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Upcoming shows: Alexis Taylor... Wedding... The Hidden Cameras... Sinkane... Itasca... Francois and The Atlas Mountains... Haley Bonar... Jens Lekman... BC Camplight... The Wave Pictures... Pictish Trail... Jesca Hoop... Funke and the Two Tone Baby... Weyes Blood... Laetitia Sadier... The Unthanks... Xenia Rubinos... Happyness... Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron... Skinny Lister... Sounds From The Other City 2017... The Travelling Band... Joan Shelley... James Leg + The Bonnevilles... Theme Park... C Duncan... Lowly... Chloe Foy... Jenn Grant... Angel Olsen... Aldous Harding... The Besnard Lakes... Julie Byrne... Tom Williams... Saint Sister... Nikki Lane... Mt Wolf... Sweet Baboo... Kiran Leonard... Laura Gibson... Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton... Will Varley...

When: 7.30pm on Thursday 23 March 2017
Where: St Michael’s, George Leigh Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 5DG

We’re delighted to be bringing Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor back – this time to St Michael’s!

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Alexis Taylor announces Listen With(out) Piano, a companion album to his 2016 record Piano. Released 3 March via Moshi Moshi, Listen With(out) Piano features new versions by artists including Papa M (David Pajo), Green Gartside (Scritti Politti), Spring Heel Jack, Beatrice Dillon and Brian DeGraw (Gang Gang Dance), which can be played on their own, or at the same time as the songs on Piano, to create a brand new listening experience.

The album features the work of eleven of Alexis’s favourite musicians, handpicked to create new tracks designed to work in response to the songs on Piano, the third solo album by the Hot Chip frontman. Though the record can be synched with the original Piano recordings by playing both albums on two devices simultaneously, the tracks on Listen With(out) Piano can be also be enjoyed as original songs on their own merits.

‘My brief was both very wide open and very specific, and part of the pleasure for me, and now hopefully for the listeners, is to see how everyone responded so differently to the task,’ Alexis explains. ‘The results are truly amazing, and here you have a new album that works both as a kind of electro-acoustic ambient companion piece to Piano, and as a series of musical clothes to be put onto the deliberately bare record I released.’

Piano, recorded at Hackney Road Studios by Shuta Shinoda, was released in June 2016 by Moshi Moshi. An intimate collection of songs comprised entirely of Alexis’s vocal and piano, the record was captured live to preserve each intricacy.

Since 2000, Hot Chip have released six studio albums, as well as a wealth EPs, stand-alone singles, compilation exclusives, remixes and covers. Including Piano, Alexis has released three albums and an EP under his own name, as well as three further albums of material performed with the semi-improvisational About Group. Additionally, Alexis has crafted side projects such as Booji Boy High and collaborated with the likes of Wiley, Peter Gabriel, Will Oldham, Fimber Bravo, Bernard Sumner, Robert Wyatt, Justus Köhncke, The Memory Band, James Yorkston and David Byrne among many others.

Tour support comes from Lung Dart. Following the release of their acclaimed mini-album on PRAH Recordings, transportive two-piece Lung Dart return with their first sounds of 2017. The first in a series of EPs planned for this year, Some Other Hunger sees the band weaving richly layered gospel harmonies with narcotic ripples of subaqueous piano, all peppered with head-spinning found sounds and new forays into sound art experimentation. The results are melancholy yet uplifting: a dense collage of sonics channeling in turn the lugubrious songwriting of Scott Walker, Satie‘s meditative loops and the playful tampering of Daphne Oram – not to mention the myriad field recordings to be found on the pair’s phones.

This will be one of the first public concerts 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.

AGE RESTRICTION: This show is 14+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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

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When: 7.30pm on Friday 24 March 2017
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be helping Wedding launch their debut album!

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Wedding return with debut LP Mania Whatever on Stockholm label Maternal Voice, the follow-up to 2015’s debut EP – acclaimed by Dummy, HERO, La Blogotheque and The Line of Best Fit.

The project of songwriter Thomas Craig, the band relocated from their birthplace of Berlin to the city of Manchester shortly before writing began. Craig joined by Rory Cook, Rich James, Joey Frances and An-Tim Nguyen took the job of putting a year’s worth of material to tape themselves amidst a period of testing highs and lows.

The recording process was interrupted by a month-long studio flea infestation and brought to a financial halt when Craig received a bill for over-allocation of welfare payments. The successive hurdles and general feeling of discontent in 2016 Britain provided Wedding with adequate reason to dive deeper into their made-up world of Mania Whatever.

