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Refused On The Humanitarian Horror Of The Calais Migrant Crisis – Watch

There's a song on 'Freedom', the new album from seminal punks Refused, that hits harder than any other. "Struggle with the current, dragged down into the dark," screams Dennis Lyxzén on '366', telling the stories of people – "someone's sister, someone's son" – who "sink like stones to the bottom" of stormy oceans. "The mediterranean has become a mass grave for migrants," he tells NME when we catch up with him and the band backstage at Leeds Festival. He's got a point. More than 2500 people – mainly Syrians – are confirmed to have died since January 1 trying to escape war. Last week alone, 71 bodies – including those of a baby girl and three other children – were found in an abandoned refrigeration truck in Austria. Police confirmed they had suffocated.

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Cancer Bats – A Show In The Life Of One Of Punk's Fiercest Live Bands

You don't forget Cancer Bats gigs in a hurry. Even when your bruises eventually fade from being gleefully bashed about in the venue-wide sea of swinging limbs and bouncing bodies their shows never fail to spark, the image of frontman Liam Cormier grinning manically as he charges recklessly around the stage stays seared into your brain cells. Well, what brain cells you might have left after an hour in the company of their lean, mean, sledgehammer heavy live show.

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See What The Libertines Are Selling Inside Their London Pop-Up Shop

Roll up, roll up – The Libertines' very own pop-up shop is now open for business. The Bucket Shop, named after an old Libs track that's been re-recorded for the deluxe edition of 'Anthems For Doomed Youth', has taken up residence at the Rock'N'Roll Rescue charity shop on Camden's Parkway and is full of treasures for any die hard fan of Pete, Carl, John and Gary.

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Bjork Brings Wonder To Wilderness Festival 2015

It's a universal truth that festivals are all about indulgence and Wilderness – set in rural Oxfordshire – harvests wild, hedonistic fantasy and reduces it to a fine art. As well as gaggles of boozy twenty-somethings, there are endless wellbeing-based and foodie-friendly events that include paddleboard yoga and a three-course banquet prepared by Michelin-starred celebrity chef Angela Hartnett. Consequently, the music feels like a footnote, and Björk’s Friday night slot shines like a beacon from a line-up that also features Ben Howard and George Clinton.

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We Spoke To The Guy Who's Turned The Rolling Stones' Story Into A Dickensian Novel

Have you ever pictured The Rolling Stones as the heroes of their own picaresque novel - the rogueish heroes battling their way through a corrupt and venal society as sketched by Dickens, Thackeray or Henry Fielding? Probably not, to be honest, yet you have to admit the idea of Jagger and Richards cocking a snoot at authority and living on their wits does make a certain amount of sense. It made so much sense to Simon Goddard, author of [i]Ziggyology[/i] and [i]Mozipedia[/i], that he's reimagined the story of the band in [i]Rollaresque[/i], a new novel, complete with sketch illustrations by Mr Chadwick. I spoke to Goddard to find out why he wanted to retell the 'rakish progress' of The Rolling Stones...

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Mumford And Sons' Essential Guide To The Bands Playing Their Gentlemen Of The Road Aviemore Stopover

Not content with heading up Reading and Leeds next month, Mumford & Sons are also putting on their own festival next weekend (July 31-August 1) at the Dell of Rothiemurchus, in Scotland’s scenic Cairngorms National Park. The band have been running their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover events since 2012, but this one has the most stellar bill yet, with slots from Primal Scream, The Maccabees, Simian Mobile Disco and many many more. "Putting the line-ups together for these Stopovers is pretty much the best fun you can ever imagine having," explains bass player Ted Dwane. "As a band it’s a real privilege and we take it pretty seriously."

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Dave Grohl Told Us The Story Behind Foo Fighters 'Everlong' And Its Unforgettable Music Video

Don't pretend it doesn't put a lump in your throat, a tremble in your lip. Eighteen years after it first blared on college radios, accompanied by a whip-smart and witty music video courtesy of then-rising director Michel Gondry on heavy rotation on MTV, 'Everlong' remains one of Foo Fighters' best songs - an emotional punk-pop pile-driver like very few others. It wasn't an immediate hit - as drummer Taylor Hawkins will tell you, it took an acoustic version of the track, stripping the song down to its intensely personal core, for fans to notice its charm. When it did eventually start to chime with the public, however, it further confirmed Dave Grohl as a songwriting force to be reckoned with in his own right. Nirvana who?

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