Author: Katy Ratican

King Charles - Love Blood

King Charles - Love Blood

King Charles's website boasts: "He doesn't look like anyone you know, he doesn't think like anyone you know" and that "he doesn't make music like anyone you know".Well, the first statement is true; he looks...

Review posted on 6th August 2012

The Acorn - No Ghost

The Acorn - No Ghost

This second album from Canadian indie folk band The Acorn follows their 2008 debut 'Glory Hope Mountain'; an LP appreciated by those who know good music, but not accepted many of those in the mainstream.Unsurprisingly,...

Review posted on 5th July 2010

The Mynabirds - What We Lose in the Flood We Gain in the Fire

The Mynabirds - What We Lose in the Flood We Gain in the Fire

For those who fear that artists today are too one dimensional and can never break free of their record company shackles, they would be wise to listen to The Mynabirds' deubt 'What We Lose in...

Review posted on 5th July 2010

King Creosote - Meursault and Animal Magic Tricks, Cold Seeds

King Creosote - Meursault and Animal Magic Tricks, Cold Seeds

Upon receiving an album to review, it's somewhat puzzling to see the words 'Must Listens: tracks 2, 4 & 7', as it's difficult to not conform to human nature's automatic reaction of dismissing (in this...

Review posted on 5th July 2010

Angus & Julia Stone - The Ruby Lounge, Manchester 21 April 2010

Angus & Julia Stone - The Ruby Lounge, Manchester 21 April 2010

Tentatively venturing onto a stage littered with unusual tit-bits such as floral arrangements, teddy bears and microphones decorated in ivy, sibling duo Angus and Julia Stone looked as though they were surprised by their popularity...

Review posted on 26th April 2010

Benjy Ferree - Come Back to the Five and Dime, Bobby Dee Bobby Dee

Benjy Ferree - Come Back to the Five and Dime, Bobby Dee Bobby Dee

As soon as anyone mentions a 'concept album', you'd be forgiven for not taking it seriously. Well brace yourselves; 'Come Back to the Five and Dime, Bobby Dee Bobby Dee' is a concept album, and...

Review posted on 30th March 2010

Burns - So Many Nights

Burns - So Many Nights

It's difficult to write about BURNS without mentioning the support he's gathered together thus far. The likes of Annie Mac, Calvin Harris and Pete Tong have all championed BURNS and he's sent many respected clubbing...

Review posted on 30th March 2010

Sarah Blasko - As Day Follows Night

Sarah Blasko - As Day Follows Night

The third solo album from Australian singer/songwriter Sarah Blasko marks a shift in her sound; straightforward, cleaner and with a definite emphasis on strong vocals. Gone are the keyboards used throughout previous album 'What the...

Review posted on 30th March 2010

Son of Dave - Shake a Bone

Son of Dave - Shake a Bone

There has been much talk of a 'rebirth' of blues recently. This may be true, or it might just be that blues has continued to reach its biggest fans and only now is it back...

Review posted on 30th March 2010

The Jessie Rose Trip - Sound Control, Manchester 19/03/10

The Jessie Rose Trip - Sound Control, Manchester 19/03/10

A smattering of new music venues have opened their doors in Manchester over recent months and it was in one such venue, Sound Control, that The Jessie Rose Trip chose to hold the launch of...

Review posted on 22nd March 2010

The Courteeners - Falcon

The Courteeners - Falcon

'Falcon', The Courteeners second studio album, is much more grown-up than their debut. Sadly, it still sucks up to Manchester music gone by.'The Opener', funnily enough the album's first track, is all about the band...

Review posted on 1st March 2010

Kesha - Animal

Kesha - Animal

Review of Ke$ha's album Animal released through SonyFor us Brits, it's difficult to take anyone who chooses to position a dollar sign in the middle of their name seriously. That's right, Ke$ha. Shudder, just writing...

Review posted on 25th February 2010

Owl City - Ocean Eyes

Owl City - Ocean Eyes

Review of Owl City's album Ocean Eyes released through Universal RepublicWith the popularity of single 'Fireflies' and a host of sold out gigs awaiting him, Owl City, better known as Adam Young, brings us his...

Review posted on 25th February 2010

Lightspeed Champion - Life is Sweet! Nice To Meet You

Lightspeed Champion - Life is Sweet! Nice To Meet You

Review of Lightspeed Champion's second album Life is Sweet! Nice To Meet You released through Domino.The follow up to Dev Hynes' (AKA Lightspeed Champion) debut album 'Falling Off the Lavender Bridge', 'Life Is Sweet! Nice...

Review posted on 25th February 2010

Kassidy - The Rubbergum

Kassidy - The Rubbergum

Review of The Rubbergum EP from Kassidy released through Vertigo Records. Glasgow-based Kassidy, renamed from 'Cassidy', after a few words with US rapper of the same name, are a bearded guitar-playing four-piece that on this...

