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OPEN MIC FOR THE UNPLUGGED AND UNHINGED
29 September 2009 / Trof (Fallowfield) / Manchester
:: Paul Dennis :: Hugh (The Genuine Articles) :: plus Various ::
Trof in Fallowfield has a regular open mic night -
we asked someone to write about it - this is what
they said ...
20 September 2009 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
:: Fuck Buttons :: Zun Zun Egui ::
Fuck Buttons conjur up what sounds like a rave on a space station
ONE TWO FOUR
24 September 2009 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Drink And Drive :: Red Cells :: Chew ::
Flagwaving their way out of the recession, Drink And Drive crash onto the scene
18 September 2009 / The Castle / Oldham
:: Mr. Fist :: The Christophers ::
Opposite poles of noise collide spectacularly at the latest instalment of the Circus...
TWENTY YEAR ORBIT
19 September 2009 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: Delphic :: Orbital ::
When Orbital released their debut single, a teenage Cath had it on seven inch. Tristan was a few months old. Fast forward twenty years: after a five-year break the Hartnolls are back, but has their sound made the generation jump?
DARK STARS SHINE BRIGHTLY
17 September 2009 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
:: I Am Kloot ::
The only way a band can hope to sustain a crowd's attention for a couple of hours in such a no-frills form is by having an absolute bucketload of great songs...
MM10 : unELECTRIC CIRCUS
13 September 2009 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The Tides :: Danny Saul :: Starless And Bible Black :: Tim And Sam's Tim And The Sam Band With Tim And Sam :: Alexis McLean :: Butler Williams :: Jo Rose ::
As part of our 10th anniversary celebrations, we asked a few bands to play - here's what happened ...
PAINT ME A PICTURE
10 September 2009 / The Witchwood, Ashton Under Lyne / Manchester
:: Lost Calm :: Daniel Land And The Modern Painters :: Moscow Square ::
Three guitars is always an impressive count and here they ring out like peeling bells, before toppling into decibels of distorted splendour
11 September 2009 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: Shmoo :: Tidy Hooker ::
"Our arpeggiator appears to have died... so we're going to play the longest chord in the world..."
06 September 2009 / Hainault Forest / Essex
:: Stranger Son :: Wild Beasts :: Kong :: The Horrors :: Die! Die ! Die! :: Maps :: A Certain Ratio :: Bo Ningen :: S.C.U.M. :: She Keeps Bees :: The Detachments ::
A middle-aged grey-haired and outwardly quite sensible looking bloke is stood next to us who has - brilliantly - brought his own comedy wooden percussion item and is banging away at it with some enthusiasm...