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A WEEKEND OF D.I.Y. METALWORK
31 October 2010 / Jabez Clegg / Manchester
:: Uncle Rotter :: Infected Earth :: Not Above Evil ::
Manchester's rock scene suffered quite a blow with the closure of Jilly's and Music Box earlier this year, but the Jabez Clegg has stepped in and over Halloween weekend hosted two days of up and coming bands for Manchester Metal Collective.
UNDERACHIEVERS PLEASE DIE HARDER
30 October 2010 / Saki Bar / Manchester
:: Mitchell Museum :: Beat The Radar :: Kid Canaveral :: Secret Headline Act ::
It's All Hallows Eve, um, eve - and our brave reporter dodges the zombies of Oxford Road (and indeed the people in fancy dress) to celebrate with Underachievers at Saki.
30 October 2010 / The Factory (Fac251) / Manchester
:: Osiris ::
I entered the venue half expecting some sharp-eyed
indie kid to tell me ĎYour kind arenít welcome in
these partsí only to be reassured by the sound of
dark riffing issuing from the stage...
A FORCE OF NATURE
28 October 2010 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: The Strange Death Of Liberal England :: The Captives :: Twin Planets ::
You don't give your band a name like The Strange
Death Of Liberal England if you're going to do
things by halves.
POLTERGEIST UPSETTING BARMAN STARTS HERE (?)
27 October 2010 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: DBH :: Deaf To Van Gogh's Ear :: Well Wisher :: Chrik ::
Zombies, tombstones, cross-dressing, balaclavas, an
incomprehensible crossword and a stuffed donkey: we
join Death To Van Gogh's Ear, Hell Wisher, GBH and
Chrik Or Treat (apparently) for an early and
somewhat deranged Halloween party...
OLD SKOOL THRASH WITH A CONTEMPORARY TWIST
27 October 2010 / Moho / Manchester
:: Incidium :: Skin The Pig :: Population Four ::
It's Incidium with their bare-chested drummer and
bastard-hard Flying V guitars who shine the
brightest at this feast of up-and-coming metal
26 October 2010 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: I Like Trains :: Heat Vs Light :: Sketches ::
Normal bands read like a typed series of influences in flat, unadorned Times New Roman typeface. I Like Trains list their chemistry of satin and steel in elegant, lovelorn handwriting, delicately scribed between invisible lines of sorrow...
BIRD IS THE WORD
25 October 2010 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: Tweak Bird :: Pig Village ::
The world is definitely a better place when there are oddly named bands like this, who just donít give a fuck.
SWN FESTIVAL 2010
23 October 2010 / Various places / Cardiff
:: Race Horses :: The School :: Magic Kids :: Y Niwl :: Still Corners :: Henry's Funeral Shoe :: Mr Huw ::
An October afternoon in a city centre; shoppers and kids are interspersed with small groups of people with guitars slung over their shoulders. But In The City was last weekend, surely? Feeling the withdrawal, Cath heads for Cardiff to do it all again...
A FOLKING GOOD BIRTHDAY PARTY
20 October 2010 / Kro Bar (1) / Manchester
:: We Are Willow :: The Shee ::
For Folk's Sake is two years old, and we join them
to celebrate in their own unique style - with a
22 October 2010 / Manchester Cathedral / Manchester
:: Egyptian Hip Hop :: Mystery Jets ::
Even as the lady ticked my name off the list I
remained somewhat sceptical that this gig was
actually going to be inside this mighty building...
ROCK MINUS SOUL
17 October 2010 / Apollo / Manchester
:: Joe Satriani ::
The packed audience, most of whom are wannabe guitar
heroes, are enraptured by his histrionic fretwork -
but MM's heavy rock aficionado finds the legendary
guitar-soloing innovator all head and very little
SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST
19 October 2010 / The Factory (Fac251) / Manchester
:: The Boxer Rebellion :: The Domino State ::
A truly special band which deserve to be heard, there would appear to be little to get in the way of The Boxer Rebellion wishing to reach out to the masses.
