Sunday, 30 August 2015
Ryley Walker's return to Manchester, this time with a full band, was eagerly anticipated by those who witnessed his sold out solo show at Gullivers earlier in the year. He didn't disappoint with an intense set of songs, improvised in parts, that showed a rare unique talent. Support came from a seven-song stripped down set from Nev Cottee.
The second night of Magners Live at the Ross Bandstand in Edinburgh witnessed a psychedelic mind-bending set by The Flaming Lips against the stunning backdrop of the castle and fireworks displays. Manchester's Dutch Uncles provided the support with tracks from this year's album Oh Shudder and selected tracks from their growing back catalogue.
Friday, 28 August 2015
Get A Witness is the long-awaited debut album from Queen Kwong. Over eight tracks, Carré Calloway bears her heart and soul to the world on an album that's brimming with improvisational passion that refuses to play by any of the rules of the industry.
Thursday, 27 August 2015
James headlined the first night of Edinburgh's Magners Nights festival on the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens. In front of a boisterous crowd, James played a set mixed with some of their biggest hits, tracks from last year's La Petite Mort album and a few less well-known tracks from their back catalogue.
Pain Of Dancers is the latest single by Daisy Victoria. It's a huge anthem track drenched in dramatic shades of 1980s pop but brought up to date by a shimmering glittery production. It'd feel equally at home on a dance floor as it would listening to at home or on the move.
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
Moving Far Too Fast is the first new material from Ryan Jarvis for over two years. Released digitally this week with a re-recorded version of Outside This Town from his debut EP and a video and physical release to come in September, it showcases him with a band for the first time.
Sunday, 23 August 2015
The picturesque setting of Hardwick Hall was perfect for a day's music festival. Sunshine, beer, half-decent festival food and a relaxed atmosphere meant the afternoon was a pleasant experience until the sky went dark at seven and we were then treated to four hours of torrential rain that turned the site into a quagmire. At the end of all that James produced a headline set that banished any concerns of trench foot, made us ignore the water streaming down our backs and legs and the lightning and thunder in the sky above us.
Friday, 21 August 2015
Gigs on the Isle Of Man are a bit of a rarity. Added to the fact that this was James' only indoor full gig of the year as they record their new album in London, it's a new venue to add to our list and this was the place most likely to see new material revealed made this a must-see gig on their summer calendar. Things haven't quite panned out as planned though as guitarist Larry Gott is taking a break for this series of gigs with Adrian Oxaal, who played guitar in the band from 1997 to 2001, manfully stepping into the breach - which make this series of shows interesting for an entirely different reason. Support came from the up-and-coming Sheffield band The Sherlocks.
Thursday, 20 August 2015
Tonight is Lunar's fourth ever gig, a warm-up for their now sold out in advance single launch at Manchester's Sound Control this weekend. Their set at the Kraak Gallery is beset by technical problems, but once things start working they show themselves to be a band continued to grow and develop with each show.
Monday, 17 August 2015
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
For a band only playing their second gig tonight Control Of The Going have got a bit of a buzz building around them, already having secured a support slot with local heroes Purple Heart Parade and an Academy 3 show in October. They're already onto their second release as well - the single Wild Flower following quickly on the heels of debut EP Epilepsy Bus Ride. We went along to The Yard to watch them overcome technical problems to impress again.
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
St Anthony is a poem written by Manchester's Mike Garry to commemorate the life of Tony Wilson who passed eight years ago this month after a battle with cancer. Mike has teamed up with celebrated composer Joe Duddell to produce a version of the poem that's set to music to help raise funds for The Christie where Tony was treated in his final days. We spoke to Mike and Joe about how the project got together and what they aim to achieve.
To celebrate the release of his new album Positive Songs For Negative People, Frank Turner is playing a series of solo shows in small venues. The Night And Day is fuller and warmer than we’ve ever seen it as he takes to the stage and treats a captivated audience to twenty-two songs over the course of half an hour. Support came from an excellent set by label mate PJ Bond.
Monday, 10 August 2015
St Anthony is a poem written by Manchester's Mike Garry to commemorate the life of Tony Wilson who passed eight years ago this month after a battle with cancer. Mike has teamed up with celebrated composer Joe Duddell to produce a version of the poem that's set to music to help raise funds for The Christie where Tony was treated in his final days.
Sunday, 9 August 2015
Fruit At The Bottom was the second album by Prince protegees Wendy And Lisa released in 1989 following their self-titled debut. It saw them hit the top 40 singles chart with Satisfaction and cement themselves a solid fan base. It's being reissued with extra tracks as part of Cherry Red offshoot Cherry Pop's revisiting of lost 1980s and 1990s classics. It's probably twenty years since we last listened to it so it's with a sense of curiosity that we put the disc in.
Frank Turner is an inspiration to any musician scraping around the toilet venues of the land that hard work, dedication and the ability to make a connection with people can take them from such humble surroundings to the festival stages and arenas of the country. He's back with an album Positive Songs For Negative People that is both sure to delight his already avid army of fans but appeal and reach more with his direct approach, lack of pretension and the uplifting mood of this album.
Saturday, 8 August 2015
Our Way is the debut single by Manchester four-piece Lunar. Sam, Christie, Luke and Max may only have played two gigs so far, but their name is starting to create a buzz around town. The single is officially launched at Sound Control on 22 August, but we're proud to give it an exclusive first play as this week's tip on Shell Zenner's Amazing Radio show. We spoke to front man Sam Carson to find out more about the band.
There's a renaissance of classic sixties-influenced airy dreamy psychedelia going on at the moment. Hidden Charms are one of the most excitedly talked about bands in this along the likes of Blossoms and The Vryll Society. We caught up with them at a sold-out headline show at Salford's Eagle Inn as they passed through on their road to bigger things.
Friday, 7 August 2015
Take It Back is the second single from Manchester's Gold Jacks. Following on in the vein of their debut One Kinda Woman. There's been plenty of talk about a resurrection of guitar music in the past year or so and the strength of this single is living proof that it isn't dead yet.
Monday, 3 August 2015
Control Of The Going are one of our favourite new bands to emerge this year. Their debut EP Epilepsy Bus Ride was released a mere two months ago, but they're not resting on their laurels and have released a new EP Wild Flower. Even in such a short space of time since their debut, the lead track demonstrates just how quickly and how far they're progressing.
Sunday, 2 August 2015
It's fifteen long years since Badly Drawn Boy (Damon Gough) won the Mercury Music Prize with his debut album The Hour Of Bewilderbeast. After a couple of years off the scene, he's returned to play it in full ahead of a new album later in the year. We caught up with him at an emotional homecoming Manchester show that acted not just as a celebration of the album, but also as a form of personal catharsis.