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Wolfmother, Vega Copenhagen, Live Review

The Real Deal Rock Band… The Holy love child of Led Zeppelin, Queen, Deep Purple and The Who has come to Earth! The Australian trio Wolfmother has been with us since their debut in 2006, when they released their self-titled album. They have become one of the most Googled names in music, especially since the recent release of their new album, “Victorious”. Since Wolfmother should not need any further introduction… Keep Reading

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We Are Scientists, O2 Institute

We Are Scientists are a band that I’ve always heard of but had never checked out until I headed down to their show at Birmingham’s O2 Institute on 27th April to see just what they are all about. We Are Scientists support act was The Alibi, who were the highlight of the night for me. Hailing from Dartford, South London, and this bunch of lads really impressed me with their whole… Keep Reading

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YES, Manchester 02 Apollo

The determination and drive to keep performing their dynamic and captivating music is something Yes excel at. There’s something amazing to be said for a a band who’s career spans nearly five decades and can still perform such complicated arrangements. With members that have come and gone, it seems to have only aided in creating an incomparable metamorphosis of their musical sound. It has earned them a lot of hype… Keep Reading

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Adam French Interview From St Stephens Church

Established solo writer, producer and Virgin/EMI signed – Adam French played at St Stephens Church last weekend and we caught up with him pre gig… So an evening at St Stephens Church, that’s a slightly different sort of place for a rock gig? Yeah it is yeah very holy, big old beautiful place though, its nice. I did one other church recently actually, the Union Chapel with Frances about 3 months… Keep Reading

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Benjamin’s debut album, the Ian Grimble-produced Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm, was released in July 2011. The Fly called it “a majestic debut”  Leftwich as “a serious new talent”. The Skinny, while the Sunday Express called it “lovely”. Hazel Sheffield, writing in The Guardian, gave it a 3/5 rating,  as did David Pollock, writing for The Scotsman, who drew comparisons to Damien Rice and José González. Leftwich’s “Shine” was named Spotify’s most addictive track of 2014,  the… Keep Reading

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Coventry’s Godiva Festival 2016

Thirteen new bands have been added to the Coventry Godiva Festival 2016 weekend line up, which almost completes the musical line up for the festival. The bands named are: Luna Kiss, Kiko Bun, The Prophets, Ravens, Ekkah, Idle Noise, April, Emma McGann, The Paradimes, The STRiKE, Cliff Hands, The Tuts and Sounds of the Sirens. With the music line up for the weekend almost complete, festival organisers are confident that… Keep Reading

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Gin, Rock & Roll – Manchester Bands Leading The Way

I was doing some mundane tasks today around about the same time that I was thinking I could sink a few G&T’s right now. With that in mind it got me thinking of what tunes contained Gin or G&T in the lyrics and as it turns out Manchester bands leading the way… So whilst drinking my well earned G&T this evening I thought I’d put a little list together. To be fair, there are a fair… Keep Reading

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Adam French, St Stephens Church

Getting out of beer stained venues, and performing in the sacred surroundings of the nations church’s is nothing new. The likes of Elbow have played Manchester Catherdral and London’s Union Chapel has a long history of non-classical performances. But listening to tonights bands soundcheck in the big reverberating space of St Stephens Church, the late afternoon sun streaming through the stained glass, it’s a little tricky to relate to the… Keep Reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Shakey Graves, Gorilla

If the sign of a great band is that its whole is greater than the sum of its sonic parts, then how the hell Alejandro Rose-Garcia managed to raise such a ruckus at Gorilla recently is beyond me. Review by Matt Eastham Going by the joke Indian Guide name of Shakey Graves, this one man folk/blues/Americana juggernaut is something of a cult hero in his native Texas where the mayor… Keep Reading

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Pushing Daisy, Lygten Station, Apr. 16

Pushing Daisy – Dreamy and huge hard rock sound – a top-notch Danish band: The Copenhagen quartet Pushing Daisy, plays hard rock like Velvet Revolver and Alice In Chains likes to do. The soundscape is huge and dreamy, and the distorted bass was prominent but never too much.  Here we’ve got a band that is a bit older, a bit more established and a bit larger fanbase. They are not as… Keep Reading

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JFK Jr. – Lygten Station, Copenhagen, Apr.16

