No Age – Soup Kitchen, Manchester

How many effects pedals are required to make as much noise as No Age? How many years are required to make that noise something an ear can swallow, no sick, no shit? Too many, so let’s stick with No Age. It’s better than those over Ages. Even the Neolithic-Iron Age. Of course, there was less feedback back then.
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Lou Barlow – The White Hotel, Salford

Dinosaur Jr. is nice and all (read all about the recent live show here), but with bassist Lou Barlow playing alone, without all that fuzz, and without all that Mascis, you get something a little more with a little less. A night at The White Hotel, which is certainly white but certainly not a hotel, was a folk implosion laid bare, Lou and his strings, that’s all he ever really needs.

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Dinosaur Jr. – Albert Hall, Manchester

Here they are, running in on platform shoes, Dinosaur Jr! The Massachusetts indie rock trio were set to grace us with their presence back in December, a double bill at Manchester Gorilla, but alas, winter can be a harsh beast, with the sickness of J Mascis taking us to new shows in Spring. Further concerns arose after beautiful bassist Lou Barlow did one of his shoulders in, but the dates stuck, pins and all. Wear and tear maybe witnessed from afar, but these dinos aren’t extinct just yet. They’re still juniors after all…
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Fever Ray – Albert Hall, Manchester

The Shaking The Habitual tour from The Knife a few years back brought with it multi-coloured delights a few years prior (I even wrote a review about it on some now defunct site. So it goes), mixing performance with seriously shaken up dance beats. It was a shift from the darker tones played out during the Silent Shout era, and Karin Dreijer’s other band, Fever Ray, has followed a similar style shift. There has been an awakening, one of colour, sex, and delight. Plunge with me.

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