In Conversation: Mercury Machine

The modern music scene is a tough nut to crack, and new music can come and go in the blink of an eye. Every now and then, a band comes along that stops you in your tracks, and you know you’re hearing something special; on that note, let me introduce you to Mercury Machine.

Another great addition to the world of Manchester music, this band is about to make their mark with the release of a new album. I was lucky enough to catch them in between their busy rehearsal schedule, to find out a little more about what makes them stand out from the crowd. Continue reading “In Conversation: Mercury Machine”

Playlist: New/Old/Undersold #02

Hands up, who has Sunday night dread? You? Oh yes and you too? Well it looks like we’re all in this together then aren’t we! How about a shiny new playlist to make us all feel better?

If you’re a follower of the New/Old/Undersold playlists, then you’ll know what it’s all about already. If you’re a first timer, click on the Playlist menu at the top of the page and have a little read about the music you’ll find in this section (you’ll have a great time, honestly).

Tonight I’ve given you some little gems to brighten up your Sunday- we’ve got everything from brand new artists, who I’ve no doubt in my mind will be headlining in no time at all, as well as a shimmy all the way back to the 70s.

Bring on Monday morning – we’ve got this!

 

Playlist: Don’t Believe in Guilty Pleasures (#02)

Happy Tuesday you lovely lot! It’s not quite Friday, but we’re getting there. In the mean time, let’s have a little midweek singalong to keep us going. We’ve got Iggy Pop, a bit of noughties Yorkshire goodness, and some live Foos – why are you still reading?

Get listening!

To check out the rest of the Don’t Believe in Guilty Pleasures playlists, click here

Gig: Welcome to The Slow Readers Club (02 Apollo Manchester)

If I were to ask you to think of a city known for it’s music scene, I have a sneaking suspicion that Manchester would be fairly high up on your list of answers (said the unbiased Mancunian girl).

With this in mind, let me talk to you about The Slow Readers Club. This band has, with much determination and a loyal following of fans, steadily snowballed into a giant of the Mancunian music world. They’ve been releasing and performing music for nearly ten years, have toured the UK several times over and even filled tents at festivals such as Kendal Calling and Victorious Festival – but here’s the twist. Continue reading “Gig: Welcome to The Slow Readers Club (02 Apollo Manchester)”

New/Old/Undersold Playlists

“We can be heroes just for one day.”

-David Bowie

There are countless magazines and blogs out there dedicated to brand new music, and this is why I wanted to start a playlist section with a little bit of a difference. In the New/Old/Undersold playlists you’ll find amazing bands and artists from every decade; maybe they have been around since before you were born, maybe they released their first tune yesterday. The only thing they have in common, is that you probably won’t find them being played in the Radio 1 Top 40 charts…

This is a place for incredible, must-hear music and artists that might have/have had a huge following in their own genres, but may not be widely known, or even local bands who are just starting out on the gig circuit.

If you know of a band or song that needs to be heard by everyone, get in touch!

Playlist #01

To check out the rest of the New/Old/Undersold playlists (it’s worth it, I promise), click here.

Don’t Believe in Guilty Pleasures

“I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. If you f***ing like something, like it.”

-Dave Grohl 

Say hello to a new little feature for the Blue Light Beat! These playlists are made for full volume sing alongs – whether that’s with friends on a Friday night, or in the Monday morning ‘please don’t make me go to work’ shower…

Keep a look out for regular updates, but if you miss out, you’ll always be able to find the latest offerings by clicking on the playlists tab at the top of the page.

Here’s playlist #01 – Happy Friday!

Make sure you check out the rest of the Don’t Believe in Guilty Pleasures playlists by clicking here – you should probably turn the volume up!

Gig: St. Paul and the Broken Bones at Albert Hall

When it comes to musical choices, it can be incredibly easy to become stuck in a rut. There have certainly been many occasions, when, if you were to look at my playlists over several days, you’d think we were still in the 90s. Oh hey Eddie Vedder, fancy seeing you here?!

Sometimes, it can be your current life circumstances that affect the music you find yourself reaching out for. You know how it goes: naff week at work = Nirvana on repeat. Should we add in some Foos? Oh go on then. How about some lively, early 2000s pop rock to cheer us up? Continue reading “Gig: St. Paul and the Broken Bones at Albert Hall”

Playlist: Arctic Monkeys

It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since the last album release, and the moment that the infamous intro to ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ became a staple of every late night playlist. I vividly remember listening over and over to AM in both disbelief and awe, at the fact that such a strong return could come seemingly out of nowhere.

I know that for many of those growing up around the time this band began to make music, there are plenty of memories, whether good or bad, associated with at least one of their albums or songs. Despite having seen the Arctic Monkeys in Finsbury Park in 2014 and absolutely loving their set, one of my most vivid memories around their music comes from a very different setting. It was Glastonbury 2007, nearing midnight, and I was sitting on my sofa (very much not at Glasto) on the phone to my best friend, who was also watching the festival. We sang along at stupid volumes down the phone to ‘This House is a Circus’ and then, suddenly, there was a point when neither of us spoke for a whole song- it was just too perfect to interrupt. Needless to say, 505 will always remain one of my favourite songs of all time, along with the associated memory embedded forever in my mind.

Here’s of a little celebration of the Arctic journey- from the glamour of Yorkshire all the way to LA. Let’s hope the release of ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ tonight is just as strong as albums gone by!

(There’s a sneaky little not-quite-arctic-monkeys track in this playlist, but it’s one of my favourite covers of all time- the last minute of the song is quite possibly my favourite minute of music ever made!)

 

Playlist: International Women’s Day

Seeing as it’s International Women’s Day, it seems only fitting that my first playlist is dedicated to all the great gals of music. From front women, to drummers and solo artists, I think this one is self-explanatory.

I usually keep my playlists a little shorter, but on this occasion, there were too many wonder women to choose from! Who are your favourite leading ladies of the music world? Is there anyone you’d add to your playlist?

(On a side note- thank you to both Gwen Stefani and my mum, for teaching me that every day can be a red lipstick day…)

 

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