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

LIVE: SLAVES / SPRING KING / WONK UNIT – 15/01/2016

Slaves – THE RITZ, MANCHESTER – After a huge year, Slaves return to The Ritz once again and play a stellar show to an enthusiastic Mancunian crowd. With help from cockney punk good guys Wonk Unit and the up and coming Spring King, tonight is set to be a memorable evening of great music in a warm and fan favoured venue. Starting the party on this bitterly cold night are the delightfully fun Spring King. The four piece have been gathering... Read More

LIVE: COURTNEY BARNETT – 30/11/2015

Courtney Barnett   -THE O2 RITZ, MANCHESTER – As the year draws to a close, Courtney Barnett can look back on it as being something of a successful one. The last twelve months has seen the release of her latest album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit and the acclaim on the back of this release has stretched far and wide around the globe. Given her hectic schedule of the last year, you could forgive her for taking her foot... Read More

MONEY SHARE NEW SINGLE ‘I’LL BE THE NIGHT’

The new single is taken from their upcoming 2nd album Suicide Songs which is to be released 29th January 2016 via Bella Union.    Jamie Lee commented on the album: “It seemed to make sense for the period, since I was dabbling with an unworldly attitude toward life, though that’s changed now,” he vouches. “But we don’t want it to come across just in a negative way. We don’t want to glorify mental illness either.” “Above all else,... Read More

LIVE: KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS – 18/11/2015

Kurt Vile  – THE RITZ, MANCHESTER – Kurt Viles’ music for the gentle outlaw is a soothing painkiller for these days of daze and outrage. Some kind of warm beneath your iced bones. The Ritz is packed and I can’t help smiling as in a happy-go-lucky TV commercial. It’s just great to see that we all gathered here tonight: those casual, cool couples, that true stalwart of rock, the too enthusiastic (or maybe just drunk) fans, these easy-going... Read More

LIVE: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL – 07/11/2015

EODM  – THE RITZ, MANCHESTER – It’s Monday and I’m still wondering where did I lose my last handful of neurons, but hey, breakfast with philosophy: life is just so serious to take it seriously, innit? Flashback to Saturday night. The Ritz is packed and a cheerfully anxious crowd waits for Eagles Of Death Metal’s entertaining show. I assume a great deal of people expect to see Josh Homme tonight. But no, Jesse Hughes bursts into... Read More

MONEY ANNOUNCE SECOND ALBUM ‘SUICIDE SONGS’

MONEY have announced the release of their much-anticipated second album Suicide Songs, which will be released 29th January via Bella Union and is available to pre-order from iTunes. The band has unveiled a first taste of the album with ‘You Look Like A Sad Painting On Both Sides Of The Sky’ which is streaming below.The band has also announced an extensive headline tour to follow the release of the album including an opening night... Read More

LIVE: BLOSSOMS – 23/10/2015

Blossoms – THE RITZ, MANCHESTER – Whilst Blossoms may have named themselves after a historic pub in Stockport, I highly doubt they’ve been popping in for a pint very much recently. After a string of massively successful festival appearances, recordings for Radio 1 and being labelled Radio X’s ‘Record Of The Week,’ they’ve acquired a very young, excitable loyal following since I last saw them at the tiny ‘Bungalow... Read More

LIVE: SLEAFORD MODS / STEVE IGNORANT’S SLICE OF LIFE – 23/09/2015

Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life – THE RITZ, MANCHESTER – So, why after two years (-1 day) have I decided to dust off my writing pad and make the time to review tonight’s gig? The simple answer, Sleaford Mods have excited me more than any other band in the last twenty plus years. As it happens, tonight’s support comes from Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life, Ignorant (who’s far from his moniker) was the frontman of a band... Read More

LIVE: THE DANDY WARHOLS – 31/07/2015

The Dandy Warhols – THE RITZ, MANCHESTER – For some reason, now seems the right time to catch The Dandy Warhols live. Since being a fan of theirs when they were arguably at their peak, around the turn of the century, they have always remained in my thoughts largely due to the The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Ironically, The Dandy’s commercial success was responsible for my discovery of The BJM – a band who refuse in principle... Read More

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