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FEED ME SOME RAP
29 November 2005 / The Empress Ballroom / Blackpool
:: Goldie Lookin Chain ::
The young Feeder fans, many attending with their parents, were about to learn a lesson that is, and, never will be part of the curriculum
TORN AND IMPRESSED
28 November 2005 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: Natalie Imbruglia :: Robert Post ::
The antipodean’s vocals soar out with extra bite in this northern theatre
NIGHTS ARE COLD - THE MUSIC IS BOLD
14 November 2005 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Richard Hawley :: Sophie Solomon ::
Country, folk jazz and blues are thrown into a diverse mix to provide a gripping evening of independent artistry
21 November 2005 / Apollo / Manchester
:: The Bravery :: The Paddingtons ::
Sam Endicott prows the stage like a panto villain from the outset, feeding off the crowd's early spirit with their swooning, trim, rock and roll
COVER UP OPERATION
17 November 2005 / Apollo / Manchester
:: The White Stripes ::
The fact that ten times more care is taken over their covers than their own material speaks volumes.
24 November 2005 / The Music Box / Manchester
:: ¡Forward, Russia! :: The Tommys ::
There are two methods guaranteed to upset your average indie-boy audience. Number one: Be all female. Number two: Age less than 18.
COULDN'T HAVE HAD IT SO MUCH BETTER
26 November 2005 / The Arena / Manchester
:: Franz Ferdinand :: Editors :: The Rakes ::
Franz burn this city and show that you can't keep a good pop song down, especially if you do it with style.
LAST BUS HOME
25 November 2005 / The Castle / Oldham
:: Corinthians :: The Shallow Call ::
Bus stops, equal opportbuties, rock and roll basket cases and two punters who seemed to mistake a heavy, rock band for the Happy Mondays
BACK TO THE FUTURE
15 November 2005 / Tiger Lounge / Manchester
:: The V.C S :: The Nightjars ::
Like The Shadows collaborating with Daft Punk on the soundtrack of a low budget sci-fi horror movie, they are refreshingly vibrant on a sometimes all too serious circuit...
10 November 2005 / The Thirsty Scholar / Manchester
:: Gabby Young ::
The highest orgasmic notes followed by growling viciousness are spellbinding...
04 November 2005 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: The Lovethugs ::
They've really nailed that Hendrix/Cream super band sound so convincingly that I end up wondering what, if anything, has been happening over the last three decades in their native Norway.
BOYS KEEP SWINGING
14 November 2005 / Club Academy (Academy 4) / Manchester
:: The Ivories :: Milburn ::
Irresistible choruses, spiralling upwards through cacaphonies of jaunty noise to the almost-tearful atmosphere of communal campfire singalongs
14 November 2005 / Apollo / Manchester
:: New Order ::
They came. They saw. They then realised they didn’t have to conquer anyone or anything
DON'T FORGET YOUR LIFEBELT
13 November 2005 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Mystery Jets :: The Noisettes :: The Moulettes ::
Roll up for the Eel Pie Revue! A travelling circus featuring the Mystery Jets and showcasing their own hand-picked supporting players, which if you’ve ever seen the Mystery Jets could quite possibly mean anything...
POWER TO THE PEOPLE
09 November 2005 / The Music Box / Manchester
:: The Former Bullies :: The Whip :: Nancy Elizabeth :: Lisa Brown :: The Shallow Call :: Day For Airstrikes ::
Two stages, fairy lights, loud and quiet. High Voltage's 'Power Overload' launch was full of the old leccy.
CUTE AND SICKLY
07 November 2005 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: Mika Bomb ::
Multi-national but primarily Chinese and Japanese, Mika Bomb trade heavily from British stereotypes of what popular Far Eastern music is meant to be. Mika Bomb are typically thus namely; brash, hyperactive, cute...
FULL SUGAR, NON DIET
06 November 2005 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: dEUS ::
Overall it's a set that gives equal importance to old and new and is probably the welcome back that Deus and their fans had hoped for.
02 November 2005 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: ¡Forward, Russia! :: The Subways :: Polytechnic ::
Tonight's headliners The Subways, have to be one of the most overrated bands in the UK right now. Tonight's performance was predictable, choreographed and rather cartoon-like...
EVERYTHING LOUDER THAN EVERYTHING ELSE
05 November 2005 / Apollo / Manchester
:: Motorhead :: In Flames ::
It can’t be easy being a band with one song that’s a thousand times better known and loved than any other, and even the words “Ace Of Spades” send the crowd wild – a fact noted by Lemmy, who’s probably quite used to it by now...
A FAIRLY COMMON SIGHT
02 November 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: The Sights :: The Fratellis ::
They’re not that different from a million bands playing in a million pubs every Saturday night all over the world, and I suspect if they’d come from Wolverhampton or Nowhere, New Jersey they would probably still be there now.
IT'S AL GOOD
03 November 2005 / The Music Box / Manchester
:: The Ending Of . . . :: Omerta :: This Et Al ::
'Wardens' and 'You've Driven for Miles and Not Remembered a Thing' are classics in waiting; just for how long remains to be seen.
THE SKY'S NOT THE LIMIT
01 November 2005 / Mint Lounge / Manchester
:: Explosions in the Sky :: Four Tet ::
Let's shatter a few myths. Explosions in the Sky are not groundbreaking, nor are they mind-blowing.