IN THE CITY 2010: HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
15 October 2010 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: Dutch Uncles :: Flats :: Kisses :: White Ring ::
The bedraggled remains of the MM crew find
themselves in what feels like home; where we spend
many evenings all year round, not just in October.
It's technically Saturday morning, venues are
closing, but here there's still bands to go...
IN THE CITY 2010: FRIDAY'S DUST TURNS INTO SATURDAY
15 October 2010 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: The Kill Van Kulls :: Skepta :: Japayork :: Bright Light Bright Light :: Picture Book ::
It's getting late and tomorrow things get back to
normal. What to do? Cram in as many bands as is
IN THE CITY 2010: GALLOPING TOWARDS THE FINAL STRETCH
15 October 2010 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Orphan Boy :: Gallops ::
Neither ambient or raving, nor confusing, Gallops'
battle with time signatures and the rumbling pulse
of the music's digital edge is persuasive.
IN THE CITY 2010: THEY'RE FROM BARCELONA
15 October 2010 / Umbro Design Studio / Manchester
:: Mujeres :: Boy Cried Wolf ::
Mujeres brandish their own version of garage fuelled
rock n roll: pretty old school and slightly wild.
IN THE CITY 2010: DUSTY POP
15 October 2010 / The Bay Horse / Manchester
:: To Sophia ::
The wonderfully named Dusty Pop Experiment have been
running a fringe event across the whole three days
in the Bay Horse basement: a lovely friendly little
mini-festival we're kind of annoyed we didn't drop
IN THE CITY 2010: MAKING WAVES
15 October 2010 / Band On The Wall / Manchester
:: Easter :: Spectrals :: Yuck ::
Now Wave have built a deservedly fine reputation in
Manchester for putting on the very best of the new
buzz bands from across the globe - although tonight
our reviewers are most impressed with a band from a
little closer to home.
IN THE CITY 2010 (MOSTLY): VENUE HOPPING
15 October 2010 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: Santiago Street Machine :: Brown Brogues :: The Black Knights ::
We're not sure exactly how David Edwards managed to
cover quite so much ground in the middle of Friday
evening: here he journeys from the heart of the
Northern Quarter to the Fringe - and then right off
IN THE CITY 2010: MAKE US A BREW
15 October 2010 / Gullivers / Manchester
:: Chickenhawk :: Honour Before Glory :: Shapes ::
It's six years since we've been in Gullivers and
they haven't replaced that sticky old carpet -
perhaps as well, really, as tonight it's home to
Brew Records and it's probably going to get very
IN THE CITY 2010: DRY RUN
15 October 2010 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: Driver Drive Faster :: The Bewitched Hands :: Breton ::
This venue has been one of the revelations of the
week, and we look forward to reacquainting ourselves
with it in the near future: tonight Last.FM are
programming the music.
IN THE CITY 2010: ANARKHY IN THE BACK ROOM
15 October 2010 / The Castle (Oldham St) / Manchester
:: PLANK! :: Beat The Radar ::
In The City wouldn't be In The City without a night
curated by Akoustik Anarkhy and they're always
rammed: one of our review team actually manages to
shoehorn himself into The Castle, another watches
through a window and two aren't so lucky.
IN THE CITY 2010: REFUELLING STOP
15 October 2010 / Nexus Art Cafe / Manchester
:: Bugs In Ember :: Girl Peculiar :: Arlo & Fell ::
Friday tea-time in Nexus: banana smoothies, comfy
sofas, progressive trumpet-fuelled folk rock, free
power sockets, tea, acoustic weavings, hillbilly
dubstep and one very proud Dad...
IN THE CITY 2010: THE 14 HOUR MUSIC MARATHON STARTS HERE
15 October 2010 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Golden Glow :: Letters To Fiesta :: Chi Limpiroj :: Ruby Ann Patterson :: The Bewitched Hands :: Glaciers :: Chapter 24 ::
Friday starts in the time-honoured fashion of a massive great big Night & Day fry-up with a full line-up of bands to see us through the afternoon - and Golden Glow manage not to set fire to anything this time...
