For some artists, music is just a hobby they’ve translated into a career – for Daughn Gibson, it is Salvation. Slipping between unemployment and dangerous, low-paid, low-skilled jobs after quitting playing drums for punk band Pearls and Brass, Gibson started to sing as a way to ease the pain. With old Christian folk records as his base, Daughn set about redefining Americana with his 2012 debut All Hell. A sleeper hit in the truest sense, the steady slew of breathless reviews convinced SubPop to add him to their roster.
Daughn Gibson – The Sound of Law on YouTube
Following the unexpected success of his first LP, Daughn has quickly returned with Me Moan, a bolder, more expansive take on his beautifully broken sound. Plaudits are once again rolling in – Rough Trade named it their Album of the Month, with reviewers at NME (8/10), Drowned in Sound (9/10), The Guardian (8/10), Time Out (4/5), Uncut (8/10) and The Independent (4/5) among others all falling deeper in love with Gibson’s truly unique voice. This will be his first UK tour, and his first Manchester show.
Tickets are £9.50 advance and available through www.skiddle.com
In the very beginning, CocoRosie was made up of sisters Bianca (“Coco”) and Sierra (“Rosie”) Casady. Their story is often repeated but bears repeating: with Sierra living in Paris, attempting to make it as an opera singer, Bianca left New York to visit her sister for the first time in years. During the time they spent together, they recorded debut album La maison de mon rêve in a bathroom – and just like that, one of the world’s most subversive and wildly beautiful bands was born.
CocoRosie – After the Afterlife on YouTube
Though the two siblings remain the creative force in the group, their live show now often includes additional bassists, keyboardists and beatboxers. Now ten years on from that first LP, they’re now signed to City Slang records after a lengthy spell with SubPop, and have just released Tales of a Grass Widow, their fifth album. Perhaps the most acclaimed of their glittering career, Clash called it a “bewitching, beautiful album”, with The Independent agreeing that it contained the band’s “most satisfying, fully realised work so far”.
Tickets are £17.50 and available through www.skiddle.com
Jon Hopkins career to date has been one of constant progression and change. His latest album, Immunity, seems to have taken things to another level, though. Given a perfect score by Mixmag and an 8.5 Best New Music from Pitchfork, Hopkins seems to exist in a sonic spectrum out of the reach of other artists – something which even extends to his live show. Having created the LP with visuals in mind, Jon’s energetic performance will be supplemented by a full, immersive audiovisual experience.
Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal on Youtube
Hopkins has lead a long and successful career as a producer, collaborator and remixer. Along with King Creosote, Four Tet, James Yorkston, Nosaj thing and Wild Beats, he’s worked for Brian Eno, Coldplay and Imogen Heap. Having been working in music since the age of 17, his latest leap into visuals illustrates the boundless creative energy of an electronic great.
Tickets are £12.50 an available through http://www.skiddle.com/
First shown at Sundance Film Festival 2012, Searching for Sugarman documents the quest of two men to find fabled musician, Sixto Rodriguez. Filmed on a budget so small that some of the final scenes had to be recorded via an iPhone app, this emotive movie went on to become the most talked about documentary of 2012, picking up both a BAFTA and an Oscar for Best Documentary along with a whole host of other awards from across the globe.
Searching for Sugarman trailer on YouTube
Though almost unknown in his homeland of America, the two albums Rodriguez released in the 1970s became instant classics in South Africa, soundtracking the anti-establishment movie in a then-divided nation. Still loved as the decades rolled on, in the 1990s rumours began to circulate that Rodriguez had set fire to himself on stage and died. Universally acclaimed, this one-off showing gives the chance to see the search for the truth about Rodriguez on the big screen once more.
Tickets are £8 and available through http://www.seetickets.com/
Childhood met in Nottingham, where they quickly got bored of the local music scene so decided to start making their own music. Now living in London, the four piece can count NME (“Childhood are destined to be much more than mere local heroes”), Pitchfork (praising their “luminous guitar pop”) and The Guardian (who loved their “dreamily psychedelic melody, sinuous guitar lines and blissed-out Northern soul”) among their many admirers. With their debut single Blue Velvet long since sold out, their second double A side Solemn Skies/Semester – once again released on House Anxiety records, previously home to King Krule – is quickly going the same way. This will be their first headline Manchester show.
Childhood – Solemn Skies on YouTube
Like a lot of the best bands in Manchester recently, Kult Country are another band to have been put through their paces at Fuhrer Bunker. Having played many of their earlier shows at the SWAYS Records-owned venue, they released their debut 7″ on the imprint. Pressed on heavyweight vinyl, double A side Slowburn/Amongst The Dead Forever acts as a perfect introduction to the dreams and the drones of the band.
Kult Country – Slowburn on Youtube
Tickets are £5 advance and available from http://www.seetickets.com/