Simon's Graceland album.


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Levon Helm, the former Band drummer who died from cancer last Thursday [April 19], is to be buried next to his former band mate, Rick Danko.

Last night [April 26], 2,000 mourners attended a wake for Helm at his Woodstock home, according to Associated Press. Helm's closed casket, in the second-floor studio of the barn where Helm hosted his Midnight Rambles, was surrounded by flowers and flanked by his drum kit and a piano.


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Vampire Weekend have confirmed to Rolling Stone that they're working on the follow-up to their 2011 album, Contra.

"We've started many songs," bassist Chris Baio told Rolling Stone. "Obviously we haven't been rushing it. We take it very seriously. We'll be incredibly psyched to share it with the world when it's done."

Released in January, 2011, Contra reached No 3 in the UK album charts and No 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in America.


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Gregg Allman is to undergo diagnostic cardiac testing at a clinic in Jacksonsville, Florida to ascertain whether he needs additional care after a recent hernia operation, reports Rolling Stone.

The tests will mean Allman must delay his forthcoming American publicity tour for his memoir, My Cross To Bear.


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The Gaslight Anthem have announced the release of "45", the first track to be taken from the band's fourth album, Handwritten.

The song will receive its world premiere on Monday April 30 on BBC Radio 1 at 7.30pm (BST) as DJ Zane Lowe's Hottest Record in the World.

Speaking about the new album, frontman Brian Fallon has previously described the songs from 'Handwritten' as "pretty personal and pretty aggressive". The album does not have a scheduled release date as yet.


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The Rolling Stones are to become the subject of a new film based around Robert Greenfield’s 2008 book Exile On Main Street: A Season In Hell With The Rolling Stones.

According to Deadline.com, Richard Branson will produce the film, which is set in the South of France during summer 1971, when the Stones recorded their album, Exile On Main Street.

The last time the Stones exploits were dramatised on film was in 2005, in Stoned, about the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of the band's former guitarist Brian Jones in 1969.


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Rumours that The Smiths were set to reunite have been put to bed by the band's former guitarist Johnny Marr and drummer Mike Joyce.

A story on Music-news.co.uk this morning [April 26] suggested Marr and frontman Morrissey had been in talks with a "well-known" promoter about reuniting. However, a highly-placed source in Britain's live music industry, along with others close to the band, denied the rumours when contacted by NME.


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Jack White is set to score a US and UK chart-topping double next week with his debut solo album, Blunderbuss.

The ex-White Stripes man is predicted to top the Billboard 200 in the US with around 100,000-120,000 copies of the album set to be shifted, according to chart experts. The chart is due to be unveiled next Wednesday [May 2].

Yesterday, it was revealed White is well on course to knock Adele's 21 from the top of the UK album chart this Sunday (April 29), with Rufus Wainwright and his new album Out Of The Game his main contender.


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The Hacienda, the Manchester nightclub co-owned by New Order, has announced that it will be hosting three one-off events to celebrate the club's 30th anniversary.

The events, which are named X1, X2 and X3, will take place in late May and early June. The first will take place in the car park of the Hacienda, which is now a block of apartments. The other events will happen in the city's Sankeys nightclub.


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Dave Edmunds at 70! Happy birthday, boyo!


First of all, there was the somewhat staggering recent news that Captain Sensible was about to turn 60. Then a few weeks ago, Nick Lowe was 65. And today, it turns out, Dave Edmunds, Nick’s former best mate and partner in Rockpile...