Outfit | Gullivers | Thursday 7 October

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Many bands from Liverpool can struggle to deal with the weight of the city’s musical heritage, just as many artists in the modern day struggle to justify early hype on blogs – Outfit have managed to dodge both those pitfalls by simply ignoring them. Coming the the attention of the music industry with a couple of demos as far back as 2011, it took until 2013 for the band to finally release an LP – and it was certainly worth the wait. Released through ultra-influential London label Double DenimPerformance uses a whole host of reference points, from obscure world music through to Orange Juice and Portishead, The Guardian called it “a hedonistic but haunting debut”, giving 4 stars, with Clash Music going one further by naming it one of the year’s great British albums.
Outfit – I Want What’s Best on YouTube
Following on from the enormous success of Performance, Outfit will be premiering material from their forthcoming follow-up record at this show. Support comes from Embers – a band who themselves have emerged fresh from the writing and recording of their debut record. The Guardian perhaps captured them best when they noted that “they knock every other touted new “epic rock” band into a cocked hat”.
Embers – Part of the Echoes on Soundcloud
Tickets are £7.50 and are available through See Tickets.

The Antlers unveil video for “Refuge” | The Ritz | Friday 31 October

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Ahead of their show at The Ritz on Friday 31 October, The Antlers have released the video for the latest single. Refuge, taken from the band’s new album, Familiars, is directed by Morgen Berlinger and takes inspiration from the band’s ethereal and otherworldly brilliance. Watch the video below:

Tickets are £13 and are available through See Tickets.

Perhaps the most critically acclaimed of their LPs, Familiars has received rave reviews across the board.

“Another existentially-minded beauty… Cicci’s trumpet takes the lead, tracking Silberman’s Buckley-esque croon, turning agony into something approaching ecstasy.”

MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“On their fifth abum the Brooklyn trio sound emboldened, finding room for horn sections and plaintive pianos… Familiar, yes, but The Antlers still have some exciting tricks up their sleeves”

NME – 8/10

“The Antlers’ fourth album, Familiars, adds soul to their melancholia, with mournful horns and clipped Steve Cropper-style guitar figures.”

Guardian – 4 Stars ****

“A record that demands you get to know it inside out.”

Q – 4 Stars ****

“Stately, exquisite beauty… Familiars requires an investment on the listeners part – and that investment will be rewarded.”

Evening Standard – 4 Stars ****

“Hauntingly beautiful.. Expansive, big on ideas and wide in scope… A lesson in gorgeous restraint”

DIY – 4 Stars ****

“Serious emotional indie-rock… A rewarding listen”

Record Collector – 4 Stars ****

“Elegantly mellifluous, Familiars is a record that proceeds very much as its own pace… This is an album that can make you weepy in the hazy blur of the wee small hours and euphoric in the fuzzy afternoon sun.”

Clash – 8/10

“So good they leave the listener open-mouthed, time standing still… A work of calm and compelling majesty.”

Sunday Express – 4 Stars **** (Album of the Week)

“Lush, emotive chamber-pop”

Independent on Sunday – 4 Stars ****

“Slow-burning, poised and richly beautiful… The Antlers have been responsible for a handful of the most soul-shifting moments in guitar-based indie rock over the last few years, and this should see the band cement their place in the genre’s upper echelons.”

Loud & Quiet – 7/10

Autumn 2014 Schedule unveiled | Jungle Albert Hall show | SOHN | Foxygen | Adult Jazz | Chet Faker & more

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FKA twigs & Jungle nominated for Mercury Prize | Jungle play The Albert Hall, Thursday 26 February

Following on from Now Wave favourites James Blake and Alt-J winning the award, FKA twigs and Jungle have been included on the shortlist for the 2014 Mercury Prize. Arguably the most important honour in music, the duo are currently among the frontrunners to win.

Since playing their debut Manchester show in October 2013, Jungle’s rise has been nothing short of meteoric. Starting with a series of 7″ singles that sold out within minutes of being made available, the self-styled collective signed to XL early this year and began recording their eponymous debut LP. Having already sold out their forthcoming show at The Ritz, tickets have just gone on sale for a 2015 date at The Albert Hall – available for £16 from See Tickets.

