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Karma to Burn & Desert Storm, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, Live

Showmen ignite a variety of reactions. Freddie Mercury provoked unity. Iggy Popp revolt. Karen Carpenter quaint innocence. All shining lights in their respective houses, yet bound with the same inordinate odyssey upon which they champion their audiences. They entertain. Tuesday at The Deaf Institute saw another group of fabled musicians perform their crowd satisfying schemes. […]

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The Watchmakers, Night & Day Cafe, Manchester, Live

A couple of years ago, Mancunian psychedelic rockers The Watchmakers put an advert out on Gumtree.com calling out for any members of the creative community to conspire and join them in creating a music video. A mass of offers floated in with one even coming from the outer reaches of Albania. Granted, the enquiry was […]

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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 […]

Recorded

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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 […]

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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 […]

Indie & Electro/Recorded/Reviews

The Otherness, Come On EP, Recorded

The Otherness are one of a kind – a hybrid between indie and 50’s rock and roll. Though they sound like Americans, having been raised with their grandparent’s music and adding a bit of an alternative sound to it, the band is originally from Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina. ‘Come On’ is an EP made of fours […]

Interviews

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The Watchmakers, Night & Day Cafe, Preview

Even before The Last Shadow Puppets released their exacting self-titled debut in April 2008, the distinct well-tailored and trimmed style which evoked flashbacks to a time just before love was free has been engulfing our country’s emerging musicians. From The Draytones to The Pipettes, the exciting stylisations that become ever more pronounced seem to destined […]

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The Diamond Formation, All the way (we’re england), interview

English football. A country of despondent underachievers or a nation brainwashed into believing that it’s finally our time to sit aloft the heady heights of world football once more? Regardless of opinion one aspect that continually ignites the English passion inside each and every one of us is the England football song. Who doesn’t want […]

Indie & Electro

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Gideon Conn, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, live

Not to be confused with the acclaimed BBC Radio 6 disc jockey Gideon Coe, Gideon Conn is an archetypal musician that embraces a host of today’s pop savvy sensibilities. Quick-witted in word and abrasive in accented delivery, the Manchester born singer songwriter sits easily between the intelligent rumblings of a more politically correct Jamie T […]

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Foster the people, The Ritz, Manchester, Live Review

With festival fever engulfing farmland, beaches and tiny islands just off the coastline of Southampton, annual memories are being made by thousands of camping music followers across the country. And with the hundreds of performers who are readying themselves for the spotlight and the chance to demonstrate to a packed crowd of intoxicated punters how […]

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Glass Animals, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live Review

As a musical shelters go, Manchester’s The Ruby Lounge is perhaps the last intimate arena many emerging musicians need to negotiate and fill before the bright lights of the UK’s bigger venues come a knocking. Get it right here and the world will soon be your oyster. So as the year’s Summer Solstice came to […]

Alternative

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Karma to Burn & Desert Storm, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, Live

Showmen ignite a variety of reactions. Freddie Mercury provoked unity. Iggy Popp revolt. Karen Carpenter quaint innocence. All shining lights in their respective houses, yet bound with the same inordinate odyssey upon which they champion their audiences. They entertain. Tuesday at The Deaf Institute saw another group of fabled musicians perform their crowd satisfying schemes. […]

Alternative/Live/Reviews

The Watchmakers, Night & Day Cafe, Manchester, Live

A couple of years ago, Mancunian psychedelic rockers The Watchmakers put an advert out on Gumtree.com calling out for any members of the creative community to conspire and join them in creating a music video. A mass of offers floated in with one even coming from the outer reaches of Albania. Granted, the enquiry was […]

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Joan as policewoman, gorilla, manchester, live

Police officers are often lauded by inebriated members of the general public as too forceful and generally over zealous in their attempts to restrain those violating any toxic laws within the local community. Perhaps a move from Salford is on the cards. But as American singer-songwriter Joan Wasser has reaffirmed, there’s nothing daunting about the […]

R&B and Hiphop

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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 […]

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Trof Presents: Grandmaster Flash & The Sugarhill Gang, Gorilla, Live

Trof are excited to reveal that as part of their #Vacation summer line-up at Gorilla we’re bringing two of the most iconic veteran acts of hip-hop to Manchester. Grandmaster Flash is the godfather of turntablism – the first man to spin and scratch vinyl, mixing hip-hop breaks to create something fresh. While most DJ’s simply let the […]