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Demob Happy, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live

Coloured like a hallucinatory tablet inducing more illusions than a deviant trip watching ‘Garth Meranghi’s Darkplace’, Newcastle alternative outfit Demob Happy cause vivid imagery through their brazen grasp of fear conjuring metal-psychedelia. Their debut ep ‘Young & Numb’ promises to replicate these darkened ethics aligned with the quartet. But live Demob Happy are a different […]

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Patterns, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, Live

Armed with a pair of early 90s 3-D glasses, in unison the crowd gathered within The Deaf Institute duly positioned the paper spectacles upon their faces as Manchester inditronica quartet Patterns took to the stage. Patterns have an idiosyncratic manner to their live performances. The music that underpins them is extensive; passages of capricious synth […]

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Dutch Uncles, The Ritz, Manchester, Live

Manchester outfit Dutch Uncles are like a tube of hundreds and thousands. Each tiny ingredient is painted with its own independent control; alone it’s diminutive, together it’s vehement. The layers that enwrap themselves throughout the math rock group are complex; rarely conventional, the atypical time signatures that fluctuate through primary songwriter and bassist Robin Richards’ […]

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

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Patterns, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, Live

Armed with a pair of early 90s 3-D glasses, in unison the crowd gathered within The Deaf Institute duly positioned the paper spectacles upon their faces as Manchester inditronica quartet Patterns took to the stage. Patterns have an idiosyncratic manner to their live performances. The music that underpins them is extensive; passages of capricious synth […]

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’ […]

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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 […]

Alternative

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Demob Happy, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live

Coloured like a hallucinatory tablet inducing more illusions than a deviant trip watching ‘Garth Meranghi’s Darkplace’, Newcastle alternative outfit Demob Happy cause vivid imagery through their brazen grasp of fear conjuring metal-psychedelia. Their debut ep ‘Young & Numb’ promises to replicate these darkened ethics aligned with the quartet. But live Demob Happy are a different […]

Alternative/Live/Reviews

Dutch Uncles, The Ritz, Manchester, Live

Manchester outfit Dutch Uncles are like a tube of hundreds and thousands. Each tiny ingredient is painted with its own independent control; alone it’s diminutive, together it’s vehement. The layers that enwrap themselves throughout the math rock group are complex; rarely conventional, the atypical time signatures that fluctuate through primary songwriter and bassist Robin Richards’ […]

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Nick Mulvey, Albert Hall, Manchester, Live

Born in London, raised in Cuba; it’s a diverse backstory for any musician. Fusing the rich heritage our capital has in producing soul-crushing folk with the quaking, Salsa lit rumbles exuding from the Latin American island, Mercury Award nominated Nick Mulvey incarnates this soothing union. Apologising for last year’s Cathedral performance – “so hungover, thanks […]

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 […]