The Middle East were decent though it felt like everyone in the band wanted a shot at the front (except the one guitarist who seemed to face away from the audience the entire set). And one of the leads screamed a bit too much. Still, I heard enough to convince me that they might be something I'd like to listen to at home so in that way they win.
I've never seen Doves live before but have heard they were good. They were good. A band that seems to know how to entertain their audience despite tonight's spectators seeming a bit subdued/apathetic. And talking so loudly during Northenden that Jimi stopped playing and mocked them (them, not me, I take no responsibility) a bit.
Anyway, a good mix of old and new though I was surprised that Spellbound wasn't played as I find that one of the strongest tracks of the new album.
Also, I liked The Metro Theatre as a venue despite the $7 for a tiny beer. Great views in most parts because of the tiers.
Take a look at a few pics here.