Ryan Butterworth, The Railway Inn, Winchester
JOINING Mancunian favourites The Travelling Band for a special show in Winchester this month is Ryan Butterworth. Born and raised on the coast of Bournemouth, Ryan has been making waves throughout his burgeoning career. With a bittersweet tone that’s not too unlike fellow singer-songwriters Ben Howard and David Gray, the former Bournemouth University student is picking […]
The Lottery Winners, The Joiners, Southampton, Live
Hailing from Leigh and on the southern most point of the ‘World Tour of the UK’, you could forgive burgeoning indie-pop aficionados The Lottery Winners for any random bout of anxiety. This a group, after all, that has spent years strapped into the revolving gig circuit of the country’s most diverse music scene in the north west, bringing […]
Elvis Costello, Guildhall, Southampton, Live
Beating at the centre of Paddington born songwriter Elvis Costello is a man that has truly experienced every musical occasion from his roots within London’s pub-rock scene to leading the first wave of punk; all modes that have adorned his 38 year jaunt as perhaps Britain’s most enduring troubadours. Costello the maverick; Costello the romantic; […]
The LaFontaines, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live
Business should scarcely be left in the hands of a group of Motherwell based miscreants. Even less so when it comes to the budget. The LaFontaines – quintessential outfit affiliating the hardened imagery of a pleasant Beastie Boys meet resounding Twin Atlantic refrains – are fortunate enough to be at the augmenting phase of their […]
Alabama Shakes, Apollo Theatre, Manchester, Live
President Obama’s musical opinion is as well respected as some of his policies. Al Green; Jay Z; Alabama Shakes. His taste is leaps and bounds ahead of the likes of David Cameron, Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel; although there are rumours of a Shine 2009 affection for all three. Saturday night Manchester welcomed the latter. […]
Bryan Ferry, The Palace Theatre, Manchester, Live
Born of out London in early 1971, art rock troop Roxy Music and their principle singer/songwriter Bryan Ferry ushered in the early beginnings of the counter-charge against the nation’s waning interest of the now tired ‘Swinging Sixties’. Dropping the herbal temptation and inner-politics that embroiled that decade, Ferry and his group became leviathans of the […]
Frankie & the Heartstrings, Night & Day Cafe, Manchester, Live
With a name that suggests a reincarnated, hair slicked group of teddy boys, Sunderland outfit Frankie & the Heartstrings – although clearly opposed to this styling through their alternative facade – do offer an air of 50s revivalists within their twominutesomething bursts of enthusing indie pop. All in abundance at Manchester’s Night & Day Cafe. […]
Happyness, Soup Kitchen, Manchester, Live
May 7th 2015 The beauty of Happyness’ debut was within its idyllic craft of hesitant, melancholic acceptance. Drizzling, reflective guitars depicting the most obtrusive of sun-kissed comedowns; Benji’s deadened vocals wording out in his Elliot Smith overtone; the reluctant rhythms; truly the perfect antidote for any Sunday morning flashbacks. And within Manchester’s subterranean Soup Kitchen […]
Spring King, Gullivers, Manchester, Live
Spring King’s last jaunt in the Cottonpolis comprised of an ill-fated Halloween party. Minus the costumes, but preserving their punk fashion power, Northern Quarter’s Gullivers housed the outfit with ear damaging impact. Spring King release their twominutesomething tracks with suppressed vigour; viciously stinging through their distinctly pre-Beetlebum Britpop blend of strident punk and hook savvy […]
Sounds from the Other City 2015, Live, Review
Sun. Salford and Sounds from the Other City (SFTOC). 2015′s exhibition of talent was as inspired as any. Each arena embodied a distinctively beatnik baring. Now Wave’s takeover of the iconic, medieval terrain of St Philips Church – towering within its stature, the venue is one of Salford’s primary historical hotspots – fused seismic artists […]