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NEW NOISE: We Like Humans

Preston 3-piece We Like Humans are the latest in a long line of up-and-coming bands with an ethos soaked in all-things-rock, but what sets them apart is the way they know when to show the different sides of themselves. Pledge-driven EP Kings, suggesting a fan-base have already long been convinced of their promise, shows a band well in tune with their own strengths. Opener "Castles" showcases Beth Pawson’s driving drums, which propel the songs forward without ever being too flashy. In the same way, singer Dan... Read more »

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NN PICKS: Lucy Rose @ Gorilla Manchester , 24th March

Lucy Rose might look young and sweet and innocent, but there’s a sense of real grit and resolve at her core. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a set of simple, elegant songs, the Warwickshire songstress is touring her way around the country in March – including a Manchester Gorilla set on the 24th. Lucy Rose put out her debut album Like I Used To in 2012, featuring singles likes the eerie “Shiver”, a quiet and melancholic lament to faded love, or the more upbeat and... Read more »

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ON REPEAT: Rae Morris – Unguarded

A teenage songstress from Blackpool with truly magnificent hair, Rae Morris really is an up-and-coming talent and her debut album is a long-awaited gem. Hardcore fans will recognise most of the songs from earlier EP’s or her constant trickles of singles released this year, as well as a few new album-only tracks. Opening song “Skin” is one of this year’s earlier singles, a rhythmic song with a contemplative mood and a chanting chorus that builds on top of gentle chimes. It’s an interesting choice for an... Read more »

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ESSENTIAL PLAYLIST: TV On The Radio

If there’s one word that seems to pop up a lot when talking about TV On The Radio, it’s ‘Post’; During their 10 year career they’ve been labelled everything from Post-Punk, Post-Indie, Post-Disco, Post-Modern, and during those glorious few months in 2008 that bookended Obama getting elected and actually assuming office, Post-Racial. That’s because they’re a notoriously difficult band to pigeonhole into one particular sound or scene, occupying that rare niche of being talented artists and fierce experimentalists whilst also having an excellent ear for... Read more »

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Frank Turner

Welcome to 2015 - a brand new year chock full of brand new album releases, exciting new bands, gigs and festivals-galore for you to enjoy. To kick things off the right way, we thought we'd pick a special piece of content for our very first post of the New Year. That's why we caught up with ex-Million Dead frontman Frank Turner for an exclusive natter ahead of his intimate Manchester show at the Night & Day Café later this month, tickets for which can be... Read more »