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THE OPENING: TOPMAN

Courtesy of Topshop For years Brits have had a style advantage—Topman. Now you can get in on the action without flying to London. The cult shop opens its first U.S. store in New York's SoHo neighborhood this month. Like the behemoth Topman in Oxford Circus, the shop here will fill its floors every couple of weeks with a fresh lineup of affordable jeans, shirts, suits, and coats. "The store has everything that's current right now," says design director Gordon Richardson. In addition to shopping Topman's regular mix, you can peruse the brand's upscale collection, Topman Design, or sift through see more
Music

THE REISSUE REPORT CARD: THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN

The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Power of Negative Thinking [Rhino] Our Reissue Report Card Ratings: Archival Material: A Obscure tracks from 1988's Barbed Wire Kisses (plus 62 rare additions) New Tracks: A- Eight feedback-soaked pop jewels Extras: B Rare photos, artwork, and a poster charting the group's rotating lineup Overall Grade: A- White noise never sounded so good. The music video for "Just Like Honey"
Music

TAJ MAHAL, MAESTRO

Taj Mahal, Maestro [Heads Up International] Our rating: 3 out of a possible 5 It's a trusted gimmick—pairing a legend with some radio-friendly younger talent—and the bluesman had the sense to recruit more quality collaborators (Los Lobos, Ben Harper) than not (Jack Johnson). Too bad none of the powwows live up to the master's solo work. Matt Hendrickson A preview of Taj Mahal's new album see more
Music

NINA SIMONE, TO BE FREE

Nina Simone, To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story [RCA/Legacy] Our rating: 4.5 out of a possible 5 The lady could do it all: blues, pop, soul, gospel, jazz. This three-CD-and-one-DVD set spans her 30-plus-year career and includes eight previously unreleased tracks and a slew of sublime live recordings, such as an 18-minute cover of George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord." Matt Hendrickson Simone performing "Ain't Got No, I Got Life" in Harlem in 1969 see more
Design

TOOLS FOR LIVING

Courtesy of DWR Design Within Reach branches out with Tools for Living, a general-store-style home boutique that sells MOMA-caliber flat-ware, tape dispensers, screwdriver sets, and dog bowls. Courtney Colavita

60 SECONDS WITH STUART TOWNSEND

Courtesy of 42West Got a minute? Actor turned director Stuart Townsend opens up about the panic on Wall Street and Battle in Seattle, his new film, starring his long-term love, Charlize Theron, about the violent riots at the World Trade Organization's 1999 Ministerial Convention. Q: You've acted for film, theater, and TV, and now you're directing. What do like the most? A: With theater you don't get paid anything, but you really learn your craft. Film is amazing because you get to take a peek behind the scenes—and you make money, which is nice. And I love directing. I see more
Grooming

FIND THE RIGHT MASSAGE

Photographs by Brian Finke at Bliss Spa Getting a massage may be relaxing, but booking one can be stressful. Do you need Thai or Swedish? Relaxation or rejuvenation? A lot of pressure or a little? Here's a guide to picking the kind that will give you the best fix. Kayleen Schaefer SPORTS What It Is: The rub is similar to a deep-tissue massage, but the kneading and pressure are concentrated on one sore or stressed area of the body—whichever part you say is ailing you. Who Should Get It: Anyone with an injury, such as a hurt knee or see more
Wheels

2009 PORSCHE 911

Not many sports cars have a 45-year pedigree, so it's no small achievement that Porsche manages to keep improving its 911 while maintaining its noble heritage. The latest revamp sees sleeker, speedier iterations of four models—the Carrera Coupe, the Carrera Cabriolet, and the high-performance "S" versions of those designs. The look is futuristic, with new LED daytime-driving lights and a touch-screen navigation system—good news for anyone who's ever tried to type WEST PALM BEACH with a tiny cursor. Porsche has also managed to boost horsepower and improve gas mileage by 13 percent, and a new optional seven-speed double-clutch gearbox see more
Books

DENNIS LEHANE, THE GIVEN DAY

Photograph by Andrew Councill/The New York Times/Redux With his latest, The Given Day (William Morrow, $28), the 43-year-old Bostonian finally arrives in the big leagues, weaving a gargantuan historical epic involving police strikes, anarchist bombings, and the Red Sox' infamous 1920 trade of Babe Ruth to the Yankees. Q: Why did a crime writer like you decide to write a historical novel? A: I began to believe—after I wrote Mystic River [2001]—that I was living in a time I was incapable of writing about. The post-9/11 world is one that I'm only capable of reflecting on by writing about see more
Music

GIRL TALK, FEED THE ANIMALS

Photograph by Karl Walter/Getty Images In a world of cut-and-paste music, nobody wields the sonic glue gun as boldly as mash-up artist Gregg Gillis, a.k.a. Girl Talk. On his frenetic, fist-pumping fourth album, Feed the Animals, the 27-year-old Pittsburgh native blends almost 300 samples—and proves that Soulja Boy and Thin Lizzy can live side by side in perfect harmony. Q: You released Animals digitally, with a pay-what-you-want structure, and followed with a CD—like Radiohead. Would you have done it if they hadn't? A: No. It wasn't a legitimate model until they did it. But it's also the first time see more
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