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Beastie Boys, Marina & The Diamonds, Alabama Shakes - the week's biggest news stories

  • Mike D of the Beastie Boys has spoken about the death of his bandmate, Adam Yauch, following a tribute made by Ad-Rock earlier today. Writing on the band's Facebook page, Mike Diamond said how much he missed his bandmate: "Honestly the last few days have just been a blur of deep emotions for our closest friend, band mate and really brother. I miss Adam so much."

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    Added: 11 May 2012

  • Biffy Clyro are hoping they can re-connect with their "lost" fans with the release of their sixth album. Biffy Clyro drummer Ben Johnston told NME: "We never think of any target audience when making albums. We've always tried to please ourselves and then hope for the best. It's sad...because we don't want to lose any fans. Hopefully we can get those lost fans back with this album."

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    Added: 24 Jun 2011

  • Blink-182 have cancelled a number of North American tour dates after drummer Travis Barker had to undergo an emergency operation. The pop-punks are rescheduling a small number of the dates, but have pulled the vast majority as Barker needs an urgent tonsillectomy. According to a statement on the band's official website, his recovery period "is expected to extend beyond the scheduled tour dates".

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    Added: 16 Aug 2011

  • Marina And The Diamonds have secured their first ever UK Number One album with 'Electra Heart'. The band, led by Maria Diamandis, debuted straight into the top spot, toppling Jack White's 'Blunderbuss', which has fallen two places to sit in the Number Three position, according to the Official Charts Company.

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    Added: 26 Apr 2012

  • Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos dubbed Oasis as "so fucking boring" in an impromptu question and answer session with fans on Twitter earlier in the week (May 8). Franz Ferdinand are currently working on material for their fourth studio album, the follow up to 2009's 'Tonight: Franz Ferdinand'.

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    Added: 06 Dec 2011

  • Two dolphins died after inadvertently overdosing at a rave in a zoo in Switzerland. The animals, called Shadow and Chelmers, died after taking heroin substitute Buprenorphine at an event which was held last November. It is thought that it was fed to them by party goers at the techno weekender at Connyland Zoo in Lipperswil.

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    Added: 09 May 2012

  • Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman has hit out at his former bandmates after he was not invited to attend the band's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame last month. Sherman said: "It’s a politically correct way of omitting Dave Navarro and I for whatever reasons they have. It’s really painful to see all this celebrating going on, and be excluded."

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    Added: 09 May 2012

  • Kassidy frontman Barrie-James O'Neill has revealed rather intimate details of his relationship with Lana Del Rey in a tongue-in-cheek interview. The singer told The Daily Star: "The deal is I get Lana during the week and Axl gets her at the weekend."

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    Added: 17 Feb 2012

  • Blur frontman Damon Albarn has revealed that he is working on a new solo album. Asked what he was currently working on, Albarn said: "This week we're mucking around with these Russian synthesizers in a very loose mind of doing some kind of record under my name. I suppose you could call it a solo record, but I don't like that word. It sounds very lonely - solo."

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    Added: 11 May 2012

  • Plan B has spoken about his forthcoming debut film iLL Manors and insisted that he isn't "trying to glorify" gang violence. He said: "I'm not trying to glorify them," This film says, 'This is the reality of it.'" He added: "It's not a fairytale, you're not going to go on some fucked-up adventure and come out the other end. It's not glamorous, it's not romantic, it's fucking dark and disgusting."

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    Added: 23 Apr 2012

  • The Cribs closed this year's Camden Crawl weekender in London with a packed headline set at KOKO earlier this week. Playing a selection of tracks from new release 'In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull', including recent single 'Come On, Be A No-One', 'Anna' and set-opener 'Chi-Town' as well as tracks from their previous four albums.

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    Added: 08 May 2012

  • The Strokes, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys and Foster The People are just some of the bands falling in love with Alabama Shakes, they tell NME. As part of an exclusive feature with the band in this week's issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally now, the Athens, Georgia's string of celebrity fans tell us how why they're rooting for the planet's most exciting band.

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    Added: 08 May 2012

  • Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel has revealed he plans to begin living as a woman. The singer has announced that he will soon be undergoing the process of transition from man to woman and is set to begin taking hormones and undergoing electrolysis treatments in the next few months. Gabel will eventually take the name Laura Jane Grace, who will remain married to her wife Heather.

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    Added: 09 Dec 2010

  • The Stone Roses have apparently been rehearsing for their comeback gigs without drummer Reni aka Alan Wren, according to Matthew Priest of Dodgy. Priest said: "I bought tickets because The Roses were one of my favourite bands and Reni was playing. But I've heard rumours that Reni might not be playing – he's not well apparently and they're rehearsing with another drummer.”

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    Added: 18 Oct 2011

  • The Who's Roger Daltrey has confirmed that organisers of the London 2012 Olympics asked whether drummer Keith Moon – who died in 1978 – would be able to take part in this summer's celebrations. Daltrey joked: "It could only happen in Britain. We are so organised. We got a letter – well, an email – requesting could Keith Moon attend the opening ceremony."

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    Added: 24 Mar 2011

  • Richard Hawley says his new album 'Standing At The Sky's Edge' is a metaphor for the state of modern Britain. He said: "Sky's Edge is a place in Sheffield…But I used it as a metaphor more than anything, for being on the edge and how we have to decide what side of the line we’re on. The government are using the recession to force through politics that will put us back 125 years of history."

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    Added: 08 Feb 2012

  • Lady Gaga has revealed that she used to take cocaine to help her cope with her loneliness and that the drug used to be her "friend". Gaga, who claimed she was "very depressed" when she was 19, revealed: "It was like the drug was my friend. I never did it with other people. It's such a terrible way to fill that void, because it just adds to that void, because it's not real. "

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    Added: 13 Apr 2012

  • Passion Pit have posted their comeback single 'Take A Walk', online. You can listen to it on NME.com. The song is the first to be taken from their brand new album, 'Gossamer', which will be released on July 23.

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    Added: 08 May 2012

  • Prince Harry is reportedly keen to become a reggae music DJ, following a recent trip to Jamaica during which he met Bob Marley's widow Rita. A source said: "Harry has always been interested in music, but Jamaica was a real eye opener. He started looking into reggae as soon as he got back to the UK. He's unlikely to ever DJ in public — but if he did it'd be the party of the year."

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    Added: 08 May 2012

  • Limp Bizkit have revealed that their new studio album will be titled 'Stampede Of The Disco Elephants'. The nu-metallers, who were recently signed by Lil Wayne's Cash Money label after they parted company with Interscope Records, have said they are currently working on two projects, the follow-up to their 2005 EP 'The Unquestionable Truth Part 1' and a brand new studio album.

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    Added: 11 Jul 2011