UPCOMING SHOWS





Otoboke Beaver
(Japan)
Say Sue Me
Leggy
(South Korea) (OH, USA) 
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Wednesday 18th April, 7.00pm

Otoboke Beaver おとぼけビ~バ~ are a punk-rock-garage quartet from Kyoto, Japan named after a local‘Love Hotel’-they describe themselves as: “Japanese girls ‘knock out or pound cake’ band”.

Formed in 2009’s summer in Kyoto, Japan, and consists of Accorinrin (Lead Vocal & Guitar), Yoyoyoshie (Guitar & Vocals), Hiro-chan (Bass & Vocals) and Pop (Drums & Vocals
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Live the band often invade the audience, often with guitarist Yoshie crowd-surfing whilst playing wild riffs flawlessly. Sonically, it’s crazed, deranged garage, punk-rock-pop at break-neck speed and everyone sings in Japanese, often in Kyoto slang.

2017 was a breakthrough year for the band with premieres in Pitchfork, NPR, i-D and The Fader, astonishing SXSW/Fuji Rock debuts, a sold-out 100 Club gig and their ‘Love Is Short’ 7” sat in the UK charts for 4 weeks. 2018 promises to just as exciting.

'The Kyoto feminist punks Otoboke Beaver blaze through “Love Is Short” with all the gravitational force of a brick to the ground. It’s sheer calamity and deliriously fun—supercharged, sugar-rush hardcore with breathless vocals, pogoing rhythms, and torrential DayGlo riffs…the fire of “Love Is Short” recalls a lineage of patriarchy-scorching girl-gang shrieks, from the Slits’ “Shoplifting” to Bikini Kill’s “Liar” and beyond.'
Pitchfork

'Their Riot Grrrl attitudes and passion for noise-rock make them stand out as true renegades in the underground scene.'
i-D

'The Kyoto-based Otoboke Beaver takes in the history of Japanese punk and runs with scissors in hand towards the bonkers-noise of early Boredoms, Afrirampo’s uninhibited avant-punk, and the revved-up garage-rock of Shonen Knife (and maybe a little bit of John Zorn‘s blistering Naked City, just to put it over the top). Punk is rarely this charmingly vicious.'

NPR

'Not new, just new to us. Unhinged garage-punk from Japanese all-woman quartet-not to be missed.'

The Guardian

 


Say Sue Me

Say Sue Me are a surf-inspired indie rock quartet from Busan, South Korea. Friends since 5th grade Jae Young (Bass) and Kim Byungkyu (guitar) met drummer kang Semin at high school and played in band’s together until the winter of 2012, when one day they were drinking tea and beer at a tea shop in Nampo-dong, when Sumi arrived. They liked her speaking voice and immediately offered her a spot as the vocalist in a new band that would become Say Sue Me. Sumi Choi turned out to be a natural at songwriting.

‘Because its vibrant and catchy instrumentation does so much work, 'Old Town' suggests less the ache of being alone in a city than it does the tingly feeling that accompanies a life-changing milestone.’
Pitchfork

'Twee, but not too twee, Busan, South Korea four-piece Say Sue Me is my favorite recent random discovery. They released this endearing, 18-song self-titled album in April. Really sweet, melodic rock that makes me feel like I’m in high school.'

The Fader

Tickets for this show are £12.50 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from Crash Records and Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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 Lilly Hiatt
Boss Caine
Gullivers, Manchester
Thursday 19th April, 7.30pm

We're excited to be working with Lilly for the first time in Manchester in April. Her new album Trinity Lane is great.

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Hiatt’s love of the ‘90s alt-rock she was raised on shines through on Trinity Lane in the distressed guitars and urgent backbeats. She cites the Pixies, Breeders, Dinosaur Jr., and her favorite, Pearl Jam as influences, but there is also something distinctly Americana lurking in the songs. After moving out of an ex’s house, Hiatt settled into a new apartment off of Trinity Lane in her East Nashville neighborhood and went on tour with friend John Moreland to the West Coast and back. The intensely personal, autobiographical album was written largely upon her return, in isolation, facing the issues she escaped while on the road. Every time she wanted a man, she picked up her guitar. Every time she wanted a drink, she picked up her guitar. Hiatt says, "Love will take you to the darkest places but also the most honest places if you let it. Learning how to love myself is something I’ve always been lousy with, and I spent some time on that. I thought about my sobriety, what that means to me, the struggles I’d had throughout the years, since I was a 27-year-old and hung up my toxic drinking habit. I thought about my mother, who took her own life when I was a baby, not far from my age at 30 years old, and I related to her more than ever. As you can see, there was plenty of time spent on my own. I didn’t talk to that many folks, albeit a few close friends, and leaned into my family. I stayed away from men, and danced alone in the evenings, looking out my window observing my humble and lively neighborhood. I found power in being by myself. I found peace in the people I was surrounded with - we didn’t really know one another, but we smiled when passed on the street. One time I almost rear-ended an older woman in her car backing out of my driveway and I said, ‘Oh man, I’m just not used to any cars coming around this bend. She replied, ‘This is our little hideout, baby,’ And it really was." She continues, "After a while, I had all these songs to play, and wanted to share them. I wanted to get out of town to get some distance from everything, so after an ongoing conversation with Michael Trent, I took my band to Johns Island, SC and we holed up for a few weeks. I poured my heart out, and trusted them with it, and these guys gave it right back. I think we all understood what it’s like to question home, intention, demons, love...I think most people understand that."

