MONEY | The Ritz | Wednesday 10 February


One of our favourite acts of the last few years, Now Wave are proud to announce MONEY’s largest headline show to date, as they play The Ritz on Wednesday 10 February.

Tickets are available now through See Tickets, priced at £11.

Having long been one of the most impressive live acts around the Manchester scene, MONEY released their debut The Shadow Of Heaven. The record received instant acclaim, managing to capture – as it did – the unique sensation of seeing one of the band’s infamous early performances. The Fly perhaps described it best, noting “As closer ‘Black’ fades out, it’s clear MONEY have made something special and, maybe, even sacred”, and DIY adding “It really is a thing of beauty, and gets better with every listen; one of the surest signs of something that will ultimately be deemed timeless”.

MONEY – You Look Like A Sad Painting On Both Sides Of The Sky on YouTube

Two years on, MONEY have announced their follow-up record. Titled Suicide Songs, the record looks set to feel even more eerily intimate than it’s predecessor. Featuring themes that swing wildly between hopelessness and blind optimism, singer Jamie Lee said of the album, “I wanted the album to sound like it was ‘coming from death’ which is where these songs emerged. The record is morbid and bleak, and never resolves itself. The only real kind of triumphant realisation is being able to express the morbidity of the situation I found myself in”.

MONEY – Hold Me Forever on YouTube

Ducktails + Jaakko Eino Kalevi + Beaty Heart | Deaf Institute | Tuesday 17 November


Originally the solo project of Matt Mondanile (who is otherwise best known for being part of Real Estate), Ducktails has spiralled from being a solo endeavour recorded in the family tool shed to being a revered four piece. Now joined by Luka Usmiani, Alex Craig and Samuel Franklin, Mondanile and Ducktails have recently put out their fifth album, St. Catherin. Their second release for Domino Recordings (after 2013’s incredible The Flower Lane), the latest record feels more expansive and polished than the project had ever been before – which seems to have contributed to acclaim across the board, with Wire (8/10), DIY (8/10) and The Observer (8/10) among those who were effusive about the LP. Drowned in Sound (8/10) were equally glowing, noting “This is comfortably the best effort from Matt Mondanile to date. A tribute to the power of not just belief but also the idea that patience can be your best weapon in terms of creating your best work.”

Ducktails – Surreal Exposure on YouTube

Support comes from Jaakko Eino Kalevi and Beaty Heart

For years, Jaakko Eino Kalevi was a cult figure in his hometown of Helsinki. Working part-time as a tram driver, Jaakko released a slew of material before eventually being picked up by Weird World for his first international release – something which has exponentially increased his following. His label describe his work as “softly psychedelic pop [blending] funk and folk in an intriguing and highly satisfying manner” – however, the critics have been a limit more floral, with DIY describing his eponymous latest LP as “layer upon layer of vocal, groove, and percussion… a reminder that pop can be both for your head and your feet”.

Jaakko Eino Kalevi – Double Talk on YouTube

Formed in 2010 at Goldsmiths in London, Beaty Heart spent years as darlings of the blog world before finally putting out their debut album Mixed Blessings last year. It was well worth the wait, with Best Fit describing the record as “a kaleidoscopic haze of joyful percussive beats and bouncy vocals” in their 7.5/10 review.

Beaty Heart – Banana Bread on YouTube

Tickets are £10 and can be found on See Tickets.

Kurt Vile close to selling out | The Ritz | Wednesday 18 November


Tickets are now running extremely low for the forthcoming Kurt Vile show at The Ritz. Those looking to attend are advised to book beforehand or risk disappointment.

Tickets can be purchased through See Tickets for £15 here.

Bewitched by lo-fi figureheads like Beck, Pavement, and Smog, along with a love for classics like Petty, Creedence, and Neil Young, Kurt Vile recorded his first songs and self-distributed them on CD-R between 2003 and 2007. Since then, he’s become one of the world’s most revered cult artists, with his latest LP – b’lieve i’m goin down… perhaps being his finest work to date with opener Pretty Pimpin arguably being his most finely honed pop song to date.

Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin on YouTube

Support for this show now comes from Lushes, who Stereogum described as “a band that screws with that expectation as much as they embrace it, though. Every time they seem like they might break into an abrupt noise attack, they cut to a gentle moment of beauty, or add a flourish of synths.”

Lushes – Traffic on YouTube

Ghostpoet added to Alt-J + Horrors show | Manchester Central | Sunday 29 November


Already one of the most exciting bills of the year, we’re proud to announce that Al-J and The Horrors will be joined at their Manchester Central show by Ghostpoet.

Ghostpoet – Off Peak Dreams on YouTube

The working name of Obaro Emijiwe, Ghostpoet came to the fore with his astonishing debut LP. Working under his now famous Ghostpoet moniker, Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam was released through the mega influential Brownswood label, and quickly became regarded as one of the most affecting, heartfelt and important records of the decade so far. Nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize, the self-produced LP gave a platform for Obaro’s unique voice and unparalleled ability for storytelling.

Ghostpoet – Cash & Carry Me Home on YouTube

Having sat on the panel for the 2014 edition, this year Ghostpoet has once again been nominated for the Mercury Award for his latest LP, Shedding Skin – a record accurately summed up by Mojo as “anthems of vague disquiet, and an utterly satisfying sense of an artist following his own directs and nobody else’s”.

Tickets are £29 and are available now.

Deerhunter + Atlas Sound | The Ritz | Friday 6 November

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One of the most important and influential bands of the past decade, Now Wave are proud to welcome Deerhunter to Manchester this Friday. Made up of Bradford Cox, Lockett Pundt, Moses Archuleta and Josh McKay, the four piece have been responsible for some of the most recognisable and gamechanging sounds of the new millennium, having inarguably crafted at least 3 of this generation’s seminal albums in CryptogramsWeird Era Cont., and Halcyon Digest among various other gems. 

Deerhunter – Breaker on YouTube

Due to exceptional demand, this show has been upgraded to The Ritz. Orginal bookings remain valid, and tickets will be available on the door. Support comes from Atlas Sound – the solo project of one Bradford Cox – in what promises to be one of the year’s most memorable double headers.

Tickets are £15 and can be purchased through Dice and See Tickets.