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|Tuesday, May 24th, 2011|
Tuesday 2nd August 2011LEMURIA
(Buffalo, New York)
Power pop post-punk indie rock trio from New York State make
a long-awaited return to European shores fresh on the heels of
their second LP, Pebble. Subtle and hypnotic, catchy and
rocking - pop sensibilities and all out sing your heart out
awesomeness rolled into one. Records released on Art Of The
Underground, Asian Man Records and more recently Bridge 9.http://www.lemuriapop.com/
Taking the baton that 90s heroes such as the Smoking Popes and
the Lemonheads tore into our hearts with, and positively freakin'
running with it, Cheap Girls also make a warmwelcomed return to
http://www.paperandplastick.com/artistdetail.php?id=13CRASH OF RHINOS
Former key components of the consistently amazing The Little Explorer
and The Jesus Years make even more incredible and mesmerising noise.
Bordering on beyond words, dual guitars, dual bass and group harmonies
make for the most fantastic of experiences. Like every band you've ever
loved but you'd be wrong to compare them to. Unmissable.http://soundcloud.com/crash-of-rhinos/sets/distal-trx/
at the Star & Garter
Fairfield Street (behind Picc. Station)
Manchester, United Kingdom
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/119771Please turn up on time/early to avoid disappointment at either missing
Crash of Rhinos, or the eventuality that this may get very, very busy.
Buying tickets is advised, they're almost half gone already.
8.20pm Crash of Rhinos
9.05pm Cheap Girls
11pm Curfew(all times are strict, turn up on time!)
Please invite/tell your friends/spread the word!
|Thursday, December 17th, 2009|
SUPER FUN CHRISTMAS PARTY INDIE/POP/PUNK GIG IN MANCHESTER!
REAL COLLECTIVE CHRISTMAS PARTY!
Monday 21st December 2009 HOT CLUB DE PARIS
From the bone-shivering days of gigs in the Phoenix, these three Liverpudlian boys have captivated with their lovable Kinsella-fueled jangly triple harmonies and irresistably catchy pop songs. Now signed to Moshi Moshi Records and with album number 3 on the way, they return to play one of the smallest venues they'll have played in quite some time. Bring. The. Party!
THE GATEWAY DISTRICT
Former and current members of Soviettes, Off With Their Heads, Salteens, Banner Pilot and Dear Landlord to name but a few. Quality you'd expect from such an all-star team, but imagine rather than a poor imitation of their other bands, the perfect blend of every influence forged into one seamless, rocking amalgamation of country punk, melodic pop and punk rock. http://www.myspace.com/thegatewaydistrict
Josie and the Pussycats incarnate! Super twee and sweet pop like Unlovables, the Donnas or maybe even Bis. Currently rocking their new and debut record 'Go Fight Win!', this is pretty much going to be the best party ever.
(Manchester, UK) Reppin' the Real Collective at their Christmas Party. Party punk like Descendents, Mika Miko and/or X-Ray Spex and the Ting Tings. Whatever. Fun times presented in an easy to follow and shuffle format. Former members of The Cost Of Living, Postcards From Wakanda and Hammers. http://www.myspace.com/gettingprettyserious
at Retro Bar,
78 Sackville St
7pm / £5 please
7pm doors 8pm-8.25
GET SERIOUS 8.40-9.05
TOWN BIKE 9.20-10pm
GATEWAY DISTRICT 10.15+
HOT CLUB DE PARIS 11pm booooooze/go home. http://www.myspace.com/therealcollective
|Tuesday, December 1st, 2009|
The Real Collective presents; EARLY DAY MINERS
Dreamy lullabies bridging the gap between luscious 90's indie rock
(think the quieter moments of Elliot, SDRE..) and the haunting sadness
of slower, more contemplative folk/indie (think Low, Ida, Nick Cave..)
