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Upcoming shows: Peter Broderick... Deerhoof... The Wave Pictures... Ryley Walker... The Deslondes... Vinny Peculiar... Haiku Salut... Houndstooth... Jessica Pratt... Stephen Steinbrink + Julie Byrne... Great Lake Swimmers... The Weather Station... Walter Lure... Gwenno + H. Hawkline... Tom Brosseau + Jo Rose... Sweet Baboo... Pinkshinyultrablast... Dengue Fever... Lady Lamb... Treetop Flyers... Born Ruffians... Rozi Plain... Simone Felice... Euros Childs... Vetiver... La Luz... Left Lane Cruiser... Liam Frost... SLUG... Ultimate Painting... Jenny Hval... Joe Pug... The Lovely Eggs... Ezra Furman... Beans on Toast... The Burning Hell...

When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 18 August 2015
Where: International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY

We’re delighted to be bringing Peter Broderick back to Manchester – this time performing solo.

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Colours Of The Night, Peter Broderick’s first full-length for Bella Union in three years, had a rather odd conception to say the least. The American-born multi-instrumentalist and songwriter went along for the ride when invited for a so-called ‘recording residency’ in the small town of Lucerne, Switzerland.

Through several memorable concert evenings in the town on various tours, he developed a friendship with some of the locals, who eventually got the idea of inviting Broderick to be a guest of the city for three weeks while recording an album with a backing band of local musicians. All of which was to take place in the studio of Timo Keller, a local producer and engineer known primarily for his involvement in the Swiss hip-hop scene.

Rewind a few years, back to 2012, which saw the release of Broderick’s last album for Bella Union, the ambitious http://www.itstartshear.com, recorded over the course of three years by Berlin’s producer/pianist extraordinaire Nils Frahm. After spending all that time in the studio, working and reworking to the point of exhaustion, Broderick struggled with the idea of recreating the album on stage, and eventually cancelled all tour plans, ending up in the hospital with a stress-born illness. Struggling to stay healthy and lacking the energy to carry on, Broderick returned to his his native Oregon, where he took a much-needed break and slowly started rebuilding his approach toward music and life in general.

At this time of respite came the offer from Lucerne. Having always taken pride in playing all of the instruments himself, without anything in the way of a proper rhythm section, Broderick found the idea of working with a backing band intriguing and refreshing. And refreshing it proved! ‘I arrived with a pile of songs and just sort of watched as they got carried through the filter of this group of musicians who were coming from an entirely different place,’ says Broderick. ‘It was exciting to let go a little bit, to simplify and consolidate my own role in the music.’

Recording all the basic tracks as a live band, they quickly found a groove and lilt that carries throughout the variety of song styles. From the Afro-tinged title track and playful One Way, to the doo-wop swing of The Reconnection and rather unclassifiable analogue/digital blend of tracks like Red Earth and On Time, Peter Broderick’s latest outing sees the well-versed musician truly embracing his surroundings, however foreign they may be, and allowing himself the freedom to be transformed by those surroundings and elevated to new heights in creative expression.

Tour support comes from Portland’s PWRHAUS.

This show takes place at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, a charity that encourages and supports public and scholarly interest in all aspects of the life and work of Anthony Burgess, the late novelist (best known for A Clockwork Orange), poet, playwright, composer, linguist, translator and critic. The foundation, situated just off Oxford Road, features a fully licensed cafe-bar and an engine room, which will host this concert.

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

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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.

Main support comes from Leeds’ Cowtown who play ‘variant mutant pop’.

And opening the show is Japan’s Ichi, who takes the notion of a one-man band to new limits, combining his quirky handmade instrument inventions with steel drum, ping pong balls, toys, tape loops, xylophone, double bass and trumpet, all in the space of one short set.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from the bar, Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Billetto.co.ukWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Friday 28 August and Saturday 29 August 2015
Where: The Eagle Inn, 19 Collier Street, Salford, M3 7DW

PLEASE NOTE: The Friday show has already sold out – so we’ve added an extra date on the Saturday!

We’re delighted to be promoting two intimate shows with the Wave Pictures!

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Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon is the new album from English national treasures the Wave Pictures, released on Moshi Moshi in February 2015. The album was co-written and produced by one of their all-time heroes, Billy Childish, and every note tingles with excitement at the collaboration. Bursting with energy and ignited with a garage-rock spark, the album rings loud and bold, showcasing Dave Tattersall’s searing guitar solos and sharp lyrical wit. Tattersall describes the experience of working with Billy Childish like this:

‘We first met Billy in his painting studio in Chatham. It’s daunting to meet your heroes, but he was great – just chatting away in his overalls and beret. Everything from that point on seemed so easy and so exciting. Billy is inspired. He knows exactly what he’s doing.’

The Wave Pictures trio – Jonny Helm, Dave Tattersall and Franic Rozycki – love a good collaboration and over the years have worked as backing band to musicians such as Daniel Johnston, Stanley Brinks and Darren Hayman. Having formed when Dave and Franic were teenagers in 1998, they have always been incredibly prolific, with Dave writing so many songs that the band have made at least one album every year since they moved to London in 2006. Their varied discography captures a range of styles and influences, from garage rock to afro-pop to country punk, all recorded live with few overdubs. They never use keyboards or guitar effects pedals yet they have all they need to create the perfect rock and roll record.

Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon really lays its influences bare. Those who might not usually look past Tattersall’s distinctive vocal stylings might miss hearing touches of The Who in the title track or The Troggs in All The Birds Lined Up Dot Dot Dot. Tattersall swears that the song I Could Hear The Telephone (3 Floors Above Me) is ‘The Wave Pictures in a nutshell: The Modern Lovers with Rory Gallagher on lead guitar’. It was while recording the song Frogs Sing Loudly In The Ditches that Billy commented that the band sounded like ‘a weird Cream‘ and proceeded to put the heaviest, bassiest feedback under it. He also suggested doing two Creedence Clearwater Revival songs back-to-back, as Dave reminisces: ‘He said “that way people will know you’ve really got an issue!” and burst out laughing.’

Billy Childish helped to bring out a different side to The Wave Pictures and inject a renewed enthusiasm to the recording process. Tattersall said that he ‘was a joy to work with and we love the record. It was the most fun we’ve ever had making a record and to us it’s the most exciting sounding thing we’ve ever done.’

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.

PLEASE NOTE: The Friday show has already sold out – so we’ve added an extra date on the Saturday!

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 29 August 2015
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be welcoming back Ryley Walker, following his upgraded, sold-out show at Gullivers.

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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 was released 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

Support comes from Manchester’s own Nev Cottee, who has recently released his new album, Strange News From The Sun.

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

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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.

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

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

We’re delighted to be working with Vinny Peculiar once again!

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Uncut magazine described Salford based singer songwriter and poet Vinny Peculiar (aka Alan Wilkes) as ‘the Tony Hancock of Pop’ upon the release of his 2002 album Ironing the Soul. Since this inspired debut, he’s put out ten albums of ‘alternative pop’ music to considerable critical acclaim.

He has worked with an impressive list of collaborators includes Bill Drummond (KLF), Luke Haines (The Auteurs), Jah Wobble (PIL) – and his various bands have included ex-members of The Smiths, Oasis, Aztec Camera and The Fall. Vinny is also one half of Parlour Flames, the collaboration with ex-Oasis rhythm guitarist Bonehead.

