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The Indie Cred Manchester Gig Guide: 7th-13th July 2008

Summer In The Park Festival
We’re saving all our gig-going energies for T In The Park next weekend but there’s much going on in Manchester this week with plenty of bands on the T bill doing the rounds.

On Tuesday, Interpol, who were a massive disappointment the last time we saw them at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, hit the Apollo with Ladytron in tow, while on Wednesday, Cardiff indie poppers The School play the Night & Day with an excellent support bill, including local bands Amida and the much-touted Cats In Paris, as well as the excellent Rosie Taylor Project. I’ve never heard of The School before but, from what I can hear on their Myspace page, they sound like they know their way around a Belle And Sebastian record or two. Also on Wednesday, Austin, Texas garage rockers-du-jour White Denim play the Roadhouse.

At the Roadhouse on Thursday are the excellent Jaguar Love, whose Take Me To The Sea album is an absolute joy to behold. Unfortunately we’ll be on our way up to Scotland by then so we’ll also miss the Transgressive Hot Summer Tour at the Night & Day on the same night which features Jeremy Warmsley, Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man and Liam Finn, among others. If neither of those tickle your fancy then get yourselves down to the King’s Arms in Salford for Simon Connor‘s EP launch party which features support from The Bangs, who we highly recommend, and only costs £3 to get in to.

On Saturday and Sunday the inaugural Summer In The Park festival takes place at Platt Fields. Manchester needs a new festival to fill the considerable void left by the disappearance of D:Percussion from the schedules and Summer In The Park looks like it might just fit the bill. It’s billed as a food and drink festival so while there’s an excellent music line-up, including I Am Kloot, The Earlies, Magic Arm, Liam Frost, Stephen Fretwell, Lucy And The Caterpillar, The Bottomfeeders and Gideon Conn, some of the city’s finest eating establishments will be setting up shop for the weekend, including Grill On The Alley, MosoMoso, The Northern Quarter Restaurant, Tampopo, Evuna, Chaophraya and Carluccio’s, to name but a few. It’s £9 for a day ticket and £17 for a weekend pass and it almost makes me wish that we weren’t heading up to Scotland this weekend. Let’s just hope the weather holds out for all of us.

Posted by The Ledge on 6th July 2008 at 10:47 pm | comments (3)
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The Indie Credential Gig Guide: 30th June – 6th July 2008

The Cave Singers
We’ll be taking it a bit easier this coming week after this weekend’s exertions, details of which should be up in review form in the next seven days or so. Still, it’s another pretty good week for gigs in Manchester.

Aussie electro poppers Cut Copy play the Night & Day on Monday night while on Tuesday we’ll be at the same venue to see the excellent Cave Singers, whose Invitation Songs album is one of our favourites of the year so far. Also on Tuesday you’ve got the pick of the Brian Jonestown Massacre at the Academy 2, Leeds psyche rockers The Music at the Academy and Athens, Georgia garage rockers The Whigs at the Roadhouse.

On Wednesday Beck pops up at the Apollo, presumably pushing his forthcoming Modern Guilt long player. We wouldn’t have minded going but tickets were somewhere around the £45 mark, which is just ridiculous. It’s most probably sold out anyway, and the excellent Yeasayer are in support so it will probably be a very good night.

Hoary old new wave rockers the New York Dolls are at the Academy 3 on Thursday. We saw them at the Move Festival a couple of years and weren’t too impressed. Friday sees Why? play the Roadhouse in a gig rearranged from early June after illness put paid to their whole UK tour. Also, Idlewild play the Ruby Lounge where they’ll be supporting themselves with a 30 minute acoustic set before playing a full set of b-sides and rarities. For die-hard fans only, then, and probably well sold out.

Not a great deal going on next weekend, however, although Air Cav launch their new single, the double A-side “Embers/Picking At The Bones”, at Urbis on Saturday night with support from the likes of The Answering Machine and Rochelle. It’s £6 to get in and the bands start at 9pm.

Posted by The Ledge on 29th June 2008 at 4:05 pm | comments (5)
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The Indie Credential Gig Guide: 23rd-29th June 2008

My Bloody ValentineThere doesn’t seem to be a great deal going on at the start of this week but the weekend is going to be a bit special, I think.

Goldfrapp play the Bridgewater Hall on Monday night, which strikes me as an odd choice of venue for their dancey electronica, but what do I know?

On Tuesday punk prog noiseniks Rolo Tomassi play the Roadhouse, but we’ll be saving what’s left of our hearing for the weekend, which kicks off with the brilliant My Morning Jacket pushing their recent, and divisive, long player, Evil Urges, at the Academy 2 on Friday night. Whatever you think of the album – I love it while JustHipper isn’t too impressed by the first half – MMJ are an incredible live act and this is not to be missed.

On Saturday we’ll be witnessing the return of pioneering shoegazers My Bloody Valentine, who, like Leonard Cohen last week, return after a 15 year haitus to bring their blissful, ear-shattering racket to the Apollo. Also on Saturday, The Fall play the Academy 2 with John Cooper Clarke in support. My Bloody Valentine are at the Apollo again on Sunday but we’ll be at Old Trafford, home of Lancashire County Cricket Club, where Radiohead will doubtless bring the week to a glorious conclusion.

Posted by The Ledge on 22nd June 2008 at 10:46 pm | comments (4)
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The Indie Credential Manchester Gig Guide: A new weekly feature

leonard cohenWe could do with a weekly feature on this blog just to ensure some regular updates. So here it is: the Indie Credential Manchester Gig Guide, our pick of what’s on in our fair city over the next seven days.

And what a week to start: On Monday we’re off to see The Twilight Sad at the Night & Day. They played there a couple of months ago and were great, but I wonder if they’ll bring the acoustic vibe of the new Here It Never Snowed EP with them this time round. Support is from Edinburgh’s Broken Records, which I’m very much looking forward to. Also on Monday, the newly reformed Rival Schools play the Academy 3.

On Tuesday it’s the mouthwatering prospect of Beach House and Fleet Foxes at the Roadhouse. With Fleet Foxes everywhere on the web at the moment, this is totally sold out, as is the great Leonard Cohen‘s four night residency at the Opera House which starts on the same night. We’re off to see him on Wednesday and we’ll let you know if it was worth the frankly ridiculous £80 admission fee by the weekend.

On Thursday there’s another attractive looking double bill with Liars supported by Deerhunter at the Club Academy, while on Friday The Longcut play the Deaf Institute, supported by Day For Airstrikes and Mechanical Owl, and Tim And Sam’s Tim And The Sam Band With Tim And Sam play the Kro Bar with support from Ed Cottam, among others.

Broken Records make a quick return to Manchester on Saturday when they play the Ruby Lounge. If they impress on Monday night then we might well make our way down there.

The pick of Sunday‘s action is certainly the Strawberry Shortcake Festival at the Klondyke Bowls Club in Levenshulme featuring some bands we’ve heard of (Sparky Deathcap, Amida) and lots that we haven’t (Plaaydoh, Jam On Bread, Klaus Says Buy The record). With a ton of bands on, each getting 15 minutes each, it should be a blast. It starts at 2pm and tickets cost £7.50.

Posted by The Ledge on 15th June 2008 at 11:43 pm | comments (6)
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