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Upcoming shows: Spencer Krug... Sundown Sessions at Chetham’s Library... Solo Collective... Jesse Malin... The Sheepdogs... Jeffrey Lewis... Lawrence Arabia... Gratis #1: Gaygirl... Justin Townes Earle... The Burning Hell... The Stroppies... The Catenary Wires... The Beths... Deerhoof... Mark Mulcahy... Sam Outlaw... The Album Leaf... Jesca Hoop... Chance McCoy... Peggy Sue... Gratis #2: Dumb... Skating Polly + She Makes War... Shana Cleveland... Robyn Hitchcock... Samana... Weyes Blood... Francis Lung... The Delines... BC Camplight... Sean Rowe...

When: 7.30pm on Thursday 30 May 2019
Where: International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY

We’re delighted to be presenting a rate solo show by Spencer Krug!

After fifteen years of writing and performing with projects like Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, Moonface, Swan Lake and Frog eyes, this prolific artist has finally decided to release and tour the music he makes under his own name – Spencer Krug.

First gaining attention in the mid 2000s as co-leader of Montreal’s rock’n’roll Wolf Parade, then soon after as the voice and mind behind the chaotic Sunset Rubdown, Krug eventually used the now defunct Moonface as an outlet for his more experimental and sporadic solo material. And while he still writes and sings for the recently reactivated Wolf Parade, there remains in him a need to express something less rock-oriented, something more quiet and strange and introverted.

So, returning to his first and favourite instrument, the piano, Krug has ventured back into his own fantastic world of pseudo-classical balladeering; poetic lyricism laced with twisted pop sensibility and jazz mimicry. Using this template, he now releases his solo work, and tours a variety of new songs as well as those from older projects, as Spencer Krug.

Support comes from Fell. Nicolas Burrows is an artist, illustrator and musician from Blackpool, now living in London. As Fell (and previously Glaciers) he has built up a catalogue of bedroom-recordings, albums and EPs and has shared stages with the likes of Diane Cluck, Wild Nothing and The Vaccines. 2016’s studio album There Still Are Mysteries (produced by Stereolab’s Andy Ramsay) marked a shift away from the lo-fi pop of the previous ten years, and was followed up in April of this year with For The Pickling, featuring avant-folk singer David Thomas Broughton and members of Landshapes/Deep Throat Choir.

Fell’s music plays with off-kilter lyrics as counterpoint to a wonky-pop aesthetic and flits between subtle psych-folk gems, multi-movement epics, sixties garage pop and brooding Waits-ian hymns.

‘Beautiful, sheeny, witty, baroque pop… very very special indeed’ – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

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

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When: 6.30pm & 8pm on Thursday 6 June, 11 July & 8 August 2019
Where: Chetham’s School of Music, Long Millgate, Manchester M3 1SB

We’ve been invited to curate the musical accompaniment to Chetham’s Library’s Sundown Sessions this summer!

The loveliest and most relaxing after-work drink in the city centre.

As evening gathers and the slanting rays of the setting sun illuminate the secret stone passages and richly panelled rooms of the Chetham’s Library and medieval buildings, we invite you to enjoy these magical spaces after they have closed to the public for the day. As you wander through the building you’ll encounter an intimate acoustic performance curated by Hey! Manchester as follows:

6 June: Matthew Whitaker – frontman of Whiskycats, Gypsies of Bohemia and, most recently, Henge. Whitaker recently released his debut solo album, The Man With the Anvil Hat

11 July: Tobi Hay – guitarist and composer from Rhayader in mid Wales. His music is inspired by history, people and landscape

8 August: Robbie Cavanagh & Demi Marriner – country-tinged, Manchester-based singer-songwriters. The pair will be showcasing individually self-penned songs, as well as co-writes from their EP This House

Get yourself a glass of wine or a beer from the Baronial Hall and chill out in the tranquil atmosphere of this very special place. Each date offers two separate sessions, at 6.30pm and 8pm – tickets for each are limited and early booking is strongly advised.

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When: 7pm on Wednesday 12 June 2019
Where: International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY

We’re delighted to be supporting Solo Collective.

Presenting Solo Collective’s evening of collaborative performances from German classical/experimental musicians and composers Anne Müller (cello) and Alex Stolze (violin), with British pianist and producer Sebastian Reynolds.

