I've been to lots of gigs this month, including three great gigs from Magazine, whose album "No Thyself" is the best disc I've heard this year. They played half of it along with tighter more focused renditions of many old favourites including Philadelphia, Motorcade, Rhythm of Cruelty and of course Shot By Both Sides
3 Warm Widow & Politburo at Gullivers
4 Magazine & In Fear of Olive at Manchester Academy
5 Tony Bevan and some other improvisers at St Margarets Church
6 Throwing Muses & Teitur at Manchester Club Academy
7 Acid Mothers Temple & Gnod at Ruby Lounge
8 Magazine & In Fear of Olive at Birmingham Institute
9 Magazine & In Fear of Olive at Sheffield Plug
10 Stephen Malkmus and three bland boring support bands at the Ritz for a rip off five pounds extra on the door over original ticket price
16 Wire & Talk Normal at Manchester Academy Hop and Grape
19 The Damned & Viv Albertine at Manchester Academy, The Damned played their first album and the Black Album all the way through and encred with Disco Man, Eloise, Love Song & Smash It Up and were by far the best I've heard them.
20 Wire & Talk Normal at Leeds Brudenell
21 Josh T. Pearson & Cold Specks at RNCM, with the same old jokes
So I've seen Magazine seven times now, but have lost count how many times I've seen Wire and Throwing Muses...