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WE LIKE THIS
26 August 2009 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: Lunar Youth :: The Laureates :: Modern Sound Library ::
Ruby Lounge launches a new night for indie-flavoured breakthrough bands: five for a fiver and quality controlled, it's what we've been missing since High Voltage left the Music Box...
THERE'S A BAND UP THERE SOMEWHERE, HONEST...
24 August 2009 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: Exit Calm :: Soulsavers :: Red Ghost ::
It's often in these premium support slots that Exit Calm really pull out all the stops; rewarding their own fans and making a bid for the headliners' in one fell swoop...
HEAVEN AND HELL
21 August 2009 / Spice Of Life (Soho) / London
:: Pets In Heaven ::
Twisted torch songs, a nightmare on the nightbus and a sampled dad: even their initially quite fluffy-sounding name gets more disturbing the more you think about it...
WE ASK YOU TO RIDE
20 August 2009 / Islington Mill / Salford
:: Wooden Shjips :: GNOD ::
Obviously, being Wotgodforgot, we're not talking pretty boys in paisley shirts with a Syd Barrett record kind of psychedelia, no, this is your full-on whoah-I-think-the-walls-are-liquifying wig-out sort of psychedelia...
HALDERN POP 2009: DAY THREE
15 August 2009 / Festival / Haldern, Germany
:: The Thermals :: I Like Trains :: Bon Iver :: The Maccabees :: Little Boots :: The Vals :: Dear Reader :: Grizzly Bear :: Andrew Bird :: BLK JKS :: Health ::
A newly born calf, not three hours old, shivers wide-eyed and hesitant against its mother’s flank. This is, admittedly, nothing to do with the music, but you don't get sentences like that in NME reviews do you?
HALDERN POP 2009: DAY TWO
14 August 2009 / Festival / Haldern, Germany
:: Port O’Brien :: Loney Dear :: Gravenhurst :: Patrick Watson :: Asif Avidan & The Mojos :: The Temper Trap :: Woodpigeon :: Noah And The Whale :: Anna Ternheim :: Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros :: Colin Munroe :: Athlete ::
In which our crackshot crew actually manage to see LOADS of bands, before ending up surrounded by Citroen 2CVs listening to John Shuttleworth, at least in their heads anyway.
HALDERN POP 2009: DAY ONE
13 August 2009 / Festival / Haldern, Germany
:: Broken Records :: Wildbirds & Peacedrums :: Palm Springs :: Wintersleep :: Baddies ::
Last year we asked our mates from Incendiary Magazine to review Haldern Pop Festival for us and they ended up dressed as Teletubbies wittering on about Hank Marvin. So we asked them again this year. Day One sees them in remarkably coherent mode...
HOOKED ON CHARLIE
18 August 2009 / Centro / Manchester
:: Charlie Barnes :: Der.Die.Das :: Mount Fabric ::
Best new band of the week: one man from Huddersfield, a laptop, a keyboard and a table of cables and other vaguely electronics-laboratory looking stuff.
PARTY ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
15 August 2009 / The Witchwood, Ashton Under Lyne / Manchester
:: The Uzual Suspectz :: DILE ::
Two great off-the-popular-radar bands, nobody's got an attitude, both bands have pulled a decent crowd and most people that came for one will end up watching the other too. This is grass roots independent promotion how it should be done.
THE HORIZON US FULL
14 August 2009 / Wembley Stadium / London
:: U2 ::
U2 have been playing live for 30 years and can still somehow make Wembley seem small
WITCHWOOD BUCKS THE ROUTINE
13 August 2009 / The Witchwood, Ashton Under Lyne / Manchester
:: The Manyanas :: The Mandigans :: The Genuine Articles ::
If you ever wanted to know what The Who crossed with The Clash would sound like then look no further than here
PLUG IN BABIES
06 August 2009 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Blacktop :: Metonia :: Lines In Sand ::
One act are struggling to complete a cover of Muse's Plug In Baby; That's an obviously inadvisable low point