A Minny revival for Plug

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THIRTY years off the road and Dutch electro pioneers Minny Pops take their comeback Standstill To Motion tour to Plug tonight.

The band took their name from the primitive Korg drum machine that propelled their stark post-punk rhythms while their association with Factory Records saw tours with Joy Division and New Order, work with producer Martin Hannett, the first Dutch group Peel session – all in a touring lifespan of just three years.

Lindi Ortega

Lindi Ortega

The Interpol of their day, these long-rumoured reformation shows accompany a live CD/DVD package documenting 1981 performances in Amsterdam and New York.

Plug support is from Rotterdam’s Rats On Rafts, pictured above, touting new album The Moon Is Big, and Jack And The Beanstalks, a local act influenced by Krautrock among other things.

Lindi’s Bowery boots on

RED figures strongly in the life of freestyling miss Lindi Ortega, making her Sheffield debut a week today.

Leisure Society

Leisure Society

The Canadian cowgirl followed dates with Brandon Flowers with Little Red Boots, an album that embraces Johnny Cash-style rockabilly to cool country with a vibrato vocal that maybe belies her looks.

An assured record, with charm to balance the swagger, she weaves heartbreak and dark images into a modern sound, the title track confidently proclaiming “You’re gonna know me by my ruby red lips” while modestly defending her talent with a screech of electric guitar on I’m No Elvis Presley.

Lindi takes her pastiche of honky tonk, Americana and a classic Nashville sound to The Bowery.

The ‘Marling after’ deal

THE Leisure Society make good their promise to play a Sheffield date, postponed last year, when they hit The Harley on February 16.

The band, pictured, was formed by Nick Hemming when his ’90s indie outfit She Talks To Angels with Dead Man’s Shoes actor Paddy Considine and This Is England director Shane Meadows called time.

The Society pulled their autumn 2011 tour when they were invited to support Laura Marling on her cathedral tour, which included a Sheffield show.

Meanwhile, anyone who remembers Climax 2000 in Dronfield and Fannys night club, Owler Bar, has a chance to step back in time at a revival night dedicated to the clubs at the Hearty Oak, Dronfield Woodhouse, a week tomorrow.