I kicked off and ended my September in a local setting seeing two bands close to my heart who are based in Manchester! First up a visit to the scene of The Pains Of Being Pure at Hearts favourite ever gig, Chorlton Irish Club, for a charity fundraiser. Emperor Zero debuted their new track, the intense 'Heart Of Iron' which featured a guest appearance by Luke from Naked (On Drugs).

For the first time in months (festival season is finally slowing down thank god!) I got to spend three weekends in the North West and catch up with some exciting local acts like Dead Bear who joined me for a chat about his new Wabi Sabi EP, releasing on Art Is Hard and his progression from band to solo artist. I'll be airing it in the coming weeks on my Amazing Radio show, so keep your eyes peeled, yes?

I also got to chat to some of the most exciting acts visiting the city. The Orwells may now be out on a US tour supporting Fidlar, but I finally got to meet them In Manchester before their show at Soup Kitchen to talk house parties, releasing an album in the US and their most recent UK EP. They have swagger, attitude and are not to be missed live as I found out when I caught them at Great Escape Festival in May.

You know when a night descends into something totally surreal? Well that happened when I headed out to catch up with Anamanaguchi at a festival called Super Byte. Remember all those blips and beeps in retro Nintendo games, well incase you didn't know they've been harnessed for a number of years in music known as chiptune. This three day annual Manchester based festival basically celebrates all things chiptune and it was an eye opener for me - I got to see Luke from the band creating a new tune on his Gameboy as I watched! UK crowds have a bit of a reputation abroad as being reserved foot shufflers and this was just not the case at Super Byte. The high spirited crowd launched themselves at every new artists set with gusto. A total joy to attend, nice to see someone thinking outside the box.

A couple of years ago I met up with Euan from Young Husband at The Griffin in London for a radio chat, we were both a bit worse for wear at the time and I fangirled over the Jesus & Mary Chain who were in the pub whilst Euan debated whisky and Scottishness with Jim Reid. Oh the Memories.

It was lovely to see them playing live in Manchester again after the release of their debut spectacular album Dromes which is out now on Sonic Cathedral Records. It is so very special seeing a band grow from raw talent into something so very accomplished and their debut is testament to that, one of my favourite albums of the year for sure.

I caught up with Alex Maas from Black Angels in advance of Angers Psychfest to talk Psych resurgence, The Psych music family and curating festivals. They're behind Austin Psychfest and Levitation, where I headed for a chilled weekend to experience some of the best European and US psych around. Night Beats, Dead Skeletons, Mars Red Sky, Wall Of Death, UFO Club and Lola Colt blew me away. It was an up close and personal event that I adored, I even got to attend a breakfast event with The Black Angels where they played and talked through some of their favourite records too, which was pretty awesome.

The Psychathon continued with a visit to the Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia where the visuals and stage sets were incredible. The Sonic Boom soundtracked Heretic Installation led to a photographing frenzy according to my social networks and I got to see some bands that I've been obsessing over for a while. Yes, I'm looking at you: Fuzz, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, The KVB, White Manna & Singapore Sling. What else? Cute and eclectic people all around plus a lovely chat with Aaron from Peaking Lights for the next Wichita Podcast!

I ended my month on a high at the PINS album launch spinning a few tunes. It's so awesome to see what these ladies have achieved in the last 18 months: signing to Bella Union, releasing an EP, releasing their debut album Girls Like Us, running their own record label Haus Of Pins, creating fanzines, cassettes and other arty-facts too. Their attention to detail astounds me and they truly give back to the music industry. It's an awesome album that has been well worth the wait and they are total babes to boot.



My five picks for the month are:

1. The KVB: Nick And Kat are releasing album Minus One on November 25th, and before that Ample Play have 'Run Away' on their release roster. If you dig minimal synths, industrial machine drums and vocals low in the mix and set in delay forming an almost cinematic veil then this is the band for you.

2. Lxury is the new moniker for Luxury, London based Andy Smith. Channelling pure pop gorgeousness via a dance mould, his Method Records release, which was produced with Disclosure, is the beginning of something very special.

3. Darlia: The three-piece met in Blackpool, jammed in the music room of the school they cleaned and have since relocated to Manchester to seek a city with a healthier scene to support their music. Go go guitars.

4. Royal Blood: After seeing them live at Beacons Festival and Summer Camp Festival, I was sold. An incredible sound for a two-piece. There's definitely a brooding intensity to the Brighton outfit's rock tones.

5. Madeline Mondrala: I adore the odd arrangements in Madeline's music - a NYC based musician who offers a twist on the classic singer-songwriter. Big love to Something In Construction records for bringing her to my attention!