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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: Laura Marling – Semper Femina

Rebekah Shaw on Laura Marling’s mature and emotional exploration of feminine experience, identity and the problems with love

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Live: Cosmo Calling

Cosmo Calling are buoyed by a receptive audience and play a bright, enjoyable set, writes Callum Oliver

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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: 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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Album: Peter Silberman — Impermanence

On his first solo venture, the Antlers frontman strips his distinguished sound down to gorgeous melodies and stark guitar

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Album: The Orwells — Terrible Human Beings

Their consistency is remarkable, but on album number three The Orwells’ determinedness to stick to their guns sees them shoot themselves in the foot, writes Callum Oliver

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Feature: In conversation with Laura Marling

Rebekah Shaw speaks to Laura Marling about femininity, creative production, and moving on from LA at the folk musician’s first student conference

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Preview: Amber Run

Amber Run come to the Academy on Thursday the 23rd, let Emily Pite tell you why you should be there too

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Tracks of the Week: 27th February

Love and uncertainty: melancholy music and intriguing themes prevail in a week of releases from the old and new of the musical spectrum