Friday, 31 October 2014
We've raved about Dave Fidler's brilliant solo debut I'm Not Here for quite some time tonight and last night saw the launch gig for it at Manchester's Whiskey Jar. As people were being turned away at the door, Dave put on a show that added new textures to the album as well as a few covers and some as gems from his days in Bluebird Kid Clark.
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Whisky Sessions Unsigned - Manchester Whiskey Jar - 29th October 2014 (Beck Lanehart, Larkins, Troubadour, The Tapestry, The Jordan Allen Band, Death To The Strange, The Gramotones)
The Whisky Sessions are a new festival being held at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester on November 21-22. Tonight’s Unsigned competition is effectively a battle of the bands competition to win a place opening the second day of the festival ahead of Gomez, Turin Brakes and Badly Drawn Boy.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Ahead of going into the studio to record their second album, Money are playing a series of low-key shows to preview material that will form that record as well as favourites from their debut Shadow Of Heaven. We crammed into the intimate Eagle Inn in Salford along with 80 other lucky punters.
Monday, 27 October 2014
The Lottery Winners / Liam McClair / The Dom Major Band - Altrincham Cinnamon Club - 26th October 2014
A Sunday night in the leafy Altrincham suburb of Bowdon isn't the most rock and roll place in the world and neither are The Lottery Winners the most rock and roll band in the world, but sometimes the power of great songs and the charm of the front man can be worth more than regurgigated cliché as we found out at an entertaining Oxjam evening.
Even The Stars first fell head over heels for Lily and Madeleine back in June 2013 when they released their debut EP, The Weight Of The Globe, which was recorded when the sisters were still at High School in Indianapolis. Their eponymous album followed soon after and that further beguiled us with enchanting harmonies and tales of lost love. They are back with Fumes, a beautifully crafted ten song collection which sees the sisters, seamless, velvety smooth vocal harmonies continue to impress.
It seems an age, five years to be exact, since Liam Frost released his last solo work, the wonderful We Ain't Go No Money, Honey, But We Got Rain. He's back with a four-track EP entitled The Wild Places and it shows that time hasn't diminished his ability to produce seductive, intelligent songs as well as producing an interesting take on a 1980s classic.
Sunday, 26 October 2014
It's ten years since Reverend And The Makers burst onto the scene with a batch of high-octane singles and their State Of Things debut album. Follow-up A French Kiss In The Chaos failed to hit the same chart heights and their number seemed up, but two further albums @Reverend_Makers and Thirty Two reversed that fall. And so, ten years on, they play all four albums in full over two nights at Sheffield's O2 Academy.
Saturday, 25 October 2014
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott took the unusual step of opening up their rehearsals for their upcoming Irish tour to the public in the beautiful little venue hidden away on the top floor of Paul's Salford pub The Kings Arms. Our friend Glenn Wallworth went along and the afternoon more than lived up to his expectations.
Thursday, 23 October 2014
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
The Vendettas are a three-piece sixties inspired band that term their music as Britmod. They are releasing a double A-side single Stuck In Your World / What You Say Girl this Saturday with a launch gig at The Wardrobe in Leeds. We found out a little more about them.
Monday, 20 October 2014
It's two and a half years since Inspiral Carpets announced the return of original singer Stephen Holt, who left prior to what's been termed the "Glory Years" of the band between 1989 and 1994 where they were chart regulars and released four albums with former vocalist Tom Hingley. Since that changeover they've released a couple of limited edition singles, but they're back with a self-titled album that surpasses anything they've released in their career so far.
Sunday, 19 October 2014
One of Manchester's established and one of the finest upcoming bands joined forces took a trip on the tram down to the excellent Waterside Arts Centre in Sale to look back at one of the most under-rated albums of the Madchester era and give a glimpse of some of the best of what's coming out of the city today.
Saturday, 18 October 2014
Friday, 17 October 2014
Thursday, 16 October 2014
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Tonight is the opening night of Blossoms' first UK tour so we made the short trek to Liverpool to watch them wow a packed Shipping Forecast.
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
James round off a busy week of promotional activities with a small hometown gig. As you can imagine, Even The Stars were out to witness a little bit of magic on a wet Monday night.