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It came as a shock last weekend to discover that among my fellow punters at a folk concert back in November 2012 was David Cameron. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the Prime Minister slyly hinted at the hipness of his musical tastes by revealing how he and Samantha snuck into a First Aid Kit gig as the Shepherd Bush Empire. Until then, I had flattered myself that I had a cool and recherché appreciation of music, and that hopefully I had avoided the pretentious music so often accompanied by the word “recherché”.

Who would have thought the PM was a folkie?

It came as a shock last weekend to discover that among my fellow punters at a folk concert back in November 2012 was David Cameron. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the Prime Minister slyly hinted at the hipness of his musical tastes by revealing how he and Samantha snuck into a First Aid Kit gig as the Shepherd Bush Empire. Until then, I had flattered myself that I had a cool and recherché appreciation of music, and that hopefully I had avoided the pretentious music so often accompanied by the word “recherché”.

The London Guidhall School of Music and Drama where Mr Pickett used to teach

Former Guildhall School tutor arrested on suspicion of rape in the 1970s

The case of prominent classical musician, Philip Pickett, 63, is just the latest in a series of alleged sexual assaults that has fuelled calls for a public inquiry into historic abuse in British music schools

Indyplus video: The Waterboys

Fans will be able to rock out to Led Zeppelin on Spotify soon

Led Zeppelin back catalogue comes to Spotify

The albums will be released onto the streaming service over the next four days

Great Folk Revival, More4: TV review

A music documentary that oozes irritating smugness

Eminem, Drake and Jay Z have joined most streamed artist Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in Spotify's 2013 hot list

Eminem, Drake and Jay Z among Spotify's most-streamed artists of 2013

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the app's most popular artists of 2013

Jake Bugg burst onto the scene aged 18

The Jake Bugg effect: The young bards bugged by emotion

The success of Jake Bugg and Ben Howard has given rise to a new wave of male singer-songwriters who are queueing up to show off their sensitive sides

Music review: Volcano Choir, Barbican, London

'A mind-blowing eruption of folk-rock, post-punk and electronica'

Book review: Wild tales, By Graham Nash

Graham Nash’s book is as much a lesson in pop history as it is a warts-and-all memoir. The co-founder of The Hollies, he made it out of post-war poverty in Manchester with a series of hits including “Carrie Anne”, “Simple Man” and “Marrakesh Express”, before becoming a leading light in the Laurel Canyon folk scene alongside collaborators David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, and his then lover, Joni Mitchell.

Album review: Haim, Days Are Gone (Polydor)

After a year of generating enough buzz to suggest a reversal in the decline of the world’s bees, LA’s three sisters Haim are now familiar enough to seem like two bands.

Beck has released a trio of standalone efforts

The Playlist: Beck / Pyyramids / The Shotgun Kings / Ruen Brothers

The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

Win Butler of Arcade Fire

The Playlist: Arcade Fire / Blood Orange / Twin Shadow

The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

Album review: Bill Callahan, Dream River (Drag City)

Callahan’s fifth album under his own name in the eight years since the Smog lifted, sounds precisely as you might expect it to: drily humorous but essentially dark lyrics, delivered in that trademark detached baritone, while instruments from flutes to violins flitter fittingly (never a note out of place) in the background.

The Playlist: Bruce Springsteen / Basia Bulat / Leonard Cohen

The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

Seatwave name new boss as ticket site turns a profit

Ticket resale website Seatwave today named the former chairman of Shazam as its new boss, as the company revealed it was in profit for the first time thanks to sell-out concerts like the Rolling Stones.

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