Lilly Hiatt is set to return with Trinity Lane on August 25th, 2017. The 12-song set was produced by Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope and engineered by Andy Dixon at Trent’s Studio Bees in Johns Island, SC. In addition to her backing band, Trent is featured as a musician throughout, and is joined by his wife and Shovels & Rope partner Cary Ann Hearst for backing vocals on "Everything I Had."

"Lilly is as real and honest of a songwriter as they come,” says Trent. “Fearless and thoughtful and a total joy to be around." NPR Music is premiering the full album as a “First Listen," stating, "On Trinity Lane, the third album by this fixture of Nashville's indie scene and first for New West...she's devoted to excruciatingly revealing expression, deftly manipulating the tone and perspective of her songwriting from track to track. Her treatment of pain can, remarkably, feel both considered and diaristic." They continue, "Her willingness to portray herself in moments of anger or neediness that others might deem unseemly, particularly coming from a woman, and to examine gender divisions in emotional labor at close range, is courageous and affecting.”

Paste Magazine previously premiered the video for the album’s single "The Night David Bowie Died,” exclaiming that Trinity Lane is "going to be one for the books." Of the song, Hiatt offered, "The night David Bowie died, I was in disbelief. I wanted to talk to someone, but it was too late to make a phone call. I cried quietly and went to bed. The next day, I picked up my guitar and hit record on Garage Band. I started to sing and those were the first words that came out. I felt like Bowie was giving me a little gift."

"The daughter of John Hiatt, she keeps the family tradition alive, mixing Southern influences - Americana, folk and left-of-center country - with a raw approach that’s better suited to the garage than the saloon. The album’s title track is no exception...the song finds Hiatt making peace with her old demons, while guitars crash and pianos chime in the background. Trinity Lane' is an empowerment anthem stocked with details from Hiatt’s everyday life, from the name of her street to the smell of her neighbour’s cooking."
Rolling Stone Country

In celebration of the album’s release, Hiatt will embark on a North American headlining tour that kicks off August 24th in Lexington, KY followed by a Nashville release party on August 25th at Fond Object. She will also participate in the WEA/ADA Nashville Record Store Crawl on August 26th with an in-store performance at Grimey’s New & Preloved Music. While on tour, Hiatt will stop back through her hometown once more for an official showcase at the 18th annual AMERICANAFEST. She has also announced additional Fall dates in support of Old 97’s.


Tickets for this show are £10 in advance.
 
You can get tickets online from here.

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Katie Von Schleicher
Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds

Saturday 28th April, 7.30pm

Hot on the heels of her triumphant Leeds show opening for Big Thief, Katie returns to the city with her band to play an intimate show at The Hyde Park Book Club. On sale now!


Katie Von Schleicher’s Bleaksploitation was an accident, years in the making. While interning at Ba Da Bing Records, owner Ben Goldberg offered that she make a cassette for the label to release. It could be anything, demos or a live performance, but she took it a bit more seriously than Goldberg intended. The result was her first self-produced and engineered effort, a strange, hazy, pop-laden tape. Doing her own press under a pseudonym and referring to it as an “album,” Von Schleicher garnered enough attention for Bleaksploitation to see it released on vinyl in Spring 2016.

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On her debut full-length, Von Schleicher strikes again on the magic that comes from her warped and uncompromising sound. Shitty Hits channels the bright, sunny radio burners of the 1970’s, songs you drive to, carefree, and songs you can cry to.

From start to finish, Shitty Hits confronts feelings of isolation and powerlessness. Opener ‘The Image’ (named for Daniel Boorstein’s The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-events in America) finds Von Schleicher at bottom, struggling for perspective: “The image runs and runs together / I’m glancing at it on a screen / I can’t tell you how I feel / It runs and runs together / I’m standing beneath it.” Overheated vocals, distorted drums and unwieldy guitars push back, unrelenting. Von Schleicher fights to get out of her head the way Springsteen tries beating it out of town. Shitty Hits doesn’t tackle grandiosity, but mediocrity; the struggle of being deeply flawed and unmistakably human.

Conjuring the home recorded sound of Paul McCartney’s McCartney or Jeff Buckley’s Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk, Shitty Hits was created on a tape machine at Von Schleicher’s childhood home in Maryland. Where Bleaksploitation courted a kind of sonic nihilism, Shitty Hits shows confidence and growth. It ends in unflinching self-realization, as Von Schleicher sings “Where is everything I hold to be true? / When you feel like you’re a door they’re knocking on / Or worse, that no one passes through / Do I hold my life? / No one’s gonna sell it back / Over my head.” Words form the questions, answers are given in sound.
 