AWAY FROM IN THE CITY: BRITISH AMERICAN BLUES
15 October 2010 / Apollo / Manchester
:: Joe Bonamassa ::
A New Yorker who cites British as opposed to American influences is never going to be your ordinary bluesman. And itís not that heís the fastest or the coolest; itís the ease and conviction with which he plays that impresses.
IN THE CITY 2010: THURSDAY SHORT CUTS
14 October 2010 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: For A Minor Reflection :: Frontiers :: Hey Zeus :: Crystal Fighters :: Come On Gang ::
More of the best of the rest as bands from Glasgow,
Nottingham and Iceland ply their trade around the
IN THE CITY 2010: BEARDWATCH PART 753
14 October 2010 / Umbro Design Studio / Manchester
:: Aaron Wright And The Aprils :: Holden ::
We're not one for giving Mr Big advertising but as
they are synonymous with our great city, Umbro
deserve a mention as does the backroom of their
store which makes a great makeshift venue. Caution:
contains yet more beards.
THE LAST BROADCAST?
16 October 2010 / The Warehouse Project / Manchester
:: Doves ::
You can't underestimate the importance of this band, nor the love for them, for a generation of Mancunian music fans.
IN THE CITY 2010: NORTHERN NOISE
14 October 2010 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Pulled Apart By Horses :: Japanese Voyeurs :: Crane ::
The Rock Sound showcase brings the noise back to
Oldham Street as most of the MM team have an
explosive end to Thursday evening courtesy of Pulled
Apart By Horses' chainsaw guitar riffs.
IN THE CITY 2010: OUT ON THE FRINGE
14 October 2010 / Jabez Clegg / Manchester
:: The Slow Readers Club :: Deadbeat Echoes :: The Stocks ::
Jon and David escape the Northern Quarter briefly -
largely, it seems, to avoid Lily Allen. No idea what
she's done to them to inspire such loathing, but it
pays off as they catch some quality bands at this
Official Fringe event.
IN THE CITY 2010: THE LIGHTY SQUARE BOX THING
14 October 2010 / Band On The Wall / Manchester
:: worriedaboutsatan ::
One is holding a guitar, the other, the lighty
square man operating the laptop and the lighty
square box thing. Iím not exactly sure what it does
- can you tell?!
IN THE CITY 2010: HEY SCENESTERS!
14 October 2010 / Gullivers / Manchester
:: Egyptian Hip Hop :: Ex-Lovers :: Fiction ::
First on at last year's ITC NME event, this year
Egyptian Hip Hop have drawn a massive crowd. But
what is this current obsession with odd hair?
IN THE CITY 2010: DARKNESS AND LIGHT
14 October 2010 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: Catherine AD :: Let's Buy Happiness ::
Part two of DrownedInSound's 10th birthday
celebrations sees them take over Ruby Lounge for the
evening, kicking off with a couple of interesting
IN THE CITY 2010: MADE IN MANCHESTER
14 October 2010 / Moho / Manchester
:: Berlin Berlin :: 1913 ::
Two new local bands bringing traditional northern
indie sounds right up to date.
IN THE CITY 2010: YOU GOT A ROLL WITH IT
14 October 2010 / Soup Kitchen / Manchester
:: Chad Valley :: Thomas J Speight ::
The Soup Kitchen effectively does exactly what it
says on the tin, as well as dishing up some tasty
morsels from the official ITC Unsigned list.
IN THE CITY 2010: LIVE ON (H)AIR
14 October 2010 / The City Inn / Manchester
:: Steve Lamacq :: Guy Garvey :: John Robb :: Peter Hook ::
Adam makes his first foray into In The City and
finds himself in the middle of a live radio
broadcast - or is it another beard convention?
IN THE CITY 2010: NIGHT AND DAYTIME
14 October 2010 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Klaus ::
The Night & Day breakfast session is as much an
essential staple of In The City as swearing at any
traffic light that dares to interrupt a particularly
tight between-venues sprint.
