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Polar States live @ Jimmy’s Manchester

This vibrant night took place at a rather intimate venue. Rammed full of people, even on my press pass I struggled to make it beyond the towering staircase in to the room. I had to squeeze past several longing fans and soon got used to the burning eyes in the back of my head from […]

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Olive B – Playmate

Emotional, empowering and non-emasculated by over-production; Playmate is a heartfelt and memorable piece of art. “You could be my soul mate” and “I could do you right even in the wrong way” help set the tone of vulnerability. The indie pop/ R&B beats alongside the slightly sarcastic yet intimate lyrics help to ensure the hooks […]

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Beak> @SWX

Another 3hr commute left me marvelling at the wonders of the West Country, debating whether it was worth a £50 train ticket to see Beak> in the flesh. After wandering around dense-headed for an hour or so I fell inside Bristol’s seemingly inherent calmness; no sense of urgency in this city, even at rush hour. First […]

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Alfa Mist @ Gorilla

Meticulously crafted emotional dramatic jazz lashed with classical soundtrack / hip-hop elements to create great urban modern yet timeless soundscapes. In many too many words a description of what you can expect from Newham’s melancholy mastermind, though language was unnecessary when Alfa plonked into his seat at the keys, all instruments concentric upon his sturdy […]

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Sticky Fingers @ The O2 Ritz Manchester

Sticky Fingers brought in a crowd in Manchester, after receiving a huge following over here not just in Australia. These talented artists are performing perfectionists with topless keyboard players, to cane waving singers, they will catch your eye and they’ll do it in style. The set was extravagant but only through their personalities, a strong […]

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True Vibenation (supporting Sticky Fingers) @ The O2 Ritz Manchester

True Vibenation were exceptional openers, the Australian trio brought their amazing rhythmic jams to the north. They were not only powerful in their presence but they invented a whole new dance move whilst singing, playing multiple instruments and maintaining eye contact. It sounds mad and it was. They showcased their incredible musical ability when they […]

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Drenge @ The O2 Ritz Manchester

I first saw Drenge at Reading & Leeds in 2013. After reading about them a couple of weeks before in NME, I popped their name into YouTube and ran through a few of their songs. They had this muddy, fast sound polluted with elements of garage and grunge. it was infectious. I thought, ‘this is […]

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Fruit Tones Tour !

Fruit Tones are going on tour soon to promote their debut album. They are a rock and roll band originating from Manchester, “the centre of the pop universe” as mentioned in one of their interviews with The Monitors. With descriptions about them varying from “a force of nature” to “the left handed bassist plays a […]

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DMA’s @ Cambridge Corn Exchange

Pleasant surprise. Double doors flung open as bodies rush for quick cigarettes. A gratifying wall of sound washes over my body and I bless the high ceilings of the Corn Exchange, witnessing chords melt into the vast space above my head. I had no previous knowledge of DMA’s except for a slapdash description of their […]

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Flor

Last night I had the opportunity to go check out Flor, the support act for Andrew McMahon and The Wilderness, on The Upside Down Flowers Tour. I went to the show not knowing much about them and left instantly downloading their latest single “get behind this”, and their debut full length album “come out. you’re […]

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