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LIVE: Weezer Return to Manchester Academy

Weezer haven’t been in Manchester in over a decade. That’s ages. With this in mind, it’s understandable why tonight’s show at Manchester Academy - one of just two UK dates on the band’s world tour in support their sparkly new white album - sold out almost immediately. Rivers Cuomo and co are long overdue a night in our neck of the woods and tonight’s rabid audience know it all too well. Greeted with booming chants and countless waving ‘W’ hand gestures, the band start as they... Read more »

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LIVE: Sum 41 Bring The Kerrang! Tour to Albert Hall Manchester

Sum 41 released their peppy pop-punk debut All Killer, No Filler fifteen years ago back in 2001. A lot has happened since then. There’s been public drama, band-member dropouts, band member returns and four varied record releases in the intervening time. Keeping a band together is by no means an easy task, especially when you’re operating in a genre as littered with opportunities for excess as pop-punk. It’s now 2016 and as the band take to the stage at Manchester’s airy-yet-weirdly intimate Albert Hall to... Read more »

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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 »