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The Manchester Gig Guide: 20th-26th October 2008

There’s plenty more to be going on with in Manchester this week with Rilo Kiley’s flame-haired indie siren Jenny Lewis on solo duty at the Academy 3 on Monday. On Tuesday there’s Vampire Weekend at the Academy with support from Wild Beasts while downstairs at the Club Academy there seems to be a hangover from the weekend’s Beepfest going on with Jim Noir, The Beep Seals, Gideon Conn and Magic Arm performing. And it costs nowt to get in, with entry being on a strictly first come, first served basis.

On Wednesday the Manchester Blog Awards are taking place at Matt and Phred’s on Tibb Street and we’ll try our best to get down there on time (we weren’t nominated – boooo!) ‘cos we’ll be at the Academy 3 for the Shred Yr Face tour featuring Times New Viking, No Age and Los Campesinos! It’s going to be very noisy but we’ll probably duck out after openers, the excellent TNV, to make a dash for the awards, the nominations for which can be found at The Manchizzle. On the same night at the Deaf Institute the wonderful young Swedes Those Dancing Days will be holding court with Joy Formidable in support. There’s plenty more where that came from with Tilly and the Wall and Slow Club at the Club Academy and Aimee Mann at the Academy. A busy night, then.

On Thursday there’s a major clash with Mogwai at the Academy and Port O’Brien at the Night & Day. As good as The Hawk Is Howling is, I think I’m going to plump for the Night & Day as Port O’Brien’s debut All We Could Do Was Sing is one of my favourite albums this year and I’ve seen Mogwai many times before anyway. Also on Thursday, Elbow, buoyed by their recent, and much deserved, Mercury Prize success, play the first of two nights at the Apollo.

On Friday you can catch local electro-poppers and parentheses botherers (We Are) Performance at the Deaf Institute while the Aftershow at Moho Live brings us the likes of The Maybes?, The Old Romantic Killer Band, The Orchids, Pushbike Army and The Faraways.

On Saturday, Black Kids play the Warehouse Project and on Sunday you can see The Datsuns at the Night & Day or Mystery Jets at the Academy 2, perhaps.

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The Manchester Gig Guide: 13th-19th October 2008

After the exertions of last week’s five night run of gigs we’re taking a well earned break this week, but, as usual, there’s still plenty of good things on. Not at the Academy on Monday, though, where the Kaiser Chiefs hawk their no doubt unremarkable new album, the name of which escapes me at the minute. At least they’ve got the far more interesting Late Of The Pier in support. The best bet for Monday is down at the Ruby Lounge where Hot Club de Paris are in action, supported by excellent Leeds popsters Sky Larkin. Also on Monday, electro-popper Esser is at the Night & Day.

On Tuesday there’s a bit of post-rock going on at the Night & Day with Texans This Will Destroy You being supported by Manchester’s own Day For Airstrikes. Belgian rockers dEUS are at the Academy 3 while Jeremy Walmsley plays two gigs: the first an under-18s only set at the Koffee Pot, starting at 6:00pm, followed by a strictly over-18s set around the corner at the Night & Day with support from Jay Jay Pistolet.

Wednesday sees Leeds’ I Concur play the Dry Bar and, after a quick listen to a few of their tracks on last.fm, I must admit they sound pretty damn good. Also, on what is a busy night, The Paddingtons play the Roadhouse, the frankly shit Towers Of London are at the Academy 3 while Haven, a band who disappeared without trace, and without anyone even noticing, back in 2001, come back to haunt us with their mediocre Britrock at the Night & Day.

On Thursday Manc prog rockers Oceansize begin a three day residency at the Roadhouse in celebration of their 10th anniversary while Blood Red Shoes are at the Academy 3 with Rolo Tomassi in tow. On Friday another Leeds band, The Sugars, play Moho Live. 