'Katie Von Schleicher’s debut tackles feelings of mediocrity and turns them into something grand instead.'
Loud & Quiet: 8/10
 

'Brilliant debut from wry US writer.'
Uncut 8 / 10

Tickets for this show are £7 in advance.

You can get tickets
in person from Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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秘部痺れ - Hibushibire
Contact High
The Fulford Arms, York
Sunday 29th April, 7.30pm.


HIBUSHIBIRE are an Osaka based Japanese hard psychedelic freak out rock band. The band was formed by guitarist Chang Chang and bassist 821 as a improvisation jam rock band in 2012, the present line-up has been in place since 2015.

The present members are:

Chang Chang (freak out Guitar/Vocal) who makes shred guitar his strong point and is given the nickname Psychedelic young nobleman
821 (freak out Bass/Chorus) who is playing an active part by various bands
Ryu Matsumoto (freak out Drums) who play with a large number of domestic and foreign musicians as improvisation drummer.


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The band which consists of a member with many carriers, and their musical style changed to hard psychedelic rock accompanied by several times of members change. The large portion of the HIBUSHIBIRE's musicality is influenced by 60's hard rock, 70's progressive rock and additionally various psychedelic music, and they are pursuing original music committed to be ROCK and PSYCHEDELIC.

HIBUSHIBIRE were recently dubbed the “Advance party of a next generation psychedelic rock band” by Japanese freak out guitar guru Kawabata Makoto of Acid Mothers Temple, Mainliner etc

Freak Out Orgasm! is first studio album by HIBUSHIBIRE in their 4th year.

They had chance to record studio album during 4 years, several times, but they could not because of member change etc

The ‘Freak Out Orgasm!’ album was recorded in just one day at Helluva Lounge (their home ground venue), and it was overdubbed with folk     instruments such as Zurna, Santur, and an electronic sound of synthesizer in order to make more psychedelic.

It was mixed by producer Kawabata Makoto of Acid Mothers Temple at his mountain top studio temple in Osaka. It became more psychedelic and exciting by making him a producer. When the show, they play songs with interplay, so it is often played long length. Tracks that are included in the album are the shortest version. ‘Deep Throat River Holy Mountain High’ is representative song of HIBUSHIBIRE, and the band often play that various versions. ‘Freak Out Orgasm!’ is the album just like a business card for the rock scene around the world to HIBUSHIBIRE. However, it might be not limited to that.

The band have many musical influences, amongst them being Acid Mothers Temple / High Rise / Mainliner / Blue Cheer / Cactus / Captain Beefheart / Comets On Fire / Frank Zappa / Funkadelic / Gong / Grand Funk Railroad / Hawkwind / King Crimson / Mountain / Sun City Girls / Sir Load Baltimore / Trad Gras Och Stenar / Ash Ra Tempel / CAN / Black Sabbath etc  


Tickets for this show are £6 in advance.

You can get tickets
in person from the venue, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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Steven Adams & The French Drops
Triangle Triangle Triangle + Charlie Tophill
The Fulford Arms, York
Saturday 5th May, 7.30pm


One of our favourite ever songwriters ensembles a killer new band and tours the nation to his adoring fans. The new Steven Adams and The French Drops album will be released the day before this show so let’s all celebrate in some fine style.

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In the wake of critically acclaimed solo album, 2016’s intimate ‘Old Magick’, and several years of one man shows, Steven Adams has a new band. He’s joined by Daniel Fordham and David Stewart, rhythm section with psych-folk oddballs The Drink, guitarist Michael Wood (Singing Adams/The Leaf Library/Hayman Kupa Band) and a rotating cast of guest musicians. Steven Adams, aka, The Singing Adams, aka Steven James Adams, was in The Broken Family Band. 


‘National treasure has a great new band’
The Guardian


Tickets for this show are £8 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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The Deep Dark Woods
Kacy & Clayton
The Crescent, York
Friday 11th May, 7.30pm

Our beautiful Canadian friends are finally back in York in May!

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Floods and plagues, ghosts and slaughter: woe to those who populate the songs of Yarrow. A gentle summer breeze swings the gallows ropes, flowers bloom callously on lovers’ graves. These anthems are definitely not from Eden.

The Deep Dark Woods’ newest album was borne in a fever – scarlet fever, to be medically specific. A disease of the last century is a fitting backdrop for songs that dig bare handed into the loam to unearth the corpses of old English folk and country blues. Yarrow is Deep Dark Woods reimagined by leadman Ryan Boldt, and accompanied by the same band that crafted prairie psychedelics and a “loose grungy folk sound” (Paste) for flannelites. For nearly ten years they developed an international following with particular success in the Americana realm, nominated alongside Alabama Shakes and Dawes for Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2012 Americana Music Awards.

Now wrest out of the woods, their outlook is decidedly more macabre, tapping into a rich vein of gothic surrealism that aligns with some of the great murder balladeers of our time. With Appalachian soil under his fingernails, Boldt writes in a deep tradition of bleak and forlorn storytelling, drawing lines from Ireland to Tennessee, the Oxford Girl to Folsom Prison.

