LIVE: DUTCH UNCLES – 27/03/2015

Dutch Uncles - THE RITZ, MANCHESTER - “Hello Ritz, we’ve gone too fast and need a breather” beams Duncan Wallis, frontman of Stockport’s finest Dutch Uncles. He’s not the only one. Just three songs into their biggest headline show to date and the energy in the room is electric. While a moment of respite gives an adoring audience a moment to gulp on one of many after work drinks, the band have a few seconds to take it all in. There were questions... Read More

LIVE – NISENNENMONDAI – 17/02/2015

NISENNENMONDAI - SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER –  This is my 100th Silent Radio review, and I’ve still no idea what I’m doing. It’s only appropriate that I’m, typically, at an intimate gig for a band that I’d not heard of 2 weeks ago, until recommended by editor Simon Poole. Soup Kitchen is filling up nicely, as you’d expect from a Now Wave doo. The Northern Quarter urban decay basement is a very fitting scene... Read More

LIVE: ADULT JAZZ – 12/11/2014

Adult Jazz - THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER - Adult Jazz have made one of the best debut albums of the year in ‘Gist Is’ (if not one of the best albums of the year full stop) and despite it being somewhat overlooked compared to terrible British bands like Alt-J this year, the Deaf Institute is pretty busy to see them play the majority of their magnificent LP in full tonight. I mention Alt-J because they seem to get a unreasonable amount... Read More

LIVE: FOXYGEN – 30/10/2014

Photo: Peter Rea.Peter@gmail.com - THE RUBY LOUNGE, MANCHESTER - So, it turns out halloween is an appropriate time to catch Foxygen. Now touring their third album in 2 years, the Californian duo of Jonathan Rado and Sam France have genre hopped from Sergeant Pepper, and The Velvet Underground to Bowie and The Rolling Stones, emulating many other prevalent bands from the late 60’s/early 70’s while they’re are it. I’m expecting... Read More

LIVE: SOHN – 17/09/2014

SOHN - GORILLA, MANCHESTER - Sohn, aka Christopher Taylor, strolls onto the dry iced stage in a sweltering Gorilla, black hoodie pulled over his head, looking every bit the mysterious, enigmatic electronic artist we see so much of today. Taking his seat at a keyboard at the front of the stage, flanked by a couple of other members of the band (who he later jokes are swathed in dry ice at his request so people can’t se them), the atmosphere in... Read More

LIVE: THE GHOST OF A SABER TOOTH TIGER (GOASTT) – 08/09/2014

Photo’s: Peter Rea - THE RUBY LOUNGE, MANCHESTER - I guess being the son of one of the most iconic musicians of the 20th century and an internationally renowned avant-garde artist, brings with it a lot of expectation concerning your creative talents. Sean Lennon, whose godfather is Elton John – who appeared in Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker – who co-wrote a song with Lenny Kravitz that appeared on the album ‘Mama Said’... Read More

NEWS: ALT-J NEW ALBUM AND TOUR DATES

alt-J will release their second album ‘This Is All Yours’ in September which is coincided by a full UK tour including two dates at Manchester O2 Apollo. ‘This Is All Yours’ is the highly anticipated follow-up to their million-selling Mercury Prize-winning debut record, An Awesome Wave. It’s available to pre-order in the UK immediately; the album will be released on 22 September via Infectious Music in CD, digital and double-vinyl... Read More

LIVE: FACTORY FLOOR – 03/05/2014

Factory Floor - ISLINGTON MILL, SALFORD - I’ve been waiting to see Factory Floor for a while now having missed their last Manchester gig due to being stuck on a train for 7 hours after a wedding in December. So when I found out they were putting on a night at the brilliant Islington Mill, I made sure I was I free. Even when Now Wave released the set times on Twitter and revealed they wouldn’t be on until 1am, it didn’t dampen my... Read More

LIVE: GHOSTPOET – 28/05/2013

- GORILLA, MANCHESTER - Things are really moving fast for Obaro Ejimiwe, a.k.a Ghostpoet. His bedroom produced debut album ‘Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam’ was nominated for the Mercury Prize, which thrust him into the limelight with a little help from Gilles Peterson’s label Brownswood. Two years on, he has released his 2nd album (through Pias), gained a band, lost his hat and developed a desire to make people dance. The... Read More

NEWS: WET NUNS – ‘BROKEN TEETH’ EP + UK TOUR

It’s fair to say that 2012 was a massive year for the hell-raising duo Wet Nuns. Having taken home the gong for Video Of The Year at the Artrocker Awards, Wet Nuns can look back on acclaimed performances at the Reading & Leeds Festivals, Bestival, Liverpool Sound City, The Great Escape, and two riotous headline UK tours. Now those purveyors of death-blues are set to charge into 2013 with a UK headline tour, two huge support shows with Blood... Read More

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