Posts by Month: December 2012


Review: Now Wave & Sways Present: Outfit, Aldous & Temple Songs: Live Review


Round here, you learn to expect the unexpected. On this basis, there is no reason to assume that Salford’s Cambridge industrial estate would be unable to play host to something worth writing home about.


Naturally, this is where independent record label and ‘cultural regenerator’ SWAYS Records have built

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Gig: Baauer

Undoubtedly one of the breakthrough artists of 2012, Baauer was responsible for the inescapable track ‘Harlem Shake’ which fuses trap, southern hip-hop and UK bass sounds to form a utterly huge unique sound.
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Lower Dens

Gig: Lower Dens

There are bands who arrive fully formed and there are those who take a little while to find their footing. Sometimes all it takes is one song. In the case of Baltimore’s Lower Dens, who are fronted by onetime folk eccentric Jana Hunter, that track was “Brains”. … Read on

News: WATCH: Embers – ‘Part Of The Echoes’


Rub-a-dub-dub, thanks for the video! Manchester’s epic rock-scape™ overlords Embers have cracked open their magic flask and poured us another delicious cup of their widescreen power, this time in the form of ‘Part Of The Echoes’, the second live video to be taken from their recent session filmed at … Read on

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Review: Dan Mangan: Live Review


Let this be a personal apology to Dan Mangan. I didn’t understand Oh Fortune when I first heard it. Full of loud instrumental breakdowns, with Mangan’s vocals taking a back seat, it was a ballistic contrast to his previous efforts, Postcards and Daydreaming and Nice, Nice, Very Nice. Many … Read on

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Milky Maids

Review: Milk Maid: Live Review


“Do you know where I can find Kraak?” I ask a passerby “W…What?” .Yes, thanks to the oddly named multi-purpose venue that is the response you will receive if you’re unaware of its location. To avoid looking like you need to score; it’s in Stevenson Square behind the wonderful … Read on

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Gig: Trampled By Turtles


Since forming in Duluth, Minnesota in 2003, Trampled by Turtles always felt they were able to attain an energy on stage that can’t be found in the studio. They were so comfortable playing on the road that they treated their previous albums’ recording processes like tours. For Stars and … Read on


Gig: The Mike Keneally Band


Long acclaimed as one of the world’s most creative and intense guitar and keyboard players, Mike Keneally’s talents as a vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and multi- instrumentalist are nearly unequalled in rock music. Keneally has released 20 albums of his original music since 1992, and has built a body … Read on