LIVE: BEN KHAN – 14/04/2015

Ben Khan - SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Not a lot is known about Ben Khan. He hasn’t done a lot of interviews, he’s not big on the ol’ social media, he’s only released one EP (the stunning 1992) with another one on the way, and rarely plays live. I can’t even (shock!) find a Wikipedia page for him. What we do know is he’s a 22 year old from London and he makes sublime slices of skewed RnB future pop with thick slabs of funk guitar and... Read More


The Lovely Eggs - SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - The gig space in the Soup Kitchen looks like a catacomb and it fits the night perfectly, given that the devotion shown by fans of The Lovely Eggs shares some traits with a religious cult, and this is now the cult of the Magic Onion, as explained later. The amplification seems slightly disproportionate for the small room, it could as well be good for Foo Fighters at Wembley. As a prevention measure, a few wise... Read More

LIVE: VESSELS – 16/03/2015

Vessels - SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Vessels’ recently released album Dilate is something of a departure from their lean, guitar-focussed Slint-via-Radiohead post-rock stylings. Previous record Helioscope is a brilliant, greyscale exercise in tension and release and where Dilate still uses similar dynamics in terms of building layers to a dramatic climax, this time it’s in glorious electronic Technicolor. It’s no coincidence that... Read More

LIVE: LONELADY – 26/02/2015

LoneLady - SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - There was huge disappointment for me, almost 5 years ago – Manchester’s own Julie Ann Campbell, aka LoneLady, withdrew from a support slot for Chris Cunningham due to illness. Her superb debut album ‘Nerve Up’, released on Warp in 2010, had piqued my interest enough to leave me wanting more. It’s been a long wait. Digital culture connoisseurs Future Everything are our hosts tonight,... Read More

LIVE: GIRLPOOL – 18/02/2015

Girlpool - SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Soup Kitchen is heaving tonight. That’s because we are about to watch Girlpool, the surprise package of 2015 who have inspired support from nearly every blog and quarter going, despite comprising of just two women with two guitars. This hype may seem perplexing to many, as unlike the breakthrough acts of the last few years, see FKA Twigs, Girlpool pose very few challenges to their listeners and create songs... Read More


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: EX HEX / PRINCESS – 12/02/2015

Princess - SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - By the end of their short five song opening set, South Dublin’s Princess have sensed, stalked and snared an initially passive Manchester crowd.  Ostensibly a two piece recording project, tonight Liam and Aoife are supplemented by a full band and are now equipped with the artillery to deliver.  Their approach is simple and effective. Looking for an epic sound, they trade in walls of atmosphere, pierced by shards... Read More


The Lovely Eggs The Lovely Eggs have announced their new album, This Is Our Nowhere, will be released on May 4. The two-piece will release the record, which has been recorded in their home town of Lancaster, through their own label, Egg Records. Before the album is released, the band, comprised of husband and wife Holly Ross and David Blackwell, will play an 11 date UK tour, including a gig at the Soup Kitchen in Manchester. The punk rock duo, who... Read More


The Xcerts It feels nice to be stood in Soup Kitchen this evening, a pint in hand, knowing I have the weekend ahead and not much else on the agenda apart from watching bands and drinking beer. Sadly, Soup Kitchen seems a little on the quiet side as I eagerly await tonight’s support, Nottingham outfit Kagoule. It’s been a good year for the trio, having toured the UK vigorously and released a bunch of killer singles. Tonight’s set... Read More

ALBUM REVIEW: 2:54 – The Other I

2:54 The Other I 2:54’s ‘Scarlet’ EP instantly caught my attention a couple of years ago, prompting me to sign up for their 2012 Deaf Institute gig. The London based alternative rock band’s self titled debut long player shortly followed, and didn’t disappoint – their broody, understated, infectious melodies hit all the right spots. Sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow front the four-piece, having previous formed... Read More

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