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Upcoming shows: 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... Aldous Harding... Ezra Furman... Steve Gunn... Liam Frost... Joe Pug... Jenny Hval... The Burning Hell... Waxahatchee... Deerhoof... The Deslondes...

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: 7pm 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

We’re delighted to have Nat Johnson join us as main support. Formerly of Monkey Swallows the Universe and Nat Johnson and the Figureheads, she has returned earlier this year with her first solo album, Neighbour of the Year.

Opening the show are Manchester’s own Cult Party whose full-length digital album, The Trees They Will Lift You And Carry You Home, is out now.

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: Gullivers Lounge, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

PLEASE NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this show now takes place in Gullivers’ Lounge – an intimate new room at the rear of Gullivers, which is a five-minute walk from Takk, at 109 Oldham Street. All other details remain the same.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this show now takes place in Gullivers’ Lounge – an intimate new room at the rear of Gullivers, which is a five-minute walk from Takk, at 109 Oldham Street. All other details remain the same.

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

Main 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.

Opening the show is Kai Ohio.

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 v PINS, 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)

Main support is Antonio Lulic. Raised in the North East of England, son to a South American political exile and a lass from the pit village of Trimdon, Antonio is a folk-rock singer-songwriter whose deep, gravelled vocal combines with an intimate and powerful lyrical style to deliver a uniquely soulful, passionate performance. It’s perhaps because of this humble beginning that Antonio is no stranger to hard work. Since the release of his debut EP, Becomes Unstoppable, at the start of 2010, Antonio has toured relentlessly; performing for audiences all over London, up and down the UK, across Europe and all over the USA, building a loyal fanbase spread across the globe.

Opening the show is Lucy & the Caterpillar. It’s a name you might be familiar with, having been a regular around the north’s music scene a few years ago, earning herself much mainstream press in the process and playing alongside the likes of Adele, Florence and Laura Marling among others. After taking a brief hiatus, spending time opening her own vintage boutique shop in Hebden Bridge – which is also named ‘Lucy & the Caterpillar’ – and launching her own clothing label Lucille, Lucy is now back with new music, and better than ever.

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.

Main 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.

Bobbie Peru complete this triple bill. Bobbie Peru are an eclectic rock band formed by Robert Genovese in Manchester in January 2006. Bert is a singer/songwriter/guitarist who is originally from Waterbury, Connecticut, USA who was signed by Manchester label Storm. The band’s music is heavily influenced by indie, garage and post-punk movements. Their sound is an unpredictable mix of stabbing/distorted guitars, social commentary and an abrasive rhythm section.

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 Monday 18 May 2015
Where: Gullivers Lounge, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re excited to be bringing New Zealand’s Aldous Harding to Manchester – for an ultra-intimate show.

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Aldous Harding is a Christchurch local, whose records are released in New Zealand by Lyttleton records. Lyttelton is a gorgeous port town to the north of Christchurch. A home for Maori for about 700 years, Lyttelton Harbour was discovered by European voyagers passing by on 16 February 1770 during the Endeavour’s first voyage to New Zealand.

Today it is one of New Zealand’s busiest ports. In popular culture it is best known as the location for most of the exterior scenes in Peter Jackson’s 1996 horror movie The Frighteners. It is also a town surrounded by many historic buildings, many of which have been turned into bars.

Aldous Harding’s music has been the best thing that has ever happened to these bars, where wayfaring loners shuffle in at the wrong times of day. She has been the saviour of those falling in home-cooked opium furrows. She has kept sailors in check with cheek and a strong-songed tongue.

And now she will be all yours for an album-length period of time, and you may have your picnic and feast upon the music. So lucky one, close your eyes. Turn your nose towards river water. Twitch your ears as rabbits do. Settle in. Listen to this one closely.

‘This is folk music, simple and bleak, with Harding’s fragile coo reminiscent of retiring, 60s-era folk singers Vashti Bunyan and Linda Perhacs‘ – Who The Hell

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

Aldous and Jo will be playing this intimate acoustic show in Gullivers’ brand new Lounge – a tiny room at the rear of the pub.

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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 20 May 2015
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be welcoming back Ezra Furman, for a special intimate show at the Castle!

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Following the success of the single Restless Year, Ezra Furman has announced details of his new album, Perpetual Motion People, which will be released 6 July on Bella Union. The album delivers a cascade of memorably bristling hooks driven by a unique splicing of timeless influences with a restless urgency and combative spirit that shines through the American’s vocals and lyrics.

Having taken his time to work his way into the public consciousness, Furman’s moment is unquestionably now, as he finally faces an expectant audience hungry for the next stage of his thrilling approach, on record and on stage. Ezra’s next album is preceded by new single Lousy Connection.

