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Anna Calvi: Suddenly catapulted from relative unknown to one of the most well-respected musicians in the business

September 25, 2013

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She’s been compared to Edith Piaf, and her fan base includes Brian Eno and Nick Cave. The New Statesman talks politics, music and feminism with Anna Calvi. written for New Statesman Anna Calvi’s sumptuous self-titled debut saw her catapulted from relative unknown to one of the most respected artists in music. Released in 2011, it […]

Rob Pollard v Woods: “We make money on the road and that’s just the way it is now”

September 25, 2013

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A man, a band, a record label. Rob Pollard talks to Woods’ Jeremy Earl. Woods, Brooklyn’s finest lo-fi folk-rock act, are one of the busiest and hardworking bands around. Jeremy Earl, the singer and guitarist, not only writes and records Woods records, but also runs the Woodsist label, releasing work from a disparate set of […]

Alt-J: I voted Lib Dem last time, but now I’ll vote Labour, because Diane Abbott is a complete legend

May 31, 2013

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written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman The Mercury Music Prizewinners talk to Rob Pollard. Rarely has a debut album made such an impression on UK listeners. An Awesome Wave, Alt-J’s brilliant first full length release, scooped the prestigious Mercury Music Prize last year, and this week was awarded an Ivor Novello for Best Album. […]

Rob Pollard v British Sea Power: “We need a Chavez”

May 16, 2013

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written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman British Sea Power‘s Yan speaks to the New Statesman about music, politics and Grand Designs Australia. British Sea Power remain on the outskirts of British popular culture, despite being one of the most interesting bands of the last decade. Their brand of music defies definite categorisation, and as […]

Interview: Johnny Marr

March 8, 2013

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written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman Johnny Marr was one half of the most influential British songwriting partnership of all time. In May 1982, inspired by how Leiber & Stoller met, Marr approached fellow Mancunian Morrissey to convince him that they should write songs together. It was the start of one of the most […]

Everything Everything Interview

February 10, 2013

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written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman Formed in 2007 by University of Salford students Jonathan Higgs, Jeremy Pritchard, Michael Spearman and Alex Niven (since replaced by Alex Robertshaw), Everything Everything have established themselves as one of Britain’s premier indie bands. Their debut album, Man Alive, was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Music Prize, and […]

Morrissey: “I nearly voted for UKIP”

January 23, 2013

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written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman In an interview published in the latest edition of Loaded magazine, Morrissey has described David Cameron as “gratuitously violent,” and expressed his desire to see Yvette Cooper “thrown into the sea”. In the most politically charged interview of his career, Morrissey also said he felt it was difficult […]

New Releases in 2013

January 3, 2013

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I said in my last post, 10 Best Albums of 2012, that last year was a poor year for album releases. There seemed to be a dearth of great records, and the year, as a whole, failed to spark my musical imagination. However, this year looks set to be different, with a host of great bands […]

10 Best Albums of 2012

December 31, 2012

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written by Rob Pollard 2012, for me, hasn’t been a great year for album releases. With Laura Marling, Anna Calvi, and various other favourites of mine set to release soon, 2013 looks set to be a more fertile year for quality records. Nevertheless, I have put together my top 10 albums for 2012. See what […]

10 Best Gigs of 2012

December 30, 2012

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written by Rob Pollard Art in 2012 has been a mixed bag. Whilst film and recorded music has only sporadically captured my imagination, it has been a brilliant year for live music performance. As 2012 draws to a close and we reflect on the past 12 months, I decided to put a list of the […]

Morrissey Interview – 3 News

December 13, 2012

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written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman In an interview with New Zealand’s 3 News, Morrissey has accused Kate Middleton of feeling ‘no shame’ about the suspected suicide of Jacintha Saldanha, and described the British monarchy as a dictatorship, encapsulated by a history of ‘murder mayhem and slaughter.’ In what was a wide-ranging interview that […]

Yeasayer Interview

December 12, 2012

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written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman Rob Pollard interviews Yeasayer’s Chris Keating Earlier this year, Brooklyn band Yeasayer released their third studio album, and this week they finished their latest UK tour. They are a band that have consistently evolved their sound since their breakthrough in 2007. Their debut LP, All Hour Cymbals, was […]

