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Posted by Melanie Smith on November 6, 2011 at 12:05 AM

Hi Folks, Mel at the helm....its been another rocking year but as we slowly work our way towards the festive season we hope things will start to slow down a little. Although the gig circuit is still proving to be pretty lively, and we are hoping to see amongst others The Miserable Rich, Girls, Opeth, Kvelertak, The Darkness, Anna Calvi, EMA, Zola Jezus, plus more... 

We hope to catch one or two bands before the Christmas shut down but we are looking at taking a two week break for the holidays, to re charge our batteries, then resume service in the New Year. We've all worked exceptionally hard this year and I'd like to thank each and every one of you for everything you have contributed to our little piece of the internet, for the dedication, loyalty and most of all your friendships. 

I'd like to say a special thanks to Les Glover for his Alice Cooper review in November and may he write many more for us. I'd like to welcome Liz Lacey from Liverpool to our team, we are hoping that she is going to be producing a monthly column of interesting this space. Also Emily Church, who comes from the now defunct wonderful Bubblegum Slut Magazine, she is keen to write some stuff for us.

We have some new interviews planned - but as usual if we talk about it - then it doesn't happen.

Next year we look forward to seeing our cover band Earth prayer featured in Classic Rock Magazine, local bands Exile Parade & Kindest Of Thieves début album releases in the new year. I hope to start on the Annual Interview book which will feature selected interviews from 2011, there have been so many this year, that I am going to have to be a bit selective in the book or it'll be far too expensive to produce. I think we must be hitting 75 this month, a record breaker so far for us. I've absolutely loved all the photographic opportunity's which have come my way this year, in recent weeks I shot some cracking musicians The Specials, New York Dolls and Alice Cooper, all legends in their own fields, plus newer female musicians Nerina Pallot and The Pierces.



Sel Balamir: [AMPLIFIER] A 2nd Album From Amplifier Within A Year, Opportunity Surely Knocks - Interview by Andy Barnes


Erlend Hjelvik: [Kvelertak] God Only Knows Where We'd All Be Without Kvelertak - Interview by Andy Barnes


James De Malpaquet [The Miserable Rich] And The Mercury Award Winner for 2012 is.... - interview by Andy Barnes

Roadent: Hardened Road Warrior Or Refined Cultural Philosopher?  - Interview by Teddie Dahlin


Madam: [Sukie Smith] 'There Is A Reason This Band Is Called Madam'- Interview by Lee McFadden


Peter Gravelle: The Kodick Years - Interview by Teddie Dahlin



Adam Ant @ an appreciation & review from HMV Ritz Manchester 14/12/11

The Rainband/ The Rubys/ Rowetta @ HMV Ritz, Manchester 18/12/2011

The Last Party @ Night & Day Cafe, Manchester – 16/12/11

“Are We Strangers Now?”: Featuring Rae Morris, Christopher Eatough and Stefan Melbourne @ The Castle Hotel, Manchester (06/12/11)

12 Dirty Bullets @ The Roadhouse, Manchester 08/12/11

The Bitter Springs/Terry Edwards/Fishwife’s Broadside @ St Paul’s Church, Brentford 03/12/11

Spires/ Incassum/ Sworn To Oath @ Alter Ego, Manchester - 04/12/11

Justice Tonight in Manchester with Mick Jones/ Pete Wylie / The Farm/ Stone Roses @ HMV Ritz 02/12/11

Zola Jesus / EMA @Manchester Academy 24/11/11


Kvelertak @ The Roadhouse, Manchester 25/11/11


Wednesday 13/ Michael Monroe Band/ Crash Diet @ HMV Ritz, Manchester 25/11/11


Hyde & Beast @ The Deaf Institute, Manchester 17/11/11


Motorhead/ Anti-Nowhere League/ UK Subs 18/11/11

Anna Calvi /Halloween, Alaska @ Manchester Cathedral 14/11/11

The Darkness / Foxy Shazam @ Manchester Academy 13/11/11

Opeth/ Pain Of Salvation @ Manchester Academy 11/11/11

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks / Girls @ HMV Ritz, Manchester10/11/11


Karima Francis @ The Mad Ferret 05/11/11

Benjamin Francis Leftwich & special guests @ Mojo, Liverpool 01/11/11


The Specials/Stone Foundation/By The Rivers @ Manchester Apollo 15/10/11

Baxter Dury @ The Ruby lounge, Manchester 01/11/11

The Miserable Rich /Albaster DePlume / Golden Fable @ St Phillips Church, Salford 03/11/11

AliceCooper / New York Dolls @ Manchester Apollo 30/10/11


Band Of Holy Joy & Special Guests - SImon Morgan & Bitter Springs 29/10/11



Smith & Burrows - "Funny Looking Angels"


Chumki Banerjee reviews the singles and E.P's for December

Last album reviews for 2011

  • The Spits - V
  • The Loaded Dice – Hindsight Of A Brand New Soul : Halo Of Fireflies
  • Andrew Jackson – Feral Familiar
  • Noel Gallagher – High Flying Birds
  • Florence And The Machine - Ceremonials
  • The Bitter Springs EP - Snowflakes In June

Andy's top ten albums of 2011



  • Nine Covens – On the Coming of Darkness
  • Wounded Lion – IVXLCDM
  • Elvis Costello and the Imposters – The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook – De Luxe Box Set
  • Blotted Science – The Animation of Entomology
  • Eleanor Friedberger – Last Summer
  • thePICTURESHOW -  music for FILM

Queen Of The Winter Carnival - review by Den Browne


Chumki's mammoth Singles and E.P'S Reviews



Carsons: North Manchester's Premier Live Music Venue - report by Nigel Cartner

Liz Lacey: My DIY guide to staying sane at Christmas

Liz Lacey: Palace Of Dream Switch Of Your Mobile

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