Saturday is very busy with local journalist, author, punk rocker and season ticket holder at Wagamama in Spinningfields (well, he’s always there waiting for his takeaway when we go in) John Robb bringing Goldblade to the Academy 3. Puressence, another band on the comeback trail, play the Academy with original support band Marion now replaced by Exit Calm after singer Jaime went down with pneumonia last week. Marion are back as well! WTF! Also, Dizzee Rascal plays the Warehouse Project but the best bill of the night is surely at the Deaf Institute for Beepfest which goes from 3pm to 3am and has Jim Noir, Magic Arm, The Beep Seals, The Answering Machine and many more spread over two stages. Plus there’s a literary stage hosted by the Institute’s regular lit night “No Point In Not Being Friends” which promises readings, poetry, comedy and acoustic sets from some of the bands playing the main stages.

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Gig Guide Special: In The City, 5th-7th October 2008

Manchester’s annual In The City festival rolls around again this weekend and as usual there is an absolutely huge number of gigs going on in the city centre between Sunday and Tuesday. Most of them are free showcases for unsigned acts and small indie labels but there’s a fair few more recognisable acts playing as well. You won’t be able to wander around the Northern Quarter without being in earshot of a bunch of earnest teens in skinny jeans singing for their supper. And what about those dates? I’m sure that previous ITC’s took in the whole weekend. Three days of late nights and early mornings for those of us with jobs is not going to be easy.

As far as line-ups go you’re spoilt for choice and an afternoon of trawling MySpace to narrow down the options is highly recommended. We’ll probably start at the Night & Day on Sunday afternoon for the Switchflicker showcase headlined by the excellent Magic Arm, although at the same time at Fopp Records there’s a Heavenly showcase including acoustic sets from The Magic Numbers’ Romeo Stodart, Cherry Ghost and Edwyn Collins, all of whom will be making their way to the Deaf Institute for a presumably more electric showcase in the evening.

Also on Sunday night there’s a Fierce Panda showcase at the Night & Day with The Spinto Band headlining and Laymar and The All New Adventures of Us also on the bill, XFM put on The Beep Seals and Gideon Conn at the Ruby Lounge and at South the NME have Eugene McGuinness and Detroit Social Club.

Gideon Conn turns up again at Urban Outfitters early on Monday evening where there is also an exhibition of his artwork and “free drinks”. On Monday night the Hell Yeah promotion at the Academy 3 looks interesting with The Bottomfeeders, Silverclub and The Sister Of Transistors playing. On the same night The ABC Club, who were ace when we saw them supporting ¡Forward, Russia! earlier in the year, play the Chicago Rock Café in support of Johnny Foreigner, the band they replaced on the bill that night.

On Tuesday The Red Deer Club take over Piccadilly Records where they’re putting on Sophie’s Pigeons, Down The Tiny Steps and Sara Lowes, while Drowned In Sound have the likes of Grammatics and These New Puritans at the Night & Day. On the same night Manc guitar legend Vini Reilly brings his Durutti Column to the Ruby Lounge, Wiley headlines the Channel M night at Moho Live and Twisted Wheel and It’s A Buffalo play the BBC Introducing showcase at the Deaf Institute.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, really. Check out the In The City website for the full line-up and make sure you also look at the list of fringe gigs on the site, which is almost as exhausting as the main event. Acts include Simon Connor, among others, on Sunday afternoon at The Bay Horse, Air Cav at Joshua Brooks on Sunday night, The Star Fighter Pilot at The Attic on Tuesday night and, also on Tuesday, Light Syndicate and The Bangs at the Retro Bar.

Phew.

Posted by The Ledge on 2nd October 2008 at 11:44 pm | comments (2)
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The Manchester Gig Guide: 29th September – 5th October 2008

Another exciting week is on the cards with the annual In The City festival kicking off next weekend. There’s so much going on in ITC that I think I’ll leave all that for another post later in the week.

