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REVIEW: Ghost Outfit / Temple Songs + Francis Lung, The Louche & Hartheim, The Deaf Institute

Record Store Day celebrations in Manchester took place at trendy music haunt The Deaf Institute, whose intimate upstairs stage area played host to five up and coming local bands, co-headlined by duo Ghost Outfit and indie pop quartet Temple Songs. The theme of the night appeared to be one in which a dark indie atmosphere was pervasive, conveyed by almost all of the bands featured. Five piece band Hartheim set the tone of the evening by providing a resounding set of aching chords that echoed murkily... Read more »

Glass Animals

ON REPEAT: Glass Animals – Gooey

Oxford quartet Glass Animals has resisted being pinned down, from the multiple eclectic name changes the band has gone through to the “weird, psychedelic cocktail of electronic and organic sound” mixed with hiphop allusions that they produce, as well as their trippy music videos featuring vibrant colors and unexpected choices of creature (single Cocoa Hooves focuses on slugs, and the artwork is entirely vocalist Dave Bayley’s own). The band , encompassed of Bayley, Joe Seaward, Edmund Irwin-Singer, and Drew McFarlane, have all known one another... Read more »

Liverpool Sound City 2014

NN Picks: Liverpool Sound City 2014

Liverpool Sound City returns the 1st through the 3rd of May this year, with over 360 artists selected from around 9000 applicants performing at 25 venues across the city, making it the UK’s largest metropolitan festival. Aside from a diverse lineup that draws from various genres of up and coming artists, also taking place will be the conference comprised of industry leaders and located at Livepool’s Hilton Hotel, which this year focuses on the three interwoven themes of music, football and style. Keynote speakers, which include... Read more »

Beacons

NN Picks: Beacons Festival 2014

Probably the best kept secret of the UK festival season, the almighty Beacons Festival returns for its third year running. Having been plagued by bad weather in its first year (in which excessive rain meant the whole thing was called off) and bad luck in its second (when proceedings were held up by a phony bomb scare), Beacons has ironed its kinks out, doubled down on what it does best and is back this year bigger than ever. What sets Beacons apart from the pack is... Read more »

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INTERVIEW: Andy Hull – Manchester Orchestra

Atlanta prog-rockers Manchester Orchestra arrive in their namesake city tonight for a teeny show at one of Manchester Academy's smallest rooms. The trip comes hot off the release of their powerhouse fourth record Cope, a relentless wall-of-sound effort that still manages to evoke emotions and catch you off guard with some hard-hitting sentimentality and raw emotion. We caught up with front man Andy Hull shortly before he unleashed his band's new stuff on the world to discuss a decade of being in a band, recording... Read more »