Xpress campaign: Master and the Pupil
Ken Garland is one of the most respected and important British designers in over the last fifty years and a hero of mine. Everyone we’ve spoken to so far has been wonderful, but when you talk about Ken Garland, you’re talking about a free spirit, someone who understood the balance of paying your way in […]
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 […]
Komla, Komla EP, Review
This London three piece Komla call themselves “musical chameleons.” At first I had to wonder precisely what is meant by this: are the different colours that they take on with regard to tempo, genre, instrument? Or perhaps the change occurs in their audible tones or tempers? A listen to their tunes provides an answer, giving […]
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 […]
Ian Skelly, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live Review
Now, in the game we sometime journalists like to call reviewing, you get to see your fair share of great live music. Manchester has been graceful enough to open its doors time and time again, allowing us folk of the Internet press to scrutinise and swoon over the sublime and the surreal. And tonight’s entertainment? […]
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 […]
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 […]
East India Youth, Kraak Gallery, Manchester, Live Review
Hidden down a back alley in the depths of the Northern Quarter in the former squat know to many as Kraak Gallery I stood with a crowd of merely 20 people waiting patiently to see East India Youth aka William Doyle...
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...
Splashh, Deaf Institute, Manchester, Live Review
It has certainly been a big 12 months for Splashh. The Hackney foursome have spent a lot of time on the road in the midst of releasing singles, all culminating in their album, Comfort, finally being released in June of this year. The buzz around them...