Lambchop – Previewed


Longevity and tragedy may have taken their toll, but Nashville’s survivors Lambchop remain undimmed… Having spent a languorous morning reacquainting ourselves with Nashville, Tennessee’s Lambchop recently, it was with some pleasure to realise...

Lunchtime Recital: Giovanni Guzzo

Lunchtime Recital: Giovanni Guzzo


Forget everything you think you know about why classical music isn’t for you and consider Chester Music Festival, says Laura Robertson… Let us begin with a declaration: we are most definitely NOT classical...

Magic Arm

In Profile: Magic Arm


Marc Rigelsford, aka lo-fi singer/songwriter Magic Arm, talks to us about his new album, atmospheric surroundings and irritating the neighbours… Magic Arm first came to our attention in 2007 supporting folk-legend James Yorkston....


Soundtrack To Your Dinner


Fancy a film soundtrack with your flat white? Thanks to The Garden cafe at FACT, now you can, says Stephanie Kehoe… Beginning on Wednesday 5th of June, The Garden at FACT plays host...

Composer Clark Rundell (courtesy Patrick Allen)

The Big Interview: Clark Rundell


Ahead of the MBNA Chester Music Festival, Music Director and composer Clark Rundell sings the praises of working hard, talented friends and the people of Chester … Clark Rundell is a busy man. As...

Ghosting Season

Ghosting Season – Previewed


Playing the Kazimier later this week, Stephanie Kehoe prepares for spooky duo, Ghosting Season… Manchester based trance/electro duo, Ghosting Season, pay an overnight visit to the Kazimier this week as part of their...

The Fall, taken from Brian Edge's Paintwork: A Portrait of The Fall

Mark E. Smith and The Fall


A one man anecdote making machine, Mark E. Smith is the contrary genius behind first-wave post-punk’s most enduring band… Usually when referring to a band member, it is a standard convention to state...

The Walkmen

Sound City 2013 – Reviewed


Almost a week ago Sound City got underway. We pick through the tales from the trenches… This time last week we were scouring the Sound City 2013 line-up; who could we not miss?...

PINS @ Sound City, Thursday, The Shipping Forecast

Sound City 2013: Itinerary


With more than 360 artists playing myriad venues at Sound City, we narrow the field down as best we can… With the first bands getting underway a little later today for 2013’s incarnation...