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Mudhoney - Under A Billion Suns

Mudhoney - Under A Billion Suns

MudhoneyUnder A Billion SunsAlbum Review06/03/06 Sub PopTo survive the grunge era and live to tell the tale is a laudable feat for any Seattle band, but to still retain your reflective ruggedness and lyrical bite...

Review posted on 16th February 2006

The Loungs - I'm Gonna Take Your Girl

The Loungs - I'm Gonna Take Your Girl

The Loungs; I'm Gonna Take Your GirlAA Recordings 27/03/2006Single ReviewThis is a "faint heart never won fair maiden" endorsing, soulful and jazzy sojourn into the world of a clear and concise St. Helens six piece....

Review posted on 15th February 2006

Morning Runner - Wilderness Is Paradise Now

Morning Runner - Wilderness Is Paradise Now

Morning RunnerWilderness Is Paradise Now06/03/2006, Faith & Hope / EMIAlbum ReviewMuch has been expected from this bemused and bracing Berkshire outfit, whose journey has taken in a string of high profile support slots for the...

Review posted on 15th February 2006

Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins - Rise Up With Fists

Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins - Rise Up With Fists

Jenny Lewis and The Watson TwinsRise Up With FistsRough Trade Records 27/02/2006Single ReviewDreamy waves of caressing guitars and laid back vocals wash over this down in the mouth tale of woe, as this Rilo Kiley...

Review posted on 15th February 2006

Elena - I Want You

Elena - I Want You

ElenaI Want YouSingle ReviewDelicious Records 06/03/06Building the husky Alison Goldfrapp and provocative Bjork element contained in the female vocals, around concise guitar riffs and punchy drum beats makes for a sharp introduction to the world...

Review posted on 15th February 2006

David Ford - with support from Duke Special, Liverpool Academy 2

David Ford - with support from Duke Special, Liverpool Academy 2

David Ford with support from Duke SpecialLiverpool Academy 2Live Review09/02/06The piercing, dreadlocked Belfast pianist and gramophonic manipulator; Peter Wilson must have been offered many a fiver to name himself Swampy, but he chooses to go...

Review posted on 15th February 2006

The Strokes, Live Review

The Strokes, Live Review

The Strokes (Manchester Apollo Theatre 31/01/06)You would certainly have been excused for thinking that the crowd would be one in which the pit was as mild as a korma, given the number of ultra-cool; "Don't...

Review posted on 9th February 2006

Maximo Park - I Want You To Stay

Maximo Park - I Want You To Stay

Maximo ParkI Want You To Stay Warp Records 20/02/2006 The flamboyant Geordies slow down a little and take in the scenery in this poignant offering that illuminates Paul Smith's soulful and yearning vocals, as the...

Review posted on 9th February 2006

Be Your Own Pet - Let's Get Sandy

Be Your Own Pet - Let's Get Sandy

Be Your Own PetLet's Get SandyXL Recordings 23/01/06Youthful exuberance, shocking lyrical dousing, bolting bass lines and crushing percussion are crammed into 59 seconds by a sonorous Nashville quartet, who shudders with intensity and dynamism. Singer...

Review posted on 9th February 2006

Richard Ashcroft - Keys To The World

Richard Ashcroft - Keys To The World

Richard AshcroftKeys To The WorldParlophoneAlbum reviewPowerful reflection, coupled with a winding guitar led melodies that wander off, at times, but always return to punctuate Richard's banal and bemused philosophising and mark a much welcomed return...

Review posted on 6th February 2006

White Rose Movement - Kick

White Rose Movement - Kick

White Rose MovementKickIndependiente 27/03/06Album ReviewA throbbing and thudding disco kick coupled with a throaty femme vocal element provided by the seductive sounding Finn Dyke, signals the start of this thrusting debut album, by way of...

Review posted on 2nd February 2006

Humanzi - Long Time Coming

Humanzi - Long Time Coming

Humanzi; Long Time Coming13/02/06 Fiction RecordsSingle ReviewDingy rock n' roll will never die if it continues to be produced with the same grinding guitar and throaty vocal manner that Humanzi captures with this snippet. It...

Review posted on 2nd February 2006

Fall Out Boy - Support from Nightmare of You and Gym Class Heroes Manchester, Academy 1

Fall Out Boy - Support from Nightmare of You and Gym Class Heroes Manchester, Academy 1

Fall Out Boy with support from Nightmare of You and Gym Class HeroesManchester, Academy 127/01/06Live ReviewProducing troubled rock sounds to closely align them with their peers; Matchbook Romance and the emo genre, with the odd...

Review posted on 2nd February 2006

Belle And Sebastian - with support from Brakes, Manchester Ritz

Belle And Sebastian - with support from Brakes, Manchester Ritz

Belle & Sebastian with support from BrakesManchester Ritz 29/01/06Live ReviewSuper groups by their nature can be frivolous projects designed to show off and give the impression that the members of them, are only there to...

Review posted on 2nd February 2006

Stephanie Kirkham - Show Me What You're Made Of

Stephanie Kirkham - Show Me What You're Made Of

Stephanie KirkhamShow Me What You're Made Of (SLK Music 30/01/06)A tingling folk flirting offering sees this songstress gazing upon the wonders of the world in an uplifting and lucid manner. Shades of Donna Lewis and...

