WHO ARE YA? SNIPPET

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves  your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. The questions are intended […]

THE WAVE: VERITY GARDNER (FAT OUT)

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THE WAVE –  Silent Radio’s feature where we speak to the city’s venue owners, promoters and new music advocates. The guys (and girls) behind the magic and probably the very people responsible for one of your favourite music experiences… Verity Gardner, Salford Co-promoter – Fat Out Till You Pass Out | Knows how to throw […]

INTERVIEW: BRODY DALLE

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After a brief rest following my struggle up the 4 flights of stairs of the echoing university building that houses the Manchester Academy complex, the door swung open as a slim blonde welcomed me like any housewife opening the door to a welcome visitor.  “Hey, how ya doin’….” in a soft semi Californian accent. The […]

INTERVIEW: BERNARD & EDITH

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Bernard + Edith create dark pop, combining the sultry elegance of FKA Twigs with the eclectic ambition of Grimes to produce winding soundscapes which are joined by Greta’s [Edith’s] sometimes smooth tones and sometimes deep ‘murrrrs’. The duo have racked up quite the storm recently having released their debut single ‘Poppy’ through leading Manchester record […]

WHO ARE YA? GLASS TIDES

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. […]

THE WAVE: BEN WARD (SWAYS RECORDS)

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THE WAVE –  Silent Radio’s feature where we speak to the city’s venue owners, promoters and new music advocates. The guys (and girls) behind the magic and probably the very people responsible for one of your favourite music experiences… Ben Ward (Sways Records): Meeting Ben Ward, one of three leaders of Manchester/Salford record label Sways […]

GIG GUIDE – APRIL 2014

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We have trawled through the forthcoming gigs in and around Manchester so you don’t have to. We believe that if we are going to recommend a gig to you, then it should be exactly that, a recommendation. There are many other sites out here on the internet that have a gig guide, but how many […]

SXSW 2014 BLOG

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SXSW 2014 – Day One South by south west should not be approached lightly. With the seemingly endless lists of official shows and day parties, waking up on Wednesday morning after having been awake for over 24 hours previously, facing the sheer size of event is like looking out to see thousands of armed cavalry […]

WHO ARE YA? A LOVELY WAR

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. […]

GIG GUIDE – MARCH 2014

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We have trawled through the forthcoming gigs in and around Manchester so you don’t have to. We believe that if we are going to recommend a gig to you, then it should be exactly that, a recommendation. There are many other sites out here on the internet that have a gig guide, but how many […]

INTERVIEW: BIPOLAR SUNSHINE

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Last June, Bipolar Sunshine performed at Soup Kitchen to celebrate the launch of his debut EP Aesthetics. That night, his performance managed to cast an eye-shielding, dazzling light over the somewhat conflicting, dim, grey concrete tiles of the Soup Kitchen basement. Helium balloons soared, and this alluring underbelly of Manchester was infused with a light, […]

WHO ARE YA? SITTIN’ PRETTY

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. […]

WHO ARE YA? GROVES

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. […]

THE WAVE: JONNY BOOTH (The Castle Hotel/Gullivers/The Eagle)

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Jonny Booth, Manchester Licensee- The Castle Hotel | Business Partner- Gulliver’s, The Eagle & The Parlour | Guitarist- Biederbeck | Top dude & Busy bloke The Wave: In the true spirit of “if you can’t get a job done, do it your fucking self’; the tale of how a bunch of band mates grew tired […]

NEWS: ‘CLOSE UP’ FEAT. BLACK FRANCIS (PIXIES)

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Black Francis of Pixies will be at Manchester’s historic Albert Hall on Wednesday 20th November for a no-holds-barred onstage interview conducted by Dave Haslam; followed by questions from the audience. It’s a unique chance to find out more about the life and work of the legendary, enigmatic Pixies frontman. Black Francis (real name Charles Michael […]

INTERVIEW: BIG DEAL

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Ahead of the release of new single ‘Swapping Spit’ and their second UK headline tour, one half of two-piece Big Deal, Kacey Underwood spoke to us about shedding their ‘intimate’ label in favour of a more bullish sound, supported by two additional live band members, and how self-mutilation on-stage might be the only way to […]

INTERVIEW: TONY WADSWORTH CBE (BIMM BOARD MEMBER/FORMER EMI RECORDS CEO)

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This week BIMM officially opened in Manchester; a Hacienda inspired music school, with backing from the ex-boss of EMI. I chat to some of the key players behind the centre, to find out how they’re planning to deliver hot new talent into Manchester’s world-renowned creative scene. With well-known schools in Dublin, London, Brighton and Bristol […]