On Monday, indie rock ‘n’ rollers The Duke Spirit play the Club Academy while Tall Firs are at the Dulcimer in Chorlton. Gig of the week, maybe even the year, will be at the Academy on Tuesday when The Hold Steady, who are pretty much our favourite band of the past few years, arrive back in Mancehster for the fourth time in little over 18 months. There are still tickets left and you’d be a fool to miss them. See you down the front. Ok, so maybe The Hold Steady aren’t your thing, maybe you want to see some guy in a splangly one-piece daredevil uniform singing into a telephone strapped to his daredevil helmet while he bashes out distorted blues on his guitar; a sort of Seasick Steve meets Evil Knievel kind of thing. If you do then Bob Log III could be right up your street and, as luck would have it, he’s playing The Ruby Lounge on the same night.

There’s plenty going on on Thursday with The Ting Tings playing the first of a two night homecoming stint at the Academy while hotly-tipped Friendly Fires are at the Ruby Lounge. The Automatic are on at the Academy 2 but if you’re lucky they’ll be drowned out by US hardcore legends The Melvins upstairs in the Academy 3. If you want something a bit quieter then acoustic singer-songwriter Kaki King plays the Night & Day. From what I’ve heard on her MySpace page this could be very good indeed.

Friday sees Cajun Dance Party at the Academy 3, Pete Doherty at the Ritz and Stevie Wonder at the MEN Arena. On Saturday we’ll be at the Bridgewater Hall to see the Tindersticks for the first time in ages. They’re promoting their excellent new album, The Hungry Saw, and will have an orchestra in tow so it should be an excellent night.

In The City gets properly underway on Sunday but the pick of the non-ITC gigs on the night are the intriguing Maps & Atlases at the Star & Garter and The Streets at the Academy.

Posted by The Ledge on 28th September 2008 at 11:13 pm | comments (1)
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The Manchester Gig Guide: 21st – 27th September 2008

Brett Anderson of Suede drooling over Bernard Butler

Well, a day late and from the wrong member of the Indie Cred household, here’s the weekly gig guide.

It seems that last night we missed Beggars at the Night & Day, System of a Down side-project Scars on Broadway at the Manchester Academy and hardcore band Strike Anywhere at the Music Box. Oh well.

As for tonight, if I manage to get this posted in the next 10 minutes or so, you might manage to get down to the Manchester Academy to see experimental rock-rap-funk outfit Flobots, down to the Roadhouse for Infadels or to the Night & Day for White Lies, although that last one, it seems, has been sold out at least since Friday’s Manchester Evening News went to press.

Now, on to the gigs that aren’t already nearly history. Tuesday, September 23rd looks to be a quiet night with not much more than Liz Green, Ben Wetherill and Essie Jain, a trio of singer-songwriters, on at Matt & Phreds. Elsewhere, Mancunian band Ideas as Opiates are on at a showcase at the Night & Day which also features Frank is Dead and Sycamore.

On Wednesday the 24th things start to pick up a bit more when quirky Canadian indie-pop outfit Islands take over the Night & Day. Last time I saw Islands playing to a half-full crowd in the Roadhouse they were utterly charming so I’d recommend joining The Ledge to check out their latest offerings. Elsewhere experimental folkster Adem plays at the Ruby Lounge, supported by charming jangly instrumentalists Tim and Sam’s Tim and The Sam Band with Tim and Sam while gloom-rockers 1913 play the Hilton Hotel, of all places. On a completely different note, grime rapper Sway is on at Jabez Clegg, which could be interesting if only to see such a hotly-tipped hip hopper in such a tiny setting. If small, intimate gigs by good bands aren’t your thing, however, or you’ve a zimmer frame and want to hark back to your childhood in a more overpriced, seated setting, you can always head down to the Apollo for The Moody Blues. If you remember them from their first go round, however, you’re either really old, you weren’t really there, or both.

