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Johnny Marr : Set the Boy Free - Profiles
Mary O'Meara discovers both the inner and outer worlds of Johnny Marr, from vivid childhood memories to the meteoric rise of The Smiths and beyond in his newly published memoirs 'Set the Boy Free'

David Bushman and Arthur Smith : Twin Peaks FAQ - Profiles
Mary O' Meara assesses a new book on cult TV series 'Twin Peaks', which reflects in detail on its extraordinary Angelo Badalamenti soundtrack

Manic Street Preachers : Everything Must Go - Favourite Album Reviews
In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Mary O'Meara wanders back through the years to examine why the Manic Street Preachers' 'Everything Must Go', which is about to be re-released, is such a monumental and life-affirming record

Turin Brakes : Ruby Lounge, Manchester, 10/3/2016 - Live Reviews
Mary O’Meara watches Turin Brakes light up and lift off as they touch down at the Ruby Lounge in Manchester on their 'Lost Property' tour

Suede : Albert Hall, Manchester, 8/2/2016 - Live Reviews
Mary O’Meara explores the nocturnal pondering and passions of Suede as they take over the shadowy interior of Manchester’s Albert Hall

David Bowie : Ten Songs That Made Me Love... - Features
In our series, in which our writers write about ten songs that made them love a particular band or artist, Mary O'Meara reflects on her favourite David Bowie songs

New Order : Ten Songs That Made Me Love... - Features
In our series, in which our writers write about ten songs that made them love a particular band or artist, Mary O'Meara reflects on her favourite New Order songs

Brothers and Bones : Ruby Lounge, Manchester, 13/9/2015 - Live Reviews
Mary O’Meara gets washed to shore by the musical tidal wave that is Brother and Bones as they stop off in Manchester to promote new album 'Omaho'

Marc Almond : Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 23/4/2015 - Live Reviews
Mary O’Meara at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester is swept away on an emotional roller-coaster of a performance by the iconic and inimitable Marc Almond

Gabby Young & Other Animals : Ruby Lounge, Manchester, 10/5/2015 - Live Reviews
Mary O'Meara lightens up after a full colour spectrum performance by Gabby Young to counteract the post-election blues in Manchester's Ruby Lounge

Paperback Writers : Why Fanzines Matter : Profile - Profiles
Mary O' Meara examines and reflects upon the still thriving world of the printed fanzine

Vintage Trouble : Academy 2, Manchester, 1/4/2015 - Live Reviews
Mary O'Meara watches Los Angeles band Vintage Trouble play a breathtaking set of their timeless retro rock at the Academy 2 in Manchester

First Aid Kit : Apollo, Manchester, 23/1/2015 - Live Reviews
Mary O'Meara watches Swedish sisters First Aid Kit play an extraordinary set of ethereal folk rock at the Apollo in Manchester

Manic Street Preachers : (Gig of a Lifetime) Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, December 1999 - Features
In 'Gig of a Lifetime' Mary O'Meara reflects on the Manic Street Preachers' infamous New Year's Eve gig in 1999 at the then just opened Millennium Stadium in Cardiff

Blondie : Ten Songs That Made Me Love... - Features
In our series, in which our writers write about ten songs that made them love a particular band or artist, Mary O'Meara reflects on her favourite Blondie songs

Nicole Atkins : Gullivers, Manchester, 16/10/2014 - Live Reviews
Mary O'Meara is enthralled by a powerful and extraordinary set from New Jersey songstress Nicole Atkins in a sweltering Gullivers in Manchester

Little Sparrow : Sacred Trinity Church, Salford, 12/9/2014 - Live Reviews
Mary O'Meara enjoys the spirituality and intimacy of folk act Little Sparrow's gig at the Sacred Trinity Church in Salford

Boy George : Ritz, Manchester, 31/3/2014 - Live Reviews
Mary O'Meara finds Boy George embracing both life and uniqueness in a show at the Ritz in Manchester

Anna Calvi : Albert Hall, Manchester, 6/2/2014 - Live Reviews
Mary O'Meara watches Anna Calvi play an intense but enthralling set in a hypnotic show at the Albert Hall in Manchester

Toy : Gorilla, Manchester, 24/2/2014 - Live Reviews
Despite sound problems, Mary O'Meara finds much acclaimed London-based 60's-influenced/psychedelic act to be irresistible at Gorilla in Manchester

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