Vinny has played European and US tour dates opening for the likes of Nils Lofgren, British Sea Power, Edwyn Collins and Luke Haines, and he’s a former compere on the Glastonbury Acoustic Stage. New album – his 12th – Down The Bright Steam was released in March 2015:

‘Peculiar songs are hyper literate, confessional and often very funny. He can make you laugh and cry at the same time, a rare and precious gift’ – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

‘The missing link between Jarvis Cocker and poet Roger McGough and some of the wittiest lyrics this side of Wreckless Eric’ – Irish Times

‘Autobiographical fragments brightened by adoration of Bowie, punk and ‘Alice Cooper on TOTP’ – Classic Rock

Main support comes from Liverpool’s Reid Anderson. A singer-songwriter from the North West coast of England, he delivers dark mesmerising sweeping sounds: lyrical vessels reminiscent of sea-shanties, traveller’s songs and folk myth.

Opening the show is Tony Walsh. Also known as Longfella, Walsh is ‘one of the UK’s most renowned perfomance poets’. The official Poet in Residence for Glastonbury Festival in 2011, his poetry has featured on BBC1, BBC2, Sky, XFM, BBC Radio 2, Radio 4, 5Live and on 6 Music’s An Audience With The Clash programme.

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

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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 8 September 2015
Where: Hallé St Peter’s, 40 Blossom Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6BF

We’re delighted to present Haiku Salut, performing their ‘lamp show’ in one of Manchester’s hidden gems.

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Haiku Salut are an instrumental trio from the Derbyshire Dales who describe themselves as a ‘Baroque-Pop-Folktronic-Neo-Classical-Something-Or-Other’.

Influenced by the evocative film soundtracks of Yann Tiersen and Benoît Charest, the genre-melting electronica of Ametsub and early Múm, and the impressionistic writing of Haruki Murakami, the band’s debut album Tricolore came out last year, to critical acclaim. The album was awarded four stars by the Guardian, Uncut, Drowned In Sound, Artrocker, MOJO and many more – and songs from the record were played on BBC 6 Music by Jarvis Cocker, Tom Ravenscroft and Gideon Coe.

After the release of Tricolore, the trio of Gemma, Louise and Sophie toured the UK and France, and won the Green Man Rising competition, going on to give a magical, coming-of-age performance on the Mountain Stage at the Green Man Festival. Writing about the band after the final of the Green Man Rising contest, MOJO and Clash were full of praise for the band. ‘They mesmerised the crowd into silence with their intoxicating blend of delicate electronic textures and collision of curious instruments’, noted MOJO, while Clash said: ‘Haiku Salut’s elegant weaving of minimalist electro tones around warm, somewhat folk-like arrangements – continental of feel, but very British of build – possesses that impossible-to-define X factor.’

Etch and Etch Deep is their new album, released on 31 July. The new album sees the Derbyshire trio melt their folk, classical and electronic influences to create a sound that’s both inventive and inquisitive, at times more boldly pop, at others startlingly impressionistic. The opening track on the album, Bleak And Beautiful (All Things) was called ‘uniquely stunning’ by The Line Of Best Fit, who added: ‘This tune merges worlds and genres with callous disregard for adhering to the norm. We see techno and minimalist beats coalesce with trad folk melodies; pastoral pop pirouette with carnival-noir accordions, tinkling glocks and ambient synths. It’s instrumental post-folk that isn’t afraid to tear up the rulebook and begin fresh,’ while the album itself was hailed as a ‘vividly coloured sonic canvas’ by Popmatters.

This is a rare ‘lamp show’ performance which features an orchestra of charity shop lamps which are programmed to flash, flicker and dance in time to the music.

Hallé St Peter’s, located on Blossom Street in Ancoats, is a Grade II-listed, deconsecrated church, which was built in 1859. Having stood empty for decades, it was recently restored to provide rehearsal and recording space for the Hallé orchestra.

Age restriction: 14+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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

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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 8 September 2015
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with Portland’s Houndstooth for the first time.

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Houndstooth are an American rock and roll band from Portland, Oregon. They draw from familiar wells – including 1950s and 1960s rock classics, Link Wray, the old American country song, and Brit-folk – all the while making new music from this infinite palette of inspiration.

Katie Bernstein and John Gnorski started writing together in 2010, adding more words and chords over time. The band is now a four-piece workhorse (with Graeme Gibson on drums and Cari Palazzolo on bass) with a brand new LP No News From Home out in March of 2015 on New York label No Quarter. The new songs range from a Velvets-style churner with James Baldwin references (Witching Hour) to a shimmering tremoloed-out tale of unrequited love revolving around a postcard (the album’s title track).

Houndstooth take things song by song, and all the music they’ve absorbed comes out in surprising ways that remain mysterious even to them. One minute they might strike you as a kraut-rock band with a country lead guitar player and the next more like a mournful surf quartet. Their music is easy to approach but it’s no quick read – you can visit the records over and over and find a new idea every time.

‘There’s a subdued swing in the rhythm section and scrappy drama in the guitars, as the song builds fluidly into an epic jam that’s part Can, part Byrds. No News from Home has a determined cohesion, sequenced to evoke the choppy rhythms of the road’ – Pitchfork

‘They mix up Southern rock, psychedelic rck ‘n’ roll and indie pop for a collection that sounds from a time long gone. This album that demands your attention and repeated listens’ – Rough Trade

Support comes from Butcher The Bar. Butcher The Bar are five young(ish) men playing – sometimes jangly sometimes fuzzy – power pop. They do this in Manchester. They share a love for, among other things, Teenage Fanclub, Elliott Smith, Flying Nun Records and Yo La Tengo. Once the solo project of Joel Nicholson, Butcher The Bar has long outgrown its beginnings in his Rotherham bedroom, and the band are now adding the finishing touches to the third album – the first to capture this bunch on record. 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.

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

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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 9 September 2015
Where: The Brudenell Social Club, 33 Queen’s Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 1NY

We’re excited to be promoting Jessica Pratt’s upcoming Leeds show.

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In a matter of months since Jessica Pratt released her Drag City debut, On Your Own Love Again, the world has caught on to, and is decidedly enamoured by, the inimitable songs and sounds this guitar-playing and singing songbird has created.

On Your Own Love Again is an enchanting and involving listen – arresting from first strum and demanding of repeated listens. And with the audience demand-o-meter banging in the red following a most successful spring European tour, we’re pleased to announce that Pratt is coming back, baby!

If the equilibrium brought on by the forthcoming summer solstice isn’t enough to centre your mind and body, all those in the UK and Scandinavia can rest even easier knowing that Jessica’s beguiling voice and harmonious guitar pleasantry will be visited upon them once again, beginning at the end of August and into September!

‘A timeless, deep wonder… the melodic charms are epic, the lyrical insights about romantic disappointment universal. It’s like finding a lost masterpiece, but carved from today’s margins’ – Q Magazine

‘Folksy songs that – tape hiss an all – are marginally out of time. They sit neatly alongside Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, Nico’s Chelsea Girl and Angel Olsen; ethereally beautiful with a dark undercurrent… but no one sounds quite like this’ – the Guardian

This show is a co-promotion with Please Please You and the Brudenell.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are also available from the Brudenell bar, Crash RecordsJumbo Records and on 0871 220 0260.


