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A F-KING BRILLIANT MESS
16 April 2010 / Sound Control / Manchester
:: Onions :: Frazer King :: Deja Vu Holocaust ::
Frazer King are a shambles tonight, and yet somehow
I'd still rather be watching Frazer King all over
the place than most other bands playing by the
FEAR OF DROWNING... IN FEEDBACK
26 April 2010 / Moho / Manchester
:: British Sea Power :: Strangeways :: Lost Knives ::
There's one thing you have the right as a punter to expect from a music venue - especially a relatively new one - and that's to be able to hear the bands you've come to see. BSP triumph over the gremlins, eventually, though the supports aren't as lucky.
FROM MANCHESTER WITH LOVE
28 April 2010 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Everything Everything :: Hurts :: The Heartbreaks :: Darwin Deez ::
Two different and innovative bands, one well-chosen local opener each night: a surprisingly good showing for the NME Radar Tour. And they've even stuck a comedy act on the bill, a great spoof of a Brooklyn fashionista act. Sorry? What? He's serious?! Oh.
I'M A BARBIE GIRL... SORT OF!
25 April 2010 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: Bad Taste Barbies ::
Their dress style can only be excused by the fact
that Barbie 1, who is wearing a silver hot pants and
black leather jacket combination, is a bloke.
SUNDAY NIGHT VARIETY SHOW
25 April 2010 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
:: Three Trapped Tigers :: Talons :: The Kill Van Kulls :: Elmo Logic ::
Music Box may be no more, but this High Voltage - in
association with the like-minded Now Wave - is a bit
like those classic Thursday nights: four diverse
bands, all great in their own different ways.
INDIE POP AIN'T NOISE POLLUTION!
24 April 2010 / Saki Bar / Manchester
:: Insect Guide :: Mammal Club :: With That Knife :: Elmo Logic ::
With Saki threatened once again by the noise police, Underachievers Please Try Harder battle on regardless and present a great night's musical entertainment.
24 April 2010 / An Outlet / Manchester
:: WU LYF ::
WU LYF: what's that all about then? We sent our roving reporter and photographer out to hunt them down and told them not to come back until they had - behind the beetroot and rocket salads, curtains and fairy lights this is what they found.
ATTACK OF THE VILE PLAGUE SPIDERS
22 April 2010 / The Oxford / Manchester
:: Plague Doctors :: Vile Electrodes :: Spiders Eat Vinyl ::
Pulsing, perma-frottage bass gasps, Chris Moyles nailed to a cross and flashes of Acid House gurn-riffage. Amazing what you can find in the upstairs room of a pretty ordinary pub on a Thursday night, isn't it?
HITTING THE RIGHT BUTTONS
22 April 2010 / Club Academy (Academy 4) / Manchester
:: Fuck Buttons :: Factory Floor ::
You take from this band the experience you want - lose yourself in the sonic whirlpool, move yourself to the beats, scratch your chin at the cleverness of it all.
FOUR DRUMMERS DRUMMING
21 April 2010 / Peel Hall / Salford
:: Music For Four Drumkits ::
Fired by one young man's imagination, this does exactly what it says on the tin...
MANCHESTER IS ON THE MOVE
17 April 2010 / Ducie Bridge / Manchester
:: PLANK! :: Warm Digits :: DBH ::
We may have been standing in a little room tonight, but if you could expand it to match the ambition and innovation on display here, we’d be asking The Printwork Posse in their hen-do sashes to budge up a bit and let us in.
EARLY SHIFT AT THE FACTORY
16 April 2010 / The Factory (Fac251) / Manchester
:: Black Mariarrs :: Blind Pilots ::
At times they sound like Rage Against The Machine Vs
the Beastie Boys and at other times like Guns N
Roses Vs Half Man Half Biscuit. A certifiably
interesting experience is had by all.
