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Pink Floyd : A Delicate Sound of Thunder - Profiles
Recorded during their longest ever tour, a reissue of 1988 concert film The Delicate Sound of Thunder sees Pink Floyd attempting to adapt their pioneering psych/ prog rock for a new generation. Richard Lewis reviews

Roger Waters : Us + Them - Profiles
Richard Lewis watches a highly impressive document of Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters’ huge 'Us + Them' tour, which sees the musician in typically uncompromising, fiery form.

Ben Ottewell : Leaf, Liverpool, 5/3/2020 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis watches Gomez lead singer Ben Ottewell turn in an excellent solo performance at Leaf in Liverpool.

Ride : Ritz, Manchester, 12/12/2019 - Live Reviews
On the final tour date in support of acclaimed new LP ‘This Is Not A Safe Place’ shoegaze legends Ride turn in a storming set on Election Night at a sold-out Ritz in Manchester. Richard Lewis reviews.

Happy Mondays : Mountford Hall, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, 6/12/2019 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis enjoys a set of classic hits and more obscure early tracks from the Happy Mondays at the Liverpool date on what might be their last full-scale tour for a while.

Shed Seven : Going for Gold - Favourite Album Reviews
Richard Lewis examines Britpop act Shed Seven's Greatest Hits compilation 'Going for Gold', which, originally released in 1999, has just been reissued in a new double CD edition with additional studio sessions and live tracks.

Happy Mondays : Interview with Shaun Ryder - Interviews
With festival dates over the Summer and a Winter Tour due in December, Richard Lewis talks to Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder about the group’s formative early years and future plans.

Lemonheads : Ritz, Manchester, 12/2/2019 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis at the Academy in Manchester watches US alt. rock legends the Lemonheads play a rapidfire set of tracks from across their lengthy career.

Dandy Warhols : Albert Hall, Manchester, 30/1/2019 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis watches Portland, Oregon alt. rock legends the Dandy Warhols celebrate their twenty-fifth anniversary by playing an eclectic and career-spanning set at the Albert Hall in Manchester.

Embrace : Interview - Interviews
Ahead of two Christmas shows in early December, Embrace bassist Steve Firth chats to Richard Lewis about the band’s forthcoming 2019 tour to celebrate the 21st Anniversary of the group’s debut LP ‘The Good Will Out’.

James : Interview - Interviews
With their fifteenth album ‘Living In Extraordinary Times’ heading for the Top 5 of the Album Charts, James multi-instrumentalist Saul Davies discusses with Richard Lewis the making of the new LP, not becoming a nostalgia act and what lies ahead for the group.

Embrace : Interview - Interviews
With their seventh album ‘Love Is A Basic Need’ just released and a UK tour due to start in late March, Embrace bassist Steve Firth chats to Richard Lewis about the recording of the new album, live dates and future plans for the quintet.

Stranglers : (With Therapy?), 02 Academy, Liverpool, 6/3/2018 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis watches punk legends the Stranglers showcase their impressive live firepower at a full capacity, extremely hot O2 Academy in Liverpool with Northern Irish rockers Therapy? in support.

Happy Mondays : Olympia, Liverpool, 1/12/2017 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis finds seminal Manchester band Happy Mondays rolling back the years with an all-conquering Greatest Hits set at the Liverpool Olympia.

Ride : (With Ulrika Spacek), O2 Academy, Liverpool, 14/11/2017 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis watches shoegazing pioneers Ride turn in an impressive set in Liverpool to plug excellent comeback set ‘Weather Diaries’ with rising London alt. rock crew Ulrika Spacek in support.

Killers : Arena, Manchester, 14/11/2017 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis watches the Killers, visiting the city they call their ‘musical spiritual home’, turn in a stunning career-spanning set to a rapturous capacity crowd at Manchester Arena.

Jesus And Mary Chain : O2 Academy, Liverpool, 21/9/2017 - Live Reviews
Noise rock pioneers The Jesus and Mary Chain turn in an excellent career-spanning set at the O2 Academy, Liverpool in support of recent LP ‘Damage and Joy’. Richard Lewis reviews.

Rolling Stones : Their Satanic Majesties Request - Favourite Album Reviews
The Rolling Stones’ 1967 album ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’ saw the band moving into psychedelia and was recorded against the backdrop of the most tumultuous period in their history. Recently reissued, Richard Lewis in our Re: View section examines a LP that is a curio in the Stones’ catalogue

Verve : Urban Hymns - Favourite Album Reviews
In our 'Re:View' section, Richard Lewis explains why British band, The Verve, is considered one of the seminal bands of the late 1990s and early 2000s due to 1997 Platinum album, 'Urban Hymns', which has just been reissued in an expanded 5 CD with DVD box set

Evan Dando : Gorilla, Manchester, 19/5/2017 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis finds Lemonheads mainstay Evan Dando is ramshackle and superb in equal measure at Manchester Gorilla on a tour to support the reissue of 2002 solo LP ‘Baby I’m Bored’

Jesus And Mary Chain : Academy, Manchester, 25/3/2017 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis finds the Jesus and Mary Chain, who are currently touring 'Damage and Joy' their first new album in nineteen years, to be on formidable form at a near-capacity Manchester Academy

Blue Aeroplanes : O2 Academy, Liverpool, 11/1/2017 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis reviews Bristolian art rock stalwarts the Blue Aeroplanes' highly impressive return to the stage on the opening night of their first UK tour in years

Embrace : Olympia, LIverpool, 15/12/2016 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis watches resurgent quintet Embrace turn in an impressive career-spanning hits set at the beautiful Liverpool Olympia

Blue Aeroplanes : Interview - Interviews
With fourteenth studio album ‘Welcome Stranger!’ set for release in January along with an extensive UK tour, Gerard Langley, the leader of Bristol art-rock outfit the Blue Aeroplanes, chats to Richard Lewis about the making of the new LP

Black Grape : O2 Academy, Liverpool, 17/11/2016 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis watches Happy Mondays' front man Shun Ryder's other band Black Grape make an excellent return to form in a comeback gig at the O2 Academy in Liverpool

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