The evening will feature solo, duo and trio performances in a variety of combinations of the three artists. References for the music include the electro-acoustic piano music of Brian Eno, the counterpoint music of Steve Reich, and the influence of modern classical electronica innovators such as Murcof and the experimental composition of Arvo Pärt.

Anne Müller is well known for her work with various artists from the Erased Tapes label, including Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnalds. Alex Stolze rose to fame via his place in German pop trio Bodhi Bill and experimental collective Dictaphone. Sebastian Reynolds has guested with stars such as The War On Drugs and Viv Albertine (The Slits), and formed stalwarts of the UK experimental scene Braindead Collective and Keyboard Choir.

The trio’s debut record, Solo Collective Part One, is available now via Nonostar. Solo Collective Part Two is due for release on Nonostar on 7 June 2019 and will be for sale at the gig.

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When: 7.30pm on Sunday 16 June 2019
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re delighted to be working with Jesse Malin for the first time – performing his solo debut album, The Fine Art of Self Destruction.

A native New York City singer-songwriter born out of a hardcore punk and rock & roll background, Jesse Malin has played and toured since the age of 12. He is a streetwise storyteller whose characters and slice of life lyrics portray a world of unsung heroes, helpless romantics and rock & roll survivors. Comparisons are often made to artists such as Neil Young, Lou Reed, Paul Westerberg, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Strummer, Lenny Bruce and Martin Scorsese.

Malin, a former member of glam-punk band D-Generation in the 90s before going solo in 2002 has recorded duets with Bruce Springsteen, and members of Green Day, and is getting his new album for release later this year. Jesse has toured the UK numerous times before and most recently with Chuck Prophet for a set of acoustic dates.

Originally released in 2002, Malin’s classic solo debut The Fine Art of Self Destruction was released by One Little Indian Records in the UK and went on to sell over 20,000 albums here. It was reissued on double CD with sleeve notes by The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon two years ago and his UK and Irish shows will be the first time it has been played in its entirety.

Jesse and his band will be fully amped up for these dates, which will feature the whole album as well as songs from across his six other solo albums.

Tour support comes from Stephen Chopek. Since relocating to Memphis, TN from his longtime home of Jersey City, NJ in 2014, Stephen Chopek has embraced many new things, not the least of which is the sense of spontaneity that is pervasive throughout the current crop of Memphis musicians. From seemingly every artist lending their talents to bands they don’t front to the ever-germinating and cross-pollinating of jams, album sessions, and one-off shows, the City’s sense of musical camaraderie and damn the torpedoes musical atmosphere is what most informed Chopek during the creation of his third full-length album, Begin the Glimmer.

An admittedly patient songwriter who turns every bolt while crafting his music, tightening, reshaping and honing his songs time and again until he deems them ready for wide consumption, Chopek approached Begin the Glimmer with an eye toward the impetuous, the unrehearsed. ;I just wanted to be less precious with the performance,’ says Chopek, noting how, while the songs were written with deep focus and workmanlike intention, the performance that would be committed to tape would be off-the-cuff. Culling a batch of ten songs that were heavily influenced by a steady diet of Guided By Voices, Talking Heads and The Replacements, Chopek decamped to Memphis’s 5 and Dime Recording, himself playing every instrument on the album.

This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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When: 7pm on Tuesday 18 June 2019
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

PLEASE NOTE: This show has now sold out. Please watch this space for information about future Manchester shows by The Sheepdogs.

We’re delighted to be bringing The Sheepdogs back to the Deaf Institute!

For a new album that The Sheepdogs didn’t initially set out to make, Changing Colours is a stunning achievement.

Proud purveyors of guitar-driven modern-day retro rock, the triple Juno Award-winning Saskatoon-based quintet has expanded its sound on Changing Colours to encompass more styles and hues to enhance the Sheepdogs’ trademark beef-and-boogie twin-axe riffs, hooks, shuffles and long-haired aesthetic.

‘We identify strongly with rock ‘n roll, but there’s definitely some branching out,’ says Ewan Currie, The Sheepdogs’ singer, guitarist, songwriter and occasional – and yes, you’re reading this correctly – clarinetist. ‘The sounds we use on this – there’s more keyboards featuring Shamus and more stringed instruments. It’s still rock ‘n roll but there are more colours.’

