Stretch Your Eyes, Agnes Obel, Single Review, Recorded
IF folk-artist Agnes Obel – Copenhagen’s consistently brilliant daughter – and her new release ‘Citizen Of Glass’ showed a continuation of the divergent sound-scapes that has turned the 36-year-old into Denmark’s most important modern star, then new single ‘Stretch Your Eyes’ is the pre-climax to whatever finale she wants to complete. Without doubt, ‘Stretch Your […]
Beat-herder Festival 2015 (Preview)
    It’s that time of year again and me and mine are at Beat-Herder every year this unique pulsating oddity seems to grow be it in stages, acts or attendees it is quite simply on the up. This year boasts an embarrassment of riches be it on the in the Parish Church we have […]
Billy Lockett, The Ruby Lounge, Interview
You’re on to a winner when you state: “Manchester is my favourite place to play”. But unlike most this is a foreseeable reality for Northampton’s freshest artist Billy Lockett as he prepares himself for another cavort in our city; only this time he’s taking on the beatnik basement of The Ruby Lounge. Glass Animals, Foxes […]
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 […]