Peter Hook Interview

December 10, 2012

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written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman – photograph by William Ellis Rob Pollard speaks to the former Joy Division and New Order bassist. Peter Hook was the bass player and founding member of Manchester’s influential post-punk band Joy Division. After the death of their iconic lead singer Ian Curtis, the remaining members went on […]

Wild Beasts Interview

October 23, 2012

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written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman During the middle of the last decade, British indie music had become artistically void. It was incredibly popular and sales were high, but bands were bereft of ideas and their output had become depressingly predictable. Thankfully, that nadir sparked a shift, with a new breed of intelligent, articulate […]

Morrissey on Fallon & Colbert Report

October 10, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard Last night, Morrissey appeared on The Colbert Report in America, performing People Are The Same Everywhere and I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris. I haven’t figured out a way of embedding the videos on here but Pitchfork has the interview and People Are The Same Everywhere via this link. Colbert Report […]

Video of the Day…Grizzly Bear – Yet Again

October 1, 2012

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written by Rob Pollard New Grizzly Bear album, Shields, is one of the finest releases of the year. It’s a rich, textured record containing some of the most infectious melodies you’re likely to hear. They’re a band who have avoided the pitfalls that hamper other acts by remaining true to the sound which has served […]

Backstage at Leeds…with Jake Bugg

October 1, 2012

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written by Rob Pollard for Leeds Festival How important do you feel BBC Introducing has been in helping to launch your music career? I think it’s helped loads actually. I just found it on a website and I thought ‘why has no one told me about this before’? You just upload your music and it […]

Video of the Day….Joy Division – Transmission

September 23, 2012

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Robert Pollard Joy Division – one of my favourite ever bands – performing Transmission. It starts with punk-poet, John Cooper Clarke, reciting lines from his classic poem Evidently Chickentown, before rumbling bass notes signal the start of the track. It’s an absolutely brilliant song and the energy of this particular version is quite special. I […]

Video of the Day….Joni Mitchell

September 16, 2012

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Robert Pollard It seemed to go darker earlier this evening and the temperature appears to have dropped somewhat. The ‘summer’ is over. Which made me think of an album I’ve always associated with winter: Joni Mitchell’s brilliant Blue. I first started listening to this album in the winter of 2005 and I’ve associated it with […]

Video of the Day….Morrissey – Art-hounds

September 14, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard Today’s Video of the Day is a so far unreleased and unrecorded track by Morrissey called Art-hounds. This is the best quality video of this song available. When I first heard it months ago I was struck by many aspects: the falsetto lines, the intensity in Morrissey’s vocal, and the general […]

Mercury Music Prize 2012

September 12, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard The list of nominees for the Mercury Music Prize, the only remotely credible music award left, has been announced today and it is somewhat underwhelming. Alt-J, who were interviewed by me last week, are the bookies favourites but it’s hard to tell. Sometimes the winner is obvious, such as when The […]

Video of the Day….Bob Dylan – Days of 49

September 8, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard My video of the day today is more of a song of the day – Bob Dylan’s Days of 49. I’d been listening to Dylan for years before coming across this song in the Manchester bar Big Hands. A friend and I had paid for some tracks on the jukebox which, much […]

Alt-J Interview

September 5, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for High Voltage Rarely has a debut album been met with as much fanfare as Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave. Critics have been falling over one another to trumpet the record, whilst tickets for their shows have been swallowed up by a growing loyal fanbase who are dedicated to their experimental and […]

Grimes – The Ritz, Manchester – 30th August 2012

August 31, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for High Voltage As Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, walked on stage at The Ritz in Manchester, the excitement in the hall was palpable. It’s been a phenomenal year for Grimes. The release of her third studio album, Visions, was met with a justifiably high level of acclaim. Critics were pretty much […]

Video of the Day…Bombay Bicycle Club – Lights Out, Words Gone

August 28, 2012

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words – Robert Pollard After interviewing Bombay Bicycle Club at Leeds and then watching their terrific Main Stage performance, I’ve been listening a lot to their new record, A Different Kind of Fix, which really is fantastic. It’s great to see a UK band making interesting music and not being restricted to a certain sound. […]

Backstage at Leeds…with Bombay Bicycle Club

August 27, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for Leeds Festival Three albums in and Bombay Bicycle Club have established themselves as one of the most innovative purveyors of UK indie music. Each album has seen them attempt new sounds, meaning they remain fresh and challenging for the listener. We caught up with Jamie MacColl and Ed Nash backstage […]

