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


My Best Albums of 2016

 

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. SKELETON TREE. Bad Seed Ltd

Even as I write after around 10 full play-throughs I literally haven’t been able to get through more than a couple of songs consecutively without my eyes welling up

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Xylouris White BLACK PEAK. Bella Union

Indespensible, creative, passionate plus much more. A real step up from their debut. Rockier, more avant garde, and more passionate vocals

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 Rachel Yamagata TIGHTROPE WALKER. Frankenfish Records

Yamagata completes another highly personal opus of heartbreaking musical quality

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Radiohead MOON SHAPED POND. XL Recordings

Like basically everything Radiohead has released since 1996, A Moon Shaped Pool takes a few listens to get into, but is a thing of real beauty once you do

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Money SUICIDE NOTES. Bella Union

Here we have a band with a very different approach to other British bands; a style that reminds me of bands like USA’s Low

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David Bowie BLACKSTAR. ISO/cOLUMBIA/RCA

Other Bowie albums may be more melodic, more instant but none are more important, emotional or heartbreaking

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Drive-By Truckers AMERICAN BAND. ATO Records

An album for our time. Few write protest songs anymore but the Truckers capture the issues and the angst of genuine 21st century American life

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Dan Patlansky INTROVERTIGO. Caroline International

Patlansky is rightly hailed as a guitar God but such is his rapid overall development as a musician there are many layers exposed here that will delight good music lovers from across the spectrum

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Birthh BORN IN THE WOODS. Wwnbb

It benefits richly from continual revisits, as to do so will be to de-sensitise yourself from the anguish, and to recognise the aching beauty that lies amongst this dislocation.”

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Ruth Theodore CACTACUS. Aveline Records

It is the gateway drug to an extraordinary album that will take you on a unique kaleidoscopic journey and leave you with goosebumps

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