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NOT THE SECOND COMING
30 June 2012 / The Castle (Oldham St) / Manchester
:: Partyclub :: Thugs On Wolves ::
.. missing out on the mud and rain, solace can be
found within the Castle's walls...
30 June 2012 / Heaton Park / Manchester
:: The Stone Roses ::
A retrospective that made the audience feel like
they'd been a part of something lasting and
22 June 2012 / Kraak / Manchester
:: Easter :: Azuma Vega ::
It can be easy to take great bands for granted when
they're right there on your doorstep...
SONIC SPACE TRIP
20 June 2012 / Kraak / Manchester
:: Yeti Lane :: Hookworms :: Base Ventura ::
A voyage through three ages of post-psychedelia
courtesy of the ever reliable pairing of Sonic
Cathedral and Grey Lantern
16 June 2012 / The Castle (Oldham St) / Manchester
:: Buen Chico :: Songs For Walter :: Jack Lewis :: Wooderson :: Jess Bryant :: Gaunt Story :; Middle Ones ::
The reason for the de-bagging is purely for comfort
because the humidity levels have risen so much...the
boxers however remain firmly in place...
SOUND OF SILVER... MANCUNIAN STYLE
14 June 2012 / Soup Kitchen / Manchester
:: Silverclub :: Loka ::
Like a mash-up of LCD Soundsystem and vintage Talking Heads stuck through a scruffy Mancunian grit filter, Silverclub bring the party to Soup Kitchen.
11 June 2012 / The Ritz / Manchester
:: SUNN O))) :: Phurpa ::
The stage is black with the shadow of the biggest
wall of amplification ever. It stands like the
stones of an ancient monument waiting for the
solstice sunrise, or an army poised for attack,
waiting for the command...
NO DIRECTION HOME 2012
10 June 2012 / Welbeck Estate / Sheffield
:: Diagrams :: Richard Hawley :: Beth Jeans Houghton :: Lanterns On The Lake :: Liz Green :: Slow Club :: Wet Nuns :: Django Django :: Dirty Three :: Veronica Falls :: Austra :: Martin Simpson :: The Cornshed Shed Sisters:: Urusen :: Gruff Rhys :: Andrew Bird :: Cold Specks :: Martin Carthy :: Zulu Winter ::
I hate pitching a tent in the rain at festival..it
leaves me feeling like something has gone
wrong...not so at No Direction Home
FUTURE ON FIRE
10 June 2012 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
:: Future Of The Left :: Fever Fever ::
With a new line-up (since we last saw them, anyway)
and a new album reported to be their best yet,
Future of The Left are on storming form. And how
could you not love a band who have a song called
"Robocop 4 - Fuck Off Robocop"?
RIGHT UP OUR ALLEY
04 June 2012 / Kraak / Manchester
:: Politburo :: T G Elias :: Suttree ::
As the country goes Jubilee crazy, MM finds some
respite down an alleyway in the Northern Quarter.
No, not like that...
BAND ON THE WALL'S SUNDAY SERVICE
03 June 2012 / Band On The Wall / Manchester
:: Jess Harwood :: Alex Chow :: Krazy Horse ::
With open mic slots followed by a few booked
performers, Band on the Wall's Sunday sessions are a
great place to catch the city's acoustic talents.
FESTIVALS 2012: PRIMAVERA SOUND PART TWO
02 June 2012 / Forum Park / Arc de Triomf / Barcelona
:: Justice :: Wild Beasts :: Josh T Pearson :: Richard Hawley :: Saint Etienne :: Yo La Tengo :: Sharon Van Etten :: Veronica Falls :: Girls Names :: LFO ::
More from our man in Barcelona, including a
typically crap joke from Josh T. Pearson and how
(not?) to deal with the mother of all hangovers...
DOT TO DOT 2012
04 June 2012 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: Islet :: Patterns :: Two Wounded Birds :: Sunless 97 :: Willis Earl Beal :: Lulu James :: Vadoinmessico :: Pond :: Dog Is Dead :: Hyde And Beast ::
Half of the MM live review team have spent a week at
Barcelona's Primavera Festival, so Dot To Dot is
rather unfortunately timed - but within three hours
of landing at Liverpool Airport one was in the Ritz,
and still watching bands at 1am...
02 June 2012 / Soup Kitchen / Manchester
:: Monroe Hips :: Laser Dream Eyes:: Wild Birds ::
“God Save the Queen”, or as displayed on the posters
in the Soup Kitchen, “God Save Queen”...