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ANIMAL MAGIC
29 March 2007 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: The Cooper Temple Clause ::
The Cooper Temple Clause are the closest thing to a truly ground-shaking, body-breaking, nerve-blowing British rock band we’ve had for years, decades

WORSHIP OR BE DAMNED
31 March 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: BoneBox :: Petty Thief :: Alexis McLean ::
Tales of being held up by a knife-wielding taxi driver and befriending a crack whore

WAKING UP THE NEIGHBOURS
27 March 2007 / Trof (Northern Quarter) / Manchester
:: The Answering Machine :: Lucy & The Caterpillar :: The Maple State ::
..This feels like playing for your parents at Christmas

AGE OF THE TRAIN
28 March 2007 / The Cockpit / Leeds
:: Troubles :: Anteater :: I Like Trains ::
A welcome return for one of the country's most individual live bands

SOMETIMES GOOD SOMETIMES BAD SOMETIMES BOTH
30 March 2007 / Apollo / Manchester
:: Damien Rice ::
A fine performance of brave, naked, brutally confessional acoustically-strummed ballads

REVOLUTION 96.2 UNSIGNED SHOW MARCH 07
29 March 2007 / The Castle / Oldham
:: Gecko :: The Vortex :: The Next Phase ::
Revolution come up with three new fresh faced bands who are definitely helping reshape the new Manc musical landscape...

PEGGY SUE'S NOT MARRIED
28 March 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Peggy Sue and The Pirates :: Kate Nash ::
Who needs self-help books when you have Kate Nash’s cheery pop?

FUCK YOU I LOVE IT
22 March 2007 / Life Cafe (now see Studio / Chicago Rock) / Manchester
:: Malcolm Middleton :: Strike The Colours ::
The quaint and quirky Malcolm Middleton has not changed one bit since his other outfit Arab Strap burst onto the scene.

PIE EYED CHERRY
24 March 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Cherry Ghost :: The Answering Machine ::
Equal parts Buckley and Bowie, tense and anxious one minute, then suddenly explosive and joyful

FUTURE DAYS
25 March 2007 / Club Academy (Academy 4) / Manchester
:: The Cardinals :: Puressence ::
Puressence are proof that having a past does not preclude having a future

MY SPACE BLEEP BLEEP TOUR
15 March 2007 / Club Academy (Academy 4) / Manchester
:: Ali Love :: Pull Tiger Tail :: I Say Marvin ::
Get out of your bedrooms and hunt down some truly fiery, hungry, visceral, earnest musicians

NAILED ON
20 March 2007 / Trof (Northern Quarter) / Manchester
:: The Generalissimos :: Gideon Conn :: Delicate Hammers ::
..simply the oddest band I think I have ever seen.

MORE SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS
19 March 2007 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: goFASTER>> :: Vile Vile Creatures :: Jack And The Free Trees ::
Instalment 4 of Manchester's newest and possibly most exciting (on par with FNF and that's saying something ! ) event..

SUCKING THE LIGHT
20 March 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Bitterly Ironic :: I Was A Cub Scout :: Laymar :: The Search Map ::
Then it all goes black...

AIR FRANCE
15 March 2007 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: Air ::
A cool, detached display of timeless Gallic synth flair

SPIN SPIN SUGAR
15 March 2007 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: The Sugars :: The Former Bullies ::
The Sugars look like they’ve been transported in from the 1950’s

ONION BARGING
15 March 2007 / The Castle (Oldham St) / Manchester
:: Onions ::
The magnificent “If It Ain’t Gonna Happen” guarantees these guys an indie hit maybe even sometime in 2007

SPREADING NIGHT JOY
12 March 2007 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Kubichek :: The Sonic Hearts ::
Defiant, post-mod rushes built on a feisty chorus and wandering, flickering guitar attacks

TENDER PREY
10 March 2007 / Kings Arms / Salford
:: The Lightshines :: New Hawks :: Starless And Bible Black ::
A nice warm greeting you get at The King’s Arms, even extending to the jar of jelly babies on the table outside the impressively ornate gig area

SINISTER PANDAS AND BANJO SPARKS
09 March 2007 / The Phoenix / Manchester
:: Panda Bear :: Hush Arbours :: Sparky Deathcap :: Voice Of The Seven Woods ::
There's a stern demand of "If you don’t have a ticket leave the queue as you won’t be getting in" from some guy patrolling the line

NO REST
10 March 2007 / Club Academy (Academy 4) / Manchester
:: Mando Diao :: Last Gang ::
Bjorn Dixgard and Gustaf Norgen stand fast and firm all the way through and their utter belief is visible

STEP TO THE BEAT
01 March 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Tilly And The Wall :: The Little Ones ::
A performance that could have given Ginger Rogers a run for her money

THEY THROW PARTIES
04 March 2007 / Life Cafe (now see Studio / Chicago Rock) / Manchester
:: Los Campesinos! :: Sparky Deathcap :: Sky Larkin ::
"Hello, I'm Sparky Deathcap" says the polite young man with a banjo.

DARK CORNERS
08 March 2007 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: Blacklands ::
Let it be known that there is a vibrant underground scene once again waiting to explode

A VULNERABLE ACOUSTIC
06 March 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: James Yorkston (Solo / and The Athletes) :: Denis Jones ::
“Just give me a village the size of a teacup,” he sighs

A GIG AND THEN RIDICULOUSLY DANGEROUS BUT ASTONISHINGLY GOOD HOUSEPARTY
02 March 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Foals ::
Fire up a café into thin shreds with wiry barbs of bleeping song; then proceed to gallop onwards to a houseparty, creating something approaching the third apocalypse in the corner of the living room

BUZZ TOPS
07 March 2007 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Ryna :: The Snarls :: The Nights :: The North ::
It seems The Snarls have really grown into their new skin

EVERYTHING HAPPENED IN THE NEXT HALF HOUR
09 March 2007 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: Enter Shikari :: yourcodenameis:milo :: Chinese Finger Trap ::
After their entrance they’ve lost singer who’s somewhere in the middle of the crowd and who also now seems to be missing his socks

BOWING OUT
07 March 2007 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Zox :: Beat Union ::
Zox sock it to the crowd as they hurl violins and Rhode Island indie into the crowd

JETPLANE LANDING
04 March 2007 / Apollo / Manchester
:: Jet ::
Tonight, JET prove they are mainstays of the retro-rock revolution

WHIPPED VOLTAGE
01 March 2007 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The Whip ::
The Whip whip it up for a celebratory gig for their single release - after a dash home for a missing laptop..

UNDERGROUND
01 March 2007 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: The Star Fighter Pilot :: Monomania :: Onions ::
More shining indie gems from Drys basement club - always worth a visit and here's why..

YOU SAY PARTY...
02 March 2007 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: Shit Disco :: The Rapture ::
Dance, blues funk, disco and indie can all still congregate in the same place

FIRE ALARM
01 March 2007 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: Alexisonfire :: Comeback Kid ::
The most unassuming person in the room is stood to the far stage left- he strokes his guitar as though it’s a frightened fluffy pet

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