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Ludes - The Art of Happiness

Ludes - The Art of Happiness

LudesThe Dark Art Of Happiness17/04/2006 Double DragonWhen Ludes strolled onto the scene a few years hence, unleashing their brand of slightly paranoid post/mod indie sparring in shows with the likes of Future Kings of Spain...

Review posted on 28th March 2006

Emit - Gun

Emit - Gun

EmitGunDemoArt rock is cordially introduced to post rock by this passionate London quartet and the two genres seem to get on very well. Snappy instrumentals allow the androgynous vocals of Lee to tersely bellow out...

Review posted on 28th March 2006

The Vines - Don't Listen to the Radio

The Vines - Don't Listen to the Radio

The VinesDon't Listen to the RadioCapitol27/03/06 Single ReviewThe troubled Craig Nicholls has been Australia's answer to Pete Doherty, ever since the antipodean's searching self-titled debut album of 2002. This was the biggest release of emotion...

Review posted on 28th March 2006

Hey Negrita - Can't Walk Away

Hey Negrita - Can't Walk Away

Hey NegritaCan't Walk Away24/04/2006Fat Fox.Single ReviewThree helpings of playfully strolling Americana marks the return of the colourful cockney quintet, 'Hey Negrita'. 'Can't Walk Away' features the bubbly and gritty vocals of Felix, who sings like...

Review posted on 23rd March 2006

Embrace - Natures Law

Embrace - Natures Law

EmbraceNatures LawIndependiente 20/03/2006Single ReviewDanny McNamara's hovering vocals lifted Embrace to the lofty heights of an Arena tour, a table tennis football match with the England 1966 Word Cup squad and earned them the respect of...

Review posted on 23rd March 2006

Tina Dico - In The Red

Tina Dico - In The Red

Tina DicoIn The RedFinest GramophoneAlbum ReviewMerging the worlds of Elliot Smith and Joni Mitchell is something that is dangerous to even contemplate. This Zero 7 member makes light work of the task in the sorrowful...

Review posted on 20th March 2006

Clayhill - Halfway Across

Clayhill - Halfway Across

ClayhillHalfway Across17/04/2006Eat Sleep RecordsSingle ReviewThis Gavin Clark led trio add a bit of bubbling indie/jazz to their make up and expand masterfully from the subtle base of their previous album, 'Small Circle'. Clark's Leonard Cohen...

Review posted on 20th March 2006

Dirty Pretty Things - Bang Bang Your Dead

Dirty Pretty Things - Bang Bang Your Dead

Dirty Pretty Things, Bang Bang Your Dead Vertigo Records24/04/2006Single ReviewHammering bass lines and sodden vocals signal the collaboration of Carl Barat and Didz Hammond (The Cooper Temple Clause). This single is punchy Rock N' Roll,...

Review posted on 20th March 2006

White Rose Movement, Live Review

White Rose Movement, Live Review

White Rose MovementThe Violets supportNight & Day Café, Manchester12/03/06 Live ReviewThe Siouxsie And The Banshees sound must be one of the most prevalent of the new wave influences around today, add to that a dash...

Review posted on 15th March 2006

Refused - Refused are Fu**ing Dead

Refused - Refused are Fu**ing Dead

They spent their last year in existence touring godforsaken hellholes scattered around the western world. This is their testament! Refused are dead. They spent their last year in existence touring godforsaken hellholes scattered around the...

Review posted on 14th March 2006

killing joke - Hosannas from the Basements of Hell

killing joke - Hosannas from the Basements of Hell

Killing JokeSingle ReviewHosannas from the Basements of Hell Released 20/03/2006 on Cooking VinylThese grizzly grunge metallers are fronted by the eccentric Jaz Coleman, whose vocals saddle the eerily frantic bass lines and punching guitars to...

Review posted on 13th March 2006

brakes - All Night Disco Party

brakes - All Night Disco Party

BrakesAll Night Disco Party (Rough Trade 03/04/2006)With news of Eamon Dermot vacating the British Sea Power camp still sinking in with their fan base, he softens the blow by transforming his vocals to an almost...

Review posted on 13th March 2006

The Like - Manchester Academy Three

The Like - Manchester Academy Three

"Somebody get naked, or I'm not gonna play."Z Berg, the cheekily beaming leader of the female dominated trio The Like, exclaims prior to performing the hazily poetic 'You Bring Me Down'. Possessing the calming assuredness...

Review posted on 13th March 2006

The Rifles - Live Manchester Roadhouse 08/03/2006

The Rifles - Live Manchester Roadhouse 08/03/2006

The RiflesLive Manchester Roadhouse 08/03/2006Support from Milburn and The Upper RoomA relaxing, yet feeling packed set is being delivered by the breezy Brighton band, The Upper Room. Singer, Alex Miller displays searching indie-soulfulness and throws...

Review posted on 13th March 2006

Morning Runner - Night & Day

Morning Runner - Night & Day

Morning RunnerNew Rhodes (Support)Night & Day Café, Manchester 06/03/06Live ReviewThe strolling Bristol outfit, New Rhodes set about relaxing the Monday night crowd into the gig feel, with an amiable performance of focused soft rock. They...

