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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 5 April 2012
Where: Manchester Academy 3, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PR

We’re delighted to be welcoming back Oklahoma’s Other Lives.

Other Lives formed as an instrumental project in 2004 under the name Kunek. Based in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Kunek (who eventually added vocals to the mix) released one album (Flight of the Flynns) before making the transition to the similarly themed Other Lives. The group’s eponymous debut album was produced and recorded by drummer/engineer Joey Waronker (Walt Mink, Beck, REM) and released in late 2008.

After getting a boost by having songs appear on Grey’s Anatomy, the band released their second album, Tamer Animals, this summer of 2011 on Play It Again Sam. They have also been asked to join Radiohead on their North America in spring 2012, having only recently finished touring with Bon Iver.

‘Thanks to the makeshift orchestra’s shaggy ringleader, Jesse Tabish, these wistful Americana-styled tracks (influenced by Tabish favourites Sigur Rós and Godspeed You! Black Emperor) rarely feel forced’ – 7.4/10, Pitchfork

‘File under Pastoral Americana alongside Fleet Foxes and Midlake, but there is a major difference: Tabish worships instrumental music, and classical minimalistsSteve Reich and Philip Glass, which accounts for the album’s pulsating orchestrations’ – BBC Music

‘This is sublime, transportive music to spend hours with’ – 4/5, the Guardian

We’re pleased to announce that The Magnetic North will support. A supergroup of sorts, the project features singer-songwriter Erland Cooper (of Erland & The Carnival), Simon Tong (of The Verve) and singer/orchestral arranger Hannah Peel who have collaborated to produce Orkney: Symphony Of The Magnetic North, a new album due for release on 7 May on Full Time Hobby. It’s a beautiful, sweeping, haunting album that evokes the near-alien landscape of the Orkney Isles with drama and delicacy.

This show is a co-promotion with Now Wave.

Tickets are available from Manchester University Students Union, Common (both no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.com, Ticketline.co.uk and on 0161 832 1111.

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