The Magpie Salute The Magpie Salute bring some Americana, Earthy Blues and Southern Rock to Manchester. Showcasing new songs from album ‘High Water I’, they were so much more than former members of The Black Crowes.


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Theory of a Deadman On the back of their recently released sixth studio album ‘Wake up Tour’ Theory of a Deadman (TOAD) have finally landed in Manchester for the last show of their UK leg of the tour. Tonight they are playing the Manchester Academy 2, a venue that they are well familiar with having played it several times previously. The audience tonight is a great mix of young, old, rockers and regulars but all with one thing in common, their love for TOAD, the room is buzzing with excitement and absolutely packed out to the rafters.


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Steve Mason It’s a cold and damp Sunday evening in Manchester and the largely deserted Oxford Road around The Academy is festooned with fenced-off road works. Not an appealing start to the evening, but fortunately we are about to come in from the cold and witness a spirited solo performance from former Beta Band man Steve Mason.


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Heaven's Basement Having been a follower of Heaven's Basement since their early days some 6 years ago, I was eager to see how these UK rockers had evolved. Dominating the covers of many well known rock magazines and music channels and recently returning from touring countries such as Canada, America and Australia with some other well established bands, the boys finally return home to the UK for their much anticipated and majority sold out "Welcome Home" tour.


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Heaven's Basement Having been a follower of Heaven's Basement since their early days some 6 years ago, I was eager to see how these UK rockers had evolved. Dominating the covers of many well known rock magazines and music channels and recently returning from touring countries such as Canada, America and Australia with some other well established bands, the boys finally return home to the UK for their much anticipated and majority sold out "Welcome Home" tour.


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Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Tonight's gig at the Birmingham Academy had a varied lineup, and it was unclear whether this would be a good or bad thing. All three bands had punk leanings, but each pushed at the boundaries of the genre in different ways. It promised to be an intriguing night - would we be treated to an interesting mix of musical styles, or would the bands be too different to keep the crowd happy?


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The Strypes Alex Turner courted controversy at The Brit Awards this week with a left-field speech which has since been tiresomely and disappointingly over-analysed . "That rock 'n' roll, eh? That rock 'n' roll, it just won't go away.", proclaimed Turner, an apt call to action in a world where pop and dance music dominate and few young rock bands seem to be gaining prominence. Irish four-piece The Strypes are answering that call. Swiftly gaining momentum over the past year, the rhythm and blues band have been touring the UK for the past two weeks, and we went to check out their Manchester show.


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The Dandy Warhols The Dandy Warhols's 'Bohemian Like You' is a song which has been on my 'indie' playlist consistently since the late nineties, and since then it has been a song that I have wanted to see live, which is exactly what I go to do last night. Supported by Sulk in Manchester, they are currently on tour to promote their new album release This Machine (24/04/12).


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Flyleaf With the music they play connecting with people across so many genres, its’ easy to forget that they are classed as a ‘Christian’ band, although I read that they don’t like being referred to as just one genre which I personally like as I really think religion and music should always remain separate. Just as the waiting crowd was starting to get a little restless, the lights went up, and beautiful front lady Lacey Mosley walked onto the stage in a stunning red floor length dress and black DMs. Opening with ‘Fully Alive’ from their self titled debut album, everyone seemed to take a step backwards in awe at the power of the voice coming out of such a petite person.


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Interview with Tim Nordwind from OK Go, Birmingham, UK - 12/01/2010 This is the interview that almost didn’t happen. GigJunkies photographer Wayne Fox was having car trouble and only at the death did the garage give it a clean bill of health. I happened to be battling my way through road closures, snow and typical winter traffic on my way down from York. Worst of all though Damian Kulash – Lead Singer and Lead Guitarist was pronounced unexplainably ill upon our fortunately early arrival. Nobody seemed to know quite what was wrong with him (there was even talk he may be pregnant) – Whether Damian would be fit enough to even do the show was uncertain. Fortunately, bands do interviews as a duo. Damian may have been too ill to talk but it didn’t stop Tim Nordwind taking to the stage and battling along solo.


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OK Go I’ve been really struggling to write what I hope is a decent intro for this review of OK Go. A band that could wrongly be described as an Internet phenomenon based purely on the amount of hits their videos get via YouTube. Whether or not you’ve heard of the band or can picture at least one of their records. I’d stake money on you having seen one of their videos or at least seen blatant rip offs on TV. But before we get to OK Go...


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The Pains of Being Pure At Heart Nearly Christmas eh? Done all your shopping yet? Nope, me neither… that list just sits there taunting me like a retail version of Dorian Grey’s portrait…whatever the hell that means. Still, what better way to take my mind off it all than a nice bit of imported shoegazing from the US eh?


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Paloma Faith Retro pop anyone? Yes, tonight had a distinctly retro feel. Hop in your Tardis (other time travelling devices are available), flash back 30 years or so ago and Josh Weller’s brand of quirky New Wave would be perfectly at home. Hop back in and go back a further 40 years and you can just see Paloma doing her thing in some swanky Manhattan club. Tonight we were in the slightly less swanky (but still rather nice… boy is this an improvement on the ‘old’ Academy) Academy 2 as part of sell out crowd that literally ranged from 6 to 65.


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Just Jack Isn’t it strange how the nights you’re not overly excited about are always the ones that knock you sideways and imprint strong memories that you know will stay with you forever. Well that is exactly what happened at this gig and god I love it when that happens.


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