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Upcoming shows: The Lovely Eggs... Jessica Pratt... Laura Moody... Thomas Truax... Steven James Adams + Emma Kupa... Tigercats + Fever Dream... Black Yaya (Herman Dune)... Sara Lowes... SLUG... Daniel Pearson... Ryley Walker + Jenn Grant... Rozi Plain... Skinny Lister... Diane Cluck... Public Service Broadcasting... Ryan Boldt (The Deep Dark Woods)... Cavan Moran... Sounds From The Other City... Happyness... Onions... Nizlopi... Daddy Long Legs... Steve Gunn... Liam Frost... Jenny Hval... The Burning Hell... Waxahatchee... Deerhoof...

When: 7.30pm on Saturday 28 March 2015
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be working with The Lovely Eggs for the first time!

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The Lovely Eggs are an underground punk rock duo from northern England. They have a fierce punk rock ethos that music should have no rules. For Holly and David being in a band is a way of life. True to this, they live the way they play. Fiercely, constantly in search of the good times. With observational and often surreal lyrics about life The Lovely Eggs have a powerful stripped-down sound: one vintage guitar amp, one Big Muff distortion pedal, a guitar and a drum kit.

With releases in the UK, Europe, USA and Japan, The Lovely Eggs have played hundreds of gigs around the UK, USA and Europe supporting the likes of Half Japanese, Shonen Knife, The Slits, The Television Personalities and Art Brut as well as a two-month tour of America and a string of dates at SxSW in Austin, Texas.

The Lovely Eggs have recorded sessions for BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and XFM as well as being played by a host of UK DJs including Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Rob da Bank and 6 Music’s Marc Riley, Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson, Gideon Coe, Chris Hawkins, Tom Ravenscroft and XFM’s John Kennedy.

Holly (guitar/vocs) and David (drums/vocs) have also worked with comedian Graham Fellows (aka John Shuttleworth) as well as Jad Fair from the seminal Texas band Half Japanese. Their songs appear in Canadian film Molly Maxwell and have been sampled by Zane Lowe for Scroobius Pip. The pair also feature on a Radio 4 Richard Brautigan documentary, presented and in discussion with Jarvis Cocker contemplating the influence of the American surreal author on their music.

They have produced three albums. The first, If You Were Fruit (Cherryade Records, 2009), ranked in the top 40 records of the year by Artrocker Magazine and was nominated for XFM’s Debut Album of the Year. The second, Cob Dominos (Cherryade Records, 2011), has gained widespread critical acclaim, with Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It) – featuring a video with guest appearance from John Shuttleworth – fast becoming an internet hit. Their third album, Wildlife (Egg Records, 2012), featured the Gruff Rhys-produced single Allergies, originally released on 7″ on the Too Pure Singles Club label.

This year sees The Lovely Eggs return with their fourth self-produced and self-recorded album, This is Our Nowhere; a title that sums up their celebration and love of a scene which doesn’t exist in the eyes of the manufactured mainstream. Lead single Magic Onion (made in collaboration with artist and video director Casey Raymond) is to be released on the Cardiff-based D.I.Y. Flower of Phong label. Accompanied by a handmade book of psychedelic/nightmarish proportions, the limited edition 7” includes a B-side of the song with Sweet Baboo, who joins them in an acoustic and decidedly pickled duet.

‘You won’t hear another band like this anywhere between now and the the end of the millenium. The Lovely Eggs are just brilliant’ – Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

Support comes from The Hipshakes. Former teen sensations from small market town, civil parish, capital of the Peak District and home of the Pudding – Bakewell – The Hipshakes have been friends since before they can remember. Formed in 2001, their first slew of records and tours of Europe and America were unleashed between 2005 and 2008. 2014 unbelievably saw them tour the UK for the first time. May sees the release of their second and third LPs, with the fourth recorded and due later in 2015.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 8pm on Tuesday 7 April 2015
Where: Night & Day Cafe, 26 Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JN

We’re delighted to be bringing Jessica Pratt back to Manchester.

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We all want the world to be beautiful. We want scribes and songbirds to tell us so – and sometimes they do and then it is. They point their pens and focus their lens where they will and surprise us to our soul. Jessica Pratt‘s new album On Your Own Love Again is a record that does it to us, with songs from a spine-thrilling new place and a gifted young singer with her own musical logic.

What makes On Your Own Love Again new? Everything, and yet everything woven so subtly into the presentation leaves you unaware that you have been modulated upon. On On Your Own Love Again Jessica is fully alive in a space all her own; with isolation in the breeze, the sound resonant in the natural light and a gauze of clouds in the sky, under which she can relax and let herself be.

‘Pratt is a young songwriter with a decidedly old soul and a voice that balances spry sweetness with husky grit… those with a more patient ear will find her a worthy and quietly distinct heir of Baier, Bunyan, and Dalton’s homespun sound’ – Pitchfork

‘Meet Jessica Pratt, 2015’s folk singer-songwriter to watch’ – New York Times

Support comes from Hey! Manchester favourite Jo Rose, who self-released his excellent debut album, Spurs, last year.

This show is a co-promotion with Now Wave and Comfortable On A Tightrope.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 8 April 2015
Where: Takk Coffee House, 6 Tariff Street, Manchester, M1 2FF

We’re delighted to be working with Laura Moody for the first time.

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Laura Moody is a wildly alternative cellist, vocalist and avant-singer songwriter. Fascinated not only with words and songwriting but also with sounds, noises and textures she eschews laptops and loop pedals to explore what is possible using only solo cello and voice. She creates emotive songs that reveal a multitude of influences and inhabit a unique space between the contemporary avant garde, classical music, experimental pop and singer-songwriter tradition.

Having achieved much international acclaim as a long-standing member of innovative string quartet the Elysian Quartet, which is known for its pioneering performances and recordings of contemporary classical, experimental and improvised music, she has also toured world-wide as a member of physical theatre string ensemble The Gogmagogs, as well as the Meredith Monk Ensemble and performed extensively in theatre and contemporary dance productions. She has toured, collaborated and recorded with leading musicians from a hugely diverse number of genres from folk to hip hop. All these elements are brought together in Laura’s solo work, as The Arts Desk noted,’it seemed almost as if she had taken every musical influence that had come her way and put them in a blender…certainly extraordinary and sometimes disturbing. But what surprised me most… was just how often it became mesmerising.’ Laura released an EP of her music on her own label in 2009 and, following a highly successful crowdfunding campaign, her highly personal and long-awaited debut album Acrobats was released at the tail end of 2014. This launched to sold out audiences at St Pancras Old Church and Wiltons Music Hall, and garnered top notch album reviews.

Acrobats features six original songs by Laura Moody and her re-imagining of Nick Drake’s iconic Cello Song. Laura is known for her virtuosic ability to play cello and sing simultaneously, and giving theatrical and vibrant performances. Laura says: ‘One of the major challenges with this album has been how to capture the drama and physicality of the songs as purely a listening experience.’ To that end Laura has collaborated with producers Dominic Murcott (The High Llamas) and Edward Jessen, a composer whose work very much ventures into the world of sound art.

‘Icily beautiful and strikingly original’ – Uncut

‘Something almost transcendent… one of 2014’s most exciting debut makers’ – DiS

Takk is an excellent Icelandic-inspired coffee house on the edge of the Northern Quarter.

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 9 April 2015
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be welcoming back Thomas Truax – his first Manchester headline show in three years.

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One of the most imaginative characters on the pop music fringe, Thomas Truax (pronounced ‘troo-aks’) travels the world performing with his ‘band’ of bizarre self-made Harry Partch-esque instruments including a motorised drum machine made of bike wheels called ‘Mother Superior’ and a pimped-up Dr Seuss-ian Gramophone called ‘The Hornicator’, as well as his venerable resonator guitar ‘Hank’.

