Posts by Month: February 2013

Gig: Department M + Shinies + Menace Beach


The sole album Grammatics released remains one of my favourites by a British group from the last few years, so I’m utterly thrilled to be bringing DEPARTMENT M, the new project by their front man Owen Brinley to Manchester for the first time!

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Review: Darkstar: ‘News From Nowhere’ – Album Review


If their first album ‘North’ was praised for its cold sparsity and mournful sound, electronic trio Darkstar’s latest album has taken a fresh new direction. The first track ‘Light Body Clock Starter’ opens with ethereal ambience, giving the impression of harmonious spinning disks with ghostly vocals from James Buttery … Read on

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Review: Maria Minerva: Live Review


Recycling Night. Highlight of the wheelie bins’ fortnight. I get a garbage guard of honour. The hot ticket tonight is unarguably Thurston Moore and Michael Chapman at Band On The Wall, but my interest was piqued by this hot shit, Pitchfork-adored, up-and-coming Estonian songstress whose alliterational name with its … Read on

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Review: The Whip: Live Review


A band I haven’t yet seen in a venue I haven’t yet checked. My excitement wasn’t even dampened by having to step past a young girl barfing at the entrance. It was half seven, she had done well. Come on, we’ve all been there right? No? Oh.

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Review: Shmoo: Live Review


Before I start the review in earnest, I have to say it. Shmoo is a silly name for a band. Everyone I told that I was going to see Shmoo sniggered and made some remark. Not only that but it doesn’t even fit particularly with the style of music. … Read on

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News: Tokolosh Release Single ‘Shapeshifter’


Featuring limbs from various Manchester music bodies such as The Earlies and The Whip and fronted by the master of the poignant folk song Liam Frost, Tokolosh are coming at us with an electro  vibe and a rhythmic groin swivel. Check out the single’s A side ‘Shapeshifter’…


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Gig: Athlete


In April 2003, four friends from Deptford in South East London released their debut album, ‘Vehicles & Animals’, on Parlophone to critical acclaim.  Citing influences such as Grandaddy, The Flaming Lips and Blur, Athlete created a summery, upbeat, quirky indie-pop record full of sing-along choruses that remain firm fan … Read on