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Album Review: IOTA PHI – Homo Pauperis

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Album Review: Affiliate Links – Enough Light : poetic, powerful indie song-craft.

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Premiere: Buñuel – For the Cops

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Marmite and Manchester. Be a good book title that, for someone like Stuart Maconie or something. It’s also true. I’ve had occasions to be there (hasn’t everyone in the UK) whether that be football (away days, eh?) concerts, record shopping or even seeing my sister when she lived there. And wandering round that old city …

I stumbled on The Family Cat. The record shops I frequented all had it. I picked it up so many times, mainly because it had something that appeared fantastic. The Family Cat is such a fantastic name for a band, and the artwork on debut mini-album ‘tell ’em we’re surfin’ is utterly brilliant. So I …

New Model Army are back on the road (including a stop-off in beautiful Sheffield on Saturday 11 May, playing Plug with a series of UK and European dates (including a clutch of festivals across the summer). Their 14th studio album is in the process of being finalised (they’re giving NOTHING away about the title and …

I first came across The Dead Kennedys when I was in my early teens, I was obsessed with the singles chart at the time and they were a band who, somehow, did not get their records played so much on the chart rundown on BBC Radio 1 on Sundays. I guess if Frankie’s Relax got …

As soon as I heard Altadore’s “Golden Hills” I knew it would be a colossal missed opportunity to review the record but not try to get an interview and find out some more about them.  Luckily for me and you, lead singer David Katz said ‘yes’.  What ensues is lengthy, but I hope you will …

….Only found out on Tuesday that Mark would be playing in Leicester with his new band The Herberts at Firebug, a fabulous little venue in the heart of the town centre.   Walking distance from where I live, this was an opportunity definitely not to be missed. Always a fan of The Bluetones and recently of Mark’s …

Wow. I haven’t been this excited about a new artist for a very long time. Wow. I’m not claiming that this band is doing something that is going to break the world wide open. This isn’t the birth of rock and roll or hip-hop. And that’s not what they are trying to do. But it …

We have this cleaner. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not one of those rich families that mention to everyone that they’ve got a cleaner because that means we must therefore be middle class. We actually need a cleaner. I seem to have bred (and I know they’ll be some argument about this) two of the …

Odd chap that Walt Disney in many ways, but one thing he did say when he wasn’t accusing, well, just about anyone of being a communist was to say that ‘All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but …

I find it hard to think of any band who I have seen live more often over recent years than The Hookworms. They have been on the live scene in Leeds, where I have lived for most of the previous twenty years before my move to Sheffield last year, for a few years now. Strangely …