LIVE: THE MACCABEES – 13/05/2015

The Maccabees – THE RITZ, MANCHESTER – When I was growing up and I had to listen to those Bible readings that turned me into an atheist, I only knew these Maccabees. Then, when I moved to Manchester to make Griffin and Farage happy, I started hearing about these other Maccabees, also because the other ones are not gigging any more. Before you start complaining, here’s my disclaimer: I am a Maccabee newbie, so please appreciate the freshness... Read More


Public Service Broadcasting – THE RITZ, MANCHESTER – The Ritz is decked out in spangled art deco. But in front, from a pulpit, dangles a rag. SF is picked out in gaffa taped juxtaposition. It’s the moniker of opening act Smoke Fairies; a five piece who richly deserve their mention. Two frontwomen harmonise in tones smooth enough to make hard men soft. They stand light and dark; blonde picked out in blue, brunette in white blonde light.... Read More


Ahead of their gig at The Ritz in Manchester, and after a brief tour of the backstage area looking for a place quiet enough to do an interview, Silent Radio’s Adam Smith spoke to Wolf Alice bassist Theo Ellis and Drummer Joel Amey in the dressing room being shared by support bands Crows and The Magic Gang while Crows were on the stage sound checking. ******* Wolf Alice You’ve just been in America for a month? Theo: We’ve just come... Read More


Unknown Mortal Orchestra have announced a UK tour to promote to the release of their new album, Multi Love. The three piece will play nine UK dates in September, after the album is released on Jagjaguwar on May 26. The title track from the new album is available to stream now.The band have also released a video game to promote their new third album, which is available to download for free now. In the words of the director Lionel Williams:  “It... Read More

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.... 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... Read More


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... Read More


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


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... 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... Read More

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