RICHARD WALKER’S END OF YEAR LIST

2014 End Of Year Reviews

Albums: 1) Sun Kil Moon – Benji Incredibly tender, rambling stories about cranky Mark Kozlek’s family and life set to incredibly tender finger picked guitars, absolutely stunning songwriting. This is not background music, it’s music that demands your attention and rewards you every time you go back to it. (Best Track – Jim Wise) 2) […]

PETER REA’S END OF YEAR LIST

2014 End Of Year Reviews

Albums: The Wytches – Annabel Dream Reader I first heard The Wytches on Silent Radio’s FAB FM show – no other debut album had gotten me so excited, this year. I bought Royal Blood’s at the same time and it hasn’t had a look in. Apparently, this is ‘Surf Doom’ – another reason to love […]

PAUL ROBINSON’S END OF YEAR LIST

2014 End Of Year Reviews

Top Five Albums Hookworms –The Hum The second album from Leeds’ Hookworms moves on from the more ambient debut of Pearl Mystic with a more direct and heavier Krautrock groove. Album opener The Impasse pummels and bludgeons the senses, but the instrumental tracks, titled with a number as with the first album, have a greater […]

JONATHAN ROBY’S END OF YEAR LIST

2014 End Of Year Reviews

Albums Mazes – Wooden Aquarium An album brimming with fine post-punk tunes and their finest album to date Liz Green – Haul Away The piano led second album from Manchester’s very own darkly Brechtian infused folk chanteuse is a fine follow up to her debut O Devotion Jane Weaver – The Silver Globe This her […]

JOHN PLATT’S END OF YEAR LIST

2014 End Of Year Reviews

Albums Foxygen – …And Star Power A sprawling, acid fuelled vision of the 60’s. Foxygen’s double concept album rattles through every rock star trope, yet somehow still manages to subvert expectations. They easily inhabit the bodies of Lindsey Buckingham, Smokey Robinson and Mick Jagger, yet are avant-garde enough to still sound fresh. Songwriting as brilliant […]

REVIEWERS END OF YEAR LISTS

2014 End Of Year Reviews

Some of Silent Radio’s contributors have kindly put together a review of their 2014, best albums, best songs and best gigs. Joe Curran John Platt Jonathan Roby Paul ‘Robbo’ Robinson Peter Rea Richard Walker

JOE CURRANS’ END OF YEAR LIST

2014 End Of Year Reviews

Joe Curran’s 2014 Albums 1. Ought – More Than Any Other Day Ought’s debut album is a modern masterpiece. It sounds like an unholy jam between Television, Talking Heads and At The Drive In. Combining moments of frantic energy with captivating intricacy, the progression between the two is masterful. Gritty riffs lead into choruses you […]

WHO ARE YA? Treasureseason

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GUESTLIST GIVE AWAY: TEMPLES AT THE RITZ

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Temples’ Sun Structures, which is Rough Trade Shops best selling album of the year and one of the best selling vinyl releases of 2014 so far, was initially released in February. The 12-track album, self-produced by the band’s James Bagshaw and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer, has been a massive world-wide success, proving a huge international […]

GUESTLIST GIVEAWAY – SAINT SAVIOUR & BILL RYDER-JONES CO-HEADLINE TOUR

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Saint Saviour’s new album ‘In The Seams’ (released on the 3rd November through Surface Area) will be embarking on a co-headline tour with album collaborator and producer Bill Ryder-Jones on the 2nd of December (full dates below). ‘In The Seams’ marks a departure from Becky Jones’ 2012 debut ‘Union’, an explicitly pop-oriented project. Writing the […]

WHO ARE YA? THE COLOURS

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Q&A QUICKIE: MEANWHILE

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It is difficult not to be excited by Meanwhile. Sounding somewhere between Prince and the Pet Shop Boys, the former Home Counties dweller (born Tom Andrews), creates dance-able songs with great hooks. On tour with La Roux and signed to Fiction Records, the future for Meanwhile looks as bright as their glorious Technicolor pop. First […]

TICKET GIVEAWAY: DEERS

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Silent Radio has a pair of tickets to give away to see Deers, a Spanish girl group who have released their second single, Barn (out now on Lucky Number Music). The group recorded the track in Berlin, and is backed by Between Cars and Castigadas En El Granero, which loosely translates as ‘grounded in the barn’. […]

INTERVIEW: JOSH PYKE

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Aussie singer-songwriter JOSH PYKE is back in the UK, with four albums and a string of tours under his belt. The ‘Middle of the Hill’ singer tells Silent Radio’s NATASHA JOHANSSON why he feels his latest work is the end of a chapter in his life, why he’s branching out into psychedelic rock, and exclusively […]

ANDY BURROWS TICKET GIVEAWAY

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Andy Burrows releases his new album, Fall Together Again on Play It Again Sam today. The album – incredibly Burrows’ tenth long player, between past solo albums and his recordings with Razorlight, We Are Scientists, Smith & Burrows, plus his BAFTA-nominated soundtrack for The Snowman and The Snowdog – will be accompanied by a quartet […]

