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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

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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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Review: Fazenda

Temptation will prevail, tells Samuel Pigott

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Album: Real Estate — In Mind

Subtly finetuning their sound, Real Estate have delivered a poignant and succinct album that expertly blends sunny guitars with contemplative lyricism

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Review: Proove

We had to try this new pizza restaurant in West Didsbury

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Review: Battle of the Gins

This was an election like no other. Long live the ‘gin-eral election’

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Live: The xx

The xx’s flowing melodies, succinct beats and incredible tightness in live performances make them one of the best British acts of current times, writes Will Bain

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Album: Los Campesinos! – Sick Scenes

The indiepop legends return with an album that falls short of their past brilliance, writes Jacob Nicholas

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Review: Trof NQ

Miriam continues her vegetarian journey at Trof

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Album: Peter Silberman — Impermanence

On his first solo venture, the Antlers frontman strips his distinguished sound down to gorgeous melodies and stark guitar

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Lunya Review

Excellent tapas can be hard to find outside of Spain (and occasionally in it too). Lunya delivers. This Liverpool based restaurant and deli has a sister in Manchester’s Barton Arcade

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Album: The Orwells — Terrible Human Beings

Their consistency is remarkable, but on album number three The Orwells’ determinedness to stick to their guns sees them shoot themselves in the foot, writes Callum Oliver