Thursday sees the welcome return of Scottish indie-folk-rockers Broken Records to the Night & Day. We enjoyed them the last time around and we may head down ourselves, although we’re likely to skip opener Troubadour as we’ve had little luck with bands of similar names. However, we’re also sorely tempted by the idea of Neil Halstead of Slowdive and Mojave 3 performing on his own at Sacred Trinity Church. It may come down to a coin toss for that one. If you fancy a bit of hypnotically loud post-rock, then Amusement Parks on Fire are on at Retro Bar along with the very amusingly-named Apes Fight Back. For the more electronica-minded amongst us, try heading down to catch Fujiya & Miyagi at The Deaf Institute. If neither of those take your fancy, there’s always psychedelic rockabilly courtesy of Jon Spencer’s newest band Heavy Trash. Enjoyable local rockers The Maple State are on at The Music Box while Spear of Destiny trigger some memories of the 1980’s over at Club Academy.

Friday, Suede fans of the world will get the opportunity to lob rotten tomatoes, rocks and pints of piss at me as I head down to see Brett Anderson attempt to interest us in his latest solo offering at the Royal Northern College of Music. My companion for the gig and I will be hoping he gets the solo stuff out of the way early so we can see whether “Trash” and “Animal Nitrate” sound as bad on the cello as we expect they will. On a slightly similar note, Wigan’s finest, Starsailor, will be performing at Moho Live in front of the 6 people who still care. For those not interested in mainstream indie whinging, get your dancing shoes out for disco diva Sam Sparro at Manchester Academy or dust off your leather trousers and head down to watch Dragonforce at Club Academy. If none of that takes your fancy, you could always check out some famous folk offspring in the form of Teddy Thompson at the Ruby Lounge. Of course Corrie and a bottle of wine sound pretty good on a Friday night too.

Saturday the 27th looks to be the night of the indie anthem as Puressence play Club Academy and Longview perform at the Roadhouse. Of course, if you’re feeling a bit less 1997, you could head down and see It Bites at Club Academy. We’d recommend, however,  that you rest up for the following weekend as In the City prepares to descend on us once again.

Mojave 3 – Mercy

Amusement Parks on Fire – Asphalt (Interlude)

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The Manchester Gig Guide: 15th-21st September 2008

I was gutted when Bon Iver pulled out of his support slot with Iron And Wine at the Ritz back in May to play Jools Holland. His For Emma, Forever Ago album is one of my favourites of the year so far and he finally makes it to Manchester on Monday night when he plays the Academy 2. Also on Monday the excellent Jeffrey Lewis plays the Club Academy with support from the much-touted Wave Pictures, while Californian indie popsters The Little Ones are at the Night & Day.

There are more goodies on Tuesday with Shearwater at The Roadhouse supported by local hopefuls Air Cav. Though I’ve quite enjoyed the last couple of Shearwater albums, for some reason their songs just don’t seem to stick and those albums are now gathering dust on the Indie Cred shelves. I’m hoping for some sort of epiphany at The Roadhouse. Canadians Born Ruffians play the Night & Day on the same night and I’m pretty sure that they’ll be very good.

On Wednesday folk goth pioneer – and daughter of Maddy Prior – Rose Kemp plays the Night & Day. The Glasvegas gig at the Academy 3 on the same night sold out long ago but don’t worry, they’ve since added a date at the Academy 2 on December 8th. Derry’s hotly-tipped indie rockers Fighting With Wire play the Roadhouse, also on Wednesday, in what is a 14+ show.

On Thursday My Brightest Diamond are on at the Sacred Trinity Church in Salford while on Saturday The Telescopes are on at the KroBar on Oxford Road. This is, apparently, the same band I remember from the halcyon days of Rocking In The UK/Transmission – the weekly hour of indie music TV broadcast on some, but not all, of the ITV regions at 3 in the morning that I, and presumably many other like-minded music lovers, set their videos for every Wednesday night (or was it Tuesday?) back in the late-80s/early-90s so they could watch cheap videos stuffed full of “psychedelic” visual effects by droning, noisy shoegazers like the aforementioned Telescopes, or watch said bands being interviewed by shy indie girls called Rachael; or a very young and nervous Steve Lamacq. I’ve recently been converting a lot of my old videos to DVD and watching old episodes of Transmission (certainly not to be confused with the shitty C4 show) and Snub TV has brought many a lump to my throat. Anyway, after all of that I can’t say I much enjoyed The Telescopes way back when. Sorry.

