Live Review – The Strypes (Manchester Ritz 26/09/15)

It’s a couple of years since I last saw The Strypes, 2013 for them brought optimism that they could convert the opportunities given to them such as supporting The Courteeners and Arctic Monkeys into full-time popularity and engage a young audience that were stuck in limbo as the latter turned into everything they hadn’t been…

XFM no more as Moyles returns to head up new Radio X

It is with great sadness that this morning, XFM have announced the much-rumoured rebranding of their station to be true. In a press release, the face of Chris Moyles is a sorry sight as the article fights to keep the faith of loyal listeners that’ve tuned in since 1992. The Manchester station’s Time Cocker (@Cocker)…

Album Review: The View “Ropewalk”

Upon the announcement that this album was to be recorded in Hamburg under the guidance of The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Junior, it was fairly hard to keep expectations from sky-rocketing. Perhaps it was entirely justified that so much was expected of a band that have otherwise been overshadowed by artists of a similar ilk. In…

Summer ending isn’t all bad…

Reading and Leeds Festival is somewhat a marker for the end of festival season and thus the British musical summer, so last weekend went some way to bringing down the curtain for 2015. The season, beginning earlier every year, this year was kicked off in May, which saw Liverpool’s Sound City get the ball rolling….