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REVIEW: ROISIN MURPHY – HAIRLESS TOYS

Releasing her first album since 2007’s ‘Overpowered’, Murphy makes her return to the music scene with this eight track collection. Starting off with ‘Gone Fishing’ which introduces a rather sombre disco style beat underneath her almost unmistakable vocals, it’s not…

REVIEW: VANCE JOY – DREAM YOUR LIFE AWAY

Vance Joy, AKA James Keogh, is set for an exciting summer embarking on a European leg of touring as support for Taylor Swift. But, as big a star as she is, Joy is working hard and aiming to secure himself…

REVIEW: PURITY RING – ANOTHER ETERNITY

The melodic introduction of ‘Heartsigh’ makes for a strong start to this collection, helped greatly by a beautiful vocal delivery from Megan. The lyrics themselves are somewhat simple, but they only add to the catchy, toe tapping kind of enjoyment…

REVIEW: GOD DAMN – VULTURES

Fired up ahead of their support slot with Foo Fighters later this month, duo Thom and Ash, AKA God Damn release their debut album in the hopes of getting fans even more excited. Sadly, thanks in large part to the…

REVIEW: STRIKING MATCHES – NOTHING BUT THE SILENCE

Having had a number of their songs featured in several episodes of the smash-hit TV show ‘Nashville’, duo Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmermann have a lot riding on their debut release. Fortunately for them, their ability to combine impressive guitar…

REVIEW: JESS & THE BANDITS – HERE WE GO AGAIN

After wowing the crowds at this years’ Country2Country Festival, JATB have finally released their hugely anticipated debut album, and unsurprisingly, it’s as fantastic as their performances have been in recent months. Kicking things off with ‘Ready Set’, the band hit…

REVIEW: FALSE HEADS – WEAR & TEAR EP

By combining an array of guitar riffs with, at times, rather understated but rocky melodies, False Heads, a trio from the outskirts of London, channel The Pixies into the four tracks they have on offer here. Lead track ‘Wrap Up’…

INTERVIEW: STRIKING UP A CONVERSATION

Sat comfortably on the plush sofa in the upstairs area of the Deaf Institute and with coffees in hand, Justin and Sarah AKA Striking Matches are in a chatty mood. They’re on their first visit to Manchester and eager to…

LIVE: STRIKING MATCHES PLUS GUESTS – MANCHESTER DEAF INSTITUTE – 10/05/15

By the time Lucy May walks on stage, she has a full crowd in front of her waiting to be entertained, and she certainly doesn’t disappoint. Along with her guitarist Paul, she duly proceeds to deliver a set worthy of…

LIVE: S CLUB 7 – MANCHESTER ARENA – 08/05/15

Almost two hours on from the doors opening at 6pm, AJ Lehrman, a 16-year-old singer songwriter, is given the task of entertaining the by-now rather bored and ever growing crowd before him. Sadly, as an almost complete unknown here in…