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Music Review: Let’s Eat Grandma, The Deaf Institute, Manchester

April 12, 2018 No Comments

Let’s Eat Grandma aren’t giving anything away.

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Review: Gary Numan, Preston Guild Hall

March 21, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Gary Numan, Preston Guild Hall

I’m old enough to remember when Gary Numan first hit the music scene in the late 1970s.

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Review: Violence and compassion – Shostakovich, Bach and Mendelssohn at The Bridgewater Hall

March 21, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Violence and compassion – Shostakovich, Bach and Mendelssohn at The Bridgewater Hall

The Hallé Orchestra brought this season’s focus on Shostakovich to a fittingly dramatic climax with a performance of the great Soviet composer’s powerful eighth symphony at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.

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Django Django talk to Northern Soul

March 19, 2018 Comments Off on Django Django talk to Northern Soul

Many bands suffer from what’s known as ‘Difficult Second Album Syndrome’, that awkward step where a recording career isn’t brand new any more but it’s a not-yet-seen-it-all doddle either.

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Photo Gallery and Review: Everything Everything, O2 Apollo, Manchester

March 14, 2018 Comments Off on Photo Gallery and Review: Everything Everything, O2 Apollo, Manchester

Everything Everything performed to a packed O2 Apollo in Manchester proving, once again, that they are one of the most consistently compelling and unsettling bands around.

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Review: Belle & Sebastian, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

March 14, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Belle & Sebastian, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The joy of pop can be as brief as its three-letter onomatopoeia, the giddy thrill of its first kisses paling with familiarity.

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Review: Morrissey, First Direct Arena, Leeds

March 1, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Morrissey, First Direct Arena, Leeds

For such a towering musical icon he looked small, but anyone would from the back row of the upper tier of a vast, fan-shaped arena accommodating 13,000.

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Jake Thackray at 80

February 26, 2018 Comments Off on Jake Thackray at 80

Would that he was still with us, Jake Thackray would have turned 80 on February 27 this year.

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Review: Will Varley, Club Academy, Manchester

February 8, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Will Varley, Club Academy, Manchester

Few musicians can capture – and critique – what it means to be human as beautifully and articulately as folk singer-songwriter Will Varley.

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Review: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols

February 3, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols

Only one record mattered to me in 1977.

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