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LIVE: The Last Shadow Puppets Close Out Castlefield Bowl

The Last Shadow Puppets' eagerly anticipated bowl gig arrived just after the release of their stunning second album Everything You’ve Come To Expect, which gave us rollicking guitar licks and sensual songwriting all wrapped up in a little pretty package delivered personally by 2016’s version of Jackies poster boys. The gloomy Manchester weather was unable to dampen the spirits of a revved-up crowd wigged up in brown curls and TLSP printed baseball shirts, excited for the arrival of the two (now very manly) men who brought... Read more »

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LIVE: The Stone Roses Storm Manchester’s Etihad Stadium

15th June 2016, the day that saw seminal Madchester pop band The Stone Roses kick off their four home dates at the Etihad stadium in their very own special city of Manchester. Waking up that morning, we'd all been automatically been transported back to the era of bucket hats and loose fit jeans. The city was alive with lemon love and citrus sunken sunshine, smiling faces in a sea of Stone Roses T-shirts and Adidas gazelles grooved through the city giving off a surreal buzz.... Read more »

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NEW NOISE: SPQR

As if the city of Liverpool doesn’t have enough musical talent to boast about, it’s time to introduce SPQR, Merseyside’s answer to Queens of the Stone Age and an obsidian in the rough. In relation to prestigious rock legends like QOTSA, SPQR are practically foetal, with only two official tracks under their belt thus far. This doesn’t directly equate to amateurism though, as this band have a professional, sexy sheen about their music and a charismatic, likeable personality in abundance. In their own words, SPQR perform... Read more »

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Why We Love… The Ferret

With prestigious neighbours like Manchester and Liverpool, it’s no wonder Preston shies into the background when it comes to music. Despite its best efforts at boasting a huge club and pub scene, with Church Street offering an abundance, Preston just hasn’t quite managed to pull it out of the bag with the music scene. With the muddled, not-quite-closure of student union-owned 53 Degrees (which now offers a pitiful calibre of acts such as the Lancashire Hotpots and The Smiths cover bands), it’s easy to become... Read more »

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ON REPEAT: Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Ride

Hailing from Llandudno, guitar fiends Catfish and the Bottlemen started earning notoriety gigging in car parks outside other bands’ shows. They formed in 2007 as mere adolescents and have slowly but surely created controversial waves amongst the sweaty plethora of indie rock. There’s an infinite, no-holds-barred attitude reappearing, right out of 2006. With their highly anticipated second album having recently been released, Catfish and the Bottlemen can seemingly do no wrong. Move over world, The Ride is here. The album begins with “7”, an anthemic tale... Read more »