The Chapin Sisters
Night & Day Café, Manchester
Monday June 13, 2011
Going to see a folk duo with the ‘sister’ suffix that isn’t these two kind of feels like I’m committing some sort of music adultery, but the theme is pretty similar.
The Secret Sisters
The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Wednesday May 4, 2011
Even when they have technical hitches with their guitars they break out into acapella singing which is arguably the highlight of the night.
Club Academy, Manchester
Tuesday April 26th, 2011
For those who don’t always want to indulge in Morrissey’s misery or Paul Banks’ latest existential dilemma, Best Coast offer throwaway yet painfully accurate descriptions of wasted days, sitting in and waiting for something - anything - to happen while riding the hash cloud and rollercoaster of emotions.
Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs with The Secret Sisters
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Tuesday March 1st, 2011
In fact, The Secret Sisters are so good that they’re invited back for backing vocal duties by Ray LaMontagne and the band for tonight’s main set. Their harmonies support Ray’s soothing vocals and the two styles compliment one another well.
Plucked from obscurity in 2010, The Secret Sisters’ Laura and Lydia Rogers, from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, tell Stephen Grindrod about their adventures and their traditional country songs...
Bright Eyes - The People’s Key (Saddle Creek)
February 14th, 2011
A kaleidoscopic, colourful and vibrant record that excites through catchy pop songs.
Villagers – Becoming A Jackal (Domino Records, re-release)
February 14th, 2011
It’s folk through and through, and contains the anxiety of early Bright Eyes.
Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Thursday February 3rd, 2011
"# Am I making something worthwhile out of this place? #" asks Maria Taylor. The answer is a resounding, definite, Yes.
Methodist Central Hall, Manchester
Thursday, January 20th 2011
Following a brief flirtation with the mainstream some years back, The Walkmen are now enjoying a renaissance in what are proving to be their vintage years.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Academy 1, Manchester
Sunday December 5th, 2010
Even before I go in, I can tell this is going to be inevitably lumped with the ‘keeps the old fans happy but won’t attract newcomers’ tag.