INTERVIEW: LOCH LOMOND’S RITCHIE YOUNG

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His music is featured heavily on the Boxtrolls soundtrack, and he fronts the Decemberists’ favourite group – “dream pop” act Loch Lomond. Hailing from Portland, Ritchie Young is used to being surrounded by a dazzling array of instruments onstage. But the 39-year-old has opted to strip that away for a more laid back UK solo […]

TICKET GIVEAWAY: THE ORB PRESENT ‘ADVENTURES BEYOND THE ULTRAWORLD & UFORB – LIVE

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Following their sold out show in Manchester Academy 2 in October 2013 The Orb have confirmed they will return to the city once more for a unique and exclusive northern show on October 18th 2014. Across a special two hour show they will celebrate their genre defining and ground breaking classic albums ‘The Orb’s Adventures […]

WHO ARE YA? SNIPPET

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NEWS: FAT OUT FEST

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23rd, 24th, 25th MAY 2014 ISLINGTON MILL, SALFORD Manchester based promoters Fat Out Til You Pass Out return to Islington Mill this year for their third installment of FAT OUT FEST. Having been successful in their Arts Council application, this May bank holiday the DIY promoters take on their biggest challenge to date, celebrating independent […]

INTERVIEW/REVIEW: PHANTOGRAM – 10/05/2014

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Saturday turned out to be a typical day for Mancunians; grey and wet and one in which you’re much happier being indoors. But I was off to meet incredibly hip two piece Phantogram, so I braved the weather. Manchester did its best at welcoming the duo from Upstate New York by ensuring it was raining […]

INTERVIEW & REVIEW: THE TWILIGHT SAD – 02/05/2014

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- THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – Backstage at The Deaf Institute, The Twilight Sad frontman James Graham leads me to a tiny room containing three bunk beds and room for nothing else. “It is like when you were wee and your pal came to play PlayStation” he says with a smile. Hailing from Glasgow, The […]

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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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 […]

INTERVIEW: PATTERNS

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Manchester band, Patterns, having released their debut album in January are now on the verge of their biggest show yet. In eerie surroundings with the nocturnal, gothic atmosphere inspired by Salford’s beautiful, St. Philip’s Church, Patterns will expand their debut Walking Lines to widths they are yet to explore. With the support of Manchester Community Choir, Patterns […]

WHO ARE YA? A LOVELY WAR

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INTERVIEW: HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER

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The image of the Sony Warehouse after it was torched in 2011’s London Riots is a lasting one; plumes of black cloud are seen billowing out of the roof, while the right-hand side of the building where the large blue-lettered Sony sign was emblazoned is slumped, like a fallen giant. Around this time, a folk […]

INTERVIEW: BRETON

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When the Red Hot Chilli Peppers wanted an unconventional setting to record highly acclaimed ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’, they chose the reportedly haunted former residence of magician Harry Houdini. The coolest location to make a record I thought, until I discovered where London natives Breton decided to record their follow up to 2012’s ‘Other People’s […]

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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WHO ARE YA? GROVES

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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 […]

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 […]

WAXAHATCHEE COMPETITION: WIN GIG TICKETS & A COPY OF THE ALBUM

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Waxahatchee returns with the new single ‘Misery Over Dispute’, released on 20th October 2013 via Wichita, the second to be taken from the highly-acclaimed album ‘Cerulean Salt’. The brilliant new video features the multi-talented Katie Crutchfield doing a spot of tap dancing, no less. Having danced throughout her childhood, Katie always wanted to incorporate her […]

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 […]

INTERVIEW: JON FRATELLI

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The Fratellis are back with a much awaited new album ‘We Need Medicine’. The guys have a string of tour dates planned around North America, UK and some of Europe. I spoke to Lead Jon Fratelli about how the band feel about uniting back on stage and playing to a crowd again after a five […]

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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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 | […]

WHO ARE YA? BY TOUTATIS

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WHO ARE YA? THE OTHERNESS

The Otherness

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COMPETITION: HALF MOON RUN – GRAB A PAIR OF TICKETS FOR DEAF INSTITUTE SHOW + A COPY OF NEW ALBUM ‘DARK EYES’

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The Montreal quartet Half Moon Run will release their debut album ‘Dark Eyes’ through Glassnote/Communion/Island Records on the 1st July 2013. It will be preceded by a new single, ‘Call Me In The Afternoon’, on the 24th June. Recorded in Montreal, the album was produced by the band alongside Nygel Asselin, Daniel Legace, and Jim […]

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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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 […]

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 […]

INTERVIEW: GHOSTPOET

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After a European tour and a string of festival dates last year, Ghostpoet’s UK ‘More Light’ tour kicked off last week, after this month’s release of second album ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’. This follow-up to his Mercury nominated debut album is another creative blend of experimental electronic sounds, acoustic ideas and Ghostpoet’s […]

