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31 January 2006 / Apollo / Manchester
:: The Strokes ::
All doubts are vanquished right from the opening notes of the gritty and grinding debut album dazzler
INDIE POP AND PROUD OF IT
30 January 2006 / The Ritz / Manchester
:: Belle And Sebastian :: Brakes ::
After years of unshamed indie-ness, Belle and Sebastian have grown up into a truly fine pop band who should probably be listed as a national treasure.
HIGH VOLTAGE AND A FOUNTAIN STARTS FIRES
31 January 2006 / The Music Box / Manchester
:: The Fountain :: We Start Fires :: Cohesion :: The Sleaze ::
We Start Fires are young, pretty, three-quarters female, cool and Northern (Darlington, to be precise) – is that the sound of the NME having a wank in the corner?
26 January 2006 / The Music Box / Manchester
:: Alfa 9 :: Keith :: The Sunshine Underground ::
It’s always been a talent of the High Voltage brigade to book bands to coincide with the precise moment the band goes overground, and The Sunshine Underground are about as now as you can get.
27 January 2006 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Nursing Home :: Cherry Ghost :: Ladyfuzz ::
Club Fandango opens for 2006 with Americana-tinged acoustica, dirty indie-pop and a woman dressed like a novelty toilet-roll holder...
STRANGER THAN FICTION
23 January 2006 / Club Academy (Academy 4) / Manchester
:: The Holloways :: Stranger Son ::
23rd January is, according to psychologists, the most depressing day of the year - but latest London exports The Holloways still leave people smiling.
(Extracts from) ROWF, ROWF, ROWF
21 January 2006 / Klondyke Club / Manchester
:: Nursing Home :: I Had An Inkling :: Hunting Lodge :: David Thomas Broughton :: Pifco ::
The only thing missing is Colin Crompton, his flat cap and bell (ask your Gran..).
SHARING SEPARATE WAYS
22 January 2006 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Teddy Thompson ::
“Fuck off!” he yells. “Please?”
19 January 2006 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The Priscillas ::
They sound like The Go-Gos crossed with Mud crossed with The Cramps crossed with The Ramones, they have big hair and they sing about zombies. Lock up your sons, and possibly your dad...
20 January 2006 / The Castle / Oldham
:: Lodestone :: Julian Donkey-Boy ::
Two obvious singles hit you that hard in the mouth, that you end up drinking what you think is a metallic tasting Ribena for the rest of the night.
OK OKGO KO MCR
16 January 2006 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: OKGO ::
“Hey you, the tall guy” - get - “Two Jameson’s... Make that doubles” - the drink quickly appears on the stage. Plus the change ...
THE NOISE ARE BACK IN TOWN
19 January 2006 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: LoneLady :: The Noisettes ::
Beneath the hand grenade fuelled rock-n-roll sit cutesy little dog-like yelps, backed with some subversive harmonies from the guitarist
TESTES TESTES ONE TWO THREE
13 January 2006 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Test Icicles :: Help She Can’t Swim ::
A technicolour racket that’s as exhilarating, stupid and painful as vomiting a rainbow of sulphuric acid
12 January 2006 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: The Fountain :: Finding EMO ::
When many bands are actually 20-(and even 30)somethings writing things they think 15-year-olds might identify with, it’s refreshing to hear it from the real thing.
13 January 2006 / The Waldorf / Manchester
:: Polytechnic :: Micky P. Kerr :: Duty Now :: The Nightjars ::
The hype machine can be a double-edged sword but perhaps this time we should, certainly in part, believe it. The difference is that Polytechnic are doing things on their own terms rather than seeking strength amongst a scene.
12 January 2006 / The Ritz / Manchester
:: Stephen Fretwell :: Morning Runner ::
That second album black hole which swallows many a proud and polished act, most likely, will not claim the deft touch of Stephen Fretwell
IN THE CITY WEBLOGS AND PHOTO ALBUMS HERE
01 January 2006 / Various Venues / Manchester
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