LIVE REVIEW: Friends of Mine Festival 2011

25 05 2011

Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire

Review by Matt Rynn 

The Friends of Mine crew have been doing good things in and around Manchester and the North West for a while now, shoving the pick of the region’s up n’ coming acts in the shop window and giving them precious exposure. Read the rest of this entry »

LIVE REVIEW: Three Trapped Tigers 23/05/2011

25 05 2011

Night & Day Café, Manchester

Review by Ian Burke

What better way to continue City’s post-parade celebrations than with a good old gig at the good old Night & Day, eh? Read the rest of this entry »

LIVE REVIEW: Sufjan Stevens 19/05/2011

25 05 2011

The Apollo, Manchester

Review by Jack Carolan 

Somewhere near the beginning of Sufjan Stevens’ awesome spectacle of a performance he introduces himself as the entertainment for the night and promises a journey through space: the space of the exterior; the cosmos, and the space of the interior; the body, in the spaceship Apollo. Read the rest of this entry »

LIVE REVIEW: Okkyung Lee and John Butcher/Open Eye Quartet 20/05/2011

24 05 2011

St. Margaret’s Church, Whalley Range, Manchester

Review by Daniel Ladd 

Improvised music can be a nightmare. Overwhelming in terms of scope and size as a ‘genre’; seeming to require an encyclopaedic set of references; over-intellectualised; pretentious; snobbish and cliquey; perplexingly theoretical. Read the rest of this entry »

LIVE REVIEW: Explosions In The Sky 17/05/2011

21 05 2011

The Academy, Manchester

Review by Rick Sims

Explosions In The Sky produce a sound that feels paradoxical in the sense that it is intimate and yet epic. Read the rest of this entry »

LIVE REVIEW: Chain & The Gang 17/05/2011

19 05 2011

The Deaf Institute, Manchester

Review by Paul Robinson

I was reading an interview with Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream in Uncut a while back and in it he name-checked Chain &The Gang’s first album ‘Down With Liberty.. Up With Chains’. Read the rest of this entry »

LIVE REVIEW: Group Doueh/Brothers Unconnected 11/05/2011

19 05 2011

Islington Mill, Salford

Review by Daniel Ladd

There is activity across the city/cities tonight owing to this year’s Future Everything Festival which is running throughout the week. In fact, I could’ve been somewhere else tonight as Gang Gang Dance are over at the Ruby Lounge (also reviewed on the site). Read the rest of this entry »