Ani DiFranco’s New LP For June

  Imelda May’s New LP

  Grandaddy Live

  George Vjestica’s Bandante

  Laura Marling Live

  Seen & Heard Jan-March 2017

  The Swingles New LP & Shows

  Michael Schenker ‘Live’ CD/DVD

  Xylouris White 2017 World Tour

  The Pigeon Detectives New LP

  Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes

  North Sea Jazz Festival 2017

  Grandaddy Are Back (at last)

  Martha Wainwright Live

  A Thousand Horses Live

  Rachael Yamagata Live

  Jimmy Eat World Live

  My Best Albums of 2016

  Swans Live in Manchester

  Nick Cave With Feeling

  Ben Folds & yMusic Live

  Dan Patlansky Live Blues

  Beverley Knight Live

  Ash Live in Manchester

  Meilyr Jones Live

  On The MONEY

  Ludovico Einaudi Live 2016

  Barry Adamson Live Manchester

  Jess Glynne Live 2016

  They Might Be Giants Live

  The Temperance Movement Live

  Courtney Barnett Live

  Mercury Rev Live

  Asian Dub Foundation Live

  Mew Live in Manchester

  Elevant Live in Chester

  James Live in Liverpool

  Joanne Shaw Taylor Live

  Asia Live in Manchester

  Foreigner Live Manchester

  The Feeling Live in Liverpool

  Glen Hansard & Friends Live

Best Albums of 2015

Another year has zoomed by and I wish I could say that it’s the music that has made this a memorable year. While this list is one of our most diverse ever and arguably one of the best in recent years, it’s the state of the world and man’s inhumanity to man that has so dominated

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RNCM Pop Course Launch

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is launching the UK’s first ever four-year BMus (Hons) Degree in Popular Music this week.
The course, one of only three four-year popular music degrees in the world (alongside Amsterdam Conservatorium and Berklee College of Music), provides intensive training for instrumentalists and singers with a high level of performing ability who [...]

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Beinhorn on Pre-Production

A Record Producer on the Importance of Recording Pre-Production
By Michael Beinhorn
Pre-Production
A few months ago I met with a band who were planning their next recording. We began discussing time frame and logistics in order to figure out how their time and money would be best spent. At some point in the conversation, I casually enquired [...]

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The Frames, 1999 and Me

The Frames, 1999 and Me
In 1998 had been working on an one of the first online music shops to which I added a music review magazine. The then unique combination of shop and reviews worked really well (at one point outselling Amazon!). Early in 1999 I was handed an album recorded by a band I had [...]

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Dar Williams Song By Song

The new album, EMERALD, song by song in her own words
Something To Get Through — A friend of mine was going through a terrible separation with his wife and he was in such a fog of pain, I could tell he didn’t think he was going to survive it. But I could tell it was different [...]

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The Laibach Story So Far…

Laibach is a music and cross-media group from Slovenia established on the 1st of June, 1980 in Trbovlje. The name of the band is the historic German version of the name Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana. From the start Laibach has developed a “Gesamtkunstwerk” –  multi-disciplinary art practice in all fields ranging from popular culture to art [...]

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Sky Guitar Star Comp 2015

As editor of Shakenstir I know that there are hundreds of wonderfully skilled, gifted guitar players out there. The guitar - acoustic and electric - plays a vital part in recorded and live music, now more than ever. For  most singer/songwriters it’s their weapon of choice, for bands the guitar riff often provides the originality and distinction [...]

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Mark Knofler New LP & Tour

Mark Knopfler will release his eighth solo album on March 16th 2015 on Universal.  Entitled TRACKER it features 11 new Knopfler songs inspired by a wide range of subjects including Beryl Bainbridge and Basil Bunting. The songs contain Mark’s usual wryly but accurately observed vignettes of real life wrapped up in a musical accompaniment of distinctive [...]

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Je Suis Charlie

I’m very sad and very angry.
Sad for the victims of today’s cowardly, callous and horrendous Paris murders.
Angry because a world that can land people on the moon and much more cannot come together to work together to stop such tragedies happening (in all parts of the world).
What will world leaders do next?
‘‘This may sound a bit pompous but [...]

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Xylouris White Superb Debut

The debut album, Goats, from Xylouris White, featuring acclaimed Cretan folk musician George Xylouris and iconic underground drummer Jim White (Dirty Three, Cat Power), is out now and available in record stores, iTunes and Amazon, and in all formats (CD, LP, mp3, WAV and FLAC) here on Other Music Recording Co. The album was just [...]

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