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

We’re excited to be promoting a great double-bill featuring Stephen Steinbrink and Julie Byrne

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Two of America’s great young wanderers, Stephen Steinbrink and Julie Byrne, will fly the Atlantic this September and embark on a co-headline tour around the UK, following appearances at the End Of The Road festival.

Stephen Steinbrink is a 27-year-old songwriter and recording engineer born and raised in the arid desert of Arizona and currently floating around the western USA, dividing his time between the green spaces around Olympia, Washington and the concrete flats of Oakland, California. Having spent the better part of a decade touring North America and Europe in buses, vans, and trains, his wanderlust travels shaped his stunning breakthrough album Arranged Waves, released last year on Melodic (Malcolm Middleton, Dark Dark Dark). Truly engaged with the unintelligible and absurd, Steinbrink is more cultural observer than 21st Century busker with his intelligently cool left-of-centre approach to a sincere melody, using pop tropes to convey something deeper. At the same time, it’s his lyrics that mark Steinbrink out as a true punk troubadour trying to how to figure out how to be a person in the world.

Julie Byrne has counted Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Northampton, Massachusetts, Chicago, Illinois, Seattle, New Orleans and New York as her home in recent years and spent the majority of the last two years on the road. It’s these travels and new places that inspire and influence her most, giving us a glimpse inside her own quietly mystical world and her unique slant on the one the rest of us happen to inhabit. Her debut long player Rooms With Walls and Windows, released last year on Orindal (Advance Base, Casiotone For The Painfully Alone), is a true modern-day word of mouth success and was voted number 7 in Mojo’s best albums of the year and Huffington Post called it ‘2014’s Great American Album’. It’s a stunning set of front porch psych-folk that unknowingly recalled the greats – Vasthi Bunyan, Linda Perhacs, Karen Dalton – but very much for our time. For all her otherworldliness, there is a realism too to Byrne, she is street smart and more punk in spirit than searching for the hippie ideal.

Local support comes from I Am Your Autopilot, who blend analogue synth oscillations, choral vocals, orchestral textures, and chiming guitars. A truly eclectic sound, ranging from pure electronica to orchestral psychedelia, from psych-folk to dirty pop, I Am Your Autopilot have released two albums: Robots in the Orchestra (2009) and The Stillness of the Sea (2013).

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, Billetto.co.ukWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Monday 14 September 2015
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re delighted to be welcoming back Great Lake Swimmers – their first Manchester show in over three years.

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A Forest Of Arms is the sixth album from Tony Dekker’s Great Lake Swimmers and the follow up to 2012’s New Wild Everywhere. With a surging rhythm section, razor sharp violin, banjo and guitars and flourishing, Dekker and band mates have pushed their sound significantly, creating some of their most dynamic songs ever recorded.

Those familiar with the decade-long output or Great Lake Swimmers will recognise the thematic threads of beauty in the natural world, environmental issues and explorations or close personal ties that hold us together. The familiar versus the strange theme is ook running through this record, both in the instrumentation and in the songwriting.

A Forest Of Arms was recorded in several at locations over the span of several at months, covering extensiveness new territory while remaining true to the group’s refined sound. One of the unique and unusual locations was Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves in Tyendinaga, Ontario, where a number of the vocal and acoustic guitar tracks-including the main parts for Do not Leave Me Hanging, The Great Bear and With Every Departure were recorded amid haunting acoustics, stalactites and circling bats.

The violins were recorded at the Heliconian Club of Toronto, while the bass and drum tracks were largely recorded at the Chalet Studio just outside of Toronto, a unique chalet-style recording space located on 40 acres of rolling hills and trails, in proximity to the shores of Lake Ontario. The pastoral and elemental nature of these spaces surfaces throughout the album.

The title, A Forest Of Arms, is taken from album track The Great Bear, a song inspired by a trip Dekker firing to the northern rain forests of British Columbia in September 2013 with the World Wildlife Fund. It’s a pristine wilderness area that’s under threat of being compromised by the construction of a pipeline, and Dekker and the group have been very vocal in their opposition to it. In a broader sense, the title is a reference to the sense of community surrounding the Toronto-based band, as well as the band’s own growing families exhibited in the songs Something Like A Storm and Expecting You.

Great Lake Swimmers consists of Tony Dekker on lead vocals and guitar, longtime guitarist and banjo player Erik Arnesen, Miranda Mulholland on violin and backing vocals, Bret Higgins on upright bass and newcomer Joshua Van Tassel on drums. There are several at special guest appearances on the album by Kevin Kane (Grapes of Wrath) on 12-string electric guitar, as well as backing vocals on the song A Bird Flew Inside The House.

Recorded and engineered by Their longtime live sound technician Justin Shane Nace, and mixed by the wonderfully talented Howie Beck (Feist), A Forest Of Arms marks Dekker’s 8th release of new material. In 2013, he released the solo album Prayer of the Woods, and in 2014, he released a tribute album for the artist-loving digital music distribution site Zunior on the occasion of its tenth year anniversary, Tony Dekker Sings Entitled 10 Years Of Zunior. Last year saw their debut headlining performance at Toronto’s historic Massey Hall, which was documented for the Live At Massey Hall series. The band participated in the Polaris cover sessions with their version of Sarah Harmer’s I’m A Mountain.

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

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When: 7.30pm on Friday 18 September 2015
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with The Weather Station for the first time.

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The Weather Station is the project of Canadian songwriter Tamara Lindeman; folk music based in classic elements of songcraft – melody, tension, meaning. On the acclaimed All Of It Was Mine, and follow-up What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know – both for You’ve Changed Records – Lindeman established herself as a songwriter’s songwriter, earning accolades for her delicate, carefully worded verse, filled with double meanings, complex metaphors and rich details of the everyday.

Her much-anticipated third album, entitled Loyalty, is due out in spring. Recorded at La Frette, a legendary studio just outside of Paris, France, the record retains the humble immediacy of Lindeman’s previous record, All Of It Was Mine, while adding a high fidelity sheen, a clarity, a new confidence. Produced by Robbie Lackritz (Feist), the record is a collaboration between Lindeman and Afie Jurvanen, also known as Bahamas. The record is set for worldwide release in May on Outside Music (Canada) and Paradise Of Bachelors (US/Europe).

The Weather Station has toured North America with acts like Bahamas, Basia Bulat and Timber Timbre; recently, she toured Japan. She is also in demand as collaborator, appearing on new records by Doug Paisley (No Quarter), Field Report (Partisan), Daniel Romano (New West/You’ve Changed), and Siskiyou (Constellation) among others. A co-write with Steven Lambke (The Constantines) garnered a 2013 SOCAN songwriting award nomination, and her work has drawn accolades from Pitchfork, The Globe and Mail, Exclaim, The Toronto Star and many more.

‘Plain but elegant, simple but intricate… her songs feel very much like attempts to understand and appreciate the world in spite of its bitter ills; like the most basic forms of folk music, a term Lindeman readily embraces, they come with intent and aim’ – Pitchfork

This show is a co-promotion with Now Wave.

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 19 September 2015
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be working with Walter Lure – New York punk legend and ex co-frontman of Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers.