OUT OF THE CITY (2): E STREET MAN
14 October 2010 / The Lowry Theatre / Salford
:: Nils Lofgren ::
While Manchester's venues are packed with the sound
of cool young bands' hopes and dreams, Salford sees
a visit from a veteran of four decades in the
business who's probably never been cool, and
probably doesn't care...
OUT OF THE CITY (1): MARINE RESEARCH
14 October 2010 / The Deep / Hull
:: I Like Trains :: Sam Airey ::
As In The City panels debate analytical services and
identifying and targeting fan demographics, one of
Team MM makes a break for another city to experience
a unique live event which helped pay for an unsigned
band's new album.
ITC 2010: WEDNESDAY SHORT CUTS
13 October 2010 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: The Janice Graham Band :: Brown Brogues :: Kin :: Shoshin :: Missed You At The Show ::
The bits that didn't really fit anywhere else: a
trip around the smaller ITC venues and fringe events
(and indeed the Oldham St pavement) sees talent
oozing from pretty much every space big enough to
stick a band in.
IN THE CITY 2010: NOHO-A-GOGO
13 October 2010 / Noho / Manchester
:: 2:54 :: Beaty Heart :: Dead Models ::
Moho? Oh no, not Moho but Noho. Can't help thinking
they should have stuck Oh No Ono on in here just for
the tongue-twister value, but they didn't. Here's
what they did have.
IN THE CITY 2010: TRANSFORMATION
13 October 2010 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: Team Ghost :: Ice Black Birds :: The Milk ::
Dry. Yeah, you know: about three inches wide, a bit
smelly, stage in a weird place... well not any more.
Somehow the basement has been transformed into a
rather good new venue. Cath and Stephanie go and
IN THE CITY 2010: RUBY JEWELS
13 October 2010 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: D/R/U/G/S :: O Children :: Factory Floor :: Still Corners ::
Following his controversial turn on the Pay To Play
panel earlier, Jay Taylor is back on home turf
presiding over one of the best single-venue line-ups
of the whole three days.
IN THE CITY 2010: URBAN BEATS
13 October 2010 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Wrigz :: Connect Four :: Murkage ::
Music's not just about guitars and synths, though,
is it? Down in the Roadhouse the Murkage Cartel are
running the Urban In The City event.
IN THE CITY 2010: A MINT LINE-UP FROM HIGH VOLTAGE
13 October 2010 / Mint Lounge / Manchester
:: T3ETH :: The Kill Van Kulls :: Oberhofer ::
Down a disturbingly green-glowing staircase up the
sharp end of Oldham Street is Mint Lounge, a venue
that doesn't see as much use for live music as it
really should - but tonight High Voltage have made
it the base of their In The City operations.
IN THE CITY 2010: WORLDS COLLIDE
13 October 2010 / Band On The Wall / Manchester
:: The Steals :: Seeršuber Jenny ::
Outside in the real world, 23 of the trapped Chilean
miners have been freed. In the rather more surreal
world that is Manchester during in The City, David
Edwards finds beautiful music rather easier to come
by then a simple butty...
IN THE CITY 2010: HAPPY BIRTHDAY DROWNEDINSOUND
13 October 2010 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Mazes :: Brontide :: No Age :: John Wiese ::
There are a lot of people with beards here at ITC.
Is it part of this year's theme? Anyway, as ever
Night & Day is an integral part of festivities and
Drowned In Sound are celebrating their 10th birthday
here tonight. Facial hair optional.
IN THE CITY 2010: A TIGHT SQUEEZE
13 October 2010 / The Castle (Oldham St) / Manchester
:: Christopher Eatough :: Young British Artists ::
Red Deer Club provide In The City punters with their
first tough challenge of the evening - actually
cramming into the tiny Castle back room to catch
their tasty line-up. Two of Team MM are successful,
and are well rewarded for their efforts.
IN THE CITY 2010: THE MUSIC STARTS HERE
13 October 2010 / Common / Manchester
:: Patterns :: Advances In Mathematics ::
And we're off! Pull Yourself Together have trumped
the bigger boys by getting the first live bands of
the evening onstage sometime around tea-time, so MM
kicks off ITC10 with a couple of local favourites.