It’s also great, passionate music born out of spontaneity: first resonating in the 17-song album’s euphoric opener Nobody and continuing to flavour such invigorating numbers as the electrifying Saturday Night and the driving I’ve Got A Hole Where My Heart Should Be, the record’s infectious first single.

But The Sheepdogs haven’t only stretched their sonic palate: they’ve also expanded stylistically, tastefully embracing other genres as well.

There’s the country-lite feel of Let It Roll, the Stax-soul aura of the mid-tempo anthem I Ain’t Cool that features trombone — and the resplendent Latin-rock vibe that fuels The Big Nowhere.

Tour support comes from Creatures. Picture a band on the pastel palette of Wes Anderson with the climactic twang of Quentin Tarantino… a band of 70s drenched cowboys straight out of Westworld, armed with psychedelic yet punchy guitar riffs and all the hair to match. Spaghetti Westerners inspired by modern pop muses, Creatures create a beginning, a middle and an end, sonically sending you on adventure that spans intense landscapes, tear-jerking waltzes, foreboding chaos and lingering cliff hangers. Touring with the likes of Temples, The Parrots and The Murlocs as well as being championed by Independent Music Week and The Great Escape, Creatures released their EP, Runt Of The Glitter, on 22 February.

This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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When: 7pm on Monday 17 June 2019
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be welcome Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts back – this time, to Soup Kitchen!

Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts (NYC, Rough Trade Records) play a crazy, original mix of scuzzy urban indie-rock, literate lyrics and comic book punk, like a 21st Century mash-up of Sonic Youth, Pete Seeger and R. Crumb.

Jeffrey has done tours in Europe and America and Australia and Asia and elsewhere (averaging over 100 gigs every year since 2001), as well as sometimes playing as the opening act for bands like the Mountain Goats, Daniel Johnston, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Fall, Pulp, Roky Erickson, The Vaselines, Adam Green and other luminaries.

Jeffrey has released seven critically acclaimed albums on Rough Trade Records, in addition to albums on other labels (like K Records and Don Giovanni), and he continues to self-publish his art and writing in an ongoing underground comic book series called Fuff.

With current Los Bolts bandmates Brent (Moldy Peaches) Cole on drums and Mem (Cat Tatt) Pahl on bass, Jeffrey has recorded a new full-length album in Nashville with producer Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Lou Reed, Sleater-Kinney), with release date TBA!

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When: 7.30pm on Friday 21 June 2019
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be welcoming Lawrence Arabia back to Manchester – with guests Seatbelts and Blimp Rock!

‘As inviting as the honk of the Good Humor Man of the ‘50s, who toodled his ice-cream truck through neighbourhoods of my youth. Such tune-smithery simply isn’t for tyros. It takes real savvy to pull it off. James Milne is equipped for such craft. I was delighted to feel attached to such a talented work, a notch above, and so plainly fanciful. Dreamsville!’ – Van Dyke Parks

James Milne is a brave human. Whilst the sleeves of many artists are adorned with well-worn hearts as they release their complete albums into the world, as New Zealand born singer-songwriter Lawrence Arabia, James’ latest project offers a rare glimpse into the creative process through 12 separate Lawrence Arabia’s Singles Club releases – now available on one handy LP and bringing together an extensive list of VIP members.

Launched as a Kickstarter to write, record and release a digital single every month in 2018, Lawrence Arabia’s 2018 Singles Club saw more than 368 backers pledge NZ$23,710 (roughly £12,000) to help bring the project to life. Talented pals contributed to the project including The Ruby Suns’ Ryan McPhun, Hollie Fullbrook of Tiny Ruins (singing on Everything’s Minimal), Heather Mansfield from The Brunettes (singing alongside Liam Finn’s drums on A Little Hate) and a dream collaboration with psychedelic hero, Van Dyke Parks. ‘The whole experience was initially terrifying but ultimately heart-warming and encouraging,’ recollects James. ‘The energy from all that rampant human positivity ended up pushing me into the process of producing twelve new songs with some sense of manic, irrational vigour. It was pretty exciting.’

