Live

Alternative/Live/Reviews

Basingstoke Live, Festival, Review

Paula Edwards remembers Basingstoke Live 2013… Basingstoke Live was almost lost this year due to misguided notions, unfounded fears and so-called ‘budget constraints’. However, thanks to incessant and impassioned lobbying by local councillors, event promoters/organisers/volunteers and members of the community, the festival lived to see another year. And those who turned out would most likely […]

Alternative/Indie & Electro/Live/Reviews

Liverpool Sound City, Festival, Preview

Coming soon… Liverpool Sound City is proud to welcome special guests The Kooks for its closing night party at Sound City 2014 (1-3 May 2014). Following their high profile comeback with new single ‘Down’, the band have announced their live date with Liverpool Sound City as the only festival show to date. Set to play on the final […]

Indie & Electro/Live/Reviews

Band of Skulls, The Ritz, Manchester, Live Review

Southampton has always been conceived as a bit of an underachieving place. For every Matt Le Tisser that waltzed through its cobbled streets, there was Carlton Palmer. And for every Radio 1 disc jockey Scott Mills, they were blessed with Craig David. A pattern emerges. However this curve is beginning to see a number of […]

Recorded

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 […]

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

Indie & Electro/Interviews/Reviews

Little Matador, Live, Preview

Placing his commercially viable alternative power pop outfit Snow Patrol on hiatus, guitarist Nathan Connolley is taking new indie ‘supergroup’ Little Matador out with a string of dates across the UK. But this is where the Snow Patrol comparisons disintegrate. Finished. Let havoc ensue. Inspired by Sandra Jordan’s 2012 documentary on Mexican infant bullfighters, Little Matador […]

Alternative/Interviews/Live/Reviews

Bipolar Sunshine, Manchester Academy 2 – April 5, Preview

Fuzzy black hair edged loosely to the right. Circular orange tinted glasses held tightly up his nose. Occasional flowery shirt.  Adio Marchant is instantly recognisable. Once a member of notorious Manchester ska rockers Kid British, in 2013 Adio and his troupe called it a day. Out of the darkness rose Bipolar Sunshine. Taking his new […]

Indie & Electro

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 […]

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 […]

Alternative/Indie & Electro/Live/Reviews

Liverpool Sound City, Festival, Preview

Coming soon… Liverpool Sound City is proud to welcome special guests The Kooks for its closing night party at Sound City 2014 (1-3 May 2014). Following their high profile comeback with new single ‘Down’, the band have announced their live date with Liverpool Sound City as the only festival show to date. Set to play on the final […]

Alternative

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 […]

Alternative/Live/Reviews

Basingstoke Live, Festival, Review

Paula Edwards remembers Basingstoke Live 2013… Basingstoke Live was almost lost this year due to misguided notions, unfounded fears and so-called ‘budget constraints’. However, thanks to incessant and impassioned lobbying by local councillors, event promoters/organisers/volunteers and members of the community, the festival lived to see another year. And those who turned out would most likely […]

R&B and Hiphop

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 […]

R&B & Hip Hop/Recorded/Reviews

Young War, Rose Gold EP, Review

Since it first originated as rhythm and blues in the 1940s, R&B has changed significantly. In my lifetime, I’ve known it as the pop-oriented sound of the 80s (a’la SOS Band, DeBarge, Loose Ends and others), the more hip-hop laced yet smooth sound of the early/mid-90s (Jodeci, Blackstreet, R Kelly et al), and the heavily […]