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 […]
Twisted Wheel, Kraak Gallery, Manchester, Live Review
“Is it a bar, a gallery, a club…?” is the quizzical slogan of Manchester’s hidden dingy music venue Kraak Gallery, and a question even Stephen Fry would struggle to answer. Stuck just inside the iconic streets of the Northern Quarter, Kraak Gallery hosted one of Manchester’s most notorious indie pop outfits Twisted Wheel on Saturday […]
The Ruby’s, Sell The Sun At Once & Silhouettes, Recorded
Nigel Carter revisits The Ruby’s Summer of 2013… Looking back on 2012′s successful album, ‘Limelight Parasite’, and the subsequent single, ‘Shake You Free’, I am reminded on The Ruby’s and their superlative singles that carried on the theme of the twisted and contrived love theme that still sees them as musically and lyrically one of […]
The Watchmakers, The Castle Inn, Manchester, Live Review
Ruck up, wig out, get gone. That’s the shortest review I’ll ever submit, now for the mince pies. I jest. The Watchmakers take so many elements of the past they could easily have opened up a vintage record store and left it at that. What they chose to do more constructively was form a band, […]
Embers, Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live Review
It’s a bitterly cold evening up North but in the warmth of the Ruby Lounge a special gig featuring 3 brand new bands is taking place in aid of Warchild. Camp Stag are first up – their emotive indie is one of those feet and heart things with tracks like the anthemic  ‘Sirens’  with its […]
Little Green Cars, Soup Kitchen, Manchester, Live Review
Hailing from Dublin, Little Green Cars make their way across the Irish Sea for their first UK headline tour. Accompanied by fellow Dubliners Gypsies On The Autobahn, everything was set for a enthralling experience. The show was sold out, yet the room was slightly empty initially. As the minutes passed by more people would trickle […]
The Rifles, Academy 2, Manchester, Live Review
On the brink of releasing album number four (None The Wiser), which will come eight years after the release of their first album, it was evident from the crowd in Manchester Academy 2 that The Rifles still have that same hardcore following they did back in 2006. With a busy on looking crowd, most sporting […]
Twisted Wheel, Academy 2, Manchester, Live Review
Twisted Wheel are back on the road and touring material from their 2009 and 2012 albums in the run up to the summer festivals...