Deftones Deftones continue to be too cool for school. Chino oozes his usual brand of sex appeal and smooth vocals that send the 50% female gig goers insane. With his added brand of slo-mo dance moves, he really does get you everytime. The rest of the band don't really try to compete in the cool stakes but the wind machine for, bassist, Chi Cheng's hair gives him air cooled support.


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Calexico Calexico have been around for around sixteen years and have an international following for their special brand of indie-Americana music. They’ve clocked-up nine studio albums and a number of live tour albums, some of which are on sale at the merchandise desk tonight. Indeed, while their studio material is excellent, they excel as a live band, where the beautiful textures of their songs, the range of their material and their musicianship really comes over.


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Dutch Uncles For some of us they may have seemingly sprung up from nowhere recently, Zebedee like, but amazingly Dutch Uncles are actually already on their third album. Sadly neither of the first two seemed to shoot them to instant fame and fortune but in a classic case of ‘third time lucky’ the new one, Out Of Touch In The Wild, seems to be tickling hipsters’ tastebuds nicely as tonight’s ‘sold out, sell your own kidney / grandmother’s kidney / grandmother to get a ticket’ gig clearly showed.


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Pure Love Tonight, Pure Love's headline show at XOYO marks the 1 year anniversary of their first ever show that took place at Bush Hall on February 14th 2012. The Brooklyn based Pure Love, Frank Carter and Jim Carroll have spent the last year playing storming, riotous shows up and down the UK. In the summer, the duo played a phenomenal set at Reading and Leeds festival, drawing in crowds of over 10,000 and cementing Carter as one of the UK’s most exciting and prolific frontmen. Gig Junkies very own photographer Jordan got to shoot the duo's Valentine’s day gig, we hope you like what he saw. Were you there? We would love to hear what you thought. Tweet us @GigJunkies, or post your comments on our Facebook page and we'll put your thoughts, right here alongside the photos.


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Kerrang! Tour 2013 So this Valentine’s night, we’ve given up a romantic meal for a night at the O2 Academy for a bit of up-and-coming rock, we’re at the Kerrang! Tour 2013. An eclectic mix of punk rock, in your face screaming and goth glam rock… Kerrang! was once the place of denim, leather, spiral perms and Iron Maiden. Thirty odd years on, as the rock genre has spread and merged with other genres, the music that Kerrang! plays and promotes has followed suit. So this 2013 tour is all about new talent and if it’s objective is about bringing the next generation into the world of rock n’ roll than it’s obviously worked. Because the crowd is made up of little people - max age of 15 if I’m being generous, kids with face-paint everywhere and the odd parent in tow.


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Jake Bugg I’m one of those people who half-watches Later with Jools Holland. I mostly have it on in the background and show a vague passing interest in bands I like when they perform. The only real time I stood up and took notice was when a then relatively little known Jake Bugg was introduced on it. Hearing his voice and how different he was I knew then I wanted to see him live one day. When the opportunity arose to see him in Manchester, I was the first to put my hand up to attend. The Academy is probably the largest small venue in Manchester where you can see an artist before they get really big. It makes many gigs there a special occasion.


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Kraftwerk Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider, both classically trained musicians, formed Kraftwerk in 1970 after meeting at a musical improvisation class in the summer of 1968. Over the last 43 years Kraftwerk have released 10 studio albums from their “Kling Klang” studio in Düsseldorf, not including compilations and live material, which is not a particularly speedy work rate. However, the quality of their output certainly makes up for the quantity. Notoriously private and never compromising, Kraftwerk rarely give interviews and work on their own terms. Now, of the original line-up, only Ralf Hütter remains.


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Everything Everything There’s a rich history of singing like you’ve just trapped your genitals in a car door (stranger things can happen), from Frankie Valli back in the 50s through to the Bee Gees in the 70s, on to Jimi Somerville in the 80s and, latterly that nice Mr Martin from Coldplay (more of them later). On top of the clever art rock electro feel of the music lead singer Jonathan Higg’s soaring vocals made Everything Everything’s 2010’s debut album Man Alive stand out and he’s wisely stuck with this winning formula on the new one, Arc (a top 5 album now no less), albeit with a noticeable shift towards a more epic stadium feel here and there.


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All Time Low Here at Gig Junkies we’re so lucky. We get to photograph some fantastic gigs. All Time Low's gig at Manchester Academy on their 'Don't Panic' tour is just one of them. Gig Junkies' very own Carl got to shoot the Baltimore band's show. We hope that you like what he saw. Were you there? We would love to hear what you thought. Tweet us @GigJunkies, or post your comments on our Facebook page and we'll put your thoughts, right here alongside the photos.


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