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CAMPAIGN FOR REAL INDIE
30 August 2011 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The ABC Club :: Comet Gain :: Help Stamp Out Loneliness ::
Right now we are seriously considering some sort of campaign to reclaim the word "indie" from anyone who uses it to mean shit mainstream lad-bands - and here are three examples of the real thing.

THERE GOES THE FEAR
28 August 2011 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: Fear Of Music ::
Seven years after one of Manchester's most exciting bands of the last decade crash-landed in the music scene and three years after they quietly faded away, this is how it should have ended...

LAST MINUTE SHIMMER
25 August 2011 / The Bay Horse / Manchester
:: Shimmering Stars :: Peacesigns ::
All the way from Vancouver, Shimmering Stars' experience of Manchester thus far, they tell us, has been largely "Tiki bars and weirdly aggressive pigeons" - but at this hastily arranged gig they add masses of appreciation to that list.

WYE INDEED?
22 August 2011 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: Air Cav :: Wye Oak :: The Steals ::
Touring bands: accept a gig at Ruby Lounge and you're going to have to be good, because they'll line up some great local supports for you and you wouldn't want to be completely overshadowed... would you?

WHIPPING IT UP ACOUSTIC STYLE
19 August 2011 / Band On The Wall / Manchester
:: Dutch Uncles :: The Whip ::
Dutch Uncles playing acoustic we can just about imagine (although the on-tour anecdote is surprisingly candid) - but The Whip? The electro band? Adam Wheeldon goes along to see if it's actually possible.

A NIGHT OF RIOTOUS ROCK'N'ROLL
19 August 2011 / Islington Mill / Salford
:: The Calimocho Club :: The Pulsebeats :: Emperor Zero :: G/R/I/M ::
"We're not as angry these days" Nathan Whittle tells us, minutes before The Pulsebeats go onstage. I'm guessing the move to a warm coastal climate will do that to you... we welcome home a rock'n'roll traveller.

FOUR INTO ONE
19 August 2011 / Whitworth Art Gallery / Manchester
:: Prism Quartet :: Jason Singh ::
A cultural collision that involves mixing the aural with the visual: if that sound a bit pretentious, then how about having a couple of bands playing in an art gallery then?

STROKES OF GENIUS
18 August 2011 / Gullivers / Manchester
:: Easter :: Working For A Nuclear Free City ::
Alongside Trash-O-Rama, whom we wrote about last week, Stroke Club is a worthy successor to the much missed FictionNonFiction: another report from Manchester's thriving underground.

OTHER SOUNDS
17 August 2011 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
:: Other Lives :: Coves & Caves ::
The folk side of their music is very English, almost medievally so, whilst the rock side references the bewitching early-days Arcade Fire before they let the blustering take centre stage

FESTIVALS 2011: HALDERN POP DAY 3
13 August 2011 / Festival / Haldern, Germany
:: Explosions in the Sky :: My Brightest Diamond :: Other Lives :: Moss :: Destroyer :: Timber Timbre :: James Blake :: Dan Mangan :: La Brass Banda :: Hauschka :: The Low Anthem :: Suuns ::
"...by wearing tee shirts emblazoned with industrial diggers we were giving visual signals to other Teutons that we were Flash Harrys given to indulging in exciting sexual adventures..."

FESTIVALS 2011: HALDERN POP DAY 2
12 August 2011 / Festival / Haldern, Germany
:: Nils Frahm :: Okkervil River :: Anne Mueller :: Golden Kanine :: The Antlers :: Bodi Bill :: Johnny Flynn :: Socalled :: Codes In The Clouds :: Rival Consoles ::
In which our guest reviewers go and buy a knitted bottle warmer in the shape of a poodle with fake diamond eyes and a large fluffy space shuttle. And go and watch loads of great music...

FESTIVALS 2011: HALDERN POP DAY 1
11 August 2011 / Festival / Haldern, Germany
:: Yuck :: Anna Calvi :: Ben Howard :: Julia Marcell :: The Avett Brothers ::
Every year we say we will definitely go to Haldern next year and we never do. Luckily our regular Continental exchange partners from Incendiary Magazine have written about it for us. As usual.

BOUNCING BACK
12 August 2011 / Gullivers / Manchester
:: The Bell Peppers :: Float Riverer ::
The first weekend after the riots was always going to be a relatively quiet one - but for those who make it to Trash-O-Rama there's a handy preview of a couple of local bands we reckon we'll be hearing a lot more from...

OH LUCKY ME
13 August 2011 / Ducie Bridge / Manchester
:: Holycoves ::
High on bad luck, low on numbers, Welsh rockers Holy Coves pass through but not without making an impact..

CITY ON FIRE : MIND ON FIRE
11 August 2011 / Dulcimer (Chorlton) / Manchester
:: Vieka :: Dayse & Avers :: The Natural Curriculum ::
No riots, just good tunes...

FAT OUT FESTIVAL 2011
06 August 2011 / Islington Mill / Salford
:: Samuel Sharp :: GNOD :: Bilge Pump :: Human Fly :: Trojan Horse :: Bong :: Manatees :: Drunk In Hell :: Wild Dogs In Winter :: Nick Fisher ::
Islington Mill becomes a festival for the weekend thanks to Fat Out Til You Pass Out, but it's not for the faint-hearted...

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