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ROCK AND ROMEO: NEEDTOBREATHE

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A rainy and unassuming Monday evening, and I am travelling to The Ruby Lounge in Manchester to see NeedToBreathe. The venue you may remember from when I went to see Young the Giant last year. Even then, this venue made an impression on me - a basement shrouded in red light with the best sound I’d heard come out of such a small space. My idea of a truly great gig has definitely changed over … Continue reading

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Rock and Romeo: Dan Williams

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Acoustic lovers, start queuing. Myself and Rock and Romeo have returned with an extra special treat for you. Though this blog post may contain similar DNA to my own, and potentially a smidge of bias, I can guarantee if you have a preference for acoustic-alternative vibes with a little bit of surfy-slicked pop thrown in, then you will enjoy what I have in store for you. Certainly no stranger or newcomer to myself, Dan Williams … Continue reading

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ROCK AND ROMEO: ben howard

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Along with my penchant for full-blown rock ‘n’ roll, hip-hop and soft electro beats, one of my all-time favourite musical genres is rough, folky acoustic. This time, it comes in the shape of Ben Howard. Before reading anything about this new, mysterious voice, I was immediately reminded of Mumford & Sons on first listen of ‘The Fear’, Ben’s fourth single from debut album Every Kingdom. The atmospheric, rootsy guitar riff, the hypnotically calming yet equally … Continue reading

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ROCK AND ROMEO: young the giant

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With rain-soaked Carvela’s intact, and hair looking far from polished, there seemed to be only one antidote to my Brit-weather-fuelled mood, and it resembled an evening in the company of California natives, Young the Giant. Tickets arrived in the form of a stamped hand, and to my surprise, I would be listening to four separate showcases of support music before I could bop about to YTG. The first act sat proudly behind her Yamaha keyboard, … Continue reading

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ROCK AND ROMEO: ed sheeran + interview with the man himself!

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For a lad who was playing music for nine years before he even got signed, it’s not surprising how immense, not to mention well-crafted, his list of hip-hop infused acoustic songs stand today. But then you’re hit with the fact that Ed Sheeran is just 20 years old, and if you’ve ever been to one of his gigs, this little tidbit will seriously knock you sideways. His songs get people talking (“did he just sing … Continue reading

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ROCK AND ROMEO: LITTLE COMETS

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It is a well-known fact that comets like to appear unexpectedly, out of the blue and are celestial phenomenons. Well, most of this also applies to the musical version. Little Comets won’t be described as a phenomenon sadly, but do a damn good job at turning up in the most unexpected of places with some freaky-folky, ‘kitchen sink indie’ tunes that will brighten up anyone’s day. They got their fanbase going by playing unadvertised, unscheduled … Continue reading

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ROCK AND ROMEO: HURTS

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Before the recommendations came pouring in from my favourite music connoiseurs, namely my brothers, I’d never given Hurts a second thought. I’d heard their singles very briefly on Radio 1, but then their brilliantly kooky performance on last Saturday’s NME Awards brought back my favourite feeling of excitement and awe that comes when a song suddenly ‘clicks’. That’s a term me and my friend Thom devised for when the musical penny drops, which is exactly … Continue reading

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ROCK AND ROMEO: THE WHIGS

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Support bands rarely get my blood pumping, and up until I saw The Whigs play in December, not one support band had me running home frantically to download their premature discography. These lads were Kings of Leon’s support band; definitely not a tour to turn down, what with all those sold out arenas! And I only caught two of their songs, so to me, that says something. During those two songs, The Whigs had plenty … Continue reading

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ROCK AND ROMEO: FRAN AND JOSH

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When a classically trained guitarist and a cheeky chappy with an indisputable knack for songwriting pair up, amazing things can happen. This month, I am presenting Fran and Josh. This guitar-smacking, flamenco-inspired duo have been resonating ska and acoustic beats for just over four years, honing in on their songwriting and guitar skills, which has more than paid off. The media has been quick on Frosh’s heels - they have already been showcased on two … Continue reading

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ROCK AND ROMEO: MONA

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This is a new feature that I’m very excited about! I’ve been meaning to throw more music into my blog, so I think this is the perfect start. Every month I’m going to introduce to you one of my new music discoveries. Hopefully this will be just as exciting for you guys as it is for me! Time to buckle down with the new tunes… This month, I’m presenting a young band from Nashville called … Continue reading

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