Bernard + Edith | Eagle Inn | Wednesday 3 December

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Bernard + Edith have been pushing the boundaries of sound in Manchester for the last few years, and continue to astound. Having made several starring appearances at SWAYS records Bunker venue, Don’t Die Wondering noted their love for Bernard + Edith’s “quietly brooding songs + sullen campfire atmospherics”. The duo have recently signed to Bella Union, with the label comparing their latest additions to Fever Ray, Portishead, Cocteau Twins and David Lynch. Their first act for the imprint will be put out WURDS as a 7″, and this show is to celebrate the release

Bernard + Edith – WURDS on YouTube

Writing after their signing to Bella Union, M O N E Y singer and friend of the band Jamie Lee said the following of Bernard + Edith

Edith’s singing style reminds me of the kind of emancipatory freedom of the modern American school of writing. Her melodies are uninhibited by traditional rules of structure – she moves where and when she feels the impulse to; and knowing the woman behind the voice I see that the impulse in her can be as chaotic as it is beguiling. She is like a bouquet balanced precariously on the edge of a table unsure of whether it will fall and break – hinged between extreme goodness and feeling on the one hand and on the other, chaos and perhaps even madness. Read full piece on the Bella Union website.

 

Tickets are £5 and are available through See Tickets.

Dutch Uncles | The Ritz | Friday 27 March

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Having played together in various different iterations during college, Dutch Uncles got together in their current form in around 2008, quickly earning the attention of German label Tapete. Following the release of their eponymous debut LP through the imprint, the 5 piece have since teamed up with Memphis Industries and gone about earning a name for themselves as one of the most interesting, innovative and esoteric acts around. Known for their willingness to use atypical time signatures and experimental song structure, their idiosyncratic art pop has earned them enormous critical acclaim through their albums Cadenza and Out Of Touch In The Wild.

Dutch Uncles – In N Out on Soundcloud

In 2015, Dutch Uncles will return with their 4th album, O Shudder. Recorded in both Wales and Salford with long-time collaborator Brendan Williams and featuring a cameo from Stealing Sheep, singer Duncan Wallis has described the record as exploring the themes of and reflecting upon “terrorism, school discos, divorce, health scares, sexual dysfunction and jobseeking”. In fitting with their new expansive approach, this show will be the band’s largest ever headline show.

Tickets are £12.50 and are available through See Tickets.

Flying Lotus | Albert Hall | Saturday 18 April

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The working name of Steven Ellison, Flying Lotus is a project that has spent the best part of the last 10 years being quietly prolific and wildly brilliant. Releasing his first LP 1983 back in 2006, Fly Lo has since put out further seminal works Los AngelesCosmogramma and Until The Quiet Comes, as well as finding time to put out an album under his rap alter-ego Captain Murphy. Each release has further enhanced the view of Ellison as a singular, visionary artist, constant pushing and redefining his own boundaries – something cemented even further with the release of his 5th Fly Lo record earlier this year, You’re Dead.

Flying Lotus – Never Catch Me ft. Kendrick Lamar on YouTube

Featuring collaborations with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Herbie Hancock, the album has been his most critical and commercially successful to date. The Guardian awarded the LP a perfect score – a rarity for the newspaper – and noted that “as each song merges into the next, as one style succeeds another, the sensation is that of being in a dream”. Drowned in Sound agreed, stating “Flying Lotus has added a new realm to his universe, answering one of life’s biggest questions in the process” and giving You’re Dead 9/10 in the process – something that has been backed up by the likes of The Observer (10/10), Pitchfork (8.3/10) and Best Fit (8.5/10) among many others.

Tickets are £20 and are available through Skiddle.

The Wytches | Ruby Lounge | Monday 1 December

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Following the almost instant sell-out of their forthcoming Deaf Institute show, Now Wave are proud to announce a December date for The Wytches.

After spending the majority of their teens flitting in and out of various bands, The Wytches got together in 2011 through an advert on the Brighton university campus. Since then, they’ve become one of the most important up and coming bands in the UK, putting out their debut single through Hate Hate Records in 2012. Entitled Beehive Queen, it quickly sold out, as did subsequent releases Robe for Juda and Crying Clown – something which caught the attention of Heavenly Records, who signed them up for their debut LP, Annabel Dream Reader.

The Wytches – Digsaw on YouTube

Produced with Bill Ryder-Jones (formerly of The Coral), Annabel Dream Reader is the culmination of everything the band have learnt through their tender years. Mixing psyche with their own intimate textures and lyrical clout, it channels intensity of their famed live performances, with Pasta Magazine noting “Anyone weaned on the fizzy punk abandon of Bleach-era Nirvana–that holy union of feedback-dappled punk on metal–will identify almost rapturously with The Wytches” (9.1/10).

The Wytches – Burn Out The Bruise on YouTube

NME perhaps got closest to describing the three-piece when they said in a recent radar feature that they were a “fearsome proposition” in the flesh, while elsewhere claiming they were the “best live band in the country”.

Tickets are £8 and are available through See Tickets.

Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) | Night & Day | Saturday 8 November

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Cutting his teeth in the late 1990s with cult Boston band The Recoys – who sadly never got around to releasing a proper full-length LP, despite a slew of much vaunted EPs – Hamilton Leithauser shot to international acclaim as the vocalist and one of the main creative forces behind The Walkmen. Creating some of the most iconic albums (including Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone and Bows + Arrows) and songs (most notably, The Rat and Little House of Savages) of the 2000s, the band have since gone on hiatus, with Leithauser forging his own career as a solo artist.

Hamilton Leithauser – I Don’t Need Anyone on YouTube

Put out earlier this year through Ribbon Music, debut album Black Hours builds on many of the themes hinted at through Hamilton’s lengthy career. Featuring collaborations with artists such as Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Amber Coffman (Dirty Projectors), Richard Swift (The Shins), Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes) and Paul Maroon (The Walkmen), The AV Club called it “a lively, confident, and charming first effort” (8.3/10), with MOJO adding “[Leithauser] revels in letting his talent run free” (8/10).

Tickets are £14 and are available through Skiddle.