Arts and Entertainment Win Butler of Arcade Fire. The band are confirmed to headline Primavera 2014

The National, Pixies, and Disclosure also confirmed for Barcelona festival

Who would have thought the PM was a folkie?

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”.

The damage caused by a cement leak to a signal control room at Victoria Station

Victoria line cement ‘flooding’ fixed: Workers used sugar to stop spilled concrete from setting

Supermarket sweep may just have saved TFL from further embarrassment

Still with us: the peculiar embarrassment of the premature obituary

Sometimes, the media reports the death of a public figure – or even a private one – when he or she is very much alive. Obits editor Chris Maume explains how it happens

The London Guidhall School of Music and Drama where Mr Pickett used to teach

Former Guildhall School tutor arrested on suspicion of rape in the 1970s

The case of prominent classical musician, Philip Pickett, 63, is just the latest in a series of alleged sexual assaults that has fuelled calls for a public inquiry into historic abuse in British music schools

Aaron Dessner from The National has called for other artists to support Spotify

The National call on musicians to give Spotify a chance

The band said the streaming service should be supported if it encourages people to like their music and go to their shows

Marouane Chamakh finally finds the back of the net for Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace 1 West Ham 0: Tony Pulis hopes Marouane Chamakh and fellow strikers can keep Eagles in the Premier League

The former Stoke manager saw his side win his first home game in charge

Norwich striker Gary Hooper puts Norwich ahead against Crystal Palace

Norwich City 1 Crystal Palace 0 match report: Chris Hughton’s big win highlights size of the task for Tony Pulis

Crucial three-points for Canaries sees Palace return to the bottom of the Premier League table

The Bonus Track: Charles Bradley, the Byrds, Miley

A sideways look at the world of music

Live review: Crosby, Stills & Nash, Royal Albert Hall, London

“Well, there’s only one song left to sing,” says Graham Nash as CSN reconvene on the Albert Hall stage for their encore, hours after opening with “Carry On”. The crowd, already long on its feet in acclaim, cheers even louder: it has to be “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”, the song with which they opened their debut album, and the mature phases of their respective careers, 44 years ago. It’s been, as they say, a long time gone.

Album review: The Band, Live at the Academy of Music 1971 (Capitol) and The Band/Various Artists, The Last Waltz (Warner Music/Rhino)

Albums of the Week: Americana beauty from a group at the peak of their powers

Tale of Two Cities - Jennie Gruner and Nicholas Bishop

Theatre review: A Tale of Two Cities, King's Head, London

There has never been a shortage of stage and film adaptations of A Tale of Two Cities. The unique selling point of this production is that it is the professional premiere of a version of Dickens's novel that was co-written in 1935 by Terence Rattigan and John Gielgud for a West End management. 

Matthew E. White at Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Music review: Matthew E. White - A half empty Shepherd's Bush Empire wasn't quite ready for the country, but spirits were undimmed

Matthew E. White’s music is a home-brewed synthesis of the most comforting music of the early 1970s: gospel, symphonic soul, rock, country and jazz taken at the comfortable lope the second song tonight calls “Steady Pace”.

American tourist stabbed to death after refusing to stop singing with band in Thailand bar

The dispute allegedly came about at a karaoke bar following a dispute over the song he was singing

Carlton Cole in action for West Ham against Reading earlier in the season

Transfer news: Crystal Palace prepare double swoop for Carlton Cole and Dan Gosling

Pair are believed to be in talks over a move while club could be about to make two more signings

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