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LIVE: Ross Noble, The Lowry, 19th February

What connects gangsta dwarf drive-bys, perilous curbs and haunted condoms? To be honest, we’d be worried if you answered with anything other than laser-fast comic Ross Noble. The Geordie funny man is in town to perform three stand-up shows at The Lowry in Salford and as we found out at Thursday’s show, his current tour has no shortage of abstract obscurities, tactical thought tangents and hilarious moments. Noble’s highly improvised, spur-of-the-moment comedy makes him quite hard to review, as no two of his shows are ever... Read more »

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NN PICKS: Twin Peaks @ Night & Day Cafe, Feb 20th

Not only are American rock quartet Twin Peaks just quintessentially cool to look at, they’re the quietly unassuming underdogs of this new-ish wave of grungy yet groovy bands. This band tactically borrow their eponymous name from the 90's American cop show Twin Peaks, despite any of the band’s members ever having watched the programme. Therefore, it’s interesting to delve right into their little bubble of trippy tracks. Think garage rock crossed with a slightly shoegazey, psychedelic vibe. Imagine punky, probably stoned Chicagoans with their instruments coolly... Read more »

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8 Acts You Can’t Miss At Parklife 2015

Now entering its fifth year, Parklife has enjoyed a well-deserved rise from plucky upstart to institution in a remarkably short amount of time, and coupled with its sister-act The Warehouse Project has helped re-establish Manchester as a hotbed of cutting edge music for a new generation. And yet again the lineup delivers, offering up an enviable slice of the hottest acts from every corner of the urban music spectrum, deftly interweaved with a choice array of legends and a few leftfield acts. It’s been interesting watching... Read more »

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ON REPEAT: Elevant – Dreamface

Described as the brainchild of singer/songwriter Michael Edward, Liverpool alt-band Elevant have crafted their second album following the moderate success of their first self-titled release. The new record, aptly named Dreamface, is a modern take on classic rock crossed with psychedelia and is packed with all of the screaming guitars, thrashing drums and Jack Black-esque vocals you could ever wish for. The beginning of album number two is always a tricky act to introduce, and the ‘does what it says it says on the tin’ paint... Read more »

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NN PICKS: Boxed In @ The Deaf Institute, February 13th

Even though their name states confined, this electronic quartet is anything but. Imagine a dark brooding orb with a spontaneous stream of beautiful colour bursting from the floating sphere, this is the way to describe Boxed In’s self titled debut album. The band is currently on a five day UK tour and is to play Manchester’s Deaf Institute tonight. Their songs are simply constructed, permitting the listener to get lost within the mixture of cutting cluster chords and thick bass, yet all held together with tactful... Read more »