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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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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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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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Record Reappraisal: John Lennon — Plastic Ono Band

Nick Jeyarajah looks back on John Lennon’s solo debut, a painful and raw record that establishes a new identity for the former Beatle

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Album: Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now

The quirky Swedish artist returns with a more mature album that’s as entertaining than ever, writes Calum Pinder

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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

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Interview: Stornoway

On the eve of their farewell tour, Christian Hurry speaks to the beloved folk-pop group about their career highlights and future trajectories

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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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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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Remembering George Michael

Tara Bharadia reflects on the legacy of pop star and gay icon George Michael, who died on Christmas Day

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Album: Sleigh Bells – Jessica Rabbit

Sleigh Bells fourth album is an underwhelming attempt to deviate from the style they’ve established, writes Calum Pinder

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Live: Christine and the Queens

The French pop troupe pop the question, writes Ben Lomax — and the answer is a resounding ‘yes’