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The reciprocal half of Gabriel’s I’ll-cover-yours-if-you’ll-cover-mine project Scratch My Back, in which his correspondents respond to his proposition by covering PG songs in return - a round dozen of them, including “Biko”, “Shock the Monkey” and, ill-advisedly, “Don’t Give Up”.

Boy George, Dome, Brighton<br/>Lou Reed, Southbank Centre, London

The Culture Club star can still entertain, but Lou Reed's attempt to show his metal falls flat

Album: The Bundles, The Bundles (K Records)

Even by their own slack standards, it's something of a surprise that it has taken a decade for Kimya (Moldy Peaches, Juno soundtrack) Dawson and Jeffrey Lewis to record together. The pair met in New York City during the anti-folk movement of the late 1990s and wrote five songs before going their separate ways. The Bundles' debut album contains those songs and five more, all of which are utterly charming and fall just the right side of twee - think late-period Velvet Underground if MoTucker had had equalbilling to Lou Reed.

John Cale: The long reign of the alternative Prince of Wales

The genius from the Welsh valleys has been at most of music's turning points since the Sixties. Now, he's back to perform the album that made his name. Simon Price meets John Cale

DVD: Adventureland (15)

Jesse Eisenberg, who resembles Michael Cera, only more bulky, less spaced out, plays curly-haired James, a gawky, uptight teenager in Greg Mottola's exquisitely paced and extremely droll coming-of-age drama set in the mid-1980s.

Czechs mark 20th anniversary of Velvet Revolution

At the personal invitation of Vaclav Havel, the BBC's Nick Fraser returns to Prague where he reflects on the events that led to the end of over forty years of Communism

Lou Reed: Photographer

As frontman with the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed epitomised the rock'n'roll lifestyle. But a book of his photographs reveals a quieter, more reflective figure. He tells Hannah Duguid what inspired him

Michael Clark Company, Barbican, London

It's rock'n'roll (and I like it)

Adventureland (15)

Innocent victims

Come, Been and Gone, Playhouse, Edinburgh

A rebel's dance to the 70s sound

Album: Manic Street Preachers, Journal For Plague Lovers, (Columbia)

Manics rise to a challenge from across the decades

My Fantasy Band Orlando Weeks, The Maccabees

Vocals - Lou Reed
He has the most wonderful, lived-in, voice I've ever heard. There's so much theatrical drama to it but he still sounds really sincere.

The Rest is Noise, By Alex Ross

From Mahler and Richard Strauss past Britten and Gershwin to Bjork and the Velvet Underground, The New Yorker's awesomely eloquent critic tells the story of musical composition in the 20th century. As he focuses on the works and people that truly counted, Ross can switch from Ellington to Sibelius without missing a beat.

My Fantasy Band: Donald Cumming, The Virgins

Vocals - The Everly Brothers
I love their sound. Those guys really had their own thing going on. But if this really is my fantasy, I'd have Skip James, Neil Young and Bo Diddley singing on stage with them too. That would be epic.

DVD: Lou Reed, Lou Reed's Berlin, (Artificial Eye)

Panned on release, Lou Reed's 1973 album 'Berlin' – documenting the downs and downs of an abusive relationship – has been reappraised as a miserabilist masterpiece.

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