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LIVE: Sunflower Bean Take The Soup Kitchen Down a Rabbit Hole of Psychadelic Sound

Gigs like this one must happen all the time in Manchester. A band books to play one of the city’s many intimate venues, the kind that’s full of character and funny smells and not much else. Then, in the time between tickets going on sale and the actual event, their presence skyrockets. This is certainly the case for Sunflower Bean, the Brooklyn trio who have caused a wide range of music lovers to converge in The Soup Kitchen’s dank basement music hall. Clearly the band are... Read more »

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INTERVIEW: Feed The Kid

Following the release of their latest single “Coming Back for You” Feed the Kid have generated much buzz on the Manchester music scene. The five piece consisting of singer Curtis Taylor, lead guitarist Ciaran Egan, guitarist Dane Stubbs, bassist Jake Murphy and drummer Adam Smith are the latest retro, blues-rock musical delight to come out of Manchester. With a packed out gig schedule throughout the whole of 2015, including appearances at Kendal Calling and Headlander, the future certainly looks promising for the band. We caught... Read more »

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INTERVIEW: Some Kind of Illness

As I meet Some Kind of Illness at Bolton Markets, where they're due to feature on the local radio station’s live showcase, the brothers Hinks are looking decidedly dishevelled. The payment-in-drink policy at their own ‘Crossroads’ open mic the night before is referenced for its unavoidable consequences, but with the aid of some dark sunglasses and trademark tousled hair, they're both looking the part if not feeling it. But these are no rock ‘n’ roll posers – the Hinks brothers, Paul and Mark, have lived their... Read more »

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Five Gigs You Can’t Miss This Winter

With Christmas getting closer and closer, it’s a simple choice. You can either be a generous fool and piss all your money away on unwanted DVDs for parents or you can tuck that money away for one of the many must-see gigs going on in the months of November and December. Heck, you can even bring your Mum and Dad along- at least you know they’d have your back in a mosh pit. Lucy Rose First up is Warwickshire folkstress Lucy Rose. The singer songwriter, first appeared on... Read more »

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LIVE: Death Cab For Cutie Make an Emotionally Charged Return to Manchester Academy

Washington’s Death Cab For Cutie have released eight studio albums and haven’t played Manchester in just over four years. With so many songs under their belt, it really is anyone’s guess as to what Benjamin Gibbard and co will choose to pull out of the bag for tonight’s show. Luckily for this tightly run alt-rock trio, the inhabitants of Manchester Academy are willing to accept any and every back catalogue pick with open arms. Joined by touring guitar/keyboard players Zac Rae and Dave Depper, frontman Gibbard, bassist... Read more »