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The Killers Arrive In Bolton

Brandon Flowers and what can now only be described as an ensemble (nine musicians on stage and only two remaining members of the four piece band that brought us “Hot Fuss”, including Brandon himself) achieved a spectacular feat of showmanship at the Macron Stadium. I never thought I’d type this but in Brandon’s words they brought “fabulous Las Vegas Nevada” with all of its glitter to the streets of Bolton.… Keep Reading

Gigs

The New Roses Headline ‘One More For The Road’ November-December 2018 UK Tour

Germany’s hottest young rock band The New Roses embark on an 11-date UK Headline Tour in November and December presented by Shock City Productions in association with Brainstorm Music Marketing AG. Special guests on the tour are British hard rock band DEPARTED, except for the shows in Carlisle (Heartbreak Remedy), Newcastle (Saints Of Arcadia) and Southampton (Voodoo Vegas), and The Brink. The band from the beautiful German region Rheingau had… Keep Reading

New Releases

The Apocalypse Blues Revue release new track ‘Open Spaces’

The Apocalypse Blues Revue are back with a new track from their upcoming album, The Shape Of Blues To Come, out on July 20th 2018 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. Following 2016s self-titled debut, Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin (Drums) and Tony Rombola (Guitar) return with some more bone-shaking blues with Brian Carpenter (Bass) and the shamanistic frontman Ray “Rafer John” Cerbone. Here’s what drummer Shannon Larkin has to say about the new track: “Lyrically, the… Keep Reading

Gigs

808 State : 30″ Manchester Academy Homecoming Concert – Sat 21st Dec – Special Guest Announced – Pearson Sound

“808 State : 30” sees the band perform fan favourites from their five major albums in an entirely new set which also features exclusive new material from the band’s upcoming sixth album, “Transmission Suite”. Now some three decades since 808 State first came out with their game changing electronica, the band remain in a unique position as one of the prime originators of UK dance music, having arrived on the… Keep Reading

Film

FILM REVIEW: Muse ‘Drones World Tour’

“The Greatest Show On Earth”, a big claim in the tagline……. But when it’s British rockers, Muse, making that claim, you can take that to the bank. And to prove that it’s not the wildest of boasts, the band released their Drones World Tour film on July 12th. And what a film it is. Filmed in Amsterdam, Milan and Berlin, the trio of Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard,… Keep Reading

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Children of the State Debut EP: Kill Your Darlings

Don’t Kill Uncle,  Kill Your Darlings Instead! Choosing a band name is a big responsibility. Firstly it’s got to be something original yet memorable (you got to give King Gizard & The Lizard Wizard their dues there). Secondly, it’s a burning question often asked in interviews so having an interesting anecdote to impress upon someone is always a smart move. Thankfully Children of the State know the score; their moniker… Keep Reading

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Twenty One Pilots Begin a New Era!

After a year of silence from Twenty One Pilots, it seems the guys have come back with a vengeance. With fans receiving an email from the mailing list last week containing what seemed to be an eye, people have been waiting with baited breath for what the duo might have been up to. Their wait was most definitely not in vein. Twenty One Pilots have announced the name of their… Keep Reading

Live

The Sun Goes Gown On Sounds of the City 2018 With Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott return to Castlefield Bowl, to bring down the curtain on this years Sounds of the City. The line up had changed earlier in the day, after if was announced that Elvis Costello had to withdraw through ill health. Thankfully at such short notice Manchester Punk Rockers Buzzcocks, stepped in to fill the bill. Tonight’s first support act was London Based “When Young”. When Young are… Keep Reading

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The Magpie Salute Unleash New Track ‘For The Wind’

Band featuring former Black Crowes members Rich Robinson, Sven Pipien and Marc Ford unleash the 2nd song, For The Wind. Rich Robinson about the song: “For the wind is a song that took a long way around to come to fruition. I wrote it years ago, and it took the right band to do it justice. Now it has a great home with Magpie.” John Hogg about the lyrics: “It’s like… Keep Reading

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Goo Goo Dolls Release ‘Boxes’ Ahead Of New Album ‘The Audience Is This Way’

Multi-platinum, four-time Grammy-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls released “Boxes (UK Mix),”  29thJune 2018. The double ‘A’ sided single coming via Warner Bros Records, features 2 UK remixes by Ash Howes- “Boxes”(the title track of their 2016 album)  and “Use Me” (taken from their 2017 5-song EP, You Should Be Happy)  “Both songs are available now for purchase or streaming from all digital retailersHERE. The tracks were remixed by Ash Howes… Keep Reading

