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LIVE: Carefully Planned, Gullivers Manchester, 22nd Feb

The arse end of the weekend, a cold, wet, miserable, Sunday night when the streets of Manchester are by and large deserted apart from the lonely souls looking for any spare change or a place to bed down for the night. Shards of sunshine may be in short supply, but in Carefully Planned we trust. Tonight’s artists seem to been influenced with architectural themes, from Two White Cranes one of a number of projects that involves Roxy Brennan. The microphone stand appears to be mounted slightly too... Read more »

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4 Acts You Can’t Miss at Slam Dunk Festival 2015

Kerrang!’s Slam Dunk Festival: think mosh pits, bearded men with their tattooed girlfriends and a handful of the hottest post-punk bands around. The annual music festival, which evolved from alternative punk/emo/ska night held weekly at Leeds’ Cockpit music venue, began in the North and scaled its capacity to our sisters the South and the Midlands; Hertfordshire and Wolverhampton to be exact. The festival is normally held on the May Bank Holiday of each year, featuring a mixture of up and coming and more established punk, emo... Read more »

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INTERVIEW: Nat Johnson

Someone who classes herself as a maverick, Nat Johnson is a singer and guitarist from the lovely northern city of Sheffield. After two years of being in the pipeline, it is with joy that Nat released her debut solo album Neighbour of the Year late last year. Released on Nat’s own label Straw & Hay Records, Nat is no stranger to the hardships of producing an album, having previously released four others with her past band mates. It was only about a decade ago (2003) that Nat was... Read more »

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NN PICKS: JAWS, Academy 3, Manchester, 6th March

After a busy 2 years that produced a string of well received singles, a headline tour and a debut full-length LP, midlands quartet JAWS stage their triumphant return to Manchester with a show at Academy 3 next month. Building on the success of their first headline tour to coincide with the release of debut album Be Slowly at the end of last year, the ‘B-Town’ scene forerunners will be taking in four dates in March, culminating in a huge hometown show at Birmingham’s Institute. They're no... Read more »

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LIVE: Two Gallants, Gorilla, Manchester, 20th Feb

With no airs and fewer graces, San Francisco's Two Gallants casually crept onto Manchester’s Gorilla stage in matching dye-stained t-shirts and jarring non-plussed faces. Backed by an impressive projected red velvet like sheath recalling The Roadhouse scene in Twin Peaks, the moody duo slowly tinkered with their respective instruments, completing various tuneups and minor adjustments before drummer Tyson Vogel kicked into the rapturous rolling Tom pattern that introduced set opener, "Some Trouble". Through minor sound issues, guitarist Adam Stephens' droning chordal strums did not manage to... Read more »