Northern Soul

Bands & Gigs

Jetta

Northern Soul meets…Jetta

July 28, 2014 Comments Off

Not many 24-year-olds get the chance to work with Pharrell Williams on their debut record. But the world’s hottest producer thinks scouse songstress Jetta has what it takes to be big.

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Tim Booth of James at Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

James at Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl

July 18, 2014 Comments Off

You’re playing a homecoming gig to 8,000 fans in the city centre. What tune do you start with?

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Neil Young

Neil Young and Crazy Horse: maddening and magnificent

July 14, 2014 Comments Off

There’s no doubt about it – Neil Young is an unpredictable ‘ol cuss.

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Jamie Cullum builds Momentum

July 11, 2014 Comments Off

Jamie Cullum’s album Momentum is one of his strongest outings since the classic twentysomething.

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KEVIN ROWLAND

Nowhere is Home for Dexys

July 8, 2014 Comments Off

Let’s get this straight from the start. If you, reader, are sitting there thinking, “Dexys! Hahaha! Come on Eileen! One-hit wonders! Raggle-taggle gypsies! Hohoho!” – well, you’ve got it all wrong.

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Mac

Faces and Small Faces’ Ian McLagan talks to Northern Soul

July 7, 2014 Comments Off

Rock music by its very nature tends to glorify the flashy frontman or the God-like guitarist. But as often as not, the real story lies with the guy who doesn’t get the magazine covers, the stalwart sideman.

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IWMN Project

After the Silence: Music in the Shadow of War

June 30, 2014 Comments Off

The Royal Northern College of Music is never one to shy away from creativity.

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Eagles cred Jim Shea

The Eagles at Manchester’s Phones 4u Arena

June 29, 2014 Comments Off

The Eagles’ Don Henley infamously proclaimed “we’ll play together again when Hell freezes over” after the biggest-selling American band of the 70s fell apart in 1980 amid legendary bad behaviour, recriminations, and backstage punch-ups.

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Kings of Leon

June 19, 2014 Comments Off

First time I heard Kings of Leon was in 2004. The Bucket had been released as their first single off the album Aha Shake Heartbreak and it blew me away, with its raw power and unpolished energy.

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Thanks for the Memorex: rewinding the past with Record and Play

June 19, 2014 Comments Off

It’s a comment that was once so common, but is now never heard.

“I’ve made you a tape,” we would say, “a few tracks you might like.”

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