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Florence and the Machine - Ceremonials

Album: Florence and the Machine – Ceremonials

In becoming more confident, the songs lose the nervous emotional intensity that made them so endearing.


Live: Micron 5th Birthday @ Joshua Brooks

Very much an overlooked venue, Joshua Brooks provides a 5 star worthy night of music.

One for the ladies.

Live: Incubus @ Apollo

Warning: article contains a half-naked photo of Brandon Boyd. Don’t say we don’t give you anything nice to look at.

Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins

Live: The Smashing Pumpkins

Two 4 star reviews of Corgan and co. Just because.

Bass Drum of Death.

Live: Bass Drum of Death

Strikingly-named Bass Drum of Death play in one of the more unlikely Manchester venues.

Now Wave

Live: Now Wave at the Ritz – Stephen Malkmus/Girls/Spectrals

Now Wave presents…Spectrals, Girls and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.

Glum Jamie XX

Live: Jamie XX @ Warehouse Project

A feeling of missed opportunity for the lack of a smashing set that the regulars at WHP have come to expect.

Rise Against

Live: Rise Against @ Apollo

You can’t doubt Rise Against’s passion and stamina but as far as live experiences go, this one was a little disappointing.

The King Blues

Live: The King Blues @ Academy 2

Poetry and drum cymbals set alight? This isn’t your usual gig. This is a King Blues gig.

(Credit to Marc Broussley)

Live: Maccabees @ Sound Control

A step-down from their last Mancunian venture at Academy 1, The Maccabees prove that it’s not where you play but how you play that matters.

Photograph courtesy of Adrenaline PR

Live: Funeral for a Friend @ Academy 1

Vocal problems hinder FFAF’s overall performance, making for a less than average set.

Sean Smith of The Blackout

Live: The Blackout @ Academy 1

The Blackout’s underground days seem to have come to an end and with performances like this, it’s not difficult to see why.