OCTOBER 2013

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We have trawled through the forthcoming gigs in and around Manchester so you don’t have to. We believe that if we are going to recommend a gig to you, then it should be exactly that, a recommendation. There are many other sites out here on the internet that have a gig guide, but how many […]

INTERVIEW: SAMARIS

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Samaris delivered an ambitious yet wonderful album earlier this year, mixing traditional Icelandic poems with twisting and contorting electronics, all layered over and completed with the simple yet enchanting melodies of the clarinet. I spoke to possibly the only clarinet player in the electronic scene from the three-piece, Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir, just after their performance […]

WHO ARE YA? MOUNT FUJI

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. […]

INTERVIEW: MIKAL CRONIN

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San Francisco-based garage prince Mikal Cronin took us on a dissonant narrative journey this May in his latest release MCII, an inventively poetic and piano driven sophomore album that caught the ears of the music press. As he comes to terms with an orchestra of change, from the recording process to the album’s reception I chat […]

THE WAVE: CHRIS HORKAN (FOUNDER OF HEY! MANCHESTER)

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THE WAVE – a brand-new Silent Radio feature. We speak to the city’s venue owners, promoters and new music advocates. The guys (and girls) behind the magic and probably the very people responsible for one of your favourite live music experiences… Chris Horkan, Manchester Founder, Hey! Manchester promotions | Web Company boss | Journalist | […]

NEWS: FESTIVAL NO.6 – LINE UP + 2012 HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO

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The award-winning Festival No. 6 is proud to announce My Bloody Valentine. They join an already stunning bill that includes Manic Street Preachers, Chic, James Blake and many more. The performance will be their only England and Wales festival date this year. Festival No.6 is a pioneering festival concept bringing together music, arts and culture […]

AUGUST 2013

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We have trawled through the forthcoming gigs in and around Manchester so you don’t have to. We believe that if we are going to recommend a gig to you, then it should be exactly that, a recommendation. There are many other sites out here on the internet that have a gig guide, but how many […]

WHO ARE YA? THE OTHERNESS

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. […]

THE WAVE: JAY TAYLOR (CLASSIC SLUM PROMOTIONS / GIG BOOKER AT THE RUBY LOUNGE)

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THE WAVE – a brand-new Silent Radio feature. We speak to the city’s venue owners, promoters and new music advocates. The guys (and girls) behind the magic and probably the very people responsible for one of your favourite live music experiences… Jay Taylor, Manchester Director, Classic Slum promotions | Gig booker, The Ruby Lounge | […]

WHO ARE YA? THE WATCHMAKERS

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. […]

INTERVIEW: FINDLAY

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Natalie Findlay is just like your average twenty two year old. She likes going to festivals (having hit up Latitude three years in a row), going out with her friends around London, and yeah maybe one minor difference, she’s also the power vocals behind UK band Findlay. It’s all very très typique for a girl who […]

JUNE 2013

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We have trawled through the forthcoming gigs in and around Manchester so you don’t have to. We believe that if we are going to recommend a gig to you, then it should be exactly that, a recommendation. There are many other sites out here on the internet that have a gig guide, but how many […]

INTERVIEW: PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING

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With all the hype surrounding the archive savvy Londoners Public Service Broadcasting, I couldn’t help but lay out a few questions for J. Willgoose, Esq regarding the inspiration, album themes and motivations and most importantly, what we can look forward to from them in the future. Could you tell our readers how you came up […]

WHO ARE YA? HEAVY DANCERS

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. […]

NEWS: BEING FRANK – THE CHRIS SIEVEY STORY

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Being Frank: The Chris Sievey story is the official documentary about Manchester alternative comedian and musician Frank Sidebottom and his creator Chris Sievey. Throughout the month of May a Kickstarter camapign will be running to help get the film made. Kickstarter is a platform where fans can buy into the film to help fund the […]

GIG GUIDE – MAY 2013

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We have trawled through the forthcoming gigs in and around Manchester so you don’t have to. We believe that if we are going to recommend a gig to you, then it should be exactly that, a recommendation. There are many other sites out here on the internet that have a gig guide, but how many of […]

WHO ARE YA? SHAUNA MACKIN

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. […]

WHO ARE YA? CLEFT

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. […]

WHO ARE YA? BLOOM

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. […]

WHO ARE YA? RANDOLPH SWAIN AND THE RED LIGHTS

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. […]

WHO ARE YA? EMBERS

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. […]

WHO ARE YA? SONGS FOR WALTER

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. […]

INTERVIEW: BEN ROBINSON (KENDAL CALLING CO-DIRECTOR)

