Kiss: Why the crazy crazy guys are still monsters of rock

After five decades, heavy metal’s most outrageous made-up men refuse to grow old gracefully. James McNair meets Kiss

Album: Go-Kart Mozart, On the Hot Dog Streets (West Midlands)

Lawrence Hayward, former leader of Felt and Denim, is one of underground pop's true eccentrics.

Ewan McGregor (centre) in the 1996 film Trainspotting

'Best of British' poll topped by devil and drugs

A heavy metal tribute to Satan and a film about heroin addicts have been named the very best that Britain has produced, in a Diamond Jubilee poll.

Queen's legacy: sex and drugs and rock'n'roll

They may not be the cultural highlights Her Majesty would have chosen to encapsulate her reign but a metallic tribute to Satan and a film about heroin addiction have been named the very best that Britain has produced, in a Diamond Jubilee poll.

Album: Rumer, Boys Don't Cry (Atlantic)

The second album seems a little soon for Rumer to be pulling the covers over her head.

Album: Jim Moray, Skulk (Niag)

Moray – with his bleeps and beats approach to trad folk – has never been afraid to attract attention.

Ronnie Montrose: Hard-rocking and influential guitarist

The American rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose was an influential, highly-rated player whose crunchy riffs, fluid licks and mesmerising solos lit up FM radio during the 1970s. Briefly a member of the Edgar Winter Group, he appeared on They Only Come Out At Night, the 1972 album which contained the barnstorming, chart-topping instrumental "Frankenstein" and the equally infectious "Free Ride", two tracks that have become staples of classic rock stations and the video game Rock Band 3.

KISS recording 20th album

KISS will release their 20th studio album this year.

Album: Iron Maiden, The Final Frontier (EMI)

Iron Maiden’s 15th studio album is their longest to date, but it only contains 10 tracks, allowing plenty of room for noodling and portentous drum solos.

Athlete, Somerset House, London

Walls have ears too - poor things

Athlete, Somerset House, London

Walls have ears too - poor things

Paul Vallely: Geldof turns nasty (well, he said he didn't like Mondays)

In his latest diary report, Paul Vallely joins 100 American protesters at Heathrow

Album: Wilson Phillips

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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