6 06 2011


NEWS: First Aid Kit

27 05 2011

New Album

First Aid Kit – the Swedish duo of sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg – are currently recording with producer Mike Mogis at his A.R.C. Studios in Omaha, NE. Read the rest of this entry »

NEWS: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

27 05 2011

New Album + Live UK Dates

With their new album, ‘Belong’, New York quintet The Pains of Being Pure at Heart expand their indie pop aesthetic, with the help of producers Flood and Alan Moulder at the helm. Read the rest of this entry »

NEWS: Parklife Festival

27 05 2011

New Acts + Areas Announced

Following a speedy sell out in its inaugural year in 2010, Parklife responded by doubling to a two-day event for 2011, becoming the Parklife Weekender. Read the rest of this entry »

NEWS: Beck’s Fusion Summer Guestlist

26 05 2011

New Events + Free MP3 Playbuttons

Beck’s Fusion Summer Guestlist have picked innovative music and art events across the summer to create the Beck’s Fusion Summer Guestlist. Read the rest of this entry »

NEWS: Thomas Tantrum

26 05 2011

New Album/Single + Tour Dates + Video

Thomas Tantrum have announced that their new album, ‘Mad By Moonlight’ will be released on June 12th and the single’ Hot Hot Summer’ will be available to download a week before on June 5th. Read the rest of this entry »

LIVE REVIEW: Friends of Mine Festival 2011

25 05 2011

Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire

Review by Matt Rynn 

The Friends of Mine crew have been doing good things in and around Manchester and the North West for a while now, shoving the pick of the region’s up n’ coming acts in the shop window and giving them precious exposure. Read the rest of this entry »

LIVE REVIEW: Three Trapped Tigers 23/05/2011

25 05 2011

Night & Day Café, Manchester

Review by Ian Burke

What better way to continue City’s post-parade celebrations than with a good old gig at the good old Night & Day, eh? Read the rest of this entry »

LIVE REVIEW: Sufjan Stevens 19/05/2011

25 05 2011

The Apollo, Manchester

Review by Jack Carolan 

Somewhere near the beginning of Sufjan Stevens’ awesome spectacle of a performance he introduces himself as the entertainment for the night and promises a journey through space: the space of the exterior; the cosmos, and the space of the interior; the body, in the spaceship Apollo. Read the rest of this entry »

LIVE REVIEW: Okkyung Lee and John Butcher/Open Eye Quartet 20/05/2011

24 05 2011

St. Margaret’s Church, Whalley Range, Manchester

Review by Daniel Ladd 

Improvised music can be a nightmare. Overwhelming in terms of scope and size as a ‘genre’; seeming to require an encyclopaedic set of references; over-intellectualised; pretentious; snobbish and cliquey; perplexingly theoretical. Read the rest of this entry »

NEWS: Alice Gold

23 05 2011

Video + UK Support Tour

Alice Gold will play a set of dates across the UK in support of The Bookhouse Boys. Shortlisted for Q magazine’s Next Big Thing award, Alice releases her first fully available single, ‘Runaway Love’, on April 18th. Read the rest of this entry »

NEWS: Chad Vangaalen

23 05 2011

New Album + Free Download

Every so often, Chad VanGaalen emerges from his bunker in Calgary with a batch of songs, giving us a window into his private world. With new album Diaper Island, released on June 13th through Sub Pop, VanGaalen distils his approach, producing the closet thing he has done to a rock album. Read the rest of this entry »

NEWS: Bon Iver

22 05 2011

New Album + UK Tour + Free Download

Bon Iver have confirmed their first UK tour dates since 2009. This news precedes the release of second album ‘Bon Iver’ out June 20th via 4AD. Read the rest of this entry »

NEWS: Waldner

22 05 2011

Gives Away New Single As Free Download

Canadian-born songwriter Waldner has announced that he’ll be giving away ‘Going Up Against Goliath’, the opening track from his forthcoming debut album, Found & Lost, Read the rest of this entry »

Who Are Ya?

22 05 2011

This week CityLifer Jack Carolan recommends Gnod for our Who Ya Feature. As well as the answers to the usual introductory questions, there’s an entire gig streamed in its full glory.

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LIVE REVIEW: Explosions In The Sky 17/05/2011

21 05 2011

The Academy, Manchester

Review by Rick Sims

Explosions In The Sky produce a sound that feels paradoxical in the sense that it is intimate and yet epic. Read the rest of this entry »

NEWS: The Voluntary Butler Scheme

21 05 2011

New Album

When Voluntary Butler Scheme recently declared that the intention behind his latest album was “to blend all the different types of music I’ve been making together,” it seemed like a fairly insurmountable task – this is an act known for producing everything from Motown soul to J-Pop via Mark Mothersbaugh-style poptronica. Read the rest of this entry »

ALBUM REVIEW: Thurston Moore

20 05 2011

Demolished ThoughtsDemolished Thoughts

Review by Scott Zverblis

Four years after Trees Outside The Academy, Thurston Moore has once again emerged from the little music place artsy rock stars go to hide and has come back with his most depressingly beautiful album to date…(READ MORE)

ALBUM REVIEW: Gang Gang Dance

20 05 2011

Eye ContactEye Contact

Review by Scott Zverblis

The New York based band’s wit and inventiveness always manages to avoid any kind of descent into cliché. On the one hand – kooky samples, vocoders and Casio keyboards on pipe organ setting; on the other – so many clever ideas and rich layers of sound crammed into each track…(READ MORE)

NEWS: Two Door Cinema Club

20 05 2011

iPhone/iPad Application

Two Door Cinema Club have launched a new downloadable application for iPhone and iPad users, entitled ‘Tourist History Live’.  Read the rest of this entry »