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Live review: The Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms entwined the exploration and lyricism of folk music with the fast-paced assertiveness of punk

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Album review: First Aid Kit – Ruins

An album beautifully crafted from the ruins of heartbreak

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Live review: Kodaline

Kodaline brought the Irish folk to Manchester

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Live review: Jake Bugg

A simplistically beautiful reminder of the forgotten gem of Jake Bugg

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Live Review: Gabrielle Aplin

Elizabeth Gibson reviews Gabrielle Aplin in a unique setting: Manchester Cathedral

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Interview: Wildwood Kin

Hannah Brierley interviews post-Americana and family band Wildwood Kin about how blood is thicker than water

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Record Reappraisal: Indigo Girls – Swamp Ophelia

Elizabeth Gibson looks beyond the hype to the quiet beauty of Indigo Girls’ fifth album

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Album: Mac DeMarco — This Old Dog

Mac DeMarco finally grows up, delivering a low-key album full of his most introspective and accomplished songwriting to date

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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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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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Chuck Berry: Rock and Roll pioneer

In his memory, Tara Bharadia looks over the career and impact of the groundbreaking songwriter

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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