In Yarrow, there’s a juicy unease to frontman Boldt’s presence, as if a new door has opened to let loose the weirdness. In place of the freewheelin’ jammy vibe there’s a darker, stranger tenor that sides with those modern mystics whose music exists in the creepier, freakier corners of existence.

The Deep Dark Woods have developed an international following with particular success in the Americana realm, nominated alongside Alabama Shakes and Dawes for Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2012 Americana Music Awards. Originally from Saskatchewan and now based on the west coast, The Deep Dark Woods fuse spooky prairie folk with Texas country blues and California psychedelia.

‘For years, haunting ballads and rousing stompers that sound like they’ve been pulled from the darkest depths of history have been the bread and butter for Saskatchewan quintet Deep Dark Woods.’
Vice Noisey

‘Often compared to other Canadian artists like The Band, Gordon Lightfoot and Neil Young, The Deep Dark Woods have worked hard to create a loose, grungy folk sound that—for all its references to the past—is increasingly their own.’
Paste


Kacy & Clayton

Fellow Canadians Kacy & Clayton have recently released their stunning third album. It was produced by Jeff Tweedy who took the band on the road in the autumn opening all shows on Wilco's last American tour. Classic, sixties-style folk rock with soaring vocals and intricate guitar work, this pair are incredibly talented so come down early.

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Tickets for this show are £12 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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Damo Suzuki
Neuschlaufen
The Crescent, York
Sunday 13th May, 7.30pm

A genuinely unique talent, Damo Suzuki found fame after krautrock legends CAN found him busking in the streets of 70s Cologne. Immediately drafting him in to replace Malcolm Mooney, the band, oft-considered one of the single greatest outfits in western musical history went on to record a plethora of seminal LPs, including TAGO MAGO and EGE BAMYASI.

Damo Suzuki's never-ending tour here makes a rare stop-off in York, where he will perform with an assembly of hand-picked local musicians. Suzuki's synthetic language creates an absolutely astonishing performance, his voice remains a beautiful philosopher's stone, the alchemical jigsaw piece of the krautrock puzzle.


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Tickets for this show are £10 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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Wussy
The Castle Hotel, Manchester
Thursday 24th May, 7.30pm
The Crescent, York
Friday 25th May, 7.30pm

Wussy formed in 2001 when retired Stonemason, Chuck Cleaver (formerly of Ass Ponys) and Lisa Walker began playing together as result of a dare. The duo’s first performance was largely unplanned but went without incident, so Mark Messerly was recruited on bass and later Joe Klug on drums. The band’s newest member, pedal-steel player John Erhardt, has enabled Wussy to truly come into its own. Cleaver and Walker share singing and songwriting duties, trading lead vocals, harmonising, and singing in vocal swoops and patterns on top of each other, sharing tales of the supernatural combined with day-in-the-life portraits, both disquieting and tranquil.

Wussy have evolved over the last decade to become forerunners of New Midwestern Psychedelia. The band are known both for their songwriting and varied sonic palette, often drawing comparisons to admitted heroes, Television, Velvet Underground, Crazy Horse and Yo La Tengo. Wussy have recorded sessions for BBC 6Music’s Marc Riley/Gideon Coe and KEXP. They have showcased at SXSW and CMJ, and have supported several tours for fellow Ohioans Afghan Whigs and Heartless Bastards, as well as sharing the stage with bands such as Yo La Tengo, The Breeders, Best Coast, Mudhoney, Shonen Knife, Okkervil River, The Mekons, COME, Wreckless Eric and Jeffrey Lewis.


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Press:

‘If Michael Stipe Co-wrote songs with Morrissey…then hired Niel Young, Crazy horse and the Cowboy Junkies to play them, and asked Kevin Shields to mix them, then the results would be… a bit like Forever Sounds’
The Sunday Times

‘Wussy’s ragged Ohio racket hits biblical proportions on ‘Forever Sounds.‘’
**** SPIN Album of the Week

“The album is full of darkly valiant shoegaze, music that is cozy enough to hibernate under.’
Pitchfork

‘In the hands of less adept acts, these parts might be oil and water; but America’s best songwriting band might now be among its best soundscaping ones.’
SPIN

‘Swirling, psych-rock riffs that expand outward seemingly without end’
The A.V. Club

‘If you’re not familiar with the fuzzy


dream pop psych of Cincinnati’s Wussy, you’re in for a treat.’
Noisey

Tickets for the Manchester show are £10 in advance and yo
u can buy them online from here.
 
Tickets for the York show are £9 in advance. You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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Superchunk
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Monday 28th May, 7.30pm

We're delighted to be promoting one of only three UK shows with mighty Chapel Hill college-rock band Superchunk around the release of their new album, 'What A Time To Be Alive'.

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The urgency of current events after the demoralizing 2016 election gave Mac, Laura, Jim, and Jon of Superchunk the momentum to make something new sooner than later. “It would be strange to be in a band, at least our band, and make a record that completely ignored the surrounding circumstances that we live in and that our kids are going to grow up in.” Enter What a Time to Be Alive, Superchunk’s first album in over four years. It’s a record, says Mac, “about a pretty dire and depressing situation but hopefully not a record that is dire and depressing to listen to.”

