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DANCE OR DIE
28 February 2011 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: Janelle Monáe ::
She's played at the Grammys, toured twice in three months and made an album that successfully bridged the divide between blogging hipsters and the modern r'n'b crowd - so what next for the strange and wonderful ArchAndroid?
MOGWAI FEAR NOTHING
26 February 2011 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: Mogwai :: The Twilight Sad ::
Build it and they will come - in very large numbers
and with a note by note familiarity
23 February 2011 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
:: Working For A Nuclear Free City :: Rose Elinor Dougall ::
Rose Elinor Dougall may have started out some
distance from here, but it's been quite a long time
since there has been a female fronted intelligent
reflective indie pop band this good.
THEY'LL NEVER TAKE OUR FREEDOM
24 February 2011 / Moho / Manchester
:: Les Savy Fav :: Young Legionnaire ::
Ladies and gentlemen, you are... actually standing
on the stage...
20 February 2011 / Lancaster Library / Lancaster
:: Yuck :: Pegasus Bridge ::
"You'd better not start a moshpit" the guitarist
warns the two seven-year-old girls hanging onto the
front of the stage. It's Sunday afternoon and we are
in a library - not quite where you'd expect to find
this week's hottest band...
17 February 2011 / Apollo / Manchester
:: Rob Zombie :: Skindred :: Revoker ::
For how many people can you say Bach’s ‘Toccata and
Fugue’ ain’t big enough as entrance music? Or, how
many musicians wouldn’t be upstaged by a ten foot
Jesus/Frankenstein hybrid walking round the stage?
ANYONE FOR (TABLE) TENNIS?
16 February 2011 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Young British Artists :: Weird Era :: Money ::
"It gets a bit manic later" warns a member of venue
staff. Welcome to a new live music club night with
an interesting twist...
BEST OF BRITISH
15 February 2011 / The Ritz / Manchester
:: British Sea Power :: Teeth Of The Sea ::
Like the stale air and sticky floors of The Ritz,
British Sea Power remind us of what is so powerful,
so fundamentally wonderful and thrilling about
A CRACKING SURPRISE
12 February 2011 / Gullivers / Manchester
:: Lovely Eggs :: Hillary And The Democrats ::
And tonight's star turn at Underachievers is... a
married couple who like swearing and sausage rolls.
MY BLOODY VALENTINE
14 February 2011 / Sound Control / Manchester
:: The Duke Spirit ::
It’s Valentine's night and the band is drenched in red lights, but don't be expecting a soothing soundtrack to smooch to: Liela and the boys are back and they don't do soppy.
14 February 2011 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: Dean Wareham :: Ringo Deathstarr ::
As that beautiful, fragile voice soars to the high
point of "Snowstorm" it's not 2011 in Ruby Lounge
any more but 1989 and we're back in the
09 February 2011 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Evile :: Elimination :: Mutant :: Bludvera ::
With monstrous purpose and riffs as densely packed as plutonium235 Evile make you feel like a teenager again, but without the zits or having to tidy your room when you get home. And they've brought some decent supports along too...
JUMPING FOR JOY
04 February 2011 / Club Academy (Academy 4) / Manchester
:: The Chapman Family :: The Joy Formidable ::
Seven years after MM first noted Ritzy and Rhydian's "brazen blend of slacker rock" in a Manchester-based band called Tricky Nixon, The Joy Formidable are on the cusp of very big things indeed. So long as they stay away from Wolverhampton takeaways...
SAD PLACE FOR MUSIC
07 February 2011 / Moho / Manchester
:: Sad Day For Puppets :: Peyote Cult :: Call Me Diva ::
Caution - there's quite a lot of this to get through before you get to Sad Day For Puppets. Which is not dissimilar to the gig: for added authenticity, get your mad uncles / aunts to don fancy dress and stop every so often to listen to an old Sting CD...
FEELING THE LOVE
06 February 2011 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: Patterns :: Grouplove ::
Exuberant, I think, is the word we're looking for...
the latest buzz band from Brooklyn whip up a Sunday
night party in the new and improved Ruby Lounge.