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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

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Live: Whitney

Whitney’s warm, soulful Americana is the perfect antidote to a cold, miserable election night, writes Joe Casson

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Live: Arab Strap

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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Note From the Music Editors

The Mancunion Music section wants contributors: here’s now to get involved

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Feature: Guide to Manchester’s Music Venues

From sold-out arenas to atmospheric basements, this Freshers’ guide shows what Manchester’s array of venues has to offer

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Festival Preview: Latitude Festival 2016

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.

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Interview: Frightened Rabbit

Comfortable in their discomfort, Frightened Rabbit speak to The Mancunion about their new album’s unsettled development and uncharacteristic subtlety

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Watch the Tapes: Are Cassettes Making a Comeback?

Cassette tape sales are the highest in decades. But what is drawing people back to the much-maligned medium?

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Album: Wild Nothing – Life of Pause

On his third album as Wild Nothing, Jack Tatum is “terrified of being any one thing”. Therein lies the problem