Glen Hansard New LP & Tour

  David Ford 2017 Tour

  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

Ani DiFranco Album Review

Ani DiFranco BINARY. Righteous Babe/Aveline Records
BINARY is DiFranco’s 21st studio album (in addition to 2 studio albums with Utah Phillips, 25 live albums, and 4 EPs) and comes nearly 4 years after her last. Written prior to the 2016 USA election, the songs are prescient of the current political situation in America. On the title [...]

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Amelia Curran Album Review

Amelia Curran WATERSHED. Six Shooter Records
Watershed is the follow-up to Amelia Curran’s widely praised They Promised You Mercy (2014), which earned both Polaris Music Prize and JUNO Award nominations in Canada. Curran, a songwriter, activist and mental health advocate has won or been nominated for JUNO Awards for her past three consecutive albums and for [...]

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Chastity Brown Album Review

Chastity Brown SILHOUETTE OF SIRENS. Red House Records
An artist who can plumb the depths of sadness in a single note, then release it in the very next breath, Chastity Brown melds folk, pop and soul on Silhouette of Sirens, weaving together a poet’s lyrical ear and a raw soul-laid-bare quality. With an electrifying voice that [...]

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Roger Waters Album Review

Few artists today try to reflect today’s dangerous, confusing and often inhuman world in released, recorded music. Roger Waters is one of the few who does and I still believe that AMUSED TO DEATH is a classic of this genre (and indeed of any genre). His [...]

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Album Reviews

Matt Bianco GRAVITY. Matt Entertainment/Manbran
“Some things just get better with age”
Back in 1984 a guy called Matt Bianco released a stunning Latin beats jazz album called WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON which moved off the shelves in big numbers. It was highly unusual for a jazz album to sell in such high numbers, even more [...]

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More Album Reviews

Ash Wilson BROKEN MACHINE. Wilson Brothers Music/Cadiz Music
“My father always said ‘if you want someone to blame for all the things in your life you’re unhappy with take a look in the mirror”
Lincolnshire’s Ash Wilson is a distinctive and highly talented blues-rock vocalist, guitarist and songwriter. BROKEN MACHINE is the artist’s debut album described by [...]

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Latest Album Reviews

Lower Than Atlantis SAFE IN SOUND. Easy Life Records/Sony/Red Essential
“We just wanted SAFE IN SOUND to be a true representation of where this band is nearly ten years on! The album tackles concepts such as depression, rejection, being in love, and monetary worries to name a few. So there’s something in there that most people [...]

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New Album Soundbyte Reviews

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer NOT DARK YET. Thirty Tigers
Critically acclaimed artists and sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer  released NOT DARK YET on August 18th via Silver Cross Records / Thirty Tigers. Produced by Teddy Thompson, their first and highly anticipated album together is an acclaimed debut of the pair’s transcendent musical bond. NOT [...]

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Aimee Mann Mental Illness LP

Aimee Mann MENTAL ILLNESS. SuperEgo/Membran
On this eleven-track album, the Oscar-nominated, Grammy-winning Aimee Mann remains a student of human behavior, drawing not just on her own experiences to form the characters in the songs but tales told by friends. “I assume the brief on me is that people think that I write these really depressing songs,” [...]

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Imelda May’s New LP

Imelda May LIFE. LOVE. FLESH. BLOOD. Decca
“I wrote ‘Should’ve Been You’ as a personal story of heartbreak, regret and eventual empowerment but when making this video I wanted it to reflect current feelings of solidarity amongst lots of women worldwide in response to events unfolding around us such as the Trump administration’s approach to affordable [...]

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