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Five years after riot grrrl mavens Sleater-Kinney announced news of their indefinite hiatus and two of the band's core members -larger-than-life guitarist turned writer Carrie Brownstein and drummer Janet Weiss - are back with a new musical endeavour which threatens to blow all other previous projects clean out of the water.

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Armed robbers threatened staff at a foodstore with an axe before making off with a substantial amount of cash, police have said.

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The last time I saw White Denim they were a formidable psychedelic power trio who delivered one of the most blistering aural assaults I'd heard in ages.

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Your seatbelt isn’t the only belt that must be securely fastened if you’re a stratospherically-famous punk rocker on board a flight operated by America’s leading budget airline. So, apparently, must the one which holds up your trousers.

Susannah Frankel: 'I'm not a 'To the Manor Born' kind of person'

Tweedy jackets, riding boots and jodhpurs are all fashionable, just as they always have been in the autumn. Few designers can resist the allure of the apparently functional and entirely classic good looks of the English aristocracy and that applies to everyone from Coco Chanel, who based much of her aesthetic on that fact, to Vivienne Westwood and, in particular this season, Phoebe Philo, whose Celine pre-collection is as British as fish and chips on the beach.

Police seek witness who tried to trip up stabbing suspect

The man pictured trying to trip up a knife attacker as he fled the scene of a stabbing during the Notting Hill Carnival was being sought by police last night, who want to speak to him as a witness.

Susannah Frankel: ‘My favourite jeans, J Brand’s Steve, bit the dust when I caught him on a doorknob'

Regular readers of this column will know that when J Brand discontinued its Steve boyfriend jeans (below), this particular denim addict was nothing short of bereft. The best cut for me personally ever, Steve was skinny at the hips, wide-legged and low-slung without ever being rude. All of this was only added to by the fact that he came, as do all J Brand jeans, sans logo and in suitably dark and discreetly distressed denim to boot. Steve bit the dust, though, when I caught him on a doorknob, at which point discreetly distressed transformed into destroyed in a matter of seconds. And oh, how I mourned him.

Wrangler's - Urban cowboys

Wrangler's new collection blends the brand's workwear heritage with grungy modern art. Longevity is in the jeans, says Harriet Walker

Being Modern: High-street jeans

In 1950s America, jeans were deemed so culturally subversive that teenagers were banned from wearing them in many public buildings. It's hard to imagine the same furore today over a rack of identically "distressed" (and distressingly flimsy) high-street skinnies or supermarket stretch denim.

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