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LONGEST CUTS
12 October 2009 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: The Longcut ::
Three years on from a debut album which was unleashed upon a wave of hope and expectation, local 3 piece The Longcut are back

SETTING SONS
02 October 2009 / The Castle / Oldham
:: The Tides ::
Here tonight, their music is on home ground, running free in urban territories located in the shadows of the Pennine border

SONG ABUSE
29 October 2009 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The Souvenirs :: The Winding Sheet :: Nowhere Again ::
Three unknowns keep the musical fires burning on a damp October Thursday evening..

PASSIONATE AFFAIR
24 October 2009 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: Passion Pit ::
Itís noticeable that Passion Pit are at that transitional stage between normal every day folk and pop gods

ITC09: THE FINAL BLASTS
20 October 2009 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: The Northwestern :: Koko Von Napoo ::
Koko Von Napoo sound like they live in the sort of vibrant primary coloured world you see on kids' TV, eating sherberty sweets while listening to OMD and Stereolab but ignoring the miserable bits. A great end to the "weekend"!

ITC09: INTERNATIONAL RESCUE
20 October 2009 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: Morton Valence :: Bo Ningen :: Asakusa Jinta :: Ezra Bang And Hot Machine ::
Two Japanese bands and two with a multinational membership - there might not be any "official" international showcases at ITC09 but we find an unofficial one before catching up with some old MM favourites via a rather athletic sprint across town.

ITC09: TUESDAY MAY BE WET BUT MANCHESTER IS STILL GIVING OFF SPARKS
20 October 2009 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: The Real Dolls :: Young British Artists :: Dutch Uncles :: The Heartbreaks :: Dressed To Kill :: Young Guns :: Saving Aimee :: Lights Out Action :: The Mandigans :: ::
In another night of Northern Quarter venue-hopping Jon A experiences the full range of local acts ITC has to offer, from Manchester's brightest new hopes to a couple of bands who probably shouldn't have been out on a school night.

ITC09: NORTHERN QUARTER PIC'N'MIX
19 October 2009 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: Twin Atlantic :: The Vanguards :: Kids On Bridges :: The Real Dolls :: The Janice Graham Band :: Brides :: The Ray Summers ::
Mondays, especially those accompanied by the impending return to GMT, falling leaves and a damp, hacking cough inducing climate, are not at their most inviting. But this is Manchester; October rain is our summer, neon is our limelight and pavements...

ITC09: OU EST LES PUNTERS?
19 October 2009 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: Ou Est Le Swimming Pool :: Heels Catch Fire ::
In which we watch a great band play to a sadly small crowd at what used to be Once Central Street, and a not-so-great one play to a few more in Ruby Lounge...

ITC09: THE HALF WAY POINT
19 October 2009 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: Telegraphs :: Copy Haho :: Hook And The Twin :: The Law :: Unicorn Kid :: Young Rival ::
Monday evening venue hopping finds two takes on the sound of young Scotland, noisy alt-rock, a teenage techno prodigy, some "Canadian Scousers" and two blokes with some great noises but rather in need of technical support...

ITC09: OIL CITY CONFIDENTIAL - MM GOES TO THE MOVIES
19 October 2009 / The Cornerhouse / Manchester
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In which Cath takes a break from watching actual live music to go and see a brand new film about one of the greatest and most influential live bands Britain ever produced, the legendary Dr. Feelgood.

ITC09: ANOTHER LOVELY BREAKFAST
19 October 2009 / Pyramid Arts Centre / Warrington
:: Tim And Sam's Tim And The Sam Band With Tim And Sam :: A Genuine Freakshow ::
Tim And Sam's Tim And The Sam Band With Tim And Sam are exactly how every day should begin, I'm sure the world would be a better place for it.

I LOVED REDJETSON
15 October 2009 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
:: I Like Trains :: Pocketknife :: Swimming ::
I Like Trains come out fighting...

SAILING THE SEVEN SEAS
13 October 2009 / The Ritz / Manchester
:: Echo & The Bunnymen :: Exit Calm ::
Despite many years' practice at being the miserable men of rock deep down they probably know what their audience really want...

NO HIDING PLACE
10 October 2009 / Bull's Head / Stockport
:: The Hidden Gem ::
Over the past year or so, MM has received a series of interesting packages from a mysterious outfit called The Hidden Gem...

ITC09 : MEANDERTHON
18 October 2009 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: Butler Williams :: The 66 :: The Tides :: Talons :: King Vulture :: Neil McSweeny :: Wu Lyf :: Sara Schiralli :: Loverman :: Wall Street Riots :: Feldspar :: Shapes :: The Switch ::
My ears sound like a kidís been using them as a trampoline...

ITC09 : MANCUNIAN GIG HOP
18 October 2009 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: Egyptian Hip Hop :: The Black Knights :: Air Cav :: Nomad Jones :: Wolf Gang :: The Switch ::
I guess (possibly in the "blind man playing darts" sense) the NME does get it right occasionally

ITC09 : NEXUS STOP
18 October 2009 / Nexus Art Cafe / Manchester
:: LR Rockets :: Wild Palms :: Wu Lyf ::
...They're so punk rock they've driven all the way from London in a one-litre Datsun

ITC09 : SUNDAY BREAKFAST SESSIONS
18 October 2009 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Run Toto Run :: Neil McSweeney :: King Vulture ::
As everyone knows, In The City starts with a big dirty fry-up in Night & Day accompanied by whatever music they decide to throw at you

ITC09 : ON HOPE STREET
17 October 2009 / Hope Mill / Manchester
:: The Second Floor :: The Witches :: Easter :: The Black Knights :: Arch Navvies ::
Through a semi abandoned retail park, past PitBulls on constitutionals and derelict pubs (The Bank Of England ironically), there is Hope...

ITC09 : GOING THROUGH THE MILL
17 October 2009 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: Echodeck :: My Albatross ::
The opening salvos of this years ITC...read on...

ITC09 : IN THE CITY LIVE BLOG NOW UP!
20 October 2009 / Various Venues / Manchester
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manchesterMusic's Live ITC Blog is now back up

SHADEY BUSINESS
08 October 2009 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: I Am Three :: Shakeys Brother :: The Systematics ::
Why on earth do people wear sunglasses at night? Maybe they were trying to disguise some kind of domestic abuse? Perhaps they come from a place far darker than Manchester?

BENT INTO SHAPE
08 October 2009 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
:: Micachu & The Shapes ::
See, Micachu swings from scruffy and touching to downright scar

FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOUR XX
04 October 2009 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
:: The XX ::
With their washed-out pallor, deep bags beneath their eyes and faintly unsettling dress sense, the rumbling darkness of their music becomes less knowing and more sincere

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