Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather Brian Fallon walks on stage full of smiles with his band The Howling Weather, which features the familiar face of Ian Perkins, and they quickly burst into ‘A Wonderful Life’. After the song someone within the crowd responds by shouting “where is the checked shirt Brian” to which he responds with how he brought the polka dot shirt out especially for Manchester, one of the many exclusive treats he has up his sleeve for us. Next up on the setlist is the catchy ‘Rosemary’ and one of the brand new songs ‘Forget Me Not’ which goes down a treat.


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Beth Hart Spot on 9pm Beth Hart takes centre stage. She has to be one of the hardest working acts around, touring furiously; recording frequently (five albums in the past four years). A fabulous collaboration with fellow American Joe Bonamassa (‘Don’t Explain’) was followed up by the equally good ‘Bang Bang Boom Boom’ which won her a slot on Jools Holland’s show in 2012. Bigger in Europe than in the USA her career can’t have been hurt by her performance at the Kennedy Centre Honours twelve months ago in front of the Obamas.


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The Breeders In a week when Kim Deal announces she has quit legendary band Pixies for the second time, she returns in triumph, touring with her 'other band' The Breeders. Gig Junkies catches them at a sell-out gig at Manchester's Ritz, celebrating 20 years since the release of their acclaimed album 'Last Splash'.


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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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The View On a Monday evening in Manchester, our very own snapper Carl got to photograph hugely successful Scottish band The View on their tour following the release of their new album, ‘Cheeky For A Reason’. We hope you enjoy the photos and would love to hear what you thought of the shows.


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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 Horrors As Faris Badwan sings on one of The Horrors’ biggest hits ‘Still Life’ “The moment that you want is coming if you give it time”, this is true of a Horrors gig. Having only seen them before at festivals, I ventured down to the HMV Ritz for a much more intimate show which surpassed my expectations over the course of the evening. The Horrors are an atmospheric band that truly shine in a small venue.


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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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