WHO ARE YA? HEAVY DANCERS

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WHO ARE YA? SHAUNA MACKIN

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WHO ARE YA? CLEFT

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LIVE: THE SHEEPDOGS – 05/04/2013

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- NIGHT & DAY CAFE, MANCHESTER – Oh Canada! Tonight’s the night Saskatchewan’s blues-rock four piece The Sheepdogs grace us Mancunians with their bearded presence. Having missed the opportunity to catch the boys live in Vancouver over the Christmas holidays, I was more than thrilled to find out they’d be on tour throughout the UK […]

WHO ARE YA? BLOOM

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WHO ARE YA? RANDOLPH SWAIN AND THE RED LIGHTS

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WHO ARE YA? EMBERS

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WHO ARE YA? SONGS FOR WALTER

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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 […]

INTERVIEW: BETH JEANS HOUGHTON

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Before you head out to a live show you check your pockets for your ID, your drawers for your gig ticket and your purse to see if you have enough pounds to buy a drink. It’s the routine we all know so well. The last thing you’d expect to be doing alongside the scramble for […]

INTERVIEW: JOSH OSHO

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Josh Osho is kick starting a new breed of gritty Brit urban boy, meets souly singer-song writer. I catch up with the rising star, just before he steps into the studio to polish off his new EP (details after the big chat) and mixtape… in between a gob of breakfast. We cover such bases as […]

WHO ARE YA? BLOOD SPORT

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INTERVIEW: JIMMY BELL

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Simon Morrison: How did you career begin in Manchester?  Jimmy Bell: I used to go around the city dropping tapes off at various clubs which was the thing to do those days. I eventually got a reply from Citrus Bar in Manchester which was a cool underground spot, I played mostly every Friday and Saturday […]

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 […]

INTERVIEW: CHÂTEAUX

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South Manchester’s Châteaux have been making a big impression ever since uploading their first demo ‘It’s Magic’ six months ago, and continuing to deliver ever since with their reverb-heavy, melodic mix of soaring vocals and swirling guitar sounds. I talk to Henry Flint, one half of the Flint twins George and Henry that make up […]

WHO ARE YA? BENEATH THE BEACH

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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 […]

WHO ARE YA? MENSCH

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TICKET GIVE-AWAY: POST WAR YEARS

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Post War Years, signed to Chess Club/RCA and due to release their new EP called ‘Glass House’ on 23rd July. The EP was produced by James Rutledge (MGMT/Grizzly Bear/Late of the Pier/The Kills) , reminiscent to me of Yeasayer/Wild Beasts, in parts Foals, and even Editors/Interpol at times vocally. They recently wowed the crowds supporting […]

Who Are Ya? The Minx

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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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WHO ARE YA? BLACK STAR DUB COLLECTIVE

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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 […]

WHO ARE YA? THE THYME MACHINE (WITH FREE DOWNLOAD)

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NEWS/COMPETITION: BRETON – NEW SINGLE, DEBUT ALBUM + VIDEO / FREE GIG TICKETS & CDS

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Sonic and visual experimentalists Breton will release their second single, ‘Interference’ on 19th March 2012 on FatCat Records. It’s taken from the band’s hugely anticipated debut album ‘Other People’s Problems’ – due for release on 26th March 2012 – and lyrically touches on compulsive, destructive relationships, their internal compromises and justifications. It’s a bold, epic production oozing in attitude thanks to the brass and strings courtesy of German composer […]

COMPUTER GAME MUSIC

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I’m a fan of video games – although not quite your average video game fan. Since first playing on a NES in 1987, I’ve been a dyed-in-the wool Nintendo-head. Lately, I’ve been buying a bunch of games that I used to play when I was in my early teens – games from the NES, SNES […]

INTERVIEW: DJANGO DJANGO

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Django Django are a bunch of genre-flouting, clever buggers. The Django’s, Dave Maclean (drums), Vinny Neff (vocals/guitar), Tommy Grace (keys) and Jimmy Dixon (bass), have been at it since 2009, but only this January they released their debut, self-titled album ‘Django Django’. It’s been giving all the new- music aficionados out there big, fizzy knickers. The […]

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 […]

INTERVIEW: METRONOMY’S ANNA PRIOR

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Metronomy are the electric pop band that’s had us humming their catchy as fuck tune, ‘The Look’ for the best part of 2011. Like a musical version of Monty Python’s ‘The Funniest Joke in the World’ (minus inevitable death), I double dares ya not to be belting out ‘da, da, da, da, da, da, da, […]

WHO ARE YA? VIOLET YOUTH (FREE EP DOWNLOAD)

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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 […]

NEWS: DUM DUM GIRLS – UK TOUR & HEAR THE NEW ALBUM IN FULL + GRAB YOURSELF A PAIR OF FREE TICKETS TO THE FIRST NIGHT OF THE TOUR

