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The Sunshine Underground - Borders

The Sunshine Underground - Borders

The Sunshine Underground Borders Single Review Layered indie with a rave ripple underlines the continuing climb to respect of this, The Editors and Boy Kill Boy embellishing quartet. The backing of Zane Lowe and NME...

Review posted on 29th January 2007

Mark Ronson - Toxic

Mark Ronson - Toxic

Mark RonsonToxiSingle ReviewThe multi-genre mind mauler, Mr Mark Ronson follows up on his star splattered debut album. He plucks out a weighty blues/jazz, R n' b with an indie undercurrent release of streetwise wisdom and...

Review posted on 22nd January 2007

Just Jack - Starz In Their Eyes

Just Jack - Starz In Their Eyes

Just JackStarz In Their Eyes Single ReviewPoetic wordplay and playful street-beats shroud this lash out at those who exploit dream-seekers. A flighty pop element and Jack Allsop's commanding and honest vocal gait, gives the offering...

Review posted on 8th January 2007

Foy Vance - The Retro Bar

Foy Vance - The Retro Bar

Foy Vance, The Retro Bar, Manchester 17/12/2006, Live ReviewA larger than life-size Jack Daniels picture hangs over the flat-cap doffed journeying Irishman Foy Vance, as he embarks upon a set that hops between the solemn...

Review posted on 21st December 2006

Lostprophets - Can't Catch Tomorrow (Good Shoes Won't Save You This Time)

Lostprophets - Can't Catch Tomorrow (Good Shoes Won't Save You This Time)

Having recently completed their second sold out UK tour of the year, this is the third single to be taken from the band's chart-topping third record, "Liberation Transmission". Pontypridd's finest export will again be performing...

Review posted on 13th December 2006

Scott Matthews - Dream Song

Scott Matthews - Dream Song

Scott MatthewsDream SongSingle ReviewIt's the old second single imponderable, how do you follow and masterfully swooning, debut single 'Elusive' and a foraging and subtle, soundscaping debut album 'Passing Strangers'? Especially, as the latter blends all...

Review posted on 5th December 2006

Levellers - Manchester Academy 1

Levellers - Manchester Academy 1

Levellers, support from 3 Daft Monkeys,Manchester Academy 1, 02/12/2006Live ReviewIt is evident immediately why the Levellers have chosen the groove crafting, foot drum pushed folk/acoustic trio of musical journeyers, 3 Daft Monkeys to sets things...

Review posted on 4th December 2006

Good Books - Leni

Good Books - Leni

Good BooksLeniSingle ReviewRock lyrics delivered with hearty soul and softly cushioning, synthesiser aided backing gives a flash of the freshness of this relaxing quartet and, this is only the first part of the song. The...

Review posted on 29th November 2006

Charlotte Hatherley - Behave

Charlotte Hatherley - Behave

Charlotte Hatherley,Behave, EP Review After years of riding a raw groove with Ash and later stepping into the limelight with a searching and harmony laden solo album ‘Grey Will Fade’, Charlotte will need all this...

Review posted on 27th November 2006

The Hedrons - Night & Day Café

The Hedrons - Night & Day Café

The Hedrons,Night & Day Café, Manchester,08/11/2006Live ReviewThe Donnas after they have been injected with Red Bull and taught how to enjoy playing live or a female The Foo Fighters, is two of many possible ways...

Review posted on 13th November 2006

The Young Knives - Liverpool Academy

The Young Knives - Liverpool Academy

The Young KnivesSupport from Fortune Drive and The GratesLiverpool Academy27/10/2006Live ReviewRanging instrumental strolls and gritty, but soulful and folk spiked vocals punctuate the Bristol outfit, Fortune Drive's set. The way the polished piano kick collides...

Review posted on 30th October 2006

Betty Curse - Here Lies Betty Curse

Betty Curse - Here Lies Betty Curse

Betty CurseHere Lies Betty CurseAlbum ReviewManufactured prima-Madonna actress or off-kilter attitude chick with her finger pushing the pulse of the alternative scene? As usual, in these cases the answer lies in a murky mixture between...

Review posted on 30th October 2006

K-O-Din - Maladjusted

K-O-Din - Maladjusted

K-O-Din, MaladjustedAcademy 3, ManchesterMonday, October 23.Unsigned bands nights are far from a rare occurrence, but this particular one deserves attention for a couple reasons. With Halloween around the corner, this gathering of a few of...

Review posted on 25th October 2006

Lily Allen - Manchester Academy 1

Lily Allen - Manchester Academy 1

Lily Allen, Manchester Academy 121/10/2006Live ReviewThey have always said that they key to success in pop music is ambition, well that and connections.Lily Allen, daughter of comedian Keith, has both. This gig only just scraped...

Review posted on 23rd October 2006

The Automatic - support from Alterkicks and Mumm-Ra, Manchester Academy 1

The Automatic - support from Alterkicks and Mumm-Ra, Manchester Academy 1

The Automatic with support from Alterkicks and Mumm-Ra, Manchester Academy 1, Live Review14/10/2006Opening for the likes of The Departure and Leaves, has allowed the Liverpool based Alterkicks to mould their live sound to reflect The...