More than just an inventor and entertainer, Truax crafts rich, poetically evocative songs about insects, trees, technology and various reasons ‘Why Dogs Howl at The Moon’, the title of his 2007 album. Notable supporters and collaborators include Jarvis Cocker, Duke Special, Richard Hawley, David Lynch, Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione (of the Dresden Dolls/Violent Femmes) who plays drums on Thomas’s newest album Jetstream Sunset, set for release this Spring.

‘Truax is shaping up nicely as one of the great rock eccentrics’ – Uncut

‘When he performs, it is a spectacle – the originality and seeming impossibility of what he does is much of the appeal’ – The Guardian

Support comes from Cynthia’s Periscope. Manchester-based Aberdonian Paul Morrice has been performing under the guise Cynthia’s Periscope since the summer of 2014. His music various from the melodic and sentimental to the brutal and cathartic, drawing inspiration from sources as varied as Robert Wyatt, Four Tet, Tunng and Arab Strap.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Friday 10 April 2015
Where: Gullivers Lounge, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re excited to be bring Steven Adams back to Manchester – this time for an ultra-intimate solo show, with guests Emma Kupa and Butcher The Bar.

House Music is the debut solo album by Steven James Adams, which was released through The State 51 Conspiracy last September. Recorded primarily at Steven’s house in Walthamstow, with further sessions taking place at co-producer Neil Rogers’ Cambridge studio and elsewhere, House Music draws on a wealth of influences without ever sounding second-hand.

House Music was originally conceived as a stripped-back home recording, but soon grew into something more textured and far-reaching, showcasing both Adams’s songwriting prowess and his perceptive lyrics. The cover features an original work by acclaimed artist Dan Hillier.

With musical contributions from Vancouver’s JUNO Award-winning Dan Mangan, rising stars John Smith and Emily Barker, Justin Young of The Vaccines and Scottish musical luminaries Martin Green (from three-time BBC Folk Award winners Lau) and Inge Thomson, and more, the resulting record is ambitious, beautifully conceived and graceful.

House Music is Steven’s first ‘solo’ album. He started out in 2001 as frontman and principal songwriter in the much-lauded Broken Family Band – who released seven albums over the course of eight years – and more recently released two albums with his band Singing Adams.

Steven plays this special solo show in support of this debut solo album in Gullivers’ brand new Lounge – a tiny room at the rear of the pub.

‘The tunes are instant and uplifting, but the real wallop comes from the lyrical imagery’ – The Guardian, 4*

Main support comes from Emma Kupa. Emma Kupa, former Standard Fare front woman, releases her first solo material in March 2015. The record Home Cinema is a mini album; six songs of spritely jangle-folk-indie-country, about family, death, drink problems, holocaust survivors and communism. For this show, Emma will be playing with a drummer.

Local support comes from Butcher The Bar. Currently signed to Berlin indie Morr Music (múm, Telekinesis, Seabear, Lali Puna), Butcher The Bar have toured around Europe and the UK – including a jaunt supporting Death Cab for Cutie – and you may have seen them in Manchester opening shows for Mark Eitzel, Allo Darlin’ and Francois & The Atlas Mountains. For this show, Joel Nicholson will be performing solo.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Friday 10 April 2015
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re looking forward to working with Tigercats once again – plus Fever Dream!

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Having carved out a coveted space in the scuzzier realm of kinetic indiepop, London five-piece Tigercats have now delivered second album Mysteries, an assuredly contagious record bristling with melody and noise, and mapped out on a lyrical landscape populated by gated longings, bleached-out city skies, and skewed entanglements of the heart.

Tigercats make music that stems from the weird collision point between Half Japanese, Hefner, Daniel Johnston, Prince and Orange Juice, shuttling through this heady constellation armed with a pop sensibility marked out by its eloquence and ferocity. Duncan Barrett and Laura Kovic articulate sweet laments and aspersions over swathes of magnetic agit-glam-punk noise which prowls an alternately feral and refined musical terrain.

Tour support comes from Fever Dream.

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Feted for the urgency and unrest of their live presence, London three-piece Fever Dream have now committed their dark and brittle post-punk-shoegaze noise to tape in the form of debut album, Moyamoya.

Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Adey Fleet, bassist Sarah Lippett, and drummer Cat Loye, Fever Dream make music which stalks the unsettled territory between My Bloody Valentine and PiL; suffused with melody and discordance, unhinged and brutally stapled-down. Via the twitching fragility and freneticism of Fleet’s guitar and vocals, Lippett’s stormy bass, and the propulsive dark heart that is Loye’s drumming, Fever Dream pitch disorientating swathes of noise against irresistible pop hooks and gentle febrile tonality, arriving at a sound which sharply articulates a disorientating world of panic attacks, tender allegiances, and sweet perversions.

Opening the show are Richard Lomax & The Tontine. Manchester-based musician, Omnichord player and constant songwriter Richard Lomax has drawn comparisons as wide and varied as Harry Nilsson, Arthur Lee Jake Thackray, Nick Cave, Frank Black, Bowie, Jeff Lewis, Lee Hazlewood, Scott Walker and Jonathan Richman. He previously fronted Johnny5thWheel&thecowards and surf rockers thee Uncomfortables. He is joined by The Tontine for this latest incarnation.

Book tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 11 April 2015
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be working with Black Yaya – aka Herman Dune’s David Ivar.

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Black Yaya is a new singer, songwriter, although he’s not new to the world of singer-songwriters. Indeed, he used to write, record and perform under Herman Dune. After travelling the seven seas and beyond with Herman Dune and recording more than ten albums with that band, David Ivar decided he wanted to create something new so Black Yaya was born, the new moniker of Ivar.

One morning in November of 2012, David Ivar woke up with the strange feeling that he could not be in a band anymore, at least for the moment. He loved every moment he’d had shared with his friend, his brother, but he was different now. He needed to be able to speak for himself and for himself only. Something about being the voice of a band felt like he had to temper his feelings. As a band, he felt he was hiding behind a monster, but that big soft and furry monster had started to block his view a little bit, so he had to get it out of the way, at least for now.

As soon as he took the decision to take up a new name, Ivar felt a rush of inspiration and Black Yaya started moving freely. It was as if a door had opened and he was breathing the freshest air of the freshest morning he’d ever woken up to. He found himself writing about things he somehow never would have before, like strange crime situations, vengeance and betrayals (e.g. Glad Tidings, Watchman, Vigilante, Through The Deep Night), or incorporating dreams and visions into his writing (he wrote Save Them Little Children in an hallucinatory state in a hotel room in Norway). Movies like ‘Death Wish’ (Michael Winner) or ‘Night Of The Hunter’ (Charles Laughton), The Killing (Stanley Kubrick), Manhunter (Michael Mann), paintings of Hiernymus Bosch, of Marcel Duchamp, comic books like Watchmen (Alan Moore), Batman: The Court Of Owls (Scott Snyder) or Y:The Last Man (Brian K. Vaughan), or reading The Black Cat by Edgar A. Poe, The Doll by Daphne Du Maurier or The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler, or poems of Jack Kerouac (Pomes All Sizes) and Allen Ginsberg (Kaddish) were strong material in David Ivar’s mind when he was working on his new songs.

