Author: David Adair

Niki and the Dove - The Drummer

Niki and the Dove - The Drummer

Niki and the Dove release their new EP, 'The Drummer', through Mercury Records on October 17th. It follows on from their previous EP, which was released in November 2010, entitled 'The Fox'. Following a successful...

Review posted on 14th November 2011

Chiwoniso - Rebel Woman

Chiwoniso - Rebel Woman

The blend of a beautiful vocals and bouncing, life affirming, rhythms of Africa make for a wonderful introduction to Chiwoniso and Zimbabwean music. Supported by interlocking melodies of the mbira and the heavy grooves of...

Review posted on 30th September 2008

Colin Jones - Most I could Muster

Colin Jones - Most I could Muster

Colin JonesColin Jones - Most I could Muster - EP ReviewColin Jones Most I could Muster (Green Garlic Records)This breath of fresh air in the American music industry whistles its way to you from New...

Review posted on 8th October 2007

Kosheen - Manchester Academy 2

Kosheen - Manchester Academy 2

KosheenManchester Academy 2 (17/09/2007)Live ReviewWhat difference a flight of stairs makes, eh? Just a few months back Kosheen were riding high upon rumours that their hotly anticipated third album 'Damage', is as dark, defiant and...

Review posted on 1st October 2007

Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Warrington Parr Hall

Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Warrington Parr Hall

Sophie Ellis Bextor; Warrington Parr Hall 16/08/07 Live Review Perhaps the fact that the seats are full, rendering the standing area sparsely scattered with a chilled out gathering that spans a wide age range and...

Review posted on 21st August 2007

Taken By Trees - Lost And Found

Taken By Trees - Lost And Found

Taken By TreesLost And Found (Rough Trade 20/08/07) Single Review Victoria Bergsmann (ex The Concretes) shows immediately through the creeping, atmosphere implanting intro to this cushioned folk/pop parade that she is looking to accentuate her...

Review posted on 21st August 2007

Nerina Pallot - Peg

Nerina Pallot - Peg

Nerina Pallot Peg Single Review Given the integrity, range and emotive projection of Steely Dan, it is inevitable that the independent and cosmopolitan enchantress, Nerina Pallot would use their music as a reference point. Paying...

Review posted on 25th July 2007

Loney Dear - Saturday Waits

Loney Dear - Saturday Waits

Loney, Dear Saturday Waits Single Review A longing The Mamas and the Pappas vocal drag is provided by courtesy of Swede Emile Svanangen, whose worrisome but strangely calming vocals bob up and down on the...

Review posted on 17th July 2007

Dizzee Rascal - Maths & English

Dizzee Rascal - Maths & English

Dizzee Rascal Maths & English Album Review Success changes people, no matter where you are from and for Dizzee Rascal (Dylan Mills), honours that includes a Mercury Prize has changed his perspective. Through the bristling,...

Review posted on 2nd July 2007

Gym Class Heroes - As Cruel As School Children

Gym Class Heroes - As Cruel As School Children

Gym Class HeroesAs Cruel As School ChildrenAlbum ReviewThis flirty full-length is out like an ordinary school day. Helping this slithery 'Snakes On A Plane' accompanying, alternative and hip-hop rooted quartet adopt a youthful approach to...

Review posted on 25th June 2007

The Clone Roses & The Sessions - The Parr Hall

The Clone Roses & The Sessions - The Parr Hall

The Clone Roses & The Sessions The Parr Hall, Warrington 16/06/2007 Live Review Much like Spike Island, this gig can already be classed as a success before a single note has begun to ring out....

Review posted on 19th June 2007

Paul Hartnoll - Ideal Condition

Paul Hartnoll - Ideal Condition

Paul HartnollIdeal ConditionAlbum Review Searching ambient instrumental forays early on, through Haven't We Met Before' and the creepy wind led trickle 'For Silence', gives time for reflection and Hartnoll is probably looking back on his...

Review posted on 11th June 2007

Hinder - Lips Of An Angel

Hinder - Lips Of An Angel

HinderLips Of An AngelSingle ReviewIn the time between copious touring and crafting yearning, slow-building and grunge resurrecting laments, Hinder spend their time firing verbal onslaughts at searing acts like Thursday. 'Lips Of An Angel' skirts...

Review posted on 11th June 2007

Stephen Fretwell - Manchester

Stephen Fretwell - Manchester

Stephen Fretwell & Liam Fray Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester 23/05/07 Live Review A compact setting that has the artist penned in like a baboon in a zoo pen and a stuffy, sound stifling atmosphere would send...

Review posted on 29th May 2007

Anna Ternheim - Lovers Dream and More Music For Psychotic Lovers

Anna Ternheim - Lovers Dream and More Music For Psychotic Lovers

Anna TernheimLovers Dream and More Music For Psychotic LoversAlbum ReviewAnna Ternheim is a major singer-songwriter talent in Sweden, but is almost unknown in the UK, and that is a real shame, as her albums so...