Finally on their first ever tour of the United Kingdom, for the release of
their SEVENTH studio album, 'The Treatment', they visit Manchester as
their only North/Midlands show of a short, selective tour. Records released
on Secretly Canadian records (Damien Jurado, Antony and the Johnsons, Dirty
Projectors etc) and sure to be a delight. http://www.myspace.com/earlydayminersband EMPHEMETRY
Biff from The Little Explorer and Crash Of Rhinos plays the most beautiful and gently
hushed songs. It's been four years since he's last played in Manchester (at the Phoenix
with Molia Falls, no less) and here he'll be again. Listen to songs at; http://www.myspace.com/timetravelopps ABOVE THEM
Beautiful and incredibly anthemic indie rock from t'other side of the Pennines. Full on
what the hell amazing. New record 'Blueprint For a Better Time' out now on LP at this gig! http://www.myspace.com/abovethem THE FTSE 100
Financial funk from former and current members of Burnst, Germany and the Freezing
Fog. Full on awesome and genuinely jaw-droppingly great instrumental rock akin to lazy
descriptions like Don Caballero and Faraquet. http://www.myspace.com/financialfunk
at Retro Bar
78 Sackville Street
Doors at 7.30pm
8pm THE FTSE 100
8.45pm ABOVE THEM
10.15pm EARLY DAY MINERS
£6 please. http://www.myspace.com/therealcollectivehttp://www.tinyurl.com/realcollectivefacebook
Facebook event for this gig; http://www.facebook.com/#/event.php?eid=152303281679&index=1
|Saturday, September 26th, 2009|
DIY PUNK/INDIE/HARDCORE GIGS IN MANCHESTER, UK!The Real Collective
is Ruth and Daniel, and has been doing gigs/shows
or over five years in Manchester (formerly manchestershows.cjb.net)
We have a veritable feast of upcoming gigs for music lovers of most persuasions..
Here are our upcoming gigs, please feel free to repost/share/invite your friends..
04/10 - GLASSES
(germany, ex-Perth Express) / NOVEMBER 13th
(germany) / HAMMERS
/ ALL WE HAVE
- Retro Bar 1pm/£4
05/10 - ALGERNON CADWALLADER
(usa) / TEENAGE COOL KIDS
(usa) / GET SERIOUS
/ CRASH OF RHINOS
- KRO Bar 7pm/£6
19/10 - BURNING LOVE
(canada, ex-Cursed) / THE HORROR
/ WAR COMA
- Retro Bar 8pm/£5
22/10 - NORTH LINCOLN
(usa) / GULLICH
/ ABOVE THEM
/ GET SERIOUS
- Retro Bar 7pm/£5
28/11 - COP OUT
/ OK PILOT
/ HOLY STATE
/ GET SERIOUS
- Retro Bar 6-9pm/£4
21/12 - THE GATEWAY DISTRICT
(usa, ex-Soviettes!) / TOWN BIKE
+2 - Retro Bar 8pm/£5
23/02 - NOTHINGTON
(usa) + 2 - Retro Bar 8pm/£6
You can listen and be linked to all the bands playing gigs/shows and find
other information about tours/other things we like at;
|Monday, June 15th, 2009|
TOMORROW IN MANCHESTER! LOVELY INDIE/POP/PUNK GIG!
TOMORROW! TUESDAY 16TH JUNE 2009!
The Real Collective presents;LEMURIA
(east coast, usa)The return of the lovely power-pop trio return to Manchester,
almost two years after they first stole everyone's hearts and
made everyone fall in love with their cute, downright adorable
blend of punk and slick indie power pop. Now releasing records
on Asian Man (including their most recent LP, 'Get Better'). Just,
seriously the sweetest loveliest people making the most perfect
music. Excited? You fucking bet. No venue changes, this is at
Retro Bar. You got it.
(west coast, usa)Awesome catchy and message-carrying pop/punk from San
Francisco. Taking cues from old peace punk like Crass and
Chumbawamba and modernising it into an even more accessible
and meaningful manner. If we're giving more contemporary clues,
imagine if Fifth Hour Hero were making records towards the more-
political-than-twee side of Plan-It-X. Ex-Crimpshrine and current-
Onion Flavoured Rings, on Thrillhouse Records.
