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 […]
Kwabs, Gorilla, Manchester, Live
Lily Allen, Sandi Thom, Arctic Monkeys and Owl City all have social media to thank for their respective careers. MySpace, YouTube and FaceBook have played their parts in reinventing how music is consumed; for better or for probably worse. The latest out of the platform-sharing sweatshop is soul artist Kwabs. It was clear from this […]
Bernard Fanning, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live
Renowned for their incisive integration of crooked guitars and radio-friendly hooks, Brisbane bred outfit Powderfinger for a while were Australia’s most exalted alternative acts. ARIA Music Awards, chart dominance, national acclaim; little could be better for the quintet. 2010. Game over. However, out of the Powderfinger wreckage emerged their congenial front-man and songwriter Bernard Fanning. […]
Charlotte OC, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live
In a throwback to the days when fresh artists used to tour the country extensively on unsigned music nights, promoters Communion rekindled this notion with their new tour New Faces. Tenterhook, Freddie Dickson, Frances and Charlotte OC joined forces at The Ruby Lounge. Below Quenched music picks its two favourite from the night’s show… Berkshire […]