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SAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
28 June 2005 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Sage Francis ::
When he’s not tackling world issues, sloppy commercial hip hop receives a shrewd and poetic put down. Jay-Z, Nelly and The Streets all receive the harsher but equally sharp end of his tongue.
CABLE GUYS LOST IN CONVERSATION
29 June 2005 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Cable Car :: Folks :: Gecko ::
Is this evidence of why there's a growing tide of disillusionment with the skinny, spiky art-rock that's been the staple of the last couple of years ?
30 June 2005 / The Music Box / Manchester
:: ˇForward, Russia! :: Future Hero Robot Empire :: Movement ::
The knock me sideways – up – down – they batter me against the wall...
28 June 2005 / The Music Box / Manchester
:: M.I.A ::
MIA’s consistently funky and fantastically dirty beats will guarantee this lady some spotlight; the question is whether this limited musical aesthetic has a lasting shelf life.
GLASTONBURY 2005 - JO's SAT DIARY
25 June 2005 / Worthy Farm / Shepton Mallet, Somerset
:: The Coral :: Engineers :: Keane :: Kasabian :: The Kaiser Chiefs :: The Stands :: The Futureheads :: Athlete :: Coldplay ::
Where the hell have all the rock stars gone? - Saturday musters up a response..
GLASTONBURY 2005 - JO's FRI DIARY
24 June 2005 / Worthy Farm / Shepton Mallet, Somerset
:: Fat Boy Slim :: Babyshambles :: Nine Black Alps :: The Killers :: The Thrills :: Doves ::
The horrendous thunder, which if you didn’t know already, blew out the power for the whole festival
SOCIAL SCIENCE - ELECTRIC CIRCUS #30
25 June 2005 / The Castle / Oldham
:: The Permissive Society :: Behind Green Lights :: 3rd DAN ::
Good honest, inventive tuneful rock songs. It’s as simple as that
17 June 2005 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: Liam Frost ::
Exposing yourself musically by taking the stage with only a guitar to hide behind is a brave move
06 June 2005 / The BierKeller / Manchester
:: Bobby Conn ::
“Come and join our party” exhorts Bobby Conn
22 June 2005 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Committee :: Farrah :: The Departures :: Palmstruck ::
70's mass produced trousers and a band who seem to think that Mark King’s Level 42 and Haircut100 are (were) the best bands in the world
20 June 2005 / The BierKeller / Manchester
:: Kni9hts :: Fear Of Music ::
Things I love in music: # whatever number I'm up to: Bands who don't look like how they sound...
FANFARES FOR THE COMMON MAN
17 June 2005 / Lancashire Cricket Club, Old Trafford / Manchester
:: R.E.M. ::
I’ve never been a fan of arena shows. Essentially you pay the most for the least. But perhaps that misses the point. Arena concerts such as these are like great sporting events - a rare time where huge numbers of people are temporarily united...
EIGHT MILES HIGH
17 June 2005 / The Octagon / Bolton (mcr)
More a gig, than a musical, set in a hazy drug fuelled world of a late 60's Mancunian music festival
CITY OF A BLINDING PERFORMANCE
14 June 2005 / City of Manchester Stadium / Manchester
:: U2 ::
There’s been many a band that has believed playing in a huge stadium is just like any other gig but with a bigger audience present, only for them to subsequently learn the hard way, ‘dying a death on their feet’ before thousands...
BUCKING THE TREND
16 June 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Brakes :: Buck 65 ::
You have to love a band whose flyer claims “These guys are so totally bomb they’ll make you shit out of your ass”...
THE INVASION STARTS HERE - *MM EXCLUSIVE*
13 June 2005 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: The Former Bullies :: Loose Canon :: Nine Black Alps ::
If the world likes their album as much as everyone here does tonight, then people best be ready for the invasion...
EROTIC VOLVO GOES DOCTOR WHO
10 June 2005 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: Misty's Big Adventure ::
They don’t look like a band. At least not as much as they look like a deranged community theatre project.
IT'S A SCREAM
08 June 2005 / The Phoenix / Manchester
:: Tigers! :: Eaves :: Trencher :: The Funeral Diner :: The Little Explorer ::
I’ve never particularly enjoyed screaming even when I dislocated my shoulder or couldn’t find my house keys. It’s rarely a joy for the listener either...
09 June 2005 / The Forum / London
:: Dinosaur Jr. ::
There’s certainly onstage chemistry but not of the productive kind rather like the tension between a separated couple that have been forced to share the same space. Mascis and Barlow stand on opposite sides of the stage and don’t even trade a glance...
HERE TODAY. WHERE TOMORROW?
04 June 2005 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: The Rezillos ::
"Does it matter what is shown/Just as long as everyone knows/What is selling what to buy/The stock market for your hi-fi/Take the money – Leave the box/Everybody’s on Top Of The Pops”. You wish you could feed such lines into the Fightstar fans downstairs