When Ivar came up with enough songs for a complete set, without ‘oldies’, he started performing solo shows, with an acoustic guitar. He felt it gave him such strength, such energy, to play as a rookie, in little clubs for little money, to audiences that didn’t know any of the songs he was about to play. He loved those shows it was just like he was starting out again, with a clean slate, back at the end of the line, with a hunger to play and perform, to get to the crowd, one member of the audience at a time. Having to work his way to the end of the show, to win the show, with everything he had inside, each night felt like being reborn, learning again, fighting again, writing on the road, alone in the green room. He felt that sometimes being alone was the least lonely he’d ever been…

The forthcoming, eponymous record is the only official collection of Black Yaya songs known to date and will be available from 2 March via City Slang. The initial limited vinyl edition will come with a bonus 7“ including 3 unreleased songs. Whether it be the funk-fuelled grooves of Glad Tidings, the upbeat harmonica-notes on Watchman or the mellow tones of Through The Deep Note, the debut LP from Black Yaya is packed with catchy pop-folk soaked tracks that makes the album so easy on the ear and marks a new and exciting step for David Ivar.

Support comes from Foxtales. Foxtales are a recent coming-together of four non-boys and one non-girl from Manchester. They make dreamy, psychedelic folk music layered with harmonies.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 14 April 2015
Where: The Eagle Inn, 19 Collier Street, Salford, M3 7DW

We’re delighted to be working with H!M favourite Sara Lowes again!

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Some artists are singers; others add songwriter to their resume. Others, like Sara Lowes, are something far beyond either simple category: aural visionaries – who are as much about scoring, production and arranging as they are about singing their own tunes.

She’s always been a woman in demand; however these days, Manchester-based songwriter and musician Sara Lowes is dictating that adoration on her own sweet terms. A long-established session musician, Sara’s talents have crossed many a musical path playing for bands and artists such as The Earlies, King Creosote, Daniel Johnston and Marina And The Diamonds, to name but a few.

Garnering comparisons to the sass of Debbie Harry and the airy vocals of Alison Goldfrapp, Lowes’ songs bubble with everything from the primordial soup of Technicolor pop to acoustic folk, through jazz, and kaleidoscopic prog. Lowes is an artist plying her craft for the long-haul, clearly harbouring ambitions of a different kind.

‘I’ve alway seen myself as a musician rather than a solo artists of any kind,’ says Lowes. ‘It leaves the door open for anything to happen – therefore my ambition grows naturally and I trust the choices I make.’

A favourite among BBC 6 Music DJs such as Marc Riley and Stuart Maconie, Lowes’ solo releases to date have received rave reviews from the press, noting her skill for fusing classic influences through thoroughly modern composition and production, emerging as a true genre-defying talent and one to watch.

‘With a voice somewhere between Alison Goldfrapp and Joni Mitchell, and songs that veer between folk, Brill Building pop and Dexys Midnight Runners-esque soul, Sara Lowes is a curious proposition’ – Q, 4*

‘Dreamlike prog pop busying itself with jazz accents, classical touches and melodies that warm the bones like a winter fire’ – Uncut, 8/10

Main support comes from Ivan Campo. Ivan Campo borrow inspiration from majesty to malady via reality and, every now and then, wander into the realms of make believe. Writing, recording and performing together since 2004, they have developed a unique style, infused with echoes of films, snatched memories, and a healthy sense of the absurd. Their latest seven track EP entitled Fantastic Blue was released through Debt Records in August 2014.

Opening the show is Robbie Cavanagh. The Manchester singer-songwriter’s debut record The State of Maine is out now – and for this show, he will be joined by his full band, including cello and pedal steel.

The Eagle Inn is an excellent traditional pub from the team behind the Castle Hotel, the Parlour and Gullivers. It’s just off Trinity Way, an eight-minute walk from Manchester Cathedral on Deansgate.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 16 April 2015
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

PLEASE NOTE: Due to exceptional demand, this show is now taking place at Soup Kitchen. All original tickets remain valid, and all other show details remain the same.

We’re delighted to be working SLUG again!

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SLUG is the brand new musical venture from the mind of Ian Black, a merrily disruptive influence on the North East music for more than a decade. His debut album RIPE will be released on Memphis Industries on 13 April 2015.

With SLUG, Black wanted to get away from the tinnitus inducing noise rock of his formative bands, letting the idea dictate the song’s form and sonic palette. Black says of the album: ‘”What ifs” play a massive part in RIPE. What if we use a stoner metal riff and use it like a dub bass part or what if we combined the drumming style of John Bonham with James Brown beat and the squelch bass of Claudio Simonetti and Fabio Pignatelli.

Taking inspiration from film soundtracks (Enter the Dragon, Suspiria) and 20th Century abstract and minimalist music – but also the rock and funk chops of Led Zeppelin, Prince and Funkadelic – the resulting album is concise, unselfconscious, idiosyncratic and exquisitely executed. Animators Brothers Quay, Phil Mulloy and Jan Svankmajer‘s oblique approaches to subject matter also rubbed off on Black and lend the SLUG album an air of the hypnagogic.

RIPE opener Grimacing Mask tackles how to break the cycle of personal and work related problems. Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped in Plastic focuses on the rocky foundations of apparently immutable institutions of power. Greasy Mind is the most pop moment on the album that sees Zeppelin matched with 1980s Madonna and screaming guitar solos. Running To Get Past Your Heart rides a wave of simplicity with a three note distorted bass riff, a one line chorus purely based on the phonetics, bongos and drums recorded with two vocal mics. Kill Your Darlings is a straight to video horror film soundtrack dealing with how, as an artist, you have to avoid treating each creation like one of your kids.

The album was recorded at Field Music’s Roker studio with Peter and David Brewis on production duties. The Field Music brothers also return the favour for Black who toured extensively with their band as bassist. They play on the album and in the surreally fun yet precision-engineered live band where they’re joined by Andrew Lowther on bass and Rhys Patterson. It was playing with Field Music that gave Ian the impetus to start SLUG: ‘You cannot be on the road for a year with the guys and not feel inspired. Sometimes that helps create a sense of self belief that you can create your own thing… however delusional that maybe.’

Support comes from Trojan Horse. The band say about themselves: ‘Imagine the royal variety performance, except this time we guillotine the royal fuckers a la 1789 (the French Revolution, for anyone to lazy to look up the date/history), live on stage, to a soundtrack of YES, King Crimson, Black Sabbath, Black Flag, QOTSA, Blur, Supergrass, XTC, Futureheads, Converge and Mastodon. Very weird, very noisy and vewy vewy quwiet.’

‘The quartet unleash and unholy collision of prog and punk…Utterly bonkers and completely unpredictably brilliant. More please’ – Classic Rock

PLEASE NOTE: Due to exceptional demand, this show is now taking place at Soup Kitchen. All original tickets remain valid, and all other show details remain the same.

Book tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Friday 17 April 2015
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be helping promote a show for Daniel Pearson!

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The past few years have seen Leeds-based troubadour Daniel Pearson create a reputation as being one of the best new singer-songwriters around. Blending elements of indie rock, alt.country and classic guitar pop, his immediately accessible songs deliver the emotional connection and honesty that only instinctively great songwriting can provide.

Daniel’s soulful vocals and finely-crafted songs have found themselves on the airwaves of BBBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing, XFM, Amazing Radio and Australia’s biggest radio station Triple J. Writers for Uncut Magazine, Drowned In Sound, Shout 4 Music, Pop Matters, R2 Magazine, AllGigs, Sabotage Times, For Folks Sake and No Depression have been quick to celebrate the arrival of a new voice and have drawn comparisons to Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan and Ben Howard in a series of rave reviews for his two albums, Satellites and Mercury State.

Already a veteran of rock n’ roll and punk bands by his mid-twenties, he had toured up and down the UK and released various singles and EPs before going solo in 2010. After deciding to maintain his artistic independence away from the machinations of a larger label, Daniel has become a very successful example of the new music industry – an artist that maintains control over every aspect of his career, has a real connection with a loyal and growing fanbase and competes for press and radio coverage with acts with huge marketing budgets through the simple strength of his music.