The week will be rounded off in style when ex-Go Between and songwriting genius Robert Forster plays the Royal Northern College of Music on Sunday on his first tour of this country since the tragic early death of Grant McLennan in 2006. It will, I’m sure, be emotional.

Video: The Go-Betweens: Here Comes A City

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The Manchester Gig Guide: 8th-14th September 2008

When Jens Lekman played the Academy 3 back in May I arrived too late to catch Swedish duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums but was informed by Girl On A Train and A Free Man In Preston that they had been particularly good. Well, it looks like I’ll be missing them again on Monday night when they play the Deaf Institute on Grosvenor Street, as we’ll probably be too knackered after our weekend in Prague to bother. Shame on us.

On Tuesday Bowerbirds play the Sacred Trinity Church in Salford. They caught my ear over a year ago when their Hymns For A Dark Horse album was released in the States and garnered some glowing reviews. The album has finally been released over here and this promises to be a great gig; the band’s atmospheric, acoustic Americana should be perfect for that particular venue. Unfortunately, with it being JustHipper’s birthday on Tuesday, we might be otherwise engaged.

On Thursday Mark Kozelek’s Sun Kil Moon play the Roadhouse and I’m hoping that, with a full band in tow, this will be a lot better than his meandering solo performance at the Dancehouse Theatre last year.

Friday sees post-punk legends Wire at the Club Academy; on Saturday country legend Emmylou Harris plays the Bridgewater Hall and on Sunday Dead Meadow are on at the Roadhouse with The Beep Seals and The Old Romantic Killer Band in support.

Posted by The Ledge on 7th September 2008 at 1:00 am | comments (2)
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The Manchester Gig Guide: 1st-7th September 2008

The gig guide is back after a couple of weeks where there wasn’t much going on or, if there was, we were too lazy to report it. Of course, the summer holidays are over now and so the gig listings are filling up nicely for the autumn.

Things don’t really get going until Thursday this week when American Music Club play the Academy 3. They played the same venue a few months back so I’m in two minds about going to this one, even though, according to Drowned In Sound, they’re promising to play a few classic oldies. It’ll be a crowded night at the University as Gomez are at the Academy while Oldham’s much-touted Twisted Wheel play the Academy 2. Over at the Roadhouse on the same night are synth pioneers Silver Apples.

There are some terrible clashes on Friday night with two of Scotland’s finest bands, Frightened Rabbit and Camera Obscura, playing the Night & Day and Club Academy respectively while Gary Numan returns to the Academy for the second time this year, though presumably he won’t be playing his Replicas album in full this time. We would have plumped for Frightened Rabbit, who are supported by fellow Scots We Were Promised Jetpacks, were we not flying off to Prague for a relaxing weekend of sightseeing and Czech beer.

If that’s not enough then local faves Cats In Paris play the Deaf Institute and there’s also the Beck’s Fusions festival at Castlefield Arena with The Presets and Hercules and Love Affair, among others. Tickets are free but you had to register to be entered into a draw which has now closed. There will be a limited number of tickets available on Thursday at the arena from noon on a first come/first served basis.

On Saturday there’s the New Islington Urban Folk Festival on Old Mill Street just off Great Ancoats which runs from 2pm to 8pm and promises to be an interesting and entertaining event with music from the likes of Tim And Sam’s Tim And The Sam Band with Tim And Sam and The Mouse Outfit as well as a knit-a-thon lead by the King’s Arms Knitting Club plus tunes from the Dig For Victory Djs, AKA friends and fellow bloggers James Yer Mam! and Jonthebeef. Meanwhile, on the bill at the Fusions festival at Castlefield are Massive Attack and Santogold.

On Sunday the Dodos return to Manchester to play the Roadhouse and I seriously recommend that you go down to see them as they were excellent at the Night & Day back in May.

