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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Unknown Mortal Orchestra On Friday 25th September, New Zealand-American band Unknown Mortal Orchestra (UMO) showcased their unique sound to a packed-out venue at The Ritz, Manchester, with support from talented Jaakko Eino Kalevi.


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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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