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The Cribs, The Ritz, Manchester, Live

It says a lot about the regard held for a group when lanky rockers, steroid abusing former athletes, prom queens and shy students all come together to bask in the beauty of individuality. No other place on earth would a squad of admiring humans connect. But for all the fervid followers of Britain’s most brutal […]

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Kate Tempest, Gorilla, Manchester, Live

“’Now, have you thought about retail?’ ‘Yes, fine with me’ ‘Oh and I can see here that have a degree’ ‘Yes,’ says Pete, ‘in International Relations.’ ‘Great, let’s see if Primark has space for a placement,” intransigently outlined the character imbuing with Manchester’s Gorilla bar whilst Brockley balladeer Kate Tempest unified her anti-Daily Mail adorners. […]

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Fryars, Gorilla, Manchester, Live

Hatched by the electro wits of Londoner Benjamin Garrett, Fryars is truly a nostalgic impression of a narcotic fuelled 70s existence. Flavoured with Nile Rodgers shaking guitar themes embellished with crisp vocal harmonies that lends the ear to a voguish crossover between Supertramp and the Electric Light Orchestra, every song that perfuses throughout Manchester’s subterranean […]

Recorded

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The Watchmakers, To Be Part of You, Preview

“One of the juiciest psych-rock delights you could pluck from the music playing fields of the UK right now” – (Louder Than War)   “Imagine if Noel Gallagher’s solo record had actually been willing to cut loose and explore its boundaries, and you might be arriving somewhere near to their sound” – (Drowned In Sound)   “The […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Interviews

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Chas & Dave, The Ritz, Manchester, Live

“They need educating,” chief boogie woogie pianist and part brain of infamous 70′s duo Chas & Dave, Chas Hodges declares. “I’m always asked do you go down North of the border because of our brand of music. We go down well wherever. We played Glasgow recently and we had two thousand Glaswegians singing along to […]

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Brett Dennen, Apollo Theatre, Manchester, Interview

Hailing from Oakdale, Northern California, pop singer-songwriter Brett Dennen is back over on our shores this time supporting the chart-topping, beatnik attired Paloma Faith including at date at Manchester’s Apollo Theatre on Wednesday 5 November. Catching up with Quenched Music before his date in the Cottonopolis, Brett talked folk, home-schooling and the pitfalls of a […]

Indie & Electro

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The Cribs, The Ritz, Manchester, Live

It says a lot about the regard held for a group when lanky rockers, steroid abusing former athletes, prom queens and shy students all come together to bask in the beauty of individuality. No other place on earth would a squad of admiring humans connect. But for all the fervid followers of Britain’s most brutal […]

Indie & Electro/Live/Reviews

Fryars, Gorilla, Manchester, Live

Hatched by the electro wits of Londoner Benjamin Garrett, Fryars is truly a nostalgic impression of a narcotic fuelled 70s existence. Flavoured with Nile Rodgers shaking guitar themes embellished with crisp vocal harmonies that lends the ear to a voguish crossover between Supertramp and the Electric Light Orchestra, every song that perfuses throughout Manchester’s subterranean […]

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Amber Run, Deaf Institute, Manchester, Live

Wittingly opting to brand themselves with a name that intentionally has no apparent nuances, Nottingham based pop-rockers Amber Run’s quest to generate a flavour of music that endures as much as it explores is beginning to prosper. One look at their self-penned facebook bio sums it up. “[We]‘d rather be timeless than cool. We’re not […]

Alternative

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Kate Tempest, Gorilla, Manchester, Live

“’Now, have you thought about retail?’ ‘Yes, fine with me’ ‘Oh and I can see here that have a degree’ ‘Yes,’ says Pete, ‘in International Relations.’ ‘Great, let’s see if Primark has space for a placement,” intransigently outlined the character imbuing with Manchester’s Gorilla bar whilst Brockley balladeer Kate Tempest unified her anti-Daily Mail adorners. […]

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Funeral For A Friend, Gorilla, Manchester, Live

There’s always an ardent skin of contempt when any act ordains their musical classification as “the only style of music to tackle oppression is what we are doing right here. Everyone is scared to challenge things, but not us.” And although acclaimed activists Funeral for a Friend clearly unify the thronged province in the form […]

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Sarah Jane Morris, Band on the Wall, Manchester, Live

By meditatively examining a chapter in her life where an intoxicated American likened the 55 year old political jazz singer to the tainted murmurs produced by former blues singer Janis Joplin, Southampton born Sarah Jane Morris championed her own musical semblance. Vast melodies showering African shaded guitars formed the skeleton upon which Morris’ colourful – […]

R&B and Hiphop

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Pangaea, Manchester, Live

A disconnected maze of mayhem and melodies landed within Manchester’s student union quarters as Pangaea – Europe’s biggest student run festival – landed on a cold, wintry Saturday night. ‘Space Odyssey’ was the flavour and Manchester’s roistering batch of exam-free students went to town on it. Cue tin foil antennas adorning a sea of green […]

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Ghetts, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, Live

Born out of Bow, London in the early days of the 00′s, Grime was once as feared to middle class stiffs as soap is to a moosher. Gritty, uncompromising and liberating in its tenor, Grime was expected to dominate. The resolute sub-genre ‘grindie’ was next with the idiosyncratic fusion of Lethal Bizzle and The Rakes […]