19/03/2014
Spaced Out: The Very Best of Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner

Playlist: Sounds of Science Fiction

Ahead of FACT’s new science fiction inspired exhibition, C James Fagan listens to the skies… Science fiction and music have had quite a flirty relationship over the years. Musicians draw inspiration from the...

17/02/2014
Warpaint (image courtesy The Guardian)

Playlist: 10 Best Spring Gigs

Toby Hood compiles a mixtape of his favourite tracks from the best of this Spring’s touring indie musicians… With recent high winds and flooding, it might be hard to see the dawn of...

20/01/2014
Damon Albarn, Bobby Womack

Playlist: Bobby Womack, Soul Man

Ahead of his live performance at Liverpool Philharmonic this Sunday, we look at soul legend Bobby Womack’s greatest hits… Bobby Womack is, by any account, an industry legend. With collaborators including Aretha Franklin,...

30/11/2013
Songs To Play At The End Of The World

Playlist: Songs To Play At The End Of The World

After 12 years of quality programming, All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival (as we knew it) is no more, and it feels like The End Of The World… This weekend is the last ever UK...

16/10/2013
Burt Bacharach

Playlist: The (un-ironic) Joy of Easy Listening

When somebody mentions Easy Listening, what is your reaction? If it’s to cringe, consider yourself off our Christmas list…  For some time now, the only way to properly appreciate the genre we term...

26/09/2013
Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia

Playlist: Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia

The second Liverpool Psych Fest is almost upon us. We’ve got the playlist to get you in the mood… As DJ Bernie Connor noted in his piece in the Guardian Guide last Saturday,...

30/08/2013
You are the only witness to the streetlight’s fight against the night...

3 am: Wonder, Paranoia and the Restless Night

Inspired by the forthcoming exhibition of the same name at the Bluecoat, C James Fagan presses play on a mix probing night’s dark recesses…  It’s 3 AM. Where are you? Lost in an...

23/08/2013
Dino Jr. Courtesy Brantley Gutierrez

10 Best: Autumn Gigs

As Autumn approaches, it’s comforting to know it brings with it an impressive batch of gigs. We pick our top 10… We hate to be the ones to break the news, but summer...

22/07/2013
Rough Trade East

Rough Trade Records

A label with more peaks and troughs than its average signing, Rough Trade Records has a colourful history…  When the Strokes’ debut, Is This It, surfaced in 2001, it served a dual purpose....