Melvins – Gorilla, Manchester

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The Melvins three-piece set (alas, only one drum kit this time round) was as no-nonsense as it gets, with no light show thrills, no experimental gimmicks, no back and forth audience banter, and not even an encore to appease those crying out for more. Buzz Osborne with his glorious silver mop locks, Steve McDonald of Red Kross joining in after his own power pop glam-esque support, and Dale Crover on drums for a second time that night, simply chugged away, taking us all to the world of sludge. It’s a dense world down in the noise swamp. Continue reading

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Run The Jewels – Manchester Albert Hall

RTJ! RTJ! RTJ! RTJ! Run the Jewels makes for an abbreviation so easy to chant, and there they were, live at the garden Albert Hall Manchester, taking in all those chants as they danced on out to ‘We Are The Champions’. It was enough to fuel anyone’s fire, and when the rapping began, well, that fire was bright. And you can’t front on that.  Continue reading

Car Seat Headrest – Manchester Gorilla

Car Seat Headrest (‘I have one of them in my car!’ says everyone when brought up) released a fairly decent rock album last year, somehow crawling to the top of Channel Audio’s albums of 2016, and now we have the tour, Manchester Gorilla being just one of the many stops. It was a fairly decent rock show, I guess.  Continue reading

Sleigh Bells – Manchester Gorilla

Duh. Duh. Duh. Duh. It’s the iconic Sleigh Bells sound, or at least an attempt at the stop start beats that fuel the noise pop duos punchy guitar licks. Though that ever familiar sound has started to fade, and for everyone living it live at the Manchester show, it was time to dance to a new range of synths.  Continue reading

The Julie Ruin – Gorilla, Manchester

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Those familiar with the riot grrrl movement started in the early 90’s will most likely be familiar with Kathleen Hanna and her bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. After a long absence, explained in the excellent documentary ‘The Punk Singer’, she’s recently returned with a new band ‘The Julie Ruin’ (not to be confused with an early solo project called ‘Julie Ruin’) and the last few years she’s been taking her new band from state to state, country to country, showing us all that the movement is far from dead, but stronger than ever. Being a stuck in the North kind of person, it took me till December to finally experience it all firsthand… Continue reading

Lee Ranaldo & El Rayo – Leeds Belgrave Music Hall

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Lee is free, (he’s been free for nearly ten years now, but it’s always a worthwhile reference), and he’s currently putting together his new album with El Rayo, Electric Rim. No one seems to have any idea when it will actually be out, not even Lee himself, but in November he toured it all anyway. Continue reading