Indeed, like so much of Superchunk’s music in the band’s nearly three decades together, the songs on What a Time to Be Alive meet rage and anxiety head-on with the catharsis and exhilaration of loud punk fire and vulnerable pop energy. Like 2013’s I Hate Music, which focused on death, loss, and the role of music in an aging life, What a Time to Be Alive brings spirit to the frontlines of pain—it’s as defiant as it is despairing, as much a call to arms as a throwing up of hands.

Written almost entirely between November 2016 and February 2017, What a Time to Be Alive was recorded and mixed by Beau Sorenson, who also worked on I Hate Music. The record also has more guest backing vocalists than any previous Superchunk album, including Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog, Sweet Spirit), Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee), Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields), Skylar Gudasz, and David Bazan.


Tickets for this show are £18 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from Crash Records and Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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GospelbeacH
The Hanging Stars
Gullivers, Manchester
Tuesday 29th May, 7.30pm

The second album from GospelbeacH continues to deftly honor the grand tradition of West Coast rock and roll. This time around it's more 70's FM rock than 60's AM gold, more cosmo than country with a theme of timeless love.

Straightforward, inviting songwriting and singing by Brent Rademaker (a founding member of Beachwood Sparks).

Warm classic production and tight harmonies once again by guitarist/vocalist Jason Soda. Recorded in Los Angeles at Palomino Sound, Jason's new 1970's vintage artisan recording studio. Third GospelbeacH core member Jonny Niemanns cascading piano, organ and mellotron fill out the albums rich sound.

In the tradition of the Troubadour scene of the 1970's Another Summer of Love features some of the GospelbeacH friends and Los Angeles's finest players and singers including, Pearl Charles, Miranda Lee Richards, members of Wilco, Mapache, Eels, and pickers from the Grand Ole Echo.

The album artwork features reflective photography by GospelbeacH guitarist/singer Neal Casal and Allah-Las drummer Matthew Correia.


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 Press:

Whether you call it power pop, folk rock or alt-country (at times all of these terms apply) GospelbeacH are bursting with melody, with terrific harmonies to boot. This is straight-up genius song writing: honest, brilliantly played and superbly produced.
Louder Than War (9/10)

Aesthetically, what sets this one apart from their debut, Pacific Surf Line, is the sound: more 70’s FM rock than 60’s AM gold. Rademaker’s writing continues to evolve becoming tighter and poppier with a warmer more classic rock feel, nodding heavily towards early power poppers Cheap Trick, Big Star and fellow Floridian ex-pat Tom Petty. Not to worry, those sweet vocal harmonies are still there (along with the cascading guitar solos)…
Aquarium Drunkard

More refined nods to the Flying Burrito Brothers twang that informed Rademaker’s former group, Beachwood Sparks.
Magnet Magazine


The Hanging Stars

London-based psych-folk-country quintet The Hanging Stars will release their second album Songs For Somewhere Else in February 2018. Taking cues from both sides of the Atlantic, they mainline the dying embers of the early 70s psychedelic folk and cosmic country scenes, transforming them into an energized new sound for our times. As the title suggests, the album is about escapism from the everyday, against the cynicism and greed that pervades society. With this album, The Hanging Stars usher the next phase of their musical development, with Richard Olson’s (The See-See/Eighteenth Day of May) astute lyrical observations and honeyed vocals at the fore, backed by the band’s creative musical arrangements. Features guest appearances from members of Brian Jonestown Massacre and Miranda Lee Richards.

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Tickets for this show are £10 in advance and you can buy them online from here.

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Bardo Pond
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Friday 8th June, 7.30pm

We're delighted to be working with legenardy Philadelphian psych-rock outfit Bardo Pond who play their only show outside London on a short European tour.

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 Bardo Pond was the flagship band of Philly’s “Psychedelphia” space rock movement, which also included the likes of Aspera, Asteroid No. 4, the Azusa Plane, and tangentially the Lilys. Explicitly drug-inspired — their titles were filled with obscure references to psychedelics — they favored lengthy, deliberate sound explorations filled with all the hallmarks of modern-day space rock: droning guitars, thick distortion, feedback, reverb, and washes of white noise. Hints of blues structure often cropped up, but Bardo Pond’s earliest roots lay with avant-garde noisemakers from the realm of free jazz and from New York’s no wave movement and downtown Knitting Factory scene. As their musicianship improved, the band gradually incorporated more traditional influences, but maintained their affinity for the outer fringes of music. Thus, their brand of space rock echoed not just genre staples like Hawkwind and Pink Floyd, but jam-happy Krautrockers (Amon Düül, Popol Vuh, Ash Ra Tempel, Guru Guru) and experimental indie heroes (Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and especiallySpacemen 3). With a steady stream of releases on Matador, the band stuck around long enough to draw comparisons to the spacier, noisier contingent of post-rockers, like Mogwai and Flying Saucer Attack.

Underground psychedelic superstars for almost the last 20 years, Bardo Pond is Philly’s hometown epic psych band.

