The Indiependent Music Awards 2014 – Excerpt

Best Male Artist: Johnny Marr There are few artists in music who possess the inherent ability to create a buzzing atmosphere at any gig simply by strolling around the stage wielding their signature guitar or rhythmically swaying from side to side behind a primely placed microphone. Yet much like his most prominent former-Smiths cohort, Johnny…

The Indiependent Top 10 Albums Of 2014 – Excerpt

The Balcony // Catfish and the Bottlemen Ah, the debut record – something that many bands and artists end up stewing over for so long that when it finally comes to fruition, it simply flops. Thankfully, no such thing occurred when Catfish & The Bottlemen’s first full-length LP was released unto our ears. After the…

Introducing: Larkins

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Name: Larkins Hometown: Manchester (Glossop/Salford) Check out: ‘Good Old Fashioned Love’ & ‘Bitter Lady’ “The limelight’s right where it should be” professes the second verse of ‘Good Old Fashioned Love’, however if that were true in this case,  we’d be hearing hell of a lot more about a band bursting with potential…

Album Review: I Forget Where We Were // Ben Howard

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Its got to that time now where we’ve said our goodbyes to summer for another year, and school, college or university is back in full swing. But there’s no need to get too down about all the work that might be piling up around you, just keep your head up…

Album Review: Playland // Johnny Marr

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Two albums in the space of 18 months is almost unheard off these days, compared to 30 years ago where bands refuted the now commonplace philosophy of; write, release, tour, repeat and simply put out new music whenever it was ready. A prime example of this would be The Smiths,…

Single Review: Live For The Moment // The Sherlocks

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Sheffield is a city that lays claim to a rich musical heritage, from Pulp and The Human League to Richard Hawley and Reverend & The Makers. Not forgetting of course Arctic Monkeys. But who’s next in line to follow suit you ask? Well, I say look no further than the…

Live Review: Catfish & The Bottlemen // HMV Arndale, Manchester

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As I’m sure we’re all aware now, Catfish & The Bottlemen’s debut album ‘The Balcony’ was officially released on Monday (despite an internet leak the preceding Friday) to a – for the most part – unsurprising level of acclaim due to the already widespread buzz around the band. In order…