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 […]
Postcards From A Young Man is the Manic Street Preachers’ 10th studio album. In a music industry in which a band is lucky if their second album makes any kind of impression, this is a major achievement and should make the band something of a national treasure (albeit a Welsh one). So how come the Manic Street Preachers appear to have passed so many music fans by?
Manchester band Doves are the second live band to headline the Warehouse Project this year. The band, who recently released their greatest hits album, have been a favourite in the city since they were formed here in the early ‘90s. Doves said in a recent interview for The Daily Record that they plan to take […]
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 […]
Ahead of his upcoming date at Warehouse Project, Jack Lewis-Barclay talks to Danish electronic music sensation Trentemøller about his musical influences. The Mancunion: You’re quoted as saying that you wanted the new album to sound “more organic, warm and not typically electronic”. How did your use of instruments and production techniques differ from this album […]
Now in its fifth year, Manchester institution that is the Warehouse Project hardly needs an introduction. But so wide is its appeal, and so significant its place on the UK music calendar, that discussion of the year’s hottest music event is unavoidable. What better way to celebrate the birthday of something revered by so many […]
Especially for Women’s Week, Kylie Minogue talks to The Mancunion about love, recovery and her sparkling return to the dance floor.
With arguably the biggest set of headliners of the summer in AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine and Aerosmith, this year’s Download Festival had monumental expectations. The bands certainly lived up to them. All headliners pulled out stunning performances. AC/DC left nothing to chance; bringing their very own stage ensured an overblown spectacle, serving as the […]
Linkin Park’s fourth studio album is, on the face of it, a typical Linkin Park album. Is there pointless screaming? Yes, ‘Blackout’ is full of it. Pointless swearing? Oh yes: “Are you fucking listening?” is my personal favourite line from the album, also from ‘Blackout’. Is there a tenuous political theme running throughout? Allegedly: of the album’s fifteen tracks at least five are seemingly random noise, ranging from gunshots to people ranting on random subjects.
My friends and I are waiting in Paddington Station but one of the group looks disgruntled. Finally he utters, “why exactly are we going to a World Music festival?” The correct answer was that we had failed to get tickets to Glastonbury, or any other festival for that matter, but this is still a touchy subject so […]
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 and a half stars Every article you’ll ever read about Dinosaur Pile-Up will contain at least one reference to the Foo Fighters, and for understandable reasons. Matt Bigland, singer, lead guitarist, and main driving force of the band has never made secret his love of Dave Grohl’s outfit, and the opening tracks of ‘Growing […]
This week Songs Sans Frontières is about the music of South Korea. Despite having a large population, about 48 million, Korean music isn’t very well-known outside Asia. Except perhaps for a handful of sugary K-pop monstrosities, which don’t exactly give Korean music a shining reputation. Well, all this is about to change!
When you think of Australian music, I’m guessing your knee-jerk reaction is to think of hot pants or wobble boards. Sure, Kylie and Rolf Harris deserve their status as some of Australia’s greatest (or most grating in the case of the latter) exports, but there are many more artists who the Australians haven’t been so […]
Hello, and welcome to Songs Sans Frontières. Every week we will showcase a different genre of music for your listening pleasure, as well as giving you a chance to write in with your own songs. It’s our first week, so we’re getting out the big guns: today we are talking about world music. What exactly […]
Latitude is more than just a music festival. Comedy, poetry, ballet and the Royal Shakespeare Company shared this year’s bill with headliners Florence and the Machine, Belle and Sebastian and Vampire Weekend. As did the multi-coloured sheep, of course. The crowds are as varied as the acts: small children pulled around in carts by tired […]
In only its second year, Sonisphere Festival is making a huge impact across Europe. The touring juggernaut managed to secure some of the biggest names around for eleven different events across the continent. With six stages across three days, Knebworth played host to the largest of these. An unusual two and a half day set […]
The northern leg of the Reading and Leeds festivals once again earned its reputation as the endearingly ugly big brother of the festival family with a weekend full of bad smells, dodgy headliners and Sunday evening misbehaviour. While the likes of Guns N’ Roses and Blink-182 gave people flashbacks to the age of playing Tony […]