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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 »


NEW NOISE: Noir | Noir

Noir | Noir are a 3-parts Irish, one-part South American alt-rock band who are now calling Manchester their home, but by the sound of things, the city that brought them together may soon struggle to retain them. New single “Claustrophobic Love” (released February 16th) calls upon a Queens of the Stone Age-type groove to build a cinematic soundscape that demands complete immersion from start to finish. The drums rarely stray from the steady pounding rhythm, just occasionally breaking rank to enhance the unsettling nature of the... Read more »

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NEW NOISE: Findlay

Stockport’s Natalie Findlay has been on the rise for the past couple of years, taking in a Glastonbury appearance and support slots with Jake Bugg along the way, and new track “Electric Bones” shows her star is still rising with this ever more assured release. With an intro bringing to mind a world where Arctic Monkeys use Screamadelica instead of Dr Dre as a touchstone, Findlay announces herself on “Electric Bones” brimming with attitude and armed with razor-sharp delivery and off-kilter melodies.  Her assertion that she’s... Read more »

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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 »