Picked out as one to watch from the very beginning, the swirl of blog hype around her quickly turned into much more tangible plaudits: The BBC featured FKA twigs on their much vaunted Sound of 2014 list, and this accolade would be the next logical step for one of the most exciting British prospects in recent years. Her forthcoming show at the RNCM is sold out.

SOHN at Gorilla | Wednesday 17 September

Born and raised in London – but now spending the majority of his time perfecting his craft in Vienna – the rise of Christopher Taylor over the course of the past two years has been little short of astonishing. Starting 2012 as a virtual unknown, Taylor put out his debut EP The Wheel in the February of that year under the name SOHN. Creating his own distinct electronic soundscape, the release was distinctive enough to cut through the noise and earn him a deal with seminal indie label 4AD – through whom he released followup singles Bloodflow and Lessons last year, before putting out his debut LP, Tremors, in early 2014.

Tickets are £12 and are available through See Tickets.

SBTRKT at The Albert Hall | Tuesday 30 September | Last few tickets remaining

Now Wave are proud to announce the return of SBTRKT to Manchester this September. The working name of Aaron Jerome, the project has become one of the most innovative and influential of the decade so far, with his eponymous debut album quickly being regarded as one of the most seminal in recent years.

With the first LP featuring artists such as Jessie Ware and Sampha, Jerome appears to have carried on his collaborative spirit into his follow-up record, with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig providing the vocals for New Dorp, New York, this first track from Wonder Where We Land. Elsewhere on the tracklist, Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek, Warpaint, ASAP Ferg, and Koreless feature, with both Ware and Sampha returning once more.

Tickets are £17.50 and available through See Tickets.

Debut Manchester show from Foxygen | Thursday 30 October | Ruby Lounge

Formed out of high school in 2005 by Jonathan Rado and Sam France, Foxygen have consistently been a band that are difficult to pin down. Taking 7 years to release their first album Take The Kids Off Broadway (by which point they had added Shaun Fleming and Justin Nijssen to their line-up), their influences take in the full spectrum of out-there sounds, ranging from 60′s psyche, post-punk and new avant-garde. Although their first release earned enormous acclaim, 2013′s We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic has become renowned as their masterpiece. Awarded Best New Music and an 8.4/10 by Pitchfork (who commented, “The more time you spend with Ambassadors, the more clearly that commitment and joy comes through”), approval was near universal from critics.

In 2014, Foxygen will be releasing their third record, called …And Star Power. Described by the band as “A svelte 82-minute run time of psych-ward folk, cartoon fantasia, soft-rock indulgences, D&D doomrock and paranoid bathroom stompers. A cinematic auditory adventure for speedy freaks, skull krunchers, abductees and misfits”, it promises to be their most ambitious effort yet.

Tickets are £11 and available from See Tickets.

Adult Jazz | Deaf Institute | Wednesday 12 November

One of Now Wave’s favourite albums of the year so far (alongside the likes of Ought and FKA twigs), Adult Jazz’s 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). 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.

Tickets are £7.50 and available through See Tickets.

Chet Faker | The Ritz | Friday 21 November 

In late 2011, Nicholas Murphy found himself at a loose end. To fill the time, he recorded a cover of No Diggity and passed it on to a few friends. Before long, it was the most blogged track on Hype Machine, and Chet Faker was born. Having spent much of his youth spinning house and disco tracks, this project allows Murphy a chance to exhibit his soulful voice, teamed with an ear for RnB hooks and innate love of dance music. His debut LP, Built on Glass, has become one of the most loved of the year, with Murphy continuing to astound as he matures as an artist.

Tickets are £10 and are available through See Tickets.

