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From Friday 01 May 2020

Diet Cig – ‘Do You Wonder About Me?’

New York state indie duo Diet Cig promise a wealth of emotions on their sophomore record ‘Do You Wonder About Me?’. They want you to dance, to cry, to laugh, to commiserate, and over this collection of bubbly pop-infused tracks, they deliver in an abundance. This

Tuesday 28 April 2020

Crywank – ‘Fist Me ‘til Your Hand Comes Out My Mouth’

After over a decade of delivering a unique brand of “anti-folk”, Crywank are calling it a day. Should this be the last time our paths cross with the Manchester duo, then ‘Fist Me ‘til Your Hand Comes Out My Mouth’ encapsulates the entire chaotic, and often confusing,

Tuesday 07 April 2020

Rotting Out – ‘Ronin’

There tends to be a note of scepticism when a recently-reformed band releases new material. Will they be able to reclaim their mojo of their earlier years? Will they return with a completely new sound? Or will they produce something that makes you realise why it was

Friday 27 March 2020

Brian Fallon – ‘Local Honey’

When the light dims on the life of a highly successful band, it can leave so many unanswered questions for everyone involved – something that Brian Fallon knows all too well. As The Gaslight Anthem entered a self-imposed “indefinite hiatus”, it has led the singer-songwriter on a journey of

Wednesday 12 February 2020

LIVE: Pkew Pkew Pkew @ The Star & Garter, Manchester

At a time when everything is just awful, it’s wonderfully wholesome to spend an evening dancing in a backstreet pub to songs about skateboarding and drinking too much. Pkew Pkew Pkew bring the party this evening, packed with beaming smiles and that wry Canadian wit we’ve all

Friday 07 February 2020

Green Day – ‘Father of All Motherfuckers’

Green Day have never been a band to pass up an opportunity for doing something completely unexpected. From snot-nosed Bay Area punks riffing about masturbation and methamphetamines, to eye-liner clad stadium rockers and, now, straight-up party dads. Resplendent in leopard print and creepers, with each year brings

Monday 27 January 2020

LIVE: Slipknot @ FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield

“Sheffield, where have you been all my life?”, bellows a beaming Corey Taylor. The kings of modern metal are back on English soil, and in rapturous form. Everyone remembers their first Slipknot gig. Whether you were there in the chaos of the Astoria in ‘99, the

Tuesday 14 January 2020

AJJ – ‘Good Luck Everybody’

A new year is meant to bring optimism. We speak of turning over a new leaf, make resolutions to better ourselves, and attempt to cut out those bad habits – that’s how it’s meant to be, or at least that’s what we like to think. Then, the

Sunday 08 December 2019

LIVE: Tiger Army @ Club Academy, Manchester

It’s been three long years since Tiger Army last visited these shores. Pioneers among the punkabilly genre, today the band that ‘never dies’ is a refined beast spinning yarns of country music and old fashioned rock and roll. The brainchild of Bay Area punk scene stalwart

Sunday 01 December 2019

LIVE: PUP / Sløtface @ Stylus, Leeds

There are many things to love about PUP. Whether its their triumphant live shows, poignant, beautifully crafted angry punk, their brutal honesty, or just their relentless drive to prove every doubter wrong, there’s a reason why they are one of the most exciting bands on the punk