A compelling live performer, Pearson has shared a stage with acts like Michael Kiwanuka, One Night Only, The Bluetones, Willy Mason and Josephine as well as playing a string of headline dates of his own in the UK and USA. In an age of instant stardom, talent shows and endless media hyperbole, he is proving himself as a genuine talent built for the long haul.

‘Luscious and steeped in Americana goodness’ – Drowned in Sound

Main support comes from Olympian, aka Manchester-based singer-songwriter Aron Robinson. He releases his new EP, You Became The Waves, in early April.

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When: 7.30pm on Sunday 19 April 2015
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

PLEASE NOTE: Due to exceptional demand, Ryley Walker and Jenn Grant’s show at the Castle Hotel now takes place across the road at Gullivers. Original tickets remain valid, and all other show details remain the same.

We’re delighted to be welcoming back Ryley Walker – last in town with Angel Olsen!

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Ryley Walker is a 24-year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist from Chicago. Having kicked around Chicago’s experimental free and noise music scene for several years, Ryley recently turned to a folk-rock sound inspired by some of his heroes, among them Tim Hardin, Tim Buckley and Bert Jansch.

The result is All Kinds of You, a poised and accomplished debut album, recorded in Chicago by Cooper Crain (guitarist/keyboardist in Cave). The album was released by Tompkins Square (James Blackshaw, Hiss Golden Messenger, Michael Chapman, William Tyler) in April 2014.

Ryley’s second long-player is due for release on Dead Oceans (Bowerbird, Califone, Phosphorescent) this March. Primrose Green begins near where All Kinds of You leaves off but quickly pushes far afield. The title sounds pastoral and quaint, but the titular green has dark hallucinogenic qualities, as does much of the LP.

‘With the charming swagger of jazz-folk troubadour Tim Buckley and the resonant, full picking style of Bert Jansch, The West Wind comes from Walker’s first widely available release, a three-song 12”. With acoustic guitar in hand and a voice like browned butter, Walker swings and sways in a lush string-and-piano arrangement right out of Buckley’s Starsailor; it slowly picks up to a swirling gallop without bucking the rhythm’ – NPR Music

‘Because he plays guitar so damn well, it’s tempting to lump Ryley Walker in with the growing number of pickers and strummers like William Tyler and Steve Gunn. That comparison isn’t too far off either, especially if you want to use a phrase like “post-American Primitive.” But Walker counts himself a Chicagoan, so it’s equally apt to align him with local post-rock outfits like Tortoise and the Sea & Cake‘ – Pitchfork

We’re delighted to be welcoming Canada’s Jenn Grant as guests for the show.

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At the start of 2015 Sydney Morning Herald wrote ‘Jenn Grant’s dreamy, harp-and woodwinds folk is the work of a painter born in paradise’, while Grant’s latest offering Compostela has been hailed back home in Canada as her best work to date. It’s no wonder it’s just earned her two JUNO nominations. The album features an array of guest performers including Ron Sexsmith and Don Kerr, Doug Paisley, Buck 65, Sarah Harmer and Rachel Sermanni, to name but a few. Having just completed her debut Australian tour, Jenn will embark on a series of European and US shows between March and May.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to exceptional demand, Ryley Walker and Jenn Grant’s show at the Castle Hotel now takes place across the road at Gullivers. Original tickets remain valid, and all other show details remain the same.

Book tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 28 April 2015
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be welcoming back Rozi Plain – and Babe!

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Lost Map Records is proud to announce Rozi Plain’s exquisite third album Friend, which will be released on 4 May 2015. A spellbinding reaffirmation of the London-based, Winchester-born singer-songwriter as one of the most unique and original voices in UK alt-folk, Friend features contributions from Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor and members of Franc?ois & The Atlas Mountains among many others. It’s preceded by the single Actually, which won the Rebel Playlist on BBC 6 Music by 76% of the vote, and has been described by DIY Mag as ‘about the most gorgeous, all-encompassing introduction imaginable for this London-based songwriter’. Rozi Plain will prepare for the release of Friend with a UK and European tour, including shows together with This Is The Kit (whom Rozi will both open for and perform as a member of), ahead of summer festival appearances.

Following the release of Jogalong in October 2014 as a split 7” on Lost Map together with Rachael Dadd – a song hailed by Jo Whiley’s as her Favourite Thing of the Week on Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 show – Actually is the second track to be released from Friend and the album’s opener. Over a spare, snaking groove, Rozi reflects on ‘a difficult year, a tumultuous year’ in a fascinatingly elliptical lyric delivered as a kind of dialogue with the exotic birdsong melody of a vintage synthesiser. It’s a suitably intoxicating yet heavy-hearted introduction to Friend, which was engineered by Kristian Robinson (Capitol K), and features contributions from Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Gerard Black and Amaury Ranger (Babe / Franc?ois & The Atlas Mountains), Kate Stables and Jamie Coles (This Is The Kit), and singer-harpist Serafina Steer.

Rozi Plain has been making music since her brother taught her a few chords on the guitar aged 13. Raised in Winchester, she spent a few years studying art and painting boats in Bristol, where she began collaborating with long-term collaborators Kate Stables and Rachael Dadd among many others on a thriving local scene. It was there that she made her first two albums, 2008’s Inside Over Here and 2012’s Joined Sometimes Unjoined, each works of deliciously sad and beautiful pop full of heart-wrenching harmonies dotted with unexpected instrumental flourishes. Both records are presently available via Lost Map Records.

Rozi recently moved to London, but she doesn’t see her flat all that often because she tours a great deal year round. She has taken her joyous live show on the road around Europe, the UK and the USA, in partnership with alt-folk luminaries from Devendra Banhart to James Yorkston and Lost Map’s own The Pictish Trail. She has appeared at festivals including Glastonbury, End of the Road and Green Man. As a member of This Is The Kit, Rozi has also toured widely, including several dates around Europe last year opening for The National.

‘Brilliant – a big favourite of the show’ – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

Tour support comes from Babe. Formed in the summer of 2010 by ex-Findo Gask members Gerard Black (currently with Francois & The Atlas Mountains) and Michael Marshall, along with Thomas Ogden and Amaury Ranger, Babe have been making music across the channel from their native homes in Glasgow and Bordeaux. Their debut album Volery Flighty – conceived and produced entirely by Gerard and the band, and featuring friends from Glasgow’s indomitable music scene (including Chvches‘ Lauren Mayberry on backing vocals and Ricky Egan from Tangles) – couples the group’s international outlook through Gerard’s chamber pop sensibilities to foster something at times pensive and oblique, at others direct, fun and buoyant.

Book tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 28 April 2015
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re delighted to be promoting Skinny Lister’s biggest Manchester show to date!

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They’ve held gigs in Land Rovers. They’ve sung while wing-walking. They’ve toured in a narrow boat. They’ve stomped and jigged on restaurant tables, in hotel elevators and in record label car parks. And wherever they play their lusty shanties, punk-folk roar-alongs and crazed whirls of love, fighting and hardcore drinking – you’ll find them out dancing with the crowd, passing around their flagon of rum or crowd-surfing to the bar to neck shots mid-song. Make no bones – Skinny Lister are the wildest party band you’ll ever get drunk with. And you will get drunk with them.

From day one, Skinny Lister set out to cause chaos and make friends, travelling to the four corners of the globe plying their infectious and unique rum-soaked blend of English folk and punk rock anarchy. From Japan’s Fuji Rock festival to the desert stage of California’s prestigious Coachella, via the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury and many a festival across Europe and beyond, Skinny Lister are an experience never to be forgotten.

