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6 Reasons 2014 is Going to be Awesome For Music
6 Reasons 2014 is Going to be Awesome For Music

Well 2013 has been and gone and for various reasons I’m glad to see the back of it.  I didn’t cover anywhere near as many shows as I would normally (less than 30 last year) but on the plus side I’ve seen some great bands that I’m really looking forward to seeing more of in […]

It’s been a while
It's been a while

With one thing and another it’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog.  A big part of this was being based in not so sunny Telford which made getting to any decent gigs more of a challenge than I had the energy for exceptional cases when the effort was worth it (such as the […]

Mflow Gets Fry’d
Mflow Gets Fry'd

Once upon a time it was slashdot that could bring fledgling websites and internet services to their needs by triggering an unexpected surge in interest.  These days it’s the high-profile twitterati that can overload a server in hours.  A couple of days ago this is exactly what happened to new music service mflow thanks to […]

New Los Campesinos! Member Unveiled
New Los Campesinos! Member Unveiled

If like me you were distraught at the news Aleks Campesinos had left the band to return to her studies, you’ll be relieved to know her shoes have been filled by new addition Kim Campesinos.  The band spared no expense at her unveiling and I can’t wait to see her in action on the upcoming […]

Ever wonder what goes on…

…in the heads of the judges of the Mercury Music Prize?  It’s that time of year and the short list is out. Bat For Lashes – Two Suns Friendly Fires – Friendly Fires Florence and The Machine – Lungs Glasvegas – Glasvegas The Invisible – The Invisible Lisa Hannigan – See So The Horrors – […]

Maxïmo Park live at Liverpool University

It wasn’t looking good, it was 7:30pm and it had already taken over 30 minutes to get from the M6 to the M62 (it’s only a quarter of a mile of slip road between the two) and I was still 20 miles or so away from Liverpool and the venue where Maxïmo Park would be […]

Mimi Soya at The Shed Leicester

Leicester missed out last night!  There were four up and coming bands, loads of good music, good beer and a headline act that could teach Paramore what pop-punk should really sound like. Unfortunately for whatever reason, it seemed the only people to see the show were the bands themselves, a handful of locals, the staff […]

Unashamedly Pop and I Love It!

I was down in London last week for the last gig of the year from unsigned pop outfit Bo Pepper. Seemingly universally adored by the press and fans alike, Bo Pepper combine innocently catchy hooks with the kind of observant, barbed lyrics you would expect from the likes of The Beautiful South or more recently […]

ShredYrFace at Liverpool Academy 2, 15-10-2008

Jose Gonzalez was playing at Liverpool Academy tonight, but for me it wasn’t going to be about intricate guitar playing, it was all about the shredding. Taking a round the world trip from the furious riffs pumped out by Times New Viking, a wander through the intense sounds of No Age to the dazzling fun […]

In The City 2008

I have to confess, I love living near Manchester! It’s hard as a Geordie to admit it and Newcastle will always be my first city but the influence Manchester had on the music I grew up listening to has secured it a special place in my heart. A key factor in that musical influence was […]