Music

HOMEGROWN: AFRICA OYE INTRODUCES

May 20, 2016

Africa Oyé is just a month away and we’re starting to get excited. The headliners have been announced and the rest of the line-up is being released every week to build anticipation. What we’re most excited about, however, is ‘Oyé Introduces’ – which was inaugurated in 2015 to introduce Liverpool-based acts to the festival crowd and […]

HEAVY SOULS: STRANGE COLLECTIVE

May 18, 2016

The cool kids are wound up about this lot: great live, mad videos, interesting artwork and tunes to contend. What’s not to love? Well, their latest video might put you off your dinner. But, like we say, the songs will more than make up for that. Get stuck in to Strange Collective. By Alan O’Hare. […]

WIN!!! TICKETS FOR SPECIAL JERRY DAMMERS SHOW UP FOR GRABS

May 17, 2016

Jerry Dammers is in town this weekend and you can get up close and personal with The Specials legend thanks to Liverpool etc. By Alan O’Hare. Jerry Dammers, founder member and principal songwriter of 2 Tone heroes The Specials, is DJing at a Writing On The Wall event this Satuday (May 21st) and we have […]

FAMILY AFFAIR: EMMA POLLOCK

May 17, 2016

We were watching Celtic Connections a couple of months ago, when Emma Pollock appeared on the screen and blew us away. You remember The Delgados, right? Well, Emma was the singer and guitarist, and for the last few years she’s been releasing brilliant solo records on the seminal Chemikal Underground label. And, this year, she […]

HEART AS BIG AS LIVERPOOL: MANIC STREET PREACHERS

May 13, 2016

Manic Street Preachers are in town tonight. The town is a place they love, too, as the band’s affiliations and affections with Liverpool go back a long way. Libraries may have given them power – but it was this city that gave them their inspiration. By Tom Carroll. Back in May 1997, Manic Street Preachers […]

CHOCOLATE McCLAIR: THE SWEET SOUNDS OF A POP SONGWRITER

May 10, 2016

IN THE (NEW) TOWN WHERE I WAS BORN: THE MAGNETIC NORTH

May 10, 2016

FOREVER CHANGES: THE FAMILIAR FOLK SOUNDS OF WINDMILL

April 27, 2016

There are lots of good songs about. Good albums? They’re tougher to find…. especially now records are often made in kitchens and bedrooms. With their debut release, Windmill has done the thing that all good bands do and created their own world. There’s an atmosphere and aesthetic to this lot. By Alan O’Hare. Good music […]

SWITCH ON YOUR ELECTRONIC LIGHT: SUBMOTION ORCHESTRA

April 21, 2016

Turn off your mind, relax and float down to 24 Kitchen Street. Submotion Orchestra are in town next week – the ‘project’ that has grown from a jam night or three in Leeds, to a group whose fourth album has drawn comparisons with Jamie xx and London Grammar. Intrigued? You should be… they sound nothing […]

THEIR LAST GREAT ALBUM #1: CHAOS AND CREATION IN THE BACKYARD

April 13, 2016

In the first of an occasional series focusing on the last time renown Scouse musicians delivered the goods, we take a look at Paul McCartney’s 2005 album, ‘Chaos And Creation In The Backyard’. The record represents the last time McCartney was ever challenged in the studio… and the results were good. By Alan O’Hare. Paul […]

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