Write about what you know. That’s what they say. But that’s a lot easier said than done when what you know is very, very difficult to bear. That was the challenge Dum Dum Girls’ leader Dee Dee faced when writing the songs for the band’s moving second album Only in Dreams. Listen to the slowdive […]

INTERVIEW: PEARL AND THE BEARD

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Looking delicious and sounding even more so, what more do you want from a band than watching them perform an unplugged, al fresco Will Smith melody, with a cello and glockenspiel? Ah…Pearl and the Beard you had me at ‘Wicki-wild wild’. But, NY City trio Pearl and the Beard are oh so much more than […]

COMPETITION: WIN TICKETS TO SEE THE ELECTRIC SOFT PARADE AT DEAF INSTITUTE

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The good people at Manchester’s Deaf Institute have given us a pair of tickets to give away for this Friday’s The Electric Soft Parade gig. After supporting Noel Gallagher’s High flying bird at The O2 Apollo, The Electric Soft Parade return to the city as headliners at the ever popular venue, a favourite with fans and bands alike. […]

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 […]

WHO ARE YA? – NINETAILS

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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? – THE CAPTAIN AND ME

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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 […]

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 […]

WHO ARE YA? – MACHINE BOY

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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: 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 […]

NEWS: WU LYF – WIN TICKETS FOR THEIR MIF APPEARANCE

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On Saturday 16th July, WU LYF will play their only UK festival show at the Manchester International Festival. This unique event will see WU LYF completely closing off Manchester’s Great Bridgewater Street road tunnel (the tunnel that runs underneath the city’s landmark GMEX centre) to traffic and pedestrians, and opening it up as a gig […]

NEWS: LINE UP FOR SPLIT FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED

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The line up has been announced for this year’s Split Festival, which will take place across September 17th and 18th at Ashbrooke Sports Club in Sunderland. Curated by The Futureheads, with guitarist Ross Millard at the helm as Split’s Music Programmer, the festival is now in it’s third year and promises to be bigger and […]

NEWS: MOON DUO NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO

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After the release of their incredible debut album ‘Mazes’, packed out European tour and an incredible set at Primavera, Moon Duo have confirmed ‘Fallout’ to be their next single. Out on July 4th, the track is accompanied by another suitably psychedelic video, directed by Eric Mast. The album ‘Mazes’ saw its European release on April […]

NEWS: EGYPTIAN HIP HOP, XXXY AND PLANK! TO PERFORM FOR MIF ‘TRUE FAITH’ SERIES

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Everything Everything have selected three bands based in Manchester as part of Manchester International Festival’s ‘True Faith’ series. They’ve chosen – Egyptian Hip Hop, XXXY, and Plank!- each performing a short set including material specifically written, arranged, or performed for the Festival. The show takes place in the Festival’s temporary Pavilion Theatre on Albert Square in the heart of Manchester Tuesday July […]

NEWS: PROFESSOR BRIAN COX CANCELS LIVE FROM JODRELL BANK APPEARANCE

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Professor Brian Cox’s appearance cancelled for Live From Jodrell Bank: Transmission 001 Cox’s busy schedule prevents guest appearance Transmission 001: Sat 2nd July 2011 Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield, Cheshire. Sadly, due to his hectic working schedule, Professor Brian Cox is no longer able to appear at Live From Jodrell Bank: Transmission 001, as previously announced.   Although […]

NEWS: THE ANSWERING MACHINE RELEASE LIMITED EDITION OF ‘LIFELINE’ AND FREE DOWNLOAD

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On the 16th May 2011, Manchester indie band The Answering Machine announced that they will no longer be making music together via a handwritten letter posted on the band’s official website. The announcement came just three months after the release of the band’s critically acclaimed sophomore LP, ‘Lifeline’ (released on CD and digitally on 21st […]

NEWS: FREE DOWNLOAD AND STREAM FROM HOLOGRAM HEART PARADE

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Hologram Heart Parade formed at the turn of 2011. The two-woman, three-man band led by Glasgow born singer and songwriter Pauline Johnston recall pop’s soulful side while tipping their hat to Sparks, Roxy Music, Prince and the The Pointer Sisters. They host their own club night in Manchester, England in celebration thereof. The promo release […]

NEWS: BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB – TOUR AND SINGLE STREAM

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The first single ‘Shuffle’ from Bombay Bicycle Club’s forthcoming third album ‘A Different Kind of Fix’ (out 29th August via Island Records) received it’s world premiere on Radio 1 last night as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record. BBC play all major UK festivals this summer including headlining Underage Festival, headlining the second stage at Latitude, playing […]

NEWS: HYDE AND BEAST ACOUSTIC VIDEO AND TRACK DOWNLOAD

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Hyde and Beast have released an acoustic performance of the track ‘(And the) Pictures in the Sky’ and an interview with the band courtesy of Amazing Sessions. Filmed at this year’s Evolution Emerging festival, the duo bring on board four more musicians to play a live version of ‘(And the) Pictures in the Sky’, including Hyde’s […]

