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Dears : Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, 26/2/2017 - Live Reviews
Dixie Ernill watches Montreal-based indie rockers the Dears play a blinding Sunday night show at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds which proves well worth a hundred mile round trip

Chesterfields : Interview - Interviews
Dixie Ernill speaks to Simon Barber, the front man with 80's indie pop act The Chesterfields, about their reformation after an absence of twenty years and their forthcoming appearance at our next Pennyblackmusic Bands Night at Gullivers in Manchester on February 18th

Karen : Interview - Interviews
Dixie Emill talks to ex-Brilliant Corners and Experimental Pop Band front man Davey Woodward about his new band Karen and their appearance at our next Bands Night at Gullivers in Manchester

Chesterfields : (With Karen and Charlie Big Time), Gullivers, Manchester, 18/2/2017 - Features
We profile our next London Pennyblackmusic Bands' night which will take place at Gullivers in Manchester, and will feature sets from The Chesterfields, Karen and Charlie Big Time

Goon Sax : Eagle Inn, Salford, 29/9/2016 - Live Reviews
Dixie Ernill finds young Aussie C86 enthusiasts the Goon Sax evoking strong memories of the Go-Betweens at the Eagle Inn in Salford

Wedding Present : Lowry, Salford, 11//9/2016 - Live Reviews
Dixie Ernill watches the Wedding Present play a rare all-seater gig at the Lowry Theatre in Salford in which they performed all of their new album 'Going, Going...' in its entirety accompanied by a backdrop of specially made films

Chills : Kaleidoscope World - Favourite Album Reviews
Dixie Ernill examines New Zealand indie pop band the Chills' debut album 'Kaleidoscope World', which has just been reissued in a two CD expanded edition

Tindersticks : Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 2/5/2016 - Live Reviews
Dixie Ernill at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester watches Nottingham-based alternative rockers Tindersticks play a stunning two set gig, one of consisting old material and one of their entire latest album 'The Waiting Room', which comes accompanied by a short film for each song

Crookes : Sound Control, Manchester, 20/2/2016 - Live Reviews
Dixie Ernill watches Sheffield band the Crookes play an anthemic set of indie pop to promote 'Lucky Ones', their latest album at Sound Control in Manchester

Dale Hibbert : Interview - Profiles
On the back of his recent book, 'Boy, Interrupted', original Smiths’ bassist Dale Hibbert opens up to Dixie Ernill about his life both in and out of music.

Karen : Exchange, Bristol, 23/1/2016 - Live Reviews
Former Brilliant Corners and the Experimental Pop Band front man Davey Woodward’s songwriting abilities remain undiminished as he re-emerges on the live circuit fronting‘super-group’ Karen at The Exchange in Bristol

Dale Hibbert : Boy, Interrupted - Profiles
Dixie Ernill enjoys 'Boy, Interrupted', a fascinating life story of Dale Hibbert, who is so much more than just a former Smith

Ian Prowse : Gullivers, Manchester, 14/11/2015 - Live Reviews
Liverpool singer-songwriter and Amsterdam front man Ian Prowse proves impressive with a lively set of both new and old songs at Gullivers in Manchester

Ordinary Boys : Night and Day, Manchester, 8/11/2015 - Live Reviews
At the Night and Day Café in Manchester, Dixie Ernill finally gets to see the Ordinary Boys perform live over ten years after they first caught his ear, but whilst he can confirm they are no longer boys he finds them ordinary

Indietracks : Midland Railway Centre, Butterley, Derbyshire, 24/7/2015 - Live Reviews
Dixie Ernill is impressed by the first night of the Indietracks Festival which saw sets from Cinerama, the School and Fever Dream

School : Interview - Interviews
Dixie Ernill speaks to Liz Hunt, the front woman with 60's-influenced indie pop band The School about their forthcoming third album, ‘Wasting Away and Wondering', influences and the current indie pop scene

Indietracks : Interview with Natalie and Andy Hudson - Profiles
Despite being less than 10 years old, Indietracks is fast becoming every indie-pop fans favourite festival, Dixie Ernill goes behind the scenes to chat with co-organisers Nat and Andy Hudson

I Am Kloot : Albert Hall, Manchester, 10/4/2015 - Live Reviews
Manchester’s finest cult band, I Am Kloot, perform a remarkable hometown set in former city centre church, the Albert Hall, and an awestruck Dixie Ernill is there to witness

Girl Friend : Ruby Lounge, Manchester, 11/4/2015 - Live Reviews
Dixie Ernill catches new Manchester electro-pop band, Girl Friend, kicking off their current tour with a hometown show at the Ruby Lounge

Allo Darlin' : Deaf Institute, Manchester, 20/11/2014 - Live Reviews
Dixie Ernill finds the underrated Allo Darlin on exuberant form at a show at the Deaf Institute in Manchester

Sharon Van Etten : Manchester Cathedral, Manchester, 24/11/2014 - Live Reviews
At Manchester Cathedral a flu-bitten Dixie Ernill watches Sharon Van Etten play an outstanding show to promote her much acclaimed new album, 'Are We There'

Wedding Present : King George's Hall, Blackburn, 8/11/2014 - Live Reviews
Dixie Ernill finds the Wedding Present surprisingly off form at a show At the King George's Hall in Blackburn on their latest UK tour in which every night they played their fourth album, ‘Watusi’, in its entirety

Belle and Sebastian : Manchester Cathedral, Manchester, 28/10/2104 - Live Reviews
Dixie Ernill watches Belle and Sebastian play a remarkable greatest hits set at Manchester Cathedral

Wolfhounds : Unseen Ripples From A Pebble - Favourite Album Reviews
In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Dixie Ernill reflects on indie pop band the Wolfhounds' debut album 'Unseen Ripples From A Pebble', which is about to be re-released in an expanded edition

Pennyblackmusic Bands' Night : Ruby Lounge, Manchester, 5/7/2014 - Profiles
Dixie Ernill looks back on our recent Pennyblackmusic Bands Night in Manchester, which saw sets from the reformed Brilliant Corners, the Haywains and Horsebeach

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