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Album: Sampha — Process

Process is an emotionally bare and richly compelling debut album, writes Tara Bharadia

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Tracks of the Week: 20th February

Ollie Clack runs through a fun and idiosyncratic new week of releases

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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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Restaurants For All Occasions

With Valentine’s Day soon, we thought it would be appropriate to offer a roundup of our favourite destinations for first daters, to long term relationships, to groups of friends who want a fun night out

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Album: Elbow – Little Fictions

Elbow dig into new, soulful territory, with mixed results, writes Jay Plent

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John Hyatt: Rock Art

John Hyatt, musician and MMU lecturer, puts on a punk inspired exhibition at HOME

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Album: Cloud Nothings – Life Without Sound

After a three-year wait for new material, Cloud Nothings have released their fourth studio album which holds a rather pensive feel

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Review: A Minger’s Tale by R. B. N. Bookmark

Ellie Welch reviews this recent book from a local Manchester writer

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Chilli Banana – Didsbury

A welcome hello from Thailand

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Review: The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation is a powerful film about important issues

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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: 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