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Live: Ladyhawke

Ladyhawke comes to Manchester in an effortlessly cool performance at the Academy, writes Lydia Ransome

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Tracks of the Week: 13th February

Death, aging and loss: grim subject matters make for compelling songs in a strong week for new music

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Student Spotlight: Off The Record

Harrison Kersey previews another promising night organised by students in this week’s Student Spotlight

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Interview: Tom Walker

Amy Matthews joins Tom Walker moments before his sellout show at Fallow Café to talk about extensive touring, Paolo Nutini, and his next secret mission

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Review: Narvik

A truly haunting and mesmerising play by Lizzie Nunnery

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Interview: J. Chambers

Madeleine Jones speaks to the up-and-coming rapper about his next EP, the issue of cultural appropriation in hip hop and how social media has changed his relationship with his supporters

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Record Reappraisal: Indigo Girls – Rites of Passage

Elizabeth Gibson celebrates Indigo Girls’ joyous, adventurous fourth album and their remarkable career

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Album: The Flaming Lips – Oczy Mlody

The Flaming Lips return with an album that is characteristically heavy on the atmosphere, unicorns and Miley Cyrus vocals, but light on memorable tunes

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Live: The Julie Ruin

The Riot Grrrl veteran returns to Manchester with band in tow and plays a show that refuses to rest on the laurels of past successes, writes Cassie Hyde

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Live: Shura

Rounding off the year on home turf, Shura’s catchy dance-pop is unfortunately let down by a static performance that lacks variety, writes Cassie Hyde

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Tracks of the week: 16th January

Geographical metaphors abound in a strong selection of tracks released in the last week, by Joe Casson

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Sankeys Manchester shuts its doors

Despite multiple closings and re-openings in the past, it seems Sankeys Manchester is to close for the final time after the building was bought by property developers