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When: 7.30pm on Friday 8 March 2019
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be presenting Dylan Rodrigue’s headlining debut in Manchester – with special guests Sie Sie Benhoff, Sam Forrest (Nine Black Alps) and Secret Admirer (Former Bullies)!

Dylan Rodrigue hails from Los Angeles and plays his first UK shows in March in support of his debut album Cat’s Game, released by Bad Paintings.

Dylan Rodrigue’s music has always been a journey, exploring all genres and musical forms. Dylan was raised in small yoga-based intentional community in Northern California . . . a very quiet and peaceful place with a quiet and peaceful music scene. This all changed at the age of seven when Dylan’s father snuck a copy of Who’s Next into his bedroom. This sparked a passionate exploration of music from the Beatles to Fugazi, the Pixies, Elliott Smith and Vic Chesnutt. He began playing guitar and writing his own songs at age eight, studied classical guitar in high school, and eventually obtained a degree in songwriting and avant-garde composition at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

Dylan’s professional career in LA has shown the same sense of adventure. As a talented guitarist and singer, he has performed with alt-country bands (currently with Sie Sie Benhoff), complex math rock/hardcore bands, and a 13-piece travelling vaudeville band! With the release of his debut album Cat’s Game, Dylan returns to his true passion… sharing his own music.

Cat’s Game shows the full range of Dylan Rodrigue’s musical pallet. His deeply personal lyrics are presented in a variety of musical settings, from stripped down acoustic folk, Neil Young-inspired electric guitar rock, and Stooges-esque punk.

Dylan Rodrigue’s musical journey is wide, varied and unpredictable . . . and it’s definitely a trip worth taking!

‘Brings to mind some of Elliott Smith‘s darker simplicity whilst courting the outsider fragility of an earlier Ariel Pink‘ – God Is In The TV Zine

Joining Dylan on tour is his side kick and fellow LA singer-songwriter Sie Sie Benhoff. Sie Sie grew up singing to and caring for children all around the world, and you can hear her own cry for redemption throughout this first record. She balances lyrics of heartbreak and remorse by adding a little comedy and a lot of rock-and-roll. This record really has a song for everyone, and in scope and composition, it’s hard to believe it’s her first release… and completely live to top it off.

Support also comes from Sam Forrest – known to many in Manchester as the former frontman of Nine Black Alps, he is currently working on his seventh album in Los Angeles.

Opening the show is Manchester’s own Secret Admirer, the solo project from Nick Ainsworth of Former Bullies and Dinner Party fame. In 2016 he released a 20-song self-titled tape via Belfast’s CF Records.

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