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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: Wire — Silver/Lead

Wire’s latest record is another excellent example of what they’ve always done — being impressively odd, writes Jacob Bernard-Banton

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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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A summer of art in Manchester

With summer on the way find out what Manchester’s galleries have got in store

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Record Reappraisal: The Clash – Sandinista!

Released between their critical and commercial peaks, Sandinista! is a complex and messy collection of progressive ideals and experimentation. Joseph Preston makes the case for The Clash’s overlooked fourth album

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New Year New Manchester

Manchester’s most exciting arts and culture events in 2017

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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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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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Live: The Front Bottoms

A poor choice of songs gives an unflattering impression of the folk-punk fourpiece — but they play with unbridled, endearing energy to an enthusiastic crowd, writes Joe Casson

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Album: Slaves – Take Control

The punk two-piece deliver a sophomore album which, though impassioned, lacks imagination and fails to impress

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Preview: Less Than Jake

Dust off your checkerboard suspenders — Less Than Jake are coming to the Ritz this Monday

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The Thermals – We Disappear

We’ve come to expect strong punk-pop songwriting from the Thermals, but their seventh record’s cumbersome 90s emo revival is lacklustre and very forgettable