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Area 52

Album: Rodrigo y Gabriela – Area 52

The raw passion that fuels Rodrigo y Gabriela’s live performances is diluted by lengthy and elaborate instrumental excursions.

The Drums

Live: The Drums @ HMV Ritz

The fact that this is the last date of a lengthy tour does nothing to dampen the energy and enthusiasm displayed.


Live: Thin Lizzy + Interview with Jean-Paul Gaster of Clutch

“No Phil Lynott, no Thin Lizzy.” The classic rockers visit Manchester to prove everybody wrong, and bring the storming Clutch with them.

White Lies? More like Black Lies.

Live: White Lies @ Apollo

As gig experiences go, this one weaved in and out of sublime and mundane.

Vinnie Caruana

Interview: Vinnie Caruana (I Am The Avalanche)

Frontman and founder of I Am The Avalanche, Vinnie Caruana, answers some questions shortly before their show at Moho Live earlier this month.

The Swellers

Live: The Swellers @ Academy 3

Mutual appreciation between band and audience make for a memorable night in Academy 3.

In Some Way, Shape or Form

Album: Four Year Strong – In Some Way, Shape or Form

Not an astounding effort from the pop punk quartet but impressive enough.

The man himself.

Live: Skrillex @ Warehouse Project

Skrillex may have been dubbed the most hated man in dubstep, but there are nearly 2000 people in Manchester alone who’d disagree following this performance.

The big man himself.

Interview: Tinchy Stryder

Phoebe Clarke chats to the big man himself about his new album and outside-of-music business ventures.

Otis Redding- Otis Blue

Classic Album: Otis Redding – Otis Blue

Dan Jones takes a look at the album that shot soul icon Otis Redding to the top of the charts in 1965.

Lisa Hannigan (Credit- Victoria Smith)

Interview: Lisa Hannigan @ St. Phillips Church

As lovely as gigs in churches can be, Lisa Hannigan’s set needs less restriction and more sweatiness.

Thurston Moore

Live: Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore’s new album, Demolished Thoughts, has been lost somewhat in the live translation.