"Ist Ist have managed to consistently deliver a spectacular twist on the poetic oddness of their city’s past." Sean Toohey previews.
"The deep personal vein running through her prose acts as a lightning rod for the music." Sean Toohey reviews She Makes War at The Crofters Rights.
"The Futureheads are still the same whirlwind of carefree fun that they always have been." Sean Toohey reviews The Futureheads at Rough Trade.
"This artist draws from an impressive depth of influence to create her orchestrally emotive grunge-laden movements." Sean Toohey previews She Makes War.
Lauren Laverne, Bryan Ferry, Emeli Sandé, the Nissan car plant - plenty to thank Sunderland for. Add The Futureheads to this list. Sean Toohey previews.
"Sleek, smooth and sultry, Family Jools know exactly what it means to be a rock band." Sean Toohey and Jon Kean review their set at The Mothers Ruin.
"It’s the ability to twitch on the border between wholesome and heavy that generates SLONK’s true appeal." Sean Toohey and Duncan Cruickshank review SLONK.
"It’s the fuzzed-out blemishes of roaring guitar and driving organs that grip you first." Sean Toohey previews Family Jools at The Mothers Ruin.
"It's not hard to see just why this act has enjoyed the praise that it has in the past few years." Sean Toohey reviews Lime Cordiale at The Louisiana.
"From his first notes, a dulcet, laconic air of nostalgia fills the room." John Myrtle at Café Kino - Sean Toohey and Jon Kean review.