Backstage at Leeds – Gallows Interview

August 27, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for Festival Republic Gallows have had an interesting career trajectory thus far. Initially signed to Warner Brothers, they were subsequently dropped by the label mid-deal. They’ve also undergone the biggest possible change to a line-up, with Wade MacNeil replacing Frank Carter as lead singer of the band. All this appears to […]

Backstage at Leeds – Interview with The Maccabees

August 27, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for Leeds Festival The Maccabees are one of the biggest bands at Leeds this year. They headlined the NME/Radio 1 Stage on Saturday for what was one of the finest moments of this year’s festival. We caught up with Felix White and Orlando Weeks backstage prior to their show to get […]

Morrissey – Canadian Radio Session

August 13, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard Last year, Morrissey and his band took part in an in-studio session with Tony Visconti for the Canadian television group Rogers. It was only available to Rogers subscribers or on in-flight entertainment on certain Air Canada flights, meaning the elusive footage began to take on legend status, with fans desperate to […]

Grizzly Bear Return

August 7, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard Grizzly Bear are one of my favourite bands and they are back with a bang. Their last album Veckatimest was the soundtrack to my 2009 and the intervening years have only served to whet my appetite for new material. When an album is as good as Veckatimest I often wonder whether […]

Preview: Grimes – The Ritz, Manchester, 30.08.2012

August 7, 2012

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written by Rob Pollard for High Voltage Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, is a Canadian songwriter who doesn’t fit neatly into traditional music categorisation. Her extraordinary vocals and ability to write pop melodies means she stands on her own in the world of new music. 2012 has been her year. Late 2011 saw her she sign […]

Morrissey – Manchester Arena – 28th July 2012

July 29, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard ‘When Morrissey’s playing you fucking know about it’. Never has Noel Gallagher, one half of Manchester’s most overrated band, made so much sense. Last night was the latest proof that Noel was onto something when, during an interview for the documentary The Importance of Being Morrissey, he attempted to articulate the […]

Kurt Vile in the i Arena, Latitude Festival

July 27, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for Festival Republic Kurt Vile is an anomaly in the music world. While others overdo their performance and over-stylise their look, Kurt lets his music do the talking. A shy, retiring front man may seem like the antithesis of music stardom but Vile pulls it off with aplomb. Playing tracks spanning […]

Yeasayer on The Word Arena, Latitude Festival

July 27, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for Festival Republic Very few bands attempt dramatic shifts in sound from album to album but between their debut and their follow-up Yeasayer certainly did. Their folky, acoustic beginnings on ‘All Hour Cymbals’ were suddenly superseded by elements of pop and 90’s dance on ‘Odd Blood’. Both albums are brilliant but […]

First Aid Kit on the Obelisk Arena, Latitude Festival

July 27, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for Festival Republic Great Swedish bands don’t roll readily off the tongue but First Aid Kit are really making their mark. This performance on the main Latitude stage was excellent, with swooping vocal harmonies and beautiful acoustic guitar central to their sound. The country with a five-star National Health Service now […]

Deap Vally interview, Latitude Festival

July 27, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for Festival Republic Deap Vally talk all things Zeppelin, magic potions and pedals Deap Vally are a blues-rock outfit from the San Fernando Valley in southern California. Comprised of guitarist and vocalist Lindsey Troy and drummer Julie Edwards, Deap Vally make a big sound that is garnering attention. We caught up […]

King Charles interview, Latitude Festival

July 27, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for Festival Republic King Charles may only have one album to his name but he has made a huge impression. This year, he played Latitude Festival for the first time and a packed-out i Arena tent proved his indie-inspired folk is the perfect soundtrack to the summer. We caught up with […]

Laura Marling on the Obelisk Arena, Latitude Festival

July 27, 2012

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written for Festival Republic With three albums of superb quality already in the bag, Laura Marling’s career has been as smooth as Pierce Brosnan singing Frank Sinatra on a P&O cruise ship. Her song-smithery leaves her contemporaries trailing in her wake; like the Sally Gunnell of the modern music world, she sprints comfortably out in […]

In Defence of Laura Marling

July 20, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard- photograph Sam Ellis It may seem odd that someone feels the need to write a piece defending Laura Marling given the unblemished nature of her career. Three albums in and she is riding high; selling out large gigs, making albums the Guardian fawn over, and taking her pick of festival dates. […]

