Silver Synthetic – Interview

Silver Synthetic breezed in and blew us away on their debut self-titled album last year, transporting us back to a time when the sun-drenched California hilltops saw the great and good, and Gods, of the 60’s psych lay down roots, and some of the best music of the time. The…

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The War on Drugs: First Direct Arena, Leeds – live review

The War On Drugs First Direct Arena, Leeds 16th April 2022 The Grammy-winning Philadelphia rockers bring the epic sonic panoramas of I Don’t Live Here Anymore to Leeds on Easter weekend Midway through tonight’s show, Adam Granduciel pauses to pay tribute to Nathan Clark, proprietor of Leeds’ legendary Brudenell Social…

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The British Pop Archive opens in Manchester in May

Pop Archive shoot 17th March 2022 at John Rylands Library Manchester With its permanent home at The John Rylands Research Institute and Library in Manchester, the archive will present a collection of artefacts that shaped pop culture in Britain and worldwide. For a city with a vibrant musical heritage such…

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Fans of Doves join forces for Lost Covers project

Lost Covers – A Tribute to the music of Doves is a public initiative to support the band in the time of crisis. After their 10-year hiatus, the band released a new album Universal Want and started preparing for a UK tour. In October 2021, Doves suddenly announced the cancellation…

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John Carter: My World Fell Down – album review

John Carter – My World Fell Down Grapefruit 4CD/DL Released 18 March 2022 Subtitled The John Carter Story, this 4CD set takes in the songwriter’s work in the 1960s and 1970s, including his hit compositions for The Ivy League, The Flower Pot Men and The First Class. Ian Canty wanders…

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The Betterdays: Hush Your Mouth – album review

The Betterdays – Hush Your Mouth Grapefruit 2CD/DL Released 18 March 2022 2CD anthology of the West Country’s answer to The Rolling Stones and The Pretty Things, raucous Plymouth r&b rockers The Betterdays. This set includes material from the 1960s that was unissued at the time and the full recordings…

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Various: Lux And Ivy Say Flip Your Top – album review

Various: Lux And Ivy Say Flip Your Top (Righteous Records / Cherry Red) 2x CD | DL Rel Date: 25th February 2022 Cherry Red imprint Righteous kick off 2022 in fine style with another 2CD collection of unhinged tunes drawn from the bowels of the late 50’s 7” singles explosion;…

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Lannie Flowers: Flavor Of The Month – album review

Lannie Flowers – Flavor Of The Month Spyderpop Records CD/DL Released 25 February 2022 14 track album compiling the songs from Lannie Flowers’ March To Home singles series, which began in 2018. All of these numbers have been freshly remixed for this LP. Ian Canty decides to take the taste…

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The Chameleons, Atari Doll: Middlesbrough – live review

Photo by Mel Butler  The Chameleons  Atari Doll  Middlesbrough Westgarth Club Feb 13th 2022 Something is going on out here. Something remarkable. After decades of being on the fringes of the big breakout and then often grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory, The Chameleons have decided to get their…

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