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Favourite Gig of the last month:

No surprises again this month, the amazing Trophy Wife blew me away in Sheffield and I'm off to see them again tonight for their first Manchester date for good measure! Look out for them as they are going to be HUGE. Other class gigs thrown into the pot this month were from the fantastic Miles Kane, the lesser known half of the Last Shadow Puppets who is currently on the road in support of Beady Eye. Other notable gig highlights have been getting to see Money (Youth/Books) finally and also seeing The Duke Spirit play a storming set of new material.

Gig I’m most looking forward to this month:

You know a bands special when you're in Canada Grill in Withington at 3am in the early hours of saturday morning talking to a couple of strangers about how great Deerhunter are.  Their latest album Halcyon Digest is a touching, deep and emotional album that just gets me, with its intricate fretwork and laid back vocals.. for that reason I'd recommend that you put all your pennies aside this month to make sure you don't miss them. After all this is enough notice as they're not actually playing until the 30th of the month...Not to be missed.

What I’m listening to at the moment:

Trophy Wife – The Quiet Earth - Oxford is the new hotbed of musical talent with bands like Foals, Chad Valley and Trophy Wife getting the musical world in a tizz. I played former single 'Microlite' to death and this double a-side The Quiet Earth/ White Horses is a welcome addition to my Trophy Wife playlist, offering electronic ambient dance vibes, intensive drumming, strings and Jody's almost dreamlike vocals, truly mesmerising!

Radiohead – Lotus Flower – It's had over 6 million views in just about two weeks, and i don't know whats madder that number of viewings or Thom's flailing limbs in the video, one things for sure though they are back and they are The King of Limbs.

Sissy & The Blisters –We Are The Others – Theres something a little bit Horrors looking about this video but the music is anything but... retro to the core with a distinct 60s feel to it..its entered my brain and it refuses to budge.. I think I'm in love with both the band, the song and this video.


Frankie & The Heartstrings – Hunger – They literally wear their hearts on their sleeves and lead singer Frankie Francis just oozes emotion throughout debut album Hunger.. you can't fail to be entranced by their passionate lyrics and sing-a-long antics.  With working class tales that we can all relate to, this could be their most defining moment.

The Boxer Rebellion – The Cold Still – I've been waiting to hear this album, their third for the best part of two years and from the opening seconds of No Harm I knew my wait was worth it.  Their sound is sublime, layers of intricate instrumentation that benefit from Nathans achingly inspired vocals.

Pj Harvey - Let England Shake - It's a return to form for Polly gaining 10/10 for this album in NME which is virtually unheard of.  It's diverse by nature but demonstrates expert musicianship and songwriting, seriously not to be missed.

Bands to look out for this month:

Mona –The Nashville four piece are heading our way to share their infectious brand of indie that will appeal to the Xfm generation

Sarabeth Tucek – Sarabeth is heading to Manchester very soon as part of a number of dates to support the release of new album Get Well Soon. 6 Music's Marc Riley is a huge fan, and its not hard to hear why..

Crystal Fighters – Eclectic and edgy all at the same time, Crystal Fighters are a band not to be missed and are heading here soon to share their ace brand of spanish alt folk electronica

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