Death to the Strange

LIVE: Death to the Strange, The Ritz, 29th June

A five-piece band that is signed by a Manchester-based independent record label, Death to the Strange is certainly not a band to overlook. With some high profile support slots such as James Walsh and Babyshambles and having their own mention from Joy Division’s Peter Hook the band have clearly worked hard at their music to get themselves this far. Gig-goers of Manchester and Salford will be familiar with the band, which have been gracing the stages, pubs and back rooms of the two cities for several... Read more »

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Best Burger Bars in Manchester

With more and more burger restaurants popping up and even more set to open this year it has been clear for some time that Manchester has gone gourmet burger crazy. But if you are thinking of grabbing a medium-rare, peppered steak burger on a bun with 18 new and unusual toppings you might be a little spoilt for choice. Therefore here's 5 of our favourite burger bars in Manchester, just for arguments sake. SoLita This Northern Quarter restaurant serves comfort food with a modern and trendy twist... Read more »

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ON REPEAT: Alabama Shakes – Sound & Colour

The past 3 years have been hectic for American four-piece Alabama Shakes. Following the release of their irresistible debut LP Boys & Girls the band have gigged in front of millions on Saturday Night Live and toured the US, Europe and Australia. They were a star turn on the UK festival season in 2012 and then played at the Grammys in 2013, where they were nominated in three categories. Now after releasing their follow up LP Sound & Colour at the end of last month,... Read more »

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5 Best Cocktail Bars in Manchester

Exciting drinking establishments are never in short supply when it comes to a night on the tiles in Manchester and as summer rolls in, so does another unofficial party season. From quirky bars in the Northern Quarter to hotspots down on Oxford Road, thirsty punters don’t have to look very hard to find a wide selection of boozey delights. But forget the the cask ales, spirits and ciders because there’s a whole host of places serving up sweet and sassy cocktails just waiting to tickle... Read more »

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NN PICKS: Will Butler, The Deaf Institute, 21st April

You may know him as the guitarist and multi-instrumentalist of the eccentrically successful Arcade Fire (or you may know him for his crazy on-stage antics), but Californian born Will Butler is a force on his own – or so he’s set out to prove with the recent release of his debut album, Policy. And now he’s bringing his new tracks, a supporting band and his diverse taste in rock and roll music to a Northern stage, playing the Deaf Institute on the 21st April as... Read more »