Thursday, 31 July 2008

Fortnightly Music Round-Up (1st to 15th August)

Saturday 2nd August – A Day At The Races
OK, so this isn’t strictly a music event showcasing predominantly female talent, but it does feature a few ladies who are worth a little mention. New York-based chanteuse Nina Nastasia takes to the stage at Moho Live to perform a selection of her intricate beautifully-crafted songs, followed by twee indie-pop from Los Campesinos! a bit later on. If girl-boy vocals are your thing, then also check out Bearsuit over at Night & Day.

Details: Night & Day, Oldham St, Central Manchester

and Moho Live, Tib St, Central Manchester,
4pm, £23 (not inc. booking or handling fees)

Thursday 7th August - Are Friends Eclectic: Bear-lesque Special

This new and refreshing alternative clubnight hosts a charity fundraiser for Manchester's Lesbian and Gay Foundation. Guest DJ Rod Bollox of Bollox clubnight fame will be spinning a selection of tunes as well as resident DJs Mitzi 'O' and Krybaby playing punk, new wave, indie, queercore, riot grrl and more. Visual delights are provided by Manchester-based Bear-lesque troupe, Bearly Legal.

Details: Retro Bar, Sackville St, Central Manchester

10pm to 2am, £4 (50% of door profits go to Manchester’s LGF)

Saturday 9th August - Those Dancing Days

These five sprightly Stockholm teen popstrels have been our radar for a while now, drawing us in with their infectious combination of syrupy indie-pop and up-tempo Northern Soul. We first picked up on them at the beginning of the year. Since then they've released two singles and played a rapturous, albeit sweltering gig at Night & Day. Their début album still hasn't been scheduled for a release – much to our dismay - but that hasn't stopped them from becoming darlings of the music press over the past few months. Make sure you check them out now while they're still playing intimate venues like the Roadhouse and Night & Day.

Details: Roadhouse, Newton St, Central Manchester

7.30pm, £7 adv from Ticketline

Saturday 9th August - Helen Of Troy Does Countertop Dancing

What's the point in having your own blog if you can't utilise it for shameless plugging?!

'So where can I go and rock my socks off after the Those Dancing Days gig?' I hear you ask. Well, to Charlies for your monthly dose of HOTDCD of course! We'll be playing a resplendent selection of top tunes by a host of lustrous ladies, including the likes of Ladytron, The Distillers, CSS, Tina Turner, Yelle, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and lots more.

Details: Charlies, Harter St (off Princess St), Central Manchester

10pm to 4am, £4, £3 w/flyer

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