NEWS: FICTION RELEASE NEW SINGLE & VIDEO

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London four piece, Fiction  have just released a new single on the brand new Off Modern Records label. ‘Parakeets’, the follow up to ‘Big Things’, is the bands third release and was produced by The Klaxons’ Anthony Rossomando and mixed by Rodiadh McDonald. Backed with ‘Let The Day Perish’ from the bands recent Blackbox session, […]

NEWS: S.C.U.M – NEW SINGLE (STREAMED) + VIDEO + UK TOUR DATES

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Recent signings to Mute, S.C.U.M are set to release a brand new single on the 18th of July 2011. ‘Amber Hands’, recorded in London with producer Ken Thomas, comes backed with mixes by Sonic Boom and Silver Apples and exclusive track ‘Fountains’. Available on 12” and digital download, ‘Amber Hands’ is the first single to […]

NEWS: KYLA LA GRANGE TO RELEASE SINGLE & VIDEO

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Kyla La Grange will release her second single, ‘Been Better’ on Chess Club Records on the 11th July. Kyla has already attracted blog and press interest for her voice and sound. ‘Been Better’ begins with her husky, almost snarled put-down of, “tell me none of your longings, I don’t need them, or you” and soars to […]

NEWS: THE VIOLET MAY TO RELEASE DEBUT EP

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The Violet May are set to release their debut EP ‘TV’ on June 27th on Oh! Inverted World Records. The EP will be available in all formats. Preceding the release of the EP, the lead track ‘TV’ will be available digitally via I-tunes on May 23rd. The five-track EP was recorded with Alan Smyth (who […]

NEWS: GIVERS DEBUT SINGLE + FREE DOWNLOAD

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‘Up Up Up’ is to be the debut release from the Deep South’s Givers. ‘Up Up Up’, which comes from Givers debut album ‘In Light’, will be released on July 18th on Glassnote in the US and Island Records in the UK. Receiving its world premiere on Radio 1 as Zane Lowe’s Next Hype track, […]

NEWS: FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS WINTER TOUR

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Having just performed a headline show on the third stage at Download Festival – Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls announce details of a UK tour to take place this winter. Aside from the many festival appearances confirmed for the summer – including the Main Stage at Reading + Leeds Festival – this will be […]

NEWS: BON IVER RELEASES VIDEO FOR ‘CALGARY’

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Filmed in April 2011 in Fall Creek, WI, ‘Calgary’ was directed by Andre Durand and Dan Huiting and produced by Daniel Cummings and Picture Machine Productions. ‘Calgary’ is released as a 12″ on July 25th. The single will be backed with a cover version of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me”. Bon Iver’s […]

NEWS: THE VACCINES TO SUPPORT ARCTIC MONKEYS

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Arctic Monkeys are pleased to announce that they will be joined by special guests The Vaccines as support for their forthcoming UK arena tour in October & November 2011. Starting at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham on Friday 28th October and taking in 9 dates across the UK, including a show at London’s O2 […]

NEWS: SEA OF BEES HEADLINES UK TOUR

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Having supported Smoke Fairies and John Grant earlier this year and headlined a Heavenly showcase tour, Sea of Bees has gained notoriety for her live performance. She has Announced a full U.K headline tour in July, as well as festival appearances at Glastonbury, Truck Festival and Port Elliot Festival. June Dates Sunday 26th June – […]

NEWS: BEAT BOUTIQUE BOAT PARTY

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This September 30th Beat Boutique are returning to the Northern Quarter venue The Ruby Lounge following it’s refurbishment. In the meantime however they have decided to put together one or two events over the summer. The first event is a cruise through the waterways of Manchester on a barge complete with decks, a quality soundsystem […]

NEWS: PATRICK WOLF – HEADLINE TOUR

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Patrick Wolf will embark on a headline UK tour in October and November this year. Playing tracks from his fifth album ‘Lupercalia’, alongside classic material, Wolf will close the tour with a performance at London’s Roundhouse on Friday 4th November. Speaking about the upcoming tour, Patrick said, “after the party of festival season, I want […]

NEWS: BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB ANNOUNCE THIRD LP

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Bombay Bicycle Club this morning unveil details of their third album ‘A Different Kind of Fix’, which will be released through Island Records on 29th August. The album’s first single ‘Shuffle’ will be available to buy on iTunes from 23rd June. In a little over three years, Bombay Bicycle Club will have released three LPs. From the teenage […]

NEWS: HYDE & BEAST ALBUM AND VIDEO

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From the North East of England comes a new project from The Futureheads’ Dave Hyde and ex-Golden Virgins’ drummer Neil Bassett and it goes by the name of Hyde & Beast. Hyde & Beast have released a video. Not only that, but their brand new website www.hydeandbeast.co.uk is now live, and if you sign up to their […]