'If rock music is to have any relevance in the new millennium, it is bands like Bardo Pond that will make it so.'

Ptolemaic Terrascope.

Tickets for this show are £13 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from the venue, Jumbo Records and Crash Records in Person or online from here.

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Night Flowers
Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
Friday 15th June, 7.30pm


It has been a whirlwind couple of years for London  indie-pop quintet Night Flowers, since these close friends from North England collided with Boston, Massachusetts born vocalist Sophia Pettit  and began forming their irresistible brand of heart stirring, romantic pop. Creating  a joyous combination of intertwining female/male vocals backed by glistening guitars and dreamlike atmospherics that has seen them amass friends, fans and accolades across the world.
 

With several well loved singles, extensive UK and European dates and a Japanese tour under their belts, last summer found them touring the UK with The Pains of Being Pure At Heart and Japanese Breakfast, as well as a main stage performances at End of The Road and Visions.

With a new album due April 2018 on Dirty Bingo Records, this looks set to be Night Flowers’ most exciting year yet, as they hit the road in full support.

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Press:


‘a vital, present day jolt of electrics to escapist pop’
DIY

‘glimmering guitar music that manages to be bright and poppy without giving up its melancholic mood.’
Stereogum

‘Night Flowers’ gifts for harmony, and their rich, pastel sound seem primed to make this kind of rainy-day pop.’
The Line Of Best Fit

‘Revisiting the dreamiest side of Creation Records’ shoegaze sound.’
Loud And Quiet


Tickets for this show are £7 in advance and you can buy in person from Jumbo Records or online from here.

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 Josh Rouse
The Crescent, York
Sunday 8th July, 7.30pm


“Like a baseball player who quietly hits 30 home runs every year or a golfer who regularly finishes in the Top Ten, Josh Rouse's continued streak of excellence is easy to ignore and maybe even downplay a little” -- Tim Sendra, Allmusic.com

You don’t have to work hard to enjoy Rouse’s music. His songs present themselves to you with an open heart, an innate intelligence and an absolute lack of pretension. They are clear-eyed, empathetic and penetrating. Without pandering, they seek to satisfy both your ear and your understanding. The verses draw you in with telling detail, both musical and thematic, and the choruses lift and deliver. They resolve without seeming overly tidy or pat.

Josh Rouse was born in Nebraska, and following an itinerant upbringing he eventually landed in Nashville where he recorded his debut Dressed Like Nebraska (1998).  The album’s acclaim led to tours with Aimee Mann, Mark Etzel and the late Vic Chestnut. The followup- Home (2000)—yielded the song “Directions” which Cameron Crowe used in his film Vanilla Sky.

“Every time I’ve made a record, I’ve tried to make it different from the last one,” says Rouse. “I always became fascinated by a different style of music. But at the end of the day, no matter how eclectic I try to make it, it’s my voice and melodic sensibility that tie things together.”

For his breakthrough album, 1972 (2003), which happens to be the year he was born, Rouse decided to cheer up a bit. Noting that he’d earned a reputation for melancholy, he says, with a laugh, “I figured this is my career, I might as well try to enjoy it.” While the Seventies are often identified with singer-songwriters, Rouse was primarily attracted to the warmer sound of albums back then, as well as the more communal feel of the soul music of that time.  The follow up,  Nashville (2005) continued the hot streak and expanded his audience further.

After relocating to  Valencia, Spain with his wife Paz, Rouse has released a steady stream of high quality songs and albums. Subtitulo (2006) contained the international indie folk hit "Quiet Town". On El Turista(2010) he even experimented with writing and singing some  songs in Spanish. In  2014, he won a Goya Award (the Spanish equivalent of an Oscar) for best song for "Do You Really Want To Be In Love," from the film 'La Gran Familia Española.'

His most recent release, The Embers of Time, was one of his strongest—self-described as “my surreal, ex-pat, therapy record.”  Charles Pitter astutely noted in Pop Matters.  “The critics may long for drama and scandal, but The Embers of Time often demonstrates that a simple life could be for the best.”


Tickets for this show are £16 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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Jim White
w/ Clive Barnes

The Crescent, York
Thursday 6th September, 7.30pm

 

One of a series of live shows we're co-promoting with our friend at High & Lonesome.

Jim White gets around. When he’s not releasing his own critically acclaimed solo albums he splits his time producing records for other songwriters, exhibiting his visual art in galleries and museums across the USA & Europe and publishing award winning fiction.

His sixth solo studio album, the bizarrely titled Waffles, Triangles & Jesus, is a mind-bending joy ride of sonic influences featuring a bevy of his hometown Athens’ roots musicians, plus west coast indie darlings Dead Rock West, and rock and roll maverick Holly Golightly.

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Prior to Waffles, Triangles & Jesus, White released five eclectic, totally uncatagorisable albums plus another six even stranger side projects. Numerous songs from his back catalog have appeared both in film and television, with his Primus-esque Word-Mule being featured in Breaking Bad, and more recently his cautionary rocker Crash Into The Sun appearing Ray McKinnon’s highly praised Sundance Channel series Rectify.