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One of the original members of Johnny Thunders’ Heartbreakers, Walter Lure maintained a fairly consistent career in the face of working with some rather tumultuous characters. After the ‘official’ breakup of The Heartbreakers in 1977 – the band would continue to play the occasional gig right up until Johnny Thunders’ death in 1991 – Lure worked with The Ramones on their LPs Subterranean Jungle and Too Tough to Die, released a single with The Blessed, and started a number of bands, including The Hurricanes, The Heroes and The Waldos, who released their debut, Rent Party, in 1995. Lure continued to play New York City venues with The Waldos well into the 21st Century.

With the passing of bassist Billy Rath last year, Walter Lure is now the last man standing from the classic line-up of The Heartbreakers – not that arena band from Florida, but rather, the real ones that Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan formed to keep the rock and roll party going after the wheels came off the New York Dolls’ apple cart. (And sure, original Heartbreakers bassist-vocalist Richard Hell is still around, but does he really count, in this context?)

The Heartbreakers took their Lower Manhattan guttersnipe attitude to the UK, where they rubbed shoulders with The Sex Pistols and The Clash on the ill-fated Anarchy Tour, and cut a representative (if over-tweaked) slab of first-generation punkitude, L.A.M.F., that could have made them contenders … if only. (The record label folding didn’t help.)

Nevertheless, to this day, for fans from Stockholm to Sydney, the Heartbreakers’ sound remains emblematic of first-generation New York punk, and Thunders’ legend in particular looms large. Repackages of their meager discography abound. (For my money, the best way to hear them on disc remains the Nolan-less Live at Max’s Kansas City, as much for Thunders and Lure’s smartass repartee as for the tunes.) A crowd-funded documentary, Looking for Johnny: The Legend of Johnny Thunders, was released last year.

Mr Lure was drafted into the original Heartbreakers line-up after some less-than-snazz gigs as a three-piece, but rapidly became their secret weapon. He promoted himself from singing one song in the Hell era to writing and singing half of the setlist. His ebullient bark was a worthy foil for Johnny’s nasal wiseguyisms, while his guitar work was both solid and fundamental enough for him to get tapped to provide uncredited (although remunerated) session assistance on three latter-day Ramones albums.

Even after taking a gig as a stockbroker, Mr Lure continued to run with a fast crowd that took their rock and roll lifestyle seriously – so seriously, in fact, that he’s buried more bandmates from his follow-up outfit, the Waldos, than he has from the Heartbreakers. The Waldos didn’t record until 1994, but some folks will tell you that their Andy Shernoff (The Dictators)-produced album Rent Party, which Jungle has just re-released, was the sequel to L.A.M.F. that the Heartbreakers never got a chance to cut.

More recently Walter was the special guest for The Jim Jones Revue’s swan song show at a sold out Forum last year. Walter blew the roof off with his UK band – made up of members of Birmingham’s Gunfire Dance, who will also join him in September.

This show is a co-promotion with Wotgodforgot.

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When: 7.30pm on Sunday 20 September 2015
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be promoting the Manchester leg of Gwenno and H. Hawkline’s joint tour!

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Gwenno Saunders is a sound artist, DJ, radio presenter and singer from Cardiff. She released her Ymbelydredd EP in 2012 to critical acclaim, and more recently released Chwyldro and Golau Arall – a series of singles leading up to her debut album Y Dydd Olaf (The Last Day), which was released in October 2014.

From 2005 until 2010 Gwenno was a writer and performer as a member of Brighton-based conceptual pop band The Pipettes and more recently, toured as a synth player with Australian duo Pnau (Empire Of The Sun) and Elton John. She is a native Welsh and Cornish speaker – and it’s this along with co-producing and co-hosting Welsh language show Cam o’r Tywyllwch (A Step Away From The Darkness) with Peski for Radio Cardiff and more recently, Resonance FM, that has led her to create music that translates her internationalist influences into layered, home-fi keyboard sounds wrapped in echoed vocals and musique concrete-inspired beats.

In The Pink Of ConditionH. Hawkline’s first record for the irrepressibly brilliant Heavenly Recordings – is a transportational record. Through twelve tracks, it folds the space between a pinched grey seaside town in North Wales and the bleached-out wide-open spaces of the City of Angels. In doing so, it creates a glorious hybrid environment – one where a rundown, rough and tumble branch of Pontins could occupy the space once reserved for the Disney castle and where ‘spooky dogs’ wait for you around corners, their ‘two eyes set in a lick of fog’.

Shot through with the blues, the reds and the golds, the greens and the wispy white clouds that hang lazy over the rolling Pacific, In The Pink Of Condition truly marks Huw Hawkline’s arrival. His first album proper for Heavenly Recordings, it blossoms with all the charm, beauty, wit and wonder that’s been hinted at over the last few years across the artist’s limited run releases, singles and EPs and adds a brilliantly clear-eyed focus.

This is a co-promotion with Wotgodforgot.

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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 22 September 2015
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be working with Tom Brosseau for the first time – plus special guest Jo Rose!

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Perfect Abandon is Tom Brosseau’s new album. John Parish (PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse, Peggy Sue) produced Perfect Abandon in Bristol, England. Ali Chant recorded Tom and the band – David Butler on two-piece drum kit, Joe Carvell on double bass and Ben Reynolds on Stratocaster guitar – on a wooden theatre stage, using only a single mic.

Tom Brosseau, North Dakota-born, LA-based songwriter and singer, learned acoustic guitar from his grandmother. He has toured Japan, Canada, Portugal, Iceland and Australia; performed in bars, backyards, grand halls, subways, theatres, old folks homes; exchanged songs and poetry with many talented folks, including Susan Orlean, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Patrick Marber and the late Sam Hinton.

Since 2010, Brosseau has performed with Becky Stark and John C. Reilly in John Reilly & Friends, summoning the close harmonies and soul of earlier American music.

‘North Dakota troubadour brings stark, trembling beauty to folky acoustic pop. The world is better for it’ – Mojo

‘No artist possesses the same peculiar qualities as Brosseau…. The power of his performing persona is so strong that he can pervade the whole room with his subjective existence, making time-warped acolytes out of his audience’ – BBC

Joining him is Hey! Manchester favourite Jo Rose, who self-released his excellent debut album, Spurs, last year.

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 26 September 2015
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re delighted to be promoting Sweet Baboo’s biggest Manchester show yet – at the Deaf Institute!

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Halfway through Sweet Baboo’s fifth album comes I Just Want To Be Good, in which the North Wales singer appears to describe himself in glowing terms. ‘I’m a lovely little man,’ sings Stephen Black who, as Sweet Baboo, has written and performed songs of sweet sentiment and charming melody since 2003 but never with such accomplishment as on The Boombox Ballads. Black isn’t celebrating his own loveliness, however. I Just Want To Be Good is by fellow Welsh singer Cate Le Bon, a close friend for whom Black plays bass, and she wrote the song about him. It’s the only cover on an album of otherwise personal love songs that combine kitchen sink detail with universal appeal, and it shows a new side to Sweet Baboo: as the Harry Nilsson of Snowdonia, a gifted songwriter not above lending his dulcet tones to the words of others.

By his own admission, The Boombox Ballads is Sweet Baboo’s naked attempt to emulate his heroes, Harry Nilsson and Dennis Wilson among them. But being a 33-year-old father of one from Trefriw, on the edge of Snowdonia, rather than a drug-addled lunatic from Los Angeles, on the edge of sanity, it is driven by his characters, not those of his heroes. Rich with string-laden arrangements, with lyrics culled from personal experience and resonating with domesticity but imagination and wit too, The Boombox Ballads is Sweet Baboo’s sophisticated pop album: celebratory, a little melancholic, free of cynicism.