Review posted on 21st May 2007

Gossip - Manchester Roadhouse

Gossip - Manchester Roadhouse

The Gossip & CSS Manchester RoadhouseLive ReviewThe Brazilian approach is world renowned for its flamboyance, regardless of the activity in question. Tonight, the band formerly known as Cansei De Ser Sexy (now simply referred to...

Review posted on 21st May 2007

Jamie T, Live Review

Jamie T, Live Review

Jamie T with support from New York Howl (29/04/07, The Ritz Manchester) Lounge/soul back ground music creates a relaxed Sunday Night feel until it is suddenly sent crashing into next week. Being unceremoniously interrupted by...

Review posted on 30th April 2007

The Maccabees - Precious Time

The Maccabees - Precious Time

The MaccabeesPrecious TimeSingle ReviewThus far, the rising and flamboyant mod/indie fledgling foursome of The Maccabees, have been content to bask on a branch, outside of the tangled web of publicity and self-promotion. That is currently...

Review posted on 18th April 2007

The Mission - God Is A Bullet

The Mission - God Is A Bullet

The MissionGod Is A BulletAlbum ReviewHow often, when contemplating the unlikelihood of a new band surviving through the vagaries and turmoil of modern music's rough and tough seas. Do you provide a sprig of hope...

Review posted on 11th April 2007

Clutch - Manchester Academy Three

Clutch - Manchester Academy Three

Clutch with support from The SwordManchester Academy Three 04/04/07Live ReviewThe Texan metal and alternative music history revering, J.D. Cronise fronted quartet of The Sword. Earnestly open up their explorative, grinding and rustic rooted Black Sabbath...

Review posted on 11th April 2007

Gods Of Blitz - Reporting A Mirage

Gods Of Blitz - Reporting A Mirage

God's Of BlitzReporting A MirageReview Four guys combine to produce a menacing, but friendly vibe that the Red Hot Chili Peppers have made their own over the years. Coupled with a sound that is like...

Review posted on 2nd April 2007

Kubichek - The Roadhouse

Kubichek - The Roadhouse

Kubichek! & The Sonic Hearts, The Roadhouse, Manchester 12/03/07Live ReviewA Liverpudlian five piece, The Sonic Hearts parade a vocal twin to Dave McCabe, at times and a light guitar strut that hints at skiffle and...

Review posted on 20th March 2007

4FT Soldiers - WA1 Bar, Warrington

4FT Soldiers - WA1 Bar, Warrington

4FT Soldiers & Z-list Tears WA1 Bar, Warrington 17/03/07 Live Review A roots digging return to their rough cut and riff heavy days as a trio, signals the start of the Z-list Tears' parade. However,...

Review posted on 19th March 2007

Thirteen Senses - All The Love In Your Hands

Thirteen Senses - All The Love In Your Hands

Thirteen Senses All The Love In Your Hands Single Review Haven couldn't do it? What is that I hear you ask, appear less sanctimonious? No, actually they couldn't follow up on a swooning, soaring and...

Review posted on 8th March 2007

Jet - Manchester Apollo Theatre

Jet - Manchester Apollo Theatre

Jet, Manchester Apollo Theatre, 04/03/07, Live ReviewRemember a few years back when critics leaped upon their high horses about bands being too derivative these days and, that music is being robbed of dynamism and creativity?...

Review posted on 7th March 2007

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Alexisonfire - Manchester Academy 2

Alexisonfire - Manchester Academy 2

Alexisonfire & support from Comeback Kid, Manchester Academy 2, Live Review 01/03/2007 The friendly, but grizzly vocals of Scott Wade shudder over the volcanic drumbeats to the now set in stone opener of 'False Idols...

Review posted on 5th March 2007

Mika - Leon Jean Marie, Manchester Academy 1

Mika - Leon Jean Marie, Manchester Academy 1

Mika with support from Leon Jean Marie Manchester Academy 1, 27/02/2007 Live Review Flashy guitar fuelled, funk gelled R N B is being beamed out by the dreadlocked 24 year old East Londoner, Leon-Jean Marie....

Review posted on 1st March 2007

Guillemots - Emmy The Great

Guillemots - Emmy The Great

Guillemotssupport from Emmy The Great09/02/2007 Manchester Academy 1Live ReviewLow key and percussion free performer Emmy The Great, seeks to woo and stir with her Bjork, Martha Wainwright and Gretchen Peters fusing anti/folk, country and pop...

Review posted on 12th February 2007

Ray LaMontagne - Manchester Apollo Theatre

Ray LaMontagne - Manchester Apollo Theatre

Ray LamontagneManchester Apollo Theatre (02/02/2007)It is all change for the Apollo tonight, as a venue that is famed for its sloping, standing section at gigs that gives extra momentum to often gushing pit. Tonight it...

Review posted on 5th February 2007

The Maple State - Joanna

The Maple State - Joanna

The Maple StateJoannaSingle ReviewMorrissey debating with Joel Pott, the true meaning of Athlete's song 'You Got The Style' vocal sound, is paraded with force and a bleak undercoat from Gregory Counsel. Tapping drumbeats and ambient...

Review posted on 5th February 2007

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