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October 2016

Radiohead Announce More UK Shows

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Radiohead Announce Additional Festival & headline Dates In UK and Europe Announcement Continues a productive 2016/17 following the release of 9th studio album ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ Radiohead will play a number of headline shows and festival dates in the UK & Europe in 2017. These are in addition to previously-announced headline slots at Glastonbury, Northside, Best Kept Secret, Open’er, Rock Werchter and Main Square festivals. Earlier this year, Radiohead’s 9th studio…

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The Blinders, Deaf Institute, Manchester

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Blimey. In the 6 months since I last saw them, things have moved on for The Blinders. Tonight, The Deaf Institute is heaving with anticipation as The Blinders launch their debut single, Swine.   A massive cheer goes up as frontman and guitarist Tom graces the stage, joining Charlie (bass) and Matty (Drums), and they launch straight into the heavy yet atmospheric “Brutus”. The crowd are totally into it from the…

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Metallica Release New Single And New Tour Dates

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Halloween release of “Atlas, Rise!” Friday 28. October saw an early release of Metallica’s third single from their upcoming album. To help fans get into the Halloween spirit, starting Friday, October 28th, Metallica fans around the world could visit select independent record stores for the chance to obtain a free limited edition Hardwired…To Self-DestructHalloween mask. Inside of each mask fans would find a special access code that will allow them to…

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CHILDRENN (DK) in the studio with US producer

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CHILDRENN from Copenhagen producing with Randall Dunn CHILDRENN from Copenhagen, Denmark, released the critically acclaimed album “Animale” back in March 2016, but aren’t slowing down any time soon, and have just started new recordings in the Black Tornado Studio, to write a follow-up to their still-fresh debut. One of our time’s most respected and influential producers in alternative rock, has travelled to Copenhagen to produce the new album. Randall Dunn is…

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Album Review: Exist Immortal “Breathe”

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New release from London hardcore quintet Primordial Records has released Exist Immortal’s 3rd. album on 28. October, and is easily as hard-hitting as their previous releases. How does it compare to those? Let’s find out. The hardcore genre is a broad one, and today there is a lot of equally excellent bands fighting for that space. In the sub-genre metalcore, Exist Immortal has released a very melodic and well produced…

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Cabbage, Ruby Lounge, Manchester

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Mayhem, madness and magic probably sum up Cabbage’s biggest headline show to date Halfway through a UK tour they returned to Manchester to play a sold out Ruby Lounge. Ticket touts outside the venue are an indication that Cabbage really have arrived. There was a palpable atmosphere of anticipation and excitement once inside as a Cabbage shows are always wonderfully unpredictable. Queen Zee and the Sasstones along with Meat Raffle…

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The Vryll Society & Hidden Charms, Gorilla, Manchester

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“Why am I doing this to myself?”, I mutter, as I crawl along the M56 willing my car to not run out of petrol before I hit Stockport Big Tesco. Today has been a busy day and I find myself in a maelstrom of stress trying to get home to pick my daughter up and head to a gig. As I “mature” I tend not to get my knickers in…

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INTERVIEW: Danny McNamara, Embrace On New Album & December Tour

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Ahead of Embrace’s December tour and highly anticipated 2017 album, FOTF caught up with the band’s frontman to find out more about it. The band, who are currently working on their seventh studio album for release in 2017, will be taking a break from recording to play a short run of special Christmas shows in December. Talking about the run of dates, Danny said, “We’d been so busy working on…

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New album: Kristin Hersh / “Wyatt At The Coyote Palace”

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Alternative Acoustic Punk Rock Masterpiece Today saw the launch of a brand-spanking new release from Kristin Hersh, the legendary singer from Throwing Muses and 50FOOTWAVE, the third release in a series of book-albums. What is that you ask? Read on to find out: As one of the most legendary singers in alternative rock, also knows for her book “Rat Girl”, ranked among The 25 Greatest Rock Memoirs of All Time, Kristin…

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NEW MUSIC: Jaws ‘Simplicity’ + UK headline

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Birmingham indie-outfit, Jaws, release their full-length sophomore album ‘Simplicty’ on November 4. The band are set to circle its release with an extensive UK headline tour in November – with kindred fuzz-rockers Nai Harvest and Chartreuse providing ample support. ‘Simplicity’ is JAWS first outing since their frenzied debut LP ‘Be Slowly’ in 2014. Opting  for a short period of silence to recalibrate – the band resurfaced with hazy new single…

