• Lee Fields

    LIVE: LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS – 13/01/2017

    – GORILLA, MANCHESTER – Before us is an outfit of matching suits, and in the air a requisite bass riff with some dandy horns. The back wall of Gorilla is newly decked out, so says my plus one. It’s a nearly all-white family providing the instrumentals – The Expressions – with a DJ occasionally poking […]

  • HalfNoise

    LIVE: HALFNOISE – 11/01/2017

    – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – It’s always a nice feeling when a project that you’ve been following for a good few years finally makes it to your city. I was entranced by the debut EP from HalfNoise back in 2012, thanks to both the silky smooth vocals of its leader Zac Farro, and the […]

  • The Wonder Stuff

    LIVE: THE WONDER STUFF – 21/12/2016

    – THE RITZ, MANCHESTER – It is fair to say that 2016 hasn’t been a vintage year. Without getting too morose its one that’s best forgotten. That said, there have been some shining lights in amongst the gloom. Anything involving The Wonder Stuff, for one, has been cause to forget all else that’s going on. […]

  • 1_pb_the_underground_youth

    LIVE: THE UNDERGROUND YOUTH – 17/12/2016

    – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – Tonight in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, something special is unfolding in the Soup Kitchen. A three band bill compiled by the venue itself is about to unfold and if the faces in the room are anything to go by, we are certain to be entertained. Opening tonight we have Rongorongo, a […]

  • Cate Le Bon

    LIVE: CATE LE BON – 14/12/2016

    – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – Known as being one of Cate Le Bon’s favourite venues, tonight she returns for the second night in a row to a packed Deaf Institute. “I wish I could play Manchester every night”. Her latest album ‘Crab Day’ somehow managed to upstage her superb 2013 album, ‘Mug Museum’, and so […]

  • Immersion - Analogue Creatures Living On An Island

    ALBUM REVIEW: IMMERSION – ANALOGUE CREATURES LIVING ON AN ISLAND

    It’s been 17 years since Immersion were a substantial presence in the music community. They just about pre-date the internet, which means that their cache amongst the current brand of indie hipsters is lower than it should be. The husband and wife duo of Colin Newman (from Wire) and Malka Spigel (from Minimal Contact) have […]

  • Marissa Nadler

    LIVE: MARISSA NADLER – 08/12/2016

    – NIGHT & DAY CAFE, MANCHESTER – The smothering pill of harpist Mary Lattimore’s semi-improvised, semi-digital dialogue dissolves in the pool of Manchester’s Night & Day Café – forming clouds of glittering movement and swallowing, memory-landscape. As Lattimore’s moon-music pushes and pulls, red velvet swims up behind the audience – leading a band of cowboy-coloured […]

  • Idles

    LIVE: IDLES – 10/12/2016

    – NIGHT & DAY CAFE, MANCHESTER –  Idles certainly put on a fantastic show and they are living up to the ‘antics’ name the venue has labelled the club-night.  They are a volatile bunch from the start. Between bursts of ferocious diatribe, with singer Joe Talbot driving each angry line through gritted teeth, he is […]

  • The Burning Hell

    LIVE: THE BURNING HELL – 05/12/2016

    – GULLIVERS, MANCHESTER – I’m at Gullivers tonight to watch Canadian band The Burning Hell, hot off the release of their latest album, The Public Library. This is the 7th album and possibly their best work yet. I’m in a vibrant mood waiting for the showcasing of as many a variety of tracks as they […]

  • Honeyblood

    LIVE: HONEYBLOOD – 02/12/2016

    – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – I may be entering the Deaf Institute alone tonight but I’m met by a strong sense of collective energy.  The venue has sold out for the Glaswegian duo Honeyblood and there is a fire kindling with excited anticipation for the night ahead.  I’m near the back but have a […]

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James Holt

WHO ARE YA? JAMES HOLT

From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves  your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s ...

Stay Fresh Fest II

TICKET GIVEAWAY: PAIR OF TICKETS (AND A MEAL) FOR STAY FRESH FEST II

September 2016 saw the first Stay Fresh Fest take over two floors of one of Manchester’s favourite venues The Deaf Institute. The all-dayer which hosted ...

Birds of Hell

WHO ARE YA? BIRDS OF HELL

From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves  your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s ...

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BEST GIGS, ALBUMS AND TRACKS OF 2016 FROM SOME OF OUR WRITERS

It seems necessary for all websites and publications to do these lists, and as the editor of Silent Radio I’ve always thought they were a ...

Marissa Nadler

INTERVIEW: MARISSA NADLER

Despite wide critical acclaim and praise from friends, I was definitely a ‘johnny-come-lately’ to Marissa Nadler and found myself stunned by the quality of her ...

Jófríður

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Björk recently named Jofriður Akadottir as one of her favourite new artists in a piece for The Guardian. In that article, Björk admitted her obsession ...