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

LIVE: DEATH GRIPS – 06/11/2012

- SOUND CONTROL, MANCHESTER - Death Grips are probably the closest thing we have to actual punk these days. For those not aware, the story (roughly) goes: mysterious hip hop/hardcore band release a widely praised mixtape, play some intense shows. Band signs, somewhat bizarrely, to Sony backed major label Epic, announces that two albums will be released in 2012. April 2012, band release the brilliant ‘The Money Store’ album, to more critical acclaim,... Read More

LIVE: WHY? – 10/10/2012

- CENTRAL METHODIST HALL, MANCHESTER - “Is this the right place?” A gent with a check shirt enquires from beneath the overhanging bristles of his russet beard. We’re between a pawn shop and a gigantic wig emporium on Oldham St, just facing Afflecks, and yep, we really are in the right place. Plenty of others have found their way here already and are cocking a curious collective eyebrow at Anticon’s latest signing, Young Fathers. The... Read More

LIVE: EGYPTIAN HIP HOP – 09/10/2012

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Looks can be deceiving. I remember seeing a picture of Manchester based outfit Egyptian Hip Hop before hearing them and with their angular haircuts and flamboyant vintage outfits I was expecting to hear something loud, noisy and full of youthful exuberance. Instead, I heard perfect pop songs with electro tinges, strong grooves and even stronger hooks that have refused to leave my head since I heard them back in 2010. Since... Read More

LIVE: GRIMES – 30/08/2012

- THE RITZ, MANCHESTER - On arrival at the Ritz, I‘m quite puzzled by the apparent appeal of the ‘Vagina Rings’ on sale at the merch desk – replicas of Grimes’ very own lady parts [“one size fits all” but it’s a bit tight for me, natch!]. I feel a little bit uncomfortable just browsing, to be quite honest – which is probably the idea. Grimes has a background in art, and getting a reaction is what art seems to be all about nowadays. First... Read More

LIVE: SAVAGES – 24/07/2012

- The Deaf Institute, Manchester - The blow of missing the first two local Savages gigs this year – in a cage in a bunker in Salford and at Islington Mill in June – has been eased now that I can witness ‘everyones favourite new band’, in my favourite venue. Parma Violets are the main support, I saw them at the 2:54 gig back in April where I described them, pretty much, as a tribute band for The Walkmen. Some similarities... Read More

LIVE: BEST COAST – 17/06/2012

THE HMZ RITZ, MANCHESTER Now Wave gigs regularly promise plenty of bands and no fillers, as with tonight’s quadruple bill. The thankfully renovated Ritz is starting to get a little sticky underfoot again, due to spilt beer. At £4.35 for a pint of Guinness, I’m not wasting a drop. Psychedelic dark punk pop rock band Pins kick things off. The local, hotly tipped all girl band look and sound great up there, growing in stage presence it seems,... Read More

LIVE: ∆ (ALT-J) – 18/05/2012

- QUAY HOUSE, MANCHESTER - As part of the annual audio/visual festival Future Everything, Now Wave have brought us to a disused office block situated next door to The Opera House, to see no fewer than six (that’s 6) bands. We’ve become accustomed to dirty industrial warehouses and basement venues in Manchester, so this is a refreshing change. Office parties at work will never seem the same again. This gig is sold out. The venue is essentially... Read More

LIVE: KINDNESS – 22/03/2012

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - I am underneath a kitchen. Upstairs they’re serving soup. On tonight’s menu: Kindness, the creation of London lad, Adam Bainbridge. His name has been floating about the online music atmosphere since 2009, but now in 2012 he has released his debut album, ‘World, You Need A Change Of Mind,’ produced by French dance producers, Cassius. The sound of Kindness can be described as off-kilter funk, heavily inspired by... Read More

LIVE: FICTION/FILMS – 04/03/2011

- THE CASTLE HOTEL, MANCHESTER - The Castle Hotel is a perfect example of how Manchester’s Northern Quarter has always been an interesting place. I’m not referring to the last decade or so since a few overpriced clothes shops, bars and apartments appeared; I’m talking about since its inception over two and a half centuries ago. Obviously there have been few changes here and there, but the Castle itself has only really seen one change to its... Read More