LIVE: NADINE SHAH – 14/04/2015

Nadine Shah - THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER - Due to the typically dismal weather, beer gardens are in short supply in Manchester. On the rare occasion like tonight where the sun still shines gloriously at gone half seven, every flimsy metal table outside a bar is keenly occupied. The smartest amongst those are supping up quickly to get into the inevitable sauna-like conditions of The Deaf Institute because, as usual, it’s host to the hottest show... Read More

LIVE: ERRORS – 04/04/2015

Errors - THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER - I’m so pleased to be watching Errors. I’ve missed the Scottish ‘post-electro’ band every time they’ve toured for one reason or another, and the only glimpse I’ve had of them live was a couple of songs at the end of a Bestival set in about 2012 that I stumbled upon by accident. All four of their albums are brilliant, morphing from the Mogwai (sorry, it’s almost compulsory to mention Mogwai when... Read More


Du Blonde, the new project of Beth Jeans Houghton, has unveiled the first single from her new album. Black Flag is now available as a free download from her official website, and is taken from her forthcoming album, Welcome Back to Milk, which is released on Mute on May 18.The single, as well as much of the album, was produced by  Bad Seed and Grinderman member Jim Sclavunos, whose previous production credits include The Jim Jones Revue and The... Read More


Martin Luke Brown London based Leicester born singer/songwriter Martin Luke Brown is supporting Orla Gartland on her UK and Ireland tour (interview with Orla here). Silent Radio’s Fran Canning caught up with him after his set at Manchester’s Deaf Institute. For people who don’t know, who are you? My name’s Martin, which to be fair I hate my name man. I really don’t like my name so just call me a nickname, that’s fine. So yeah, Martin... Read More


Orla Gartland London based Irish singer/songwriter Orla Gartland found fame posting videos of herself playing acoustic cover versions of songs she liked on YouTube. At present, her channel has received over 11 million views. Silent Radio’s Fran Canning caught up with her while she was in Manchester for her sold out show at The Deaf Institute. To start, for people who do not know. Who is Orla Gartland? Who am I? I just turned 20, I’m from Dublin... Read More


Hiss Golden Messenger - THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER - Last time Hiss Golden Messenger (HGM) graced the stage in Manchester, it was MC Taylor alone on a Sunday night, pacing the stage like a pent up prisoner in front of a measly crowd. Despite tonight’s venue being just a few minutes away from the Soup Kitchen basement, it feels a world away. Not only is Hiss Golden Messenger a full band tonight but more importantly the crowd is bustling; a telling... Read More

LIVE: VIET CONG – 05/02/2015

Viet Cong - THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER - It’s an interesting feeling going to a gig without knowing much about the band you’re off to see. Having enjoyed the singles and videos they’ve put out so far, but not knowing a huge amount about them, tonight I’m heading to The Deaf Institute to see Viet Cong. Following a wave of hype surrounding single ‘Continental Shelf’ and their debut album released just last month, it’s no surprise that... Read More


Amber Run - THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – Amber Run are in Manchester tonight to kick off their headline tour, ahead of the release of their debut album (coming out later this year). I saw Nottingham 5 piece Amber Run at this very venue at last year’s Dot to Dot festival, then again at The Soup Kitchen in November as part of The Communion Presents… New Faces Tour (I called it the Renee Zellweger tour, no one laughed). At Dot to Dot, lead... Read More

LIVE: EMMY THE GREAT – 23/01/2015

Emmy The Great - THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER - Emmy the Great is at a pivotal moment in her career. Six years after debut album, First Love, established her on the bustling London anti-folk scene, and just months before the release of her third full-length, she remains to this point a somewhat peripheral figure. In those six years, acts like Mumford & Sons, Noah & The Whale and Laura Marling have become bestsellers, whilst Emmy still lurks... Read More

LIVE: ALVVAYS – 21/01/2015

Alvvays - THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER - “Just in case there is any confusion, it’s pronounced ‘Always!’” laughs singer Molly Rankin, offering the same clarity everyone who has ever written about the band is obliged to cover. With their kitschy name and capacity to count Real Estate and Pains of Being Pure at Heart as past touring buddies, it’s little wonder the Toronto five-piece find themselves sugar-rushing their way round the UK,... Read More

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