(hull)New band from t'other side of the Pennines, playing great melodic
punk rock with the time-tested and proven win-fest that is intertwining
boy/girl vocals. Lazy comparison would be This Is My Fist maybe? But it
certainly wouldn't be anywhere near a bad thing if that was how they
(manchester)Mika Miko meets the Descendents, maybe? Shouty vocals, dancetastic
riff after riff, flitting between anthemic melodic punk and short, jerky jangly
not-disco disco beats. Ex-Postcards From Wakanda.
(manchester)The continuation of local scrappy pop heroes Lion perhaps, but with drawn influences from
a little bit o'thrash, a tough of prog noodlin' and a penchant for all things pop and punk.
at Retro Bar,
7pm - £6 please (two US bands to pay, sorry!)
|Tuesday, May 12th, 2009|
The Real Collective presents;
Saturday 16th May 2009CHEAP GIRLS
(Michigan, USA)Mixing Buffalo Tom, the Replacements, Husker Du and well, pretty much
any influential indie rock or country punk peers and coming out clean the
other side with a record full of catch, lovable and memorable tunes that
any of the aforementioned would be proud of, recently released on Paper &
Plastick records (Shook Ones, Landmines et al) Just lovely.
(Portsmouth, Isle Of Wight & Cambridge)A band in which to practice, one of them needs to take a boat, and another needs
to drive for several hours. UK heroes playing with their influences firmly on display -
heartfelt and singalong gruffy punk. Ex-Jets Vs Sharks and many others.
(Pontefract)Too bloody good. I'm not even describing these anymore.
(Manchester)First gig for a band that hasn't even practiced yet. Party punk a la Descendents, X,
Bikini Kill.. rowdy times. People you will recognise, getting drunk. Mostly.
at KRO Bar
Oxford Rd, opp. Manc Uni Students Union.
8.20-8.40 GET SERIOUS
8.55-9.20 ABOVE THEM
10.15+ CHEAP GIRLS
|Sunday, April 19th, 2009|
Gigs in Manchester in the next two weeks..
Friday 24th April 2009BRIDGE AND TUNNEL
(New York and thereabouts, USofA)Spectacular, powerful, crazily intricate yet totally and utterly
balls-out rocking indie punk on No Idea records. Released one of
the records of the year in 2008 with their debut full length 'East/West'
and pretty much stunned everyone who saw them at Fest with how
downright devastatingly mindblowing they were. Easily one of the
best bands you will see in 2009, even if you saw every other band
in existence ever. Not to be missed. A lot of people say that, but I'm
not kidding, ask anyone. Not to be missed.
(Exeter, UK)One of the best bands in the country, hailing from the darkest corners
of the South West, which conveniently doubles as a hot bed for some of
the UK's finest and most honed musicians/bands. Equal parts Bluetip/
Dischord-drenched post hardcore, and Gainesville-trademark-gruff-crunch,
these boys not only rocked our own country last year, but made a distinctly
awesome impression on the USA, playing No Idea's Fest 7 in Florida and
releasing a record on Florida label Fail Safe Records. Loveliest dudes
playing the rockingest of tunes.
(Manchester, UK)No myspace. No mp3s. No demo
BREAK THE HABIT
(Brighton, UK)Radtastic melodic punk like Shermer, Latterman et al.. songs to sing the
heck along to once you know the words.. and trust, one day soon you will and
you will. More sweet Southern dudes playing the sweetest of jams.
at KRO Bar,Oxford Rd, opposite Manchester Uni
Students Union/Academy b
8pm - £5 please.
Tuesday 28th April 2009SHOT BAKER
(Chicago, USA)Just bloody ace punk n'roll from the US, combining great punk rock with a
proper rock'n'roll swagger. "No 'post' this or that, no pretense, nothing arty,
no sappy emo, no indie-rock, no hybrid anything. It's an honest formula:
music that rocks + punk aggressiveness." Records on Underground
Communique records (J Robbins' Channels, the Methadones, Capital and
http://www.myspace.com/shotbakerTHE DAUNTLESS ELITE (Leeds)
(Manchester)Super-lovely power pop indie rock with innocent and intertwining female/male vocals.
