Thursday, September 1st, 2011, 2:41 pm

  On October 3rd 2011, Manchester’s P∆ tterns release their debut single ‘Induction’ on Melodic Records. To promote the release, we are filming a unique and exciting music video and we need the help of fans and friends alike! About the video Kraak Gallery – MAP Sunday 4th September 2011, 2pm – 4pm The concept…

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Wye Oak || The Ruby Lounge || 22.08.11

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011, 1:37 pm

The late summer air lingered in the empty streets of Manchester, providing a stillness and clarity that is rare for such a large city. It was, however, perfect for Wye Oak, a two piece who play Manchester for the second time tonight. For a band named after a very old tree near where they live…

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Other Lives || The Deaf Institute || 17.08.2011

Monday, August 22nd, 2011, 1:18 pm

I’m having real trouble at the moment when it comes to discussing music criticism with people. Mainly ‘cause I’ll mention Everett True and be met with blank looks – which is disheartening to say the least. Anyway, Everett True wrote the only review of the latest Horrors album that I agree with (do you get…

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Daniel Johnston || Sound Control, MCR || 12.08.11

Friday, August 19th, 2011, 10:54 am

Reviews are supposed to be unbiased, right? Well-written reviews anyway. I don’t think any of mine have ever been either of those things. Ho hum. Usually I’ll get an email saying “Hey Luke, can you review [band I either don’t like or don’t know] on [day when I’m probably working at my real job] at…

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Beacons Festival 2011 **CANCELLED**

Thursday, August 11th, 2011, 12:45 pm

This year’s anticipated Beacons Festival has been cancelled due to flooding. Statement from the organisers: “It is with sincere regret that the organisers of Beacons Festival 2011 have had to announce its cancellation,” “Due to severe adverse weather, the event site is no longer considered to be safe for a public audience in the opinion…

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Lucy Rose + Karima Francis || The Ruby Lounge, MCR || 08.08.11

Thursday, August 11th, 2011, 10:41 am

The still air and (unusually) calm streets of Manchester provided a fitting atmosphere for Lucy Rose’s first Manchester show. That night, riots were sweeping across London, her current home, causing widespread damage and untold misery. The following night, the same fate awaited Manchester. Had the show been booked for 24 hours later, it probably wouldn’t…

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Washed Out + Star Slinger || The Deaf Institute, Mcr || 08.08.11

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011, 10:25 am

The sense of social network excitement surrounding this gig exceeded expectation. True, Ernest Greene under his chillwave alias Washed Out is a pioneer of the sunshine genre. Still, Manchester isn’t exactly known for heatwaves and harvey wallbangers. As shown by our very own support act, Star Slinger. Must admit, I’m a fan of what I’ve…

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Airship || ‘Stuck In This Ocean’ || Album Review

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011, 11:42 am

It is never an easy feat for a band to break away from the curtails of an illustrious scene.  Furthermore when you write for a website with a name that implies such a histrionic link to the annals of Manchester’s musical heritage, it would be too easy and indeed lazy, to draw upon such half-arsed…

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Vivian Girls || The Ruby Lounge || 17.07.11

Friday, July 22nd, 2011, 11:59 am

A decent crowd ventured out for this show, especially considering it was a Sunday night and the streets were nearly flooded from the unrelenting rain of the day. Then again, it was at the Ruby Lounge (a venue that tends to guarantee a good show) and the band was Vivian Girls, the low-fi punk sensation….

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Friday, July 22nd, 2011, 10:52 am

  Bright Eyes is playing the Academy tonight. Hate to Oberst your bubble, but I’m not sad I’m missing that… Tonight the University of Manchester’s Rich kids are Dracula Graduates – capes a-flap in the lukewarm wind, thumbing their noses at the sun. But we all know ‘Goth’ is an alter-ego adoption to obscure the…

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