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Lonnie Liston Smith

Lonnie Liston Smith: a legend comes to Manchester

September 5, 2013 Comments Off on Lonnie Liston Smith: a legend comes to Manchester

Following Terence Blanchard last month, Band on the Wall has excelled again, attracting yet another jazz legend to the North West’s Best Small Venue (I’m with the NME on this one).

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The Smiths

This Charming Man

September 5, 2013 Comments Off on This Charming Man

Apprehensive doesn’t even begin to describe how I felt walking up Burton Road in West Didsbury last Thursday night. Although I’m a relative newcomer to Manchester, like so many of my generation I was an avid student of the city’s music scene in my youth.

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at Sefton Park

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Rocks the Mike

August 28, 2013 Comments Off on The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Rocks the Mike

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra recently performed a free concert at Sefton Park, conducted by Vasily Petrenko. The event was part of The Liverpool International Music Festival. Paul Jamieson was there.

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Norman Jay

‘The Queen has met far worse criminals than me’

August 27, 2013 Comments Off on ‘The Queen has met far worse criminals than me’

Norman Jay may have spinning discs for four decades but his Good Times night is still packing a new generation in at 2022NQ in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

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Cocks o’ the North

August 14, 2013 Comments Off on Cocks o’ the North

When a band kicks off its set with a piece of indolent pop perfection like Boredom, you know they must have tons of classics tucked up their sleeves.

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MJF

Manchester Jazz Festival

July 27, 2013 Comments Off on Manchester Jazz Festival

With the 24:7 Theatre Festival winding down this weekend and Manchester International Festival a fond memory, what’s a bereft festival fan to do? Why, check out the daddy of Manchester festivals, that’s what.

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Bruce Springsteen

Firing On All Cylinders: The Boss Delivers

July 26, 2013 Comments Off on Firing On All Cylinders: The Boss Delivers

“It ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive” is a phrase from Bruce Springsteen‘s song Badlands that, for various reasons, has been haunting me lately.

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CocoRosie-images by Anne Ward

CocoRosie mesmerises Hebden Bridge

July 25, 2013 Comments Off on CocoRosie mesmerises Hebden Bridge

Not many gigs start with a Tibetan bloke ringing a bell over some beats. But this is CocoRosie, an integral part of the New York art rock scene.

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goldfrapp

Between a Dream and a Whisper

July 20, 2013 Comments Off on Between a Dream and a Whisper

I’m coining a new verb. To be ‘Goldfrapped’ means to have been on a magical journey of mind, body and soul.

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The xx

In Love, Love, Love with The xx

July 19, 2013 Comments Off on In Love, Love, Love with The xx

I had the chance to see The xx some years back when they weren’t very famous and it was easy to get a spot near the stage. It was at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk, one of the loveliest, most laid-back music weekends I’ve ever had the good fortune to attend. But I didn’t see the band.

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