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Matt Wilkinson

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013

 
Festival Guide: Sounds From The Other City 2013

Salford's premier new music festival, Sounds From The Other City, takes place this Sunday (May 5). Here, local writer Samuel Breen gives his top picks and explains why the bash is so worthwhile. Sam: "This centreless city and former borough of Manchester has always been the underdog. Its houses are packed that little bit tighter, its factories that little bit more rundown. But between the torched pubs and hollow structures of Chapel Street there's a wealth of activity from this event that's hosted Manchester firsts from the likes of Alt-J , Lapalux and Dutch Uncles.

 

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Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013

 
The Liveblood Of Britain - Why Small Venues Are So Important

What is it that makes the UK's live music scene so incredible? In this week's NME we shine a spotlight on some of the courageous, inspiring and downright amazing small venues that form the grassroots of this ever thriving scene. To celebrate these small venues we've launched the second annual search for Britain's Best Small Venue in Association With JD Roots, so if you've not voted for your favourite yet, go and do it now. Small venues mean something to all of us. Without them live music in Britain would never be the same again.

 

Lucy Jones

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013

 
'The Great Gatsby' Soundtrack - First Listen, Track-By-Track

Baz Luhrmann's no Quentin Tarantino with a film soundtrack, but he's not half bad. From the moaning bittersweet yelp of Garbage's '#1 Crush' to the Hawaiian stoner rock of Everclear's 'Local God' and Radiohead's bone-chilling 'Talk Show Host' to bloody Des'ree, 'Romeo + Juliet' had a near-perfect run-down.

 

Lucy Jones

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013

 
New Music - Talib Kweli 'Rocket Ships' feat. Busta Rhymes (Prod. by RZA)

Talib Kweli's new album 'Prisoner of Conscious' comes out next Tuesday (May 7) and an early appetiser's just been uploaded to Soundcloud. Produced by RZA and featuring Busta Rhymes, 'Rocket Ships' is pretty outstanding and an appropriate start to the Bank Holiday weekend. A holy triumverate if there ever was one.

 

Lucy Jones

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013

 
Daft Punk Doing Everyday Things

Excitment's at fever pitch over the release of 'Random Access Memories', the new album from Daft Punk, thanks to a softly-softly-catchy-monkey marketing campaign and a blinding first single, 'Get Lucky'. Hardly anyone's heard the new album yet and even fewer people know what the clandestine French duo actually look like. One imagines them living on a completely different planet; there's little evidence to suggest they aren't actually robots. Until now. Turns out Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo are just like you and me!

 
 
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