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July 2016


Ocean Colour Scene, Moseley Shoals 20th Anniversary, Millennium Square, Leeds

It’s always going to be a special event when these three heavyweights step into the ring. With Leeds Millennium Square as the backdrop for what is set to be the city centre event of the year as 6000 fans cram in to the venue to witness the sell-out show headlined by Ocean Colour Scene. Whilst it was a fantastic day and everybody was in the right mood; it didn’t go without a couple of… Keep Reading


The LaFontaines at The Sunflower Lounge

On Sunday 24th July, Scottish quintet, The LaFontaines brought their current UK tour to Birmingham’s The Sunflower Lounge. After being downgraded from The Rainbow Courtyard the day before I wasn’t sure what to expect when arriving at the smaller venue, but it was jam-packed – with some audience members having to resort to standing on the stairs at the side of the 150 capacity venue in order to see. First… Keep Reading


The Who & The Prolific Photographer – Art Kane

There are four names always on or near the top of the list of all time great Rock ‘n’ Roll bands: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Who. The Who were formed by sheet-metal worker Roger Daltrey in 1963. The line up, after a couple of adjustments, established itself with Daltrey on lead vocals, Keith Moon on drums, John Entwistle on bass and Pete Townshend on guitar.… Keep Reading


Blackthorn Festival 2016

Set on the edge of Etherow Country Park in Compstall close to Stockport and Manchester Blackthorn Music Festival is almost a showcase for young up and coming bands. The relaxed atmosphere in the tranquil surroundings of Whitebottom Farm sees many bands hanging out together and often camping for the whole weekend. With none of the silly food and drink prices seen at the bigger festivals, Blackthorn, at £55 for the… Keep Reading

New Releases

Rooney (US) – “Washed Away”

Mixed genre album by Los Angeles based Rooney – solid rock songs, there’s just not enough of them on the album With release on Superball Music on 29. July 2016, Los Angeles based multi-artist Rooney, with the more common name Robert Schwartzman, will release a new album. Let’s ee how it stacks up: Being one of the more pop-like releases I have listened to in a while, there’s an obvious 80’s… Keep Reading

New Releases

Hunter & The Bear “Renegade”

New single: Hunter & The Bear “Renegade” Released on Dog Monday Records 5th Aug 2016 London based rock four-piece sends out new single – here’s what we think: ‘Renegade’ is the brand new single from Hunter & The Bear, one of the UK’s more interesting new bands, that I haven’t heard about before. Maybe because many bands don’t make it outside their country, I know many bands here in Denmark have… Keep Reading


Violmace + A Man From Jupiter, High Voltage

Grungy feel with balls from Violmace in my favorite rock club – 22. July 2016. A Man From Jupiter The young quartet from Denmark is clearly inspired by the Danish band Mew, which they proudly confessed to after the show. Both vocally and tonality, they hit those high and light voices and soft guitars, spiced up with synths. Lyric-wise we are served with darker and more elaborate songs than the inspiration,… Keep Reading


Leatherneck – Lighting Up The Tilt Sign’ EP

Leatherneck sign to Close To Home Records and announce ‘Lighting Up The Tilt Sign’ EP Following the release of their double A-side single Monochrome/Derailed last year, North West grunge quartet Leatherneck are back and have revealed the video for their new track ‘Caffeine’. This is the first taste of their new EP ‘Lighting Up The Tilt Sign’, which is out on the 5th August via Close To Home Records. Recorded… Keep Reading


ZZ Top Sofiero Castle, Helsingborg Sweden,

The beards of boogie in excellent form, with a few surprises A nice and laid-back support with bluegrass/country/folk-rock roots, provided excellent warm-up for the bearded legends: The Missouri based support act was, genre-wise, far away from the main act. Playing traditional American country/bluegrass folk rock with violins, banjos and guitars, the movie “O Brother Where Are Thou” comes to mind. With his slide guitar, Ben Mille himself gave the band… Keep Reading


