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STROPPY INTELLIGENT
23 September 2004 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: The Open :: Thirteen Senses ::
Within the opening numbers the leather clad swagger of the band, the stroppy, intelligent lyrics and guitar lines that mine the genius of Will Sargent and Johnny Marr the audience are close to being completely won over.

JUST LIKE HONEY
29 September 2004 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: Little Barrie :: The Bees ::
The encore this evening, The Beatles song that never was “Chicken Payback” is accepted as a work of gobbledygook genius.

ITC 04 - AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH
17 September 2004 / The BierKeller / Manchester
:: The Mountaineers ::
Mountaineers appear to be taking no prisoners when it comes to showing their old label that they made a terrible error in letting them leave.

DEAD BEAT
23 September 2004 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Dead 60’s ::
Guitar and reggae beats collide as Dead 60's bust up the merseyside genre

HOW TO UNEARTH TALENT
16 September 2004 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Astrid Williamson :: Sing The Body Electric :: Stuart Avery :: Oskar :: Whose Red Heart ::
Think only this of us: Not every great band has to rock like your Dad’s record collection. No, really – and they don’t have to wear leather jackets either!

PARTY HARD
25 September 2004 / The Castle / Oldham
:: Loose Canon :: Silva Surfa :: The Wandering Step ::
There's a party going on and it's here.

ITC 04 - WE LOVE UFO TOO
19 September 2004 / 42nd Street / Manchester
:: I Love UFO ::
It makes for an intoxicating show, not just because it’s loud and violent, but also because the music is quite hypnotic.

BLUE MOVIE
21 September 2004 / Jabez Clegg / Manchester
:: The Dogs :: Agent Blue :: Chikinki ::
MM caught up with Island Record's new brat pack.

ITC 04 - WONDERBOYS
19 September 2004 / Tmesis / Manchester
:: Fear Of Music ::
Tonight’s audience is made up of delegates, astounded locals and a fair few school friends, as Fear of Music display confidence and maturity that defies their age.

ITC 04 - MAKING THE CUT
19 September 2004 / The Garden Hotel / Manchester
:: The Longcut ::
A date with Manchester's most sought after in intimate settings...Can you feel the steam rising?

ITC 04 - BELOW LOW LIGHTS
19 September 2004 / Matt & Phreds / Manchester
:: Isobel Heyworth ::
Matt and Phred’s is a perfect place for her to play with low lights and swanky red curtains behind the stage, it’s a classy affair...

ITC04 : HIGH VOLTAGE - CONDUCTING POWER
20 September 2004 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Politburo :: The Suzuki Method :: A Cult Called Karianna :: The New Black ::
High Voltage dominated the Oldham Street effort on the last live day of ITC with a menu of bands that was comeplelling if not essential

ITC 04 - THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV
20 September 2004 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: TV On The Radio :: Read Yellow :: Red Vinyl Fur ::
It’s refreshing to watch a band so completely unbound by such conventions, and to know that the cultural tapestry that is New York has finally produced a band which reflects that.

ITC 04 - LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL
18 September 2004 / The Garden Hotel / Manchester
:: Loose Canon :: Sam and Me :: The Exports ::
tonight as people ramble on stage, stealing mics, picking up guitars, banging tambourines, singing, chanting, and generally doing everything they can it means tonight is about one thing, the good times.

ITC 04 - BROWN MAGIC
17 September 2004 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: The Dears :: Lisa Brown ::
The Brown are back with more fervour and some old...sorry young Dears make nice tunes to get all romantic with.

ITC 04 - FINN-TASTIC (Doh!)
20 September 2004 / Bar38 / Manchester
:: Boomhauer :: Tigerbombs ::
Five mop-topped Finns with a Farfisa organ and silly rock’n’roll names. The sound cuts out. When it comes back, the lively frontman muses on the importance of electricity – “we don’t have it in Finland, just polar bears and stuff”.

ITC 04 - SNIP
19 September 2004 / SoundGarden / Manchester
:: The Cut :: The Citizen Band :: Karma ::
The Cut? Did they cut it? (!) Or had they just got the snip? (!) Read on...Promise - no more crap puns...

ITC 04 - A BAND (OR TWO) DOES COME FOR FREE
19 September 2004 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: The Earlies :: R Mutt :: Ethergy :: The Cinematics :: No Arm ::
You know how it is; Sunday afternoon, the cash machine’s telling you you went twice last night (really?) and can’t go again til Monday… time to check out what musical entertainment can be had for nought pence.

ITC 04 - STORM THE TOWN HALL
19 September 2004 / The Town Hall / Manchester
:: Change Nothing :: Puressence ::
The lights dim and a strobe flickers across a wall of noise under the watchful eye of Gladstone’s statue.

NOT ITC 04
17 September 2004 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: The Sonar Yen :: Julian Donkey-Boy ::
Despite the fact that this is a non-ITC event and the headliners have pulled out the place is rammed. It goes to show what a bit of hard work can do. They've done things entirely on their own terms...

ITC04 - SPIRITO DI DUKE
15 September 2004 / The BierKeller / Manchester
:: The Duke Spirit :: Giant Drag :: The Vox ::
The Duke Spirit may be dismissed as the next great new British band to fall off the conveyer belt, but this a scandalous accusation.

