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Live Review: JOE ASTLEY, Flechettes, The Facades – The Cavern, Liverpool – 22.1.2023.

Such was the show of support for Joe Astley at The Cavern that it seemed like Liverpool’s famous Mathew Street had turned into Wigan’s King Street. The good townsfolk of Wigan had travelled en masse down the East Lancs Road to attend the launch event for Astley’s debut album Twenty-First Century Times. The fact that […]

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TRACK REVIEW: AZILELI – ‘IN THIS HOUSE’

Azileli; an emerging South London artist hoping to make her mark in 2023 has released her latest single ‘In This House’.Azileli’s previous releases have been electronic muses that have a burgeoning industrial experimentalism to them. With a new year emerging Azileli has shown maturity and vulnerability in equal measure with the new single ‘In This […]

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IGGY POP – EVERY LOSER ALBUM REVIEW

Iggy Pop is 19 albums deep into his illustrious career and his passion for impassioned chaos refuses to be quelled. If you needed any confirmation as to Iggy Pop’s attitude and demeanour going into this record look no further than the opening lines of first track ‘Frenzy’. “I’ve got a dick and 2 balls that’s […]

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Book Review: Whatever Happened to the C86 Kids? An Indie Odyssey – Nige Tassell.

Like all the best ideas the premise of Whatever Happened to the C86 Kids? An Indie Odyssey is a simple one. Thirty-five years on from the release of C86 ‘a cassette that would shape music for years to come’ and ‘…was arguably the point at which indie was born’ Nige Tassell set himself the enviable […]

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Live Review: Tom A. Smith, Megan Wyn, Ruby J, Fiona Lennon – Jimmy’s, Liverpool, 8/12/2022.

Jimmy’s Liverpool wasn’t packed to the gills, but that was probably just as well as the burgeoning talents of Sunderland’s Tom A. Smith and a supporting cast of supremely talented, young artists needed a bit of elbow room to showcase their prodigious gifts. First up to impress was local singer Fiona Lennon. I have seen […]

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LIVE REVIEW: PLACEBO @ MOTORPOINT ARENA, CARDIFF 24/11/2022

Placebo have been in the game 26 years and that was telling for numerous reasons tonight. The stage lighting and the overall performance was was honed and perfected but the handbrake was firmly on. The androgynous and ineffable group made the conscious decision to not play the hits much to the dismay of the audience. […]

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REVIEW: WEYES BLOOD – ‘And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow’

Natalie Mering under her Weyes Blood moniker provides a powerful emotional punch in her fifth installment of dreamy soul pop. ‘It’s Not Just Me, It’s Everybody’ is a glorious display of slow and sprawling pop. Mering speaks of the anxieties of modern life, the mental struggles we all endure “To know that every wave might […]

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Live Review: Stanleys, Flechettes, Little Planets – Lending Room, Leeds, 10/11/2022

You know that saying…you wait ages for a London bus to come and then they all arrive together? Well, that’s a bit like the music scene in Wigan at the moment. There was something of a mini-invasion from across the Pennines at the Lending Room with not one, not two, but two and one sixth […]

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SINGLE REVIEW: Waiting Outside Alone – Barbara.

Brighton’s shiniest band – Barbara – are back, bright and breezy as ever. Following on from their excellent Mildly Entertaining EP – which examined issues around the evils of social media – brothers Henry and John Tydeman have now set their acute sights on the failings of the British establishment, and they are taking no […]

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REVIEW: LOW ISLAND – ‘Life In Miniature’

Low Island are back a year after their long awaited debut album. It’s been a slow and steady process for the Oxford indie outfit, releasing a slew of singles from 2017; their steady rise culminated with the release of their debut ‘If You Could Have It All Again’. The record recieved rapturous praise and brought […]