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Observations: Dark delights from the lonely mind of Japanese genius Yoshitomo Nara

Since he came to prominence during the Japanese pop art movement of the 1990s, the cult illustrator Yoshitomo Nara has intrigued, delighted and disturbed with his curious cast of wide-eyed, balloon-headed characters. These cutesy, cartoon-like creatures at first appear full of innocence and wonder, but on closer inspection reveal what could well be expressions of fearful malevolence. The overall effect is more than a little unnerving.

The Horrors - How to survive on the outside

Once dismissed as fashion victims, The Horrors have forged a distinct identity with their second album. Nick Hasted meets them as they graduate to the big league

Gossip, Scala, London

When Beth Ditto and her often-naked plus-size form crashed on to the scene three years ago, her band, Gossip, were lauded as irreverent pop-punk heroes, geek-chic hipsters tasked with smashing pseudo-political monoliths of discrimination and intolerance.

The Ting Tings, Brixton Academy, London

Of course Katie White finishes with "That's Not My Name", the 2008 number one single set to be the Ting Tings' signature song for the rest of their pop life. And the confirmation that this band have really hit a nerve doesn't come from the Ivor Novello Award their debut album, We Started Nothing, won days before this gig, or the iPod advertising campaign that has burrowed them into US hearts and minds. It comes in the melodic massed singing of the song's chorus by the intently staring women packed down the front. This is an adult version of the "Girl Power" White fell for when she bought her Spice Girls pencil case as a child.

Album: Green Day, 21st Century Breakdown, (Reprise)

How to follow a 12-million-selling phenomenon like American Idiot?

Album: New York Dolls, Cause I Sez So, (Atco)

The reunited proto-punk legends are now on their second album of new material since their Morrissey-inspired comeback. The first, 2006's One Day It Will Please Us..., was better than it had any right to be.

Album: New York Dolls, Cause I Sez So (Atco)

Despite an attrition rate that has seen the band's founding members reduced to just singer David Johansen and guitarist Sylvain Sylvain, the New York Dolls are on pretty good form here, with both snarling guitars and snotty attitude in full effect on the opening title-track.

Iggy Pop’s insurer reverses decision on covering musicians

Swiftcover, the online car insurer that uses punk idol Iggy Pop to advertise its wares but refuses to insure musicians, has reversed its decision ahead of an Advertising Standards Agency ruling on Wednesday.

Album: The Juan MacLean, The Future Will Come (DFA)

LCD Soundsystem may be defunct, but James Murphy's DFA label rolls on, and so does its flagship band's spirit. In, for example, the Juan MacLean, whose second album locks into a groove not unlike that of LCD's own masterpiece, Sound of Silver. Indeed, LCD's Nancy Whang is on board as Mr MacLean's sidekick, and the duo's vocal interplay on tracks such as "The Station" inevitably recalls the Human League. Lyrically, Juan is almost the equal of a Murphy or an Oakey.

Health fears over 'extreme beer' craze

Bottled bitters with mind-blowing alcohol contents are being marketed to young drinkers

Jerry Dammers' Spatial AKA Orchestra, Barbican Theatre, London

Economic uncertainty, racial tension, a looming Tory government; not much has changed since the heady summer of 1979, when The Specials (then known as The Special AKA) first bounded out of Coventry.

Album: BPA, I Think We're Gonna, Need a Bigger Boat (Southern Fried)

I Think We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat is another example of retro-fabrication, albeit with less reverential intentions than Raphael Saadiq.

First Night: The Cure, NME Big Gig, The O2 Arena, London

Rock muscle keeps Smith's lost soul on the road

Blink-182 announce reunion at Grammys

The members of punk rock trio Blink-182 announced during Sunday night's Grammy Awards that they are reuniting for a tour and new album. The group has been on hiatus for more than four years.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee