Mac Demarco launches new game, Squish’Em | Win 2 tickets to show at The Ritz |

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As well as wanting a complete list of all the pinball machines in Manchester and releasing his latest masterpiece Salad Days through Captured Tracks, musical wunderkind Mac Demarco has turned his hand to developing computer games. Launched through Subbacultcha, Mac asks players to kill as many bugs as possible in 15 seconds using only a cigarette stub (or, in practice, by clicking on them).

Play Squish’Em on Subbacultcha.be

In honour of this, Now Wave will be giving away a pair of tickets to whoever gets the highest score – simply screengrab your total and tweet it @NowWave to be in with a chance of winning.

For those who don’t want to burn bugs to death, tickets are £11.50 advance and are available through SeeTickets.

Eagulls | Sound Control | Saturday 1 November

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Springing up from the run-down council flats in Leeds, Eagulls have spent much of the past 5 or so years steadily shaping their own manifesto.  Mixing the brashness of post-punk with the jaded overtones of slacker rock, the band have come up the hard way – self-releasing their first EP, Songs of Prey, back in 2010 and playing grimey basement shows across the UK, steadily shaping their own manifesto. Earning plaudits for their appearance on David Letterman’s show late last year (and with a scheduled appearance Later with Jools Holland coming up), Eagulls still remain one of the UK’s most brutal and uncompromising bands.

Eagulls – Possessed (Live on Letterman) on YouTube.

Early this year, Eagulls finally released their eponymous debut LP through Partisan records to immediate acclaim. Drowned in Sound called it “unshakable… an unstoppable force”, awarding 9/10 – something backed up by sentiments from DIY (“A tour de force of Eagulls’ brash and brazen-faced formula, this is a record that’ll be ringing in your ears for days after it’s finished”, 8/10), The A.V. Club (“one of England’s most promising new voices”, 83%) and Uncut (“the mixture of bile and valedictory swagger here is exhilarating”, 8/10).

Tickets are £8 advance and are available through SeeTickets.

Broken Twin premiere “Glimpse of a Time” | Guardian & DIY features | Play SFTOC, Sunday 4 May

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Ahead of making her first Manchester (well, Salford) appearance at Sounds from the Other City festival on Sunday 4 May, Denmark’s Majke Voss Romme aka Broken Twin has premiered the video for her new track “Glimpse of a Time”. Following a similar black and white tone to her cinematic music, it is the first track from her forthcoming Anti- records debut LP.

Broken Twin – Glimpse of a Time on YouTube

Elsewhere, Broken Twin has been featured by DIY magazine (see above) and The Guardian’s New Band of the Day column, who said of debut LP “May”:

Everything the 25-year-old touches turns to mournful majesty… the music builds towards an arresting, elegiac, choral climax – May makes you rejoice. Read the full piece

Broken Twin play Sounds from the Other City festival on Sunday 4 May. Tickets are £18 and are available from Skiddle.

 

Stream The Amazing Snakeheads debut LP Amphetamine Ballads | Roadhouse show, Friday 2 May | Tickets available

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Ahead of their Manchester show next month, Noisey are premiering The Amazing Snakeheads’ debut LP Amphetamine Ballads over on their website. To be released by Domino Records, Noisey said of the album:

Their debut album Amphetamine Ballads is not for prissy pants, it growls and grimaces across filthy blues like a pub fight in Nashville. On opening track, “I’m a Vampire”, Dale Barclay serenades his lady the only way he knows how: “She’s more fucking beautiful than any woman I’ve met, and SHE FUCKING KNOWS IT.” It pretty much goes from there.

Stream The Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ballads on Noisey

The Amazing Snakeheads play The Roadhouse on Friday 2 May. Tickets are £5 and are available through SeeTickets.

The Handsome Family upgraded to Gorilla | Friday 9 May | Tickets now on sale

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Following exceptional demand for the Deaf Institute show, Now Wave are pleased to announced that the forthcoming The Handsome Family performance has now been upgraded to Gorilla. Having carefully crafted their own melody and poetry over the course of the past two decades, The Handsome Family recent shot to fame as a result of their track “Far from Any Road” being used as the theme tune for hit TV show True Detective. All Deaf Institute tickets remain valid.

Tickets are £12, and are available through SeeTickets.