Metric

Ever since they emerged from Toronto back in 1998, Metric have undergone something of an evolution. Their first album, Old World Underground Where Are You was full of fast and furious new wave indie rock, a sound perfected in 2005's superb single Monster Hospital. Since then though, they've gradually introduced more electronica aspects to their sound, to the point where this year's record Pagans In Vegas could be described as full on synth pop.



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The Charlatans After a successful start featuring Paolo Nutini, ‘Summer In The City’ had its first Saturday night show headlined by Britpop stalwarts The Charlatans. Fresh off entertaining gig-goers at Glastonbury, Tim Burgess and co. arrived in a sunny Manchester to face a small but noisy crowd, ready to celebrate the heydays of indie music.


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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott Summer In The City, a series of gigs at the Castlefield Bowl in Manchester, is definitely about offering variety. Kicking off with soulful Paolo Nutini and featuring Britpop-indie legends The Charlatans, sandwiched neatly in the middle is the reunited Beautiful South duo Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott.


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Clean Bandit Clean Bandit have enjoyed quite a run recently; I’d say winning the Grammy Award this year for Best Dance Recording has only brightened the spotlight already shining on them as a result of storming the pop charts. At Gig Junkies, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to see how they group would translating such success into a tour.


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Cast Does anyone else miss Britpop? As a staunch fan of the likes of Oasis, Blur, The Stone Roses, The Charlatans and countless more It's something I think about often. The wealth of songwriting talent emerging from Britain at that time, the number of working class bands inspiring a generation to dream big and strive for something better and the incredible catalogue of timeless British music it produced made it a truly golden era. The recent reunion of The Stone Roses and the constant threat of an Oasis reformation only prove there's still hunger for it and a lingering loyal fan base. It's no wonder that one of Britpop's finest, Cast, have been back on the road and playing all the old hits for ecstatic audiences.


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