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Album: Wire — Silver/Lead

Wire’s latest record is another excellent example of what they’ve always done — being impressively odd, writes Jacob Bernard-Banton

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Tracks of the week: 10th April

Harry Styles’ baffling and bombastic solo debut leads our round-up of the week’s new releases

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Top 10 Albums of 2016

The Mancunion’s favourite albums of the past year, lovingly compiled and illustrated by our contributors

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Album: Solange – A Seat at the Table

Her sister may have beaten her to the finish line, but Solange Knowles’ effort is more cohesive and understated

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Festival review: Dot to Dot 2016

Run-of-the-mill guitar bands are the order of the day at this year’s Dot to Dot, but minor indie gems and slap-bass soul provide some much-needed respite

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Review: Jessy Lanza – Oh No

Never one to be ostentatious, Jessy Lanza’s subtle second album flirts with R&B and Chicago house on a brilliant pop album that leans towards the dancefloor

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The Thermals – We Disappear

We’ve come to expect strong punk-pop songwriting from the Thermals, but their seventh record’s cumbersome 90s emo revival is lacklustre and very forgettable

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Festival Preview: Dot To Dot Festival

Part of our Festival Preview season, we present Dot to Dot

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Album review: Yeasayer – Amen & Goodbye

No closer to the kind of success their peers have enjoyed, Yeasayer’s latest sees confusion stand in for cohesion

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Ladytronica: The forgotten females of electronic music

Electronic music can seem like a bit of a boy’s club, but there have always been women involved. The tide is surely turning

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Record label feature: Opal Tapes

Started in the small, unassuming town of Redcar, North Yorkshire, Stephen Bishop’s cassette label Opal Tapes is a kind of mecca for off-kilter electronic music

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Record reappraisal: Virgo Four – Virgo

Virgo Four’s version of Chicago house was always a little more offbeat and introverted than their peers, but it was just as futuristic and innovative