Taking some time away from his other project, The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile started working under his own name, putting out the album Constant Hitmaker through the influential psyche label Woodsist in 2008. A year later, touring the follow-up God Is Saying This to You, Vile played his first Manchester show at The Deaf Institute on Monday 14 December. 4 years to the day later, off the back of his fifth studio LP Walkin on a Pretty Daze, he returns again to play Manchester Academy 2. Having long since earned a cult following, this show has sold out long in advance – but if you’ve missed out, watch this snippet of footage from that original show, courtesy of Martin Thomas, below:
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.
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.
Please note that this show has now been upgraded from the initial venue of Sound Control to The Ritz – all original tickets remain valid.
Depending on which release date you go off (originally put out through singer Andrew Savage’s Dull Tools label in 2012, it saw a wider release in 2013 through What’s Yr Rupture), Parquet Courts Light Up Gold is undisputably one of the best albums of either this year or last. However, their follow-up EP – released worldwide in October – has now been NME’s favourite of 2013. Read what the magazine said and stream the EP in full below.
As a snapshot of where a band are at a particular point in their career, an EP doesn’t always require cohesion to be successful – sometimes it’s just as important that it brims with possibilities for the album that will eventually follow. That was certainly the case with ‘Tally All The Things That You Broke’, a release that bolstered Parquet Courts’ reputation as one of 2013’s best young bands.
Read the full run-down here
Following their triumphant first Manchester show at Gorilla in 2013, Parquet Courts return to play Manchester Academy 2 on Saturday 15 January. Tickets are £13 and are available through SeeTickets.
Upon its release, the critical acclaim for Days are Gone were matched by its sales, reaching #1 in the UK charts. The Quietus commented that “Days Are Gone… is properly great, sounding effortless and breezy in a way that only something worked over like a jewel can”, a sentiment echoed by The Guardian (4/5), who noted “For now, Days Are Gone makes them seem an increasingly rare thing: a guitar band heralded as a sure thing, who still feel like a sure thing once you’ve heard their debut album”, with reviewers from The L.A. Times (8.8/10), Pitchfork (8.0/10), The Observer (8/10), NME (8/10), Mojo (4/5) and many more falling for the record.
Since starting out just before the turn of the millennium, Simon Green – better known as Bonobo – has been renowned as one of the UK’s most brilliantly eclectic and talented producers. His ability to create intricate, complex rhythms from seemingly disparate samples has become one of his many trademarks – one of the many reasons for his fruitful and long standing relationship with seminal label Ninja Tune
Following on from his massively acclaimed 2010 LP Black Sands, it was with the fifth album of his career – The North Borders – that Bonobo finally found the wider audience he has long deserved. Clash Music called it “a triumph–each listen is a revelation; seemingly it’s a breadth of work that marks a new, exciting era of electronic music”, awarding it 9/10 – Mixmag (“an accomplished record”, 8/10), Resident Advisor (“charming, fascinating and a touch mysterious”, 8/10), and CMJ (“real depth and distinction”, 8/10) were among the many others to fall for it. Though working alone on the creation of the album, Bonobo’s live show sees him play with a full ensemble. Encompassing 12 people – including strings and brass – it promises to be a performance that adds an extra dimension to an already wonderfully complex sound.