Surprising road-worthy hard Rock’n’Roll from a humble band JFK Jr. is a quartet from Copenhagen, and if you like Pixies, Foo Fighters and similar bands, you’re gonna like these guys. Soundwise we’re in early Foo Fighters territory. The first band of the night, JFK Jr., got the fire going in this small Copenhagen venue. Audience turnup was sparse, unfortunately, as this was still early in the night, but seemingly unaffected by… Keep Reading

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Northern Soul – Essential Mix

A great collection of Northern Soul tracks from my personal collection. This compilation has some excellent Classic’s, Al Wilson – The Snake, Dobie Grey – The In Crowd, Frank Wilson – Do l love you, Bobby Garret – l cant get away,Tony Clarke – Landslide, Mary Love – Lay This Burden Down & many more Classics. Hope you enjoy these as much as l do. Keep The Faith !! These… Keep Reading

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Savannah – Madchester Meets The Midlands…

…and The Indie Britpop Sound Is Very Much Still Alive There! Introducing You To Savannah This weekend we were visiting my partners family in the Midlands which saw the familiar activities of drinking, 50th party, drinking, 90th party, drinking, seeing friends, drinking, going to see a local band, drinking, indian meal… you get the picture. It was great to see a band as a punter and not have to think too hard… Keep Reading

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Hiatus Kaiyote, Manchester Ritz

Grammy nominated Melbourne contemporary soul outfit, Hiatus Kaiyote is a collaboration between four individuals (Nai Palm/singer-guitarist, Paul Bender/bass-production, Simon Mavin/keys-synths, Perrin Moss/drums-production). Their sound references a swathe of influences – electric, acoustic, futuristic, psychedelic, progressive, soothing and urgent – slipping in and out genre and defying definition. Signed to Salaam Remi’s Sony imprint Flying Buddha, the past 12 months has seen them make a rapid trajectory from share-house studios to… Keep Reading

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New Album: Augustines – This Is Your Life Available 10th June

Augustines return with the release of their new album, This Is Your Life, via Caroline International, on 10th June. The group, fresh from a sold out Electric Ballroom headline show and dates with Noel Gallagher in Europe, will play selected festivals (including headlining at Dot to Dot) over the summer, and will later return to the UK for an October tour that includes their biggest headline show to date, at… Keep Reading

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Bingley Music Live 2016

Eighteen more incredible acts, including Sigala, Lightning Seeds, All Saints, Black Grape and We Are Scientists, are the latest acts to join the line-up for Bingley Music Live 2016. The Myrtle Park festival, which takes place 2-4 September, already boasts headliners Tinie Tempah, Travis, Echo and the Bunnymen and Sigma. The headlining act on Friday 2 September are Echo and the Bunnymen, who are set to thrill the crowd with… Keep Reading

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Liverpool Sound City

Crowned ‘Best metropolitan festival’ at the UK Festival Awards, Liverpool Sound City is an unrivalled 2-day festival of incredible live music and arts, capturing the city of Liverpool and reinforcing it as the cultural core of the UK. One of the first music festivals of the year, Sound City sets the standard for all music festivals that follow, by offering music lovers the very best breakthrough acts and major names… Keep Reading

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Augustines, Manchester Accademy

Coming of the back of a European tour supporting Noel Gallagher and his Hi Flying birds, tonight’s host finish off a brace of shows, that saw them play a sold out gig at London’s Electric Ballroom last night The 19th April, tonight’s show is also a sell-out. The band are based in Brooklyn New York, a constant three piece, with Billy McCarthy Lead singer/guitarist, Eric Sanderson, vocals guitar/and just about… Keep Reading

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Troye Sivan & Astrid S, Birmingham O2 Institute

On Saturday 23rd April, I headed down to the O2 Institute in Birmingham to check out Troye Sivan, and support act Astrid S, for the final show of the UK stretch of his Blue Neighbourhood Tour. As soon as I arrived at the sold out show I could tell just how popular Troye Sivan is, as the end of the queue was not visible, even 30 minutes after the opening… Keep Reading

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Spector Announce New Tour Dates

Today Spector announce an 8 date tour of the UK, inspired by new track ‘Tenner’, released earlier this month as a 360 performance video. All shows are £10 and go on sale today. They start on 24th May and will be for 14+ Spector – Tenner This follows the completely sold out run of shows at which the band are playing both debut album ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’ and… Keep Reading

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