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FESTIVALS 2011: PRIMAVERA SOUND DAY 4
28 May 2011 / Forum Park / Barcelona
:: P J Harvey :: Mogwai :: Damo Suzuki :: Yuck :: Warpaint :: Perfume Genius :: Odd Future :: ,tUnE-yArDs ::
Out of the clubs and bars, weary but elated Barcelona fans emerge from clubs and bars alike: smiling and singing. It’s a city with something to sing about in so many different ways. Tonight, it was a pleasure to be an honorary citizen.

FESTIVALS 2011: PRIMAVERA SOUND DAY 3
27 May 2011 / Forum Park / Barcelona
:: Male Bonding :: Belle And Sebastian :: The National :: Battles :: Pulp :: Avi Buffalo :: M Ward ::
“Hola! Uno Cerveza y Dos Jagermeister Por Favor.” That's pretty much all the Spanish you need here...

FESTIVALS 2011: PRIMAVERA SOUND DAYS 1 AND 2
26 May 2011 / Forum Park / Barcelona
:: The Walkmen :: Interpol :: The Flaming Lips :: Caribou :: Sufjan Stevens :: Factory Floor :: Toundra :: Moon Duo :: Emeralds :: ::
There are other festivals, and then there's Primavera. The line-up, the festival site, the weather - here, David Edwards goes for the first time... and writes a colossal three-part report. This bit covers the first couple of days.

DOT TO DOT FESTIVAL 2011 - OUT ON THE FRINGES
30 May 2011 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: Hurts :: Colourmusic :: Hot Horizons :: Various Cruelties :: Lanterns On The Lake :: Allie Moss :: Veto :: Frontiers :: Golden Glow ::
Another perspective on the wristband walkabout, largely spent in the satellite venue that is Deaf Institute where a singer who had a song on some advert seems, rather depressingly, to be draw of the afternoon.

DOT TO DOT FESTIVAL 2011 - INNER CITY CRAWL
30 May 2011 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: The Joy Formidable :: Golden Glow :: Frontiers :: The Kill Van Kulls :: We Are Scientists :: Dananananaykroyd :: Veto :: Nicki And The Dove :: To Kill A King :: Wolf Gang :: The Naked And Famous :: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs ::
All this live music and not an ounce of mud in sight...

ULTIMATELY A RESULT
28 May 2011 / Sound Control / Manchester
:: No Tokyo :: Lowline ::
Tonight the gritty nature of their dark yet uplifting sound sprawls across the venue with added emotion and vibrancy...

A MOVING PICTURE
19 May 2011 / The Arena / Manchester
:: Rush ::
I’ve often been left breathless at gigs – but normally as a result of being whacked in the chest by some mosh-head....

FRIENDS OF MINE FESTIVAL: SUNDAY
22 May 2011 / Capesthorne Hall / Cheshire
:: Optional Wallace :: The Fall :: Mount Fabric :: The Slow Readers Club :: Yuck :: Jo Rose :: Wild Palms :: Golden Glow :: A Certain Ratio :: Two Wounded Birds :: Toro Y Moi :: Edge Of 13 ::
Day Three and the weather has well and truly arrived...

FRIENDS OF MINE FESTIVAL: SATURDAY
21 May 2011 / Capesthorne Hall / Cheshire
:: The Phantom Band :: Patterns :: The Narrows :: George Borowski :: Air Cav :: The Longcut :: Puressence :: Buzzcocks :: Kong :: Frazer King :: David McAlmont :: The Minx :: Beats And Pieces Big Band :: Call Me Senor :: LA77 :: Dirty North :: Ruby Ann Patterson ::
Thirteen hours of the past, present and future of great music - thank you, nearly Manchester!

FRIENDS OF MINE FESTIVAL: FRIDAY
20 May 2011 / Capesthorne Hall / Cheshire
:: Goldblade :: Liam Frost :: The Watchers :: Christopher Eatough :: The Janice Graham Band :: Mind On Fire Band :: The Farm :: Rook & The Ravens :: Suzuki Method ::
In which half of Manchester decamps down the A34 for the weekend...

YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE...
21 May 2011 / Piccadilly Records / Manchester
:: Pete And the Pirates ::
Pete & The Pirates spend an afternoon busking on Oldham St, Aaron Gow enjoys the show and ponders the lack of drumming hardware...

