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Upcoming shows: Aoife O’Donovan... The Handsome Family... Scott Matthews... Pictish Trail... Mr Ben & The Bens... We Were Promised Jetpacks... Douglas Dare... Andy Shauf... Roddy Woomble... Lindsay Munroe... Sam Amidon... A.A. Williams... bdrmm... Joan Shelley... Erland Cooper... The Lovely Eggs... BC Camplight... Brendan Benson... Jesse Malin... Penguin Cafe... The Lovely Eggs... Dana Gavanski... Alice Boman... Tokyo Police Club... Josh Rouse + Vetiver... Anna B Savage... The Besnard Lakes... The Beths... Tré Burt... Joep Beving... Moulettes... Skinny Lister... The Dears... Peggy Sue... Smoke Fairies... Robyn Hitchcock...

When: 7pm on Sunday 6 June 2021
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re excited to be working with Brendan Benson for the first time!

‘There’s something about this record,’ Brendan Benson says, describing his Third Man Records debut album Dear Life. ‘A friend of mine called it “life-affirming”. I thought it was a joke at first but then realised, well, it’s about life and death for sure. I don’t know if that’s positive or optimistic or whatever, but that’s what’s going on with me.’

Benson finds himself in an enviable spot as he enters the third decade of a remarkably creative, consistently idiosyncratic career – an accomplished frontman, musician, songwriter, producer, band member, husband and dad. Benson’s seventh solo album, and first new LP in almost seven years, Dear Life is this consummate polymath’s most inventive and upbeat work thus far, an 11-track song cycle about life, love, family, fatherhood, and the pure joy of making music.

Produced and almost entirely performed by Benson at his own Readymade Studio in Nashville, the album sees the Michigan-born, Nashville-based artist – and co-founder, with Jack White, of The Raconteurs – revelling in a more modernist approach than ever before, fuelled by a heady brew of cannabis, hip-hop and a newly discovered interest in software drum programming. The result is an untapped playfulness that elevates expertly crafted songs like the opener, I Can If You Want Me To, and the first single, Good To Be Alive, with voluble arrangements, elastic grooves and incandescent power. Imbued with revitalised ambition and confidence, Dear Life is Brendan Benson at his very best.

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