Music

LIVE: COUNTING CROWS PLUS GUESTS – MANCHESTER APOLLO – 07/11/14

Proving herself to be a versatile musician, Londoner Lucy Rose opens the show with a set which sees her play on both the guitar and the keyboard. She’s rather energetic, and her music is catchy, though far from anything unique,…

LIVE: INDIANA PLUS GUESTS – MANCHESTER DEAF INSTITUTE – 02/11/14

Walking on stage and beginning their set in a darkness which lasts for a good five minutes, Shelter Point do not start off well, especially as it appears they wanted to begin that way. This, unsurprisingly, results in a sea…

LIVE: BILLY LOCKETT PLUS GUESTS – MANCHESTER DEAF INSTITUTE – 30/10/14

Daisy Valentine walks on stage encouraged by the cheers from the family and friends who have come to support her. Armed with an acoustic guitar, she begins her set with some of her own material, written about university and advice…

LIVE: FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS PLUS GUESTS – HULL CITY HALL – 27/09/14

Koo Koo Kanga Roo, formed in 2007 and hailing from Minneapolis, take to the stage a little after eight and proceed to perform what can only be described as the only opening act that combines singing with dance and aerobics…

REVIEW: THE SCRIPT – NO SOUND WITHOUT SILENCE

Famed for their super catchy sing-alongs, the Irish trio’s fourth album kicks off with yet another one in the shape of ‘No Good In Goodbye’. It’s a simple enough song, but it’s helped greatly by the truths depicted throughout the…

REVIEW: ELLA HENDERSON – CHAPTER ONE

Determined not to fade into instant obscurity like most former X-Factor contestants, Ella Henderson releases her debut album riding on a wave of success following on from her smash hit number 1 ‘Ghost’, which opens the collection. The song surprised…

REVIEW: U2 – SONGS OF INNOCENCE

With a career spanning many decades, it may be of little surprise to learn that Irish legends U2 are back (again), this time with an album exclusively available, for free, on itunes. It’s rather fitting, considering their own lengthy career,…

REVIEW: MAPLERUN – RESTLESS

Beginning with a rather edgy guitar riff, opening track ‘Nails’ soon becomes a powerhouse of tight musicianship which rock and metal-heads the world over will find themselves head-banging along to. By the time the vocals kick in, it becomes something…

REVIEW: THE PIERCES – CREATION

Since forming in 2000, sister duo Allison and Catherine have had a rollercoaster ride of a time, but they return here with a new album and a new confidence. Opening number and title track ‘Creation’ is reminiscent of Florence &…

REVIEW: ERIC CLAPTON & FRIENDS – THE BREEZE: AN APPRECIATION OF JJ CALE

With a career spanning more than four decades, Eric Clapton is once again ready to leave a new imprint on the music world with this new collection. Somehow able to win over audiences of all ages, opening track ‘Call Me…