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Stillia, The Soup Kitchen, Manchester

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Self taught musicians Stillia,  have been influenced by many great artists such as; The Beatles, The Who, Rolling Stones, Stone Roses, The Smiths and Oasis – you get the idea… With influences from the above however, Stillia have certainly got their own sound down The St Helens based band are rising fast, theres no doubt! Radio 2’s Janice Long has described their forthcoming debut album as “the best debut she has heard since the La’s” and Jonny Vegas is directing and cameo’ing in the video to their upcoming debut single ‘Let Me In‘. Stillia started in the early days of 2011 as…

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NEW MUSIC: Johnny Lloyd ‘Running Wild’ Pless Live Dates

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Produced by The Maccabees’ Hugo White, Johnny will release the ‘Eden EP’ on April 14 – ahead of then he’s streaming this new single, ‘Running Wild’. Lloyd has reunited with White to record the ‘Eden EP’ between Los Angeles and The Maccabees’ Elephant and Castle studios. White was also at the production helm​ – alongside Jamie T -​ for Johnny’s well-received debut EP ‘Dreamland’, released last year to radio support from 6Music and Radio X, with over half a million streams online. His music is proof that at the end of the day, good songwriting and musical talent reign supreme…

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INTERVIEW: Feed The Kid

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The Manchester six-piece band, Feed The Kid, are building themselves a good reputation and a solid following for their  ’70s West Coast sound that shows clear influences from the likes of The Doobie Brothers. Chris Patmore spoke with singer Curtis Taylor and guitarist Ciaran Egan in the back of their van, in a damp alley behind the iconic 100 Club on Oxford Street in London, before their set supporting renowned Manchester band Audioweb. A bit of an obvious one to start. How did the band get together? It always fascinates me what cosmic confluences bring a band together to create…

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Two Door Cinema Club, Leeds O2 Academy

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It’s a cold Monday night in January, but that has not stopped the sell out crowd queuing outside the O2 Academy in Leeds. After a slight delay in gaining access to the venue (thanks Loz) it was clear that this could turn out to be a special night. On stage first are, London based, Anteros. Lead vocalist Laura Hayden commands the stage like she was born to be there, with more than hint of Stevie Nicks in her vocals. Their catchy indie- pop soon had the audience dancing along. The set covered the majority of their 2016 Breakfast EP, highlight’s…

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Travis, O2 Academy, Liverpool

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Tonight at Liverpool O2 Academy Travis are celebrating 20 years in the music business with a run of 3 UK dates.  Fran Healy was humbled by the sell-out crowd and was quick to say “Travis are 20 years old, we are one of the few bands that are still surviving and it’s thanks to you all!” On a night when the city of Liverpool was in the grips of a local football derby it is a fitting tribute to the band that the venue was rocking. Opening the show was Chicago born Sarah Walk. The 25-year-old performed songs from her…

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Feed The Kid, 100 Club, London

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Feed The Kid bring their Mancunian version of West Coast rock to the iconic London venue. The six-piece Manchester band showed that the country-blues-rock of the 70s is still very much alive, when they opened for the recently reunited Audioweb at London’s 100 Club on 16 November. Londoners are often accused of being an unfriendly bunch, but anyone who has to travel on the public transport at rush hour will know that civility and politeness soon withers away in the forced proximity to our fellow humans. But, when Manchester band Feed The Kid came to play at the legendary 100 Club…

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Savannah – Madchester Meets The Midlands…

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…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 about what was going on. Whilst it’s pretty awesome going to see and shoot the Rock n’ Roll superstars on a regular basis its equally cool to be reminded about…

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BBC Sound of 2016: Blossoms

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Guitar pop band Blossoms, who are hoping to become Greater Manchester’s latest musical heroes, have come fourth on the BBC Sound of 2016 list, which highlights the hottest new acts for the new year. The five members, who were all born in the same Stockport hospital, formed in 2013 and have honed their sound by rehearsing in their bassist’s granddad’s scaffolding yard. They say they are influenced by the Arctic Monkeys, Abba and Oasis – and singer Tom Ogden sees similarities between themselves and other bands from Manchester: “We’re working-class, five lads just doing it because we love doing it.”…

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Libertines New Album – It Will Happen!

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The Libertines say they aren’t heading back to Thailand any time soon – but a fourth album is going to happen! What can we expect from The Libertines in the next couple of months – co-frontman Carl Barat promises they’ll be working on new material. Carl and Pete Doherty formed the band in 1997. Drummer Gary Powell and Carl say although they’ll work together soon it won’t be in Thailand – where they recorded the third album:

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Jake Bugg Announces New Album

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Jake Bugg releases a stunning new album, ‘On My One’ June 17th on Virgin EMI. The explosive first single, ‘Gimme The Love’, an intoxicating mix of funky drums and wah-wah guitar, impacts April 15th. The album title takes its name from a saying in Jake’s Nottingham hometown and couldn’t be more apt. Instead of saying on my own, they say on my one. “In a lot of ways it sums up this record because it mainly has been me on my own,” Jake says. “I saw this as the logical next step in my development as a songwriter. It was…

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Review: Kula Shaker, Manchester Ritz Feb 2016

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Before the muchly anticipated Kula Shaker ascend the stage, after a 6 year break from touring and recording, the eccentric 90s psych indie rock band from London, are back again with the newest material for their album K 2.0 the sequel to their debut album K. As the audience waits, the room is delighted to the smell of incense, wafting from the stage, filling the room and balancing the energy. A moving kaleidoscope projection lights up the stage, producing a swirling menagerie of colours and imagery of religious deities like Krishna to more present day celebrity figures like Kevin Spacey;…

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The Sherlocks

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UP-AND-COMING indie band The Sherlocks played a brilliant set to a sell-out crowd in Southampton on Saturday night. The gig at The Joiners was a memorable milestone as it was the Sheffield band’s first southern show in their first truly nationwide tour. Their catchy guitar tunes, drums and bass soon caught the imagination of the local crowd. Dancing and even shoulder-surfing were soon in view as songs, including recent singles Live for the Moment and Escapade, played out. The young band follow in the great tradition of guitar groups from the past, but have their own sound. That helped even unfamiliar songs…

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High Tyde!

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Up and coming band High Tyde visited Bournemouth for the first time last night, promoting EP ‘FUZZ’ at local indie watering hole 60 Million Postcards. The crowd is a strange mix of smartly dressed young professionals enjoying the first night of the bank holiday weekend, the student regulars from AUB and BU, and of course the new music enthusiasts. Regardless, the Red Stripe is flowing and even one girl in a white bodycon dress is air-guitaring to the support band. The night is full of promise for the young High Tyde guys from Brighton, heralded as the ones to watch…

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