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IT'S BLOWOUT TIME
31 July 2009 / Irish Association Social Club, Chorlton / Manchester
:: The Lucid Dream :: Easter :: Jo Rose :: Dirty North :: The Janice Graham Band :: Crocodiles ::
Sometime in January 2008 a man with a black eye approached us in a city centre bar and ordered us to come and see his band
DON'T RAKE UP MY MISTAKES, I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE
18 July 2009 / Troxy Ballroom / London
:: Morrissey :: Doll & The Kicks ::
I was walking through Piccadilly today, and I saw Michael Jackson T shirts saying the King of Pop. This name of this song is The World is Full of Crashing Bores - then there was a big fight..
RUNNING WITH THE WOLVES
29 July 2009 / Jazz Cafe-Camden / London
:: Los Lobos ::
An undeniable masterclass, with the cool LA vibe seeping from the stage
18 July 2009 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Kristyna Myles :: Dirty Yellow Rats :: Mike Dignam :: The Tides ::
There aren’t many bands whose set list must be a difficult choice
THE KONG AND I
16 July 2009 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: Kong :: Chickenhawk ::
The decibels are beyond the reasonable, competing with Jumbo Jets and weapons testing in equal measures, as trousers flap and hearing aids fall apart
16 July 2009 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Sycamore :: Wild Palms ::
Sycamore again appear to more like mighty oaks, whilst Wild Palms impress - it seems to be some sort of tree theme or something...
WHALESONG THROUGH A PITCHSHIFTER
23 July 2009 / Islington Mill / Salford
:: Sketches For Albinos :: Blood Moon :: Flower Corsano Duo :: Beach Fuzz ::
..."abusing a guitar until it sounds like a selection of mammals being mutilated - but, um, in a good way" - even more than usual, this Wotgodforgot session is very much not for the faint-hearted (or Coldplay fans).
SPEAK OF THE DEVIL...
19 July 2009 / The Corner, Fallowfield / Manchester
:: worriedaboutsatan :: Axxonn :: Asleep Beneath Volcanoes ::
A masterclass in electronica, and one for which a small dark room covered in newsprint and old car seats and crumbling plaster is the ideal setting.
MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2009: A PAEAN TO WILSON
15 July 2009 / Manchester International Festival Pavilion / Manchester
:: The Durutti Column ::
Vini Reilly pays tribute to his great friend and mentor Tony Wilson - by not singing.
INTO THE NIGHT
10 July 2009 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
:: The Second Floor :: The Soundcarriers :: Sleepy Sun ::
"Black Noise" is still there, the dark side of raw psychedelia...
DAWN OF THE LOSER
14 July 2009 / Brixton Academy / London
:: TV On The Radio :: The Noisettes ::
There are no gimmicks, just great music. You dance and they evolve right in front of your eyes
GOD DON'T USE GPS
09 July 2009 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
:: Maps :: The Phenomenal Handclap Band :: Jupiters Heroes ::
Why’ve you all come along if you’re not going to bother dancing?