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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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Live: Mallory Knox

Hannah Brierley is impressed by a passionate and explosive performance

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Beyonce’s Lemonade: One year on

Beyoncé was served lemons, but did she manage to make lemonade? Charlie Maudsley looks back on Beyoncé’s latest, one year on

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Tracks of the week: 10th April

Harry Styles’ baffling and bombastic solo debut leads our round-up of the week’s new releases

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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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Interview: MCR Live

Sophie Billington speaks to Rhys from the up-and-coming media network about the Manchester creative scene, student media and Women in Media

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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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Record Reappraisal: Avril Lavigne – Let Go

Rebekah Shaw affectionately looks back at the Canadian singer’s 15-year-old skater-rock debut

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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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Tracks of the Week: 27th March

This week brings new releases from both well established and upcoming artists. Despite it being the beginning of spring, across all tracks darkness certainly prevails, writes Amy Matthews

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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