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ON REPEAT: Gengahr – A Dream Outside

As the UK embarks on another sporadically sunny season, a new indie band will inevitably creep through to soundtrack the damp festivals, long evenings and hazy days that are coming to an end. Where some fall away with autumn though, Gengahr are a summer romance set to last. In March last year, Gengahr emerged from North London with breakthrough demo Fill My Gums With Blood. Now after touring alongside the likes of Alt J and Wolf Alice, their debut album A Dream Outside is a reflection... Read more »

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NEW NOISE: False Advertising

From the rupturing chords and slacker demented attitudes of Early 90's Northern America to the grime filled, noise laden laments of Northern England, Manchester's own False Advertising have managed to court a fine line between the old and new.  Holing up in a private studio since April 2014, the band adopted the original DIY ethos of, try and try again as they worked on their self-titled debut album due to be released September 4th. As the seasons changed and the months rolled on by, the... Read more »

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NN PICKS: Tobias Jesso Jr Hits Up The Ritz, Manchester

Canadian songsmith Tobias Jesso Jr brings his 70s-style piano ballads to Manchester’s Ritz on 29th November, ending a packed year in which debut album Goon has seen him become a darling of the music press and fans alike. Finding his niche somewhere between American icons Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman, he seems to tailor his songs like a master craftsman in the Bacharach mould. The results have a timeless quality that have no place being pigeon-holed – get Kevin Parker involved and you could have a... Read more »

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Today sees the launch of  singer-songwriter Frank Turner's brand new album, Positive Songs for Negative People. To celebrate the release of the record, we caught up with Frank to talk about his thoughts on the finished album and life on the road, he also shares some words of wisdom with us for all aspiring musicians. PSFNP is Turner's sixth studio album to date and it sees him and his backing band, the Sleeping Souls, producing the classic folk-punk/acoustic rock that the world has come to expect... Read more »

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NN PICKS: Beacons Metro

Formerly a summer festival held in the green surrounds of the Yorkshire Dales, Beacons Festival has announced it will be heading to Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester. Rebranding itself as Beacons Metro, the primary focus will be a 12-week programme of events in an unused space in Leeds City Centre. There will also be a smaller amount of events held in Liverpool and Manchester. Despite 2014 being the festival’s best year since its founding in 2001 with an impressive line-up featuring talent such as Daughter, James Bay... Read more »