Review posted on 25th February 2010

Marina and the Diamonds - The Deaf Institute, Manchester 21/02/2010

Marina and the Diamonds - The Deaf Institute, Manchester 21/02/2010

Review of Marina and the Diamonds live at The Deaf Institute, Manchester, 21/02/2010 Marina and the Diamonds is one of the most hyped artists of the moment, and on this showing deservedly so. After clocking...

Review posted on 23rd February 2010

Bertie Blackman - Secrets and Lies

Bertie Blackman - Secrets and Lies

Review of Bertie Blackman's album Secrets and Lies released through Forum 5Australian singer-songwriter Bertie Blackman offers up her third album 'Secrets and Lies' and in doing so, establishes herself as being pretty damn good at...

Review posted on 8th February 2010

Holly Miranda - The Magician's Private Library

Holly Miranda - The Magician's Private Library

Review of Holly Miranda's album The Magician's Private Library released through XL Recordings.Holly Miranda, ex-frontwoman of rock band The Jealous Girlfriends, has gone it alone with 'The Magician's Private Library', her solo debut album. Opener...

Review posted on 8th February 2010

Club Smith - The Loss

Club Smith - The Loss

Review of Club Smith's EP The Loss released through All Sorted Records'The Loss' is a debut release from Leeds four piece Club Smith and if this EP is anything to go by, then we should...

Review posted on 8th February 2010

Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History

Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History

Review of Two Door Cinema Club's album Tourist History released through KitsuneIt's easy to imagine that one of the biggest issues Two Door Cinema Club is going to face in the future is being pigeonholed...

Review posted on 8th February 2010

Volcanoes - Shaking That Brass

Volcanoes - Shaking That Brass

Review of Volcanoes EP Shaking That Brass released through Indecan'Shaking That Brass' is the latest EP from Sheffield four piece Volcanoes. It is five tracks that overall offer something original to the well-worn indie path,...

Review posted on 25th November 2009

Elviin - Made Of

Elviin - Made Of

Review of Elviin's album 'Made Of' released through Clicks 'n' Claps.It's always good to have a bit of background about an artist releasing their debut album. Elviin, from South London, lost his musical way during...

Review posted on 25th November 2009

Jason Mraz - Beautiful Mess - Live on Earth

Jason Mraz - Beautiful Mess - Live on Earth

Review of Jason Mraz's live album Beautiful Mess - Live on Earth released through Atlantic Records.Recorded live in Chicago in August 2009, 'Beautiful Mess - Live On Earth' is a CD and DVD set from...

Review posted on 25th November 2009

Adam Green - Minor Love

Adam Green - Minor Love

Review of Adam Green's new album Minor Love released through Rough Trade. 'Minor Love' is the sixth solo album from Adam Green, co-founder of anti folk group The Moldy Peaches. If you were to believe...

Review posted on 25th November 2009

La Roux - Warehouse Project Manchester, 21st September 09

La Roux - Warehouse Project Manchester, 21st September 09

Review of La Roux live at Warehouse Project Manchester on September 21st 2009Many of those in attendance at La Roux's appearance in Manchester weren't even sure the band would turn up; not because of any...

Review posted on 24th November 2009

War Tapes - The Continental Divide

War Tapes - The Continental Divide

Review of War Tapes album The Continental Divide released through Sarathan Records.The Continental Divide is the debut album from California-based four piece War Tapes. Rumour has it they already have material ready for their second...

Review posted on 12th November 2009

Tegan and Sara - Sainthood

Tegan and Sara - Sainthood

Review ofTegan and Sara's album Saithood released through Sire Records.According to Tegan and Sara Quin, their latest album Sainthood is 'obsession with romantic ideals'. Upon listening to the album, it's pretty good news that everyone...

Review posted on 12th November 2009

The Boy Who Trapped The Sun - Watermark

The Boy Who Trapped The Sun - Watermark

Review of The Boy Who Trapped The Sun's EP titled Watermark released through Country Punk.It's difficult to give a singer-songwriter who describes himself as 'the pseudo-offspring of Cash and Drake' a fair chance. That is...

Review posted on 12th November 2009

The Brute Chorus - Self-titled

The Brute Chorus - Self-titled

Review of The The Brute Chorus' self-titled album.Any band willing to record their debut album live should be given some kudos at the very least. The Brute Chorus has done just that here, so in...

Review posted on 12th November 2009

Treetop Flyers - To Bury The Past

Treetop Flyers - To Bury The Past

Review of Treetop Flyers' EP To Bury The PastIt's good to be honest, so let's get this out of the way; Treetop Flyers are not an original band. Yes, their EP To Bury The Past...

Review posted on 12th November 2009

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