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26 April 2009 / The Cluny / Newcastle
:: The Rakes ::
Klang ! - The Rakes are back with a taster of their new album and news of late Autumn tour - MM catches them in the NE >>
25 April 2009 / Abode (Chorlton) / Manchester
:: The Suns :: Sycamore :: 3 Dimensional Tanx ::
"That's got to be one of the bands" says my mate as a bunch of lads with vaguely mod hair walk in
24 April 2009 / The Trojan Rooms (Whitley Bay) / Newcastle
:: Hatcham Social ::
From Newcastle we somehow catch up with ones to watch Hatcham Social..
HEAVEN DOWN HERE
30 April 2009 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: Daniel Land And The Modern Painters :: The Lightshines :: Insect Guide ::
It's heartening to see the resurgence of Beat Promotions aptly ambitious Fucked Up Thursdays - regardless of pun they are far from disorganised
I AM THERE
26 April 2009 / The Roundhouse / London
:: Bob Dylan ::
The crowd stretched for hundreds of yards as the desperately ticketless looked toward the heavens for a miracle...Liz Tray catches Bob in his rarest form..
EAST SIDE OF LANCS
25 April 2009 / Bar Bliss / Leigh
:: Puressence ::
Once famed for its cheese-making and the alleged (and later pirated by industrialist Richard Arkwright) invention of the Spinning Jenny ...
23 April 2009 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
:: 65 Days Of Static :: Amusement Parks On Fire ::
It still amuses me occasionally, even after a year or so, that we have a venue called the Deaf Institute..
CAMDEN CRAWL -
24 April 2009 / Venues / London
:: Three Trapped Tigers :: The Whip :: Echo & The Bunnymen ::
Despite a fear of being inside a personal episode of Nathan Barley, as ever, nothing matters but what you hear...
HIGH TIMES IN THE LOWLANDS
17 April 2009 / Sub071 (Leiden) and Vera (Groningen) / The Netherlands
:: Daniel Land And The Modern Painters :: Air Cav ::
Take two of the best bands in Manchester, one van, and a small forest's worth of Multimap print-outs; destination Holland. It couldn't have happened without MM's friends at Incendiary Mag - they'd never seen the bands before, so we let them review it...
23 April 2009 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: The Cinematics :: Hip Parade :: Catfish And The Bottlemen ::
A blistering supercharged retake of an early Simple Minds place the band close to being genuine nu-New Romantics
GREAT POP, FULL STOP.
13 April 2009 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: Brakes :: The Voluntary Butler Scheme ::
Tunes so perfect you wonder how it took pop music 50 years to come up with them - and a pineapple. Yes, it's another evening of long set lists and short songs with the best all-round pop band in Britain.
10 April 2009 / The Black Lion / Salford
:: The Loves :: The Bobby McGees :: Pocketbooks ::
Cakes, fanzines and bittersweet pop - we discover a little corner of Salford where it is possibly still 1986.
BUZINESS AS UZUAL
09 April 2009 / The Witchwood, Ashton Under Lyne / Manchester
:: The Uzual Suspectz :: No Tokyo ::
A capacity crowd on the eve of a four day weekend; forget your NME-friendly indie rock, this is the real music for the people.
PEACE BURIAL AT TEA
02 April 2009 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: A Place To Bury Strangers :: Sycamore :: Darker My Love :: Dead Confederate ::
Half seven in the evening is basically tea time for most civilised adults; it's certainly not rock'n'roll time...
NORTHERN ROCK AND ALL THAT - LOOKING FOR BUDDY
03 April 2009 / The Octagon / Bolton (mcr)
Alan Plater himself teamed up with award-winning multi-instrumentalist Alan Barnes, to bring the World Premiere of this new musical to Bolton's Octagon...
CHICKEN FEED BACK
02 April 2009 / Retro Bar / Manchester
:: Talons ::
There are two tracks about “Buff Orpington” (which from what I can gather, is a breed of Chicken)
CURFEW WHAT YOU WISH FOR
02 April 2009 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Me Vs Hero ::
...the crowd surfing and stage invading celebrates the impending arrival of 9pm
THE ITALIAN JOB
01 April 2009 / Retro Bar / Manchester
:: A Middle Sex :: Aucan :: Celebrity Love Crisis ::
Somewhere down Sackville St, just past the bank you can hear it, although you wouldn't be sure what it was if you didn't know what goes on down here the first Wednesday of the month