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.

7 Responses to “The Indie Cred Manchester Gig Guide: 21st – 27th July 2008”

  • Paul Says:

    Thanks for the gig plug, I hope you do make it please come and say hi.

  • james Says:


    America’s Funnyman Neil Hamburger is the hardest working comedian in existence, performing up to 399 shows a year to critical acclaim and audience bewilderment. He tours non-stop across America, Australia and Canada. He has released 8 full-length CDs, 2 DVDs (mainly on the Drag City label), and his internet TV work with Tom Green has made him the toast of the “global village”. Recently, Neil’s frequent appearances on Fox News’ “Red Eye” program have exposed Neil’s diseased comedy stylings to disgruntled right-wingers. Neil can be seen in the motion picture “Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny”, and toured extensively with Tenacious D, including a memorable gig at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Neil appears on Comedy Central CD “Comedy Death Ray”, and recently released an album of country and western songs, backed by members of The Tubes and Todd Rundgren’s band. Hamburger has performed his brand of anti-comedy across the globe. Edgy, confrontational and hilarious, this is a rare opportunity to see him in Manchester.

    ‘A brilliantly awful persona of an old-school, C-list funnyman—the kind with an ill-fitting tuxedo and an enormous, greasy combover—on a very bad night. Neil Hamburger toys with an audience’s expectations (and patience), and indeed his act is a kind of rude commentary on stand-up comedy altogether.’
    New York Times

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