@ the Arena, Sat 29 Nov
"It's not often one comes across a band that
redefines the concept of the good old fashioned rock show. Refreshingly
though, Muse are able to do just that and it's a true delight to
watch them at it."
@ the Apollo, Fri 28 Nov
Few bands survive the departure of their guitarist
and still produce the goods on record and on stage, but Blur are
setting their stall out for doing just that. We sent Alyson Blanchard
to the Apollo to capture them in action.
Filaments @ Star and Garter, Thurs 27 Nov
"The Filaments, The Mingers, Harijan, Geoffrey's
Minions... the band names tell you this has to be ska or punk. For
me, that should promise an evening of frivolity, bouncy beats, a
smidgen of politics and a hard fast beat. Tonight doesnt disappoint."
Coral @ the Apollo, Wed 26 Nov
"With marginally more stage presence than a
hedgehog, The Coral's energy is all in the arms. . Despite this,
they still manage to hold the record for the band with the most
random people wandering around the stage like one big scouse army."
Rhymes @ the Arena, Wed 26 Nov
"You don't go to a Busta Rhymes gig if you like
nice, this is the King of sooooo not p.c. and thank God for that!
This was real hip hop, by a real hip hop artist and truly the best
thing I've been to this year."
Lanegan @ Academy 3, Wed 26 Nov
"He is a brethren of cheap and dirty misery
with Nick Cave; he chews grits and glass with Chris Rea; he chokes
out the blues with Eric Burdon."
Burgess @ Academy 2, Tues 25 Nov
"The show was even stopped at one point while
he reached into the crowd to shake hands with as many admirers as
possible, sign autographs and take a couple of love letters... it
was that sort of night!"
Manson @ the Arena, Tues 25 Nov
There are few things like the dark side of Marilyn
Manson and trying to convey him in words sometimes makes no sense,
so we sent Karen McBride along to capture the essence of his performance.
Adams @ the Academy, Mon 24 Nov
"The thing with Ryan is that he's a bit difficult
to get a handle on. Is he the man who pens stark and beautiful country
songs for the Mojo-reading classes or is he a rock (as in "rawkkkk!!!")
star? He doesn't seem to know himself."
@ the Arena, Sat 22 Nov
"Doubts as to whether the new material can cut
it live prove entirely unfounded and the energy of the band is only
matched by the versatility and fullness of their sound."
Morning Jacket @ Academy 3, Sat 22 Nov
"My Morning Jacket are unbelievably hairy, so
much so they seem to be the offspring of a love tryst between Han
Solo and Chewbacca."