The Past Was Yours but the Future’s Mine – The Stone Roses, Heaton Park

June 30, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard ‘I’m no clown’ cries Ian Brown……whilst dressed like a teenager and singing way out of key Last night, in a field full of 75,000 overweight forty-somethings hellbent on reliving their youth, The Stone Roses played their ‘comeback’ gig; a gig which confirmed their status as the most overrated band on the […]

Morrissey turns on Obama and al Assad

June 25, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard al Assad, Obama and the UN now the focus of Morrissey’s disgust. In a music world full of identikit pop stars, Morrissey’s continued presence is refreshing respite. While most musicians toe the line during monotonous interviews, Morrissey provides us with honesty and opinion. His current world tour, which has so far […]

Beach House Make Jools Holland Debut

May 23, 2012

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words – Rob Pollard Last night, Beach House made their first appearance on Jools Holland, airing their new track ‘Myth’. It was a quality performance from the Baltimore band whose latest album ‘Bloom’ is a step up from the excellent ‘Teen Dream’, their third record released in 2010. That album saw Beach House receive long […]

Santigold on Jimmy Fallon

May 2, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard Last night on Jimmy Fallon, Santigold performed ‘Disparate Youth’ – a cracking song taken from her new album ‘Master of My Make Believe’. Here is a link to Pitchfork’s video of her performance on Fallon.

Laura Marling – To be a Woman

May 2, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard – Photo by Sam Ellis The recent Record Store Day provided us with many special edition releases from artists across the musical spectrum. It’s a celebration of musical diversity; a show of support for our favourite artists and small, independent record stores. It’s growing in popularity and, although it seems like […]

The philistines are at the gates

April 17, 2012

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written by Rob Pollard – an edited version originally appeared in New Statesman Stewart Lee, Martin Parr and Hayden Thorpe discuss the coalition’s policy for the arts. With growing opposition to the proposed NHS reforms, and increasing uncertainty  of the government’s economic policy, it is clear that David Cameron is floundering. As his health secretary […]

Humphrys closes in on Moyles

February 4, 2012

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written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman  Increase in listeners for BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. According to the latest batch of audience figures released by Rajar, the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 has had a surge in listeners. The influential news programme presented by John Humphrys now commands an audience close to its […]

Best Albums of 2011

December 31, 2011

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written by Robert Pollard It’s time for the ‘Passions Just Like Mine Best Album of 2011’ award, and this year’s winner is, of course, Laura Marling for her superb 3rd album A Creature I Don’t know. See if you agree with the list below…. Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know Beirut – The […]

Best Songs of 2011

December 31, 2011

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written by Robert Pollard As another great year for music draws to a close I thought it only right that I join the legions of other people who have compiled their ‘Best Of’ lists. Below are the best songs of 2011 in my opinion. 1 – Laura Marling – Sophia 2 – Anna Calvi – […]

Laura Marling – Manchester Cathedral – 24th October 2011

October 29, 2011

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written by Robert Pollard Manchester Cathedral, a stunning, centuries old church that sits proudly in the centre of the city, opened its time-worn doors to the public once more as Laura Marling continued her tour of British cathedrals. This beautiful building is fast becoming the most popular music venue in the city, with its outstanding […]

Beirut – Manchester Academy – 6th September 2011

October 29, 2011

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words by Robert Pollard – photography by Sam Ellis For a long time now Beirut have astounded many of us with the quality of their output. They have an unerring ability to write songs that capture the past beautifully, and in Zach Condon they have one of the most talented musicians of this generation. They […]

Laura Marling – Radio 2 In Concert – BBC Maida Vale Studios

September 23, 2011

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written by Rob Pollard  Last night’s Radio 2 In Concert featured Laura Marling playing an intimate gig recorded at BBC Maida Vale studios in London. It was a beautiful performance and one which can be heard on BBC iPlayer for the next seven days. It is difficult to write about Laura without using endless clichés […]

Beirut – The Rip Tide

August 16, 2011

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words by Robert Pollard  written for High Voltage  Zach Condon has been somewhat quiet of late but this month sees the release of The Rip Tide, Beirut’s third full-length musical foray. Their last studio album was the superb Flying Club Cup, released four years ago to much fanfare and triumphalism, it built upon the success […]