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Ben Robinson lives the dream. The 31 year old co-director of niche Cumbrian music festival KENDAL CALLING not only gets to pick the headliners and hang out with the stars, but also performs there with his band, SLAMBOREE. So how difficult is it to set up and run your own festival? We chatted to Ben […]

WHO ARE YA? BLOOD SPORT

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. […]

INTERVIEW: DAN LE SAC

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I recently had a chat with the very affable Dan le Sac about his first full solo album ‘Space Between The Words.’ There’s quite a mix of artists featured on this release (Merz, Emmy the Great and Pete from Pete and the Pirates) and a tour to check out in October. We chatted collaborators, producing […]

NEWS: FESTIVAL NO.6 – LIVE BROADCAST ON BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

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Festival No.6 have announced that they are teaming up with BBC Radio 6 Music as part of their Autumn Live Music Programme to transmit exclusive performances from some of the legendary and cutting edge acts performing at this year’s event. To celebrate New Order headlining the first year of the UK’s newest festival and the […]

WHO ARE YA? BENEATH THE BEACH

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. […]

WHO ARE YA? (THE EXTENDED 12″ VERSION) – ADRIAN FLANAGAN

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Silent Radio’s Simon Poole recommends Adrian Flanagan for your audible delectation and your possible bemusement on how a Salford born/Sheffield based man who only a few years ago broke both of his arms so badly that he was told he’d never play an instrument again can be so darn busy musically. ***** WHO ARE YA? “I am one half […]

AUGUST 2012

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We have trawled through the forthcoming gigs in and around Manchester so you don’t have to. We believe that if we are going to recommend a gig to you, then it should be exactly that, a recommendation. There are many other sites out here on the internet that have a gig guide, but how many of […]

WHO ARE YA? MENSCH

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. […]

NEWS: CASIOKIDS – DOWNLOAD THE ANNIE HART REMIX OF NEW SINGLE ‘DRESINEN’ + VIDEO

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With more UK live dates on the way, Norway’s Casiokids have announced the release of their next single ‘Dresinen’, out through Moshi Moshi on June 25th. Taken from their debut album ‘Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen’ which was released earlier this year, also on Moshi Moshi, ‘Dresinen’ has been remixed by Au Revoir Simone’s Annie Hart. The […]

FULL ALBUM STREAM: ALT-J ‘AN AWESOME WAVE’

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On sale 28th May 2012 via Infectious Music

INTERVIEW: FRIENDS

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Brookyln-based Friends are making some pretty darn good impressions round these parts. Even without an album release, Zane Lowe’s already cottoned on and named their 3rd single release ‘Mind Control’ the ‘Hottest Record in the World’. Plus they bagged a shortlist honour on the BBC’s Sounds of 2012. Since E4 canned the Friends repeats I’m […]

WHO ARE YA? THE PORTLANDS

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. The […]

NEWS: LAWRENCE ARABIA – NEW ALBUM ‘THE SPARROW’ VIDEO TEASER

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New Zealand songwriter / producer Lawrence Arabia returns with The Sparrow, the follow up to the critically-acclaimed and award-winning Chant Darling. Venturing away from the harmony-laden, classic pop production of that release, The Sparrow is a more measured and minimalist work, drawing particularly on the influence of the symphonic late-sixties work of Scott Walker and Serge Gainsbourg. While various ominous words like […]

WHO ARE YA? BLACK STAR DUB COLLECTIVE

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. The […]

TICKET GIVE-AWAY: ODONIS ODONIS – DOWNLOAD ‘BUSTED UP’ SINGLE FREE + UK LIVE DATES

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Taken from the debut album ‘Hollandaze’ – a grimy, gum-splattered ménage of surf-gaze, punk and lo-fi – ‘Busted Lip’ becomes the latest single from Odonis Odonis on 21st May. ‘Busted Lip’ was actually OO’s debut ultra-limited edition 7″ single on Canadian label We Are Busy Bodies prior to signing to FatCat last year. Originally a solo project for […]

COMPETITION: STRUMMERCAMP – PAIR OF TICKETS UP FOR GRABS

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The Jubilee Bank Holiday, June 1-3rd, sees the ‘Magnificent Seventh’ Strummercamp festival return to Manchester Rugby Club for another weekend of great music to celebrate the music and influence of Joe Strummer and the Clash. The Jim Jones Revue have been confirmed as Saturday night headliners with Dub Pistols, Rotten Hill Gang + a full […]

REVIEWING THE SITUATION: HOW SHOULD JOURNALISTS JUDGE MUSICIANS?