NEWS: KITTY DAISY AND LEWIS – NEW SINGLE

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The evolution of Kitty, Daisy and Lewis from front room jammers to critically lauded professionals has been an expeditious one. Since their beginnings, the trio have released a debut album as well as numerous singles, secured themselves a cult following and supported Coldplay on their U.S tour. This year has seen more developments with the band […]

NEWS: BEIRUT ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM

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Beirut release their first album in four years with ‘The Rip Tide’ on 29th August. ‘The Rip Tide’ marks a shift from ‘The Flying Club Cup’ (2007) and his ‘stop-off in Mexico’ by way of the ‘March of the Zapotec’ EP (2009). The album will feature ‘East Harlem’ and ‘Goshen’ which appear on the band’s new […]

ALBUM: GOODLUCK JONATHAN – THIS IS OUR WAY OUT

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Sometimes, when you sit down to write a review, you have to be honest with yourself. I consider myself to be someone who ‘gets’ the music that falls within post-hardcore’s boundaries. But do I enjoy it? That is another matter. There is fun to be had when listening to experimental, futuristic sounds and song concepts. […]

NEWS: Thomas Tantrum – New Album and June Tour

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‘Mad By Moonlight’ is the second album from Southampton’s Thomas Tantrum. Thomas Tantrum have created this album based solely around sleep, or lack of it. Including references to female insanity, insomnia and things that go bump in the night, each song is wrapped in a dream like sonic cotton wool. It’s twelve tracks are influenced […]

NEWS: CSS – New Album and Tour

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Three years since their last album, CSS are back with ‘La Liberación’. Recorded in Sao Paulo and featuring contributions from Ratatat and Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie, it’s both a true melding of their debut’s riotous anarchy and ‘Donkey’s grungey maturity. It also shows the band pulling off some most excellent sonic tricks and, as it […]

NEWS: Hurts – European Tour

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Hurts are set to launch a European tour this Autumn starting in September in Stuttgart and ending at the O2 Academy Brixton in November. Theo and Adam released their debut single “Better Than Love” 12 months ago. Since then they have sold over 700,000 albums and more than 1 million singles so far worldwide. Crowned […]

NEWS: Beirut – New 7″ + Tour Dates

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Beirut release their new single ‘East Harlem’ b/w ‘Goshen’ (POMP 04) on 6th June 2011. Released via Zach Condon’s own label, Pompeii Records (via Forte Distribution), the single is available  on limited edition blue or white 7” vinyl and digitally on 7th June. ‘East Harlem’ and ‘Goshen’ are the first new songs from Beirut since […]

NEWS: Stealing Sheep – New EP (full stream)

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A joint release from London’s new indie label Idle Fret and Manchester’s own Red Deer Club, comes Stealing Sheep’s second 7″ single to hit the shops this year. Recorded in various studios including Abbey Road, Liverpool’s Mello Mello cafe and the girls’ own apartment, the record is a mix of atmospheres and production styles. It’s […]

NEWS: Thomas Tantrum – Behind The Scenes Video + Tour

Ever wondered what really goes on between takes whilst making a music video and what ends up on the cutting room floor? Well, now you can find out by watching this behind the scenes footage from the ‘Hot Hot Summer’ video shoot! Upbeat and colourful,Thomas Tantrum’s video for ‘Hot Hot Summer’ sees them playing in fake snow, […]

WHO ARE YA? TRAPPED IN KANSAS

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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 […]

NEWS: The Leisure Society – NEW SINGLE + UK TOUR -

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The Leisure Society have announced details of the release of a new single, the second to be taken from their Album ‘Into The Murky Water’. ‘You Could Keep Me Talking’ will be released digitally on Monday 11th July via Full Time Hobby and features the B-side ‘A Richer Dust’. The band will also on tour in the […]

NEWS: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – New Album + Live UK Dates

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With their new album, ‘Belong’, New York quintet The Pains of Being Pure at Heart expand their indie pop aesthetic, with the help of producers Flood and Alan Moulder at the helm.   The album has since gone on to critical acclaim, with Pitchfork naming it Best New Music. Now, fresh off a tour with […]

NEWS: First Aid Kit – NEW ALBUM -

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First Aid Kit, the Swedish duo of sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg, are currently recording with producer Mike Mogis at his A.R.C. Studios in Omaha, NE. They’ll spend the next month working on the follow-up to their debut album, The Big Black & The Blue, released last year on Wichita Recordings. In addition to being […]

NEWS: Beck’s Fusion Summer Guestlist

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- NEW MANCHESTER EVENTS + FREE MP3 PLAYBUTTONS – Beck’s Fusion Summer Guestlist have picked innovative music and art events across the summer to create the Beck’s Fusion Summer Guestlist. Beck’s Fusion has collaborated with many of the UK’s stars from the worlds of art and music to create the exclusive Beck’s Fusion Summer Guestlist […]

WHO ARE YA? GNOD

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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 have […]

