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THE DEVIL YOU KNOW?
27 April 2005 / The Arena / Manchester
:: Kylie Minogue ::
Is she the queen of pop or just some pop puppet bimbo? Is she ageing (dis)gracefully. Anthony Loman went to the Arena to answer some of these questions.
30 April 2005 / The Picturedrome / Holmfirth, West Yorkshire
:: The Stranglers ::
Cath Aubergine travels to the setting of one of Britain's most hackneyed comedies but tonight one of punk's greatest institutions is in town.
CLOR OF THE LAND
26 April 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Clor ::
Vertical fluorescent lights are a fitting means of illumination for Clor this evening; bold, striking and at times sensually obtrusive. No other lighting would suffice.
BORN TO END
28 April 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Dead Men Win Fights :: The KBC :: The Alpha Western :: The Ending Of . . . ::
Goth's not dead, it just cheered up a bit...
OFF THE SCALE
27 April 2005 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: Our Ridiculous Beautiful Plan :: Fuzz Against Junk :: Cul De Sac ::
The Cul De Sac sound is quite literally off the scale, inhabiting an obscure and relatively unmined niche. Each piece could keep you occupied for days.
29 April 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Big Joan ::
You wouldn’t expect Berlin to tear your head off for giving her the time of day. Neither would you expect such aural violence to be delivered politely.
21 April 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Abdoujaparov ::
That band named after the famous Russian cyclist who is now dead
15 April 2005 / Retro Bar / Manchester
:: Polythene ::
“If you want to touch me/seek medical assistance”
30 April 2005 / The Castle / Oldham
:: The V.C S :: The Beat Poet :: Crouch Mog ::
A rollercoaster ride of smart pop, Rock Lobsters and Pulp Fiction
21 April 2005 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: The Permissive Society :: The Fountain :: Laymar :: TVH-3 ::
Wireds latest outing to the S&G causes blown fuseboxes, flying sparks and the use of a 100w lightbulb.
23 April 2005 / The Met / Bury (mcr)
:: Jupiter Sands :: Phantom :: To The Bones ::
A deep blue light descends on the stage, creating the perfect setting for an impassioned beginning to the set; ‘Sleeping Man Wake Up’. It proved to be an apt title – bringing the forty people adrift in that cavernous place to their senses.
CHICKEN PLUCKIN' MARVELLOUS
16 April 2005 / Royal Park Cellars / Leeds
:: Curtis Eller ::
Clad in nineteenth-century braces, basketball boots, a clown moustache with a kazoo, Eller himself is a living testament to the circus, in all its quirkiness.
MAKING MENTAL NOTES
22 April 2005 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Mentalist ::
I first encountered Gary Locke at a Night & Day Christmas party, where with an acoustic guitar and an outstanding voice he managed the quite remarkable feat of turning Wham!’s “Last Christmas” into a heartfelt lament.
THE MAN DON'T GIVE A FUCK
09 April 2005 / The Tavern / Wigan
:: Part Chimp :: Riding Shotgun By Starlight With The Ominous Sight :: The Stray Dog Café :: Mr. Fist ::
If you were ever under the misapprehension that Part Chimp gave a fuck about what you thought then that too will be in pieces on the floor tonight.
WEEP IN THE WILLOWS
14 April 2005 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: Joanna Newsom ::
So we stand there in silence and awe swaying despite the absence of drums. Only the sounds of breathing and the occasional cry for a request fills the silence in between songs. Silence as they say, speaks volumes.
WRAPPED IN PLASTIC
15 April 2005 / Retro Bar / Manchester
:: The Internation Karate Plus :: Polythene ::
This is sheer wreckage, a motorway pile up of a set beset with splintered distortion, screeching vocals and frenzied tempos.
15 April 2005 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: No Hope In New Jersey :: The Lucida Console ::
Each track is a compact epic hit in the making. Rarely do you find such a young band so fully formed never mind as evolved as this.
ELECTRIC CIRCUS ON FIRE
14 April 2005 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: 65 Days Of Static :: Stranger Son :: Yena Veldt ::
The best fun you can have before you go completely deaf.
06 April 2005 / Jabez Clegg / Manchester
:: Gideon Conn :: The Noisettes :: Keith :: The Deadbeats ::
Completely oblivious to the audience, Gideon lives in his own little bubble; a bubble that if you could actually see would probably look like a surreal, romantic, and slightly trippy dream.
SATIN 'N' STEEL
08 April 2005 / The Octagon / Bolton (mcr)
The techno version of John Lennons “Imagine” is pretty hilarious but dangerously interesting
07 April 2005 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Idiosyncrasy :: Liquid Remedy :: Black Fiction ::
This would be a sandwich consisting of two white slices of Aldi Bargain Loaf, with a filling of raw meat, hot mustard and strips of Liver
05 April 2005 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: TVH-3 ::
Dark brooding slabs of electronic thuggery
BURN BABY BURN - MIND ON FIRE ALL DAYER
03 April 2005 / Satan's Hollow / Manchester
:: Day For Airstrikes :: Bandyleg :: North Cross :: The Room Orchestra :: Day of the Fight :: The Dragon Rapide ::
I’m trying to work out which I hate more - bedwetting emo band names or gratuitously overlong and smart-arsed post-rock ones...