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MAPS SUNDAY
25 May 2008 / Mint Lounge / Manchester
:: Misty's Big Adventure :: The Mekkits ::
One minute all the adults in the world are being eaten by their own children who've been made radioactive by a phone mast...

BOX CAR THRILLS
22 May 2008 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: To Sophia ::
To Sophia deal in ethereal themes, deep seated emotions and poetic narratives

MAPS SATURDAY
24 May 2008 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Dr Butler's Hat Stand Medicine Band :: The Vortex :: The 66 :: DILE :: Thingumajigs :: Smart Soutane :: Slow Readers Club ::
Thingumabob and the Thingumajigs are one of those anachronistic pockets off strange that make this city

MAPS FRIDAY
23 May 2008 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: Exit Calm :: The Displacements :: Stupid Little Cars :: Dan Melrose ::
What, I've got to wear that all weekend? I absolutely dread to think what the paper wristband's going to look like by Sunday night

STIRRING
22 May 2008 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: South Central :: The Whip ::
It's always a delight to watch a band who look so utterly ecstatic just to be up there doing what they do

FRUITBOWL HAIR
21 May 2008 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: Keith :: Vessels :: Light Syndicate ::
It sounds simultaneously very Mancunian and from another planet entirely, and that's got to be a good thing.

IN THE KNOW
19 May 2008 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Puressence ::
Acoustic format encourages outings for some lesser heard songs to the delight of the faithful, some whom have travelled across the country to be here.

DEMOB HAPPY
18 May 2008 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: Born To Destruct :: Dangerous Aces :: One Man Stand ::
As the sunlight floods trough the upper floors of the Star & Garter, a quick check of the normally hidden corners fails to reveal any bodies or left covers from the Saturday night “Smile” event

THE SAUL SURVIVOR
19 May 2008 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: Saul Williams ::
The star of New York’s slam poetry scene brings his political energy to the UK, but it’s the bass that really moves us…

PERFUME GARDEN
15 May 2008 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: The Shadowcops :: Eureka Machines :: With That Knife ::
Another night in the basement of Dry finds a new and improved smell as the toilets / drains are now masked by the generous application of josticks

SHE-RA'S STROBE LIGHTS
12 May 2008 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: Crystal Castles ::
It’s like going too close to a pylon with your kite on a sweltering hot day

PANDA MUSIC
11 May 2008 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Kimya Dawson ::
Kimya’s even written an album of children’s songs, and if tonight’s performance is anything to go by, she must make an utterly wonderful mother

STARING AT THE SUN
07 May 2008 / Retro Bar / Manchester
:: Laymar :: Blood Moon :: Starla :: To Sophia, ::
The great thing about this live club night is that you never know quite what you're going to hear

HIGH IQ
11 May 2008 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: Aristocrash :: The Star Fighter Pilot :: Sloganeer ::
There's always been an inner Prince waiting to escape from our favourite local electropop should-be superstar

WARPED SENSES
08 May 2008 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: Gravenhurst :: Pivot ::
You used to know where you were with Warp Records - it would bleep, crackle and glitch, and live would generally involve a laptop

FUTURESONIC 08: See A Penny (Pick It Up)
03 May 2008 / Charlie’s / Manchester
:: Health :: Yacht ::
And thus, my limbs were unchained and I danced to the post-gig disco until I realised my friends had left without me

FUTURESONIC 08 : Distressing The Young
02 May 2008 / Club Academy (Academy 4) / Manchester
:: Chrome Hoof :: Rolo Tomassi :: Gay Against You :: Agaskodo Teliverek ::
Whoever said that experimental music has to be serious was an idiot.

SFTOC08 : BLOWING UP THE MILLTOWN
04 May 2008 / Various Venues / Salford
:: Stranger Son :: GNOD :: Warm Widow :: The Manamp :: Cats In Paris :: The Bottonfeeders :: SeaMing :: The Badical ::
It’s the early May Bank Holiday and of course it’s time for another trip around Salford for Sounds From The Other City.

BEYOND PROCEDURE
10 May 2008 / The Castle / Oldham
:: The Nouvelles :: Swings & Roundabouts :: The Tides ::
It’s a magnificent sound that almost suffocates in such a small venue

SOUND EFFECTS
13 May 2008 / The Met / Bury (mcr)
:: Jason Dunkley :: That Girl Sue :: Paul Handyside :: Sean Seraphim :: Andrea Glass ::
Another ambient night at Automatic courtesy of Winelight comes replete as ever with an amazing new range of diverse and bright new acts

GUITAR LEEDS
03 May 2008 / Various Venues / Leeds
:: Fear Of Music :: The Longcut :: Cazals :: Heads We Dance :: i concur :: Grammatics :: Ox Eagle Lion Man :: Kid ID :: Breaking The Illusion :: The Rushes :: Pushbike Army ::
I'm on a train to Leeds for a day of inter-venue sprints and music

FUTURESONIC 08 : Re-Writing The Classic
02 May 2008 / RNCM / Royal Northern College Of Music / Manchester
:: Caro Snatch :: Peterloo Massacre :: Splice Girls ::
For someone whose live music experiences more often than not involve dark sweaty basements, just walking into the RNCM feels a bit, well, grown up

SFTOC08 :
04 May 2008 / Various Venues / Salford
:: Warm Widow :: LoneLady :: Tim And Sam's Tim And The Sam Band With Tim And Sam :: Cats In Paris :: The Manamp :: Beach Fuzz :: Planet Earth :: Joe Stretch ::
The lines ups are as diverse as the venues, so if you wanted the less “structured”, approach to music that includes violin bows being drawn across the edge of a cymbal

SFTOC08 : VANISHING P(O)INT
04 May 2008 / Various Venues / Salford
:: David Thomas Broughton :: Warm Widow :: Sara Lowes :: Planet Earth :: Beach Fuzz :: Talibam! ::
Much as I expected, it featured much stumbling around the mean streets of Salford, much quaffing of slightly rubbish ale, minor ear damage and dancing around like a lunatic

SFTOC08 : SCRIPT OF THE BRIDGE STREET
04 May 2008 / Various Venues / Salford
:: The Manamp :: Planet Earth :: SeaMing :: The Witches :: Hot Bone :: Sophie’s Pigeons ::
For the true SFTOC experience you have to brave the claustrophobic heat of the Salford Arms where the bands play in a bit of space created by moving some chairs and a table in the corner

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