IN THE CITY 2010: THE GREAT PAY-TO-PLAY DEBATE
13 October 2010 / The City Inn / Manchester
:: Guy Garvey :: Jay Taylor :: The Musicians' Union ::
The first live event of In The City 2010 is not
actually a music performance, although could
seriously affect the music performances we see in
the future. Pay-To-Play is no longer a dirty word,
says the Musicians' Union. MM is not impressed.
YOU LOVE US
12 October 2010 / The Assembly Rooms / Derby
:: British Sea Power :: Manic Street Preachers ::
With the Manchester date of this tasty tour package
clashing with In The City, a disaffected teenager
who loved "Motown Junk" heads for the Midlands two
decades older to see if the Welsh veterans have
still got it...
WELCOME TO 22-20s v2
12 October 2010 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: 22-20s ::
With the band now competing in an industry obsessed
by watered-down reality TV 'stars', it is refreshing
to hear their raucous mix of blues rock in the
intimate surroundings of the Ruby Lounge.
NOSTALGIA, TEARS AND SPLITTING IN TWO
11 October 2010 / Band On The Wall / Manchester
:: Chameleonsvox :: Artery ::
Few things in music create more controversy than
half an ex-band playing the old classics. And few
bands in Manchester attract the reverence The
Chameleons did. This could, therefore, be an
I N T H E C I T Y 2 0 1 0 - Live Blog Now Up !
31 October 2010 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: Various Artists ::
MM's ITC live blog is now live for 2010..
10 October 2010 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: The Black Angels ::
Most of us will never know what it's like to watch
fuzzed-up fucked-up rock'n'roll in 1969 - but with
the Black Angels you get something of an idea.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE ARE FLOATING IN... STOKE
08 October 2010 / Underground / Stoke on Trent
:: Lovelust ::
Where's the stage? Where is anything? There's just
sound. Thick white smoke and sound. A wall of
amorphous sound, heavy as the fog that surrounds us.
NU-METAL'S ELDER STATESMEN
10 October 2010 / Apollo / Manchester
:: Korn ::
over fifteen years on from their impressive debut,
Korn still know how to thrill a crowd and deliver
grinding killer riffs.
UNCONVENTION 2010: COMMUNITY SPIRIT
03 October 2010 / Salford Lads' Club / Salford
:: Billy Bragg :: Leon Walker :: Johnny Neeson :: Viv Albertine :: Beating Wing Orchestra ::
Legends and unknowns share a stage over at the
iconic venue in another of UnConvention's forward-
06 October 2010 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
:: The Twilight Sad :: Errors ::
On paper it may be an odd coupling, but in the flesh
this Scottish double-header works perfectly.
05 October 2010 / The Ritz / Manchester
:: Performance :: Hurts ::
Are the 80s the new 60s? In singing songs about
heartache, pain and doomed encounters on the Severn
Bridge, Performance and Hurts are both re-instating
that dark, jilted angular pop music that had seemed
UNCONVENTION 2010: A SUNDAY SERVICE
03 October 2010 / St Philip's Church / Salford
:: British Sea Power :: Phillious Williams :: Team Me ::
Another example of the UnConvention spirit: just because you're a successful indie band doesn't mean you should be tied into that box for life. That too many bands are quite happy to be, just serves to remind us why BSP are a cut above all of them.
ROCKING IN THE AISLES
01 October 2010 / St Nicholas Church, Burnage / Manchester
:: This Morning Call :: J P Cooper ::
MM pays a visit to Didsbury Arts Festival and
discovers that rock'n'roll churches with gig-
friendly vicars are not just a Salford thing...
UNCONVENTION 2010: ART IS WHAT YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH
02 October 2010 / Various Venues / Salford
:: Mr Heart :: Honeyfeet :: AAAK [As Able As Kane] :: The Black Knights :: John Herring :: Kaya & Captain Temper :: caro snatch ::
We spend a day watching music in a museum, with a
quick trip to a nearby church. This is UnConvention
2010 and aside from the panels and discussions aimed
at helping the grass-roots music community there's a
fine bill of live music.