With a backstory befitting of a Manchester backdrop the record was made through the lens of melancholic pop hooks, luscious layers of acoustics and harmony juxtaposed with shimmering, feedbacking guitar.

Influences such as Spacemen 3, Big Star and Phil Spector’s grandiose production were benchmarks in the group’s vision for a melancholy brand of pop on Mania Whatever.

Mania Whatever is out 23 March on Maternal Voice.

Main support comes from Salford’s The Starlight Magic Hour – carnival of sadists, masochists and ex fiscal conservatives who enjoy spending their spare time drinking kale smoothies and reading The Guardian.

Opening the show is Manchester’s own The Bear Around Your Neck, who the Quietus described as an ‘oddball psych songwriter’.

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When: 7pm on Saturday 25 March 2017
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be working with The Hidden Cameras – presenting their first Manchester show in seven years!

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One of Canada’s most mercurial artists, Joel Gibb is the lead singer, songwriter and choir captain of The Hidden Cameras. Forming in Toronto in 2001, Gibb and his gang of musical provocateurs have created music and live performances legendary for their raucous, unfettered celebration of freedom and sexuality.

Released on the eve of Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations, Home On Native Land is an inquisitive ode to Gibb’s homeland; it’s a stealthy return to Canadian soil both philosophically and physically. After relocating to Berlin for some time, The Hidden Cameras pick up and head west to commune with musical ancestors and explore the gentle folk sounds of the Canadian countryside. But as with everything Gibb does, there’s a darker undercurrent flowing beneath the Canadiana terrain. With the title Home On Native Land being a play on the national anthem line ‘home and native land’, this title questions the definition and identity of Gibb’s nation, referencing the raging debate about repatriation of First Nations in Canada. Ever the master of subversion, Gibb arches an inquiring eyebrow at the personal as well as the political through his songs, returning to themes of belonging and identity from within. As a commanding, provocative figurehead of the LGBTQ community, Gibb inhabits the guise of the lonesome cowboy to his own ends, plumbing the depths of musical memory and delivering a beautiful album of life-affirming experiences in all it’s colours along the way.

Home On Native Land was written and recorded over ten years by Gibb with friends, bandmates and icons including Rufus Wainwright, Feist, Neil Tennant, Bahamas, Ron Sexsmith and Mary Margaret O’Hara. Gibb once again assembles a band of musical accomplices and takes them on an adventure in revisionist history, forming a chorus of voices over a score of dulcet tones and twanging rock. The album makes new offers to the Canadiana genre with infectious melodies (Big Blue) and wild hymns (Drunk Dancer’s Waltz), overarched by Gibbs’ trademark, honeyed vocals and sighing guitars. His talents as a songwriter and composer remain undimmed, his on point lyrics oozing with hopefulness, joy and sorrow.

Alongside several new compositions, Home On Native Land also borrows from the classic country songbook, reimagining soulful standards like Dark End of the Street, and Don’t Make Promises originally recorded by Tim Hardin. Log Driver’s Waltz is a cover of one of the most successful and beloved Canadian folk songs of all time. On He is the Boss of Me Gibb turns the tables and covers himself, giving a classic Hidden Cameras song a proper studio recording, transforming it from an early four-track demo from 2001 debut EP Ecce Homo.

Tour support comes from Royal Wood. Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Royal Wood has established himself as a true musical talent. Since being proclaimed ‘Songwriter of the Year’ by iTunes, Wood has continued to evolve and hone his musical craft – maintaining an unmistakable identity while uncovering and reinventing his sound. Wood has two albums that have debuted in the Top 30, multiple JUNO nominations and a #1 added song at Hot AC radio. Royal Wood takes on the world with the release of his new album Ghost Light, released 27 January 2017 on Outside Music.

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

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When: 7.30pm on Monday 27 March 2017
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

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

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Sinkane music — every note of it — comes straight out of a generosity of spirit. Never has that spirit been on more vivid display than on the uplifting new album Life & Livin’ It. This is feel-good music for trying times, celebrating what makes life good without ignoring what makes it hard.

By the time they finished touring for their acclaimed Mean Love album in late 2015, Ahmed Gallab and the band had spread the gospel of Sinkane to the world, playing 166 shows in 20 countries. During the same period, he had also led The Atomic Bomb Band — the highly celebrated 15-piece outfit that played the music of elusive Nigerian electro-funk maestro William Onyeabor. The band included David Byrne, Damon Albarn, members of Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, Jamie Lidell and legendary jazz musicians Pharoah Sanders and Charles Lloyd, and they played all over the planet, including making their TV debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. ‘Those 14 months really changed my life,’ Ahmed says. ‘Not only did I learn how to put on a bigger show, but all that touring brought Sinkane closer as a band.’

