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Billy Lockett, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live

  There are two sides to the aptitude of alternative pop singer Billy Lockett. Manchester’s Ruby Lounge saw both. Kindling alliances to indie pop outfit Bastille, Lockett’s approach is bonded by a novel lust of capturing liberating piano progressions fused by vehement drum rhythmns and Lockett’s compelling, characteristic vocal delivery. ‘I Don’t Think I Can’ […]

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Sam Smith, Apollo Theatre, Manchester, Live

Exuding a blues soaked range more allied with that of Nina Simone, a reluctant extravagance that heightens his attachment to his throng of supporters and a spine of compositions that would make any vintage 40s collection, his foreseeable rise as Adele’s only successor to her blue-eyed soul throne of Britain has become one of the […]

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Peace, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, Live

Worcester born outfit Peace shouldn’t be performing in venues as small as Manchester’s Deaf Institute. Fact. Their insatiable lust for a spirit heightening motif has all but secured their status as one of the country’s primary hook generators. Add to this their undying fusion of psychedelic coloured indie rock – the countless progressions that repeatedly […]

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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Billy Lockett, The Ruby Lounge, Interview

You’re on to a winner when you state: “Manchester is my favourite place to play”. But unlike most this is a foreseeable reality for Northampton’s freshest artist Billy Lockett as he prepares himself for another cavort in our city; only this time he’s taking on the beatnik basement of The Ruby Lounge. Glass Animals, Foxes […]

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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 […]

Indie & Electro

Indie & Electro/Live/Reviews

Billy Lockett, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live

  There are two sides to the aptitude of alternative pop singer Billy Lockett. Manchester’s Ruby Lounge saw both. Kindling alliances to indie pop outfit Bastille, Lockett’s approach is bonded by a novel lust of capturing liberating piano progressions fused by vehement drum rhythmns and Lockett’s compelling, characteristic vocal delivery. ‘I Don’t Think I Can’ […]

Indie & Electro/Live/Reviews

Peace, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, Live

Worcester born outfit Peace shouldn’t be performing in venues as small as Manchester’s Deaf Institute. Fact. Their insatiable lust for a spirit heightening motif has all but secured their status as one of the country’s primary hook generators. Add to this their undying fusion of psychedelic coloured indie rock – the countless progressions that repeatedly […]

Indie & Electro/Live/Reviews

Glass Animals, Gorilla, Manchester, Live

They are rapidly becoming one of Britain’s most evocative of group. They already sell-out venues across the world and have a ardent following in Australia and Belgium. They are even produced by Adele hit-maker Paul Epworth. So what makes Oxford’s Glass Animals so damned appealing? There is a lustrous, youthful appeal that fluctuates throughout the nucleus […]

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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Clean Bandit, Apollo Theatre, Manchester, Live

Once upon a time those associated with the ballet and opera deemed their escapist endeavours as ‘high art’; something to be enjoyed only by those of royalty, power or wealth. Their noses turn against ‘those’ who indulged in ‘low art’; entertainment for the masses and people of low income. But like French director Eric Rohmer […]

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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 […]