Queens Of The Stone Age – Manchester Arena

Queens of the Stone Age have become my villains, through the latest album ‘Villains’ and the latest show at Manchester Arena. Villains to rough edges, villains to noise, villains to anything that you can’t, uh, play on the radio.  Continue reading


Rise Against – 02 Apollo, Manchester

Rise Against are one of the good ones when it comes to the genre they live within. The pop punk with a slight sprinkle of emo (Wikipedia says hardcore punk, but I just don’t see it in a world of Black Flag and Dead Kennedys) uses politics as their central theme, to Rise Against it all, and it’s positive energising music which I loved as a teen when strumming away on my fake plastic guitar on Guitar Hero III. A whole bunch of time has passed since then, too much, too fast, too soon, and what do you know? I’m still having fun.
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Shabazz Palaces – The Deaf Institute, Manchester

So, I saw this space hop duo support for Flying Lotus and was suitably impressed, I even recall the felt album cover I promptly purchased afterwards which I spent far too long stroking. Far. Too. Long. As a support set they provided some wonderful minimalist space age beats, though with Flying Lotus’s huge cube of fun in the middle, the two were rather separate from each other, both playing in synch but without that true connection. A few years pass and here we are again, only this time the two are closer than ever as they headlined the Deaf Institute, and such space really is the place. Continue reading

Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun

Chelsea Wolfe
Hiss Spun 
Release Date: 22nd September 2017
Sargent House 

Hiss Spun is one of those rare album titles that perfectly captures the heart of its innards. You dig deep into the latest work of Chelsea Wolfe, and you will feel spun, you will hear the hiss, and then you’ll spin it right back to the beginning to tumble through the darkness once more. Imagine sticking yourself into a gothic washing machine and you’ll be halfway there. Switch it on and it’ll take you the rest of the way round. And round.   Continue reading

Andrew Hung – Realisationship

Andrew Hung
Release Date: 6th October 2017
Lex Records 

From Babe Station to Fuck Buttons to The Greasy Strangler, Andrew Hung has certainly had some smutty sounding ventures. Realisationship is the latest, and if anything it will at least look clean on a CV. Yes, that’s the reason behind this.  Continue reading

EMA – Exile In The Outer Ring

Exile In The Outer Ring
Release Date: 25th August 2017
City Slang 

It was only a month ago that I saw EMA live, (you can read all about it here) so let’s not rehash month old thoughts. Exile In The Outer Ring is a concept album worth exploring as a complete whole in unto itself, not just mixed into a set list with past life hits. This is a story that needs to be told.  Continue reading