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Continuing the music theme…I caught a segment on local TV examining the current British music scene, specifically comparing whats happening now in Leeds, Manchester, and Sheffield, three cities that have launched a number of notable artists. In the case of Sheffield, the city brought us musicians like Jarvis Cocker (Pulp), Def Leppard, ABC, Human League, Heaven 17, Joe Cocker, and Cabaret Voltaire.

The TV segment highlighted acts including Nine Black Alps and Young Offenders Institute in Manchester, The Kaiser Chiefs and Black Wire from Leeds, and speculated that Sheffield has a few noteworthy acts, singling out Harrisons as embodying a new Sheffield sound, and in particular noting that Arctic Monkeys are a British band to listen out for. Arctic Monkeys are are intriguing given that they have yet to release an album but are quite popular. Someone I was chatting with at dinner said that he’d have more luck getting into one of their shows while traveling in North America later this year, since getting tickets to a show in Sheffield is difficult…although I just noticed that their two NYC shows next month at The Mercury Lounge are already sold out.

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