LIVE: ARAB STRAP – 14/10/2016

Arab Strap – THE RITZ, MANCHESTER – It may be the faint stirrings of Christmas commercialism or the sour aftermath of Brexit Britain but there seems no better time to welcome back our favourite Scottish curmudgeons Arab Strap.  The band have returned to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a handful of special live shows on the back of the recent release of 20 Songs For 20 Years a double album of Arab Strap ‘secret hits and rarities’. ... Read More

LIVE: STRANGE WAVES PRESENTS KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD – 09/09/2016

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – THE RITZ, MANCHESTER – It seems like barely a day goes by without us at Silent Radio extolling the virtues of the Psych revival. This is not by design; Manchester and seemingly everywhere else is aboard a kaleidoscopic juggernaut unable and unwilling to stop it. Both floors of The Ritz are in use for tonight’s celebration made possible by Strange Waves and the giddy flow of people bounding up and... Read More

LIVE: TY SEGALL & THE MUGGERS – 23/06/2016

Ty Segall – THE RITZ, MANCHESTER – Ty Segall is a name that I’d heard a lot over the years but never investigated until recently. The incredibly prolific multi-instrumentalist released his eighth album in eight years at the start of the year and was the first time I had embraced the genius of this man. Emotional Mugger is a groovy, fuzzy and sometimes sleazy look into Ty’s signature psych meets garage rock blend, it’s... Read More

LIVE: THE FALL – 19/04/2016

The Fall – THE RITZ, MANCHESTER – Before I mumble about The Fall for a short while, I want to firstly give the support acts a mention: The 99 Degree and Cabbage. The 99 Degree kick off the night to a, let’s say “still” crowd. Having a big secret game of stuck in the mud, the punters in early tonight are straight to the bar as the bluesy, noisy music from the stage wafts around the grand (ish) venue. They’re a good outfit, so it’s... Read More

LIVE: STIFF LITTLE FINGERS – 19/03/2016

Stiff Little Fingers  – THE RITZ, MANCHESTER – In a time when not all was glitz and not all was glamour, 1977 gave birth to a little punk band from Belfast called Stiff Little Fingers. Known for their highly political views and raucous attitudes, their music brought unity to those who never belonged and gave a voice to all who were afraid to speak the truth. Northern Ireland was in turmoil, which in turn gave them something to sing about,... Read More

LIVE: NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS – 10/03/2016

Nathaniel Rateliff  – THE RITZ, MANCHESTER –“I don’t know whether you’re newcomers or whether you’re fans of my old acoustic-y shit.’’ I am a fan of it all. It’s not yet been much more than a year since Missouri-born frontman Nathaniel Rateliff last released his lone EP Closer but a lot has changed. He’s now a seven piece alongside The Night Sweats. He’s changed musical tacks, being compared to the likes of... Read More

LIVE: THE GUNS N’ ROSES EXPERIENCE – 04/03/2016

The Guns N’ Roses Experience  – THE RITZ, MANCHESTER – Whether you agree with it or not, tribute acts can actually be an absolute blast. You’ll never get the personal experience of watching a group on stage who looks, acts and sounds exactly like your favourite big band, stood only 10 feet in front of you for less than the price of an arm and a leg. Well, I had to see what all the fuss was about. With tribute bands becoming... Read More

LIVE: CAGE THE ELEPHANT – 20/02/2016

Cage The Elephant  – THE RITZ, MANCHESTER – Bone rattling bass lines and spine tingling guitar riffs echo throughout the heart of The Ritz and threaten to burst the eardrums of anyone within a five-mile radius. In an explosion of rock and roll chaos, the whole night proves to be one giant tailspin towards a mind blowing finale. After three highly acclaimed studio albums, many have felt that Cage The Elephant’s fiery nature is on... Read More

LIVE: FLOATING POINTS – 12/02/2016

Floating Points  – THE RITZ, MANCHESTER – It’s been a long time coming, but Mancunian Sam Shepherd’s debut album Elaenia was certainly worth the wait. After releasing a string of outstanding DJ friendly EP’s and singles, since 2009, we’re finally able to immerse ourselves in a long player that ebbs and flows from danceable bloops and bleeps, to jazz infused sonic experimentation, and chilled-out vibes. Understandably,... Read More

LIVE: JASON ISBELL – 23/01/2016

Jason Isbell – THE RITZ, MANCHESTER – It’s an early start at The Ritz tonight. Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, to give the evening’s main act its full name, is working to a 10pm curfew to allow time for the venue to put on its Light Boxx club night afterwards. Appearing in front of us with his four band mates ready to play, Isbell wishes us all a great show and tells us that the band is from the Muscle Shoals, Alabama area for the most part.... Read More

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