Live

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Jonny Greenwood and LCO Soloists, Albert Hall, Manchester, Preview

Radiohead guitarist and acclaimed composer Jonny Greenwood joins forces with the London Contemporary Orchestra for a specially curated world premiere of exciting new material and Oscar-winning scores broadcast from Manchester. Recognised as one of the leading guitarists of all time (Rolling Stone magazine, 2011) and an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Greenwood will perform on electric guitar, tanpura […]

Indie & Electro/Live/Reviews

Eliza and the Bear, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester

It has to be said names are often irrelevant when it comes to band branding. I mean who would really take a band trademarked as Athlete to not fashion an utterance closer to the steroid loaded tones of Pendulum as opposed to the dulcet, mainstream tempers settled within American’s The Fray. But within the ITV […]

Indie & Electro/Live/Reviews

Dry the River, Academy 2, Manchester, Live

East London folk inspired quartet Dry the River (DTR) have been compared and compartmentalized to about every alternative meets inditronica band of the last decade. Wild Beasts? Check. The National? Check. Mumford and fucking Sons? Check. This is particularly frustrating. Why no cross-branding that confirms Dry the River as one of the many influences shoved […]

Recorded

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Kate Miller-Heidke, Offer It Up, Recorded

“I’m sick of turning it down, I’m sick of holding it in, I’m sick of tip toeing around, quietly bleeding,” is hardly the libretto assumed from a well drilled, operatic vocalist from Brisbane. But Kate Miller-Heidke is hardly one for adopting stereotypes. Excelling with degrees from Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Miller-Heidke dropped the classical facade […]

Alternative/R&B & Hip Hop/Recorded/Reviews

Dirty North, The Freestyle EP, Recorded

Mike Skinner once said “I always imagined that there’d be someone who would call out if I talked about something I didn’t know and I didn’t know my Moet from my Perignon.” And it is a line that sticks. While half of Manchester attempt to fixate on governmental proceedings with politically charged anecdotes that are […]

Alternative/Indie & Electro/Recorded/Reviews

Lady Neptune, Destroys The Moon EP, Recorded

Please excuse the Marmite cliché, but it feels apt here… ‘Destroys The Moon’ is the second release from Lady Neptune (the alter ego of London-based musician and visual artist Moema Meade) and, quite frankly, you’re either going to love it or hate it. The bedroom-produced five-track EP is a concept record full of fuzzy punk-tinged […]

Interviews

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EofE, Apollo, Manchester, Live

“To be honest, these guys that we’re touring with, they’re not our idols. But we appreciate what we have and the opportunity we have been given,” bassist Luke Bradley fairly explained before their second UK arena tour of the year. This time rock pop act EofE are following the likes of The Vamps and Nina […]

Interviews/Reviews

Scouting for Girls, Interview, Rochdale Feel Good Festival

London trio Scouting for Girls create hooks quicker than Piers Morgan makes enemies. It’s incredible. For anybody out there who disagrees and states they are unaware of their work, they are a liar. No longer talk to them. Hitmakers behind some of the most well known tracks produced in recent memory including ‘She’s So Lovely’, […]

Indie & Electro

Indie & Electro/Live/Reviews

Eliza and the Bear, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester

It has to be said names are often irrelevant when it comes to band branding. I mean who would really take a band trademarked as Athlete to not fashion an utterance closer to the steroid loaded tones of Pendulum as opposed to the dulcet, mainstream tempers settled within American’s The Fray. But within the ITV […]

Indie & Electro/Recorded/Reviews

Kate Miller-Heidke, Offer It Up, Recorded

“I’m sick of turning it down, I’m sick of holding it in, I’m sick of tip toeing around, quietly bleeding,” is hardly the libretto assumed from a well drilled, operatic vocalist from Brisbane. But Kate Miller-Heidke is hardly one for adopting stereotypes. Excelling with degrees from Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Miller-Heidke dropped the classical facade […]

Indie & Electro/Live/Reviews

Dry the River, Academy 2, Manchester, Live

East London folk inspired quartet Dry the River (DTR) have been compared and compartmentalized to about every alternative meets inditronica band of the last decade. Wild Beasts? Check. The National? Check. Mumford and fucking Sons? Check. This is particularly frustrating. Why no cross-branding that confirms Dry the River as one of the many influences shoved […]

Alternative

Alternative/Live/Reviews

Jonny Greenwood and LCO Soloists, Albert Hall, Manchester, Preview

Radiohead guitarist and acclaimed composer Jonny Greenwood joins forces with the London Contemporary Orchestra for a specially curated world premiere of exciting new material and Oscar-winning scores broadcast from Manchester. Recognised as one of the leading guitarists of all time (Rolling Stone magazine, 2011) and an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Greenwood will perform on electric guitar, tanpura […]

Alternative/Live/Reviews

Buzzcocks, The Ritz, Manchester, Live

“You know me – I’m acting dumb, you know the scene – very humdrum,”is hoarsely croaked out by Buzzcocks’ enduring songwriter Pete Shelley as the four piece rasp through the distortion savvy ‘Boredom’. You have to feel for them. Embracing a time when you were more likely to shuffle along to the recently formed Sex […]

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The Besnard Lakes, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live

Known as the “Lake of Many Islands”, Besnard Lake in Saskatchewan, Canada covers over 188 miles of idyllic, Elysian shorelines where visitors are encouraged to capture the finest in Northern ocean delights including Pike and Walleye fish. The expansive landscapes – although on first look suggest an air of vividity – are quite unparalleled in […]

R&B and Hiphop

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Freddie Gibbs, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, Live

“Turn that gangsta shit up Manchester and say ‘Fuck Police’,” barked Freddie Gibbs’ beats architect from behind his lowered decks at The Deaf Institute. It should have all become clear then really. Hoary and aggressive, Indiana raised rapper Freddie Gibbs is another wordsmith who centralised his du jour styled expressions on a love of the […]

Featured/Live/R&B & Hip Hop/Reviews

dj snoopadelic, gorilla, manchester, live

When Snoop Dogg announced he was to perform a surprise gig at Manchester’s Albert Hall, the local press organisations within the city were awash with ‘Snoop Returns’ headlines. Social media sites exploded as the buzz around his newly designed DJ Snoopadelic hit full peak in the run up to the show. Strange then it moved […]