You Got Me Time Keeping is Black’s attempt to write a song like Scott Walker’s The Electrician, although Walker’s mordant personality and Black’s essentially sunny one meant that it was never going to come out as he hoped and it’s all the better for it. ‘I really did try to rip off the middle section to The Electrician,’ says Black, seemingly unconcerned about a Blurred Lines-style million-dollar legal case coming his way.

With The Boombox Ballads, Sweet Baboo wanted to explore more what it was to be a singer as opposed to a ‘singer-songwriter’, a term that to him at least seems to have picked up negative connotations. Black worked with an arranger, Paul Jones, for the first time, with Jones helping him paint the most vivid accompaniments possible. This process leaves Sweet Baboo with nothing but his voice to guide him to the emotional centre of the song.

All of this fed into a simple but ambitious goal: to make the perfect album. Originally, Black wanted to make The Boombox Ballads on his own, but then reality set in. Recorded in a Cardiff studio with producer Charlie Francis, and a whole host of musicians including: Avvon Chambers and Daniel Ward on drums; Rob Jones and Huw Evans on bass; a string quartet; arranger Paul Jones; guest singers Zervas & Pepper on Got To Hang Onto You; and Laura Byron of Tender Prey on You Got Me Time Keeping, the result is a vibrant, endearing pop classic.

The Boombox Ballads follows Black’s Motorhome Songs EP, his 2013’s acclaimed Ships and 2010’s I’m A Dancer / Songs About Sleeping – both nominated for the Welsh Music Prize.

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

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When: 8pm on Tuesday 29 September 2015
Where: Night & Day Cafe, 26 Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JN

We’re delighted to be bringing back Pinkshinyultrablast – one of the highlights of this year’s Sounds From The Other City!

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Hot on the heels of their acclaimed album Everything Else Matters, Pinkshinyultrablast, a five-piece band from Saint Petersburg in Russia, are set to release a new single Kiddy Pool Dreams on 2 October via Club AC30.

The band take their name from an Astrobrite album, an act who were, according to the band, instrumental in how they ‘researched spaces between ambient, heavy guitar and pop music’. The spaces are what stand out: the production creates a dream-like affair, while space to breathe and reflect on the beauty of the music is accommodated. There is sparseness to the album that in turn gives spaciousness, even expansiveness.

Kiddie Pool Dreams is indicative of a forthcoming album full of even more melodic gems and shimmering shoegaze – euphoric with spectral guitars, its sharp edged pop has a radiant charm.

Pinkshinyultrablast are Igor (bass), Lyubov (vocals), Sergey (drums), Rustam (synths and electronics) and Roman (guitars).

‘A quiet riot of ethereal vocals and lustrous guitars. Pinkshinyultrablast a valid insight into young modern Russia via the early-90s Thames Valley’ – the Guardian

This show is a co-promotion with Manchester Pysch Fest.

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 1 October 2015
Where: Band on the Wall, 26 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JZ

We’re delighted to be promoting Dengue Fever’s first visit to Manchester!

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Plunging headlong into their second decade as a band, Dengue Fever present a new album, The Deepest Lake, their fifth full-length of all-new material, at a critical juncture in the bands career. In 2013, after forming their own label Tuk Tuk Records, the band crossed over into a brave new world as both artist and record label owners. Today they find themselves able to wear two hats – as creative musicians with no boundaries as well as label owners who make their own decisions on where, when and how to fabricate their career.

The net result is the aforementioned The Deepest Lake, a record with more musical diversions than the Mekong River itself. Released in early 2015, the ten tracks on The Deepest Lake will satiate longtime fans as well as newcomers looking for something altogether different. Widely recognised for their trademark blend of 60s Cambodian pop and psychedelic rock, Dengue Fever’s latest release expands their musical palette to include Khmer rap, Latin grooves, Afro percussion, layered Stax-like horns and more.

From the keyboard and percussion heavy opening track, Tokay, lead singer Chhom Nimol’s unmistakable bird-like Khmer vocals lead the band on a evolutionary musical journey on The Deepest Lake. Be it the John Doe & Exene boy/girl vocals on Rom Say Sok that gets your indie grooves on or the six plus minute psychedelic jam on Cardboard Castles, it’s pretty evident that this is a band looking to take chances and not play it safe. By following their instincts on this record and letting many of the final tracks come out of extended jams when demoing the album, the band played to their musical strengths. No longer was there a need to ‘find’ a song, the songs on The Deepest Lake came to them.

The band’s newly established independence as both label owner and artist marks yet another chapter in the continual evolution of a group unlike many other bands in the Los Angeles music scene. It all began in 2002 when Dengue Fever formed and released their eponymous debut (2003). Packed chock full of ‘lost’ Khmer covers, the band paid homage to Khmer rock, a hybrid of Vietnam War era surf, psych and classic rock performed by Cambodian giants like Ros Sereysothea, Pan Ron and Sinn Sisamouth.

The band’s sophomore release, critically acclaimed sophomore follow-up, Escape from Dragon House (2005) found them writing and performing original material in earnest. Amazon.com named Dragon House the #1 international release for 2005, and Mojo magazine named it in their Top 10 World Music releases of 2006.

In 2008, their third release Venus on Earth became the band’s best selling album. It garnered praise from both critics and fans the world over. In fact, Venus on Earth found support from iconic musicians such as Peter Gabriel, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and Ray Davies who each made mention of the band in the press.

Dengue Fever’s fourth release, Cannibal Courtship (Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group), was released in April 2011 and found the band expanding beyond their usual comfort zone and experimenting with new sounds.

‘A danceable, delightfully mutated mix of American surf, garage-rock psychedelia and the emotive, snaky crooning of Khmer folk music‘ – LA Weekly

This show is a co-promotion with Band on the Wall.

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 1 October 2015
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be working with Lady Lamb for the first time!

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Lady Lamb (formerly Lady Lamb The Beekeeper) is the moniker of Maine-raised, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Aly Spaltro, a modern day pop-experimentalist, with an expressive versatile voice. In 2007, at age 17, she began writing and self-recording music in a video rental store, where she worked the closing shift. Since then she grew into a powerful lyricist and performer. While her songs are rooted in folk, Spaltro has a soulful pop sensibility and an imaginative sense for rich arrangements, producing a glowing, stand-out indie rock on her sophomore album, After.

‘I wanted to make an album that was still uninhibited and still me in every way,’ Spaltro said in a recent interview, ‘but I also wanted to challenge myself to be more direct, I wrote a lot of the first record when I was 18. I was so full of emotions that were battling each other, and the songs reflected that. But now I’m in a different place.’

Her 2013 debut album Ripely Pine (Ba Da Bing/BB*Island) had already caught some attention – especially in the US where she soon was invited to share stages with artists like Torres, Sharon Van Etten, Beirut – and just recently The Decemberists and Conor Oberst.

The Sunday Times picked Ripely Pine as its Album Of The Week and rated it as: ‘One of the most visceral break-up albums the genre has ever offered up…  a work whose honesty, uncompromising ambition and caution-to-the-wind recklessness leave you short of breath.’

