The Swingles New LP & Shows

  Michael Schenker ‘Live’ CD/DVD

  Laura Marling’s Great New LP

  Grandaddy LAST PLACE Review

  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

Martha Wainwright Live

Ritz Manchester, 28 January 2017
It was on the 4th November, 2004 that I witnessed a performance by Rufus Wainwright at the Liverpool Philharmonic. It was one of the best live shows I’ve seen but it was also memorable for two other reasons: he was wonderfuly supported by his sister Martha and it happened to be [...]

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Beth Hart Live

Bridgewater Hall Manchester, 21 November 2016
November and December 2016 have given up some of the best live performances of the year for us. Up to this point it had been a good year but not a great one, albeit one of the most diverse for a long time. Then came the amazing Christine and The [...]

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A Thousand Horses Live

Club Academy Manchester, 1 December 2016
The Band Members
Michael Hobby – Lead Vocal
Bill Satcher – Lead Guitar
Zach Brown – Guitar and Vocal
Graham Deloach – Bass and Vocal
“I first heard “Smoke” (A Thousand Horses debut single) on US country radio earlier this year, I loved it and immediately hit the Shazam button to find out more. It [...]

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The Boxer Rebellion Live

Gorilla Manchester, 1 December 2016
Boxer Rebellion Band
Nathan Nicholson - vocals
Andrew Smith - guitar
Adam Harrison - bass
Piers Hewitt - drums
It’s been several months since I heard The Boxer Rebellion for the first time when their latest album, OCEAN BY OCEAN, arrived for review. I was both surprised and impressed. Surprised by the strong dance vibe of [...]

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The Slow Show Live

Gorilla Manchester, 29 November 2016
Slow Show Band
Rob Goodwin (vocals, guitar)
Frederik’t Kindt (keyboards)
Joel Byrne-McCullough (lead guitar)
Chris Hough (drums)
James Longden (bass)
“Silence is the loudest noise you can possibly have in music. Whether on an album or at a concert, silence brings tension and an uncomfortable feeling that’s so powerful”    Rob Goodwin, The Slow Show
One of the best [...]

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Rachael Yamagata Live

The Kings Arms, Salford, 21 November 2016
“I have fully stepped into my role as healer, optimist, entrepreneur, writer, producer and spirited badass,” says Yamagata. “And that is my ‘why.’”
Tucked away at the culmination of a dead end little side road road in Manchester is The Kings Arms pub. On the first floor are two venues [...]

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Jimmy Eat World Live

Manchester Academy, 10 November 2016

The Amazons Band Members
Matt Thompson - vocals, Joe Emmett - drums, Elliot Briggs - bass, Chris Alderton - guitar
Sole support for Jimmy Eat World were a new young guitar band from Reading called The Amazons. The band has been steadily garnering younger fans over the last couple of years in supporting [...]

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Corrine Bailey Rae Live

Albert Hall Manchester, 5 November 2016
Corinne Bailey Rae is a British singer, songwriter and guitarist from Leeds, West Yorkshire. Bailey Rae was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2006 in an annual BBC poll of music critics, Sound of 2006. She released her debut album, Corinne Bailey Rae, in February 2006, and became the [...]

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Christine and The Queens Live

Apollo Manchester, 4 November 2016
A reviewer recently wrote:
“Letissier takes all of the elements of female superstars - synchronised dancing, full solo routines, the ability to hold a room in the palm of her hand“

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Michael Kiwanuka Live

Manchester Ritz, 22 October 2016
“Michael Samuel Kiwanuka is a British soul musician who is signed to Communion Records. He has been compared to Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, Randy Newman, Terry Callier, and Otis Redding, as well as Van Morrison and the Temptations.”
I open this review with the above because I was unconvinced that [...]

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