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Queen and Michael Jackson in pictures

Queen Forever, a new compilation of the bands music, features previously unreleased tracks from sessions dating back to 1981, including a duet between Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson.

DV8s John review a thrilling descent into chaos

Physical theatre group DV8's new piece explores abuse and intimacy but an unbalanced narrative dulls the impact.

Some Luck review the first volume of Jane Smileys new trilogy

A tale of dramatic childbirths, meandering romances, long lives and unexpected deaths from the Pulitzer prize-winning novelist.

Nick Drake: requiem for a solitary man

To mark the 40th anniversary of the singer's death, we reprint the NME's obituary, taken from Rocks Backpages, in which Nick Kent casts a wry eye over Drake's Cambridge education, assesses his output, and contests the coronor's suicide verdict.

Dapper Laughs: laddish banter banned from Cardiff Uni

The ITV2 star's brand of douchebag humour doesnt appeal to everyone.

The Left-Hander review finely played and sung, but its no masterpiece

A late start left the audience fractious, and striking orchestral and vocal effects were offset by a thinness of melodic and thematic inspiration.

Les Martyrs review no blood, but plenty of gutsy singing

The OAE and a cast in impressive voice conveyed the drama of the Roman arena in a concert outing of Donizettis forgotten grand opera.

Kelela review a backstreet autopsy on pop

Deliberately distorted, desecrated R&B is not always exciting in Kelela's hands but is still morbidly fascinating.

Picasso's fight against fascism and the British surrealists who followed him

A new show of UK artists responses to the Spanish civil war is dominated by Picasso's emotive works, but British artists also realised Spain was an ominous testing ground for future conflict.

The playlist: Middle Eastern and North African DJ K-Sets, Songhoy Blues, Mariem Hassan, DJ Figo and more

In the latest of our playlist series, John Doran takes a look at a Syrian dabke musician who plays keyboard solos with his nose and tongue, and an amazing collection of Kurdish pop music cassettesAs a music fan, you occasionally chance across a resource o