Posted by The Ledge on 31st August 2008 at 10:06 pm | comments (2)
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The Indie Cred Manchester Music Guide: 28th July – 3rd August 2008

As usually happens when the school holidays hit, the gigs dry up a little. With the Academy closing its doors for a couple of weeks there are few what you might call “name” bands coming to town in the immediate future, although Billy Idol plays the MEN Arena on Wednesday and friend of the blog Bricking Chick may well be going along and hopefully reporting on the experience. Also on Wednesday, Brooklyn electro duo Ratatat play the Roadhouse with support from local post-rockers Laymar. At the Roadhouse on Thursday there is an excellent line-up of local talent with Magic Arm and This Is My Lawnmower playing support to the hotly-tipped Delphic, who boast two former members of defunct and slightly dull indie hobbits Snowfight In The City Centre among their ranks but promise a whole lot more. Not only this but behind the decks for the evening is fellow blogger DJ Grammar of Black Country Grammar fame, a busy man these days given that he has collaborated with James from Yer Mam! to bring you Dig For Victory!, a new club night at the Bay Horse pub on Thomas Street which kicks off tonight (Sunday 27th) and will take place on the last Sunday of every month.

Sheffield’s Bromheads Jacket play the Ruby Lounge on Friday with Orphan Boy in support but the main event of the week, as far as we’re concerned, is the A Day At The Races festival which takes place on Saturday at the Night & Day and MoHo Live, having originally been scheduled to take place on two stages at New Century Hall. Proceedings begin with Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening at Moho Live at 4:30pm with other bands at MoHo including Elf Power, Jeffrey Lewis and Los Campesinos! while the likes of Suburban Kids With Biblical Names, Bearsuit and Múm play the Night & Day. I hope the weather cools a little next Saturday because a packed Night & Day is like a sauna on even the chilliest of nights.

Posted by The Ledge on 27th July 2008 at 10:04 pm | comments (1)
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The Indie Cred Manchester Gig Guide: 21st – 27th July 2008

The B-52'sJust a couple of particularly noteworthy gigs this week, both of which we shall be attending and reporting on in due course. First up is The B-52’s who play the Academy on Tuesday. In the admittedly small list of bands I haven’t seen live but really want to, The B-52’s are riding high near the top so I’m very excited about this. Their classic eponymous debut was one of the first albums my brother and I ever bought way back in 1979 and it still sounds as good today as it did back then. Their latest, Funplex, didn’t really grab me on my one and only listen but I’m sure they’ll bring out “Rock Lobster” and “Planet Claire” and hopefully find some room for “Quiche Lorraine” and “Wig”. There are still tickets available, although £30 is probably a bit steep for the casual observer.

On Thursday Daniel Johnston and Friends play New Century Hall. Now, we’ve never really got all the fuss about Daniel Johnston but that’s maybe because we’ve never really gone out of our way to listen to him. What really attracted us to this gig the list of “friends” that are accompanying, and also supporting, him for the evening, which includes Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub, Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse, Scout Niblett, James McNew of Yo La Tengo and Jad Fair. That we’ll be able to see all of these hopefully play some of their own stuff, as well as getting a chance to give Daniel Johnston a proper listen, should make this an interesting, and highly rewarding, evening.

On Friday Peterloo Massacre play Centro in the Northern Quarter. On a recent visit to Piccadilly Records I was accosted by a member of Peterloo Massacre who had set up a CD player with headphones at the front of the shop and was inviting unsuspecting punters to give the band’s new EP a couple of minutes of their time. It sounded pretty good, if I recall, “a bit like Portishead,” I informed him. “We get a lot of that,” he replied. I forgot about the whole encounter until now but I remember telling him that I’ll check them out should they play any local gigs in the future. I’m not sure if I’ll keep my word, but I’ll see how I feel on the night.

Posted by The Ledge on 21st July 2008 at 12:20 am | comments (7)
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