GO: THE LIMIT: Manchester scene is kickin' up a storm.
WE'VE had the cosmic scouse scene recently, the Franz-led Glasgow scene and Libertines-inspired new London scene but, you have to cast your mind back to the late '80s and the so-called second Summer of Love to remember when the Manchester music scene was really great.
Well life goes in cycles, as Mr Raleigh once said, and so let's fast forward to present day 2004, a year in which Ian Brown has resurrected the Roses classics live, NME have proclaimed the last few shroom consumed wet months to be the third summer of love and Manchester is again kicking up a storm with a new breed of guitar-slingers.
Central to that emergence are Nine Black Alps - four very young denizens of Manc who only really formed a band so they could "get into gigs for free."
Don't believe the hype, check them out for yourself tomorrow at The Colosseum in Primrose Hill Street, Coventry. Support comes from local outfits Resound and The Circle. You might be pleasantly surprised.
DEFINITELY worth a look this Sunday are Cherry Falls at Coventry University.
New single In Your Arms Again is something of an exhilarating, melody-drenched anthem in waiting and should secure a place among the best of the new British bands.
Over the past 18 months they've toured with the likes of Bell X1, Ooberman and OK Go!, as well as making appearances at the T In The Park and TDK X-Central festivals.
Last single Standing Watching received great support from Radio 1's Jo Whiley, Edith Bowman and Zane Lowe and was playlistedby XFM.
THE Nags in Nuneaton is offering one of its most entertaining weeks to date.
Make your way down to the Queens Road venue tonight for Sound night when three excellent bands, each of them different, will take to the stage.
Headliners Freq Central are a rarity on the local original band scene - a band that care more about entertaining than being cool. No shoe-gazing here, just full-on, pants-down showbiz, hi-energy rock and pop with its roots in the 80s.
Leamington's Akeal, who represent a master class in everything that represents indie rock chic. Great hair, an aversion to razors and a batch of songs so sleazy, raw and effortlessy cool that you'll believe a guitar can still be mightier than any sword, or even a pen.
Providing yet another contrast are The Lake Effect - all art-house pop tipping a wink to the Buzzcocks.
And then on Sunday night you can see Robbie Williams tribute Live Thru a Lens. You know what to expect. All together now - "And through it all......."
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