Review posted on 16th October 2006

Courtney Tidwell - Missing Link

Courtney Tidwell - Missing Link

Courtney TidewellMissing Link (06/11/06, Ever Records)Single ReviewSwooning, earnest pop that binds together the feel of Bjork, Sinnead O'Connor and Donna Lewis comes at you via this organ and synths marrying offering taken from Tidewell's debut...

Review posted on 16th October 2006

Peaches - Support from The KBC and Humanzi, Manchester Academy 2

Peaches - Support from The KBC and Humanzi, Manchester Academy 2

Peaches with support from The KBC and HumanziManchester Academy 2,Live Review12/09/2006A sparse gathering huddle closer and closer towards the front while the thick guitar beats of indie/dance trio, Preston's The KBC are driven by the...

Review posted on 16th October 2006

dj shadow - This Time (I'm Gonna Try It My Way)

dj shadow - This Time (I'm Gonna Try It My Way)

DJ Shadow, This Time (I'm Gonna Try It My Way), Single ReviewRemember that soul stroking climax of Coldcut's career so far; 'Walk A Mile In My Shoes'? Well, its aching heart and blues/lounge streaming backdrop...

Review posted on 16th October 2006

Klaxons - Magick

Klaxons - Magick

KlaxonsMagickSingleEver wondered what music would be played on a space buggy ride between the picturesque planets of Jupiter & Saturn? It would probably be the hovering electro and atmospheric rushing 'Magick'. Jamie Reynolds' vocals hover...

Review posted on 16th October 2006

Shepherds Pi - The Tigerpicks

Shepherds Pi - The Tigerpicks

Shepherds Pi , The Tigerpicks, Dear Eskimo & The Spoons, Night & Day Café, Live ReviewThere is no better way to commence a preview to Manchester's celebration of music and launch pad for small bands...

Review posted on 28th September 2006

Breed 77 - Manchester Academy 3

Breed 77 - Manchester Academy 3

Breed 77 & Last Stop China TownManchester Academy 320/09/06Live ReviewEarnest and tough spirited post-grunge from the Midlands quintet of Last Stop China Town, sees the unfurling of a piercing and musically compact performance. A robust...

Review posted on 26th September 2006

Milburn - Well Well Well

Milburn - Well Well Well

MilburnWell Well WellAlbum ReviewYou can view this debut album from the Joe Carnall fronted four piece in one of two ways. You could either listen to the first two tracks, 'Well Well Well' and 'Showroom'...

Review posted on 26th September 2006

The Long Blondes - Once And Never Again

The Long Blondes - Once And Never Again

The Long BlondesOnce And Never AgainSingle ReviewThe stark vocals of Kate Jackson, combine the free spiritedness of Chrissie Hyndes with the rough n' ready pitch of Blondie, to extol the virtues of maturity over youth....

Review posted on 26th September 2006

Matt Costa - Sunshine

Matt Costa - Sunshine

Matt CostaSunshine Single ReviewDamnation, I've just gone and agreed to do work a double weekend shift at work. All because at the time of being asked, the shiny acoustic nudged sounds of former skateboarder Matt...

Review posted on 26th September 2006

All American Rejects - Manchester Apollo

All American Rejects - Manchester Apollo

All American Rejects & Matchbook Romance, Manchester Apollo23/09/2006Live ReviewIn a similar fashion to the bar, who prepared for tonight's crowd by topping up on lemonade supplies, the heart flashing melodic guitar utilising Matchbook Romance from...

Review posted on 26th September 2006

Oversol - Don't Black Out

Oversol - Don't Black Out

OversolDon't Black OutSingle Review Fat guitar driven soundscapes that are steadily climbed by the rising vocals of Aaron Davis adds a Mew styled element to a well thought out A-side. Elbow-esque backing complements the dreamy...

Review posted on 26th September 2006

Scott Matthews - The Life Café

Scott Matthews - The Life Café

Scott MatthewsThe Life Café Manchester 13/09/2006Live ReviewMy old nan had a saying; 'Midlands born, Midlands bred; blues in the heart and folk in the head'. The personification of this saying, Scott Mathews cuts a proud...

Review posted on 21st September 2006

Billy Talent - support from Reuben, Manchester Academy 1

Billy Talent - support from Reuben, Manchester Academy 1

Billy Talentsupport from ReubenManchester Academy 116/09/2006The evermore heat-locked and already crowded Academy sees many people undoubtedly hoping that the support act will relax them, with some laid back power ballads. However, the Surrey power post/rock...

Review posted on 18th September 2006

Henrik Schwarz - Imagination Limitation

Henrik Schwarz - Imagination Limitation

Henrik SchwarzImagination LimitationSingle ReviewLounge grooving chill-out beats helps the tempo-building impresario Henrik Schwarz provides a slickly programmed snippet of his current mood. It has been written solely to appear on the German's forthcoming mix album...

Review posted on 18th September 2006

The Datsuns - System Overload

The Datsuns - System Overload

The DatsunsSystem OverloadSingle ReviewA sonic spiral now weaves its way through the ripping garage rock riffs and the powerful, grit-laden Bon Scott vocal strut of Dolf De Datsun, for the A side to this single...

Review posted on 11th September 2006

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