UK fans may recognise White as the narrator and defacto tour guide for the award winning BBC documentary, Searching for the Wrong Eyed Jesus, a road movie set in the rural South, which the LA Times described as “Decidedly strange, delightfully demented.” Prior to becoming a musician White led an aimless, diverse life, working countless menial labor jobs: dishwasher, landscaper, lifeguard, cook, surfboard laminator, road builder, culminating with thirteen long years driving a taxi cab in New York City.

White is presently at work completing a memoir, Incidental Contact, based on a series of uncanny coincidences that befell him during his days driving that taxi in New York City. Two chapters of Incidental Contact, The Bottom and Superwhite, have been published in the literary music journal Radio Silence, with Superwhite being awarded a Pushcart Prize for short fiction. White was a pro surfer. He served as literary commentator for the National Endowment of the Arts. He was a European fashion model. Samuel Beckett once played a practical joke on him. There’s lots more non linear information that doesn’t really fit the usual bio format. But that’s Jim—he gets around.

Press:


Rough Trade Album Of The Month December 2017

#9 Americana Albums of 2017
★★★★ - Mojo Magazine

Americana Album Of The Month
8/10 - Uncut Magazine

‘Jim White brings a diverse wealth of worldliness to his arcane observations, which on Waffles, Triangles & Jesus finds familiar Americana tropes and sounds given his distinctive twist.’
★★★★ - The Independent

‘White remains one of modern music’s most fascinating artists. A former dishwasher, landscaper, model, lifeguard, cook, surfboard laminator, road builder and taxi driver, White emerged alongside the nascent ’90s alt.country scene as someone making a sound entirely of his own. Across five albums – and his live shows – he’s built a reputation as a consumate storyteller with a DIY aesthetic and an outsider mentality.’
The Line Of Best Fit

Performing alongside Jim will be Clive Barnes:

Clive Barnes is world renowned guitarist, singer and songwriter of rare quality. He has released four studio albums to date the latest of which The Ghost Country garnered rave four and five star reviews with previous album Welcome To Farewell winning Album of the Year in US publication Acoustic Guitar. Clive tours consistently throughout the US and Europe as a solo act and also as guitarist with the likes of Eric Bibb, Joe Cocker and Taj Mahal. He has toured as opening act with Jeff Beck, Alison Krauss, Gary Clark Jr, David Crosby, Dr. John, Gregg Allman, Solomon Burke, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Seasick Steve, Rodrigo Y Gabriela and many many more.

RTE's Harry Guiren noted in a review of Clive Barnes performing at Vicar Street, Dublin, "Clive is a guitarist who can make one guitar sound like six. Barnes transported the entire, hushed venue across the Atlantic to where the paths taken by the Delta Blues, Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen all led to his own special territory." 


Tickets for this show are £14 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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Tom Robinson & Band
perform 'Power In The Darkness'

Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Tuesday 16th October, 7.30pm

We're delighted to be working with Tom again as he returns to Leeds to perform the politically charged 1978 classic album in full and more.

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Born in Cambridge in 1950, Tom Robinson first became known in the late 1970s as a musician and LGBT activist with the Tom Robinson Band (TRB) who were early supporters of Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International. In 1977 their Top 5 debut release 2-4-6-8 Motorway became one of the landmark singles of the UK punk era. Other hits included Glad To Be Gay, Up Against The Wall and the band's debut album Power In The Darkness which went gold in the UK and Japan.

As a solo artist Tom had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio, and co-wrote songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John and Dan Hartman.  His 14th studio album Only The Now was released in 2015 featuring guests such as Billy Bragg, John Grant and Ian McKellen. Recent festival dates include Latitude, Green Man and headlining the Left Field stage at Glastonbury 2016.

As a radio broadcaster Tom hosts three shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music, is a member of the Ivor Novello Awards committee and in 2016 was awarded a fellowship of LIPA to recognition his support for new music artists through BBC Introducing.

To mark the 40th anniversary of 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Tom pays tribute to the original TRB by performing his entire Power In The Darkness album with a classic four-piece lineup. His incendiary live quartet features Faithless drummer Andy Treacey, Richard Ashcroft guitarist Adam Phillips and keyboard virtuoso Jim Simmons plus Tom himself on bass and lead vocals.


Tickets for this show are £20 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from Crash Records and Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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Goat Girl
The Fulford Arms, York
Saturday 27th October, 7.30pm


Rough Trade Records have just released the self-titled debut album by Goat Girl. Produced by Dan Carey (The Kills, Bat For Lashes, Franz Ferdinand) in his South London studio, the record already has the press hot under the collar and has helped the four piece secure a rather sweet US tour with Parquet Courts and a bunch of fine festival slots in the summer.

Across 19 tracks in 40 minutes, Goat Girl’s debut creates a half fantasy world out of a very dirty, ugly city reality. In the groups words: “Simply put, it’s an album that comes from growing up in London and the first-hand experience of our city’s devolution. We wanted to think of it as this place seen not necessarily just through our eyes, but someone who can’t get past the abnormalities and strange happenings that exist in our city. We think this gives the freedom lyrically and musically to explore unspoken truths and emotions that we all as humans feel.”