April 2015 sees them back with their second long-player entitled Down on Deptford Broadway. It will be released on the very cool Xtra Mile Recordings label, home to Frank Turner, Against Me, and many others. Talking about the new album, Max said: ‘We’re trying to push forward the sound we had on the first album (Forge & Flagon). We don’t want to be a static band, we want to move with whatever influences are going on around us all the time.’ The first single to feature from the album is Trouble on Oxford Street, which will be released in January 2015. Skinny Lister are THE must-see band of 2015.

Tour support comes from 22-year-old Southampton-born troubadour Seán McGowan. An appearance on Billy Bragg’s Left Field stage at Glastonbury in 2013 saw Seán exposed to his biggest audience yet, and led to him playing shows with the likes of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, The Rifles, Beans On Toast and Frank Turner.

Opening the show is Arms & Hearts, the aptly named heart felt venture of Steve Millar. While influences of The Gaslight Anthem and Chuck Ragan are apparent, it’s his passion for his songs that really come out strong, committing to a full ‘heart on your sleeve’ musical exploration.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from the bar, Common (both no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 29 April 2015
Where: The Eagle Inn, 19 Collier Street, Salford, M3 7DW

We’re excited to be welcoming Diane Cluck back to Manchester.

Diane Cluck is a Virginia-based singer-songwriter. Her ecstatic vocal style has been noted for its uniquely clipped, glottal beauty. She accompanies herself on instruments ranging from guitar to piano, harmonium, zither, percussion, and toy accordion, and often plays alongside cellist Isabel Castellvi.

Diane releases her seventh album, Boneset, through Important Records in March 2014—a mobius strip seeded with birds, death, wealth and poverty, boldness and heart. ‘Cluck’s sparse compositions seem to float defiantly from some fortress the conscious self had long left behind,’ a reviewer from The Providence Phoenix recently wrote.

Fellow folk musician Devendra Banhart championed her early, referring to her as ‘my favorite singer-songwriter in all of New York City’, and choosing one of her songs for his Golden Apples of the Sun compilation. Other supporters and collaborators include CocoRosie, who invited Cluck to open shows in the US and Europe and released her Countless Times album through their personal label imprint. Sharon Van Etten, Florence Welch (of Florence And The Machine) and Laura Marling have all cited Diane’s work as influential.

Prior to developing a loyal underground fanbase, Cluck was a standout performer in New York’s Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn music scenes. She recorded and self-produced six albums that went on to receive international distribution and acclaim. Songs from her album Oh Vanille / ova nil appeared in Noah Baumbach’s film Margot at The Wedding and the UK television series Skins.

In 2012 Diane launched Song-of-the-Week, a fan-funded, subscription-based project through her website, in which she writes, records and delivers new songs to subscribers. The process helped her develop many of the songs that appear on Boneset, and continues to generate new material for her live shows and future albums.

‘Diane Cluck is a virtuosic talent with an emotionality that feels at once ancient and alien. Her mastery of her voice as an ecstatic instrument is so compelling’ – Antony Hegarty (of Antony & The Johnsons)

‘An unlikely mix of Aaron Neville, the Baka people, and Joni Mitchell, Cluck’s singing is unaffected yet unusual’ – NPR

The Eagle Inn is an excellent traditional pub from the team behind the Castle Hotel, the Parlour and Gullivers. It’s just off Trinity Way, an eight-minute walk from Manchester Cathedral on Deansgate.

This show is a co-promotion with Comfortable on a Tightrope.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7pm on Wednesday 29 April 2015
Where: The Ritz, Whitworth Street West, Manchester M1 5NQ

We’re delighted to be welcoming back Public Service Broadcasting – this time, at the Ritz.

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Following the release of a tantalising and atmospheric trailer earlier this month, which quoted John F Kennedy’s famous Rice Stadium address of 1962, Public Service Broadcasting are now excited to reveal full details of The Race For Space LP (out 23 February 2015 via Test Card Recordings) – as well as their biggest UK tour to date.

Tickets for the duo’s return at two unique album launch shows at The National Space Centre sold out in under 24 hours, and the band now have their sights set on their biggest tour yet as they jet around the UK and Ireland in April and May 2015. At Public Service Broadcasting’s uniquely spell-binding live AV ‘Transmissions’, the audience will witness the band weave samples from archive footage around live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics as they teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future – beaming our past back at us through vintage TV sets and state of the art modern video projection devices. Granted unique access to historically important films from the BFI, PSB will go back in time and explore the period when the USA and USSR fought to gain the upper hand in a new frontier – space.

Public Service Broadcasting have quickly developed a reputation as one of the most exciting live acts in the country, wowing audiences over the past two festival seasons with major appearances at Glastonbury, Bestival, Green Man and a whole host of others. Support slots with The Rolling Stones and Arcade Fire at Hyde Park plus touring with the Manic Street Preachers across Europe and an upcoming arena tour with the Kaiser Chiefs scheduled for early next year point to a band at the top of their game.

The Race For Space follows Inform – Educate – Entertain, Public Service Broadcasting’s debut album, which reached #21 in the UK album charts and was nominated for Best Independent Album at the AIM Awards 2013, as well as being the Guardian’s Album of the Week and one of BBC 6 Music’s Top 10 albums of 2013.

We’re excited to announce that Hey! Manchester favourites Smoke Fairies will support!

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 30 April 2015
Where: Takk Coffee House, 6 Tariff Street, Manchester, M1 2FF

We’re excited to be doing an intimate show with The Deep Dark Woods’ Ryan Boldt

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A lot of modern music is like bad plumbing; the more they overthink it, make it more complex than it needs to be, the easier it is to plug up the drain. Good music should thrust a fist into the core of who you are and pull out handfuls of simple, messy truth. This idea of getting to the heart of simplicity in a song, in melody and in meaning, in order to move the heart of a person, has been Ryan Boldt’s legacy thus far.

Boldt is the lead singer and songwriter in The Deep Dark Woods, crafting beautiful, intimate songs that are steeped in traditions found in places like English folk music, country blues and 60s R&B. He was born on the vast prairie, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but moved to Chemainus, BC when he was 19, where he started writing songs. It’s worth noting that the name Chemainus comes from the native shaman and prophet Tsa-meeun-is, which means ‘broken chest’. The legend says that the prophet survived a massive wound in his chest to become a powerful chief. And while people often equate the music of The Deep Dark Woods with a prairie sound, it was in Chemainus that Boldt truly cracked open his chest to bleed out his first songs. Then, in the summer of 2005, Boldt moved back to Saskatoon to form The Deep Dark Woods.

It’s been almost ten years since the band formed, and it wouldn’t be hyperbole to say that The Deep Dark Woods are one of the most successful bands to have risen from the dust of the middle of nowhere on the prairie. After five albums and extensive tours across Canada, the US and Europe, accolades for the band have piled up. They’ve been nominated for a Juno as well for songwriter of the year at the Western Canadian Music Awards. They won two Canadian Folk Music Awards and two WCMAs for Group of the Year. They were nominated for Best New Group alongside Alabama Shakes and Dawes at the 2012 Americana Music Awards, and played the award show at the Ryman Auditorium (formerly The Grand Ole Opry House).

Boldt’s living in Victoria these days, having just completed a new solo project called Broadside Ballads, which finds him continuing to dig through the past to create spellbinding music for the present. He’s driven by influences like Shirley Collins, Ian and Sylvia Tyson, Bob Dylan and The Stanley Brothers, but even as he mines the past, he’s not trying to contemporise these sounds. He just happens to be making newly recorded music in the same vein – the way they used to make it, before the world got so fast and cluttered. Warm. Intimate. Haunting. Like a punch to the gut. With a stunning, heart-stopping simplicity that cuts to the core of a person.

