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Magic Wands Were Out On Guy Fawkes Night

The Picture House Social in Sheffield has long been known for being one of the cities “in” places when it comes to amazing niche music, so it came as no surprise that Magic Wands chose it as the venue to stop off at on their Abrakadabra tour. Supporting Magic Wands were Sheffield’s own dream-pop five-piece Grigio, who have slowly been making a name for themselves in the local music scene. From the start Grigio’s sound reminded me of the old dusty Velvet Underground tapes that are still hiding in my basement somewhere, but updated to the 21st century. With...

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Live: bluedot Festival @ Jodrell Bank Observatory

Hosted at the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Macclesfield near the M6 between Manchester and Birmingham, the second incarnation of the bluedot festival took place last weekend and drew crowds from all over the country. Bluedot is a very special festival in that it is as much music- as science-oriented with a good few comedy acts and nerd-pleasing performance shows thrown in for good measure, satisfying all of my geek-receptors. Standing in the queue on one of the many excellent food stands, which catered for every taste, ranging from vegan falafel to traditional fish and chips, one would hear talk...

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Feature: Oddity Road, Profile Of An Emerging Band

Earlier this month, we caught up with the four young lads from Oddity Road, while on tour with The Sherlocks. Following their sell-out shows in Sheffield, there has been a certain buzz about this band. We wanted to find out more about what makes these up-and-comers draw large crowds of fans after only playing together for about a year. The last time that I spoke to Oddity Road was at The Leadmill in Sheffield in November 2016 and a lot has happened to the A-level students since then. 2017 has seen them headlining shows and supporting legendary indie art-rock...

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Vision: Highly Suspect, My Name Is Human

Cape Cod, Massachusetts-based rock outfit Highly Suspect have released the official video for their Grammy nominated hit, My Name Is Human. The video was directed by Marc Klasfeld, who has previously worked with the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters & Jay-Z, and stars lead singer Johnny Stevens alongside actress Chloe Bridges from hit US show Pretty Little Liars . The killer tune, taken from last year’s sophomore LP The Boy Who Died Wolf, has sat at #1 at rock radio in the US for a number of months and was nominated at this year’s Grammys in the Best Rock Song category...

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Live: The Blue Aeroplanes @ The Leadmill, Sheffield

The Blue Aeroplanes – punk poets from Bristol – once more came to Sheffield to mesmerise the audience with their unique blend of folk, rock, punk, poetry and dance. But before the Aeroplanes could dazzle everyone, support act Harri Larkin performed solo material from her latest EPs. Harri Larkin, who usually performs as a four-piece, took to the stage by herself, armed only with an acoustic guitar. It is always great to see young female artists keeping alive a long tradition of British singer-songwriters. Larkin seemed a little tense, sometimes muffling her words, which made it difficult to get into her songs fully....

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Live: Highly Suspect @ Night And Day Café, Manchester.

In years to come when people talk about Oasis playing at the Joiners in Southampton, The Arctic Monkeys’ gig at the Frog and Parrot in Sheffield, and Highly Suspect’s Night and Day Café concert, I can say “I was there, man!” One of the traits that make Highly Suspect such an endearing and lovable band is that, despite their fame and their current album topping the Mainstream Rock Song Billboard Charts, they embrace the proximity to their fans by playing in small venues. It is in venues like the Night and Day Café, with capacities in the low hundreds...

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Live: Hinds @ Academy 2, Manchester.

Saturday evening at the Academy 2 in Manchester was an evening of two halves: the support acts and the headliner. It isn’t often, but on occasions, the support acts outshine the headliners, and Saturday night was one of those occasions. Setting aside the greater depth of repertoire of Hinds, the line-up could very easily have been reversed. London-based lo-fi disco quintet SWEAT hit the stage first and quickly won over the half-full venue with their spellbinding and seductive sound and stage presence. Supporting Hinds on four dates of their UK tour, SWEAT are worth seeing in their own right. From...

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Live: Rachael Yamagata @ Kings Arms, Salford.

On the road, promoting her latest album Tightrope Walker, Rachael Yamagata treated a crowd of dedicated music aficionados to a very special night of low-key and introspective musical delights at the King’s Arms Ale House in Salford. Playing a mixture of old and new songs, ranging from soft sway-along ballads to ultra raspy rock tunes, Yamagata was supported by promising new acts, Tragicomedies and The Gildings. First on stage, singer-songwriter Tragicomedies entertained the people who had ventured into the attic with his own blend of whiskey-powered dark songs about lost love with believable folk sounds reminiscent of Jackson C....

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