On the hunt for meaning with Seattle band Fleet Foxes

Nostalgic hippie ruralism and an aura of wilful mystery surround Fleet Foxes. James McNair tries to work out what makes them tick

24-Hour Room Service: Hotel Monaco, Seattle, USA

Can there be a better way to arrive at a hotel late on a hot afternoon than for someone to welcome you with a cold beer? After a trip through the mountains of Washington state, and a couple of hours' tangling with Seattle's rush-hour traffic, I turned up in the chic, conspiratorial foyer at 5.40pm.

Album: Smoosh, Free to Stay (Barsuk Records)

If Hannah Montana was played by Frances Bean Cobain instead of Billy Ray Cyrus's daughter Miley, you'd pretty much have Smoosh, a two-piece indie-rock band from Seattle featuring sisters Chloe, 12, on drums and Asya, 14, on keyboards and vocals.

The last days of Kurt Cobain, in his own words

He was the voice of Generation X, speaking to disaffected youth with the lyricism of grunge music. Now, 14 years after his suicide, a new film – in his own words – gives fresh insight into the life and death of Nirvana's tortured frontman Kurt Cobain.

Change of tune at Starbucks as lattes lose their allure

Best we know there is no federal bail-out planned for Starbucks nor is one of its competitors, say Dunkin' Donuts, poised to buy it for a rock-bottom price. Things are not that fragile at the house of the double-shot soy-milk frozen macchiato. But, by its own admission, they are no longer especially buoyant either.

The battle of Bear Creek: New threat in America's backyard

An attack by eco-terrorists on one of Seattle's most exclusive enclaves has exposed the dark side of environmental activism. By Leonard Doyle reports

Flight, By Sherman Alexie

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Starbucks wakes up and smells the coffee

After 15 years of dizzying expansion, the coffee giant founded by Howard Schultz finally appears to have run out of froth. Andrew Gumbel reports from Los Angeles

Alan Watkins: If Mr Brown is to prosper, he may have to take the old Stalinist outside to be shot

The Chancellor is formidable. But so is Dr Reid in his own way

Arsenal in £7m deal for Rosicky, 'the new Bergkamp'

Arsenal were last night completing the signing of Tomas Rosicky for around £7m. The 25-year-old play-maker left the Czech Republic's pre-World Cup training camp in Austria yesterday morning to fly to London for contract negotiations. He has been ear-marked as the replacement for Dennis Bergkamp, who retired this month.

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