NOT QUITE AS WILD BUT STILL FAR FROM IDLE
18 April 2010 / Moho / Manchester
:: Sparrow And The Workshop :: Idlewild ::
Before The Twilight Sad, Frightened Rabbit, even Biffy Clyro - in the 90s Idlewild flew the flag for Scottish indie rock; by 2002 they were nearly pop stars. Fashions change, crowds may be smaller now, but as Adam Wheeldon discovers, they've still got it.
FLATPACK VENUE BLUES
13 April 2010 / The Whitworth / Manchester
:: The Black Knights ::
Through the layers of fuzz and fog, you hear genuine
connections with traditional delta blues, along the
lines of Jimmy Page’s Zeppelin-trawls. Transposed
into Central Manchester on a Tuesday night, it is
15 April 2010 / The Bay Horse / Manchester
:: Amida :: Puzzle :: Graveyard Shift ::
Crayons, cake and quality tunes: we pay a visit to
Babyboom Records Vs Free For Arts Festival's
friendly live session.
ALL DAYS ARE NIGHTS
13 April 2010 / Sadler's Wells Theatre / London
:: Rufus Wainwright ::
He pushes himself harder than ever at a time when
he’s most vulnerable, inviting us to intrude on his
DO THE MATHCORE
12 April 2010 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Rolo Tomassi :: Trash Talk ::
With their second album ready to go, the Sheffield-based electro-mathcore trailblazers prove there's a lot more to them than thrashing and shouting - but they're still pretty good at that, too.
WITH A LITTLE HELP...
11 April 2010 / Oddest Bar, Chorlton / Manchester
:: Tim And Sam's Tim And The Sam Band With Tim And Sam :: Josephine :: Admiral Fallow ::
Watch three great live acts in a friendly low-key environment, pay what you want, and all the proceeds go to charity: we discover a rather lovely little Sunday night session down in Chorlton.
A DIFFERENT WAY OF LIFE
10 April 2010 / Secret Venue / Manchester
:: Jane Siberry :: Daniel Land (solo) ::
There are seventeen people in a room and one of them is singing. Four years ago Jane Siberry turned her back on the music industry to follow her own path, and it's led her to a cottage in South Manchester...
WHAT THE FOLK?
08 April 2010 / The 8th Day Cafe / Manchester
:: Lindsay Sugden :: Claire Jones :: Stephen Macartney :: Emma Sweeney ::
Scarred and scared by 70s childhood memories of men
in bad jumpers trying to be funny with acoustic
instruments, MM's resident indie-punk-electrohead
takes the plunge into For Folk's Sake and finds it a
rather lovely place to be.
07 April 2010 / Dulcimer (Chorlton) / Manchester
:: Advances In Mathematics :: Revere ::
You wonder if this intimate and candlelit little room above a bar is actually capable of containing the momentous eight-person sound of Revere - or will the walls just blow out at some point?
MANCHESTER 2 BELFAST 2
06 April 2010 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: And So I Watch You From Afar :: Mountains Became Machines :: Lafaro :: Silence A La Maison ::
Lionel Messi may be able to dance round the Camp Nou like Nijinsky, but could he launch himself into a devastating power-chord assault? MM misses the football, but there's four shots on target from Ruby Lounge tonight.
05 April 2010 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: Mount Eerie :: Denis Jones :: No Kids :: Irma Vep ::
What if the sound of wind through trees could be
translated into human words? Mount Eerie create a
storm - almost literally - at a Wotgodforgot session
up there with their very best.
NOW WE ARE SEVEN
04 April 2010 / Islington Mill / Salford
:: The Janice Graham Band :: Young British Artists :: Crooked Rooks :: Help Stamp Out Loneliness :: Christopher Eatough :: Milk Maid :: Adam Dubale :: Remember Honolulu ::
It's Happy Birthday to High Voltage as Easter Sunday
sees Islington Mill echo with the sounds of
Manchester's next generation.
01 April 2010 / Sound Control / Manchester
:: We Have Band :: The Switch :: Rubika ::
They have band, Manchester has supports, we all have dance: Sound Control dishes up a three-way electrofest to be proud of.