The Amazing Snakeheads | Wednesday 15 October | Sound Control


Signed to Domino Records, Glasgow’s The Amazing Snakeheads came out of nowhere with their now sold-out debut 7″ single Testifying Time last summer. Since then, they’ve gone on to be renowned as one of the most brutal and brilliant live bands around – with The Guardian journalist commenting in his review of their recent show for Other Voices festival that they were “a band so exciting I couldn’t sleep” – with The Times adding, “‘It’s been a long time since going to a gig was a visceral, unpredictable experience. [The Amazing Snakeheads are] one of Britain’s most exciting new bands”.

The Amazing Snakeheads – Nighttime on YouTube

Their debut album, Amphetamine Ballads, came out in April and has been rightly regarded as one of the most visceral and exciting debuts of the last decade. Drowned in Sound awarded it 9/10, calling it “A modern classic? Just maybe”, something backed up by The Guardian’s claims that the record “feels raw and potent and alive”, (8/10). Pitchfork premiered the album, while musicOMH (8/10), Best Fit (7/10) and Uncut (7/10) were all taken away by the power and aggression of the Glaswegians.

 Tickets are £9 and are available through See Tickets.

SBTRKT | Albert Hall | Tuesday 30 September


Having announced the release of his new album Wonder Where We Land yesterday, 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.

SBTRKT – New Dorp, New York ft. Ezra Koenig on Soundcloud

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 one more. Set for release on the 22 September, the album will continue SBTRKT’s long association with influential XL-affiliated label Young Turks, and sounds as though it is set to enhance the artist’s standing as one of the most exciting creative forces around.

Tickets are £17.50, and are available through pre-sale on SBTRKT’s website. This will be a 14+ show.

The Warehouse Project schedule unveiled | Sounds Of The Near Future ft. Kaytranada, Hudson Mohawke, Jackmaster + more | Saturday 25 October


The Warehouse Project has today announced their Autumn schedule for the 2014 season. Along with our collaboration for The Knife’s debut Manchester show at the Academy, Now Wave was also involved in the curating of Sounds Of The Near Future on Saturday 25th October, featuring:

Hudson Mohawke
Oneman as Can U Dance
Peanut Butter Wolf
Krystal Klear
Jonny Dub
+ more

Tickets are £25 are available from 10am Friday 25 July through the WHP site.

Other dates that have caught they eye featuring perennial Now Wave favourites include Four Tet curating Halloween with Caribou, James Blake’s 1-800 Dinosaur night on 8 November, Bonobo live on 21 Novement and finally Jamie XX and Jon Hopkins with John Talabot on 12 December.

See the full line-up on the WHP site.

The Knife | Manchester Academy | Wednesday 5 November


Formed in Gothenburg in 1999, The Knife are unarguably one of the most influential and revered bands of their generation. Over the course of 4 vastly different and increasingly intricate albums, siblings Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer have created works that have earned them critical and cultural acclaim. Perhaps best known for their 2006 LP Silent Shout (which featured the track Heartbeats, and turned into a mainstream hit by José Gonzalez), the duo’s music has consistently acted as a compass for their peers since the release of their eponymous album at the turn of the millennium.

The Knife – Heartbeats on YouTube

Last year, The Knife returned from a spell apart to put out Shaking the Habitual. A record that stands almost without compare in terms of its construction and soundscapes, critics once again fell over themselves to give praise. Pitchfork perhaps put it most succintly in their review (8.4/10, Best New Music) in saying “[Shaking the Habitual is] The Knife’s most political, ambitious, accomplished album, but in a strange way it also feels like its most personal” – something backed up by MSN Music (10/10), Paste (91%), The A.V Club (91%), FACT (9/10) and the BBC (9/10).

The Knife – Full Of Fire on YouTube

Despite their status, the Dreijers originally resisted the limelight afforded to them – notably by refusing to attend award ceremonies or give public interviews. This extended to their live performances, with The Knife only playing their first shows in 2006 shortly before going an extended hiatus. However, while in many respects remaining similarly elusive since their reformation in 2012, Karin and Olof have now embraced the live arena – their most recent London performance prompting The Quietus to wax lyrical, noting that the performance was “the fulcrum of all performance… by the time the unmistakable opening notes of closer ‘Silent Shout’ come in, between the strobes and beats, [the venue] resembles nothing so much as a superclub filled with devotees”. This will be their first ever Manchester show.

Tickets are £25 and are available through pre-sale here. General sale begins 9am Friday 18 July.

The Garden | Castle Hotel | Tuesday 12 August


The Garden is a constantly evolving, conceptual punk band based in Orange County, California. Established in in 2011 by twin brothers (and part time Yves Saint Laurent models) Wyatt and Fletcher Shears, the band consistently defies categorisation and continues to break ground in their self inflicted ‘Vada Vada’ genre. Their debut album ‘The Life And Times Of A Paperclip’, released last Summer, is both their most accessible output to date and a whirlwind of 16 of the most weirdly compelling punk tracks you can hear in 19 minutes.

The Garden – What We Are on YouTube

The twins draw inspiration from a background in punk classicism but remain unfettered and unselfconscious enough to infuse elements of 90s hip hop and big beat electronica. The Garden is the intellectual refute to critics of the post modern, pantheistic generation of music listener with an equal dose of punk irreverence and undistilled fury. Their two-piece bass and drums essence is dirty, raw and very immediate but equally nuanced with echoes of the hive mind of the Vadaverse, the ephemeral architecture that exists both inside and outside of the duo that the listener enters and never quite escapes. Together the twins are an acidic concoction; unstable, sexy and probably toxic.

The Garden’s shows are experiential, as powerful and philosophically confounding as they are glib and tricksy. There never is any time for explanations, only a sense of urgency and a rapid spiral into their parallel world. To be seduced and ensnared by mirror-image raconteurs, operating an addictive carnival ride of sound and movement that stops as abruptly as it starts, is a close approximation of The Garden experience

Tickets are £5 and are available through SeeTickets.