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PRETTY GIRLS MAKE SHORT SETS
24 August 2004 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Pretty Girls Make Graves :: Seachange ::
In spite of a diminished audience and indeed band Pretty Girls appear to be reasonably committed to their cause but perhaps not as much as usual.
24 August 2004 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: The Longcut :: Beats For Beginners :: The Forest :: No Arm ::
It's a good crowd for a week night considering the students are still away, testament to the increasing respect afforded to the High Voltage brand coupled with the sort of line-up that could well be considered legendary in the future.
FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME
26 August 2004 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The 5678s :: The Sound Explosion ::
Renowned for one song in a Tarantino film but are The 5678s worth more than jsut a cameo appearance? Cath Aubergine investigates.
STRATEGIES FOR THE FUTURE
20 August 2004 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: General Khaki :: Redjetson :: L Dopa :: The Permissive Society :: Youth Movie Soundtrack Strategies ::
Youthmovie Soundtrack Strategies aren’t one guiding vision for the future. They don’t represent one whole truth but possibilities and in this case a whole range of them.
KNOCKED INTO THE MIDDDLE OF NEXT WEEK
19 August 2004 / The Castle / Oldham
:: Fi-Lo Radio :: Oceansize :: Tsuji Giri ::
Oceansize temporarily anchor to their roots, despite having launched their sounds into orbit.
20 August 2004 / Life Cafe (now see Studio / Chicago Rock) / Manchester
:: Pioneer4 :: Gecko :: The Gods of Good Living ::
Throughout the sweat and the silly on the spot jogging there is some good musicianship and the kind of lyrical aptitude seen in some of Divine Comedy’s lighter moments and even David Devant and His Spirit Wife.
16 August 2004 / Jabez Clegg / Manchester
:: Babyshambles ::
The crowds end up crippling security guards to mount speakers and then refuse to budge just to prove the rock fans mind never ceases to be bored with the boisterous leader of the pack.
FROM THE ASHES (etc...)
18 August 2004 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: MotherJohn :: Lander :: The Molotovs :: 39Phoenix ::
At which point it would be easy to make some cheesy “phoenix rising again” type pun but… oh, there, I did it anyway.
19 August 2004 / Jabez Clegg / Manchester
:: Moco :: The Second Floor :: Tramp Attack :: The Yamahas ::
There’s always that moment before Moco come on where you wonder what Steve’s going to be wearing, but tonight he’s in civvies and it’s Rigby’s hair that’s truly disturbing,“It’s his real hair” advises Steve “but not his real pants.”
14 August 2004 / Secret Venue / Manchester
:: Little Flames :: The Longcut :: Nine Black Alps ::
Just what happened in that house that Saturday night? Did two of Manchester's most talked about appear? Well obviously, or we wouldn't have a feature...
MADGE STILL DA (WO)MAN
14 August 2004 / The Arena / Manchester
:: Madonna ::
MM tackled downright immoral ticket prices to prove that the queen of pop is still as fresh as ever.
FLAMING MASTERPIECE ?
12 August 2004 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Burn The Mona Lisa ::
Burn The Mona Lisa throw slow shapes and shadows against the walls of The Roadhouse
11 August 2004 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The New Fear :: Liss'n :: Frencheryk :: Slide ::
Slide's singer's been gargling staples and by the third song you feel so dirty you need a shower. None of this is a bad thing, as they throw out sharp slices of heavy bar-room blues with a punk-edged snarl.
07 August 2004 / Castlefield Arena / Manchester
:: Fi-Lo Radio :: Narcissus :: The Fremen :: The Longcut :: Working For A Nuclear Free City :: Aidan Smith :: Fear Of Music ::
MM tackles piercing rays of sun, sweating throngs and smuggled cans of ale to report from the annual D-Percussion festival.
THE MAN FROM DEL MONTE
04 August 2004 / The Witchwood, Ashton Under Lyne / Manchester
:: Mike West ::
It is country music, but as far from the tacky MOR of mid-west FM radio as you can get. It’s catchy, poignant and funny, shot through with Cajun spice and bluesy foot-stomping.
PUMP AND GRIND
05 August 2004 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: The Unfolds ::
Hints at the potential peaks of a less wayward Perry Farrell
GROUCHO MAKE THEIR MARX
05 August 2004 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The Aftercast :: Groucho ::
For all of the grandeur, the spirit of rock and roll sits firmly at the root of grouchos game.
02 August 2004 / The Phoenix / Manchester
:: Germany :: Human Fly :: A Light In The Attic ::
It’s Burnst Jim, but not as we know it. The ponderous quarter is largely in tact now with the injection of jazz and funk - not a couplet you'd usually like to hear but here it's a nice addition.