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Top 5 Pre-Drink Spots in Manchester

As we roll into late September we enter the golden period for freshers and newcomers to town- that period just after you’ve made friends and are still trying to reinvent yourself but just before work commitments and the inevitable personal drama starts to whittle your new pals away. From now until December is semi-officially Manchester’s party season; and as we’re steadfastly a city full of drinkers that entails a whole bunch of pub crawls, messy club nights and all-day benders. As a newbie in town... Read more »

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NN PICKS: PINS, The Roadhouse, Manchester, Nov 16th

Kicking around since 2011, PINS first popped up in Manchester just as the popularity of a wave of scrappy, female noise-pop bands was cresting, occupying the same space as contempories such as Dum Dum Girls, Best Coast and Wild Flag. After shedding the scuzzy lo-fi sound of their earliest demos they’ve since managed to carve out an interesting niche for themselves within Manchester’s music scene; first by drawing people in with a series of secretive gigs often held in strange places such as abandoned office... Read more »

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INTERVIEW: Blossoms

After my naïve and (if I'm honest) innocently lazy review of their EP last month, I resolved that I needed to see and hear these Blossom boys – up close and personal. This lead me to an industrial estate in Stockport. I didn't know where I was going. My taxi driver was just as clueless. But as we swung around the corner - the long haired, long-legged lead singer Tom Ogden came into view in the doorway of the warehouse, and I knew I must... Read more »

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NN PICKS: The Wytches, The Kazimier, Liverpool, 11th October

If you haven’t been living under a rock the past few months there’s a good chance you’ve heard of wryly self-proclaimed ‘surf-doom’ act The Wtyches, who have made appearances at metropolitan festivals such as Great Escape Brighton this spring as well as Beacons and Bestival, and have recently released debut album Annabel Dream Reader to high praise by the likes of the 405 and NME.  Singer Kristian Bell and Gianni Honey (drums), both hailing from Peterborough, relocated to Brighton in 2011 and recruited Dan Rumsey... Read more »

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NEW NOISE: The Levons

In a music scene brimming with the present trend of indie, synth and electronic outfits, Liverpool quartet the Levons emerge with their own fresh offering of tunes with debut self-titled EP The Levons.  The band, consisting of Nathaniel Cummings, Danny and Phil Murphy and Lewis McGuinness, all who have paid their dues as members of various other groups including Liverpool folk outfit the Sand Band, present a welcome and modern twist on classic rock and roll. The band have made no secret of their 60s and... Read more »