Upcoming Gigs

July 28, 2011

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written by Robert Pollard  Passions Just Like Mine will be attending some truly mouth-watering gigs in the coming months. With Anna Calvi and Laura Marling both playing live at the Cathedral and Beirut set to play the Academy, Manchester is playing host to some of the greatest names in the music world. Details of the […]

Beirut Release New Single

June 5, 2011

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written for High Voltage  Beirut will release their new single ‘East Harlem’ on Monday 6th June, right before their world tour begins in earnest. This is one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated releases and anyone who has seen the song played in recent live sets will be excited to hear the recorded version. Underpinning […]

Twin Shadow make TV Debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

May 7, 2011

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written for High Voltage words by Rob Pollard These are exciting times for Twin Shadow. Currently supporting Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, they took a breather from the tour in order to play 2 tracks on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, their first ever TV performance. Links to ‘Castles in the Snow’ and ‘I […]

Kurt Vile – UK Tour 2011

April 24, 2011

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written for High Voltage  Kurt Vile’s latest LP ‘Smoke Ring For My Halo’ has gone down a storm with fans and music critics alike. Intensely personal and full of beauty, it’s a record that looks set to make the end of year ‘Best Album’ lists. Kurt and his band The Violators are now embarking on […]

Woods set to release ‘Sun & Shade’

April 23, 2011

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written for High Voltage  Woods have announced the release of a new album entitled ‘Sun & Shade’ which will be available in the UK from June 13th. Their inimitable style means any Woods release is an intriguing prospect. Their tendency to jam and incorporate strange electronic sounds with unusually fuzzy guitar tones makes for a […]

Beirut – 2011 Tour Dates Announced

April 6, 2011

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written for High Voltage One of the world’s greatest ensembles are back and ready to embark on some exciting live performances. Beirut, the brainchild of the significantly talented Zach Condon, have announced a fairly hefty set of tour dates for 2011, stopping off in Manchester, as well as Hyde Park in London where they will […]

Deerhunter – Sound Control, Manchester – 30th March 2011

April 1, 2011

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written for High Voltage It has long been acknowledged that Deerhunter are one of the most enterprising bands in the world, with their influence on other contemporary musicians already highly noticeable. We can now add ‘consummate professionalism’ to their growing list of attributes. This performance at Manchester’s Sound Control was highly impressive, once again demonstrating […]

Woods & Spectrals – Deaf Institute, Manchester – 15th March 2011

March 19, 2011

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written for High Voltage Manchester’s Deaf Institute played host to three bands tonight as Woods, Spectrals and The Doozer were each given an opportunity to impress a room full of organic food lovers and long beards. Each band had their own approach and each band had differing fortunes on the night. First up was The […]

Woods to play Deaf Institute – Tuesday 15th March 2011

March 14, 2011

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written for High Voltage Woods are set to drop by Manchester’s Deaf Institute this week as part of their short UK tour. The New Yorkers’ lo-fi psychedelic folk should work brilliantly inside Manchester’s best small music venue and tickets for the event are still available. Woods have earned a reputation as a fine live act, […]

Latitude Festival 2011 – Ticket & Line Up Announcement

March 14, 2011

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written for High Voltage Tickets for this year’s Latitude are available to buy from Monday 14th March at 7pm, with the first line-up announcement for the event also taking place at the same time. The festival runs from 14th-17th July 2011 Since the inaugural event in 2006, Latitude has quickly become one of the most […]

Twin Shadow – European Tour Dates Announced

February 23, 2011

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written for High Voltage Fresh from their truly wonderful performance at Manchester’s Deaf Institute, Twin Shadow are now set to complete a whistlestop tour of Europe this May. Masterminded by George Lewis Jnr.,  Twin Shadow are making a real name for themselves right now, with their brilliant synth-based music proving irresistibly listenable. Full tour details […]

Deerhunter News

February 23, 2011

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written for High Voltage Deerhunter are set to release ‘Memory Boy’, the second single from their critically acclaimed album ‘Halcyon Digest’. Available digitally and as a limited 7” single  from April 11th, it will be accompanied by a new song ‘Nosebleed’. The band played their new single live on the Letterman Show last night, with […]

