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Catenary Wires (1) : Gullivers, Manchester, 19/7/2019 - Live Reviews
Dixie Ernill finds indie veterans the Catenary Wires still cutting it live at Gullivers in Manchester.

Popguns : Interview - Interviews
Set to play the next Pennyblack Bands Night in Manchester at the Peer Hat on the 18th October, Brighton indie pop notables The Popguns discuss their re-emergence and future plans with Dixie Ernill.

Oliver Winder : Interview - Interviews
THe Uncertainties' Ollie Winder, who will be playing a special acoustic set at Pennyblack’s Manchester gig at The Peer Hat on 18 October 2019, talks to Dixie Ernill about his forthcoming solo album and his plans for the gig.

Catenary Waves : Gullivers, Manchester, 19/9/2019 - Live Reviews
Dixie Ernill finds indie veterans the Catenary Waves still cutting it live at Gullivers in Manchester.

Popguns : (With Davey Woodward and The Winter Orphans and Oliver Winder), Peer Hat, Manchester, 18/10/2019 - Features
We profile our next Pennyblackmusic Bands' Night which will take place at The Peer Hat in Manchester and, a night of indie pop, which we are promoting with our writer Dixie Ernill, will feature sets from The Popguns, Davey Woodward and The Winter Orphans and Oliver Winder.

Robert Forster : Ten Songs That Made Me Love... - Features
Dixie Ernill, in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...', writes of his ten favourite songs by Australian singer-songwriter and Go Betweens co-founder Robert Forster.

Go Betweens : Right Here - Profiles
Dixie Ernill enjoys Kriv Stender's engaging documentary that delves deep into the heart and soul of Australian indie-rock band the Go-Betweens.

Goon Sax : Gorilla, Manchester. 28/5/2018 - Live Reviews
Dixie Ernill catches Australian indie pop act the Goon Sax in much more confident mood than their first Manchester gig two years ago.

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

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