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OSCARS FOR McQUEEN
23 January 2007 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: McQueen ::
Hayley Cramer is a breathtaking sight to behold, grimacing and pounding her instrument with force as the feisty howl of Leah Dours to devours the beats.
FLYING WITHOUT WINGS
17 January 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Guillemots ::
A warm, loving, crafted affair that interleaves subtleties and nuances with catchy beats.
BONNIE'S BRIDGE OVERTROUBLED WATER
24 January 2007 / Bridgewater Hall / Manchester
:: Bonnie "Prince" Billy ::
A string-laden, smooth, lilting affair, laced, as ever, with elegant adult beauty and - just maybe - a little less fidgety mischief than usual.
NERINA'S SECOND COMING
29 January 2007 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: Nerina Pallot ::
Nerina Pallot would have been easily forgiven for commencing this intimate solo show, with a somersault and a curtsey
31 January 2007 / The Rampant Lion / Manchester
:: Air Cav :: The Clerks :: Contact Mo ::
Tune In For Christies starts up with an exciting and eclectic collection of local talent
26 January 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Hot Club de Paris :: Dartz! ::
Could Hot Club de Paris be the world's first demented math-rock barbershop pop stars? And what is it with the North East and these exclamation marks?
SPACE-DUST INDIE FRENZY
25 January 2007 / Retro Bar / Manchester
:: Das Wanderlust ::
Two minute songs are held together with bits of string and sprinkled with glitter and spice.
BIFFY THE EMPIRE SLAYERS
20 January 2007 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: Biffy Clyro :: The Bronx :: The Audition ::
Biffy Clyro triumph with their trademark combination of brilliant anthems, doses of pop, fractured timings and searing heavy rock
ESCAPE TO VICTORY
24 January 2007 / Jabez Clegg / Manchester
:: Extinguish Her :: Laymar :: Make Good Your Escape :: Arthurian Romances ::
Could Make Good Your Escape be set to follow fellow Fierce Panda alumni such as Coldplay and Keane into slightly larger venues than a cold dark room above a pub? Possibly, but only if they can avoid locking their keys in the van...
22 January 2007 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Morning Sparks :: The Windfall ::
They write anthemic tunes, then twist them into skewed, irregular shapes that would terrify the sort of people whose idea of an anthem is something you can hold your phone aloft to in the Something Arena.
OLD SCHOOL ASSEMBLY
19 January 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: The Ending Of . . . :: Onions :: Assembly Now :: Sir Yes Sir ::
Fuzzy electro-indie, psychedelic harmonies and goth-pop frenzy make for a fine supporting cast, even if the most memorable thing about the headliners' set is their tale of a van crash on the way here...
VIEW FROM A WINDOW
15 January 2007 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The Window Right :: Granby Row ::
Instrumental, atmospheric and compelling it's as if the tense storm-heavy Pennine air has seeped into their songwriting hearts.
03 January 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: iDresden :: You Remind Me Of Rasputin ::
By the next gig people will have got bored with staying in watching telly.
10 January 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Bikini Black Special :: The Vipers ::
Just go and see them - but don't stand too close to the speakers
13 January 2007 / Joshua Brooks / Manchester
:: The Courteeners :: Its A Buffalo :: Nick Ainsworth ::
From the opening notes to the final chords, the event becomes one sing along party