Friday, 28 April 2017
Good Things (Come To Those Who Wait) was the title of Cupids' last single, which turns out to be their final release as they rode off into the sunset and pastures and projects new after a sold-out farewell show at the Night And Day in Manchester on Wednesday night. What would ordinarily be a sad affair turned out to be a celebration of both Cupids and their predecessors Gramotones.
Tuesday, 25 April 2017
It's been over two years since Janileigh Cohen released her stunning debut EP As A Child that marked out the Bolton singer-songwriter as a talent to be watched closely. 2016 was a quiet year as she wrote and recorded new material, releasing videos to You Tube. Not Born In Chains is the second online release of 2017 following Broken Town and showcases an artist with a unique expressive warm voice that it's almost impossible not to fall for.
Maximo Park are launching their latest album Risk To Exist with a series of intimate in-store performances. We caught their Sunday afternoon visit to Manchester's HMV to find out a little more about the record and hear five acoustic songs, three from the new album and two from Our Earthly Pleasures.
Monday, 24 April 2017
Heaven On Earth - Manchester Halle St Peters - 22nd April 2017 (Hannah Nicholson, The Maitlands, The 99 Degree, The Creature Comfort. Hey Bulldog, OLA, Dantevilles, The Goa Express, Déjà Vega, Crimsons)
Heaven On Earth festival celebrated Earth Day on Saturday in the beautiful surroundings of Halle St Peters smack bang in the middle of the Ancoats construction zone. A wide range of bands hand-selected by the audience entertained the crowd throughout the day and evening.
Sunday, 23 April 2017
Once in a long while a band that comes along that breaks the mould, refuses to play by the rules and stands aside from everything else around it. Those bands might not get the recognition they get at the time. Ist Ist are one of those bands and we went down to the basement of one of Manchester's newest venues The Peer Hat to witness their latest trail of destruction.
Saturday, 22 April 2017
Déjà Vega have recently been in the studio recording their debut album after four years of releasing great singles and performing some incendiary live shows. We caught up with Jack from the band as they were preparing for their set at Heaven on Earth festival at Halle St Peters in Manchester today to talk about the record and their plans.
Thursday, 20 April 2017
Dantevilles look set to be one of the next bands to break out of the local scene in Manchester. Already with a record deal under their belt, their first national tour just behind them and their biggest hometown show in the offing in June as well as the patronage of the likes of Blossoms and This Feeling and a big response to their last single Graffiti, they're set to hit the festival circuit this summer and play to much bigger audiences. We had a chat with them ahead of their performance at Heaven On Earth at Halle St Peters in Manchester on Saturday about their plans.
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
One of our favourite singers, Hannah Nicholson, has recently started a project under her own name entitled Hana after spells with Hannah and Lois and Bird To Beast. We had a chat with her before her performance at Heaven On Earth at Halle St Peters in Manchester on Saturday to find out more about her forthcoming EP, her touring plans and the style of her music.
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Last week we premiered the new Hey Bulldog single Stranger. Ahead of their show at the Heaven On Earth Festival at Halle St Peters in Manchester and a support slot with The Lucid Dream in May, we caught up with front man Rob Manton for a chat about their single and future plans.
The resurgence of Thousand Yard Stare continues with not one, but two releases on their favoured format - the four track EP. Well, almost.
Sunday, 16 April 2017
When In Manchester 2017 - Manchester Northern Quarter - 15th April 2017 (The Strawberries, Berries, Jack Oliver Monty, Sapho, Ivory Wave, Where Fires Are, Asylums, Foxe, Jordan Allen)
The third When In Manchester Festival spread its wings further than before with four stages in Manchester's Northern Quarter hosting 23 bands from across the country with a rich diverse mix of styles that's sadly lacking in most festival line-ups. The only problem we had was choosing which bands to see.
Thursday, 13 April 2017
Pip Blom recently supported Surfer Blood at Soup Kitchen and impressed enough of us to pack out The Castle for her return a few weeks later. A nine-song set full of hooks, melodies, energy and some genuine rock music power from the nineteen-year old Dutch singer and her band left us all hotter and sweatier than when she started and went down a storm with a crowd waiting to be impressed.
Stickboy is a name that might be familiar to those who followed the Manchester underground scene around a decade ago. A prolific songwriter who performed regularly around the local gig circuit, he's returned from exile, appropriate as it's Easter, the time of resurrection, with songs from a forthcoming album entitled The Importance Of Words.
