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Morrissey – Manchester Arena – 28th July 2012

July 29, 2012


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 […]

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

March 19, 2011


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 […]

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

November 21, 2010


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 […]

Warpaint – Deaf Institute, Manchester – 24th May 2010

October 25, 2010


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


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 […]

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

September 20, 2010


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 […]

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

August 6, 2010


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


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 […]

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

April 30, 2010


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 – Deaf Institute, Manchester – 22nd April 2010

April 25, 2010


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 […]

Laura Marling – The Lowry, Salford – 12th April 2010

April 18, 2010


written for High Voltage Laura Marling delivered a spectacular set of folk songs tonight at The Lowry, and left her audience in no doubt that she has the talent and ability to continue her ascent in music. Her vocal delivery is excellent but she also possesses the more difficult skill of being able to write […]

The Smiths Indeed – Manchester Academy 3 – 10th April 2010

April 14, 2010


written for High Voltage The Smiths have left behind a unique and enduring legacy. Their songs are listened to by more people now than ever before and they continue to influence an untold number of new bands. Morrissey’s unsurpassed ability to write poetic lyrics, that were both witty and sorrowful, meant that the band were […]

I Am Blackbird – Deaf Institute, Manchester – 26th February 2010

March 1, 2010


Manchester has a renowned reputation for being a hot-bed of musical talent, though occasionally that can feel like an over-played myth. There are seemingly endless amounts of bands with very little talent or direction and many gig nights in Manchester will leave you disappointed. Still, every now and then a band will come along and […]

Crystal Stilts – Deaf Institute, Manchester – 17th August 2009

February 10, 2010


It is instantly obvious when listening to Crystal Stilts that their musical diet is somewhat limited, however, this does not detract from the quality of their sound. Their songs are simple in technical terms, with stripped down drum patterns and uncomplicated chord structures, but their minimalist approach and dark, crooned vocal, together with reverb-heavy guitar […]