LIVE: BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB – 29/06/2015

– THE ALBERT HALL, MANCHESTER – American rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have never been prolific in their presence, yet their string of albums and stunning live performances have always left fans wanting more earning them a demi-god status. Fans of BRMC are loyal and tonight’s event is set to be no exception with the […]

LIVE: FROM THE KITES OF SAN QUENTIN – 19/06/2015

– THE EAGLE INN, SALFORD – Being a city fattened on a diet of indie rock, Manchester isn’t famous for its incubation of electro-inclined sonic innovators. The scene that exists has been forced to become self-sufficient in order to survive. In some respects our nightlife is illustrious and unparalleled, but in terms of variety of […]

LIVE: DAN DEACON – 17/06/2015

– FAT OUT’S BURROW, SALFORD – This is not your average Wednesday night. A grown man stands above us, wearing khaki shorts, a schoolboy-like shirt and red socks pulled up to his knees. Soon, this man would hold a level of control over us. He would direct us, manipulate us and frankly embarrass us. His […]

LIVE: ELVIS COSTELLO – 10/06/2015

– THE BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER – Accidentally spoiling things for myself before I can enjoy them naturally has become my bread and butter these days. A recent search for articles on the brilliant HBO series ‘Oz’ and revealing the deaths of certain characters was a real gut punch. Today it’s a Twitter mishap – On […]

LIVE: MANCHESTER PSYCH FEST III – 13/06/2015

– NIGHT & DAY CAFE, MANCHESTER – On the back of two successful events last year, Manchester Psych Fest brings about their third installment with an eclectic line up which does have one questioning what exactly is ‘psych’ these days. First on the bill we have one of the newest members of the Manchester psych […]

LIVE: ANDREW JACKSON JIHAD – 11/06/2015

–  THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – In case any of us had forgotten, Andrew Jackson Jihad (AJJ) reminds us that guitars can actually sweat. And bleed. Clean and raucous, friendly furious, the punk-folk band from Arizona turs up as an effective catalyst for teenagers’ rage, as most of the audience tonight is pretty young and […]

LIVE: JENNY HVAL – 11/06/2015

– GULLIVERS, MANCHESTER – This is, hands down, the oddest gig I’ve been to. And I saw the first iteration of The Knife’s Shake The Habitual tour. Jenny Hval, the Norwegian art-pop-composer-sometime—metal-vocalist has brought her show to Manchester’s intimate Gullivers, and it’s full on mental. Hval has just released her best album, Apocalypse, girl, and […]

LIVE: BRITISH SEA POWER – 12/06/2015

– THE RITZ, MANCHESTER – British Sea Power are somewhat of a cult these days, a reputation for doing a lot for their fans, most of which are quite mad. Their online merchandise shop is, without doubt, one of the best in the world. They harbour the biggest range of band t-shirts known to man […]

LIVE: DIIV – 10/06/2015

– NIGHT & DAY CAFE, MANCHESTER – Tonight’s entertainment comes in the form of New York’s finest surf rockers gracing this historic venue with their presence. Signed to Captured Tracks, DIIV started as a solo project for lead singer Zachary Smith Cole, which interestingly was originally called Dive after the Nirvana track. Cole put together a […]

LIVE: EINDHOVEN PSYCH LAB DAY 2 – 06/06/2015

– EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS – And so it’s Day Two and despite a few sore heads and blurry eyes as I enter the venue, the overall mood is buoyant and the alcohol is already flowing. Bonnacons of Doom open proceedings in the Main Lab. The five piece have a fill-in bassist in the form of James […]