Indeed it was marked by an undeniable passion and confidence, but where it sometimes lacked in personal narrative and directness is where After shines. The last line on After encompasses the self-assurance of the work as a whole, stating ‘I know where I come from’. This theme is a constant throughout After, as Spaltro seeks to allow the listener to move in closer than ever before, to reflect on the past with grace, and envision the future with fervour. Spaltro invites us to contemplate the dualities that make us human, encouraging the celebration of both fear and love: internally and externally, before and after.

These new works are sonically vibrant, with an assertive use of grit and brightness. Thematically, they provide direct insight into Spaltro’s rumination on mortality, family, friendships, and leaving home.

‘A collection of surrealist folk rock that grounds the dream-like imagery of her past work in the hard specifics of concrete events’ – Rolling Stone

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

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 3 October 2015
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be welcoming back Treetop Flyers – this time to Soup Kitchen.

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With their quintessential vintage West Coast sound, it’s fitting that Treetop Flyers laid down their outstanding country soul debut in the canyons of Southern California. Though based in London, the British five-piece – Reid Morrison (vocals/guitars), Sam Beer (guitar/vocals), Laurie Sherman (guitar), Mathew Starritt (bass/vocals) and the band’s lone American Tomer Danan (drums/vocals) – swapped urban England for the picturesque beaches and rolling hills of Malibu in order to record the classic-sounding The Mountain Moves.

‘Our music makes sense there,’ explains Sam. Yet The Mountain Moves hits home far beyond the reaches of Los Angeles. A record of hope, honesty and huge choruses, its universally reaching songs are strewn with sunshine-infused four-part harmonies, propelled by an irrefutable open-highway groove. Paying their dues to everyone from The Band and Neil Young by way of Little Feat and Fleetwood Mac, there are also gracious nods towards the more contemporary likes of My Morning Jacket, The Coral and Jonathan Wilson wrapped up in these 11 time-travelling tracks.

Sonically, The Mountain Moves might be easy-going, but the process behind it wasn’t quite so smooth. Heading to California after a successful stint of shows at SxSW in March 2012, a hurricane alert and a harrowing airplane ride meant the band ended up stranded on the outskirts of Denver. When they finally arrived in LA, producer Noah Georgeson (Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Bert Jansch) hadn’t quite finished work on Banhart’s latest album, meaning Treetop Flyers had two weeks to kill.

They spent their fortnight of freedom roadtripping to Joshua Tree, making a Gram Parsons pilgrimage to Cap Rock and also stopping at Pappy and Harriets, a far-flung Mojave favourite of Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys. They rocked up to the legendary roadhouse’s famous open mic night in their best cowboy threads to play an uncommonly lengthy set.

The band eventually got to work at Zuma Sound, a brand new studio which had originally been built for Rick Rubin. When they arrived back home, a summer of high-profile festival slots awaited them. They played under Van Morrison at Green Man, and shared a stage with Bob Dylan for the second time at The Hop Farm, after opening up for him at London’s Feis in 2011.

‘Debut album The Mountain Moves is chock full of lush harmonies, warm arrangements and billowing acoustic guitars as fresh as a breeze looming in from San Francisco harbour’ – Clash

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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 6 October 2015
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with Canada’s Born Ruffians for the first time.

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NORAM 2010s. Semantic satiation over words like punk and rock. Distracted conversations loop in temples of commerce. Tracks are played on cracked iPhones, glossed through like pages of comics.

Luke Lalonde. Songs percolate in his erratic and preoccupied mind. Mitch Ruffian. Nutter wrestling fan relentlessly touring, hopscotching wifi. Steve Hamelin is courting death. Their bandmates Bad Andy & Adam H trafficked from Toronto sub scenes.

Years ago three kids holed up in their parents’ basement, loved Talking Heads, the Pixies, the Strokes, and made it. The founding members became good but stayed ruff. The scene is now disillusioned. Lalonde has been tinkering with the machinery of the universe. Seething with rage and ambition, he offers a succession of songs following the circuitous motion of tidal mood swings: optimism lurks menacingly in Stupid Dream and We Made It, whereas Don’t Live Up and Shade to Shade vibrate with radicalised ambivalence.

He performs with James Brown zeal; lightning hooks and staccato riffs. Mitch’s bass bubblegum and heavy. Bad Andy is Eno from Roxy Music. Hamelin and Adam H on drums. Recorded in Toronto by Jeff McMurrich and mixed by Rusty Santos in New York.

Born Ruffians. The record is RUFF – simultaneously a return to form and a departure from expectations. Songs of refutation, lamentations of forgotten past lives, and ecstatic self-erasures that say ‘eat shit, we did it!’ RUFF, as an idea, is everything – sound, message, band. If Birthmarks was polished and presentable, RUFF is the ugly innards that hide beneath.

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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 6 October 2015
Where: The Eagle Inn, 19 Collier Street, Salford, M3 7DW

We’re delighted to be welcoming back Rozi Plain – this time, to the Eagle Inn!

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Lost Map Records is proud to announce Rozi Plain’s exquisite third album Friend this summer. 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 Francois & 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 / Francois & 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

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.

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

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 8 October 2015
Where: St Michael’s, George Leigh Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 5DG

We’re delighted to be bringing Simone Felice back – this time, for our first ever show at St Michael’s!

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Simone Felice is a founding member of internationally acclaimed Catskill Mountain based artists The Felice Brothers, whose seminal self-titled album remains one of the most influential works of this century’s indie-folk revival.

In the spring of 2010 Simone underwent emergency open-heart surgery to halt the degenerative effects of a childhood fever. It was this dance with death – coupled with a need to tell his own story – which prompted him to walk the solo path.

His new live double album From The Violent Banks Of The Kaaterskill (featuring The Felice Brothers) will be released this summer on Mighty Hudson Records. This special anthology showcases selected works from a decade of writing, truly capturing Simone’s rare gift as a songsmith, poet and visionary.

Dylan and Leonard Cohen are brought to mind, such is the depth of emotion’ – BBC

‘There is a boldness to Simone’s writing, the fierceness and fearlessness of complete honesty that pushes into places that simply take the breath away… Some of his songs are so perfectly formed they sound like they might have been around forever’ – The Telegraph

This will be the first public concert in St Michael’s since its recent re-opening, having been closed since 2004. The Roman Catholic church was founded in 1859 and became the heart of the Little Italy Community in Ancoats.

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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 7 October 2015
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with Euros Childs again!

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Euros Childs is a solo artist hailing from Pembrokeshire, south Wales. Having fronted the band Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci from 1991 until their demise in 2004, Euros went solo and released his debut album Chops on the Wichita label in 2006, followed by a further 3 albums for the label: Bore Da, The Miracle Inn (both 2007) and Cheer Gone (2008).

Euros set up his own label National Elf in 2009 and to date has released six albums on the label, including Ends (2011), Summer Special (2012), Situation Comedy (2013) as well as the singles Spin That Girl Around, Tete a Tete and That’s Better. His new album Sweetheart is due out on 2 October, preceded by the single Fruit and Veg.

When asked by taxi drivers, hairdressers or distant relatives what kind of music he plays, Euros replies, ‘It’s pop music with a bit of folk music thrown in, sometimes synthesisers are used, sometimes pianos or guitars. But it’s always rock ‘n’ roll.’

Sweetheart was recorded by Iwan Morgan in Freshwater East, Pembrokeshire back in April and features Stuart Kidd (drums), Marco Rea (guitar), Rhydian Jones (bass) and Laura J Martin (flute).

