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Album: Ed Sheeran – ÷

Released 3 March – via Atlantic 5/10 From the moment Ed Sheeran issued two new singles, ‘Castle on the Hill’ and ‘Shape of You', ...

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Review: The Shins — Heartworms

Released 10th March via Columbia 6/10 “This is fun.” That’s what I thought when first listening to The Shins’ latest record. A quick browse ...

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Live: State Champs

11th March at The Ritz 6.5/10 On the surface, seeing State Champs at Manchester’s Ritz is like smoking your first cigarette in Piccadilly Gardens. ...

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Album: Ed Sheeran – ÷

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Review: The Shins — Heartworms

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Album: Ed Sheeran – ÷

÷ is vintage Sheeran, but isn’t all that the charts make it out to be, writes William Bain

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Review: The Shins — Heartworms

The Shins’ latest record will be a welcome return for their dearest fans, but others will find another record to add to the backend of a summer Spotify playlist, Christian Hurry writes

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Live: State Champs

Is pop punk dead? Meg Roberts takes a trip down memory lane at the State Champs’ gig

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Album: Pitbull — Climate Change

Climate Change leaves Ben Lomax wishing it really was just a hoax made up by the Chinese

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Live: Laura Marling

The Albert Hall witnesses a heart-breakingly soulful performance from folk darling Laura Marling, as she proudly shows off material from her new album Semper Femina

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Live: Mitski

Despite an uncertain start, Mitski pulls another powerful performance out of the bag

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Album: Real Estate — In Mind

Subtly finetuning their sound, Real Estate have delivered a poignant and succinct album that expertly blends sunny guitars with contemplative lyricism

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Live: The Wailers

A punky reggae party is just what the doctor ordered in 2017, with The Wailers bringing classic Jamaican fun to rainy Manchester in an entertaining night at The Academy, writes Alex Corns

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Live: Fun Lovin’ Criminals

Fun Lovin’ Criminals delivered with a high-energy, thrilling performance at Manchester’s Albert Hall, writes Sophie Billington

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Live: Highly Suspect

New York indie rock three-piece Highly Suspect arrive in Manchester, but noise level doesn’t always equal entertainment, writes Alex Corns

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Live: Stornoway

Stornoway celebrate their past decade of making music with a farewell gig of sea shanties, bird noises, and Simple Minds, writes Rebekah Shaw

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Live: The xx

The xx’s flowing melodies, succinct beats and incredible tightness in live performances make them one of the best British acts of current times, writes Will Bain