We're proud to reveal an exclusive first online stream of the new Hey Bulldog single Stranger, due for release on April 21 through Doing It To Death Records. The song has already picked up play from long-time supporter John Kennedy on X Radio and there's a video to come in a couple of weeks, but this is the first opportunity to hear the track on the internet.
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
In support of their excellent debut album Love In The 4th Dimension, The Big Moon played an intimate completely unplugged eight-song acoustic set in the basement of Fopp's Manchester store. Fighting colds and the shop going about its business, they delivered beautiful stripped-down versions of the songs that retained the hooks and melodies of the originals but gave them a completely different spin.
Monday, 10 April 2017
Views is the latest single from Southampton four-piece Wild Front. Impressively ambitious and wide-reaching in its sound, it's a big shimmering anthem that's accompanied by a video that replicates the impact of the song.
Welcome to the seventh of our Even The Stars playlists featuring ten songs that we've had on repeat this week.
Friday, 7 April 2017
Ist Ist return with a new single Strangers, just a couple of months after their last release Silence and a sold-out gig at Sacred Trinity Church in Salford. Set to a video recorded live in Brunswick Mill that captures the ferocious energy of the live performance and with a chorus that hits you square between the eyes and leaves you reeling, it's their biggest boldest statement of intent to date.
Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Monday, 3 April 2017
To celebrate the release of her debut single To The Sun, a packed out Jimmy's on Sunday night watched Maddy Storm deliver a set that confirmed the growing belief that she's one of the most talented newcomers on the Manchester music scene at the moment. Support came from the impressive Gathering Of Strangers and Charlotte Cannon.
Welcome to Even The Stars playlist number 6, ten songs that we've been listening to on repeat in the last week. Have a listen and discover something new.
Friday, 31 March 2017
PINS latest five track EP Bad Thing, their first release since last year's RSD single Trouble and 2015's Wild Nights album, is a diverse set of songs, featuring Iggy Pop on one song and a cover of Joy Division's Dead Souls as another as well as three further songs that see PINS take various routes at reinventing their sound.
Thursday, 30 March 2017
Grandaddy's first Manchester show for five years was in support of their first album in eleven Last Place and they took the packed Albert Hall crowd on a nostalgic trip through their back catalogue as well as showcasing four tracks from the new record. Support came from Amber Arcades.
Cupids return with a new single, one of their live favourites Good Things (Come To Those Who Wait), released tomorrow ahead of a sold-out launch gig at Jimmy's in Manchester and then an extensive UK tour. We caught up with Jake from the band to find out more about the song and its video and their plans for 2017.
Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Cuecliché played their first gig since the launch of their One Last Chance EP at Liverpool's legendary Zanzibar Club on Saturday night. The London-based three-piece post-punk outfit played the EP in full to a rowdy local crowd as co-vocalist Terry was making a return back to his native Liverpool.
Monday, 27 March 2017
Maddy Storm is one of the most exciting new artists in Manchester at present, having won over live audiences with her captivating performances and the stunning range of her voice. She's launching her debut single To The Sun with a launch show at Jimmy's on April 2nd. We spoke to her to find out more about her, her music, her influences and her plans.
Sunday, 26 March 2017
Depeche Mode's twelve-song set at the legendary Barrowland venue finished this year's 6 Music Festival with a real bang as they mixed songs from their recent album Spirit in with classics from Violator and other post-1990 albums on a night that will prove to be unforgettable for Depeche Mode fans who had made the pilgrimage from across the world to view this most intimate of shows.
The Slow Readers Club began their first major headline tour with a packed out show at Liverpool's beautiful Arts Club supported by Folkestone's finest Skies. An hour-long set made up primarily of tracks from their last album Cavalcade with the addition of two great new songs and highlights of their self-titled debut sent a happy crowd out into the night singing the now compulsory READERS chant.
Friday, 24 March 2017
Incredibly, it has been almost twenty years since their last album. The long wait is over as The Jesus and Mary Chain return with their 7th album, cementing their reputation as leaders and pioneers of their field.
Thursday, 23 March 2017
Phoebe Green's debut self-released album 02:00am is one of those records that come out of nowhere, full of an unique individuality and style of its own, unnerving in parts due to its DIY nature, but astonishing in the simple intuitive nature of the songs and the potential that oozes from every note and word.
Fresh from being hailed as one of the six bands to save rock and roll, Déjà Vega took to the Gullivers' stage to demonstrate just why there's a small but growing band of people who believe that to be the case.