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Album review: Pearl Jam, Lightning Bolt (Monkeywrench/Republic)

Four years on from their last outing and nearly 25 years after forming in Seattle, the grunge survivors deliver their 10th album – and it is a work of contrasts. Openers “Getaway” and “Mind Your Manners” are gutsy, full-blooded blasts, but these soon give way to several soft, contemplative ballads.

Album: Moreland & Arbuckle, Seven Cities (Telarc)

Coarse, rocking garage blues by three young white blokes with facial hair, recorded in Seattle, suitably enough.

Rocking it: punk plaid on the catwalk at Moschino

Never mind the Punk here’s the fashions

Punk. It’s one of those slightly dodgy fashion trends that rears its head every few years, generally amid much heated ideological debate.

Album review: Drenge, Drenge (Infectious)

Album of the Week: Garage-band and grunge riffs make for raw-boned rock

Alice in Chains are taking promo to a whole new level

Alice in Chains in devilishly funny spoof

Alice in Chains are taking promo to a whole new level. The American heavy-metal band have produced a polished mockumentary, titled AIC 23, to promote their new album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which is out next month. In the 11-minute film, the four band members talk about the band disguised as spoof musicians, with the help of prosthetics by the Oscar-winning make-up artist Matthew Mungle, who worked on Edward Scissorhands, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Schindler's List.

American Music Club's Mark Eitzel strikes a hopeful tone

The band are back on tour with a new album

Topshop make-up

Mistletoe and wine

Take inspiration from Sir Cliff for your beauty look this season, with berry lips that are as bold as you like, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Album: Snarky Puppy, Ground Up (Art of Groove)

Band of the moment Snarky Puppy (a collective from north Texas led by bassist/composer Michael League) aren't just post-jazz: they're post everything.

Movie review: Hit So Hard starring Courtney Love, Patty Schemel

P David Ebersole, 103mins, NC

Outsiders: Kurt Cobain with Courtney Love

Smells like teen spirit, all over again

Dig out your Doc Martens: grunge is back, with new releases from stalwarts of the scene and a host of young pretenders

DVD and BluRay: Snow White and the Huntsman (12)

This big-budget fantasy avoids Disney sentimentality and merry ditties in favour of Lord of the Rings and Narnia-style action adventure.

Nas

Album: Garbage, Not Your Kind of People (Stun Volume)

Garbage have always been prime sci-fi enthusiasts, so it's apt this comeback album suggests a hiatus spent in a cryogenic freezer.

Mature student: Just a year ago, this room was part of a hall of residence

24-hour room service: Zero 1, Montreal

A study in elegance: Montreal's latest digs

Black Magic: Ann Demeulemeester's capsule for TheCorner.com is for both men and women

'Black is perfect, you can fill it with any emotion'

Ann Demeulemeester's designs are modern, minimal and monochrome. Harriet Walker talks to the queen of darkness

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Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
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Lake Garda, Venice & Verona
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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us