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THE ZUTONS ARE ALIVE!
27 May 2006 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: The Zutons :: The Little Flames :: The Grates ::
All those tears you cried / Make you hard to like /
Go and earn your depression, won’t you?
ALL QUIET ON THE NW FRONT
28 May 2006 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The Waverton Collective :: SAY (Say Jansfield) :: Stickboy :: Garron Frith :: Twenty Twenty Vision :: Then Thickens :: John Smith :: Emma Black :: Starless & Bible Black :: Sian Sofia :: Rachael Kichenside :: Alexis MacLean :: Esker ::
Not so much a gig, more a festival promoting the known and unknown - but yet more new discoveries is still the trademark result
NO WAY BACK FROM THE FIRE
31 May 2006 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Moco :: Palo Alto :: The Ending Of . . . :: The Volga Boatmen ::
Steve Jones still gives remarkably good trouser - orange tonight and leaving little to the imagination
29 May 2006 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The Star Fighter Pilot :: Lead Balloons :: Shmatte Kid :: Jenny McCormick ::
The slight, pretty boy who's spent much of the evening so far playing on the videogames at the back sets up a gloriously ramshackle looking rig of keyboards and computery bits
YOU GOT THE LOVE
25 May 2006 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: The Nightjars :: We Start Fires :: The Longcut ::
Stage lights render the band green and blue in front of a blood red background which complements their apocalyptic disco punk perfectly
TOP HAT TALES
19 May 2006 / The Castle / Oldham
:: Sara Hawley & The Bang Bang Club :: Pooler ::
Wiry, loud heavy rock that wraps its melody right round your jugular
22 May 2006 / The Academy (University Guild Building) / Liverpool
:: Orson ::
How the flighty have risen (with a rather large PR budget ) / - discuss
AT THE END OF THE MORRISSEY 62
12 May 2006 / Philharmonic Hall / Liverpool
:: Morrissey ::
Spirited musing from someone who is a legend even in Liverpool, despite his Mancunian roots.
21 May 2006 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: I Am Kloot ::
The priority's got to be getting Johnny's finger into some ice.
21 May 2006 / Joshua Brooks / Manchester
:: The Medicine Bow :: Desperate Aces :: 2 Sick Monkeys ::
“We’re quickly running out of ...fastness” utters the frontman of 2 Sick Monkeys.
08 May 2006 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: This Et Al :: Amusement Parks On Fire :: Scarling ::
For the majority of the crowd, they are too busy singing along to care...
THE MESSAGE GETS THROUGH
24 May 2006 / Trof (Fallowfield) / Manchester
:: The Answering Machine ::
They make music for boys and girls to dance to
COULD IT BE MAGIC..?
05 May 2006 / The Arena / Manchester
:: Take That ::
This will now be referred to as the most oestrogen rich experience of my entire life
FRANKLY MR MORRISSEY
06 May 2006 / Apollo / Manchester
:: Morrissey :: plus Bridgewater 8th May 2006 ::
All of this talk of ‘explosive kegs between my legs’ seems to agree with the fella - reasons enough to savour Mozzers appearance at both The Apollo and Bridgewater..read on
17 May 2006 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: Taking Back Sunday :: Eisley ::
TBS abandon the high school lyrics and lunge out with poetic bite at the clichéd game of life
SOUNDS OF THE SUBURB
07 May 2006 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: Stuart Avery :: Jon Kenzie :: Suburb Coffee Shop / Deansgate ::
From Sounds of the other City just the other week to Sounds from the Suburb on the 7th of May...
16 May 2006 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: TV On The Radio :: Celebration ::
Ooh, a Wurlitzer! - being a bit of a connoisseur of classic organs I can’t fail to admire the enormous Blackpool Tower Ballroom style classic...
TWO TONE TWINSETS
15 May 2006 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Protokoll (USA) :: Veto Silver ::
Identical black shirts, skinny white tie combos, slightly-too-chiselled cheekbones and complementary shockwaved two-tone hair..has someone taken the NME just too literally?
FOUR SHOTS OF RANDOM
11 May 2006 / The Music Box / Manchester
:: iDresden :: Red Pen Letter :: The Second Floor ::
By the end of the set the only sentence on my notepad or indeed in my head is “What the fuck was that all about” – which can only be a good thing.
09 May 2006 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: The Children :: The Young Offenders Institute :: Virtuoso :: The Tides ::
You can have 2000 Myspace fans before you've played a note in public, press up 500 coloured vinyl future collectors' items in the Czech Republic for less than it used to cost to print a thousand flyers
04 May 2006 / The Music Box / Manchester
:: Kubichek :: The Fremen :: The Motorettes ::
Sensitively tinged bravado shows that they've developed into something deeper and more complex.
DOLLS OUT FOR SUMMER
06 May 2006 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: The Dresden Dolls ::
The white faced girl mashes into the piano with her fists
05 May 2006 / The Waldorf / Manchester
:: Winterkids :: Movement :: TVH-3 ::
“Three minutes to impact!” intones Lee as his sinister black gloves follow his darting eyes around the room