Mac Demarco | Leeds Irish Centre | Monday 24 November

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Following his incredible show at The Ritz earlier this year, Now Wave are proud to be bringing Mac Demarco to the Leeds Irish Centre this November in collaboration with the Burdenell Social Club.

Mac Demarco – My kind of Woman on YouTube.

Having toured with Japandroids and found cult success with his project Makeout Videotapes, by 2011 Mac DeMarco was struggling to get by. Giving his body to medical science experiments in exchange for money and working as part of a road paving crew, he started putting out music under his own name. A dreamy yet lucid take on the best bits of a whole host on genres – psyche, grunge and even surf are all layered in there somewhere – DeMarco’s new project soon found a fitting home with seminal indie label Captured Tracks.

Mac DeMarco – Ode to Viceroy on YouTube

A debut EP – Rock and Roll Nightclub – was put out in early 2012, and quickly followed up with a full-length. Entitled 2, it garnered near universal acclaim. Pitchfork awarded it 8.2/10, gave the much coveted title of Best New Music, and commented “2 goes right for the gut. DeMarco writes about life– both the heavy moments and the mundane ones– with economy and newfound grace” – it also later featured on their Albums of the Year list, placing at #43. NME (8/10), Time Out (4/5) and Best Fit (8/10) were among the many to fall for the record’s ethereal excellence. 2 was also longlisted for Canada’s 2013 Polaris Music Prize.

Tickets are £13 and available from See Tickets.

The Knife to ‘close down’ following tour | First and final Manchester show, Wednesday 5 November, Manchester Academy

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Throughout their long and varied career, The Knife have never played Manchester. Having recently announced their debut show in the city, it looks as though their first time will also be their last. Having been interviewed by Dazed and Confused recently, the band revealed that they plan to break up following their current run of dates, and that these shows will constitute their last actions as part of the band.

Finally this morning, some answers were returned, with the startling nugget contained within the transcript — “We will close down, it’s our last tour. We don’t have any obligations to continue.” The band’s PR confirmed the news that following their latest round of tour dates, The Knife would officially be no more.

 

Read the full article on Dazed and Confused.

Tickets for their first and final Manchester show at Manchester Academy are available through

The Wytches | Deaf Institute | Friday 28 November

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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 forthcoming debut LP.

The Wytches – Digsaw on YouTube

Produced with Bill Ryder-Jones (formerly of The Coral), Annabel Dream Reader looks set to be the culmination of everything the band have learnt through their tender years. Mixing Psyche with their own intimate textures and lyrical clout, it promises to bring some of the intensity of their famed live performances. 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 available through See Tickets.

Hundred Waters | Deaf Institute | Thursday 16 October

photoExisting almost by accident (singer Nicole Miglis claims “We were just sort of making our own music individually and unexpectedly started making songs together”) and initially creating music without the intention of really doing anything with it (drummer Zach Tetreault: ”"We actually had no intention of even making a record when creating the songs for Hundred Waters so it has truly been a wonderful surprise for it to have been so well received”), everything about Hundred Waters feels organic and real. After putting up their eponymous debut LP through small Gainesville label Elestial Sound, Skrillex heard the album and decided to sign the band to his own imprint, OWSLA – eventually giving the record a re-release and earning it the wider audience that its ethereal brilliance deserved.

Hundred Waters – Murmurs on YouTube

While many have attempted to pigeonhole the band’s sound, few have managed to come close – with The Guardian perhaps getting it best when they commented in 2012 ““We would struggle with where to position it in a record store, and we imagine you might too”. Hundred waters influences number is the thousands (with Bjork perhaps the most often referenced touchstone by critics), but combine to make a sound both coherent and profound – something which translates to their live sets, which the New York Times described as “a watercolor wash of possibilities, a suspension of time, an embrace of textural experiment and open-ended expectations.”

Hundred Waters – KEXP performance on YouTube

Their latest LP, The Moon Rang Like A Bell, shows refines and builds upon the unique soundscapes crafted in their debut. Pitchfork were effervescent in their praise, awarding 8.3/10 and “Best New Music”, while also commenting “The Moon Rang Like a Bell finds them zeroing in on what they do best and going deeper. The production is improved in every way, but given how hushed and quiet they can be, the effect is still pretty subtle… sketching out chords with a vaguely gospel feel, as a strange voice sings a tune while so near to the microphone you can hear a tongue clicking against teeth. It’s an album that always feels like it’s whispering in your ear.” Best Fit (8.5/10), NME (8/10), DIY (8/10), Filter (7.6/10) and Rolling Stone (7/10) are among the many others to have fallen for the albums charms.

Tickets are £8 and are available through See Tickets.

Adult Jazz | Deaf Institute | Wednesday 12 November

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Every once in a while, a band springs up from the ether to be seemingly all-encompassing. 2014′s own answer to that throne appears to be Adult Jazz – though the truth is that in certain circles, they have been a name to watch pretty much since their first show. Indeed, anyone who saw their performance on Now Wave’s stage at Sounds from the Other City was left in no doubt as to their boundless potential – something previously hinted at on their debut release Am Gone/Springful back in January. Naturally, the limited 12″ sold out in minutes and hype immediately began building for their LP, Gist Is.

Adult Jazz – Springful on YouTube

One of Now Wave’s favourite albums of the year so far (alongside the likes of Ought and FKA twigs), Gist Is has received the seal of approval from critics across the board. Displaying a maturity and deftness of touch teamed with playfulness and melody, the record was called “unapologetically impressive and precise” by Drowned in Sound (7/10) – something backed up by rave reviews from the likes of Pitchfork (7.4/10), Best Fit (8.5/10) and NME (8/10).

Adult Jazz – Spook on YouTube

Although critics have groped for the perfect way to describe the band, it is singer Harry Burgess that has come closest to locking down what defines the band. “We don’t see ourselves as having a sound, it’s more aspects that we agree are within the scope of what we do. Something melodic and friendly, but with an uncommon character. We like that juxtaposition between, say, something my mother would like, and something she would find difficult! We also don’t feel it’s necessary to tap an idea if we’ve done it once. It means the voices and words are free to be explored and dance around.”

Tickets are £7.50 and available through See Tickets.