Review posted on 26th January 2006

Idiot Pilot - A Day In The Life Of A Poolshark

Idiot Pilot - A Day In The Life Of A Poolshark

Idiot PilotA Day In The Life Of A Poolshark (30/01/06 Reprise Records)Ambient emo with a killer metallic outburst gives some much needed grit and abrasiveness to the rock market. The digital intro to this empirical...

Review posted on 26th January 2006

Harrisons - Bluenote

Harrisons - Bluenote

HarrisonsBluenote (13/02/06 Melodic)A week after the Leeds/Reading Festival the glossy music mags were full of praise for commanding performances from the likes of Arcade Fire, The Killers, Foo Fighters and The Subways. However, if you...

Review posted on 24th January 2006

The Kbc - Pride Before The Fall/Poisonous Emblem

The Kbc - Pride Before The Fall/Poisonous Emblem

The Kbc Pride Before The Fall/Poisonous Emblem (06/02/06 High Voltage)Merging the art/disco thrust of Franz Ferdinand and the gruff indie styling of Hard-Fi, gives this James Mulholland fronted outfit both rhythm and bite. Multi-layered guitars...

Review posted on 23rd January 2006

Stereo Mcs - Set It Off

Stereo Mcs - Set It Off

Stereo Mcs Set It Off (23/01/06 Graffiti Records) Single ReviewA slow and funky vibe is given off by the Radio Edit of this Nottingham formed duo; Stereo MCS' urban growler. Lush female backing cushions the...

Review posted on 16th January 2006

Stephen Fretwell - with support from Morning Runner (Manchester Ritz)

Stephen Fretwell - with support from Morning Runner (Manchester Ritz)

Stephen Fretwell Support from Morning Runner (Manchetser Ritz, 12/01/06)Morning Runner prowled into the spotlight and shook up relaxed attendees with their brand of downtrodden and ripping indie. Previous single, the pacing 'Gone Up In Flames'...

Review posted on 16th January 2006

Joseph Arthur - Devils Broom

Joseph Arthur - Devils Broom

Joseph ArthurDevils Broom (14th Floor Records, 13/02/2006)An artist, a writer and above all a sincere and poetic musician; Joseph Arthur creates a downbeat and realistic feeling with each project. However, his talent does not end...

Review posted on 12th January 2006

Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat

Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat

Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins Rabbit Fur Coat (Rough Trade 23/01/06)Twisting country folk in order to squeeze out every ounce of bite and grit from the category gives the body and brains behind Rilo...

Review posted on 11th January 2006

Akayzia Parker - The Partys Over E.P.

Akayzia Parker - The Partys Over E.P.

Akayzia ParkerThe Partys Over E.P. (Chrysalis 30/01/05)A silky soulstress grabs the thoughtful, relaxing and heartfelt pop mantle from Tracy Chapman and to a lesser extent; Faithful Hill and gives it a coating of alluring dreaminess....

Review posted on 9th January 2006

Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene

Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene

Broken Social Scene Broken Social Scene (City Slang 23/01/06)The experimental tone is set straight away in the groovy instrumental led; 'Our Faces Split The Coast In Half' that clatters along on a percussion toed ride...

Review posted on 9th January 2006

Ed Parrish - Race Against Time (Out now on Fat Northerner Records)

Ed Parrish - Race Against Time (Out now on Fat Northerner Records)

Ed Parrish Race Against Time (Out now on Fat Northerner Records)With political songs being more prevalent than those with love in the title these days, it is becoming increasingly rare for them to have the...

Review posted on 5th January 2006

John Parkes - Faithlessness

John Parkes - Faithlessness

John ParkesFaithlessness (AAZ Records 30/01/2006)A 15 year career that has seen interest from John Peel and a stage appearance with The Wedding Present is set to continue in a upwards march, by way of some...

Review posted on 3rd January 2006

The Crimea - Lottery Winners On Acid

The Crimea - Lottery Winners On Acid

The CrimeaLottery Winners On Acid (09/01/2006 Warner)Euphoria manifests itself in many ways, but I doubt that it has ever been portrayed with the same dryness and laid back, Leonard Cohen approach than on this Davey...

Review posted on 3rd January 2006

The Isles - Eve Of The Battle

The Isles - Eve Of The Battle

The Isles Eve Of The Battle (16/01/05 Melodic) Slow and catchy bubble pop from New York City has found favour with a proud indie label from Manchester. This is probably due to the fact that...

Review posted on 3rd January 2006

The Motorettes - Super Heartbeats

The Motorettes - Super Heartbeats

The MotorettesSuper Heartbeats (16/01/05 Kitchenware Records)Tynemouth formed 70s disco style frolicking thumps out with aid from the brothers Jed and Jack, who are the mainstay of this teetering trio. 'Super Heartbeats' pumps out crashing guitars...

Review posted on 3rd January 2006

Belle And Sebastian - Funny Little Frog (Rough Trade Records)

Belle And Sebastian - Funny Little Frog (Rough Trade Records)

Belle And SebastianFunny Little Frog (16/01/2006 Rough Trade Records)How often over the years has a brash and much played Oasis release been shortly juxtaposed by a colourful and crafted offering from the Scottish soothers of...

Review posted on 3rd January 2006

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