Karma to Burn & Desert Storm, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, Live
Showmen ignite a variety of reactions. Freddie Mercury provoked unity. Iggy Popp revolt. Karen Carpenter quaint innocence. All shining lights in their respective houses, yet bound with the same inordinate odyssey upon which they champion their audiences. They entertain. Tuesday at The Deaf Institute saw another group of fabled musicians perform their crowd satisfying schemes. […]
The Watchmakers, Night & Day Cafe, Manchester, Live
A couple of years ago, Mancunian psychedelic rockers The Watchmakers put an advert out on Gumtree.com calling out for any members of the creative community to conspire and join them in creating a music video. A mass of offers floated in with one even coming from the outer reaches of Albania. Granted, the enquiry was […]
dj snoopadelic, gorilla, manchester, live
When Snoop Dogg announced he was to perform a surprise gig at Manchester’s Albert Hall, the local press organisations within the city were awash with ‘Snoop Returns’ headlines. Social media sites exploded as the buzz around his newly designed DJ Snoopadelic hit full peak in the run up to the show. Strange then it moved […]
Joan as policewoman, gorilla, manchester, live
Police officers are often lauded by inebriated members of the general public as too forceful and generally over zealous in their attempts to restrain those violating any toxic laws within the local community. Perhaps a move from Salford is on the cards. But as American singer-songwriter Joan Wasser has reaffirmed, there’s nothing daunting about the […]
Gideon Conn, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, live
Not to be confused with the acclaimed BBC Radio 6 disc jockey Gideon Coe, Gideon Conn is an archetypal musician that embraces a host of today’s pop savvy sensibilities. Quick-witted in word and abrasive in accented delivery, the Manchester born singer songwriter sits easily between the intelligent rumblings of a more politically correct Jamie T […]
The Watchmakers, Night & Day Cafe, Preview
Even before The Last Shadow Puppets released their exacting self-titled debut in April 2008, the distinct well-tailored and trimmed style which evoked flashbacks to a time just before love was free has been engulfing our country’s emerging musicians. From The Draytones to The Pipettes, the exciting stylisations that become ever more pronounced seem to destined […]
Foster the people, The Ritz, Manchester, Live Review
With festival fever engulfing farmland, beaches and tiny islands just off the coastline of Southampton, annual memories are being made by thousands of camping music followers across the country. And with the hundreds of performers who are readying themselves for the spotlight and the chance to demonstrate to a packed crowd of intoxicated punters how […]
Glass Animals, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live Review
As a musical shelters go, Manchester’s The Ruby Lounge is perhaps the last intimate arena many emerging musicians need to negotiate and fill before the bright lights of the UK’s bigger venues come a knocking. Get it right here and the world will soon be your oyster. So as the year’s Summer Solstice came to […]
Edwyn Collins, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, Live Review
At 54 years of age, the majority of our ‘aging’ generation welcome evenings sat in and around the television supping on milky brews laced with the subtlest hint of sugar, whilst flicking swiftly through the Freeview channels designed to ensure all viewers are stocked up on old repeats of ‘The Professionals’ and ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’, counting […]
nick mulvey, gorilla, manchester, live review,
Under the Railway Tracks in one of Manchester’s voguish venues, Gorilla, what better way to start the week than to be standing amongst the thriving young cream of society – after the hottest weekend of the year so far – to observe Nick Mulvey, the epitome of sun and musicality. The humble man’s approach onto […]