As Ahmed got into the depths of writing for Life & Livin’ It, he had a clear goal; to conjure the ups and downs of a universal experience, and have fun while doing it. “I would listen to my favourite records, like Funkadelic’s America Eats Its Young, and realise how great they made me feel. That carefree, light and fun feeling I was getting while writing this record is what I want everyone to feel when they listen to it.”

Ahmed soon brought the band in to help with the material, testing the songs at a four-show residency of sold-out shows at Union Pool in Brooklyn where the audience’s reception fed the creative process. They toured throughout the summer before setting up shop at Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, Texas. Once again produced by Ahmed with lyrics and help from longtime collaborator Greg Lofaro, the album draws from the best elements of Sinkane’s previous records: the slinky funk and soul grooves are there, so are the sparkling melodies with roots in sub-Saharan Africa. With basic tracking played together live, the fun and immediacy of Sinkane’s live show is a central feeling of the recordings. The four members of Sinkane – bassist Ish Montgomery, drummer Jason Trammell, guitarist Jonny Lam and Ahmed – sang and played additional parts on every song, with Trammell contributing lyrics to Theme from Life & Livin’ It, and Lam helping with arrangements. Jas Walton and Jordan MacLean of Daptone recording artists Antibalas contributed horns.

In making a record that feels the way this one does, Ahmed’s primary intention was to make music that is joyous, but also socially conscious when you scratch beneath the surface. The songs U’Huh and Theme from Life & Livin’ It conjure up the simple pleasures of hanging with friends, but there are heavier vibes in there. Ahmed says, ‘I remember listening to Bob Marley as a child. Dancing with my family in our living room and then my mother telling me what issues he was addressing, and that it was important to remember those things while listening. It made the music even better because it became about something more.’

Favorite Song came about from Ahmed’s experiences DJ’ing in New York. ‘As a DJ you’re always paying attention to the collective energy in the club. When you play a song that everyone knows, everybody is connected, lost in the music.’ That song, along with U’Huh, has lyrics sung in Arabic, Ahmed’s native tongue. ‘Kulu shi tamaam!’ means ‘everything is great!’ while ‘ya zol ya zain!’ is a Sudanese term of endearment meaning ‘my beautiful friend’. ‘It’s really easy to understand the tone of those words,’ Ahmed adds. ‘They just feel good, you don’t have to know what they mean. It’s kind of like listening to Caetano Veloso or Jorge Ben — you don’t have to know Portuguese to feel what they’re saying.’

True to its name, Life & Livin’ It is an album about all kinds of experiences. When Ahmed Gallab sings, he sounds unafraid yet vulnerable. But while he once sang of feeling like he was on the planet Mars, Ahmed is now firmly grounded on Earth. He’s no longer searching for his home — he has created a home for himself. There’s a party there, and Life & Livin’ It is playing on the stereo. You are invited.

Local support comes from Arctic Turn. Arctic Turn is an alternative seven-piece spearheaded by multi-instrumentalist and song writer Philip K. Marzouk. With influences ranging from Everything Everything to St. Vincent to Chance the Rapper to Roger Troutman, they always manage to create something unique with each track. Expect layers of harmonies and big crescendos.

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When: 7.30pm on Monday 27 March 2017
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be bringing Itasca back to Manchester, following her recent appearance with Ryley Walker.

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Itasca is the musical identity of Los Angeles-based guitarist, singer and songwriter Kayla Cohen. Just as the name itself is ambiguous – a 19th Century pseudo-Ojibwe place name and portmanteau of the Latin words for ‘truth’ (veritas) and ‘head’ (caput) – so too is Cohen’s musical project mutable and multivalent: fundamentally unconcerned with genre, but richly allusive of the hermetic worlds of private-press canyon-cult mystics and East Coast noiseniks alike.

Cohen, who grew up in New York state near the Hudson River, moved from Brooklyn to LA in 2011. Though she began playing guitar at age 13, her songwriting idiom emerged gradually from her longstanding noise and drone practice. Her out-of-time recordings as Itasca – refined over the course of several releases, including the acclaimed 2014 LP Unmoored by the Wind (New Images) – reflects both this dislocated geography and her Janus-faced gaze towards both baroque, acid folk-inflected songcraft and deconstructive, textural sonics.

Though deeply informed by the mythology and iconography of the modern American desert West, Cohen likewise finds kinship with a lineage of English iconoclasts such as Michael Chapman and Bridget St John. Her adept fingerstyle guitar work – nimble but unshowy, always at the service of framing her plaintively unspooling modal progressions and gorgeous, moonlit voice – centres Itasca’s melancholy pastorales in a hazy, heat-mirage space equally suggestive of familiarity and distance, community and anomie.