Twin Shadow – Deaf Institute, Manchester – 26th January 2011

February 7, 2011

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4AD are proving to be masters at signing high-quality music acts, and Twin Shadow is the latest to emerge from their offices. Twin Shadow is the moniker adopted by George Lewis Jr., a Dominican-born singer who makes synth based music layered with ingenuity. Manchester’s Deaf Institute was sold-out as locals clamoured to assess his credentials […]

Animal Collective Announce UK and European Dates

February 3, 2011

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written for High Voltage As previously reported on these pages, Brooklyn’s Animal Collective are set to curate this year’s ATP Festival in Minehead, running from May 13th-15th. If that isn’t exciting enough the band have now announced a European tour straight after ATP, including a dates in the UK, Belgium and Holland. Animal Collective are one […]

The Walkmen – Central Methodist Hall, Manchester – 20th January 2011

February 3, 2011

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written for High Voltage Since their inception at the turn of the millennium, The Walkmen have become known as an underachieving band, struggling to fulfill their early promise. Tonight they proved why success has thus far eluded them with a lacklustre and uninspired performance at the Central Methodist Hall in Manchester. The Walkmen are, quite frankly, an infuriating act. […]

Deerhunter – Full 2011 Tour Details

December 21, 2010

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Deerhunter have had an amazing 2010. The release of the wonderous Halcyon Digest has proven beyond doubt that they are one of the world’s leading bands. 2011 looks set to be just as exciting with a string of live dates to look forward to. Passions Just Like Mine highly recommends attending one the gigs listed […]

Passions Just Like Mine – Top 5 gigs of 2010

December 12, 2010

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1 – Laura Marling at the Lowry, Salford This was a truly spectacular performance from one of this country’s most gifted artists. Laura Marling’s stunning arrangements and incisive lyricism left her audience at the Lowry amazed at the depth of her talent. Later nominated for a Mercury (which she was cruelly denied), 2010 has offered […]

LCD Soundsystem & Hot Chip – The Apollo, Manchester – 25th November 2010

November 21, 2010

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If this tour really is to be the last hurrah for LCD Soundsystem then they will leave behind a large void in the music world – as well as some very disappointed fans. It hardly seems believable that they will disband since they possess such an incisive ability to translate impressive studio work into marvellous […]

Animal Collective to curate ATP Festival in Minehead, May 13th-15th 2011

November 6, 2010

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Animal Collective released their most recent album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, to universal acclaim. Heralded as a modern-day masterpiece by almost every major music publication, the band are now seen as a leading light, with their genre defying sound and penchant for fascinating experimentation proving to be a truly exciting mix. With the band sure-footed and […]

Spectrals EP release & Tour Dates

November 2, 2010

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written for High Voltage Spectrals may not be the most well-known band around at the moment but expect that to change very soon. They have long been heralded as one of the most exciting new bands in the UK and their career is now starting to take off. Their stylish brand of short and sweet […]

Marina and the Diamonds – The Ritz, Manchester – 31st October 2010

November 2, 2010

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written for High Voltage Marina Diamandis has had a very successful year indeed. She sits proudly in the pantheon of new-wave female pop-singers and projects a clear desire to stay there. With her first big tour nearing its conclusion and her following growing rapidly it seems safe to say that her success will continue. However, […]

Steptoe & Sons

October 27, 2010

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Mumford & Sons are currently one of the biggest selling artists in the UK. Their success so far has been quite amazing, with double platinum album sales and a Mercury Prize nomination coming on the back of a solitary LP release. Founders of the modern London Folk scene, it would seem that Mumford & Sons […]

Warpaint – Deaf Institute, Manchester – 24th May 2010

October 25, 2010

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Formed in Los Angeles back in 2004, Warpaint are an ambient rock group that combine experimental tendencies with post punk rhythms. Having undergone various changes in personnel, the band’s progress had been somewhat stifled in the past but anyone inside last night’s sold-out Deaf Institute gig would agree that they are now set to become […]

Yeasayer – Academy 2, Manchester – 20th October 2010

October 21, 2010

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written for High Voltage Within the space of two studio albums, Yeasayer have managed to accrue a string of first-class hits. Although these albums display dramatically different sounds, the quality of each is undeniable. Tonight, at Academy 2 in Manchester, they delivered a set containing the very best songs from their career to date and […]