To mark the album’s release, Euros will tour the UK with his full band, including this stop off at Gullivers.

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When: 8pm on Thursday 15 October 2015
Where: Night & Day Cafe, 26 Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JN

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

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With front man Andy Cabic having wrapped up a brief European tour of duo shows with Devendra BanhartVetiver are pleased to announce a lengthy run of European headline shows in September and October. These dates come in support of the band’s new release Complete Strangers, which Uncut calls ‘a laidback gem… unforced, liquid in its forward movement and refreshingly free of pretense or irony’.

Cabic says: ‘Vetiver is what I’ve been calling my songs and recordings since about 2003 or so. I live in San Francisco, have since 1998. My touring band and the musicians I’ve recorded with over the years are always changing, though many friends and players have stayed with me over albums and tours. The one constant has been Thom Monahan who has engineered and co-produced every Vetiver album. Thom lives in LA, where most of Complete Strangers was recorded.

‘The album came together slowly over demos at my home in San Francisco and quick trips to LA, continuing on with Thom at his studio. It moved in fits and starts for a couple years. Once we had the basic arrangements we jumped in the studio with Bart Davenport, Gabe Noel and Josh Adams for a few days to put down rhythm tracks. That’s when the album really took shape. Thom & I fleshed everything out with a few more musicians in San Francisco and LA, and eventually Complete Strangers arrived.

‘The songs on Complete Strangers bear some resemblance to the album’s title. They share things in common but come from different places, different times. Stranger Still is an anthem for insomniacs, illuminating the hours when the world exceeds our grasp. From Now On rings out some emotional tinnitus, the moment a night runs away from you, when freedoms turn into responsibilities. The album builds around dualities, the way people pair at parties. Current Carry percolates with the confidence of love, while Confiding reveals how vulnerable we are chasing love. Backwards Slowly and Edgar are vignettes of transition, more ebb than flow. As with many of Vetiver’s better moments, sunshine is only a chord away from melancholy. An introspective lyric underlies an extroverted chorus. Subtlety tries to be outgoing, loneliness familiar, in an effort to connect the dots of life’s ellipsis.

‘I’m still figuring the album out. It feels like someone I’ve just met yet known for a long time.’

‘Its once ­familiar sound that builds and expands, prompting you to realise that, somewhere along the way, you have maybe grown and discovered a little too’ – Vogue

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

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 17 October 2015
Where: The Eagle Inn, 19 Collier Street, Salford, M3 7DW

We’re excited to be working with La Luz once again!

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For most, a brush with death would be cause for retreat, reflection, and reluctance, but Seattle band La Luz found something different in it: resilience. Having survived a high-speed highway collision shortly after releasing their 2013 debut LP It’s Alive, La Luz, despite lasting trauma, returned to touring with a frequency and tirelessness that put their peers to shame. Over the past year-and-a-half of performing, the band arrived at a greater awareness of their music’s ability to whip eager crowds into a frenzy. In response, frontwoman Shana Cleveland’s guitar solos took on a more unhinged quality. The basslines (from newly installed member Lena Simon) became more lithe and elastic. Stage-dives and crowd-surfing grew to be as indelible a part of the La Luz live experience as their onstage doo-wop-indebted dance moves.

When it came time to record Weirdo Shrine, their second album – due out 7 August – the goal was to capture the band’s restless live energy and commit it to tape. In early 2015, Cleveland and co. adjourned to a surf shop in San Dimas, California where, with the help of producer/engineer Ty Segall, they realised this vision. Tracking most of the album live in shared quarters, La Luz chose to leave in any happy accidents and spur-of-the-moment flourishes that occurred while recording. Cleveland’s newly fuzzed-up guitar solos – which now incorporated the influence of Japanese Eleki players in addition to the twang of American surf and country – were juxtaposed against the group’s most angelic four-part harmonies to date. The organs of Alice Sandahl and the drumming of Marian Li Pino were granted extra heft and dimension. Thematically, Cleveland channeled Washingtonian poet Richard Brautigan on You Disappear and Oranges, and sought inspiration from Charles Burns’ Seattle-set graphic novel Black Hole.

The resulting album is a natural evolution of the band’s self-styled ‘surf noir’ sound – a rawer, turbo-charged sequel that charts themes of loneliness, infatuation, obsession and death across eleven tracks, from the opening credits siren song of Sleep Till They Die to the widescreen, receding-skyline send-off of Oranges and its bittersweet epilogue, True Love Knows.

In describing Weirdo Shrine, Segall remarked that it gave him a vision of a ‘world… burning with colours [he’d] never seen, like mauve that is living’. In Oranges, the Brautigan poem that inspired the aforementioned track of the same name, the poet writes of a surreal ‘orange wind / that glows from your footsteps’. These hue-based allusions are apt: the sound of La Luz is (appropriately) vibrant, and alive with a kaleidoscopic passion. Weirdo Shrine finds them at their most saturated and cinematic.

‘A uniquely haunting – albeit occasionally unintentional – spin on the innocent guitar-driven pop of the late ’50s and early ’60s, nudging the sock hop vibes of Dick Dale and the Shirelles into a darker parallel dimension’ – Paper Magazine

‘Imagine all of the Shangri-La’s trying, precariously, to balance on top of Link Wray’s surfboard’ – Pitchfork

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, Billetto.co.ukWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Friday 23 October 2015
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be welcoming back Fort Wayne’s Left Lane Cruiser.

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After nearly a decade of delivering their own high-octane, scuzzed-up take on North Mississippi rural blues as a duo, Left Lane Cruiser have recently expanded into a threesome for their latest studio album, Dirty Spliff Blues – their fifth for Alive Naturalsound Records.

Led by founding member Freddy J IV (aka Joe Evans) on vocals and slide guitar, and now joined by Joe Bent on bass and skateboard slide guitar (yes, he uses his skateboard as an instrument) and Pete Dio on drums and assorted other junk, this three-headed hydra, birthed in either Fort Wayne, Indiana or Hades depending on who you ask, still whips up the same frenzied mess of trashed-out punk/blues that LLC is known for. But on Dirty Spliff Blues there’s a decidedly more rock ‘n’ roll approach to their mean-ass blues. Songs such as Tangled Up In Bush or Skateboard Blues still slink like snakes in the grass, but tracks such as the pile-driving opener Tres Borrachos, Cutting Trees, She Don’t Care and Dirty Spliff Blues rock with a newfound intensity -and that’s saying a lot for a band long known for both their intense, sweat-soaked live shows and in-the-red recordings. Of course, LLC’s very backbone – the Blues – is also evident throughout, from the hip-shakin’ groove of Elephant Stomp to, well, really just about every damn song on the record.

Any way you roll it – from the new cover art created by renowned artist William Stout to the THC-laced sh*t-kickers – Dirty Spliff Blues smokes like no other Left Lane Cruiser album before it.

Along with their music being featured in the hit television series Breaking Bad and receiving critical acclaim across the globe, Left Lane Cruiser have also toured relentlessly over the years, sharing the stage with artists such as Robert Belfour, T Model Ford, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Bob Log III and many others, and are also regular performers at the Deep Blues Festival now held annually in the cradle of the blues, Clarksdale, MS.

