Arts and Entertainment Techno wizards: Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys of OMD

Synth-pop pioneers OMD were one of most innovative bands of the Eighties. They're still on a quest for originality, they tell Elisa Bray

Andrew Lloyd-Webber blames Eurovision failures on 'racist' Eastern Europe

Racism is so prevalent in some Eastern European countries that a black singer could not hope to win the Eurovision Song Contest, Andrew Lloyd-Webber has claimed.

Album: Sam Lee, Ground of Its Own (The Nest Collective)

The first folk singer to teach at the Royal College Of Music, Sam Lee draws on material from Gypsy and traveller communities for this debut album, a slim portfolio of lust, betrayal and survival couched in allegory.

Album: Metric, Synthetica (Metric Music International)

It's easy to see why David Cronenberg was attracted to his fellow Canadian electropop outfit as contributors to the soundtrack to his recent film Cosmopolis.

Don Giovanni/L’Olimpiade, Garsington Opera, Wormsley

Mozart’s Don Giovanni – epitomising what philosopher Michel Foucault has called ‘the sombre madness of sex’ – is a perennial enigma. One current view is that he’s gay, but director Daniel Slater offers a new idea.

Album: The Malawi Mouse Boys, He is #1 (Irl)

A convenient back-story for their record label is a brutal reality to this young Malawian band whose name derives from the fact they sell mouse kebabs to passers-by in order not to starve to death themselves.

Radio 1 and 1Xtra Academy in Hackney will train young people ahead of Hackney Weekend, which features Professor Green

Ten months after the riots, stars bring music, glamour – and jobs – to Hackney

Radio 1 and Bafta back month-long training programme for London borough's young people

Album: Various artists, Studio One Sound (Soul Jazz)

Soul Jazz continues its unending commitment to the recesses of CS Dodd's back catalogue.

Five-minute memoir: Andy Martin recalls how a stolen book changed his life

It was a small family bookshop, on a peaceful back street in a small town on the fringes of London. I treated it as my own personal library, and I would sit there for hours on end, often on the floor, usually not buying anything. I loved that bookshop, so naturally I had to go and betray it.

Live Transmission: Scanner and Heritage Orchestra rework Joy Division, Dome, Brighton

Finally! Thirty-two years to the day that the Joy Division singer Ian Curtis hanged himself in his kitchen comes an event celebrating his musical legacy rather than wallowing in the myth and melodrama of his demise.

So, David Cameron, is your top track 'Money' or 'Us and Them'?

David Cameron claims that Dark Side of the Moon is his favourite album. Yeah, right says John Rentoul – these days, politicians' pop picks come direct from the focus group

Album: The Imagined Village, Bending the Dark (ECC)

English folk buoyed on a current of ethnic rhythm: tabla, sitar, cittern, dhol, electronica ... It's not an easy trick to pull off without sounding self-conscious and contrived – and in truth contrivance is close to the essence of the project.

Album: Santana, Shape Shifter (Sony/Starfaith

While applauding Carlos Santana's dedication of Shape Shifter to native peoples everywhere, it might have been hoped that the album itself were more impressive.

Album: Nick Waterhouse, Time's All Gone (Innovative Leisure)

Nick Waterhouse is another retro-R&B stylist in the vein of Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse, with the kind of analogue obsession that suggests even the valves of his heart glow: this debut album was even cut on the same Gold Star Studios lathe used by Phil Spector.

Behind the chaos: Vicky Silverthorn talks de-cluttering

The professional organiser and de-clutterer of Lily Allen, La Roux, Ed Sheeran and members of the England rugby team talks to Emily Jenkinson about how to keep order at home

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