This world is populated by creeps and liars, lovers, dreamers and wonderful lunatics. It’s a very English album -- sharp-eyed observations like The Kinks, louche rage like The Slits -- but it’s also full of swampy swaggering guitars and Lottie’s filthy drawl. “It wasn’t exactly intentional to have this warped country sound, but I think that was initially what we were all drawn to and inspired by, bands that existed in a lo-fi,dissonant, scratchy context.”

Goat Girl belong to a burgeoning, close-knit south London scene, born in venues like The Windmill and including bands like Shame, Bat-Bike, Fat White Family, Horsey, Sorry, and many more. They’ve built up a strong live following over the last year, headlining their own UK tours and supporting The Fall, Moonlandingz, and Parquet Courts.

Goat Girl are: Clottie Cream, Rosy Bones, Naima Jelly and L.E.D.

Press:

‘Goat Girl are ready to turn indie music on its head and rip its guts out’
The Guardian

‘Goat Girl are the whip – smart, politicized young Londoners breaking into the big time’
DIY


Tickets for this show are £11 in advance.
 
You can get tickets in person from the venue and Earworm Records in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from here.

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Holy Moly & The Crackers

Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Friday 23rd November, 7.30pm

 The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Saturday 24th November, 7.30pm

The Crescent, York
Sunday 25th November, 7.30pm

We're dead chuffed to be helping our Geordie buddies on their biggest ever UK headline tour in the autumn with shows in Leeds, Manchester and York. Tickets for all three are available online from the links above.

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Newcastle’s Holy Moly & The Crackers are one of the country’s hardest working bands.

You might call that a cliche, but how many others can you name that have covered the thousands of miles and played the amount of shows that HM&TC have, in just two years? Oh, and they’ve managed to write, record and release a critically-acclaimed album and start their own record label in that time too.

Lead singers Conrad Bird and Ruth Patterson met when they were teenagers in 2008 and Ruth was in the midst of adapting to a diagnosis of chronic arthritis. Ruth, at one stage cited for an orchestral career on the violin, had not played for two years. But, encouraged by their mutual passion for music, she battled through the new limitations to relearn her instrument and discovered a love and skill for singing.

Not long after the couple met costume designer and accordion player Rosie Bristow they started to perform Irish, American and Balkan folk songs together at open mics and dive bars. They were cutting their teeth, learning the ropes.

By 2015 the trio had moved to Newcastle and met jazz/funk bass player, Jamie Shields, and Tommy Evans - who would give Keith Moon a run for his money - on drums. The gang began to blend their love of the folk tradition with a contemporary rock sound, influenced by a wide range of artists - from Cold War Kids to Gogol Bordello and Jack White.

Since then the bombastic folk rockers have been on what seems like a never-ending tour,; playing over 300 shows, 60 festivals (including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, Boomtown and Bestival) and tearing through trips around Italy, the Netherlands, France, Portugal and Germany. Wowing their raucous and ever-expanding fan-base with instrument-swapping, squeezebox-growling, fiddle-shredding, brass-howling hoe-downs, the group have been able to hone a sound that is organic and invigorating - forged in the sweat and heat of the live show.

In 2017 Holy Moly & The Crackers stepped up a gear. They signed a deal with Wipe Out Music Publishing and, working with producer Matt Terry at the legendary rock studio VADA, recorded and released Salem - a record that’s been described as “a new kind of sonic madness” by music magazine and long time supporters, Narc.

The album has taken them to new heights, and has seen the band’s idiosyncratic blend of folk and contemporary rock playlisted across Spotify, clocking up close to a million streams in the process*, as well as receiving rotation on BBC Radio and RadioX. The album’s hooky rabble-rousing lead single ‘Cold Comfort Lane’ has been featured internationally on adverts and TV shows, including E4’s ‘Tattoo Artist Of The Year’.

Now it is 2018. 22-year-old Nick Tyler has joined on guitar. Classically trained but influenced by psychedelic and DIY punk in equal measure, he is the final piece of the multifarious puzzle that is Holy Moly & The Crackers - the final Cracker, as it were.

This year HM&TC will release two stand-alone singles, recorded by Matt Terry and mixed by Dan Austin (Pixies), and back the songs up with with major international festival appearances, including a main-stage appearance at Beautiful Days and Colours Of Ostravia in the Czech Republic, before embarking on their biggest UK headline tour to date in November.

They will also head back into the studio to record their next album and continue their relationship with Matt and Dan, both of whom use dynamic formulas combining tight, pop sensibility with the naturalism of garage rock and folk/roots.

The last two years have been a whirlwind and you might think that it’s time to take a breather. But HM&TC are not that kind of band. The road is their home and they’ve got their foot to the floor.

Press

“One of Newcastle’s finest bands have upped the game on their new album”
The Crack

“This is one of the most original sounding albums doing the rounds at the moment”
God Is In The TV Zine

“A cauldron of swirling dark rock potions”
R2 Magazine

“Turn it on and turn it up. This one’s a rager”
No Depression (USA)


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