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30 November 2011 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: Das Racist :: Dr Syntax ::
When MC Heems manages to lose a grip on his
microphone during a break in proceedings, he
“I’m sorry I dropped my mic”. Quick as a flash, MC
Dap replies “Man, I’m sorry you ever picked up a
mic”. Not your average hip hop crew, then...
27 November 2011 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
:: Lanterns On The Lake :: Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell ::
Dreamy folk and shoegazey sounds, just what you want
on a Sunday night. Lots of people seem to agree.
THREE FOR TWO (QUID): STUDENTLAND SPECIAL
24 November 2011 / Trof (Fallowfield) / Manchester
:: Shark Teeth (formerly Blood Oranges) :: Two Wounded Birds :: Younghusband ::
Though they’re clearly retro in sound and influence,
there’s something about the way it all fits together
that is sumptuously satisfying and curiously right
26 November 2011 / The Warehouse Project / Manchester
:: James Blake :: Vondelpark :: Mount Kimbie ::
Somehow the pop star from the future became a pop
star of the present, even if there's something
decidedly weird about hearing a crowd singing along
to the heavily processed vocals...
WHIP UP THE VOLUME
25 November 2011 / Club Academy (Academy 4) / Manchester
:: Whipcord ::
Tonight Manchester was served a little reminder of
how heavy rock needn’t be clichéd or trite.
SHOOTING FROM BOTH SIDES
04 November 2011 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: Magazine :: In Fear Of Olive ::
So this is real life, your telling me, and
everything is where it ought to be...
BANGERS AND MOSH
05 November 2011 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: The Blackout :: We Are The Ocean :: Canterbury :: Page 44 ::
An explosion of music on this cold Bonfire Night
ARE YOU CALLING ME A LYRE?
15 November 2011 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
:: David's Lyre :: I Am Blackbird :: Beware! Beware! ::
He's not called David and the jury's out as to whether he has a lyre or not: we investigate a young man whom we reckon is going to be in a few "Sound Of 2012" lists, and come away none the wiser.
16 November 2011 / Manchester Cathedral / Manchester
:: Wild Beasts ::
Wild Beasts, Cumbria’s finest export since
Wordsworth and Barrow Pie provide a special
opportunity to see a band performing at the peak of
18 November 2011 / Academy / Sheffield
:: Smashing Pumpkins :: Ringo Deathstarr ::
The glory days may be a long way behind The Smashing
Pumpkins in 2011, but Billy Corgan appears
determined to bring them back in his own very unique
DON'T LET THE BELL END
17 November 2011 / Trof (Fallowfield) / Manchester
:: The Bell Peppers :: Fear of Men :: Bos Angeles ::
The band are honest enough to admit that the
slightly detuned guitars are accidental (as a result
of leaving them lent against a radiator)
PAINTING A NOISY PICTURE
12 November 2011 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Young British Artists ::
Each member twists and contorts themself as they
deliver a brutal and beautiful set.
GOING IT ALONE
10 November 2011 / Dulcimer (Chorlton) / Manchester
:: Gerard Starkie :: Najia Bagi ::
Now Then Manchester present an intimate evening with
Gerard Starkie who enjoyed acclaim as a member of
Witness, and Najia Bagi who is the voice of To
Sophia, Electronic Exchange and The Ground.
CONSTELLATIONS 2011: A GALAXY OF GREAT LIVE MUSIC
12 November 2011 / Various Venues / Leeds
:: Islet :: Vessels :: Wild Beasts :: Stephen Malkmus :: Ringo Deathstarr :: Bos Angeles :: Exitmusic :: Big Deal :: Outfit :: Hookworms ::
A one day four venue festival packed with exciting
bands that brings a bit of May mayhem into the
middle of November: sensibly, the four venues are
all under one roof.
08 November 2011 / Band On The Wall / Manchester
:: Nils Frahm :: Alexander Tucker :: Date Palms ::
There's a grand piano on the stage, along with a
vintage Yamaha electric, evidence of a string
quartet and enough boxes and cables to launch a
spaceship. This is not your average gig...
07 November 2011 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: GNOD :: Acid Mothers Temple ::
Wasn't punk meant to have saved us from wizardy men
bending guitars for hours on end?
KNOW YOUR ONIONS
05 November 2011 / The Castle (Oldham St) / Manchester
:: Onions :: Pearl And The Beard ::
The connection between having a band member named James Brown and producing non stop action is tenuous...
THURSDAY NIGHT VENUE CRAWL
03 November 2011 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: Politburo :: Warm Widow :: The Christophers :: Paul Green ::
This used to be the time of year where Mancunians
could always go to more gigs than there were days,
although the In The City shaped hole in 2011 has
rather deprived us of the joys of venue-hopping -
mostly. Not tonight.