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DIRTY WHITE - HIGH VOLTAGE MARCH iii
31 March 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Jackie O :: Laymar :: Viva Stereo :: Snow White ::
The end result is somewhere between “What the fuck was that all about?” and “I think we’re going to be seeing a lot more of these boys”.
06 March 2005 / Life Cafe (now see Studio / Chicago Rock) / Manchester
:: Albert Lee ::
Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes’ recipe for an awe-inspiring gig is simple: forty-odd years of experience and the desire to have a bloody good time. The combination makes for a musical passion and purity redundant of the pretence...
LIVE – GRANADA SPECIAL
31 March 2005 / The Town Hall / Manchester
:: The Stone Roses ::
Why did we have to wait so long to hear this again ?
28 March 2005 / The BierKeller / Manchester
:: Selfish Cunt ::
Tomlinson wants to be in your face and he literally manages that
ELECTRIC CIRCUS #25 : A GOOD FRIDAY
25 March 2005 / The Castle / Oldham
:: Yena Veldt :: Loose Canon :: Working For A Nuclear Free City ::
Razor sharp instrumentals, that at times feel like a long slide down a barbed wire life line using bare hands
DOGS THAT BARK
13 March 2005 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Dogs ::
Cooke walks on stage with what appears to be a scarf in the red and black colours of Milan who recently knocked Man United out of the European cup
DON'T LOSE YOUR (SUB)WAY
06 March 2005 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: The Subways ::
The rawness and undoubted ability flickers brightly thoughout, albeit all to briefly
03 March 2005 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: Tsuji Giri ::
Someone else’s guitar strap might slip off; Martin’s snaps at the neck
ALL PERFORMANCE, NO COCKTAILS
25 March 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Performance :: The KBC :: Little Dipper ::
“Lost Youth” is a moment of electropop perfection which leaves me misty eyed for the days before New Order stopped being arsed, and on the last song all illusions of ice-cold posturing are swept away in a blitz of guitar-led electropunk.
EBBS AND FLOWS
26 March 2005 / Life Cafe (now see Studio / Chicago Rock) / Manchester
:: Red Sea :: The Tides :: The Flow ::
Think of Coldplay’s best song (In My Place, in case you were wondering) with several hundred times more emotion and higher peaks than the coffee table boys could contemplate.
HEADLINERS - 0, SUPPORT - 4
21 March 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: TVH-3 :: Beats Capri :: Vatican DC :: Battle :: The Rakes ::
...the dirty, Suicide-soaked electro-Krautrock band they’ve always threatened to be – even the machine-driven backbeat sounds like it’s been having a seedy liaison up a back alley...
08 March 2005 / Apollo / Manchester
:: Michael McDonald ::
McDonald proved that despite now being bracketed as one of pop music’s elder statesmen, with a voice of such soulful and peerless quality, he still has plenty to offer in these modern times.
10 March 2005 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: Mercury Rev :: The Duke Spirit ::
How a band as volatile as Mercury Rev has lasted so long is nothing short of miraculous but like those few chosen others it’s the instability that has made them so special.
02 March 2005 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: Lemon Jelly ::
Dancing squirrels, moshing humpty dumpties and flying fish? Families with children stand alongside possessed dance freaks, students alongside balding flask-carriers. The Messiah of silliness must have come.
WHO WANTS TO BE ANARKHY?
05 March 2005 / The Garden Hotel / Manchester
:: The Zans :: Loose Canon :: The Harrisons ::
Loose Canon, the heart and soul of the evening arrive on stage armed with a set of songs to blow even the most drunken man in the corner away.
GIVING IT BACK
05 March 2005 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Laura Veirs ::
We’re feeling rather muggy in the beer and smoke-tainted air of the Roadhouse but mentally we could be aloft a corrie taking in a crisp breeze and admiring Mother Nature’s sculptures.
WALLS CLOSE IN - BLOWOUT MARCH 05i
04 March 2005 / The BierKeller / Manchester
:: The Forest :: The Mountaineers :: Gabrielle's Wish :: Stranger Son ::
Frontman Gareth Smith looks ready to attack someone. You want to step back but the wayward spiral of threatening post-punk post-rock sucks you right in. And then… a saxophone? If ever an instrument has been cruelly abused...
ONE TO WATCH
01 March 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Sondre Lerche ::
It’s quite scary when someone can play wordless verses and still wow people with the kind of emotion that this young Norwegian embodies.