Live

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The Beards, Academy 3, Manchester, Live

As The Beards’ exuberant front-man Johann Beardraven quipped when introducing his four piece to the newly crowned ‘Beard Capital of the UK’ crowd early on Monday: “If you don’t like beards, you’re at the wrong gig. There’s going to be a lot of beardy shit tonight.” But even for those bearing no such facial mop […]

Indie & Electro/Live/Reviews

Bombay Bicycle Club, Apollo Theatre, Manchester, Live

With a billing that represented something closer to a less seedy NME Awards Tour showcase, Britain’s favourite art-rocking outfit Bombay Bicycle Club played to a packed out Manchester’s Apollo Theatre. Brazen drama and urgency entangled with a carnival flavoured evening allowing Bombay Bicycle Club to cement their status as the best alternative mob. And what […]

Alternative/Live/Reviews

Temples, The Ritz, Manchester, Live

Straight from the feedback crunched chaos permeating from James Edward Bagshaw’s brutal guitar through ‘Sun Structures’, the resolute conjecture infiltrating the glowing atmosphere within Manchester’s The Ritz that something fierce was to be witnessed rose. With notable admirers including Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher – the latter even publicly berating the BBC for a blatant lack […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Interviews/Live/Reviews

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

Indie & Electro/Live/Reviews

Bombay Bicycle Club, Apollo Theatre, Manchester, Live

With a billing that represented something closer to a less seedy NME Awards Tour showcase, Britain’s favourite art-rocking outfit Bombay Bicycle Club played to a packed out Manchester’s Apollo Theatre. Brazen drama and urgency entangled with a carnival flavoured evening allowing Bombay Bicycle Club to cement their status as the best alternative mob. And what […]

Indie & Electro/Live/Reviews

The Orwells, Academy 3, Manchester, Live

Onslaughts of assaulting post-punk suffused guitars, tiradesf cccrotchetyned musings and a front-man as severely malformed as a bombed Iggy Pop, Illinois garage-rock quintet The Orwells left a battered dishevelled mess of a calling card underneath the tattered converse of a newly christened, spirit fuelled biology student at the front of Manchester’s Academy 3. Unified in […]

Indie & Electro/Live/Reviews

Lykke Li, Albert Hall, Manchester, Live

Throughout the last decade Sweden has become the stimulation hub for musical virtuosity spanning all genres and stylistic inclination. From the aching electronic disdain encountered whilst experiencing the quaking tones of Gothenburg outfit Little Dragon to the progressive e-cigarette soundtracker Avicii, the inexorable experimental shackles clasped upon the very identity of contemporary Swedish music is […]

Alternative

Alternative/Live/Reviews

The Beards, Academy 3, Manchester, Live

As The Beards’ exuberant front-man Johann Beardraven quipped when introducing his four piece to the newly crowned ‘Beard Capital of the UK’ crowd early on Monday: “If you don’t like beards, you’re at the wrong gig. There’s going to be a lot of beardy shit tonight.” But even for those bearing no such facial mop […]

Alternative/Live/Reviews

Temples, The Ritz, Manchester, Live

Straight from the feedback crunched chaos permeating from James Edward Bagshaw’s brutal guitar through ‘Sun Structures’, the resolute conjecture infiltrating the glowing atmosphere within Manchester’s The Ritz that something fierce was to be witnessed rose. With notable admirers including Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher – the latter even publicly berating the BBC for a blatant lack […]

Alternative/Live/Reviews

Los Campesinos!, Sound Control, Manchester, Live

For an outfit five albums into an eight year career, you could surmise that the type of venue they should chose to infiltrate would surely be more substantial than the realms of which they last invaded when coming back into the city. The days of hustling to empty seats, tired bar staff and ear-busted, Nirvana […]

R&B and Hiphop

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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 […]

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The Wailers, The Ritz, Manchester, Live

Perceived as the most cogent utterance on the fight for Rastafarian acceptance, ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ – written by the exalted Peter Tosh and Bob Marley out of the subjugated circumstances that befitted 1973 Kingston, Jamaica – sits as an unparalleled in its willingness to revolt, conspire and ultimately challenge the negativity fused to the […]