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Benjamin Francis Leftwich Announces Headline Tour & New Album

In all walks of life sometimes an end can only be dealt with from the closure of starting something new; which is the case of Benjamin Francis Leftwich on his eagerly anticipated new album After The Rain. Due out on August 19th through Dirty Hit (Wolf Alice, The 1975), the news also comes with new track, ‘Tilikum’, and the announcement of an intimate run of live dates for this spring.… Keep Reading

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Super Furry Animals to play Fuzzy Logic & Radiator back to back

Super Furry Animals take to the towns and cities of England, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and Wales to perform their luminescent debut album, Fuzzy Logic and its follow-up, Radiator in full, in order and back-to-back, live throughout December 2016. Taking in two nights at the London Roundhouse and a Welsh homecoming in Cardiff, the celebration marks a brace of re-evaluated, restored and re-issued releases out on Friday 4 November… Keep Reading

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A Sad Day For Maccabees Fans

It’s always a sad day when a cool band calls it a day! The Maccabees have announced their split after 14 years together. in a statement “The decision has obviously been an incredibly difficult one, given that The Maccabees has been such a huge part of our lives until now,”  Image: © Maccabees     Keep Reading

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Noel Gallagher headlines Y Not Festival. Full Images & Review

Y Not Festival returned to its usual place in the Derbyshire Dales for its 11th year this month. This festival has steadily increased in size and after winning last year’s ‘Best Mid-sized’ event it jumped from a crowd size of 18.000 to 25,000 and sold out with weeks to spare. Despite the increase in size, the organisers have done well to maintain that boutique feel that has made it one… Keep Reading
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Buying Tickets Just Got Better! has launched and is set to be the new name in town for live shows and events accross the UK. 2016 shows include; Rod Stewart, The 1975, Busted, The Specials, Justin Hayward, Airbourne, Coheed and Cambria, Richie Sambora, We Are Scientists, Frightened Rabbit, Band of Horses, Local Natives, The Divine Comedy, The Hunna, The Christians, James, The Zombies and Kula Shaker! HOW ABOUT THAT! Looking for local shows? Ticket Select cover the entire UK from the smaller towns to the largest cities which include:  Birmingham | Edinburgh | Leeds | Liverpool… Keep Reading

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LISTEN HERE: The Coral New Single ‘Million Eyes’ + December Tour

The new single, ‘Million Eyes’ taken from the band’s critically acclaimed new album ‘Distance Inbetween’ has been announced The Coral have announced details of a headline UK Tour and new single, ‘Million Eyes’. The December tour, which takes in O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Manchester Academy and Liverpool’s Olympia, is the influential Hoylake quintet’s second headline UK tour this year and follows the release of their critically acclaimed album ‘Distance Inbetween’,… Keep Reading

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Wilson Pickett “In The Midnight Hour”

Wilson Pickett’s first album, from 1965, was a bit of a hodgepodge, including singles from as far back as 1962. Three of these tracks were actually issued as singles by The Falcons (for whom Pickett sang lead) before he started his solo career; others were issued as singles before Pickett broke through as a national star with the title track. This 12-track album doesn’t really suffer as a result, however.… Keep Reading

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Eagulls Announce Joint Headline Tour With Protomartyr

Eagulls have announced details of short UK joint headline tour with acclaimed Detroit punk band Protomartyr. The band is also set to support Parquets Courts and Suede  later in the year and also appear at a number of UK and European festivals over the summer. Having previously toured the UK in May, a run that culminated in an ecstatic sold-out show at London’s Islington Assembly Rooms, the full list of… Keep Reading

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Ghost Live at Myth, Minnesota

Ghost came to the Minnesota area on Thursday, July 28th to play for a packed house at the Myth! I got the main floor was full of people ready to see the show! Macabre opened the show and it seemed there were a few people that were familiar with them. [foogallery id=”6059″] After the first song, they told a gruesome story about the next song they were going to play.… Keep Reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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