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Joe Casson

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Album: Diet Cig — Swear I’m Good At This

Personal and political blur together in an infectiously energetic debut album that appropriately develops the pop-punk duo’s sound, writes Joe Casson

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Album: Father John Misty — Pure Comedy

On his disappointing third album, Father John Misty comes across as a parody of himself, offering trite social commentary and uninspired music, writes Joe Casson

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Album: Mount Eerie — A Crow Looked at Me

A devastating tribute to his dead wife, Phil Elverum’s reflection on love and grief still feels raw. It is his most powerful and complete work yet, and it is a tearjerker

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Top 5: Album closers

All good things must come to an end — it’s our last print issue of the year! Let Joe Casson’s selection of album closers help you to wipe the tears away

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Review: City of Glass

Duncan Macmillan and 59 Productions’ hi-tech stage adaptation of the Paul Auster novella combines detective drama with postmodern mania to impressively confusing effect

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Review: It’s Only The End of The World

Xavier Dolan’s brutally honest and claustrophobic new work shows us “home is where it hurts”, but its emotional disconnection makes it hard to relate, writes Joe Casson

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Tracks of the Week: 13th February

Death, aging and loss: grim subject matters make for compelling songs in a strong week for new music

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Tracks of the week: 16th January

Geographical metaphors abound in a strong selection of tracks released in the last week, by Joe Casson

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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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Record Reappraisal: Belle & Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister

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

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Live: The Cure

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

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Live: The Front Bottoms

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