Friday 31 May 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY : Liam Frost - Pomona

Liam Frost releases Pomona today from the forthcoming full release of his album The Latchkey Kid out in September. One of the best-received live favourites of the songs that formed his third album, the radio edit of the single showcases one of the most enduring and yet under-rated talents to come out of Manchester in the last fifteen years.

Wednesday 29 May 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY : Nev Cottee - Roses

Roses is the second single to be taken from Nev Cottee's forthcoming River's Edge album following the release of Hello Stranger earlier in the year. It's a duet with a mysterious chanteuse Veronica who Nev met when she was singing on the backstreets of Madrid

Tuesday 28 May 2019

LIINES - Interview

LIINES play three headline shows this week in London, Nottingham and Manchester in support of their new single On And On, their first release since their debut album Stop - Start, as they finish a thirty-two date tour across the UK with Sleaford Mods. We caught up with Zoe, Leila and Tamsin to talk about the tour, the response to the new single and their future plans.

Saturday 25 May 2019

Woman You Stole / Rews / Phoebe Green / Narrow Margin / Matter Of Mind / Lynchs - Manchester Dot To Dot - 24th May 2019

Friday night saw Dot To Dot Festival hit Manchester.  With venues across the city from the Ritz and Albert Hall to old-school favourites like The Castle and Gullivers in the Northern Quarter, the festival showcases up-and-coming bands both nationally and locally. We stayed around the smaller venues to catch Lynchs, Matter Of Mind, Narrow Margin, Phoebe Green, Rews and Woman You Stole.

Wednesday 22 May 2019

The Longcut / Purple Heart Parade - Manchester Soup Kitchen - 18th May 2019

Two of Manchester's most adored and respected joined forces at Soup Kitchen on Saturday night, creating some gloriously uplifting sounds. Stuart Ralston was there.

Tuesday 21 May 2019

The Slow Readers Club / Aggressive Swans - Munich Milla - 20th May 2019

The Slow Readers Club played the penultimate night of their debut European tour to a packed room in the intimate Milla venue in Munich supported by local band Aggressive Swans. A set that covered all three albums as well as a potential future single was very well-received by a receptive crowd that reacted more as the night went on to the energy coming from the stage.

The Twilight Sad / Kathryn Joseph - Brooklyn Elsewhere Hall - 11th May 2019

Travelling half-way across the world to watch your favourite band is a sign of being a hardcore fan. Jason Wynne reports back from the second of his two nights on the East Coast of the USA watching The Twilight Sad.


On And On is already a live favourite for LIINES and regularly opens their set. This Friday they release it as the first new material since their debut album Stop / Start that came out just over a year ago. It keeps the same targeted anger and rawness as the album, but feels like they're moving their sound forward with their revised line-up and the confidence that comes with the big shows they've just done supporting Sleaford Mods.

Us - Interview

A singer from a late 90s band that got lumped in with the Britpop phenomenon and a Swedish producer and director may not seem like the most obvious musical companions, but Us's debut album First Contact shows that we shouldn't jump to such hasty conclusions. We caught up with the singer, Geneva's Andrew Montgomery, for a chat about how Us came into being, their writing processes and the way in which they present their art.

Tuesday 14 May 2019

The Twilight Sad / Kathryn Joseph - Philadelphia The Foundry - 10th May 2019

The Twilight Sad kicked off their US & Canadian tour at the Foundry in Philadelphia in fine style with a spellbinding, emotional performance that will remain long in the head and heart of those present. Coupled with a stunning, haunting support from the beautiful, inside and out, Kathryn Joseph we experienced a rollercoaster of a ride on the first night.

Sunday 12 May 2019

Red Rum Club / October Drift / Cleargreen - Manchester Bread Shed - 11th May 2019

Red Rum Club's huge UK tour in support of their debut album Matador rumbled into Manchester on Saturday night at The Bread Shed for a celebratory show accompanied by tour supports October Drift and closer to home Cleargreen.

Wednesday 8 May 2019

The Mysterines / Tinfoils / Velvet Shakes - Manchester Night People - 8th May 2019

The Mysterines brought their tour in support of latest single Gasoline to Night People on Wednesday night for a hot and sweaty nine-song thirty-minute adrenaline rush of some of the most thrilling rock music being made by anyone today, supported by the blissful tones of Velvet Shakes and the angry post-punk of Tinfoils.

Tuesday 7 May 2019

Booth And The Bad Angel - Booth And The Bad Angel

Back in 1996, Tim Booth of James and celebrated composer Angelo Badalamenti released a collaborative album called Booth And The Bad Angel with Bernard Butler playing guitar and producing much of the record. Twenty-three years on, the album is released on vinyl for the first time on Friday via Demon Music. We take a look back at a record that got lost in the mire of record label politics and overshadowed by James' late-1990s resurgence.

Wildwood Kin / Ferris & Sylvester - Manchester Academy 3 - 6th May 2019

The Bob Harris-curated Under The Apple Tree tour rolled into Manchester Academy 3 for its penultimate leg on Monday night. Headlined by Wildwood Kin, revealing new material from their forthcoming second album as well as crowd favourites from their 2017 debut Turning Tides. Tour support came from the intriguing duo Ferris & Sylvester.

Saturday 4 May 2019

The Murder Capital / Egyptian Blue - Manchester Soup Kitchen - 3rd May 2019

The Murder Capital headlined Soup Kitchen in Manchester on Friday night, one of the most intense forty-five minutes we've had the fortune to experience, a band that lives their songs and who connect through words and performance to emotionally compelling effect. Support came from Egyptian Blue.

SPINN - Manchester HMV - 3rd May 2019

SPINN launched their self-titled debut album with an early evening six-song in-store set at Manchester's HMV.

Friday 3 May 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY : Joanna Sternberg - This Is Not Who I Want To Be

Joanna Sternberg's debut single This Is Not Who I Want To Be is an exciting introduction to her forthcoming debut album Then I Try Some More. Found via a random tweet extolling its virtues, the rare sort that make you have to listen to the song, it more than lived up to the excitement in those two hundred and eighty characters.

Wednesday 1 May 2019

MarthaGunn / Cosmo Calling - Manchester Soup Kitchen - 1st May 2019

MarthaGunn's first headline tour rolled into Manchester on Wednesday night. A ten-song set of psychedelic-tinged rock including recent single Saint Cecilia and a surprise stripped-down Ohio as highlights delighted an enthusiastic Manchester crowd. Support came from Cosmo Calling.