Open to Chance, Itasca’s 2016 album on Paradise of Bachelors, is her first to feature the full band with whom she currently records and tours, including pedal steel player and frequent collaborator Dave McPeters, drummer Coleman Guyon (and occasionally Kacey Johansing) and bassist and vocalist Julia Nowak.

Support comes from Johnny Powell and the Seasonal Beasts, a brand new alt-folk band. Their first track has already received BBC 6 Music air play, with BBC Introducing declaring ‘we have all fallen in love with this in the studio’. The music is mindful, delicate and thought-provoking, in the vein of Bill Callahan, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Sparklehorse and Bon Iver.

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

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When: 7pm on Wednesday 29 March 2017
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be promoting Francois & The Atlas Mountains’ first Manchester show in three years!

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An open collective, Fránçois and The Atlas Mountains has become over the years, a four-piece band. Being the first Domino French signing, Fránçois and The Atlas Mountains spread their wings over indie pop’s vast international landscape with their first albums, E Volo Love and Piano Ombre.

The band’s gene pool of influences, goes from Afro-pop to French chanson and Yé-yé, mixed with more Anglo-phonic guitar-pop, like an aural atlas of gorgeous pop melody, zestful rhythm and lush ballads.

‘Possessing a subtle eclecticism that melds African and South Asian sounds with familiar but nonetheless rewarding indie folk and synth pop’ – The Skinny

Support comes from brand new Manchester synth-pop duo Koalas.

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

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When: 8pm on Wednesday 29 March 2017
Where: Night & Day Cafe, 26 Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JN

PLEASE NOTE: This show is completely sold out! Join our mailing list, above, for information about future Haley Bonar shows.

We’re delighted to be working with Haley Bonar once again!

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Haley Bonar released Impossible Dream on Memphis Industries in August. It includes the BBC Radio 6 Music A-Listed singles Kismet Kill and Stupid Face.

The follow-up to Haley Bonar’s acclaimed Last War LP and was recorded on analog tape in at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, MN and was mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TVOTR) and Robbie Lackritz (Feist) at Haut Bruun.

It’s certainly Bonar’s most ambitious record to date. Blending scuzzy 80s indie, new wave angularity and Spector-ish reverb, her songs are, as NPR once described, ‘as relentlessly catchy on the surface, as they are alluringly complex underneath’. Hypnotic opener Hometown shimmers like a Twin Peaks’ outtake, the shuddering, swirling Kismet Kill recalls Mazzy Star, while the soaring synth and pounding drums of Stupid Face summons the spirit and melody of Porcupine-era Echo and the Bunnymen. Intrepid and diverse, Impossible Dream is consistently bold, infectious and inventive.

‘Impossible Dream finds the underrated Minnesotan in top form, mixing darkness and light with a deft touch’ – NPR

‘Haley Bonar’s Impossible Dream, the fine and discerningly lean album she has long threatened to make’ – 4/5, Mojo

Special guest is Michael Nau. Michael Nau is from the softly-softly school, allowing life to unfold at its own pace: if the UK and mainland Europe didn’t know who he was, they’d come around it to eventually. Now that Full Time Hobby have decided his exquisite solo record Mowing deserves to be his first official release over here, that time has arrived.

‘Quite simply a low-key gem… outstanding’ – The Sunday Express, Album of the Week

This show is a co-promotion with Now Wave.

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 30 March 2017
Where: The Brudenell Social Club, 33 Queen’s Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 1NY

When: 7pm on Friday 31 March 2017
Where: Band on the Wall, 26 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JZ

PLEASE NOTE: The Manchester show is completely sold out! Tickets are still available for Leeds, however – and join our mailing list, above, for information about future Jens Lekman shows in Manchester.

We’re delighted to be working with Jens Lekman again – in Manchester and Leeds

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Jens Lekman recently wrapped up a sold out solo tour of the US where he played new material live for the first time ever. As he preps a new album for 2017, he’s announced another run of headline dates, including of the UK and Scandinavia in March and April 2017.

Tour support for both shows comes from The Dove & The Wolf. The Dove & The Wolf consists of the joint songwriting team of Paloma Gil and Lou Hayat, who have been playing together for more than 10 years. I Don’t Know What To Feel was recorded and produced by Dave Hartley (The War On Drugs, Nightlands) and Nick Krill (The Spinto Band, Teen Men), at Dave’s studio in Fishtown, Philadelphia in March 2016.

