Nathan Sawaya uses Lego to create unique sculptures, from anguished figures to an enormous T rex. Yellow (above) is about Sawaya baring his soul, his best-known piece:

Sawaya enjoys the fact that while adults connect with the figure’s anguish, children are generally thrilled by the spectacle of spilling guts

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East India Youth - Hinterland

It sounds more like the middle of a DJ set than a track on its own, its whirring intro and eventual gently melodic, undulating rhythm like a warm shower of placidity, and then bang, the hard techno arrives. This week’s best new tracks »

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Christina Hendricks on the cover of The Observer’s The New Review shot by Michael Friberg.

Christina Hendricks: ‘My agency dropped me when I first agreed to play Joan in Mad Men’. Interview »

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iTunes gave U2’s latest album to half a billion people, but U2 are already huge. How about giving someone else a chance, like Janelle Monáe?

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A hip-hop album featuring Maya Angelou’s poetry and vocals, recorded with her blessing, is due out in November

The album will be called Caged Bird Songs, in reference to Angelou’s most famous piece of writing, her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Full story »

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"There’s no fucking about with this one … Hot Love begins like a seizure, all psychedelic guitars and febrile gospel vocals begging and pleading for human contact." This week’s best new tracks »

Joan Rivers, the pioneering entertainer and comedian, has died aged 81 after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Rivers got her big break with an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1965 and was a TV mainstay from then on. Full story here »