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Liverpool’s Indies: Dead Air Records


Where in Liverpool can you find the best vinyl? What’s their story and – of course! – what’s on their playlist? The latest addition to the city’s indie music offer, Dead Air Records, give...


The Long Journey Back: Stereolab @ Content – Reviewed


“If these songs were released today, they would surely be referred to as bangers!” Confirmed Stereolab fan Mike Pinnington on the band’s recent triumphant Liverpool gig… I’ve always tended to try and catch...

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Ladytron Announce New Album, Release Lead Single, City of Angels


Ladytron recently remarked (via their Twitter account) that, with Liverpool having been awarded Eurovision hosting duties next year, they were ready to enter 2023’s song contest. I can’t tell whether or not they...

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Manchester Collective’s WEATHER – Previewed


“An artistic record of threatened environments.” Mike Pinnington gives his forecast on Manchester Collective’s new experimental orchestral show WEATHER… Music is elemental. Its properties, in the right hands, can electrify, rouse and inspire,...

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Isolation Nation:
Music is a Time Machine


“If music is a time machine, the clubs, bars, and many other dives we frequented in our youth, are cathedrals of memory.” Mike Pinnington reflects on the haunting power of songs encountered in...


“Is ambient the soundtrack to our emotional and mental fatigue?” – Alien Sound Symposium


This weekend Tate Liverpool plays host to Alien Sound, a symposium exploring ambient noise and music. We spoke to organiser Jon Davies about something we might typically associate with relaxation, its development, and “the limits...

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“It’s probably an exorcism…” The Big Interview: Ladytron’s Daniel Hunt


On a most amicable hiatus since 2011, Ladytron return to Liverpool tonight ahead of the release of next year’s eponymous sixth album. Mike Pinnington caught up with the band’s Daniel Hunt on the...

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“I kind of like the idea of being an outsider…” The Big Interview: Jessica Curry


She writes scores for PlayStation and the poet laureate, studied English Literature at university, and has brought gaming to the theatre with electrifying results: BAFTA-winning composer and Dear Esther creator Jessica Curry speaks to...

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Analogue’s Refusal To Die: Celebrating Record Store Day (All Year Round)


Ever think you could be listening to more new music? Recommending albums by Parquet Courts, Soundwalk Collective, Los Campesinos!, Pissed Jeans and RAYS, Mike Pinington revels in his New Year’s resolution to buy more vinyl… It has occurred...