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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 […]

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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 […]

Alternative/Live/Reviews

Band of Skulls, Guildhall, Southampton, Live

Stare greatly at the Class of 2014 Mercury Award nominees and a model begins to arise. Four contorted electronic artists. Three alternative indie acts. Two jerking jazz and two charged brit-hop albums. And one lowly hard rock duo. Maybe this says more about Mercury judging panel’s reluctance to accept the edgier tones of distortion bitten, heady beats. Or it could […]

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

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 […]

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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 […]

Indie & Electro

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 […]

Indie & Electro/Live/Reviews

Cud, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live

Indie bands in the late eighties were about as common as camera waving imps at a latter-day gig. Far too many of them and the recording quality is nearly always egregious. Bar perhaps one or two. But huddled in Manchester’s Ruby Lounge, Leeds troop Cud showed once again that of all the fragmenting acts from […]

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Jamie T, Guildhall, Southampton, Live

Back after five years Jamie T remains as slick as he is rough around the edges. Boasting a somehow calmer and progressed confidence he – with his newly appointed ‘Pacemakers’ behind him –  bombarded the glowing south coast audience with fresh tracks ‘Limits Lie’ and ‘Don’t You Find’ cementing a compelling aura of mature, soulful […]

Alternative

Alternative/Recorded/Reviews

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 […]

Alternative/Live/Reviews

Band of Skulls, Guildhall, Southampton, Live

Stare greatly at the Class of 2014 Mercury Award nominees and a model begins to arise. Four contorted electronic artists. Three alternative indie acts. Two jerking jazz and two charged brit-hop albums. And one lowly hard rock duo. Maybe this says more about Mercury judging panel’s reluctance to accept the edgier tones of distortion bitten, heady beats. Or it could […]

Alternative/Live/Reviews

65daysofstatic, Manchester Cathedral, Live

It’s April 2006, and I find myself tucked away in the depths of Manchester Academy 3 in excited anticipation of the impending Hundred Reasons set, to find a band I had not heard of, 65daysofstatic’, are listed on the bill. When they wander out on stage, I had no idea what to expect, their general […]

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 […]