Archive for October, 2010

4 Stars Considering they are the leading band on the folk scene at the moment there was much expectation for Mumford and Sons to deliver. Fortunately, they did, and their incredibly passionate performance showed exactly why they appeal to such a large number of people. Mumford was the obvious leader of the band, taking the […]

3 Stars   At the Apollo theatre, Ocean Colour Scene seemed like a band caught between generations. The lead singer Simon Fowler had the relaxed stage presence that only comes with experience, occasionally referring to the age of the band (21 this year) and giving nostalgic references to their first gig at the Manchester Borderline. […]

Recently, I saw the band Sublime, though really I didn’t. As their original lead singer had died fourteen years previously, they were now being fronted by what many saw as Some Other Guy and were, instead, touring under the banner of Sublime with Rome, even though the other two thirds of the band were original […]

3 stars   Despite having sustained a career that spans the last decade, and becoming something of a household name following their critically acclaimed eponymous debut album, family band The Magic Numbers have never really enjoyed the success that they deserve – either in terms of album sales or gig attendance. Maybe it’s because their […]

4 stars Having had the Nick Cave experience for the first time when seeing him perform live with his band The Bad Seeds last summer, I had good reason to be excited for Grinderman, Cave’s other musical jaunt, perform live at the Academy. Whereas the Bad Seeds serve – albeit with Cave’s own brand of […]

Album: Amoral – Violens

4 Stars Soon to be supporting The Drums, and having already toured with the likes of MGMT, White Lies and Grizzly Bear, it is easy to make assumptions about Violens’ debut Amoral. But instead of merely mimicking the sounds of others and changing them slightly, Violens have merged different styles together; creating an album that […]

3.5 Stars During the eleven months that it has taken to record his debut, Tinie Tempah’s jocular, no-frills lyrical style has taken him from relative obscurity to being one of the most talked about and promising artists in the charts, and initially, Disc-Overy seems to uphold the momentum of his previous success.   The piercing […]

Interview: Chapel Club

“The first time I stepped off the coach at Victoria – this was also the first time I’d also been to the city – I was greeted by a shaven-headed man, with beckoning eyes and a rolled up twenty pound note in his mouth.” Not the warmest welcome one might hope for, but nevertheless that was Rich Mitchell’s […]

Live: Hurts @ The Ritz

4 stars In the process of just a few months, Manchester duo Hurts have become one of the breakthrough acts of 2010. Their début album Happiness entered the album at chart number four, thus confirming their stylish and melancholic synth-pop belonged in the mainstream. A show at The Ritz, a venue ingrained in Manchester’s musical […]

4.5 stars Packing out Academy 2 is an unusual type of crowd; unusual but not at all surprising. Tonight, it would seem the older generation has come out in force, dwarfing the younger minority, as a night of ‘50’s style rockabilly lies ahead. Recreating the Elvis/Grease era was a bold musical choice to make, especially […]

3. 5 Stars The Warehouse Project opened its doors for the second week and fourth consecutive sold out event, with headliners Kelis and Calvin Harris. Bromley-born keyboard Don Starsmith warmed up the main room with synthy house remixes of recent pop favourites. Manchester favourites Juicy DJs kept room two busy, dropping the standard classics found […]

4 stars Last Saturday I witnessed the business that is Mark Ronson and The Business International. Ronson’s latest album Record Collection swept in to claim the no. 2 spot in the album chart last week, beating the likes of Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Katy Perry. The night’s performance was a non-stop joy-ride through Ronson’s […]

3.5 Stars If God was a DJ, he’d almost certainly have played at Warehouse Project. But in the absence of any real divinity, it was headline DJ Boys Noize (a.k.a. Alexander Ridha) who was the subject of worship in the temple-like space beneath Piccadilly train station last Friday night. Continuing seamlessly from Fake Blood’s hour-long […]

Recently, I found myself sat in front of a Freeview box with friends and alcohol, begrudgingly watching the worst music channels on TV (You know the ones; channels with titles like Mega Tunes TV or Hit Land). All delightfully cheesy and vaguely tolerable, until, a few beers in, the corner of the screen lit up […]

4 Stars     Given their previous associations with so-called ‘garage rock’, this new offering from Deerhunter comes as a bit of surprise. Gone are the discordant soundscapes and experimental noise sessions that denote their previous albums. Their fourth offering has an ambient, dreamy quality to it that make it softer and possibly somewhat more […]

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