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Favourite Gig of the last month:

That would be All Tomorrows Parties (better known as ATP) festival in Minehead that was curated by Belle and Sebastian and that took place mid December. My absolute highlight was Edwyn Collins, better known as the lead singer of Orange Juice. He returned after some severe health problems with a stunning new album in 2010 called ‘Losing Sleep’ and his passion for life and music have clearly not diminished. He took to the stage with members of Franz Ferdinand, Teenage Fanclub and The Cribs.  It was honour to be there to witness the spectacle of his brilliance!

Gig I’m most looking forward to this month:

Twin Shadow play the Deaf Institute and I can’t wait to see George Lewis Jr in action. Debut album ‘Forget’ has a sound steeped in melancholy 80’s nostalgia and new wave and draws parallels with Echo & The Bunnymen and Depeche Mode but with pop sensibilities. With the fantastic woozy lo-fi goodness of Weird Era in support, this gig is not to be missed.

What I’m listening to at the moment:


Blind Atlas –
4th Street - With sounds of Americana and stomping blues rock, these guys have it all.

Run Toto Run This is A Lull - Sugary sweet vocals overlaying experimental electronic disco pop , this is their new single which I had the exclusive first play of.

The Boxer RebellionStep Out Of The Car - If there is any justice in the world 2011 will be the year of their energetic brand of alternative indie-rock. Love It.   


Tamaryn -
The Waves - Tamaryns dreamy hazy vocals and guitars swimming in reverb combine to create a shimmering spacious San Francisco sound, stunning!

Crocodiles –
Sleep Forever - The west coast of the USA is buzzing with noise pop and post punk from bands like The Soft Pack and Dum Dum Girls. Crocodiles are certainly another one to add to that list boasting Jesus & Mary Chain influences with a garage twist.

Patterns –
New Noise EP - If you wondered what the love-child of Animal Collective and Small Black would sound like then you wouldn’t be too far wrong with Patterns.  Sporting the bang on trend chillwave  sound, they are definitely one of Manchester's best new bands.

The EP is available for free on -

Bands to look out for this month:

Joy Formidable
I’ve been playing them for nearly two years on my radio show and I’m convinced the grunge rockers will be a sure fire hit when debut album A Big Roar is finally released later this month. Latest single Austere give you a taste of what’s to come:

Chapel Club - It’s been a long time coming but their dark indie tunes of love and loss will soon hit the shelves in the form of debut album ‘Palace’.  I blogged this video on about a year ago..

Little Comets -
The Geordie indie scamps release their debut album ‘In search of elusive Little Comets’ later this month and its been a labour of love, after signing to a high profile label who then refused to release their album.  Expect bags of personality, jangly guitars, a poptastic vibe and an elaborate washing line full of percussion.


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