Pixies Announce New Album & World Tour With Paz Lenchantin On Bass

Album’s First Single, “Um Chagga Lagga,” Now Available at Pixies announce that their sophomore “post-reunion” album, Head Carrier, will be released on September 30 (Pixies Music/[PIAS]). The 12-track collection of the band’s unique aural mix of surrealism, psychedelia, dissonance and surf rock was produced by Tom Dalgety (Killing Joke, Royal Blood) and recorded at London’s Rak Studios from mid-February through to mid-March this year. Fans will get a first… Keep Reading


NEWS: Pet Shop Boys Announce 2017 February Tour

As Pet Shop Boys get ready to perform four sold-out shows this week at the Royal Opera House in London, they are delighted to announce that they will return to the UK with their Super Tour early next year. They will hit cities across the UK in February 2017, playing venues in Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Bournemouth. The Super Tour will see Pet Shop Boys perform songs from… Keep Reading


Federal Charm, The Railway, Winchester

If there’s a harder working band out there than Federal Charm, I’d like to know where they are. With two critically acclaimed albums to their name and a seemingly never ending merry-go-round of touring; supporting artists such as Michael Schenker, UFO, Black Star Riders, Ian Hunter, Uriah Heap, Tracer, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Rich Robinson; the Stockport 4-piece are finally out as a headline act – promoting their latest record,… Keep Reading


Belly, Leeds University

20 years ago a band that showed such promise in the jangly dreamy indie pop world of music disbanded after only 4 years and 2 albums. Belly had created a grammy winning album (No 2 in the UK Charts), some stunning catchy singles and played with REM, Radiohead and many other bands on the road in the US and over here. They were a cool breeze in the grunge infested… Keep Reading


The Railway Children, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester

Formed originally in 1984 in Wigan by Gary Newby, Brian Bateman, Guy Keegan and Stephen Hull, The Railway Children with their dreamy, jangly,melodic indie pop seemed destined for great things. Signed to Factory Records, regulars on the John Peel Show and touring the world supporting REM and The Smiths success seemed assured but despite releasing some great records which topped the indie charts, they failed to achieve mainstream chart hits with only… Keep Reading


Hoodoo Daze, The Old Blue Last, London

There was a certain sense of déjà vu at the gig on Tuesday night. Two weeks earlier I attended a show put on by promoter Lost in the Manor at The Finsbury in North London (definitely one of my favourite small venues, mostly because they have great stage lighting, which makes for great photos). It was three bands I’d never heard of – as is often the case – and… Keep Reading


On This Day: 15th July, Music News & Events

A day of ups an down on this day, 15th July. A day in history that is packed with music news that includes Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Oasis, Happy Mondays, Queen and much more.  1958, John Lennon’s mother Julia was killed by a car driven by an off-duty drunken police officer named Eric Clague (Clague was later acquitted of the offence). John was 17 at the time. 1965, This weeks US Top three singles, No.3… Keep Reading


De’Nova, Manchester Academy 3

I’ve seen DE’NOVA three or four times this year and each time has been better than the last, so when  they played Manchester’s Academy 3 on Saturday night I thought I’d catch up with them to see how good they are now. Kevin Daos, Luca Nardella and Sam Hardman have been playing in bands together since they were at high school in Heywood, following the usual route of open mike… Keep Reading


The Last Shadow Puppets & Johnny Marr, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

How do you make an entrance at a gig in Manchester and know it’s going to work? Well if you take into consideration that most of the audience here are well clued up on Manchester’s musical heritage it shouldn’t be too hard. However I wasn’t quite expecting this. It seems like the Turner/Kane super group has just gained another member. Johnny Marr has just plugged his guitar in as the… Keep Reading


New Order, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

If you had seen New Order back in the early 80’s you would have seen a very different group. What you got back then was a very raw, near unrehearsed performance and no encores. Exciting times, however they have come a long way since then. What you get now is a stadium worthy, tight band with a back catalogue of songs that spans back to the late 70’s. I get… Keep Reading

New Releases

NEW MUSIC: Local Natives Announce 3rd Album ‘Sunlit Youth’

Local Natives have announced the release of their third album, Sunlit Youth, out on 9 September on Infectious Music / Loma Vista Recordings. The LA five-piece broke a year of silence with a pop up show in San Francisco in April, and the surprise release of Past Lives, their first new track in three years. Following further West Coast pop up shows in San Diego and the band’s hometown, Local Natives can… Keep Reading

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