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Bradford : Interview - Interviews
Dixie Ernill chats to Morrissey's favourite band of the late 1980s Bradford about their recent reformation and their forthcoming first gig in Manchester in twenty-five years.

Slow Readers Club : Manchester Cathedral, Manchester, 4/5/2018 - Live Reviews
Dixie Ernill watches the Slow Readers Club’s home town gig at the Manchester Cathedral hampered by poor sound quality.

James : King George's Hall, Blackburn, 19/5/2018 - Live Reviews
Dixie Ernill at King George's Hall in Blackburn is impressed by James' live set nearly three decades after he last saw them perform a gig.

City Calm Down : Deaf Institute, Manchester, 23/5/2018 - Live Reviews
Dixie Ernill catches Melbourne indie-rockers City Calm Down in fine form promoting their new LP ‘Echoes in Blue’ at the Deaf Institute in Manchester

Dream Wife : Academy, Manchester, 9/4/2018 - Live Reviews
Dixie Ernill at the Manchester Academy finds that Dream Wife, while proving to be genuine, still lack the vocal punch to convince him that they are worthy of the hype.

Monochrome Set : (with the Hepburns and Karen), Thunderbolt, Bristol, 17/3/2018 - Live Reviews
Dixie Ernill watches the Monochrome Set and Karen bookend a fine evening of skewed indie on a wintry night in Bristol.

Starsailor : Ritz, Manchester, 24/10/2017 - Live Reviews
Dixie Ernill enjoys his first Starsailor gig, despite a lack of air con at the Ritz in Manchester.

Dears : Deaf Institute. Manchester, 10/10/2017 - Live Reviews
Dixie Ernill watches Montreal indie rockers The Dears make an excellent live return-to- form at the Deaf Institute in Manchester

Maximo Park : Albert Hall, Manchester, 19/5/2017 - Live Reviews
Dixie Ernill watches Maximo Park, despite a below par current album, still put on a great gig at the Albert Hall in Manchester

Chesterfields : (With Karen and Charlie Big Time), Gullivers, Manchester, 19/2/2017 - Features
Dixie Ernill declares our recent Pennyblackmusic Bands Night, which featured performances from the Chesterfields, Karen and Charlie Big Time, the gig of the year

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

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