News: Now Wave retire from promoting, begin new career in lost property returns

After last week’s New Sounds of the North extravaganza at Quay House, headliners Alt-J had such a good time they forgot to take all of their equipment home with them. Charged with returning their personalised music stand in time for their show in Birmingham last night, Wesley decided to up the ante and take said stand on a day trip to some of the most exciting attractions of the North West (including Formby beach and the electricity substation in Piccadilly Gardens). In the end, the band’s Birmingham date was cancelled after more equipment got left behind (this time courtesy of Air France’s baggage handlers) but Wesley and his new friend had a day to remember regardless.

News: The Walkmen headline HMV Ritz

The Walkmen return this summer with ‘Heaven’, their seventh album and the follow-up to 2010’s critically acclaimed ‘Lisbon’, and Now Wave are proud to bring them back to Manchester for a headline show at HMV Ritz on Tuesday 30th October as part of the band’s first UK tour since the start of last year.

Having been welcomed back with a coveted ‘Best New Music’ selection on Pitchfork for comeback single ‘Heaven’, the New York-based five-piece have been selected to act as main support for Florence + The Machine’s extensive US tour this July. The Walkmen are renowned for their explosive live shows, with lead singer Hamilton Leithauser only rivalled by The National’s Matt Berninger in talent and stage presence, and the band as a whole having built a reputation as one of the most lyrically intimate, and yet musically ambitious, guitar bands of this generation. Celebrating ten years since the release of their debut album ‘Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone’, The Walkmen have continued to prove themselves as potent and vital as day one and this October marks a chance to see a band at the height of their powers showcasing brand new material for the first time.

Main support comes from Virginia-based dream-pop band Wild Nothing, whose 2010 debut LP on respected label Captured Tracks was described as “lusciously textured” and “perfectly formed” (BBC) and received an 8.2 rating and the tag of ‘Best New Music’ from Pitchfork.

Tickets for The Walkmen at HMV Ritz are available from Skiddle and See Tickets.

Recommended: Brand new Now Wave mix

As a follow-up to our genre-spanning mixes and an accompaniment to our new weekly show on Beatwolf Radio, we decided it was time to put together a fresh collection of our stand-out new tracks. Our May 2012 mix features new cuts from past Now Wave guests Disclosure, Death Grips and Grimes (who returns to Manchester to headline Sound Control on 30th August) as well as the upcoming likes of Bondax and No Glow.

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1. Actress – Glint
2. Bondax – You’re So
3. Bobby Tank – Circles
4. Disclosure – Flow
5. XXXY – I Know This (Can’t Be Love)
6. No Glow – Toronto
7. Death Grips – Bitch Please
8. Hudson Mohawke – CBAT
9. Nicki Minaj – I Am Your Leader (Ft. Cam’ron & Rick Ross)
10. RL Grime – Treadstone
11. Romare – Down The Line (It Takes A Number)
12. Lianne La Havas – Forget (Shlomo Remix)
13. Grimes – Be A Body
14. Elite Gymnastics – Here In Heaven 4 (CFCF Remix)