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The Manic Shine
The Manic Shine

THE Manic Shine, that’s them above, return to the new city this Friday evening, with a live appointment at The Watershed in Newport Pagnell.

The band counts Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, and Tom Robinson among its fans, and are the antidote to that common ailment Sickotrashmusicitis, the ‘chronic feeling of lethergy and nausea when listening to music on mainstream radio.

Doors at 7pm, admission is £2 before 8pm, £4 after.

Athletes in Paris are up on Saturday.

They have two drummers who play world beats and latin grooves and serve up a sound that claims to be the missing link between Earth, Wind and Fire, Friendly Fires, Jack Penate and Prefab Sprout.

Hot dog, jumping frog, albuquerque...

Admission is free before 9pm, £3 after.

> The Jam drc pop up at the Bletchley Arms in Queensway on Saturday night bringing a mod-tastic selection of sounds to the South of the city.

When the live stuff stops, the SJs start, giving you a full fill of ska, mod and Northern Soul moments.

Doors at 7.30pm, and the music rolls all the way through to 1.30am.

Buy tickets in advance for £7 through www.lemongig.co.uk or splash £8.50 on the doors.

> Soul Power make a long overdue return to The Red Dot Bar this Friday evening, with lots of flowing soul and funk sounds for you.

As ever, the sextet will be led by the vocal abilities of Nicky Prince, and DJ Magic will be on hand over at the decks, keeping the sounds rolling right the way to 1am, to ease you into Saturday.

Soul Power will be live from 9.30pm.

Tickets are £6 on the door, cheaper in advance from www.ticketsource.co.uk/soulpower

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The band, formed by Liam O’Donnell also feature a couple of familiar new city faces in the ranks, which means that tomorrow’s show at The SNO! Bar is something of a homecoming bash.

The band has already supported The Vaccines and enjoyed a slew of other tasty support slots and festival dates.

Eagle-eyed small screen viewers might remember the band’s date on later with Jools Holland at the tail end of last year.

It was their television debut and they shared the spotlight with Metallica, Lou Reed and Nile Rogers.

Not bad company to be in, then.

Fresh from the Reading and Leeds roar up, the guys should be positively smoking on stage, we reckon.

Support is coming from The Scruff and Luls.

Splash £8 and go celebrate the boys and their success.

>IF you were reading a couple of weeks back then you will already be up to speed with Social Status, and the release of their debut single, This is the Place, which you can download right now...still, live is where it’s at, and the chaps will be making the right kind of noise at The Craufurd Arms tomorrow night.

A large party of players will support and collaborate at the bash, including Jess Williams, Drylight, Michael Collins, Dan Stock and Ego Trip.

Doors open at 7.30pm, and tickets are a fiver, whether you buy in advance or on the night.