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Matt and Kim - Lo-fi popsters are walking on sunshine

Brooklyn indie band Matt and Kim have been called the smilingest group in the world. Tim Cooper went to be cheered up

Paul Burke: Actor celebrated for his gritty portrayal of Detective Adam Flint in television's 'The Naked City'

Paul Burke will best be remembered for the three years he spent as the star of the highly regarded television series, The Naked City, which was filmed on the streets and in the buildings of Manhattan.

Andrew Grice: Cutting Trident

New York. Gordon Brown has set a few hares running by disclosing that he intends to cut the number of Trident nuclear submarines from four to three when the system is upgraded. It has been seen in some quarters as the first major example of the spending cuts needed to reduce the public deficit.

Eighties remakes - Now they're dancing to a different tune

The Eighties revival is all well and good, says Sarah Hughes, but frothy remakes of some of the decade's best loved films, including 'Fame' and 'Footloose', seem to be seriously missing the point

Chris Connor: Jazz singer who worked with Stan Kenton

The last of the big band vocalists to become a solo star in her own right (others were Peggy Lee, Anita O'Day and June Christy) Chris Connor was perhaps the most substantial jazz singer of all of them. She rarely agreed to compromise in her choice of material and the connoisseur can find a basket full of little-used gems of songs – "A Cottage For Sale" springs to mind – in her oeuvre.

Crash of a titan: The inside story of the fall of Lehman Brothers

One year ago, the assembled brains of the Fed and Wall Street sealed the fate of one of its oldest banks. In this gripping account of that weekend last September, Stephen Foley counts the cost of high finance's darkest hour

Guitar legend Les Paul dies aged 94

Legendary guitarist and inventor Les Paul, who pioneered designs of electric guitars, has died of complications from pneumonia at a New York hospital, his lawyer said on Thursday. He was 94.

The September Issue: Fashion film of the year

US Vogue's Anna Wintour is a notorious figure in magazines – so does a new documentary about her debunk any myths? Or is it an airbrushed portrait? Fashion Editor Susannah Frankel gives her verdict on 'The September Issue'

Naked Cowboy runs for NY mayor - in his undies

The Naked Cowboy might be considered a quirky asset to New York City's tourism industry. Now the Times Square traffic-stopper says he'd make a mighty fine mayor.

Album: The Phenomenal Handclap Band, TPHB, (Tummy Touch)

Starting with an instrumental that could be lifted from a turn-of-the-1980s cop movie, The Phenomenal Handclap Band spread their cards on the table upfront.

Dream Teams: New York Cosmos

Long before David Beckham was enticed from the galactico maelstrom of Real Madrid to the Hollywood climes of LA Galaxy, the New York Cosmos became the leading light of the North American Soccer Revolution.

Evening Is the Whole Day, By Preeta Samarasan Harper

"History begins only at the point where things go wrong; history is born only with trouble, with perplexity, with regret," wrote Graham Swift in Waterland, a line that acts as the epigraph to Preeta Samarasan's wistful debut novel.

DVD: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (12)

Nick (Michael Cera) is pining over his ex-girlfriend, hoping that the rad mix CDs he makes for her will win her back.

Two legs finally good for getting about Manhattan

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's mission to make New York walkable is beginning to take shape

Small but perfectly formed: Welcome to the world of tiny homes

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