One day in late 2017, at his home in Auckland, James sent a message on a whim and suddenly found himself in an email tête-à-tête with Van Dyke.’The thrill was having the name Van Dyke Parks appearing in my email inbox and engaging the most florid parts of my vocabulary in order to respond to his brilliantly verbose communiqués,’ he recalls. A ‘lullaby for neurotic adults,’ Just Sleep (Your Shame Will Keep) was originally written for Arabia’s psychedelic comedy podcast sensation, Mysterious Secrets Of Uncle Bertie’s Botanarium, but took on a new lease of life with the addition of Van Dyke’s piano, accordion, scratch woodwind and double bass. ‘Since I first heard of Van Dyke Parks, I’ve been fascinated by him, appearing as he did, Zelig-like, in the stories of people somewhat more famous than he, yet making some truly glorious art himself. I’d always nursed a fantasy of working with him.’

Constructed in Lawrence Arabia’s revered bedroom recording style, each Singles Club offering was built with ruthless ambition. Everything’s Minimal, Cecily, Meaningless Words and Oppositional Democracy began through the course of the year and were completed in the following months whilst other songs were revived from rough demos that followed 2016’s Absolute Truth as quickly and instinctually as possible. ‘The time pressure of the process definitely influenced the way I arranged the songs – I had to make bold decisions and stick to them, or tear them apart brutally and start again pronto.’

Woodwind and strings were recorded in Auckland’s Roundhead Studios with each track mixed in an office in the Dalmatian Cultural Society, surrounded by views of the city’s western suburbs and volcanic cones in the distance. ‘During the day there’s a constant hum of chit chat from neighbouring offices and the ping of the second-floor lift doors opening. At night, the building goes quiet, I’d turn the lights down low to evoke the sensation of a proper recording studio, but it never quite managed to shake the aura of the building’s bureaucratic past.’

Bound with one seamless invisible thread, the album stands as a body of work capturing a moment in time. Like those buildings with their structure on the outside, Lawrence Arabia’s Singles Club exposes the inner-workings of what it takes to create a record and offers any member a one-way ticket to Dreamsville. ‘I’m delighted at how it all ended up flowing,’ he tells. ‘I treated it like making a mixtape in extreme slow motion, so tried to make each song respond to the previous one the way you might when choosing a DJ set on the fly. Except this set was one year long, only twelve songs, and the songs had to be written and produced before they could be played.’

Main support comes from Seatbelts. Seatbelts are a band from Liverpool, comprised of James Madden, Ryan Murphy, Abigail Woods and Alex Quinn. James and Ryan – known for their work in Hooton Tennis Club – wanted an alternate name for The Beatles, and while jumbling the letters around over a drunken phone call Seatbelts poured forth. Their first release, Songs For Vonnegut EP, is dedicated to legendary writer Kurt Vonnegut. A new EP, Please Slow Down, recorded between bedrooms and Parr St Studios, is set to be released on 26 April. The band have shared two singles so far, the lush Content Crush and the upbeat, avant-pop Spanish Songs.

This new set of songs possess a more robust, full-band sound than Seatbelts’ previous releases, providing a detailed and vibrant listening experience. Their latest single Spanish Songs has received airplay on BBC 6 Music (Gideon Coe) and BBC Radio Wales (Janice Long). The publication Louder Than War described the single ‘for any lovers of that Postcard Records era, Seatbelts bring that twist of classic melody and delightful eccentricity with this perfect single’. The pink pages of Bido Lito described the bands live show as ‘Seatbelts have got all the rumbles of New York post-punk with the intelligence of Massachusetts, with literary references and all’.

Opening the show is Peter Demakos from Blimp Rock. Along with suing professional baseball teams and releasing albums in bars of soap, Toronto’s lovable indie rock outfit sport a charming, fuzzed out sound that recalls the likes of Lou Reed with an extra dash of sentimentality.

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When: 7.30pm on Sunday 23 June 2019
Where: The Eagle Inn, 19 Collier Street, Salford, M3 7DW

We’re delighted to present a new series of free entry shows at the Eagle Inn – with the first featuring London quartet Gaygirl.

Gaygirl make alt-grunge noise-pop, whilst retaining shoegazey undertones. ‘Indie Noir’ has been a term used to describe the emotive, visceral sonic of this female-fronted four piece. For fans of MBV, Radiohead, Nirvana and PJ Harvey – or those who want them all at once – get sent on a journey through the nuances of 90s nostalgia-meets-now with jarring melodies and guttural guitar vibes. Gaygirl have proven themselves to be a tight and dynamic live act on the London gigging scene, supporting the likes of Shame, Sorry and Gabrielle Cohen among many other up-and-coming bands.

