Screaming Females – Band On The Wall, Manchester

It wasn’t so long ago that I last saw this band, it wasn’t so long at all. Back then they did their thing, and did it well, and this time they did it all again. I even got right to the front, rather than to the side, which was real exciting, believe me, believe me not. And so, here are some slightly irrelevant moments regarding one’s experiencing at a live Screaming Females gig in September.  Continue reading

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Patti Smith – 02 Apollo, Manchester

The Rolling Stones Manchester show in June was a pretty huge event, some guy was even trying to sell t-shirts outside of my work. When I took a taxi the first thing they thought was ‘yeah, Mick Jagger & co?’ but no, not that night. Not for me, never for me. That night it was all about Patti Patti Patti. Most nights are, let’s be honest.
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We Are Scientists – 02 Ritz, Manchester

After support act The Pale White offered up their blend of bland, cause for concern was there, I could feel it surging inside me. If the big support act sounded like they derived their sound from watching too many television adverts featuring hip songs, how would We Are Scientists play out? I tend to make a rule of ignoring the support acts if I’m either indifferent or disgusted by them, but when a Uni lads army was going absolutely nuts next to me, stomping their feet and mashing my boots, I didn’t feel so good about the main act being much different. That one song on Burnout Revenge was pretty decent though…

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Kamasi Washington – Albert Hall, Manchester

David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar‘ and Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly‘ are probably the two most important albums in jazz in quite some time, and I’m talking decades. The use of jazz with rock or hip hop has helped the genre regain some of what it once had, at least in the UK, and now we have Kamasi Washington filling large Manchester venues such as The Albert Hall. And with young, old and the hip on board, it was an epic crowd for an epic night of The Epic played loud and live. Epic.
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Metz – Soup Kitchen, Manchester

Metz, the pissed off sounding band who probably look like nerds, have been doing a bit of a tour this year in support of Strange Peace, their new album, not the ideal. Though perhaps a little of the latter was realised within the noise they pumped out within mouldy ol’ Soup Kitchen. You do find the best of things in the strangest places… Continue reading

Yo La Tengo – Academy 2, Manchester

I met the guitarist from Yo La Tengo, Ira Kaplan, after the show. He was curious about the band t-shirt I was wearing and asked me about it. I said it was a Swedish pop band called Fever Ray, only to get a ‘oh… okay.’ from him before he moved on to the next fan. So it goes.

Though I guess maybe someone may see the name ‘Yo La Tengo’ on gig posters and wonder the same thing. The loudest quiet band in the planet… oh okay. No, it’s more than okay! Okay?

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