All Forthcoming 2014 Now Wave shows

SEP 17 | SOHN | Gorilla | £12
SEP 19 | Alt-J | Apollo | Sold out
SEP 20 | Alt -J | Apollo | Sold out
SEP 26 | Famy | Soup Kitchen | £6
SEP 27 | Woman’s Hour | Deaf Institute | £9
SEP 30 | SBTRKT | Albert Hall | £17.50
OCT 4 | Childhood | Deaf Institute | £8
OCT 4 | Dry The River | Academy 2 | £12.50
OCT 4 | FKA twigs | RNCM | Sold out
OCT 7 | Outfit | Gullivers | £7.50
OCT 11 | Cloud Boat | Soup Kitchen | £7
OCT 15 | The Amazing Snakeheads | Sound Control | £9
OCT 16 | Hundreds Waters | Deaf Institute | £8
OCT 23 | How To Dress Well | St Philips Church | £12.50
OCT 24 | Jungle | Ritz | Sold out
OCT 27 | Money | Eagle Inn | Sold out
OCT 25 | Sounds of the Near Future ft Kaytranada + Hudson Mohawke and more | Warehouse Project | Sold out
OCT 28 | John Wizards | Deaf Institute | £9
OCT 30 | Foxygen | Ruby Lounge | £11
OCT 31 | The Antlers | Ritz | £13
NOV 1 | Eagulls | Sound Control | £8
NOV 5 | The Knife | Academy | £25
NOV 8 | 1-800 Dinosaur ft James Blake and more | Warehouse Project | £25
NOV 12 | Adult Jazz | Deaf Institute | £7.50
NOV 17 | Christopher Owens | Deaf Institute | £12.50
NOV 18 | Ought + Kult Country | Sound Control | £12
NOV 21 | Chet Faker | The Ritz | £10
NOV 22 | Merchandise | Sound Control | £9
NOV 24 | Mac Demarco | Irish Centre, Leeds | £13
NOV 28 | Wytches and Telegram | Deaf Institute | £18

Woman’s Hour, Young Myths, Farao | Deaf Institute | Saturday 27 September

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Formed towards the back end of 2010, Woman’s Hour have spent the past couple of years slowly bringing their unique brand of slow burning, heavy hitting, modernist pop to the boil. Earning huge early success on blogs, the band chose to take their early success and use it as a cause for introspection – carefully crafting a series of limited singles through Dirty Bingo, Luv Luv Luv and Parlour Records, whilst ensuring all of their output stopped nothing short of icy brilliance.

Their debut record, Coversations, was released earlier this year to universal acclaim with Drowned in Sound noting “those undulating tones of utter desolation seep beyond skin deep with every fresh listen” and awarding 9/10, something backed up by DIY (“a dazzling debut”, 8/10), The Quietus (“pop music that looks you in the eye. If you meet their gaze, you won’t find any tears, but you will find understanding”, 8/10) and NME (“sad yet sultry… dreamy, largely synth-based songs”, 8/10).

Woman’s Hour – In Stillness We Remain on YouTube

Young Myths are among the brightest new lights emerging from a burgeoning Manchester scene. Variously described by Louder Than War as “music that floats and has a yearning… instantly addictive” and “beautifully direct… refreshing… relentless, sparkling with motion/emotion” by TRU LUV.

Young Myths – Hangman on YouTube

Now living in London but forever flecked with her Norweigan past, Farao has been widely tipped as one of the most exciting acts to come out of Scandinavia in a long while. The Guardian have been among her largest supporters, noting “Drawn to cold environs, Norway’s Farao makes windswept, but never chilly or brittle, electronic folk”, with both Time Out (“subtly supernatural… the next big thing to come out of the fjords”) and The Sunday Times (“Lilting, skewed… simple on the surface, deadly beneath”) also vocal advocates.

Farao – The Hours on YouTube

Tickets are £9 and available through See Tickets.

Jungle | Albert Hall | Thursday 26 February

JungleSince playing their debut Manchester show in October 2013, Jungle’s rise has been nothing short of meteoric. Starting with a series of 7″ singles that sold out within minutes of being made available, the self-styled collective signed to XL early this year and began recording their eponymous debut LP. Released to instant critical acclaim, it has since been shortlisted for the 2014 Mercury Prize alongside fellow Now Wave favourite FKA Twigs.

Jungle – Time on YouTube

Of all the reviewers who have fallen for the languid beauty of their album, it is perhaps Best Fit who got closest to capturing the band’s magic, awarding 8/10 and noting “Combining the pop world’s two biggest current loves – forward-thinking dance music and throwback soul/funk – Jungle are ticking every box on the ‘perfect debut’ checklist, and they’re doing it with pizazz”. The likes of Drowned in Sound (“Jungle’s burgeoning songwriting mastery is really showcased”, 8/10), Mojo (“Jungle skillfully replicate the sexy patinas of their varied influence”, 8/10) and NME (“There’s a tone of inner-city malaise, romantic ruin and psychedelic alienation”, 8/10) were among the many who concurred.

Tickets are £16 – pre-sale is available on Sandbag, and general sale starts on Wednesday 17 September on See Tickets.