Bill Ryder-Jones | Deaf Institute | Friday 4 March

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Following a sold out show at Gullivers in November, Bill Ryder-Jones returns to Manchester in 2016 to play Deaf Institute on March 4th. Coming to prominence as the lead guitarist and one of the main creative forces of The Coral, Ryder-Jones has since become somewhat of a musical polyglot, writing film scores, performing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and, of course, releasing his own critically acclaimed albums.

Bill Ryder-Jones – Two To Birkenhead on YouTube

Signed to Domino Records, he put out three much-vaunted LPs (2011’s If… and A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart Piggy Soundtrack, both in 2013) before releasing his most accomplished work to date earlier this year with West Kirby County Primary. Below is a small section of what critics have had to say about it:

Clash, 8/10
“A transcendent return.”

Skiddle
“A masterfully crafted piece.”

God Is In The TV, 4/5
“His strongest material to date.”

The Line of Best Fit, 8.5/10
“Bill Ryder-Jones has confirmed his place among this country’s most vital contemporary songwriters.”

Pop Matters
“Shows yet again what a talented musician and songwriter he is.”

Music OMH, 4/5
“Unmistakeably the best of Ryder-Jones’ albums to date.”

Tickets are £10 and can be bought through See Tickets.

Animal Collective | Academy 2 | Wednesday 13 April

Animal Collective

Formed in 1999, Animal Collective have long been one of the most exciting and engaging bands around – shaping the musical landscape with their releases both as individuals and as part of the group. Made up of David Portner (who also releases solo material under the guise of Avey Tare), Noah Lennox (Panda Bear), Brian Weitz (Geologist) and Josh Dibb (Deakin), the outift are resoponsible for some of the century’s most distinctive and seminal LPs. Perhaps best known for 2009’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, 2012’s Centipede Hz and 2007’s Strawberry Jam, the band will return in 2016 with new album Painting With, released through Domino.

Animal Collective – FloriDada on YouTube

The first track taken from the album, FloriDada, exhibits the same ear for innovation, and unique songcraft that has long been their hallmark. Vice described the track as “the springy, excited music we’ve all come to know the group for”, with The Fader adding “it’s bright and brash and it brims with youthful energy”. In preparation for the release of the record, Animal Collective have curated a Spotify playlist comprising their personal highlights of the first 15 years of their career, which can be found here.

Tickets are £16 and can be found on See Tickets from 9am, 11 December