DJ Dossier

DJ Manchester Talks Britpop, Shadowplay, Anderson's, The Smiths, Interpol, and More

ddie Lebario (a.k.a. DJ Manchester) is old school, just like his favorite musical genre.

As you'll read in this week's version of DJ Dossier, the cat has been spinning up the hits inside local clubs since the mid '90s. And more often than not, said hits have typically been from the early '80s era of Britpop and English rock, as Lebario has a rather substantial appreciation for acts like Joy Division, Bauhaus, and The Cure.

Back in the day, you could catch him schlepping his selection of Smiths and other U.K. tastemakers from that era at the now-defunct Anderson's Fifth Estate. These days, however, he works the mixers at Rips Ales & Cocktails during his monthly Shadowplay session (the latest edition of which takes place tomorrow night).

Read on for a rundown of Lebario's favorite Britpop bands, as well as a list of which modern-day indie rock acts he also enjoys, and who he thinks would win in a fistfight between Morrissey and Peter Murphy.

Name: Eddie Lebario

AKA: DJ Manchester

Genres spun: New Wave, post-punk, Britpop, indie, '80s alternative, etc.

Current club nights: My new monthly, Shadowplay, is every third Saturday at Rips Ales and Cocktails.

How did you get started as a DJ? Completely fell into it. I've been a local musician playing the clubs since 1996, and I would go hang out at Panic! with a lot of other local musicians. The resident DJ at the time was leaving and the promoter asked me if I would like to take over, and that was that.

Explanation behind your nickname: It's a tribute to my favorite musical city on the planet...Manchester, England.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.