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NN PICKS: Banks @ The Ritz, 25th Nov

With a slow burning build to the release of her debut album 'Goddess,' California's own Jillian Banks cuts a large shadow among this strange and revival of dark ethereal brooding pop tunes. Head to toe in black and with a colossal voice that spits eloquent tales of forlorn love and aching lust, Banks towers above the other pale clad imitators and has released an album of gigantic proportions to follow.  Still here are the strong refrains, accessible melodies and sparse electronic productions we have become... Read more »

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INTERVIEW: Hamilton Leithauser

It's been just over a week since The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser brought his solo-sounds to Manchester's Night & Day Café for one of November's most anticipated live shows. The man was in town promoting his first full length solo effort Black Hours, a raw and intimate record that was bound to feel right at home at one of the Northern Quarter's cosiest venues. We were so excited to check out Hamilton's Mancunian stint that we rounded up a list of his best tracks, giving you... Read more »

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INTERVIEW: Augustines

Later this month Brooklyn indie trio Augustines head out on a European jaunt that'll see them arrive at the atmospheric Manchester Cathedral on December 1st. Returning to ears this year with their quietly confident self-titled second album, the band seem poised for big things - and they're sharing the love. Throughout this UK tour, they'll give one lucky trombone, trumpet or saxaphone player the chance to join them on tour, all expenses paid. Not too shabby. We caught up with Rob and Bill to discuss the... Read more »

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New Noise: Kelly’s Heroes

If you feel in the mood for a bit of quality rock music, but you’ve exhausted all your old favourites and you don’t know where to look next – stop right there, you’re in the right place. Manchester four-piece Kelly’s Heroes draw their inspiration from ‘rock from all the eras’, and they’ve come out swinging with the release of their first self-titled EP. The four track record starts of with riff-heavy old-classics styled rock tune “Struck y Lightning”. For an opening track it’s definitive statement by... Read more »

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ON REPEAT: Hookworms – The Hum

The 2010’s have been a great decade for psychedelia so far, with acid-tinged guitars and wah-wah pedals making a comeback at almost all levels of the music industry. With dozens of local scenes working on their own permutations of the formula, old veterans like The Flaming Lips steering the ship and a central hub of activity - Liverpool’s Psychedelic Festival- growing bigger and more prestigious every year, psyche’s undergoing its most influential and creatively fertile period for decades. Hell, even Miley Cyrus looks like she’s... Read more »