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Upcoming shows: Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton... The Rural Alberta Advantage... Half Waif... Andy Shauf... Elisa... Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra... The Handsome Family... Rainbrother... Man & The Echo... Meilyr Jones... Mark Eitzel... Hurray for the Riff Raff... Alexis Taylor... Sinkane... Francois and The Atlas Mountains... Haley Bonar... Jens Lekman... Pictish Trail... Weyes Blood... Jesca Hoop... Laetitia Sadier... The Unthanks... Happyness... Skinny Lister... Joan Shelley... C Duncan... Lowly... Jenn Grant... Angel Olsen...

When: 7.30pm on Friday 4 March 2016
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

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


Seattle’s Rocky Votolato has been relentlessly on tour over the last two decades, as a compelling singer-songwriter or with his former cult-punk band Waxwing. Ten years after Makers and its evergreen White Daisy Passing, Rocky Votolato returns on tour throughout Europe presenting the new EP Sawdust and Shavings.

A follow up to his latest, eighth album Hospital Handshakes, produced by Chris Walla (ex-Death Cab for Cutie) and released on Glitterhouse Records in 2015, the new effort showcases stripped-down, intimate versions of songs from his last full-length, including its title track featuring Emily Kokal of Warpaint along with Shortcuts and several other previously unreleased tracks.

The new video for the dark and hauntingly beautiful Sawdust and Shavings has been made by the filmmaker and Wim Wenders’ director-assistant Luca Lucchesi.

‘With each aching and comforting record, he’s fused folk and country aesthetics with a carried-over hardcore ethos from his youth in post-punk bands like Waxwing’ – Consequence of Sound

‘Hospital Handshakes is a milestone in Votolato’s career and one that would do well to serve as a springboard for all his efforts going forward’ – PopMatters

Please note Chantal Acda has had to pull out due to illness.

Opening the show are Manchester’s own Songs For Walter – aka Lawrie Hulme. Signed to Red Deer Club, he lists The Magnetic Fields, Bill Callahan and Destroyer among his influences, and has been described by Tom Ravenscroft as ‘one of my favourite discoveries of recent years’.

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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