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ON MY RADIO
26 May 2004 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: TV On The Radio ::
Sitek slings out chords that the Raveonettes would kill for, whilst the basket ball physique of Adebimpe is a blur of flailing arms

MTV Vs. SMTV
28 May 2004 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: The Killers :: StellaStarr* :: The Departure ::
By the morning their name will be scrawled on the pencil cases of kids who have never heard of British Sea Power

MOTORCYCLE CLEANLINESS
28 May 2004 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: The Suzuki Method ::
Suzuki Method possess a sprinkling of unconventional elements that already mark them from the grey, dulling crowd.

JESSE PAINT A PICTURE
23 May 2004 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: White Light Motorcade :: Jesse Malin ::
Cut from a mould that could hold Pete Yorn, or even Paul Westerberg without any problem.

CENTRIFUGAL FORCE
28 May 2004 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: I Had An Inkling :: Centrifuge :: Earth The Californian Love Dream :: The Sonar Yen ::
As concerns formulae I Had An Inkling take the book, set it alight and then urinate on it to put out the embers.

MULE TRAIN...
27 May 2004 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Jupiter Sands :: Hollow Earth Theory :: White Elephant ::
Drunken teenagers, climbing the speakers, stage diving, moshing and hitting each other over the head with tea trays

ELECTRIC CIRCUS # 11 - OLDHAM
21 May 2004 / The Castle / Oldham
:: Palo Alto :: Drat :: Pioneers ::
Captured the spirit of C86 and re-engineered it into a modern soundscapes that prove that less is more

CAPTAIN BIRD'S EYE
20 May 2004 / Jabez Clegg / Manchester
:: For Tomorrows :: The Permissive Society :: Blood Valley :: The Second Floor ::
What lacks in self-assurance is certainly compensated for in mystifyingly thunderous guitars.

BRING OUT THE BLOWOUT
19 May 2004 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: The Casual Saints :: The Fremen :: Narcissus ::
Loops and riffs are pinned down by atmospheric guitars and beautiful, perfect, writhing bass lines.

GLAM SLAM
19 May 2004 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Brotherhood Of Slam ::
Shards of distorted, hammered chords and riffs spill off the guitarists' awesome Gibson SG

THE ELECTRIC CIRCUS 10
14 May 2004 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: L Dopa :: Kubichek :: Glass :: Transelement ::
Imagine the late Dischord roster after a few pints of coffee instead of lager and you get this; jittery aggressive post hardcore and not “hardcore” in some wanky emo form.

COUNTDOWN TO DEAFNESS
12 May 2004 / Sofa / Manchester
:: A Day Left ::
The chaotic organisation of tonight’s event could by comparison render the UN forces proud of their recent intervention in Iraq. There are some great raw materials here but refinement is necessary.

ELEPHANT LUNGS
12 May 2004 / Jabez Clegg / Manchester
:: Marlin :: The Koreans :: The Kaiser Chiefs ::
The Koreans are either still doing covers or more likely and more interestingly inserting bits of other people’s tunes into their own numbers and quite intentionally so.

REDHEAD SUNDAY
16 May 2004 / The Social / Nottingham
:: Secret Machines :: Blonde Redhead ::
One of the greatest legends of the pop underground and band that Mogwai would sound like if they were interesting anymore...

CONFUSION IS NEXT
05 May 2004 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Liars :: The Blood Brothers ::
It is questionable whether The Liars are really pushing boundaries in music or just taking the piss.

WAXY MELTDOWN
04 May 2004 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The Icarus Line ::
“We discussed this earlier. If anyone has any drugs, we need them”. It’s quite likely the Icarus Line are suffering from something to do with drugs. Be it too many, too little.

BLOWOUT ! - STARS AND GARTERS
12 May 2004 / 42nd Street / Manchester
:: Karma Kops :: RAM :: Pioneers ::
BLOWOUT! ventures further out and further afield with its original and respected brands of alternative line ups, as we find ouselves knee deep in the nostalgia of the legendary Star & Garter

CRIBBING OFF THE OTHERS
05 May 2004 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: The Cribs :: The Others ::
If arrogance is bliss, The Cribs must be on cloud nine round about now.

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