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Rick Perry, suddenly the front-runner in the Republican nomination stakes, last month described Washington as a "seedy place" he didn't care for.

Farrah Fawcett: Actress famed for her role in the quintessential Seventies programme 'Charlie's Angels'

It was one of the most famous posters of the 1970s – Farrah Fawcett wearing a red swimsuit – and sold 12 million copies around the world. Although the actress inside the costume walked out on the glossy American television series Charlie's Angels after just a year of playing one of the three scantily clad female detectives, the image lived on.

FA Cup final: A royal blue wave of emotion across ocean

From afar Adrian Heath hopes his beloved Everton can revive the spirit of '84

DVD: Iron Maiden – Flight 666 (15)

Following other unintentionally hilarious air-punching classics – Anvil! The Story of Anvil, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004) and, of course, the genre-defining This is Spinal Tap (1984) – this is the latest heavy metal rockumentary, and follows Iron Maiden's Somewhere Back in Time world tour of 2008.

Great Escape Festival - South by South East

Heralding the start of Britain's festival season, this year's Great Escape played host to 300 acts across Brighton.,/p>

Now in its fourth year, The Great Escape could be the little sister of the famous South by South West festival and conference, in Austin, Texas. Like its bigger predecessor, The Great Escape takes over the city centre with bands, 3,000 music-industry delegates from around the globe and speakers across 34 venues. This year's festival saw more than 12,000 fans per day in attendance across the events.

South by Southwest heads in the right direction

From a growling singer sporting a pink turban to Sweden's answer to Bob Dylan, the line-up of promising young acts at this year's gathering in Austin, Texas showed that the festival is continuing to set the pace for cutting-edge bands, says Alex Hannaford

Caught in the Net: How Jane's rocked Austin

While the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas is supposed to be mainly about new bands, bigger names can muscle in on the action, as Jane's Addiction did this year.

Lyle Lovett, Royal Festival Hall, London

Lyle Lovett has made his way in Hollywood and Nashville. But "That's Right (You're Not From Texas)" could be his keynote song during a more than two-hour show exploring his home state's most profound traditions. The four-piece band play bluegrass and Western Swing with classical precision. Lovett's deceptively strong voice can croon or croak, part of an equally precise yet elastic persona: sardonic, rowdy, undone or lost in reverie. His long, stone face recalls tragicomic Buster Keaton, and his songs hang suspended between shaggy dog tales and quiet desperation.

Caught in the Net - Texas, top acts and taxis

The South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin, Texas kicks off on Wednesday with 1,800 musical acts over four frenetic days (sxsw.com). At gigs in 80 venues, new and established bands will use it as a launch pad for their latest endeavours, providing a decent indication of what's in store musically for the rest of 2009.

The Best Gigs of 2008

He came, he rapped and he conquered Glastonbury – but Jay-Z wasn't the only music act to rock our world this year. The Independent's music writers choose their top five live performances, ones they will never forget

Jimmy Carl Black: Drummer and vocalist with The Mothers of Invention

"Hi boys and girls, I'm Jimmy Carl Black, and I'm the Indian of the group". This was how the drummer and occasional singer with the original line-up of The Mothers of Invention would introduce himself on stage and on record.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (18)

A group of all-American teenagers encounter a bloodthirsty cannibalistic family off the beaten track in Texas, resulting in a film so terrifying the uncut version was not approved for general distribution in the UK until 1999, 25 years after it was made.

Men 'better than women at detecting infidelity'

Men are better at detecting infidelity than women but tend to suspect their female partners even when they are faithful, a study has found.

Nelly - It's called adult entertainment

Hip-hop bad boy Nelly has embraced the motto 'sex sells'. Matilda Egere-Cooper asks him why

White Denim, Audio, Brighton

"More cowbell!" cries a man in a severe state of excitement. It's not necessarily what you expect to hear at a gig from one of the most hotly tipped garage rock bands of the year, but then White Denim don't do things by the book.

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