Arcade Fire – Single & Tour News

October 11, 2010

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written for High Voltage Arcade Fire, arguably the finest ever Canadian export, have announced the release of ‘Ready to Start’, the second single to be taken from their highly revered album ‘The Suburbs’. Released on 11th October (via Sonovox), ‘Ready to Start’ is yet another highly listenable offering from a band that are carving a […]

Joanna Newsom & Roy Harper – Palace Theatre, Manchester – 19th September 2010

September 20, 2010

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written for High Voltage The Palace Theatre opened up its well-worn doors for an evening of top-class folk music tonight, as Roy Harper and Joanna Newsom combined to create a wonderfully inspiring evening. When a legend of music and a true modern-day great share the same bill it usually makes for a terrific spectacle, and […]

Deerhunter – 2011 UK Tour & Video Release

September 8, 2010

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written for High Voltage Atlanta’s finest musical export Deerhunter have released the official video for ‘Helicopter’, a track taken from their superb new album ‘Halcyon Digest’. Frontman Bradford Cox is the brains behind the video, marking the band’s first foray into the ‘audio-visual’ world. ‘Halcyon Digest’ is a truly wonderful album that consolidates Deerhunter’s position […]

Yeasayer – Madder Red

September 7, 2010

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written for High Voltage Madder Red is the third single to be taken from Yeasayer’s magnificent Odd Blood LP, and it is arguably the best. Yeasayer pride themselves on creating wonderful vocal melodies; but even with their supremely high standards, this track exceeds expectations. Madder Red is the pinnacle of the band’s new-found pop approach, […]

Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

September 3, 2010

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written for the Sep/Oct High Voltage Magazine Atlanta’s finest musical quartet Deerhunter are back and their latest LP Halcyon Digest is an absolute cracker. The record’s greatest achievement is its ability to more than match the wonderful Microcastle, the previous Deerhunter album that set a supremely high standard which the band had to meet. When an […]

Beach House – 2010 UK Tour Details

August 20, 2010

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written for High Voltage A successful third album has seen American dream-pop specialists Beach House receive resounding critical acclaim. Their first two albums were enough to secure them a cult following, but their latest effort ‘Teen Dream’ is a more focused piece of work, pulling together many different influences to create a beautiful and accessible […]

Vampire Weekend – 2010 UK Tour Details

August 17, 2010

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written for High Voltage Vampire Weekend are one of the most talked about bands on the planet. After the success of their second album ‘Contra’, the New Yorkers are embarking on a special UK tour during November/December this year. An extra date at the spectacular Alexandra Palace in London has now been added due to […]

Yeasayer feature – Interview with Anand Wilder

August 9, 2010

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written by Robert Pollard for High Voltage Yeasayer have had a breathless start to life as a band. Their live performances and two studio albums have received high praise from music critics and they have an ever-increasing fan base. High Voltage caught up with singer and multi instrumentalist Anand Wilder to get his thoughts on […]

Wu-Tang Clan – Academy, Manchester – 3rd August 2010

August 6, 2010

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written for High Voltage The Wu-Tang Clan are the absolute embodiment of true hip-hop. Despite some shaky record releases during their time, they continue to shine like a beacon of authenticity when compared with their contemporaries. There was a time when rappers were political activists and serious thinkers but the hip-hop world has become increasingly […]

The Coral – Lyric Theatre, Salford Lowry – 17th July 2010

July 23, 2010

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written for High Voltage The music industry has become an increasingly fickle entity.  Record labels are now far more inclined to drop underperforming artists, making musicians seem disposable and temporary. Stories of record labels showing blind faith in a band they have a passion for seem a distant memory, with most music acts now lucky […]

Wu-Tang Clan Reunite For UK Tour In August

July 6, 2010

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written for High Voltage The Wu-Tang Clan are the finest hip-hop act in history, and they are set to reunite for three very special UK performances this August. This brief tour could turn out to be one of the major talking points of the year, with many of the original line-up taking to the stage […]

The Drums – The Drums

June 23, 2010

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written for High Voltage Much hype has surrounded The Drums in recent times. Earlier this year their successful ‘Summertime!’ EP warmed the hearts of many and their live shows began to be spoken about in glowing terms. Soon enough big-name heroes like Morrissey began to attend their gigs and a glut of television appearances ensued. […]

Live at The Bridgewater Hall: Photographs by William Ellis – Richard Goodall Gallery, Manchester