MOST HAUNTED
18 May 2011 / The Castle (Oldham St) / Manchester
:: Team Ghost :: Daniel Land And The Modern Painters :: Anoraak ::
...the experience is magnified, elevated, catalysed by having all of these musical firecrackers exploding in such a confined space...

FAR FROM EXTINCT
20 May 2011 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
:: The Dodos ::
Thump thump thump! The power behind Logan Kroeber’s drumming is incredible...

GOOD CLEAN FUN
19 May 2011 / Hilton St Launderette / Manchester
:: Real Fur :: Letters To Fiesta ::
You know you're getting old when you remember when gigs used to be in... venues. These days it's all churches and bandstands; art galleries and shops; boats and village halls and... launderettes?

NEVER TOO MUCH
13 May 2011 / Royal Festival Hall / London
:: Sufjan Stevens ::
He speaks of star people and celestial visitors, all dripping with his unique blend of goofy, adorable, innocent irony...

PVT: NOT, IN FACT, A NEW TYPE OF PLASTIC...
10 May 2011 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: The Narrows :: From The Kites Of San Quentin :: PVT ::
Since their last visit they've lost two vowels and stepped up the electronics: PVT top a fine bill on a rather quiet Tuesday night.

ACROSS THE YEARS
04 May 2011 / Ronnie Scotts / London
:: Pharoah Sanders ::
Before punk there was Prog, before Prog there was Jazz. Liz Tray explores Sanders striking London performance and the continued impact of Jazz...

THE DEATH OF THE CASUAL OBSERVER
12 May 2011 / Islington Mill / Salford
:: Fucked Up :: Kong ::
A proper rock gig in the right venue with the right people - small local live gigs just got shoved up a notch..

A LEISURELY EVENING
09 May 2011 / Band On The Wall / Manchester
:: The Leisure Society :: Sarabeth Tucek ::
Where many bands confuse the line between happy and twee, The Leisure Society stay firmly in a patch of blissful joy.

STRIKING OUT ON THEIR OWN
07 May 2011 / Islington Mill / Salford
:: Palmstruck ::
A foul-mouthed poet, short films and a keyboard apparently manned by a minotaur - the return of a band who always had more interesting ideas than most, and seem to have found even more...

TOPICAL BAND NAME OF THE WEEK?
03 May 2011 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The Strange Death Of Liberal England :: Twin Planets :: This City Of Glass ::
Sometimes derided as a bit pretentious, watching them live The Strange Death Of Liberal England are anything but.

SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER CITY Part 4
01 May 2011 / Various Venues / Salford
:: The Twilight Sad :: Milk Maid :: Viv Albertine :: Drunk In Hell :: Girl's Names :: Rainbow Arabia ::
It's impressive to see that after six years SFTOC is pulling in some pretty big names.

SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER CITY Part 3
01 May 2011 / Various Venues / Salford
:: The Twilight Sad :: D/R/U/G/S :: Charlie Barnes :: Dr. Mahogany's Goat Circus :: Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides :: The Louche FC :: Veí :: Breton :: Vondelpark :: Girls Names :: Creep :: Anchorsong ::
Part three of our SFTOC coverage in which a global progressive collective soundtrack a film, the windows of St Philips Church just about survive the experience and we walk up and down the same bit of the A6 about 15 times...

SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER CITY Part 2
01 May 2011 / Various Venues / Salford
:: The Kill Van Kulls :: Brown Brogues :: Ghost Outfit :: Feel Right :: Vieka :: Viv Albertine ::
The tea cosy will shortly be replaced by a bed sheet with holes cut out for the eyes, nose and mouth. It looks like that this year SFTOC is off to a winning start.

SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER CITY Part 1
01 May 2011 / Various Venues / Salford
:: Patterns :: Ghost Outfit :: The Kill Van Kulls :: Charlie Barnes :: Young British Artists :: The Steals :: Easter :: Wode :: Tigercats :: Girls Names :: Anchorsong ::
It's sunny, it's in Salford and it's invariably loud and interesting; welcome to MM's first instalment of reviews from this years SFTOC...

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