ITC04 - INDIE GARDEN
19 September 2004 / SoundGarden / Manchester
:: The Theory :: Parker ::
Someone has kicked in the womens bogs. So they made them the Gents

ITC04 - ARE FRIENDS ELECTRIC?
19 September 2004 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: Glass :: Decoration :: The Bang Bang Club ::
I’m smiling, because the only bands I’ve heard all weekend, who know what a chorus is have just played in front of me

ITC04 - MIDNIGHT MOCO
19 September 2004 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Moco ::
There aren’t many bands that can rock and roll. There are even fewer who can do it properly

ITC04 - BOILERHOUSE
18 September 2004 / The BierKeller / Manchester
:: Polysics ::
I doubt any of the band can see much through those outlandish welders-type eye wear

ITC04 - CAVE MEN
18 September 2004 / The BierKeller / Manchester
:: Fear Of Music :: Working For A Nuclear Free City :: Slide :: Cranebuilders ::
The buzz in the crowd is – are they really that good? No, they’re better

ITC04 - LIFT OFF
18 September 2004 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: Lyca Sleep :: The Second Floor ::
The 2nd Floor are descendants of the Sound Of Confusion era 3

ITC04 - NAME THAT DUNE
18 September 2004 / The BierKeller / Manchester
:: The Fremen ::
If the finale never disapoints then it's easy to walk away with a good impression.

ITC04 - GROUCHO MAKE THEIR MARX
18 September 2004 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Groucho ::
Groucho are still delivering a punishing style of widescreen rock, that mixes ethereal musings with hard charging guitars

ITC04 - MOVIN' & A SHAKIN..
18 September 2004 / Rebos / Manchester
:: Figure 5 ::
They are also as tight as the upper the leg of their trousers

ITC04 - SURFER ROSA
18 September 2004 / Gullivers / Manchester
:: De Rosa ::
All three guys have short hair and glasses and seem like some sort of triplet ensemble

ITC04 - A CHORUS LINE
18 September 2004 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: Marlin :: Lord Bishop ::
Ignoring the bass players baggy leather trousers and the Bish’s leopard skin Stetson and animal stripe pants, you can’t deny that this is powerful stuff.

ITC04 - ACOUSTIC BREAKFAST
18 September 2004 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Isobel Heyworth :: Nathan Burton :: Little Neemo :: Aron Robinson :: Meadow ::
Night & Day is populated by a few bedraggled scene faces, an early rising delegate or two, a handful of shoppers – and one MM reporter who considers chilli cheese fries and Mexican beer a perfectly reasonable breakfast

ITC04 - NO BONES AT CLUB INDIGO
17 September 2004 / Retro Bar / Manchester
:: Zombina & The Skeletones ::
It’s approaching midnight and things are taking a turn for the strange

ITC04 - CASTLE KEEP
17 September 2004 / The Castle (Oldham St) / Manchester
:: Gabrielle's Wish ::
Post-punk is the order of the day now, and Gabrielles Wish have quite a head start.

ITC04 - BLOWNOUT ON DAY ONE
17 September 2004 / The BierKeller / Manchester
:: The Forest :: Jack Cooper ::
A soundtrack to walking down a street you probably shouldn’t have, too late at night

ITC04 - Slippery Fish Showcase
17 September 2004 / Tmesis / Manchester
:: Northern Uproar :: Barfly :: The Deadbeats :: Voicecoil ::
A modern twist on folk music started the first round of gigs during the In The City weekend at the newly opened T’mesis Café Bar

ITC04 - THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE
16 September 2004 / Bridgewater Hall / Manchester
:: The Durutti Column ::
Vini standing almost motionless at the side, his very presence commanding awe.

ITC04 - IS ROCK N ROLL DURTY ?
10 September 2004 / Retro Bar / Manchester
:: Jackie O ::
JO attack our senses with their visceral interpretation of all things swampy, sleasy and dirty

SOHO DULL
11 September 2004 / The Castle / Oldham
:: Client :: Soho Dolls ::
In identical pristine white blouses, office skirts and fishnets, Client A and Client B effortlessly exude the cool Soho Dolls were shooting vaguely at. And the sounds – great walls of synthesised waveforms recalling recalling New Order’s finest moments.

TWO WEETABIX
05 September 2004 / Apollo / Manchester
:: P J Harvey ::
On the grand scale of things tonight’s performance is certainly memorable and impressive simply because it’s PJ fucking Harvey.

BACKWATER BLUES
04 September 2004 / The Castle / Oldham
:: Equilibrium :: The Boxer Rebellion ::
It’s immediately obvious why Alan McGee went for them. Singer Nathan Nicholson has “Rock’n’Roll written all over him. The sound, too, was spawned somewhere between Black Rebel’s take on the Jesus & Mary Chain and pre-“the” Verve.

FEARWORKS
03 September 2004 / The BierKeller / Manchester
:: Fear Of Music ::
Watching Fear Of Music is like being in a small room with a large lit firework. I think it’s going to go off any minute

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