‘Fusing messy post punk with hazy shoegaze psychedelia, Gaygirl epitomise brilliantly the concept of “guitar rock”. The looped rolling riffs are amplified by the gory ballsy bass, further amped up by the carelessly raw vocals. Their sound is dark and full of punk undertones, whilst at the same time retaining a trippy pop element’ – Indie Underground

Opening the show are Unpaid Intern (Patrick/Oort Clod). Manchester’s favourite overeducated/underemployed non-slackers. Work well as individuals and as part of a team. Excel under pressure. References available on request.

This is a free show – but we strongly advise booking your place in advance via Ticketweb.co.uk

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When: 7.30pm on Monday 24 June 2019
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re delighted to be working with Justin Townes Earle again!

Justin Townes Earle is set to return with The Saint of Lost Causes on 24 May 2019. The 12-song set was co-produced by Earle and his longtime engineer Adam Bednarik and was recorded at Sound Emporium in Nashville, TN. Founded by Cowboy Jack Clement in 1969, Sound Emporium has hosted country luminaries such as Johnny Cash and Kenny Rogers as well as R.E.M., and countless other historic artists. The Saint of Lost Causes is Earle’s follow up to his critically acclaimed 2017 LP Kids In The Street, and spans everything from traditional country, blues and folk to western swing, roots-rock and boogie-woogie.

Justin Townes Earle has done a lot of living in 37 years. Born in Nashville on January 4th, 1982, he grew up as the son of country-rock iconoclast Steve Earle, who gave him his middle name in honour of his mentor, the brilliant songwriter Townes Van Zandt. For years he struggled with addiction with numerous stints in rehab; long stretches of itinerancy and general juvenile delinquency; a youth he once said he was ‘lucky to have gotten out of alive’. These days Earle is focused as a married father to a baby girl and is creating the best art of his career. While he describes Kids In The Street as ‘one of the more personal records I’ve ever made,’ he chose to focus his gaze outward for this new set of songs.

For The Saint of Lost Causes, Earle is focused on a different America – the disenfranchised and the downtrodden, the oppressed and the oppressors, the hopeful and the hopeless, as well as their geography. There’s the drugstore-cowboy-turned-cop-killer praying for forgiveness (Appalachian Nightmare) and the Michiganders persevering through economic and industrial devastation (Flint City Shake It); the stuck mother dreaming of a better life on the right side of the California tracks (Over Alameda) and the Cuban man in New York City weighed down by a world of regret (Ahi Esta Mi Nina); the ‘used up’ soul desperate to get to New Orleans (Ain’t Got No Money) and the ‘sons of bitches’ in West Virginia poisoning the land and sea (Don’t Drink The Water).

These are individuals and communities in every corner of the country, struggling through the ordinary – and sometimes extraordinary – circumstances of everyday life. ‘I was trying to look through the eyes of America,’ Earle says. ‘Because I believe in the idea of America – that everybody’s welcome here and has a right to be here.’ Earle tells these American stories in detail and without judgement. While some songs cite historic events, other tracks present fictionalised narratives that are no less harrowing or true-to-life.

This show is a co-promotion with Please Please You.

This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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When: 7pm on Thursday 27 June 2019
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re delighted to be presenting the Burning Hell’s biggest Manchester show to date – at the Deaf Institute!

In 2007, Mathias Kom collected some of his many songs and started a band, named after a religious tract handed to him by a wide-eyed zealot in Toronto. Mathias subsequently invited all of his friends to join him in performing these songs about seagulls, shopping malls, and the similarities between love and hurricanes.

Over the next ten years and almost as many albums, the lineup and sound of the Burning Hell have changed often, but the band has remained idiosyncratic and unclassifiable – much to the delight of those who love them. The constant has always remained Kom’s singular outlook on the world: wise and naive, cynical and life-affirming, full of brilliant, unexpected narratives and a deeply felt generosity of spirit.

The band’s live performances underscore these themes: they exhibit a joy and camaraderie too infrequently seen on stage. Indeed, the essence of the band is inclusive and celebratory; whether live or on record, there’s something for everyone. As Tom Robinson of BBC Introducing said about The Burning Hell, ‘even Jesus is going to enjoy this, once he finally gets here’.

Tour support comes from Quiet Marauder / My Name Is Ian.

This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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