June 19, 2010

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William Ellis is a renowned music photographer based in Manchester, England. In 2008 William was commissioned by the Bridgewater Hall to document the artistic goings-on at Manchester’s finest music venue. William has captured a multitude of different shots, with some pictures demonstrating the grandeur and immensity of the performance area itself, and other more intimate […]

We Are Scientists – Nice Guys

June 8, 2010

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written for High Voltage ‘Nice Guys’ is the second single from We Are Scientists’ new LP ‘Barbara’ and it should act as the vehicle for the band’s demise. It is dull, uninspiring and lyrically annoying, and in the eclectic music world that exists currently, this kind of tripe will surely not last five minutes. The […]

Yeti Lane – Twice EP

June 8, 2010

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written for High Voltage Parisian popsters Yeti Lane have returned from their brief hiatus a member down, but the duo that remain have still managed to create some wonderful sounds on their new EP ‘Twice’. There are remnants of the old Yeti Lane, with the majority of the new EP still offering indie-pop delicacies, but […]

Hungry Pigeon – Festival Highlights

June 4, 2010

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Hungry Pigeon 2010 turned out to be an enormous success and Manchester can be proud to have hosted such an impressive event. Around 150 bands played over the three days and it allowed a large audience to assess the credentials of many aspiring music acts. With so many bands performing, there was inevitably going to […]

Hungry Pigeon Preview – May 28-30th, Manchester

May 27, 2010

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written for High Voltage Manchester’s Hungry Pigeon swoops back into town this weekend and it looks set to top last year’s inaugural event. It is an amalgamation of all things creative, with music, film, fashion photography and art coming together to create a special spring bank holiday weekend festival in Manchester. Athlete are the headline […]

Animal Collective – ODDSAC – Mint Lounge, Manchester – 14th May 2010

May 24, 2010

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written for High Voltage An expectant audience packed into Manchester’s Mint Lounge to witness the regional premiere of ODDSAC, the new ‘visual album’ from Animal Collective. It’s an hour-long spectacle which marries together new Animal Collective tracks with eerie and psychedelic visual artistry. It is a piece 4 years in the making and offers fans […]

I Am Blackbird EP Launch – Night & Day Cafe – 7th May 2010

May 15, 2010

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Last Friday saw the official launch of I Am Blackbird’s fantastic new EP ‘This Town’ at the Night & Day Cafe in Manchester. Recently named Piccadilly Records’ ‘Record of the Week’, a truly deserved accolade, the EP is excellent and there is a review available on Passions Just Like Mine for anybody not familiar with […]

ODDSAC – A new ‘Visual Album’ by Animal Collective

May 13, 2010

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written for High Voltage Friday 14th May sees the regional premiere of ODDSAC, a new ‘visual album’ from Animal Collective, which is the result of 4 years worth of collaboration between the band and filmmaker Danny Perez. The hour-long spectacle was premiered back in January at the Sundance Film Festival and should provide thrilling viewing. […]

I Am Blackbird – This Town EP

May 4, 2010

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written for High Voltage I Am Blackbird are Manchester’s finest new music act and this week sees the release of their long-awaited debut EP ‘This Town’. It is a breathtaking collection of songs that should act as a catalyst for the band to go on and achieve great things. Unquestionably the best live act in […]

British Sea Power – Moho Live, Manchester – 26th April 2010

April 30, 2010

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written for High Voltage British Sea Power’s performance here in Manchester tonight was notable for numerous reasons. Firstly, the band offered a great display of musicianship, with each member worthy of high praise. An expert display of intricate songs demonstrated their undoubted ability and professionalism. They are also a band who possess great presence, with […]

Bear In Heaven – Beast Rest Forth Mouth

April 30, 2010

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written for High Voltage The wait is finally over. Beast Rest Forth Mouth, Bear In Heaven’s second long player, was released in the US in October last year, but it has taken its sweet time to arrive on these shores. It bristles with purpose, retaining many of the psychedelic undercurrents that underpinned their first album, […]

Bear In Heaven – Deaf Institute, Manchester – 22nd April 2010

April 25, 2010

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written for High Voltage Tonight saw yet another Brooklyn-based band descend upon The Deaf Institute and provide an impressive display of musical ability. Bear In Heaven are little known in the UK at present, but expect them to become more widely recognised in the not too distant future. They create vast musical landscapes that contain […]