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Syd Arthur, Sound Knowledge, Marlborough

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A few weeks ago I covered a White Denim gig at the O2 Academy in Bristol, support act on the night was Canterbury Band Syd Arthur, I enjoyed the set so much that when I saw they were embarking on an ‘in-store tour’ playing selected record stores to promote the new album Apricity, I was keen to catch up. One of the stores was a lovely little independent record store…

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Manchester Indie Rockers The Hotspur Press One-Off Launch Gig This Friday

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Snapped up by surging new Mancunian label B33 – THE HOTSPUR PRESS – deliver us their distinguished first single: ‘Other People’. A Greater Manchester four-piece with a precedent to create “highly melodic, energetic and soaring indie-rock music that isn’t afraid to get emotional from time to time”, The Hotspur Press are maestros of their craft. Slated for release on the 28th October, their first release for B33 (a record label…

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Sonata Arctica announce regional U.K. shows

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Finnish melodic metal heroes Sonata Arctica are very pleased to announce that they will be returning to our UK shores in March 2017! This run, part of a larger European tour, will be taking the band across ten UK cities starting at the Engine Rooms in Southampton, culminating at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton, before the band head back to the European mainland for more dates. They will be joined…

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Farewell To The Tapestry

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Not much comes out of Tameside, so in 2010 when The Tapestry finally got their act( and lineup) together there was cause for much rejoicing in the borough. A highly talented four piece who’s highly infectious post punk dance tunes lit up all the Manchester music venues The Tapestry were surely destined for great things. Regular sold out gigs, UK tours, festival appearances and a clutch of singles that begged…

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Fu Manchu + Electric Elephants, BETA, Copenhagen

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Stoner Rock In The Hard End Of The Scale BETA in Copenhagen were greeted with two no-bullshit bands on a sleepy Sunday, and a crowd that was ready to party. As a small appendix to the large Amager Bio venue, the BETA3200 club scene in Copenhagen was packed, this rainy Sunday night. With a maximum capacity of 150 people, the small venue was no bigger than my living room, but…

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NEW MUSIC: Liines ‘Disappear / Be Here’

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What is better than a good single? Two good singles, of course, thanks to post-punk band LIINES. The Manchester-based female band are releasing their new double A-side, ‘Disappear’ / ‘Be Here’, which follows hot on the heels of previously well-received track ‘Never There’. Focusing on the first offering, ‘Disappear’, it’s clear to understand why this trio are drowning in waves of praise. Zoe McVeigh’s vocals are crystal-clear and sharp, which…

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Band of Skulls, Albert Hall, Manchester

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Band of Skulls delivered a thrilling performance at the Albert Hall in Manchester. The three-piece rock band from Southampton performed at the beautiful iconic venue, having stepped out on tour after the release of their well received fourth studio album in May. Built as a Methodist Central Hall in 1910, the Neo-Baroque, Gothic architecture of the Albert Hall is visually striking, with large church-style windows, make for a stunning backdrop…

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RECORD OF THE WEEK: Red Faces ‘We Ain’t Going Down’

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‘We Ain’t Going Down’, by RCA signed Sheffield lads Red Faces. Currently on tour with the DMA’s you can read the review of their Manchester show here When rock n’ roll is done right it sounds like this Starting life as a covers band a couple of years back, covering ‘Sky Fall’ was quite a low point Isaac recalls ,however, now being signed to RCA and the members being able…

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Dodgy, The Stables, Milton Keynes

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I’ve turned up tonight in my VW, fortunately for me it’s not a camper van, I seem to recall a camper can flying in their video Staying out for the summer, so the guys can’t borrow it for a trip down memory lane. Dodgy are already on a UK tour to promote the new album, What are we fighting for, Tonight they play Milton Keynes venue, The Stable. A venue…

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Dub Pistols & Kioko, Ruby Lounge, Manchester

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Another triumphant return to Manchester for Dub Pistols You just know a Dub Pistols gig is going to be great as they are probably one of the best live acts around at the moment and Manchester, one of their favourite places to play, is always a special night. Tonight its Manchester’s Ruby Lounge who have the pleasure of hosting the gig and the place is packed with a crowd clearly…

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