Tour support comes from Kacy & Clayton. The Saskatchewan duo’s newest album was produced by Ryan Boldt, and features original works and obscure arrangements of traditional ballads and blues classics.

Takk is an excellent Icelandic-inspired coffee house on the edge of the Northern Quarter.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Friday 1 May 2015
Where: The Roadhouse, 8 Newton Street, Manchester M1 2AN

We’re delighted to be working with H!M favourite Cavan Moran once again!

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Manchester’s Cavan Moran released his latest single, Lonely Rival, on 7” vinyl via his own label, C33 Records, late last year. The follow-up to last year’s Five Simple Crimes EP is Moran’s first vinyl release and paves the way for his debut album, which will be released via the French vinyl-only label Celebration Days Records in 2015.

Moran has already graced some of the world’s finest stages, including London’s Union Chapel, New York’s Knitting Factory and La Fleche D’Or in Paris – and the songs are built to fill such stunning spaces. Lonely Rival appears to deal with the fear of writer’s block, the dreaded curse of any songwriter. Crisp guitar and mournful harmonica introduce Moran’s rich vocal, before Emma Whitworth’s pretty piano line and a gentle drum beat embellish the arrangement. Hanami’s John Wilson adds understated lead guitar, as the song drifts to its mellow conclusion.

On the flip side is the sublime Pricked To A Pattern. The piano is again prominent but this time joined by accordion and banjo, giving it a more traditional folk flavour. Whitworth’s backing vocals, although subtle, meld with Moran, in perfect harmony. Writer’s block seems light years away.

‘Cavan Moran: a man rewriting the troubadour rulebook with stunning results’ – Manchester Evening News

‘Lonely Rival is an anthem that could be heard in a living room or a large stadium. A universal sound that speaks volumes and if more industry folks had a clue, they would embellish artists like Cavan Moran more often’ – Hit Makers Music

Support comes from Hawker Reunion, an alt-folk group who write songs through the rain of Manchester. With leanings towards M Ward, Phosphorescent and Will Oldham, the group started as a recording project and over recent months have begun turning themselves to live performance, already supporting acts such as The Wave Pictures, Ethan Johns, Sweet Baboo and Monument Valley.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 2pm until late on Sunday 3 May 2015
Where: St Philip’s Church, Encombe Place, Salford, Lancashire, M3 6FJ

Hey! Manchester is delighted to be curating a stage at this year’s Sounds From The Other City – our seventh year in a row! SFTOC is a one-day music festival that celebrates the diversity of Greater Manchester’s ‘other city’.

The 12-hour event places many of the city’s favourite promoters –  including Now Wave, Comfortable on A Tightrope, Wotgodforgot, Red Deer Club and Bad Uncle – into several of our favourite venues and drinking establishments: the Kings Arms, Islington Mill, First Chop Brewing arm and the Old Pint Pot.

Hey! Manchester is excited to be returning to a very special venue in 2015: St Philip’s Church. The building is one of Greater Manchester’s finest Georgian buildings, dating back to 1825, and its Greek style is unique in Salford.

Our line-up this year features Jane Weaver, Zun Zun Egui, Pinkshinyultrablast, Brown Brogues, Cale Tyson and Will Varley – a diverse collection of artists, ranging from psychedelic pop and post-punk, via shoegaze and garage, through to country and folk music. We love them all – and we’re hoping you might too. Give them a spin below:

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Tickets, priced £20 and giving access to all stages, are available from North Tea Power, the Font bars and online via Skiddle.com.


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When: 7pm on Thursday 7 May 2015
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be bringing back Happyness!

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Newly crowned NME Award Winners Happyness are planning a string of headline dates this May, which will also take in a first appearance at The Great Escape. Currently on the road with JAWS, Happyness depart for SXSW and a US tour in March and April, before returning for shows in Europe and their own headline UK tour.

After a whirlwind 2014, which ultimately saw the South London trio make NME’s Best Newcomers list, as well as The Sunday Times Best Albums of The Year, Happyness announced in January that they have signed to Moshi Moshi Records for the UK. On 30 March, a full re-issue of their acclaimed debut Weird Little Birthday will be released, in an expanded edition that includes four bonus tracks. The band’s first single of 2015, A Whole New Shape, is released on the same day.

Tour support comes from Crushed Beaks. Both based in south-east London, Poile and Morris bonded over this shared love having met through mutual band friends – everything from classic Argento to the ultimately obscure ends of Italian slashers. Once the two met creatively over a rough set of demos that Poile had written out of his shed, Crushed Beaks became a roughshod, DIY force that embodied their heroes cinematic ethics. Poile’s pop sensibilities consistently shine through the dusk of reverberated guitars as Alex Morris relentless drumming brings an inimitable life to each song. Comparisons to the likes of No Age and My Bloody Valentine go some way to encapsulating the urgency of their sound – but go little way in experiencing it in person.

Opening the show are Leeds quartet Mush, who formed in 2014.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 9 May 2015
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re excited to be helping Onions launch their new album!

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Onions are Manchester-based trio and are named Martin, Jim and Chris. Weaving mutual influences such as Talking Heads, Hefner, Sparks and 60s girl groups together to create a sound described as ‘muscular twee’. Typically, the songs are a cynical and/or self-deprecating take on sex, history or whatever rhymes at the given moment (but mostly about sex). After gigging extensively and an unprecedented amount of airplay, debut album Pleasure Blast sold out in its first week with help from a live session on BBC 6 Music. Onions returned fresh as daisies from a windowless studio after a six month hiatus with the release of the Here Comes the Rage EP last August.

With their second album completed, a national tour commencing in May, a third BBC 6 Music live session booked for 7 May and this album launch party at Gullivers, this Spring = Onions (pun intended).

Main support comes from The Wobbly Hearts, Abergele’s first ever supergroup. Consisting of Carl and Rob who learnt their trade with the raggle taggle alt country band Gintis, plus Joolz and Hargi who join after spending 11 years with badass hard alt rock band Carpet, and also a short stint in psychadelic jammers Morffe, and Ralph Latham – the enigma, the wesley willis and queen obsessed bearded beauty, from Abergele’s finest buzz pop band Junebug. After years of plying their trades with various bands and regularly playing gigs with each others’ bands in the north Wales area, these boys bonded and decided to form this group to cut out all the shit that happened trying to push their respective bands and finally be in a unit where everyone was pulling in the same direction. That direction was HELL via Abergele and Liverpool. Now get your pathetic cock out of your hand and start listening!

Opening the show are Seazoo, a five-piece bedroom-pop device happening now. Their new single was out in January on Label Fandango. Louder Than War described them thusly: ‘This is thoughtful, proper and smart pop (with a wonderful twist of the abstract) in the spirit of Yo La Tengo and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci.’

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Friday 15 May 2015
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re delighted to be welcoming back Nizlopi – this time to the Deaf Institute!

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Nizlopi are John Parker (double bass/beat box) and Luke Concannon (vocals/guitar), a duo who sound like a four piece, folk hip-hop band. They are most widely known, for being the underground, independent act that topped the UK and Irish charts with The JCB song in 2005. They have a fierce reputation for inspiring, moving, live shows often taking the show into the heart of the audience.

Having been doing their own things for the past four years, they have come back together, performing new material, songs from their two previous albums and material for Luke’s new solo album Give It All. ‘We immediately started writing new material in the rehearsals,’ says Luke. ‘The fire is as hot as ever.’

John Martyn and Danny Thompson meets The Roots and Ani Di Franco, Nizlopi play joyful, honest, atavistic, heavenly folk stories. And when Nizlopi perform live, they are a positive force like no other.

‘Everything I know about live performance I learned from them’ – Ed Sheeran (ex-roadie to Nizlopi)

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from the bar, Common (both no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 8pm on Saturday 16 May 2015
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re excited to be working with Daddy Long Legs for the first time.

