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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”.

Observations: More treats in store for the UK's Korea-minded pop fans

If any proof was needed that K-pop, South Korea's heady combination of bubblegum pop, dance and electro-pop, has caught on in the UK music scene, the excited screams at IndigO2 in London last weekend would tell it all.

Xo, By Jeffrey Deaver

New thriller is as capable a piece of writing as Deaver has delivered

John Cage

Observations: Finally, John Cage joins the musical mainstream

He has been termed music's greatest iconoclast. But in his centenary year, is John Cage going mainstream?

Album: Maroon 5, Overexposed (A&M/Octone)

Maroon 5's sudden decline with the Mutt Lange-produced Hands All Over seems unlikely to be significantly overturned by the lacklustre Overexposed.

Album: John Luther, Adamssongbirdsongs (Mode)

Bernie Krause, in his engrossing recent book The Great Animal Orchestra, called attention to the biophony of the natural world, notably the birdsong that fascinated Olivier Messiaen.

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: Dexys, One Day I'm Going to Soar (BMG)

How does it feel to reach an age at which you are expected to have left behind the turbulent emotions of youth, but still be stricken with unrequited lust, wracked by restlessness, wrestling with issues of identity (both personal and national)?

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.

The Futureheads' Barry Hyde

Fantasy Band: Barry Hyde, The Futureheads

Piano: Ludwig van Beethoven

Tune in: British composer Frederick Delius

Frederick Delius: How a great British musical myth was born

A BBC film will shed light on the enigma of Frederick Delius

Tune in: British composer Frederick Delius

How a great British musical myth was born

German by birth and buried in France: a BBC film sheds light on the enigma of Frederick Delius. By Jessica Duchen

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