Support comes from Bees of Burden – among a minority in the North West when it comes to playing stomp, boogie blues music. Formed in 2013, members Ric Smith (guitar), Stuart James Henn (vocals/harmonica/lyrics) and David J. Brennan (drums) look and bow to the past masters of blues and are inspired by contemporary artists including The Juke Joint Pimps, T Model Ford, Black Diamond Heavies and The Jim Jones Revue. In recognition of their stripped down, lo-fi blues sound, Bees of Burden were invited to perform two nights at Le Blues Autour Du Zinc festival in Beauvais, France in 2014.

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

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When: 7pm on Friday 30 October 2015
Where: The Ruby Lounge, 28-34 High Street, Manchester M4 1QB

PLEASE NOTE: Due to a diary clash, this show has been postponed. The new date is Friday 30 October, with all other details staying the same and original tickets remaining valid.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to a diary clash, this show has been postponed. The new date is Friday 30 October, with all other details staying the same and original tickets remaining valid.

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

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When: 7pm on Saturday 31 October 2015
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re pleased to be bringing SLUG to the Deaf Institute – for a Halloween special!

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Having released his debut album Ripe in April of this year, SLUG – aka Sunderland’s Ian Black, ably supported by a revolving cast of Sunderland’s finest – have plotted a brand new set of dates across coming months. Coming up are appearances at Green Man and Festival No 6, dates in Edinburgh and Manchester with FFS (having been handpicked by Alex Kapranos), not to mention their own headline jaunt across the country in October.

To celebrate, SLUG have released a brand new track, continuing in the grand tradition of North East bands covering Kate Bush. This time, SLUG tackle The Big Sky. Ian Black explains: ‘The approach was not try to match the majestic original (for I would have lost… badly) and have some fun with it. It has Rundgren pianos, daft synthesisers, a Led Zeppelin breakdown and myself struggling with the vocal delivery that only Kate would be able to pull off so brilliantly. Hope you enjoy it.’

About this show, Black adds: ‘Since Manchester has been very sweet to me and my band over the last year and with the Deaf Institute show falling on Halloween I think it’s only fair to provide a one-off treat!’ SLUG will be doing two sets, he explains: ‘The first set will be a selection of songs from my debut album and the second set will be a performance of a selection of works which are dear to me from the world of 1970s horror films. So if you enjoy the aural delights from the brains of horror composers such as Goblin, Fabio Frizzi, Andrzej Korzynski and Riz Ortolani among others, feel free to dress up and join us.’

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

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 5 November 2015
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be bringing Ultimate Painting – featuring Jack from Mazes and James from Veronica Falls – back to Manchester!

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Ultimate Painting, the duo of James Hoare (Veronica Falls) and Jack Cooper (Mazes), release their sophomore album, Green Lanes, on 7 August via Trouble In Mind (Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, Jacco Gardner). After touring North America and Europe with contemporaries such as Parquet Courts, Twerps and White Fence, Jack and James quickly retreated to James’ all-analogue home studio just off Green Lanes in North London to record the follow-up, joined this time by Mazes drummer Neil Robinson.

Green Lanes is the follow-up to Ultimate Painting’s 2014 self-titled debut, also released on Trouble In Mind. Acclaimed by critics and peers, the LP felt like a breath of fresh air, with one eye on the orange haze of the late sixties and another looking optimistically to a sparse post-digital space. Refined and economic, dreamy and quietly euphoric, it’s ten songs by two songwriters at the top of their game.

‘Every arrangement is perfect for the melody, and every melody sticks: the cardboard-box drum machine, walking bassline, cheap keyboard and simple guitar arpeggio of Riverside would be nothing individually; together they’re perfect’ – the Guardian, 5*

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, Billetto.co.ukWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 7 November 2015
Where: The Brudenell Social Club, 33 Queen’s Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 1NY

When: 7.30pm on Sunday 8 November 2015
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be promoting Jenny Hval’s shows in Manchester and Leeds.

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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

MANCHESTER: This show is a co-promotion with Wotgodforgot.

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

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LEEDS: This show is a co-promotion with Please Please You and the Brudenell.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are also available from the Brudenell bar, Billetto.co.uk, Wegottickets.com, Crash RecordsJumbo Records and on 0871 220 0260.


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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 10 November 2015
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

PLEASE NOTE: This show has been postponed from June to the new date of Tuesday 10 November – all existing tickets will remain valid.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: This show has been postponed from June to the new date of Tuesday 10 November – all existing tickets will remain valid.

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

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When: 7pm on Saturday 14 November 2015
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

Following their Soup Kitchen sell out, we’re pleased to be bringing The Lovely Eggs to the Deaf Institute!

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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

Main support comes from Manchester trio Hot Shorts, who released their debut EP, Web Design, last year.

Opening the show is Little Hero – aka Pete Rawlinson.

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

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When: 7.30pm on Monday 16 November 2015
Where: Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth Street West, Manchester M1 5WW

We’re delighted to be promoting Ezra Furman’s biggest Manchester show to date!

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With the release of his much-anticipated new album Perpetual Motion People on 6 July, and following his show-stopping performance on Later with Jools Holland in May, Ezra Furman has announced news of more UK and Ireland headline shows in October and November to follow his summer festival appearances at Latitude, Port Eliot and Standon Calling. Ezra’s new single Lousy Connection, meanwhile, recently premiered on Stereogum.

Perpetual Motion People was recorded with Furman’s current band The Boyfriends – comprising Jorgen Jorgensen (bass), Ben Joseph (keyboards, guitar), Sam Durkes (drums) and saxophonist Tim Sandusky – at studio Ballistico in Furman’s home city of Chicago (though he’s currently based in San Francisco). The album kicks off with Restless Year, about which Consequence Of Sound described as, ‘a ball of energy, bouncing around genre borders with glee. There’s the rebellion of ’90s indie rock, a string of sunshine-y ’80s pop, and the snarl of ’70s punk.’

Furman is as a true original, tapping avenues of music that most others have left alone, or wouldn’t have the guts to emulate. ‘There’s rarely been a scene that I’ve wanted to be part of,’ he admits. ‘I’m just not hearing other stuff out there that I wish existed, so that’s my goal, to do it myself.’

Perpetual Motion People will be released on 6 July on Bella Union.

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

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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 18 November 2015
Where: Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth Street West, Manchester M1 5WW

We’re delighted to be promoting Beans on Toast’s biggest Manchester show to date!

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With his career being anything but an uphill struggle this last year, everyone’s favourite irreverent drunk-folk singer, Beans On Toast, returns from his most successful year to date with a plans for a full UK headline tour and new album at the end of the year.

An international man of music these days, ticking off live shows across large swathes of Great Britain, Europe and America as well as a special performance at South Africa’s ArikaBurn in the last 12 months, it is no surprise that Beans has turned his world wide credentials into tunes, telling his rambling stories about the people and places visited with the help of his trademark wit and side splitting humour.

This August will see Beans On Toast heading out to Lawrence, Kansas to record his seventh studio album, which will then come out on Xtra Mile Recordings on 1 December. Proving he is an artist that is ever evolving, this time he is teaming up both onstage and in the studio with the equally cutthroat counterculture act, Truckstop Honeymoon. A friendship formed at the UK’s Larmer Tree festival, and in the true spirit of camaraderie, the duo will be joining Beans and long-term trusted sidekick Bobby Banjo on stage as both his backing band and support for eighteen dates this side of the pond. This tour marks the next adventure for Beans On Toast.

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

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