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         SHELL ZENNER JUNE HOTSPOT
Shell Zenner the busiest reporter in Manchester has been out and about and telling us all about it, in her monthly post.
 
Favourite Gig of the last month:

There is nothing like a gig from some local based talents to sort out the men from the boys and Brown Brogues & Ghost Outfit certainly did that in May at a Manchester Scenewipe gig at Fuel Café in Withington where they blew the roof off. Scenewipe nights always feels like a secret club that only a special and select few have been invited to, they offer the rawest local talent in the smallest of venues and its for FREE! www.manchesterscenewipe.co.uk

Gig I’m most looking forward to this month:

I’m really not sure about the title of their forthcoming third album ‘Skying’ but I love The Horrors that much that I’ll be going to see them on my own this month.  New single ‘Still Life’ is dividing opinion from the fans, but in my view it’s A ok and shows a natural progression for the band.  Its sold out though, so if you haven’t already taken the plunge, its going to be an expensive outing. www.thehorrors.co.uk

What I’m listening to at the moment: Singles:

Polarsets – Sunshine Eyes I’ve seen these guys three times recently and they never fail to impress.  This song is everything I love about new alternative music. Energetic, eclectic and every band member banging a drum. http://polarsets.bandcamp.com

Frankie & The Heartstrings – That Postcard In this day and age its almost unheard of for indie bands to score a Top 40 album, but that is exactly what Frankie & Co achieved. With hand on heart tales of daily life and their mesmerising live show, their sing-a-long lyrics are a must. www.myspace.com/frankietheheartstrings

Deep Sea Arcade – Lonely In Your Arms I’ve got a slight obsession with these aussies. Whether its their retro cool, their addictive melodies, the swirling guitars or just those handclaps, this band has totally got under my skin in the last month.  www.myspace.com/deepseaarcade

What I’m listening to at the moment: Albums:

Friendly Fires - PalaIts finally out and its anything but a disappointment.. Don’t believe everything you read. Summery, infectious, and absolutely grooving. Coming, (with bells on), to a festival near you, very soon. www.myspace.com/friendlyfires

Cults - CultsBrian had never been on a plane before Lily Allens people asked him and Madeline to fly to London to meet her with a view to signing for her new record label.  Its been a whirlwind of action since then, culminating in the release of their debut self titled album this week.  With 60s indie-pop and soul vibes, it’s a must hear.

  

Wild Beasts - Smother At first I was concerned Smother would never reach the part of my heart that totally and utterly fell in love with Two Dancer a couple of years back.  But that’s the beauty of Wild Beast, slow burning sounds that work their way into your consciousness and refuses to leave for days. www.myspace.com/wildbeasts


 
Bands to look out for this month:

Foster The People – Their current single “Pumped Up Kicks” has been everywhere in the states recently and its finally spreading to the UK…every time they played at The Great Escape it was hammered!

The Jezabels - No gimmicks, just bloody good indie-pop with sweet female vocals.  The Jezabels are another of the breed of fantastic new bands fro Australia. Keep ‘em peeled!

EMA – I wouldn’t mess with Erika M Anderson if I were you, she means business with her dark and brooding rock. Debut album “Past Life Martyred Saints” is out now and is seriously good. She’s going to be BIG.

Shell Zenner 01/06/11

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