After spending 12 months across 2014 and 2015 touring with musicians like Rachael Yamagata, Butch Walker and Hemming, the duo had no intention of slowing down. ‘When we packed our things in Philadelphia and returned to Paris last September, we thought we would be back in America soon after,’ Lou says. ‘We had just started working on our first album in LA when our one-year visas expired. Our lawyer told us it would probably take a month, maybe a month and a half to get back.’ It took five.

Special guest in Manchester only is Michael Nau. Michael Nau is from the softly-softly school, allowing life to unfold at its own pace: if the UK and mainland Europe didn’t know who he was, they’d come around it to eventually. Now that Full Time Hobby have decided his exquisite solo record Mowing deserves to be his first official release over here, that time has arrived.

‘Quite simply a low-key gem… outstanding’ – The Sunday Express, Album of the Week

MANCHESTER: The Manchester show is completely sold out! Tickets are still available for Leeds, however – and join our mailing list, above, for information about future Jens Lekman shows in Manchester.

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

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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 4 April 2017
Where: St Michael’s, George Leigh Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 5DG

We’re delighted to be presenting a BC Camplight solo piano show – at St Michael’s church in Ancoats.

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Lost treasure needn’t be found in the distant past; the 21st Century hides many artists who disappeared into the great wide yonder. BC Camplight is one such example. The alter-ego of American songwriter Brian Christinzio released albums in 2005 and 2007, both gems of a certain psych-pop vintage, combining eloquent songwriting with a self-destructive bent. Christinzio certainly knew it – he’s described himself as, ‘the guy who blew it’.

But this sublime talent with the keening vocal and fearless approach to lyrical introspection has another chance. His latest album How To Die In The North, recorded in his newly adopted home of Manchester, England, is a fantastically rich, stylistically diverse trip. From dramatic, layered pop to a haunted take on Sixties sunshine-pop, from blue-eyed soul to speedy surf-pop, from sparser piano balladry to psychedelic showstoppers and a grand finale that’s part Nilsson and part Broadway showtune.

Originally from New Jersey, Christinzio started playing piano aged just four, inspired by his mum’s Jerry Lee Lewis and Nilsson records, and his Dad’s classical collection. Depression and crippling hypochondria clashed with captaining the football team and a penchant for boxing. Post-school, he fell in with people, ‘willing to go through shit to be a musician,’ which saw him relocate to Philadelphia where he occasionally played live with Philly faves The War On Drugs and guested on Sharon Van Etten‘s album Epic.

He’s already done two sessions for long-term fan Marc Riley at BBC 6 Music, which featured Christinzio’s band of Mancunians who he met at The Castle Hotel pub, a watering hole in the city centre particularly popular with musicians. Christinzio also heard John Grant’s album on the jukebox there, which encouraged him to approach Bella Union. Grant’s cocktail of depression and self-sabotage thwarted an outrageous talent, but he took his second chance. The same deserves to happen to Christinzio, a similarly outsize, sharp and funny personality with a non-conformist streak. Far from dying, BC Camplight has been reborn in the North.

Special guest is Francis Lung, who will also be performing solo.

This show is a co-promotion with Now Wave.

This will be one of the first public concerts 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.

AGE RESTRICTION: This show is 14+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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

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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 5 April 2017
Where: The Eagle Inn, 19 Collier Street, Salford, M3 7DW

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We’re delighted to be presenting an intimate show for The Wave Pictures!

The Wave Pictures return to mark their next single, Bamboo Diner In The Rain, which is out 31 March on Moshi Moshi. They say about the single:

‘We wanted to make an album as open-heartedly great as Boogie With Canned Heat or Rory Gallagher by Rory Gallagher, a bluesy, boozy love letter to the guitar. We filled the album with American Primitive acoustic instrumentals, John Lee Hooker chugs and Link Wray-style minor-key surf music. This album is set in the Bamboo Diner of my dreams, with rain beating on the windows and a jukebox stocked with blues.

‘The Wave Pictures are strange: an indie rock band with absolutely no indie rock influences. For years, all we’ve listened to has been the classic blues and rock and roll of America in the 50s and 60s. And yet, we’re always disliked those retro acts who slavishly copy the look and the sound, the haircuts and the fonts of the past, but miss the unfettered spirit of the music they love. We have a style of our own already, the way your eyes have a colour. We don’t want to be a blues band. But the blues is there, at the invisible core of everything we do. We love it.’

Support comes from The Awful Truth. Manchester’s finest purveyors of the modern folk song The Awful Truth play largely acoustic instruments (upright bass, cajon, flute, harp, violin, Spanish guitar) and sing songs about sex, politics, drink and reptiles. They released their first album, Songs of Love and Lust, in 2015.

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