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THE WORLD BEHIND THE CURTAIN
30 September 2010 / Band On The Wall / Manchester
:: Kirsty Almeida :: Ríoghnach Connolly :: Damsel Dusty :: Running Club ::
With theatre and creative arts a strong thread running through all her work, Kirsty's album launch was never going to be "just another gig": poetry, fine support acts and a rummage-sale combine to make this a unique night out.
A BRIGHT YOUNG NIGHT OUT
29 September 2010 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Bright Young Nights :: Santiago Street Machine :: Coloureds ::
On only their fourth gig, Santiago Street Machine
prove to be a shining example of everything that is
thrilling and compelling about electronic, beats
based music performed in the live environment. And
the other bands are pretty exciting too...
28 September 2010 / Islington Mill / Salford
:: Islet :: Slow Motion Shoes :: Unconscious Jungle ::
"I saw Islet in Sheffield last night" says one of
our mates "and the crowd looked like they'd been
assaulted..." This is his justification for coming
again, and he's right...
28 September 2010 / The Godlee Observatory / Manchester
:: Darren Hayman ::
One singer-songwriter, two enormous telescopes and
thirty very lucky people: welcome to central
Manchester's strangest live music venue...
TURBOROCK 2010 / The Chicktones :: Los Chicos
24 September 2010 / Saron / Cantabria, Spain
:: Redd Kross :: Mudhoney :: Hoodoo Gurus :: The Soundtrack Of Our Live :: The Muffs :: Young Fresh Fellows :: Sex Museum :: The Right Ons :: Los Coronas :: JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound :: The Meanies :: The Wildbeests :: Autoramas :: Muck & The Mires :: ::
Sarón's meat market is about to come alive with a different sound
23 September 2010 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
:: The Vaselines :: Haight-Ashbury ::
Everybody loves a Scottish knees-up, and with veteran indie heroes The Vaselines bringing up-and-coming fellow Glaswegians Haight-Ashbury along for the ride it's a cross-generational party.
AN EVENING WITH FRIENDS
20 September 2010 / Sound Control / Manchester
:: Liam Frost :: Jo Rose :: We Are Willow ::
The best way to celebrate your birthday is
surrounded by love and friends - in Liam Frost's
case, a venue full of them.
HANG THE DJ
23 September 2010 / The Cockpit / Leeds
:: This Town Needs Guns :: Oceansize ::
Tonight we have 12 songs amounting to almost one hour, a feat that would have been considered almost impossible on a playlist consisting of early material - Oceansize take the high ground and lay waste...
ROCK AND RESPITE
19 September 2010 / Sound Control / Manchester
:: No Tokyo :: Exit Calm :: Kid British :: Blind Atlas :: The Jessie Rose Trip :: This Morning Call :: Twin Thea :: The Suns ::
Another day, another all-dayer, as an eclectic
collection of bands gather to raise money for
seriously ill children - and Exit Calm put in
another of their trademark blinding performances.
EXCUSE ME, DO YOU KNOW WHERE I CAN FIND KRAAK ROUND HERE?
17 September 2010 / Kraak / Manchester
:: Florrie :: Seeräuber Jenny :: Projectionists ::
There's always an inherent note of caution when the
arrival of a new artist is preceded by a lengthy
back story and list of gilt-framed achievements. And
indeed when you have to ask a man with a hat in the
style of a monkey where the venue is...
FROM CHEETHAM HILL TO OXFORD STREET
15 September 2010 / The 100 Club / London
:: Dylan LeBlanc :: Josephine ::
Our Mancunian-in-exile London correspondent goes out
to watch an up-and-coming Americana hot-shot but
finds the support comes from a little closer to
16 September 2010 / Sound Control / Manchester
:: Fyfe Dangerfield ::
These days the “solo album” seems to be a sign of
middle-aged band satisfaction, a holiday away from
the drudgery of the album-tour-album-tour setup - so
how does the Guillemots frontman fare going it
POSTCARDS FROM MANCHESTER FESTIVAL 2010
18 September 2010 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
:: Allo Darlin' :: Here We Go Magic :: Patterns :: Golden Glow :: Deaf To Van Gogh's Ear :: D/R/U/G/S :: Brown Brogues :: Samson & Delilah :: Trailer Trash Tracys :: Vera November :: Internet Forever :: Maliika ::
Spending all day in a single venue watching nine
hours of non-stop bands can be a wearying experience
- but not at Postcards From Manchester, where the
bill is eclectic but the quality never dips.
11 September 2010 / Saki Bar / Manchester
:: King Tree & The Roots :: Mammal Club :: Holy Mammoth :: Dinner Party ::
It's North West meets North East at what could be
the last Underachievers at Saki if the moaning
minority get their miserable way - but hang on a
minute, what the hell's going on the other side of
EVERYTHING'S GONE GREEN
04 September 2010 / The Green Room / Manchester
:: George Borowski :: Linda Pagnini :: Green Vigo :: James Kelly ::
Fast-fingered fretwork, sunglasses, humour and tales
of everyday observation - Green Bohemia provides a
friendly and free alternative to Saturday night
LIKE A HURRICANE
04 September 2010 / Band On The Wall / Manchester
:: The Vortex ::
They might, at times, recall Oasis - but Oasis as
they should have been, without the last few albums'
worth of megastar MOR drivel, and no boring
elongated guitar solos or high-sky-fly ballads.
TRAVELS IN TIME
02 September 2010 / Kro Bar (1) / Manchester
:: Jim Causley :: The Steals (acoustic) :: The Bailey Sisters ::
A glorious journey into the past while still utterly
relevant to everything that remains within the
DO YOU WANT GUACAMOLE OR ROCK'N'ROLL?
01 September 2010 / Hard Rock Cafe / Manchester
:: I Am Kloot ::
I Am Kloot Stun Manchester Fans! Mercury Nominee
Drunk And Belligerent On Stage! Shock Horror! Whilst
it has been said that there's no such thing as bad
publicity, MM was there and this how it looked from
where we were standing...