The Mancunion’s favourite albums of the past year, lovingly compiled and illustrated by our contributors
Twenty years on, head music editor Joe Casson revisits the Glaswegian indie darlings’ high watermark, a singular work of delicate loneliness and wry observation that demands your devotion
The seminal goth band promised a marathon set and fan-favourite song selections. In a muddy and disappointingly abrupt show, The Cure delivered neither, writes Joe Casson
A poor choice of songs gives an unflattering impression of the folk-punk fourpiece — but they play with unbridled, endearing energy to an enthusiastic crowd, writes Joe Casson
Whitney’s warm, soulful Americana is the perfect antidote to a cold, miserable election night, writes Joe Casson
After ten years out in the cold, Arab Strap’s comprehensive reunion show retains everything that made them great the first time around, writes Joe Casson
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From sold-out arenas to atmospheric basements, this Freshers’ guide shows what Manchester’s array of venues has to offer
Joe Casson on this year’s well-rounded arts festival, which offers everything from balkan folk to cabaret, and finally gives a reason to get excited about Suffolk.
Comfortable in their discomfort, Frightened Rabbit speak to The Mancunion about their new album’s unsettled development and uncharacteristic subtlety
Cassette tape sales are the highest in decades. But what is drawing people back to the much-maligned medium?
On his third album as Wild Nothing, Jack Tatum is “terrified of being any one thing”. Therein lies the problem