Preview: Friends, Academy 3

Friends are heading off on their European tour and luckily they’re paying Manchester a visit in May to play Academy 3. Having missed the band play in February at the Deaf Institute, I’m looking forward to catching some of this Brooklyn band’s deliriously upbeat pop wonders. Alternative bands seem to have been blossoming from New York’s underground scene for years, and even amongst all the other gems (Battles, Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors…) these guys still managed to make an impact, and their debut is due to be released June 5th on Lucky Number Music and Fat Possum Records.

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News: Now Wave launch Beatwolf radio show

We’re chuffed to have been asked to join the roster at brand new Manchester-based internet radio station Beatwolf Radio. As part of the Beatwolf family – which includes a fantastic website and record label – the new station has picked a range of presenters reflecting all aspects of Manchester’s scene and we’re lucky to be part of a group that includes Mike Joyce, Dave Haslam and 808 State as well as our friends Illum Sphere (Hoya:Hoya), John Thorp (Work Them) and Hit & Run. Our weekly show will be broadcast on Wednesdays, 8-10pm.

Listen to Beatwolf radio here.

News: Here We Go Magic headline The Deaf Institute

Here We Go Magic make their long-awaited return next month with ‘A Different Ship’, their third full-length and their second for Secretly Canadian. The Brooklyn five-piece, fronted by lead songwriter Luke Temple, have carved out a niche in guitar music, straddling a unique fine line between folk, psych and krautrock, and with their third album, due next month, produced by Radiohead’s ‘sixth member’ Nigel Godrich, they’ve continued to develop their sound on a larger scale. We’re excited to bring the band to Manchester for their first appearance here since headlining 2010’s Postcards From Manchester event, with a date at The Deaf Institute on Sunday 6th May.

Having released single ‘Make Up Your Mind’ from the LP, the band have made ‘A Different Ship”s second single ‘How Do I Know’ available. The track is available digitally now and will have a vinyl release on 22nd May to coincide with the album’s release.

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Tickets for Here We Go Magic at The Deaf Institute are now available from Skiddle and See Tickets.

News: Tennis return to Manchester

Last here supporting Sleigh Bells at their sell-out Now Wave show at The Deaf Institute last year, Tennis are set to return to Manchester this May for a headline appearance at Soup Kitchen. The Denver duo released ‘Young & Old’, the follow-up to debut LP ‘Cape Dory’, in February and have continued a move toward a stronger, clearer rock sound under the watchful production of The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney.

Carney’s production is evidenced best in return single ‘Origins’, which builds a gently twinkling melody around a confident, Suburbs-esque piano line. Celebrated by Pitchfork as a ‘nicely clanging… sprightly piano-popper’, the single was released last December.

Tickets for Tennis at Soup Kitchen are available from Skiddle and See Tickets.

Recommended: New No Ceremony single

Considering it marks their debut live performance, we’re pretty thrilled to have No Ceremony as part of our ‘New Sounds of the North’ event for FutureEverything. The Manchester band have released few details yet four tracks – including single ‘Heartbreaker’ (which features, pleasantly but somewhat inexplicably, Joey Santiago of Pixies fame) – have seen the light of day and mark them out as more than worthy of the attention they’ve gained. Indeed, they’ve already appeared on Amazing Radio’s Ones To Watch list for 2012 and a feature in The Guardian referred to them as ones to ‘tear you apart’.

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Tickets for ‘New Sounds of the North’ featuring alt-J and Money can be found here. More information of FutureEverything can be found here.