Review posted on 10th March 2006

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion

Yeah Yeah YeahsGold Lion (Fiction, 20/03/2006)The pouting pearl of modern indie, Karen O firmly places her self in the middle, vocally speaking, as though she is mediating a battle betwixt Alison Goldfrapp and Katie Jane...

Review posted on 8th March 2006

Superqueens - Royal Shit

Superqueens - Royal Shit

SuperqueensRoyal Shit10/04/06Supermarket RecordsThe respected poet Michael Conroy Harris and Bruce Magill, combine seedy, sordid word play that shoots off from a piercing pistol of beats and whizzing synths, to make up the mancunian word mauling...

Review posted on 7th March 2006

Morrissey - You Have Killed Me

Morrissey - You Have Killed Me

Morrissey; You Have Killed Me27/03/2006 AttackSingle ReviewThe morbid and the mundane have been shaken up and served on a different plate so many times by Morrissey, yet it still leaves the same lingering aftertaste of...

Review posted on 7th March 2006

Koufax - Why Bother At All

Koufax - Why Bother At All

Koufax; Why Bother At All EP Review27/03/06 RubworksFlighty and uprising piano led new wave, with a political beast introduced via the tersely delivered and caustic lyrics propelled via a yearning The Doors, The International Noise...

Review posted on 7th March 2006

Jonah Matranga - There's A Lot In Here

Jonah Matranga - There's A Lot In Here

Jonah Matranga; There's A Lot In HereCD & DVD ReviewEqual VisionThis ranging and slightly autobiographical offering could easily be entitled; "Emo did not start with Funeral For A Friend', as we are taken on a...

Review posted on 7th March 2006

Engerica - The Smell

Engerica - The Smell

EngericaThe Smell Sanctuary Records 06/03/2006 Single ReviewIt is this sort of empiricism with the rock and metal genres that could have saved the NU Metal from decimating into a farce of cheesy self-indulgence. In...

Review posted on 7th March 2006

Freemasons - feat. Amanda Wilson - Watchin

Freemasons - feat. Amanda Wilson - Watchin

Freemasons ft Amanda Wilson; Watchin27/02/06 Loaded RecordsSingle ReviewThe Freemasons utilise Amanda Wilson's soulful and high-pitched R N B flirting vocals and shake up an old Deborah Cox number 'It's Over Now' to give it a...

Review posted on 1st March 2006

Duels - Animal

Duels - Animal

DuelsAnimalNude13/03/06Single ReviewTwitchy backing and prodding vocals that shakes hands with Marc Bolan helps this terse offering take off. This Yorkshire quintet also sprinkles the catchy and provocative nuances of the new wave genre around....

Review posted on 1st March 2006

Beth Orton - support from Clayhill, Manchester Academy 1

Beth Orton - support from Clayhill, Manchester Academy 1

Beth Ortonsupport from ClayhillManchester Academy 122/02/2006Live ReviewLegend has it that Clayhill was formed while the two mainstays were under the gainful employment of Alton Towers. The dusty realism that comes through in Gavin Clark's smoky,...

Review posted on 1st March 2006

Joan as Police Woman - Reveal Records

Joan as Police Woman - Reveal Records

Joan As Police Woman27/02/2006 Reveal RecordsSingle ReviewWhen you have had to make your voice heard alongside the likes of Rufus Wainwright and Anthony and the Johnsons, it is not surprising that you have a commanding...

Review posted on 1st March 2006

Goldie Lookin Chain - Support from Killa Kella, Manchester Academy 1

Goldie Lookin Chain - Support from Killa Kella, Manchester Academy 1

Goldie Lookin' Chainsupport from Killa KellaManchester Academy 123/02/06Live ReviewThe malleable lunged hip-hop collective of Killa Kella, set blistering bass beats free and made good use of the help of a soulful diva to add a...

Review posted on 1st March 2006

Black Ramps - Saucer Crash

Black Ramps - Saucer Crash

Black RampsSaucer Crash (STR82TAPE Records)Soaring Pixies-esque spirited jamming and bemused vocals build up to a tersely repeated chorus, harking back to the 70s two minute whirlpool effect songs; "She's a big girl now, she knows...

Review posted on 23rd February 2006

Buzzcocks - Flat-Pack Philosophy

Buzzcocks - Flat-Pack Philosophy

Buzzcocks; Flat-Pack Philosophy06/03/06 Album ReviewCooking VinylPete Shelley's raw and provocative cries have survived four decades of fads, fashions and whims in music, but retained its evergreen quality throughout. The reason that the Buzzcocks have long...

Review posted on 21st February 2006

Hundred Reasons - Kill Your Own

Hundred Reasons - Kill Your Own

Hundred ReasonsKill Your Own (V2 06/03/06)Single ReviewBlazingly uncompromising post rock sees this Colin Doran orchestrated outfit threatening to return to the glory days of 'Ideas Above Our Station'. Their debut album of 2002 seems a...

Review posted on 20th February 2006

The Cribs - with support from Giant Drag and Jeffrey Lewis

The Cribs - with support from Giant Drag and Jeffrey Lewis

The Cribs with support from Giant Drag and Jeffrey Lewis and the Jacks(Manchester Academy 2, 17/02/06)An anti-folk extravaganza was happening before our eyes with the diversely talented New Yorker Jeffrey Lewis backed by his brother...

Review posted on 20th February 2006

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