Reminds me a lot of late-90s US college rock, meets the good kind of Deep Elm indie-mo.
Just really nice.
at Retro BarSackville St
8pm - £5, please.
For details of all upcoming gigs and happenings, including info/links/music etc
|Saturday, December 27th, 2008|
PUNK/INDIE GIG IN MANCHESTER. 4th JANUARY!
the real collective
Sunday 4th January 2009THE STEAL
The long awaited return of the South's kings of pop
hardcore, on tour with their new full length 'Bright Grey'.
Super awesome punk like Kid Dynamite.
http://www.myspace.com/thestealTHE SHITTY LIMITS
Finally! Southern dudes playing high-energy garage
punk rock. 60s garage, 70s punk, 80s hardcore!
Super lovely infectious pop hits feat. half of the
Limits, and an ex-Mock Heroic. New 7" out now, and
it's the best. Like X/Wipers.
OUR TIME DOWN HERE
Tour support for the Steal, pretty brutalz moshy
singalong hardcore, on Banquet/Nothing To Prove records.
More tour support, this time feat. Mr
Richard Phoenix of the Steal. Lovely jangly indie post
rock, a bit like American Analog Set but without vocals.
THE COST OF LIVING
Good ol' Florida-style melodic punk like Bitchin'/Soviettes,
still doin' their own thing on their own terms and loving it.
|Saturday, August 9th, 2008|
LAST MINUTE LOVED ONES MANCHESTER SHOW!
Sunday August 24thTHE LOVED ONES
(Philadelphia, USA.)Fricken' awesome anthemic punk-rock'n'roll/americana from Philly, USA on Fat Wreck Chords.
ex-Paint It Black/Trial By Fire/Explosion, fresh from a US tour with The Hold Steady
play their ONLY NORTHERN UK non-Festival show (they're playing Leeds fest, and a bunch
of Southern dates) Still touring on the back of their latest record 'Build & Burn'..
(Sheffield, UK)Steel City punx ripping off Lifetime in the best
humanly possible way. Split 7" with TCOL out
before the end of the year.
THE COST OF LIVING
(Manchester, UK)Melodic punk pop, a lot like old Florida/No Idea
Records bands (Fifth Hour Hero/Bitchin') etc, with
a strong UK punk feel (Crackle Records, etc) Split 7"
with Cop Out out before the end of the year..
at The Star & Garter
Fairfield St, behind Picc. Station
7.30pm start, £6 on the door.Thanks!
|Thursday, July 17th, 2008|
|Wednesday, May 28th, 2008|
|Friday, March 28th, 2008|
Come! Come! Come to Why don't You tonight!
Hello! This is the group for the re-launched WHY DON'T U club-night at Manchester's Star and Garter.
We will play the bands, artists and songs that inspired the new music you like from 1973-1995.
We will ONLY PLAY the finest selection of PUNK, NEW-WAVE, POST-PUNK, EARLY BRIT-POP, INDIE-POP, and CLASSIC POP.
We have the best playlists known to man, Zines painstakingly put together and not to mention the boys from the Islington Mill doing some art n' crap downstairs.
Oh and I have a new frock.
9-late, Star and Garter. Entry is a mesley £3, and for that free tea, free biscuits, both me and Jamie DJing and not to mention the knowledge that the money is going straight to Christies.
Not in my back pocket.
|Monday, February 4th, 2008|
I don't suppose anyone's got any spare tickets for Laura Veirs tonight at Night & Day? This is a very last-ditch attempt and I would be very very grateful!
|Thursday, November 22nd, 2007|
Your top bands to hear on a night out
I've been chatting to friends of mine lately and discovered that although we have pretty similar music taste, we all came up with different bands that we'd want to hear in a pub/club. So I'm kind of interested...which bands would you most want to hear on a night out? Are they the same bands you listen to most at home/car/wherever or do you want to hear different things when you're out?( My top 10, if you're interested...Collapse )
|Monday, November 19th, 2007|
Monday 26th November 2007LUCERO
(USA)Really amazing, seminal alt-country punk from Memphis, Tennessee.Equal parts Springsteen and Jawbreaker, creating a genuinely moving,
and rock'n'rolling experience. Records released on Tiger Style records (The
Album Leaf, Appleseed Cast, Ida, Rye Coalition and Tristeza) and more
recently their own label, Liberty & Lament records.
