Modern Baseball – ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER – Modern Baseball (MoBo from herein, shamelessly stolen from a Pitchfork review), are a band at the forefront of that oft misunderstood genre ‘emo’. I say misunderstood, because it conjures up images of sad teenagers dressed in various shades of black being sad about how sad their lives are, taking all the sadness that the world presents them with and being even sadder with it, listening to bands... Read More

LIVE: HINDS – 26/11/2016

– ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER – Hinds are coming to the end of the beginning. Tonight marks the first night of a final jaunt around the UK in support of their debut album Leave Me Alone, and they appear for the first time to be taking in what has happened to them. The Madrid quartet, who started out in 2014 under the name Deers, are tonight playing Manchester for the fourth time, and are greeted by as many adoring fans at Academy 2 as there... Read More

LIVE: LOCAL NATIVES – 08/11/2016

Local Natives – ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER – Remember when things seemed a little more optimistic? When everything hadn’t seemingly gone to shit? When Prince was still funky and Bowie was still confounding expectations? When actual politicians were in charge of major countries? When hate wasn’t the ruling emotion? When the baby boomers weren’t making terrible decisions in huge numbers that a) half of them won’t live... Read More


Spring King – ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER – My back is up against the wall, adjacent to the bouncer, at a Friday night showcase of Spring King. I’d guess the modal age here is a good five years younger than myself as I cast my eyes towards opener Get Inuit. The crowd is tightly bunched towards the front, and there’s already some sitting on shoulders (god knows it’s only a bit gone 8). Early into the set, our lead vocalist earnestly... Read More


– ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER – 285 Kent-by-way-of-Texas pseudo-slackers Parquet Courts have been consuming culture at an unnatural rate and spitting it back out just as fast since 2011 in an endless effort to move beyond prescriptive expectation and reflect the great distances between humanity and the claustrophobia of the concrete world, but according to bassist Sean Yeaton as the band take to the stage of Manchester’s Academy 2, they’re... Read More


This October Spring King will take to the road for their biggest headline tour to date – including a show at Manchester’s Academy 2. Kicking off in Edinburgh on Monday 10th October pre-sale tickets will go on sale from 10am on Wednesday 8th June and on general sale from 10am on Friday 10th June. The news follows on from the band making their TV debut on Later…with Jools Holland, their current single ‘The Summer’ being on both... Read More

LIVE: BAD MANNERS – 07/05/2016

Bad Manners – ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER – “You Fat Bastard!” Bad Manners’ war-cry will be constantly chorused all the gig long, both by the crowd and the larger-than-life, charismatic frontman Buster Bloodvessel. After struggling a little bit so as to get in the venue, by the time I’m in, support band Max Splodge is filling the thick air with punk-fuelled tunes that the audience sing along to. Let’s get the party started, then. I... Read More


Frightened Rabbit photo by Sarah Starkey  – ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER – It’s been over 2 years since Frightened Rabbit toured. Their last studio album Pedestrian Verse was released back in 2013 and received both critical and mainstream success,  reaching number 9 in the UK album charts and finding the band stepping onto the radar of a wider number of music fans. Since then, fans of this Scottish five piece have been patiently waiting... Read More

LIVE: LAPSLEY – 05/03/2016

Lapsley  – ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER – Just last year, Holly Lapsley Fletcher was studying for her A-Levels in Southport. Unlike many people her age, she knew exactly what she wanted to do – study Geography at Bristol and go onto work for the National Geographic. She still vows that she may do this. However, at just 17, the electronic artist uploaded a song called ‘Station’ to Soundcloud and it soon got the record labels calling. Lapsley... Read More


The Temperance Movement  – ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER – Great and wild Phil Campbell has this voice, so manly, so pleasantly throaty, that one could be watching his performance for countless hours. Even if he’s just singing a prosaic “Yeah-yeaaah-Naah-Na-ah-ah!”, in a hypnotic loop. Manchester’s Academy 2 is packed with fans of all range, from kids to those who were kids some time ago. That’s the magic of the classic formula of blues... Read More

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