Voices

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”.

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Richard Thompson, Electric (Proper)

Album review: Richard Thompson, Electric (Proper)

Recorded at Buddy Miller's Nashville home studio with little more than his core trio, Electric finds Richard Thompson at his most stripped-down and potent, spinning cautionary tales of misplaced wanderers, foolish would-be lotharios, depressed factory workers and dangerously charismatic women with a punch and urgency belied by their often reflective manner.

Album review: Milo Greene, Milo Greene (Fierce Panda)

LA-based five-piece (not a solo artist) Milo Greene trade solidly in American folk-pop.

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Beyoncé sings 'At Last', the Etta James song, for President Barack Obama and Michelle at their first dance

Beyonce to sing national anthem at Obama's second inauguration ceremony

Beyonce will sing the national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony.

Ron Pope, Koko, London

“It is pretty simple, the words are like a nursery rhyme,” the enthusiastic singer encourages us, as he persuades ardent fans to join in with the night’s closing number.

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Imogen Poots: The face you won't be able to miss this year

From biopics of Paul Raymond and Jeff Buckley to a Nick Hornby rom-com, Imogen Poots has a busy 2013 ahead, she tells Kaleem Aftab

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Brad Pitt and Ridley Scott among big-name admirers hoping to bring singer’s life and music to wider audience

Album: Bee Gees, Mythology (Reprise)

The Bee Gees managed to survive the vicissitudes of showbiz fortune by reinventing themselves according to the changing demands of the mid-1970s.

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Album: B.B. Sking, Ladies anmd Gentlemen... Mr B.B. King (Universal)

A four-disc retrospective (there's also a 10-disc one) of the great bluesman's epic recording career, which began in 1949 in Memphis, and snaked its way through every market variation to which the electric blues might adapt itself.

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10 people, including eight firefighters, have been treated in hospital for breathing difficulties after toxic fumes were reportedly released following a chemical tanker fire which shut parts of the M6 motorway.

IoS album review: Tift Merritt, Traveling Alone (Yep roc)

Brooklyn-made art-country, long on the circuitous search for “home”, short on the sort of textural embroidery which can overwork such material.

Power of sound: Cerys Matthews celebrates Sacred Harp

IoS radio review: Songs of the Sacred Harp, Radio 4, Monday
Our Language in Your Hands, Radio 4, Monday

Spirit of the Deep South lives on in the heart

Books of the Year 2012: Music

From art to sport, poetry to nature, travel to food, history to music: our writers select the best of the year’s books in a comprehensive guide to the highlights in every shade of the literary spectrum – except grey

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