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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

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Album: Yuck – Stranger Things

Yuck haven’t just lost their original frontman, but the very thing that made their raucous indie rock so enjoyable the first time around. Their new album is for ’90s trad-indie devotees only.

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Interview: The Cribs

People’s punk band the Cribs have weathered thirteen years well thanks to their DIY spirit. Jacob Bernard-Banton talks to bassist Gary Jarman about sexism and showmanship

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Album: Le Butcherettes – A Raw Youth

Le Butcherettes seal their position as one of the most inventive bands around