Gig picks: Pet Shop Boys, The Manfreds, and free music festivals

Super by the Pet Shop Boys is the pop duo's 13th consecutive top 10 studio album in Britain. PHOTO: LUSHINGTON ENTERTAINMENT
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Super, the 13th studio album from English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, has gotten mostly good reviews, proving they have not lost their hit-making touch. Music webzine Drowned In Sound raved: "The thing is absolutely laced with wall-to-wall bangers." Remarkably, it is their 13th consecutive top 10 studio album in Britain, a run stretching back to their debut record, Please (1986).

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