Dinosaur Jr US alternative rock band Dinosaur Jr are back, with their original and definitive line-up, for a sell-out UK tour and I’m lucky enough to catch them in Manchester tonight. It’s heartening that so many veteran bands are making better than ever come-backs these days and tonight’s gig shows this really is the case with Dinosaur Jr.


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The Blackout The Blackout burst on stage under a green neon glow and plough in head first with 'Start the party', a song so apt for kicking off this gig it almost hurts. From the word go they play with relentless energy and boundless enthusiasm, skipping and jumping around stage as though they are springs that have finally been un-coiled. The effects are quite astounding and mesmerising to watch when accompanied by confetti showering down onto the exuberant, now pogoing crowd. The HMV Ritz is the perfect venue for these kinds of songs and these fans. Bouncing along to every beat, the crowd take full advantage of it's famous bouncing dance floor; it's like standing on a trampoline.


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Django Django The Q Awards named them 'Best New Act', The Guardian awarded their eponymous debut album a rare five star review and they are among the nominees of the lauded Barclaycard Mercury Prize; as I walked into the Ritz on Tuesday evening to see them on the second night of their current UK tour I couldn't help but have high expectations of Scottish band Django Django.


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Miike Snow When the start of a gig looks like a cross between a spaceship from E.T. and some kind of tribal ritual you think you must be in for an interesting evening. You can guarantee that you are if it is hosted by Swedish indie dance pop outfit Miike Snow. Supported by Niki And The Dove and Alex Metric, the group brought their constantly and pleasantly surprising and uplifting set to the Ritz in Manchester this week.


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The Subways The Subways made their live return to Manchester tonight and I’m pretty sure that the nearing capacity crowd at the HMV Ritz got exactly what they came for. The Subways are easily one of the hardest working live bands out there and year on year have proven that regardless of the size of venue, their live shows will always pack that trademark Subways punch. The Manchester date of their current tour, was no exception to this rule.


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