In other news, some lucky Ezra fans won’t have to wait until the Autumn to see him live as he’s just announced three intimate UK shows next month, as well as festival appearances at Cloudspotting, Port Eliot and Standon Calling.

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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.

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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.

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 4 June 2015
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re excited to be bringing Joe Pug back to Manchester – this time, to Gullivers.

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If the opening notes on Joe Pug’s new LP Windfall are a bit disorienting, his fans won’t likely be surprised. The Austin, TX singer songwriter has made a habit of defying expectations so the piano-driven Bright Beginnings and the atmospheric rumination of Great Hosannas are just further indication that he’s quite comfortable stepping outside of the guy-with-a-guitar trappings of the genre.

His rise has been as improbable as it has been impressive. After dropping out of college and taking on work as a carpenter in Chicago, he got his musical start by providing CDs for his fans to pass along to their friends. This led to a string of sold out shows and a record deal with Nashville indie Lightning Rod Records (Jason Isbell, Billy Joe Shaver). As he toured behind Messenger (2010) and The Great Despiser (2012), it was with a band that looked as much like a jazz trio as an Americana band. The following years would have them on the road for over four hundred shows, including stops at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and The Newport Folk Festival.

The relentless grind of four years of nonstop touring had taken its toll though, and by late 2013 he was ready to call it quits. The tour that fall was a runaway success but his personal and creative lives were a different story. But studio time was already scheduled and deadlines had been set for a new record, so after a few weeks Pug was back to the business of writing songs. The resulting layoff paid dividends in spades. When Pug set up camp in Lexington, KY in 2014 to record, he did so with some of the best songs he has ever written. The agenda was much simpler than previous albums. The result is a collection of songs that are as close as we’ve gotten to a road map to Pug’s ambitions. He has collected plenty of the requisite Dylan comparisons over his young career but on this record it’s easier to hear the sway of more contemporary influences like Josh Ritter, Ryan Adams and M.Ward.

The theme of resilience plays a central role throughout Windfall. The weary protagonist in Veteran Fighter wills his way further down the highway despite the gloom that seems certain to overtake him. The Measure, a song inspired in part by Frederic Buechner’s novel Godric, marvels at ‘every inch of anguish, laid out side by side’ – but ultimately finds that ‘all we’ve lost is nothing to what we’ve found’. This duality appears perhaps most overtly in the album-closing stunner If Still It Can’t Be Found, which features Pat Sansone of Wilco guesting on mellotron.

As the saying goes, all’s well that ends well. Joe Pug didn’t call it quits after all. He’s engaged to be married and still drinks bourbon on occasion. His new album, Windfall, will be released 10 March on Lightning Rod Records in the US and Loose Music in Europe.

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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.

Tour support comes from Philadelphia duo Pinkwash. The band released a single, Cancer Money, last summer on Sister Polygon Records.

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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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 2 September 2015
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

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

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Hailed by NPR as ‘deft assemblers of a sound that traverses decades and styles with humble grace’, New Orleans band The Deslondes mine from the rich history of American music to craft their compelling and wholly unique eponymous debut album, due 9 June on New West Records. Co-produced by the band and in-demand producer Andrija Tokic (Benjamin Booker, Alabama Shakes) at his Nashville studio, the songs are influenced by classic soul, rock & roll, R&B, folk, roots, country, swamp-boogie, honky-tonk and pre-war music, and introduce a collective of gifted singer-songwriters with a deep love for the past and a palpable passion for the present.

‘They manage to resurrect a lost sound,’ exclaimed Rolling Stone in their 20 Reasons To Love This Year preview, adding, ‘Stax and Sun records are distinct touch points, as are upright-bass-driven melodies, while giving it a modern, vibrant swing, building on the foundations of old-time traditions without sounding like they’re stepping out of a time machine.’

The Deslondes endeavour to carry on the travelling troubadour tradition of their heroes Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley and John Prine. Comprised of the five songwriters – Sam Doores (vocals/guitar), Riley Downing (vocals/guitar), Dan Cutler (vocals/bass), John James Tourville (vocals/pedal steel/fiddle) and Cameron Snyder (vocals/percussion) – each musician contributes writing and arrangements, with different members taking the lead at different times. The band’s musical production and vocal arrangements are inspired by the rhythmic, high energy, and harmony-driven sounds of their other heroes, The Band and Allen Toussaint.

The Deslondes grew out of The Tumbleweeds, a project that Doores, Downing and Cutler began in 2010. Doores and Cutler were also core members of Hurray for the Riff Raff and performed on last year’s breakout album, Small Town Heroes, before leaving the band to focus on The Deslondes. Like the traveling troubadours they fashion themselves after, they have toured the country extensively and have supported the Alabama Shakes, Old Crow Medicine Show, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Lumineers, John Fullbright, Michael Kiwanuka and Spirit Family Reunion.

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