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The year is 1984. Hack documentarian Marti DiBergi is interviewing world famous band Spinal Tap about their reaction to the succession of dreadful reviews written about their albums. He awkwardly states, ‘The review you had on Shark Sandwich was merely a two-word review… “shit sandwich,”’ to the bemusement and horror of the band. They exclaim, […]

NEWS: GRINDERMAN – FREE DOWNLOAD OF ‘EVIL’ (SILVER ALERT REMIX)

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Following the recent announcement of their new remix album (‘Grinderman 2 RMX’), Grinderman are currently giving away one of the album’s stand out tracks. The Silver Alert remix of ‘Evil’ which features guest vocals from Matt Berninger, from The National, is now available for free download below. ‘Grinderman 2 RMX’ is set for release on 26th March via Mute Records. The album […]

NEWS: THE PARKLIFE WEEKENDER – LINE UP ANNOUNCED

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Oklahoma City’s psychedelic alternative rockers The Flaming Lips and grime rapper Dizzee Rascal are today confirmed as the star headliners for The Parklife Weekender at Platt Fields park on 9th and 10th June 2012. Crowning the festival’s main stage on Saturday and Sunday respectively, these two artists lead the first line-up announcement for Parklife’s third annual party. The finest […]

NEWS: FOE – ‘COLD HARD ROCK’ REMIX (FREE DOWNLOAD)

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Art school dropout, pensive introvert, grunge obsessive, fan of dressing up in brightly coloured wigs: as FOE, 21-year-old, Hannah Clark is all of these things and more. FOE’s debut album, a fun house of funeral glamour, ‘Bad Dream Hotline’, was released 16th January on Vertigo records. Turned on to Captain Beefheart, Nirvana and PJ Harvey by her music-loving dad […]

WHO ARE YA? VIOLET YOUTH (FREE EP DOWNLOAD)

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. The […]

Chris Gilliver’s END OF YEAR ROUND UP

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I’ve been wondering all year whether I’ve finally reached that apocalyptic age when you go off modern music and become trapped in a state of near-dimentia reliving the works of past maestros in a virtual rip in the space time coninuum, or if the general quality of music has taken a similar course to that […]

Live: DJ Derek – 23/12/2011

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- ISLINGTON MILL, SALFORD – Friday 23rd December: the night before the night before Christmas. The party season is well and truly under way, but it’s not really Christmas yet. There’s no sitting around, feeling bored and consuming more food in one day than you have done all week. This is the fun bit of Christmas, […]

Who Are Ya? Autumn Owls

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Each week, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or bands management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. The questions are […]

WHO ARE YA? – BEI RU

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Each week, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or bands management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. The questions are […]

INTERVIEW: GHOSTPOET

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London–born Obaro Ejimiwe aka Ghostpoet is one of the freshest UK MC’s to surface over the last year. Not content with flying the flag for the UK Hip Hop scene, Ghostpoet’s softly spoken, casual vocals mix seamlessly with an experimental electronic edge; creatively knocking out vibes of trip-hop, dub-step and beyond. Having received deserved kudos […]

NEWS: MACHINEDRUM DEBUT ALBUM ‘ROOM(S)’

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Travis Stewart follows up on last years ‘Many Faces E.P.’ and a recent appearance at Sonar festival with his debut album for Planet Mu. Dubstep now regularly flirts with the mainstream, but ‘Room(s)’ remains underground while sounding fresh and suitable for the dancefloor. Building on his background as a hip hop producer, Machinedrum has created […]

INTERVIEW: FRANK TURNER

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For three long and often lonely years of life on the road, playing a brand of honest and passionate folk/punk, Frank Turner continued to rise to prominence with an ever increasing following. But it was in the sweaty climes of the Lock Up Stage at Reading and Leeds 2008 that his solo career really started […]

ALBUM: VANDAVEER – DIG DOWN DEEP

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This is Washington based singer songwriter Mark Charles Heidinger’s 3rd album in 4 years. Clocking up an impressive 450+ gigs in the process, and a few EP’s, he would appear a busy man. But his music sounds anything but hectic and urgent. He’s like a confident and empowered Damien Rice… a vocally deeper version of […]

SINGLE: THE MISERABLE RICH – ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE

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Dubbed as ‘the world’s foremost purveyors of bar room chamber music‘, ‘Anything’s Possible’ is the first release taken from The Miserable Rich’s upcoming third album ‘Miss You in The Days’, a swift follow up to last year’s ‘Flight of Fancy’. I’ve been listening to the track on and off for almost a week now, and […]

SINGLE REVIEW: The Naked & Famous

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With its sparse, yet super-melodic intro, ‘Girls Like You’, the 4th single from Passive Me, Aggressive You, caught me off guard on first listen. Immediately electronic, with synth sounds swelling between percussion, it is reminiscent of MGMT’s ‘Oracular Spectacular’, which is,of course, no bad thing, but it does mean that The Naked & Famous are […]