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Upcoming shows: Jeffrey Lewis & The Jrams... Vena Portae (ft. Emily Barker)... Gymnast... Steven James Adams... Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards... The Burning Hell... Kevin Morby... David Thomas Broughton & Juice Vocal Ensemble... Ezra Furman... Angel Olsen... Lust For Youth... RM Hubbert... Ólöf Arnalds... The Travelling Band... Jesca Hoop... Future of the Left... Sara Lowes... Clint Mansell... Left Lane Cruiser... Withered Hand... Peter Broderick... North Atlantic Oscillation... Liam Frost... The Wave Pictures... Haley Bonar... White Lung... The Delines... Allo Darlin’... Tokolosh... The Rural Alberta Advantage... Beans on Toast... Sweet Baboo & The Pictish Trail... The Unthanks...

When: 7.30pm on Thursday 22 October 2009
Where: Nexus Art Cafe, Dale Street, Manchester M1 1JW

We’re very pleased to give a Manchester debut to American electronic band Alaska in Winter!

Alaska in Winter at Nexus Art Cafe, Manchester

Brandon Bethancourt dropped out of art school in Albuquerque, New Mexico and reportedly ‘spent a semester in a tiny cabin out in the middle of nowhere Alaska recording music on a laptop during the winter’. He later went back to New Mexico and enlisted the help of fellow musicians Zach Condon (Beirut), Heather Trost (A Hawk and a Hacksaw), Hari Ziznewski (Rap), Stefanie Lamm, Rosina Roibal (who played in Kanye West’s live string section), Hilary Bethancourt and Naila Dixon. Alaska in Winter garnered some coverage due to Zach Condon’s appearance on the debut album, Dance Party in the Balkans, and have toured with Beirut in North America.

Bethancourt has been living in Berlin, Germany where he recorded his sophomore album, Holiday, which was released here in January. He continues to tour with his ‘virtual video orchestra’ and pretty much lives out of a suitcase somewhere between Berlin, New York, and New Mexico. He is currently working on new music and training for the 24-hour dance party Olympics.

Manchester’s own Air Cav also play, while Huddersfield’s Charlie Barnes will open the show.

This will be our first show at Nexus Art Cafe, a regular haunt of ours opposite Vinyl Exchange. The staff are great, they have great music taste, and make excellent tea and cakes.

This all-ages show is a co-promotion with Mushaboom Folk.

Tickets available from the cafe, Piccadilly Records, Ticketline.co.uk and on 0161 832 1111.

All shows are 18+ unless otherwise stated.

Hey! Manchester is supported by First Chop Brewing Arm.