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Daddy Long Legs, New York City’s most blueswailing trio, have been spreading their gospel throughout the globe since the release of their debut album Evil Eye On You (Norton Records, 2012).

Now the boys return with their second full length offering, Blood From A Stone – 13 stunning new studio tracks produced by Matt Verta-Ray (Heavy Trash), which sees the band maintain the wild, raw energy of their first record, but reveal a growth in both songwriting and production. The end result is the original, unbeatable, revival-tent mayhem that alternately sweats, bleeds, shouts and stomps real-deal roots and blues. Hear the thump and bash of drummer/percussionist Josh Styles, searing slide and rhythm from multi-talented guitarist Murat Akturk, and the signature howling harmonica of Daddy Long Legs himself.

The band has performed onstage with The Sonics, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Alabama Shakes, The Jim Jones Revue, and backed Chicago legend T. Valentine on his album The Vampire. A recent tour of Spain heralded them winners of Best Live Performance of the Year – a true honour! For fans of Howlin’ Wolf, Captain Beefheart, Little Walter and Dr. Feelgood.

Support comes from Bones Shake, a scuzzed, fuzzed blues three-piece from Manchester. They play everything into the red; violent bottle neck blues riffs, drums kicked, pounded and twatted, and squeals of reverb drenched vocals all combine to help save your soul.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 20 May 2015
Where: The Roadhouse, 8 Newton Street, Manchester M1 2AN

We’re delighted to be bringing Steve Gunn to Manchester.

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‘Our heads are blown. How did this NY guitarist become a cosmic-psych visionary?’ Mojo wondered back in September as we awaited the release of Steve Gunn‘s latest full-length release, Way Out Weather.

With a career spanning nearly 15 years, Steve has produced volumes of critically acclaimed solo, duo and ensemble recordings. His astounding solo albums, as well as his work with GHQ and longtime collaborating drummer John Truscinski, represent milestones of contemporary guitar-driven, forward music. A voracious schedule of international performances has cultivated a fervent fanbase for Gunn’s music throughout the world. These days you can find him playing with his band as well as sometimes serving as guitarist in fellow Philadelphia-bred troubadour Kurt Vile’s band the Violators.

2014 was something of a landmark year, however: European tours opening for close friends and collaborators The War On Drugs and Kurt Vile & The Violators, combined with his strongest solo record to date, has helped Steve find a new audience. Huge praise across the board for Way Out Weather followed – the records featured predominantly in Uncut, Mojo, Pitchfork, The Wire, Rough Trade and Magnet’s end of year round-ups, with Leeds record store Jumbo suggesting it was the pick of the year: ‘Hazily psychedelic songs that recall Tim Buckley, Spiritualized and JJ Cale alongside American folk roots, and especially country-rock tendencies. Highly recommended.’

Mining the catalogs of Basho, Bull, Chapman and Sharrock, among other titans of stringed-things and record-session royalty, Steve has steadily processed these inspirations into a singular, virtuosic stream. Friendships and collaborations with Jack Rose, Tom Carter, Meg Baird, Mike Cooper and Michael Chapman coloured the disciplined evolution of the discursive, deconstructed blues sound, at once transcendent and methodical, that is now Gunn’s signature. Close listening reveals the influence of Delta and Piedmont country blues, ecstatic free jazz, and psych, as well as Gnawa and Carnatic music, on the continually unfolding compositions.

Steve has been highly prolific over recent years, gaining confidence as a singer as well as displaying immense guitar prowess. Collaborative records with Mike Cooper and Hiss Golden Messenger preceded 2013’s Time Off (Paradise of Bachelors), his first album as leader of a trio including longtime friends John Truscinski on drums and Justin Tripp on bass, and a record on which Steve’s compelling singing features more prominently than ever before. The follow-up, Way Out Weather, has just been released to rave reviews. A heady and elliptical travelogue, Way Out Weather demonstrates a radical widescreen evolution, featuring a larger band and lighting out for lusher, more expansive, and impressionistic territories than Time Off. This is the virtuosic guitarist and songwriter’s career-defining statement to date, a self-assured masterpiece.

‘Former Kurt Vile compadre completes full transformation into majestic American singer-songwriter’ – Mojo, 5/5

Tour support comes from Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler. Mary is a harpist who has played and recorded with Kurt Vile, Thurston Moore, Sharon Van Etten, Meg Baird, Jarvis Cocker, Wrekmeister Harmonies and Steve Gunn, while Jeff is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer for the likes of like The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile and Purling Hiss. They have just released their new record Slant of Light on Thrill Jockey.

This show is a co-promotion with Please Please You.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7pm on Monday 1 June 2015
Where: The Ruby Lounge, 28-34 High Street, Manchester M4 1QB

We’re delighted to be working with Liam Frost – this time, with his band!

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Described by Elbow’s Guy Garvey as ‘the UK’s answer to Bright Eyes‘ and heralded in some quarters of the British music press as a Mancunian Bruce Springsteen, singer-songwriter Liam Frost has developed, across two critically acclaimed solo albums, into a well-cherished artist whose distinctive voice, songwriting and sincerity really set him apart.

Following his recent Tokolosh collaboration with members of The Earlies and The Whip, Liam returns for these special performances showcasing songs from his recent The Wild Places EP and his as yet untitled third album. For this show, he’ll be joined by his full live band.

Support comes from Robbie Cavanagh. The Manchester singer-songwriter’s debut record The State of Maine is out now.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 11 June 2015
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with Jenny Hval for the first time.

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Think big, girl, like a king, think kingsize. Jenny Hval’s new record opens with a quote from the Danish poet Mette Moestrup, and continues towards the abyss. Apocalypse, girl is a hallucinatory narrative that exists somewhere between fiction and reality, a post-op fever dream, a colourful timelapse of death and rebirth, close-ups of impossible bodies — all told through the language of transgressive pop music.

When Norwegian noise legend Lasse Marhaug interviewed Jenny Hval for his fanzine in early 2014, they started talking about movies, and the conversation was so interesting that she asked him to produce her next record. It turned out that talking about film was a great jumping off point for album production. Hval’s songs slowly expanded from solo computer loops and vocal edits to contributions from bandmates Håvard Volden and Kyrre Laastad, before finally exploding into collaborations with Øystein Moen (Jaga Jazzist/Puma), Thor Harris (Swans), improv cellist Okkyung Lee and harpist Rhodri Davis. All of these musicians have two things in common: they are fierce players with a great ear for intimacy, and they hear music in the closing of a suitcase as much as in a beautiful melody.

And so Apocalypse, girl is a very intimate, very visual beast. It dreams of an old science fiction movie where gospel choir girls are punks and run the world with auto-erotic impulses. It’s a gentle hum from a doomsday cult, a soft desire for collective devotion, an ode to the close-up and magnified, unruly desires.

Jenny Hval has developed her own take on intimate sound since the release of her debut album in 2006. Her work, which includes 2013’s critically celebrated Innocence Is Kinky (Rune Grammofon), has gradually incorporated books, sound installations and collaborations with poets and visual artists. For Hval, language is central, always torn between the vulnerable, the explosive and total humiliation.

‘In the span of five seconds, she summons both Aaliyah and Laurie Anderson‘ – Pitchfork, Best New Track

This show is a co-promotion with Wotgodforgot.

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 11 June 2015
Where: The Eagle Inn, 19 Collier Street, Salford, M3 7DW

We’re delighted to be welcoming Canada’s The Burning Hell back to Manchester – this time, to the Eagle Inn!

