Patti Smith – 02 Apollo, Manchester

The Rolling Stones Manchester show in June was a pretty huge event, some guy was even trying to sell t-shirts outside of my work. When I took a taxi the first thing they thought was ‘yeah, Mick Jagger & co?’ but no, not that night. Not for me, never for me. That night it was all about Patti Patti Patti. Most nights are, let’s be honest.
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We Are Scientists – 02 Ritz, Manchester

After support act The Pale White offered up their blend of bland, cause for concern was there, I could feel it surging inside me. If the big support act sounded like they derived their sound from watching too many television adverts featuring hip songs, how would We Are Scientists play out? I tend to make a rule of ignoring the support acts if I’m either indifferent or disgusted by them, but when a Uni lads army was going absolutely nuts next to me, stomping their feet and mashing my boots, I didn’t feel so good about the main act being much different. That one song on Burnout Revenge was pretty decent though…

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Parquet Courts – Wide Awake!

Parquet Courts
Wide Awake!
Release Date: 18th May 2018
Rough Trade Records 

When Parquet Courts made the big time by signing onto a kind of major, Rough Trade, we got Human Performance, a soft safe ride into the limelight, also featuring a song about dust. The days of wild ramblings and Content Nausea seemed to be over, and it worked for them as the next time I saw them live the crowd had suddenly got wilder and younger.

But perhaps that was just a transitional period for the band, as now they’re totally, completely wide awake. Awaaaaake!
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No Joy/Sonic Boom – No Joy/Sonic Boom

No Joy/Sonic Boom
No Joy/Sonic Boom
Release Date: 30th March 2018
Joyful Noise Recordings

Once they loved to gaze dreamily at their shoes, but once is never now. Now No Age look elsewhere to get their musical kicks, be it through pop or not. They even ditched the LP for the EP, allowing them to experiment with less to hopefully make something more. This time round they’ve collaborated with Sonic Boom, one half of what used to be Spaceman 3, to dabble in the world of electronica. Those shoes can no longer be seen.¬† Continue reading

The Voidz – Virtue

The Voidz
Release Date: 30th March 2018

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz are back with a new album and new name. Julian Casablancas dropped himself from the band title, now simply The Voidz, maybe for a sense of unity, or maybe despite the success of The Strokes, his name isn’t exactly Johnny Marr.

Otherwise Virtue is business as usual, which for those who lived through Tyranny, can only be a great/terrible thing.
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Moaning – Moaning

Release Date: 2nd March 2018
Sub Pop

Back in May noise makers Metz took to the stage at Manchester Soup Kitchen to make a real rocking racket. But before they made hearing a pain for a number of days after, there was the support act Moaning. They had a different blend of noise to warm the crowd up with, a calmer sort which was almost soothing in how they let pained feelings come out monotone and cool. When they said they had merchandise for those who didn’t want to be like everyone else buying the main headliners wares, I was there. We were all there. And so, here we are.
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Glass Candy – I Always Say Yes

Glass Candy
I Always Say Yes
Release Date: 12th January 2018
Italians Do It Better

I Always Say Yes isn’t from Chromatics, or Johnny Jewel, but another synth pop duo on the Italians Do It Better label, so of course nobody is talking about it. Poor Glass Candy, I have words for you, because when I listen to an album I always say yes when it comes to writing a 250 word puff piece. Good or bad, I’ll never leave you out in the cold.


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