WHO ARE YA? – CYRIL SNEAR (WITH FREE DOWNLOAD)

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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: SYLVAIN SYLVAIN (NEW YORK DOLLS)

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Times were tough for New Yorkers in 1971. Their city was dark, dirty and full of crime. Unemployment was high – gang members even higher. Undernourished drug dealers dominated the streets, while bloated MOR rock dominated the charts. As government officials tried to sort out the city’s mean streets, someone or something needed to change […]

INTERVIEW: HUGH CORNWELL (THE STRANGLERS)

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HUGH CORNWELL, 61, was born in Tufnel Park, North London. While at School, Hugh formed his first band with Richard Thompson, who went on to become a member of Fairport Convention. In 1974 he started The Stranglers, who had a string of hit singles and became the biggest selling band to emerge from the UK […]

INTERVIEW: APRIL MAYBE MAY

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Sometimes, the anticipation surrounding a gig can build up an expectation that, sadly, isn’t met on the night. However, this also works the other way around – something that was proved to your humble writer last month upon diving into a snowed-in arthouse cinema in Cumbria for a quiet beer. On stage was April Maybe […]

WHO ARE YA? Stealing Sheep

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: IAN PARTON (THE GO! TEAM)

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- THE MAN & MUSICIAN BEHIND THE GO TEAM! TALKS TO SILENT RADIO’S RICK SIMS ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM ‘ROLLING BLACKOUTS’ – Got me questions, Got me voice recorder and like the inept monkey I am, I stammer over my first ‘sentences’ that turn out to sound more like a fumbling child who’s attempting to […]

INTERVIEW: JOHN POWER ON CAST’S REUNION

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Over the last few years, reformed bands have been largely greeted by old and new fans alike with open arms and a nostalgic cheer. However, while reunions seem to be doing a roaring trade at present, taking such a step could prove to be risky for a musician who has managed to establish themselves as […]

INTERVIEW: SRGents

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Ahead of their show, “Un Je Ne Sais Quoi”, at The Kings Arms in Salford on October 9, where SRGents will be spinning tricks with their winning twist of Anglo-Gallic charm, we catch up with Gary (or is it Peri?!) and find out how life treats such an unusual trio.   Hi Peri, how are […]

INTERVIEW: TEN KENS – ELEVEN QUESTIONS

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With “For Posterity” remaining one of the most played, most intriguing and definitely most enjoyed albums of 2010 thus far, we catch up with Dan Workman, the band’s lead singer, for a quick interview during his busy touring schedule:   Hi Dan, thanks for taking time out to do this interview. How are you?  – […]

Talking Point – Are Music Writers Egotistical Pricks?

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January 1997, and the bombshell dropped that my next piece of coursework would count towards my A-Level in the much-maligned-but-pretty-entertaining Media Studies. As I’d only managed to stay in the class because I’d “somehow winged the exam” just before Christmas, as the teacher put it (I was something of a professional absentee in the lower […]

Fast-Forward – The World Cup Goes Indie – Final Knock-out Stages

I can’t contain it, the excitement is reaching fever-pitch: I am going to a music festival on a Mediterranean beach in July. On an unrelated and much less exciting note, I am also going to find out which one of 32 plinky little indie tunes I dislike the least. But to make it interesting, and […]

Fast Forward – The World Cup Goes Indie [Round of 16]

The knock-out stages are ready to begin. The rules are simple – I think most of these tunes are the musical equivalent of those horrible world cup flavoured crisps, so I don’t want to listen to them any more than I have to. It’s a simple contest – two songs play, the best one goes […]

Fast Forward: The World Cup Goes Indie

Fast Forward: An Indie Music Companion To World Cup 2010 [The Group Stages] Yes folks – now is the time – the time to be excited about the World Cup. Now is the time for hope, before the inevitability of England bowing out (on penalties) in the Quarter Finals, and Brazil narrowly overcoming Spain and […]

INTERVIEW: HUNGRY PIGEON’S ALEX MCCANN

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It’s the last Bank Holiday weekend of May and the Northern Quarter is buzzing with music around every corner. One wrist band guarantees you an invite to the party, so what are you gonna do expect dive in head first? Alex McCann is one of the four wise promoters we have to thank for this three-day […]

INTERVIEW: SANDI THOM

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Punk rocker or hippy folk singer – Sandi Thom already had a split personality when she launched herself into the public consciousness back in 2006. And it looks to have taken the young Scottish troubadour the intervening four years to find her true voice . . . and the blues. Sandi’s third album, Merchants and […]

Ricky Martin – A Reaction

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As news agencies worldwide eagerly churn out the ‘news’ that Ricky Martin has come out and said that he’s ‘proud to be gay’, I ask myself a few questions. Firstly: ‘is anyone shocked?’ I doubt it. Although it wasn’t exactly an open secret, Barbara Walters quizzed Martin heavily about it in an interview in 2000, […]