News

Peter Hook Awarded Honorary Doctorate From The University Of Salford

Honorary doctorate for music legend Peter Hook Manchester music legend Peter Hook is to be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Salford. The musician, whose bass guitar playing was a driving force in the sound of New Order and Joy Division and who continues to perform across the world as Peter Hook And The Light, will receive the honour at the University’s graduation ceremony at The Lowry on Thursday… Keep Reading

Interviews

Five In Five With: Skull

Following the digital release of their debut album Thoughts of Others in April, Leeds four-piece SKULL are set to officially release the double transparent orange vinyl version on 13 July 2018 via Shove It Up Your Cult Records in a limited pressing of just 300 copies. To precede the vinyl release, the band have also unveiled the video for their new single, Sleazy, taken from the album. Watch Video Below…… Keep Reading

Live

Rag n Boneman Returns To Manchester To Headline Sounds In The City

Rag n Boneman delivers a solid performance at Castlefield Bowl. Rag n Boneman makes a welcome return to Manchester. Since Rory Graham AKA Rag N Boneman burst on the music scene in 2016 there has been a constant buzz surrounding anything he produces. Tonight’s gig was a little up in the air as our host had been suffering with a heavy cold all week. First opening act was a local band… Keep Reading

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The Magpie Salute ‘High Water I’ To Be Released August 10th

Old friends pass through our lives similar to characters in a time-worn, dog-eared novel.   As we page through life, they return to walk alongside of us on bold new adventures at all the right moments. Such is the story of The Magpie Salute. For as much as the group represents a musical union of swaggering rock ‘n’ roll, psychedelic blues, and campfire-worthy storytelling, it also marks a reunion of musicians… Keep Reading

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Supersonic Blues Machine, 02 Empire, Shepherds Bush, London.

It’s Independence day, OK unfortunately I’m not in America tonight, but in London for a great blues band from California. I came across the band through airplay they were getting on a national radio station and was hooked. The band is formed around the nucleus of Frabizio Grossi, Kenny Aranoff and Lance Lopez, and joined by longtime friend of the band Billy F Gibbons of ZZ Top fame, and tonight… Keep Reading

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Shed Seven Deliver A Nostalgic and Powerful Performance At Castlefield Bowl.

Shed Seven roll back the years with their biggest headline gig. Arriving at the venue 15 minutes before The Twang where due to open up the evenings proceedings, to find out that the band where on stage and well into their set, with very short notice all set times had been brought forward. I did get the chance to watch them perform, “Either way” and the ever so catchy “Drinking… Keep Reading

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The Levellers and Guests, Castlefield Bowl

What better way is there to spend a glorious Sunday evening? Brighton based folk-rockers, The Levellers, hit Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl, bringing the sound of summer to our little corner of the world. I’m quite lucky to be living a stone’s throw away from Castlefield Bowl. Around this time of year, the distant booming of music and crowds floats down the canal to my flat, thanks to Sounds of the City.… Keep Reading

New Releases

Hello Cosmos Release Debut Single ‘Raise The Dawn’

Imagine The Fall if they had taken up electronica music. Hard to see happen, I know, but Hello Cosmos are here, and are giving us a glimpse of what that might have sounded like, with their debut release, Raise The Dawn. Hello Cosmos, consisting of, amongst others, Ben Robinson, Simon Robinson, Angela Chan and Adrian Ingham, have channeled their electric dance beats to this single, and the results hit every… Keep Reading

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The Amazons – Come The Fire, Come The Evening Live E.P

It’s always great seeing a band live. Even better when you can share that experience in your own home too. Hailing from Reading, The Amazons are here, and in their live habitat, with the release of their new E.P, Come The Fire, Come The Evening, on the Fiction Records label. Taken from the shows at the Hexagon in Reading and at Kentish Town Forum in London, the E.P begins with… Keep Reading

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Michael Romeo Releases Video For ‘Djinn’

Internationally acclaimed guitar hero Michael Romeo has dropped his brand new video for ‘Djinn’. The epic, theatrical rock roller coaster on which the rhythm section of John “JD” DeServio (bass) and John Macaluso (drums) provides a muscular backdrop for the guitarist’s elastic soloing and Castellano’s full-throated vocal chops comes from his upcoming solo album, War of the Worlds / Pt. 1. The album comes out on July 27th via Music Theories Recordings / Mascot Label Group. The wildly ambitious 10-song disc sees… Keep Reading

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