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: WOLF ALICE – 26/03/2015

Wolf Alice - THE RITZ, MANCHESTER - Hype Machine named them the UK’s most blogged about artist of 2013 and then in 2014 they were named Breakthrough Act Of The Year at the UK festival awards. So it’s fair to say a lot has already been written about tonight’s headliners Wolf Alice, and their growing stature has not gone unnoticed. Their touring schedule has been hectic, after returning from a month in the US a few days ago they’re... Read More

LIVE: WILKO JOHNSON BAND- 18/03/2015

Wilko Johnson - THE RITZ, MANCHESTER - “Man, there’s nothing like being told you’re dying to make you feel alive”. Wilko Johnson did mean those words in a recent interview, and we have some irrefutable evidence of this tonight. The gig of his Still Kickin’ tour is short but pretty intense (it barely takes an hour and 15 minutes), like life itself. 67-year-old Wilko Johnson seems more alive and kickin’ than ever. No one would say that the... Read More

DUTCH UNCLES SHARE NEW VIDEO AHEAD OF UK DATES

Dutch Uncles have released a video for their latest single, ahead of live dates later this month. The band have released a video shot in Llandudno to accompany Decided Knowledge, which is taken from O Shudder, which is available now on Memphis Industries.The video depicts frontman Duncan Wallis – or ‘Muncan’, to give this character its proper name – in puppet form with a startling attention to detail: authentic shirt, earring... Read More

LIVE: THE NME AWARDS TOUR – 26/02/2015

NME Awards Tour 2015 - THE RITZ, MANCHESTER - The NME awards tour has seen some huge names over the years. From Coldpay to Arctic Monkeys, they’ve had them all. It’s a tour that guarantees a great headliner and some brilliant up and coming bands. However this year, I feel that the NME have divulged into the punk direction a bit too much. The tour just doesn’t seem to have that shimmering appeal it once had. Palma Violets are a good band and... Read More

LIVE: THE CRIBS – 25/02/2015

The Cribs - THE RITZ, MANCHESTER - When I look back on my teen years and the bands I use to adore, it makes me sad to think that those bands are now defunct or still clinging on to fame by releasing the same records. The Cribs are one of the few bands from this period who go from strength to strength with big records, sold out shows and a totally loyal fan base who hang on their every word. Tonight we’re at the Ritz as part of the bands sold... Read More

PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING SHARE NEW VIDEO

Public Service Broadcasting have shared a video to accompany their new single, Go!The track is taken from the band’s second album, The Race For Space, which was released on Test Card Recordings this week. The band take samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material, which they fuse around their unique sound. Following touching on themes such as The Blitz and the race to reach the top of Everest, the band... Read More

THE CRIBS SHARE NEW SINGLE TAKEN FROM SIXTH ALBUM

The Cribs will release their new album and new single on March 23. The Wakefield trio will release Burning For No One from their eagerly anticipated sixth album, For All Our Sisters, through Sonic Blew/Sony Red. The band have also shared the track via YouTube before its release.The album was recorded in the autumn last year, under the guidance of former Cars frontman Ric Ocasek. The single will be available as a limited 7”, b/w a brand new track... Read More

THE CRIBS ADD MANCHESTER DATE TO SOLD OUT UK TOUR

The Cribs have added a Manchester date to their sold out UK tour. The Wakefield three-piece will play The Ritz on Wednesday, February 25, after their previously announced seven date tour completely sold out.The band will release their sixth studio album later this year, with The Cars lead singer Ric Ocasek being named as producer for the record. It will be the follow up to 2012’s In the Belly of the Brazen Bull. Tickets go on sale tomorrow... Read More

LIVE: TEMPLES – 06/12/2014

Temples - THE RITZ, MANCHESTER - 2014 has been quite the year for Kettering rock band Temples. They were a surprise choice for Rough Trade’s album of the year, recipients of public blessing from both Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher while sound tracking a ubiquitous summer Strongbow advert.  Little surprise then their sold out Ritz show has something of a Christmas party feel to it. The crowd is a curious mix of tie-dye shirts and paisley scarfs;... Read More

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