The Burning Hell is the alter-ego of songwriter and ukulele-slinger Mathias Kom. Loosely based in St John’s, Newfoundland, The Burning Hell have toured back and forth across Canada and Europe since 2007, playing everywhere from festivals to bars to living rooms – and once even a mental asylum in rural France. The band has garnered acclaim for their hyperactive live shows and their caustic yet sincere lyrics, believing as they do that songs about the inevitability of death can also be fun to dance to.

In 2012, The Burning Hell both made AND broke a record: the band recorded their newest album, People, in Berlin, and later in the summer, they set a new world record: playing ten shows in ten countries in less than 24 hours. But the band aren’t tired yet, and April will see The Burning Hell begin a three-month tour in support of People, co-released by Headless Owl, (weewerk) and BB Island, throughout Canada and Europe. Onward!

‘Will appeal to fans of Jonathan Richman… and They Might Be Giants’ – Q, 4*

The Eagle Inn is an excellent traditional pub from the team behind the Castle Hotel, the Parlour and Gullivers. It’s just off Trinity Way, an eight-minute walk from Manchester Cathedral on Deansgate.

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When: 7.30pm on Friday 12 June 2015
Where: The Ruby Lounge, 28-34 High Street, Manchester M4 1QB

We’re delighted to be bringing Waxahatchee back to Manchester.

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Katie Crutchfield’s southern roots are undeniable. The name of her solo musical project, Waxahatchee, comes from a creek not far from her childhood home in Alabama and seems to represent both where she came from and where she’s going. Since leaving home, Crutchfield has drifted between New York and Philadelphia but chose to return to Alabama to write her first two albums: American Weekend, her debut filled with powerful lo-fi acoustic tracks full of lament, and Cerulean Salt, a more developed and solid narrative about growing up. Both are representations of a youthful struggle with unresolved issues and unrequited feelings.

Waxhatchee’s latest record, Ivy Tripp, drifts confidently from these previous albums and brings forth a more informed and powerful recognition of where Crutchfield has currently found herself. The lament and grieving for her youth seem to have been replaced with control and sheer self-honesty. ‘My life has changed a lot in the last two years, and it’s been hard for me to process my feelings other than by writing songs,’ says Crutchfield. ‘I think a running theme [of Ivy Tripp] is steadying yourself on shaky ground and reminding yourself that you have control in situations that seem overwhelming, or just being cognisant in moments of deep confusion or sadness, and learning to really feel emotions and to grow from that.’

Recorded and engineered by Kyle Gilbride of Wherever Audio at Crutchfield’s home on New York’s Long Island—with drums recorded in the gym of a local elementary school—Ivy Tripp presents a more developed and aged version of Waxahatchee. ‘The title Ivy Tripp is really just a term I made up for directionless-ness, specifically of the 20-something, 30-something, 40-something of today, lacking regard for the complaisant life path of our parents and grandparents,’ she says. ‘I have thought of it like this: Cerulean Salt is a solid and Ivy Tripp is a gas.’

Crutchfield is accompanied by both Gilbride and Keith Spencer on Ivy Tripp, and the record was produced by all three of them. With the addition of more guitar work, piano, drum machines and Crutchfield’s vocals in full bloom, we are given a record that feels more emphatic and pronounced.

This show is a co-promotion with Now Wave.

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When: 7.30pm on Monday 24 August 2015
Where: Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth Street West, Manchester M1 5WW

We’re excited to be working with Deerhoof for the first time!

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Blame it on the Ramones. After Deerhoof finished recording demos for ‘La Isla Bonita’ this past February, they began rehearsing for an upcoming tour. Halfway through a run-through of a long-time Deerhoof live favorite, their cover of the Ramones classic “Pinhead,” someone offhandedly asked, “Why don’t we ever write a song like this?” So Greg quickly dashed off a song on a scrap of paper, showed it to the band, and they recorded the breakneck stomper “Exit Only” in one take. “And we suddenly realized,” Greg says, “this is the whole thing, this is what the whole record is about!”

A little background: for years, Deerhoof was the only band that sounded like Deerhoof. It wasn’t a far-sighted career move, it was simply the only sound they knew how to make. Their early records were essentially rehearsals recorded on rubble. But in that rubble Deerhoof had planted a seed. And that seed took: when before the steady chug of post-Velvets indie had been the rule, Deerhoof’s neck-snapping syncopations, classical melody, minimal gear and maximal music has slowly become part of the vocabulary: St Vincent, Flaming Lips, Tune-Yards and Dirty Projectors are just a few of the bands to have absorbed some Deerhoof DNA.

Satomi, Ed, John and Greg have never become rich and famous but they’ve triumphed in their own way – this year, Deerhoof celebrates its 20th anniversary, having made a dozen consistently acclaimed albums and taken hundreds, maybe thousands, of ecstatic and loyal audiences all over the planet on the never-the-same-twice thrill-ride of their live show. “We neither had it all nor shall we,” sings Satomi on “Black Pitch,” from ‘La Isla Bonita’. “We are just fine without your promises.”

At a soundcheck last year, Greg had started playing the beat to Can’s trancey classic “Vitamin C,” and right then and there, the band resolved to make a groove record, with streamlined arrangements and killer repeating riffs. The concept soon expanded into a paean to fin de siecle decadence – “our late-capitalist American version of waltzing into oblivion,” says Greg.

The band eventually convened at Ed’s house in Portland, Oregon and set up a makeshift practice room in his musty basement. For a week they banged out rough rehearsal demos to send to producer and Godmode Records honcho, Nick Sylvester, who had been an early, ardent and influential Deerhoof supporter back when he was a music critic for Pitchfork and the Village Voice. No one gave much thought to microphone placement and other technical matters, or playing the parts perfectly, or even staying in tune. It was unselfconscious, spontaneous and fun, all four musicians playing in the same tiny room at the same time. “We forgot,” says Greg, “that the camera was there.”

When they listened to the tracks, the band had an epiphany: it was nothing but guitars and drums recorded in a basement and yet the music was ineffably evocative and powerful. They realised they had just recorded their new album. Funnily enough, this was how Deerhoof had begun, and now they had perfected it.

In May, Sylvester recorded the vocals, and that’s where the album’s pop side comes out: Satomi’s singing is front and center, and if it sounds like she’s commanding the band, it’s because she was. Satomi was determined to make a record that was not just for hardcore Deerhoof fans but instead would speak to everybody. As the inevitable temptation to sweeten the mix and edit down the takes crept in, Satomi kept everything focused on repeating grooves and simple arrangements. So instead of a blink-and-you-missed-it approach, we get the devastating one-note ostinato on “Big House Waltz” or the whiplash syncopations of “God 2.” ‘La Isla Bonita’ happily serves its riffs up on a platter. And it rocks.

But there’s a darkness to the songs. While Satomi’s voice might ring like a sweet bell, John and Ed’s guitars resound with uncanny, virtuosic abandon, and Greg drums with his ingenious wallop, the gnomic lyrics juxtapose images of false paradise with a sense of declining empires and decay, a foreboding portrait of an American Weimar.

“Mirror Monster” is an exquisite ballad, one of the most beautiful things Deerhoof has ever done, with classical chords and prismatic guitars and dramatic key changes, but it’s also an angry, post-apocalyptic song. In “Doom,” there is no place to go, punctuated by one very damning word – “deny” – delivered in a child-like sing-song that counterpoints its ominous implications. “Oh Bummer” is a cryptic indictment, mournful and eerie, and the music is downright cataclysmic.

Still, Deerhoof can’t resist infusing the gloom with joy. And so ‘La Isla Bonita’ is punk rock in yet another sense: it shouts “No!” in the most life-affirming way. It is the glorious sound of four musicians owning their own hard-won and richly deserved legacy. Even as western civilization goes down the tubes.

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