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Jacob Hopkins

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Album: Xiu Xiu — Forget

The experimental outfit’s latest album benefits from its accessible approach to complex electronica, writes Jacob Hopkins

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Live: Bloc Party

A timid set leaves Bloc Party stuck in the disappointing space between their beloved early material and more exploratory present, writes Jacob Hopkins

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Fish Out Of Water: Listening to Leonard Cohen

From an outsider’s perspective, Jacob Hopkins familiarises himself with the discography of the late, great songwriter

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Live: James Blake

An atmospheric and quietly brilliant show supporting latest album The Colour In Anything had the crowd quietly waiting on James Blake’s every word, writes Jacob Hopkins

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30days40songs – the art of the protest song

Jacob Hopkins explores the 30days40songs project — a rare revival of protest music in the build-up to the US Presidential Election

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Album: White Lies – Friends

White Lies have delivered an 80’s pop inspired record that is commendable, yet unremarkable, says Jacob Hopkins

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Feature: Indie Music Week

Jacob Hopkins reports back from the launch party of Indie Music Week, returning to Manchester with a diverse showcase of up-and-coming Indie bands