Live

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Gogo Penguin, Soup Kitchen, Manchester, Live

Mercury Award nominated alternative jazz outfit Gogo Penguin prepared themselves for next week’s Channel 4 appearance with a fervent set that glanced through the staunch core of their second album ‘v2.0′ at a manic Soup Kitchen in their hometown of Manchester. An outside bet? Bollocks. I just hope the judging panel were present. Right from […]

Live/R&B & Hip Hop/Reviews

John Newman, Apollo, Manchester, Live

Since soul singer John Newman burst onto the scene in 2012 with his intoxicating vocals searing through on Rudimental’s ‘Feel the Love’, all questions of him have been answered. Will this gruff voiced singer from Settle, North Yorkshire have the musical identity to forge a a career built on acclaim? Longevity? Sales? Two Brit Award […]

Alternative/Live/Reviews

Danny & the Champions of the World, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live

“Learn the rules and then break them in such a way as to exercise good taste,” uttered contrived jazz symbol Sir George Shearing. Although alternative country outfit Danny and the Champions of the World (DCW) do not conform to many of the cliché images of Shearing’s principle style, it appears these remarks have festered within […]

Recorded

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 […]

Alternative/Indie & Electro/Recorded/Reviews

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 […]

Interviews

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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 […]

Interviews/Reviews

Scouting for Girls, Interview, Rochdale Feel Good Festival

London trio Scouting for Girls create hooks quicker than Piers Morgan makes enemies. It’s incredible. For anybody out there who disagrees and states they are unaware of their work, they are a liar. No longer talk to them. Hitmakers behind some of the most well known tracks produced in recent memory including ‘She’s So Lovely’, […]

Indie & Electro

Indie & Electro/Live/Reviews

Eliza and the Bear, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester

It has to be said names are often irrelevant when it comes to band branding. I mean who would really take a band trademarked as Athlete to not fashion an utterance closer to the steroid loaded tones of Pendulum as opposed to the dulcet, mainstream tempers settled within American’s The Fray. But within the ITV […]

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 […]

Indie & Electro/Live/Reviews

Dry the River, Academy 2, Manchester, Live

East London folk inspired quartet Dry the River (DTR) have been compared and compartmentalized to about every alternative meets inditronica band of the last decade. Wild Beasts? Check. The National? Check. Mumford and fucking Sons? Check. This is particularly frustrating. Why no cross-branding that confirms Dry the River as one of the many influences shoved […]

Alternative

Alternative/Live/Reviews

Gogo Penguin, Soup Kitchen, Manchester, Live

Mercury Award nominated alternative jazz outfit Gogo Penguin prepared themselves for next week’s Channel 4 appearance with a fervent set that glanced through the staunch core of their second album ‘v2.0′ at a manic Soup Kitchen in their hometown of Manchester. An outside bet? Bollocks. I just hope the judging panel were present. Right from […]

Alternative/Live/Reviews

Danny & the Champions of the World, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live

“Learn the rules and then break them in such a way as to exercise good taste,” uttered contrived jazz symbol Sir George Shearing. Although alternative country outfit Danny and the Champions of the World (DCW) do not conform to many of the cliché images of Shearing’s principle style, it appears these remarks have festered within […]

Alternative/Live/Reviews

Erland & The Carnival, Soup Kitchen, Manchester, Live

Jackson C. Frank. Scarcely a name uttered by many musical conformists. Ask them. Go on. Try it. Response? Who? You’re more likely – apparently – to hear answers closer to an Australian philosopher than a bona fide folk maverick whose only vexation was writer’s block. Well among others. But it was this American intellect who […]

R&B and Hiphop

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John Newman, Apollo, Manchester, Live

Since soul singer John Newman burst onto the scene in 2012 with his intoxicating vocals searing through on Rudimental’s ‘Feel the Love’, all questions of him have been answered. Will this gruff voiced singer from Settle, North Yorkshire have the musical identity to forge a a career built on acclaim? Longevity? Sales? Two Brit Award […]

Live/R&B & Hip Hop/Reviews

Freddie Gibbs, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, Live

“Turn that gangsta shit up Manchester and say ‘Fuck Police’,” barked Freddie Gibbs’ beats architect from behind his lowered decks at The Deaf Institute. It should have all become clear then really. Hoary and aggressive, Indiana raised rapper Freddie Gibbs is another wordsmith who centralised his du jour styled expressions on a love of the […]