Ex-Red 40, ex-Cat Power. Not to be missed, under no circumstances.
http://www.luceroband.comTHE DAUNTLESS ELITE
(Leeds)Singalong punk rock for the working class from Leeds, and thereabouts.One of the best active DIY punk bands in the UK, hands down.
Each song a singalong, fingers pointing skywards! Fresh back from a 2nd
US tour, including playing the No Idea FEST 6! Bombed Out / Plan-It-X Records.
(USA)Former frontman of the wonderful Miracle of 86, from Brooklyn, New York.The world of a frontman gone solo tends to be a risky war, but one Kevin
Devine has fought and won. If you like anyone from Damien Jurado, to Dashboard
Confessional, the chances are his back catalogue will cover something you'll love.
At Satans Hollow
Silver Street, Manchester.
(Just off Princess St/Portland St)
Doors at 7.30pm.
£6 advance / £8 door.Tickets available from;http://www.roadkill-records.co.uk
(online or shop - Oldham St, Northern Quarter)http://www.ticketline.co.ukhttp://www.roidh.co.uk
|Tuesday, October 16th, 2007|
The Loves set out on tour again at the end of this month, so if you want to see some top-notch indiepop action you would be well advised to come along. Marc Riley on BBC 6 (amongst others) has been playing our new e.p. "1,2,3" which is out soon on Fortuna Pop! records.
25th October Cardiff (Spillers instore thing) free!
26th October Stoke-On-Trent (The Glebe)
27th October Manchester (The Castle)
28th October Glasgow (Twisted Wheel)
2nd November London (The George Tavern)
3rd November Birmingham (The Island Bar)
10th November Cardiff (Howard Gardens)
30th November Northampton (The Labour Club)
1st December Leeds (Carpe Diem)
We will be joined by Elefant signings The School who seem to make new fans wherever they go!
For more information, go to http://www.myspace.com/lovetheloves
|Tuesday, August 28th, 2007|
(Manchester)90s emo, like Still Life, Policy of 3, Rites of Spring, Moss Icon, etc.
Pretty rocking, but with epic-ish twinklier bits, followed by more
rock, with fairly intense lyrics about maths and philosophy.
People who at some point in their lives have been or are in bands such
as Funeral Diner, Thirty Seconds Until Armageddon, The Legacy,
Moment Of Truth, xVengeance of Gaiax, Picastro, North Cross..
.. are playing in Glasgow on Saturday 22nd September, and would
really like to play somewhere (within say, 2/3 hours driving distance)
on the way between Manchester and Glasgow on Friday 21st September.Can you help?
We are four very nice, world-wise men, who make
virtually no mess whatsoever, and are not entirely rubbish at the
whole music-making thing. We are open to most options, but are
generally just happy to play. We are recording a demo in 3 weeks, and
an mp3 will be available online then, but until then.. word of mouth (or
maybe a REALLY terrible 12 month old practice mp3 if people are really
interested.. it is ROUGH, but gives you an idea of the kind of thing we do..
you can right click to download or stream at..http://d.shutterpriority.net/carraway/carraway%20-%20three.mp3
is all you can rely on. Have faith, trust?
Please comment, or e-mail godspaper @ aol.com if you can think of anything,
anywhere in the abovementioned zone. Hugest thanks ever in advance!
|Thursday, March 8th, 2007|
i'm probably going to sheffield in april/mai for a few days because i have to make investigations about the indie/pop/rock music scene. but i haven't been there yet and it would be great if you could help me:
- i need to know the name of some clubs where concerts take place (of recent british bands)
- the name of music studios
- maybe the name of some new and not (yet) that famous bands.