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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”.

Album stream: Mina Tindle, 'Taranta'

When the French folk-pop singer Mina Tindle supported fellow Gallic artist Camille at the Barbican recently, you could tell the lesser known musician had fairly slayed the audience, when before her final song, someone shouted out for Tindle to introduce herself (it may have been a savvy employee of her record label, mind you, but still...).

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.

Album: Tom Jones, Spirit in the Room (Island)

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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.

Camden Crawl, Various, London

Following last year’s balmy weather, 2012’s Camden Crawl meets grey skies and drizzle that suit its low-key vibe.

New Order, Brixton Academy, London

A muffled blast from the past

Sumner time: New Order at the Brixton Academy

New Order, Brixton Academy, London

A muffled blast from the past

Ska pioneer Brevett dies, aged 80

The Jamaican double bassist and ska pioneer Lloyd Brevett has died at the age of 80.

Album: Norah Jones, Little Broken Hearts (EMI)

An album devoted to the examination of the bits left when hearts get broken.

Andrew WK is currently touring the UK

Andrew W.K. gets the party started in the UK

A couple of years ago, on an evening from which I was regrettably absent, a few friends of mine ended up partying with Andrew W.K.. If you're familiar with the 32-year-old American rock star/celebrated hedonist/motivational speaker, you'll know that this is a big deal. The man has made it his mission to party; it's his religion.

Festival Guide 2012: Hard Rock Calling - 'I had a few sleepless nights'

Toby Leighton-Pope, 35, is vice president of music for Live Nation. He's been promoting Hard Rock Calling since it began seven years ago

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