INTERVIEW: THE JIM JONES REVUE

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“Built to take on America” – The Jim Jones Revue   From their weird name to their attention-grabbing sounds, The Jim Jones Revue have been creating a buzz on the gigging circuit since they formed back in 2007.   With textured heavy guitars shot through with honky tonk piano and 50s rock ‘n’ roll, the […]

The Seven Deadly Sins Of Music Performance

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I’m pretty new to the reviewing game but I’ve been watching gigs for 15 years, and playing them for 10. Along the way I’ve seen shows good, great, mind-numbingly bad and all shades of in-between. However, there are some things that REALLY get my goat as a gig-goer, so I’ve complied them into a list […]

INTERVIEW: OWEN STRATHERN OF GENERAL FIASCO

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Imagine the scenario – you are barely out of your teens and you find yourself in an indie band that is tipped for greatness. Within a year of playing your first gig you are invited onto the line-up at the Leeds and Reading Festival and a few months later make your bow at the BBC […]

INTERVIEW: CHRIS URBANOWICZ OF THE EDITORS

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New York is in the grip of a snow storm when I catch up with the Editors’ lead guitarist Chris Urbanowicz. The Nottingham-born musician, 29, is full of apologies as our chat is punctuated by directions to the cab driver. “I’m sorry, I’m normally much more professional than this,” he explains. Chris, who is unusually polite […]

WHAT A DESTRUCTIVE BUNCH WE ARE!

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Thanks heavens for the qualities possessed by our country’s intrepid tabloid journalists. Without them, the fact that a football player cheated on his pop star wife might never have been brought to our attention, and I will at this point take a brief pause from typing to cross myself.  There, done. So anyway, that awful, […]

Bombay Bicycle Club Interview

It’s 6:30pm and I’m drifting in and out of reality. I should be doing something, but instead I’m desperately trying to claw back a few hours sleep before I head out into the blistering cold. It’s the NME show tonight, and I just want to let this warm haze envelope me before the freeze fries […]

INTERVIEW: FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS

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It’s only when you hear them again, you realise how much you missed them. “No-one can really do what the Fun Lovin Criminals do,” announces vocalist, lyricist, guitarist and twinkle-eyed wise-guy Huey Morgan.  “We aren’t trying to keep up with the Joneses ‘cos there are no Joneses. There’s just us, who sound like us. And […]

INTERVIEW: CLOUD SOUNDS

Cloud Sounds started out as a one man radio show ran by a local Withington lad, mainly from the comfort of his own home. In spite of apparently modelling himself on Oscar The Grouch, once one gets over his provocative sense of humour, (which leaves you shoving your fist in your mouth to keep from […]

INTERVIEW: LIAM FROST

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Silent Radio’s collective fingers and toes will be firmly crossed for Manchester’s Liam Frost this weekend as he bids to finally break into the big time. Early signs are promising for Hold Your Hand in Mine – the first single from Liam’s second album, We Ain’t Got No Money, Honey, But We Got Rain. The […]

Church Street Records R.I.P

Once again another of Manchester’s iconic buildings (I use the term building very loosely) has been raised to the ground and it shall be missed. In fact, it was rather impossible to miss and even though it was not exactly easy on the eye, it was definitely loved. I’m not to sure how many years […]

Fight The Power Anybody?

The so called real music fans have managed to get Rage Against the Machine to the number one spot for this Christmas. Maybe this is a small poke in the eye to the manufactured soulless music that is usually at the top of the charts, but what about next weeks chart and the week after? […]

The Church Street Drive-in

- NCP Car Park, Manchester. 13/12/2009 – The top floor of the NCP car park on Church Street in the Northern Quarter is not the cities most glamorous location. This is why you exit the lift at the 11th floor to an unexpected sight, a large screen, rows of chairs and a number of strategically […]

Rage Against The ‘Money Making’ Machine

‘Killing in the Name’ – or – “The Alternative Christmas [Number 1] Message” Now I’m not normally the sort of person who gives a crap about Xmas number one – although I do hate the bejeezus out of X-Factor (for many many reasons). However, the “RATM for Xmas number one” campaign has caught my eye […]

INTERVIEW: JESCA HOOP

If songwriters first have to experience life before they are qualified to write about it then Jesca Hoop has already earned her credentials. Born and raised in Sonoma County – a rural area of California, 30 miles north of San Francisco – the young folk songstress is now an honorary Mancunian. The fact that she […]

Stephen Morris and Friends

- MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY, MANCHESTER – Manchester. So much to answer for. Here’s two things for starters – kicking off the Industrial Revolution and redefining the music industry in the 1970s and 80s. Tonight’s event pulls those two disparate factors together by hosting, within the impressive setting of the Museum of Science and […]

INTERVIEW: ROOTS MANUVA

Through a haze of alcohol, and some other things that perhaps I should not mention, I had for sometime been trying to work out where my Mad Ferret Festival level three security wrist band would let me go. I hadn’t at this point tried to push too hard the limits of my freedom. Was level […]