Kamasi Washington – Albert Hall, Manchester

David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar‘ and Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly‘ are probably the two most important albums in jazz in quite some time, and I’m talking decades. The use of jazz with rock or hip hop has helped the genre regain some of what it once had, at least in the UK, and now we have Kamasi Washington filling large Manchester venues such as The Albert Hall. And with young, old and the hip on board, it was an epic crowd for an epic night of The Epic played loud and live. Epic.
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Metz – Soup Kitchen, Manchester

Metz, the pissed off sounding band who probably look like nerds, have been doing a bit of a tour this year in support of Strange Peace, their new album, not the ideal. Though perhaps a little of the latter was realised within the noise they pumped out within mouldy ol’ Soup Kitchen. You do find the best of things in the strangest places… Continue reading

Yo La Tengo – Academy 2, Manchester

I met the guitarist from Yo La Tengo, Ira Kaplan, after the show. He was curious about the band t-shirt I was wearing and asked me about it. I said it was a Swedish pop band called Fever Ray, only to get a ‘oh… okay.’ from him before he moved on to the next fan. So it goes.

Though I guess maybe someone may see the name ‘Yo La Tengo’ on gig posters and wonder the same thing. The loudest quiet band in the planet… oh okay. No, it’s more than okay! Okay?

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Yo La Tengo – There’s A Riot Going On

Yo La Tengo
There’s A Riot Going On

Release Date: 16th March 2018
Matador Records 

There’s a riot going on, but it isn’t happening on the latest from Yo La Tengo. All that violence, shouting, general chaos, that’s happening someplace else, and no one wants to hear that. Instead, Yo La Tengo offer a quiet noise, one which buffers out all the mess in our day to day. ‘Dream Dream Away‘ to this one.  Continue reading

Suuns – Felt

Suuns
Felt

Release Date: 2nd March 2018
Secretly Canadian 

Suuns offer dark noise rock disco to groove to, rather than completely wig out to, and it’s so easy to feel as the beat takes hold. But after three albums it’s safe to say we’ve felt fully and a shift is required to keep on dancing, for I’ve danced on my bedroom floor long enough to ‘Music Won’t Save You’. With album number four it’s time for the four piece avant-rockers to ascend from the darkness and into the suun, one sax freak out at a time.

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Preoccupations – New Material

Preoccupations
New Material

Release Date: 23rd March 2018
Jagjaguwar

Preoccupations (previously known as the slightly offensive Viet Cong) are back at it again, with a new set of tunes to mope along to. It’s a new year, new works, new material, but still the same Preoccupations you know and love! Isn’t that the best kind of new?
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Anna Von Hausswolff – Dead Magic

Anna Von Hausswolff 
Dead Magic 
Release Date: 2nd March 2018
City Slang 

Anna Von Hausswolff’s last album ‘The Miraculous‘ was everything the title said it would be, bringing uplifting gothic noise pop to all who would stumble her way. But that album was merely a moment, a pop oddity to lure new listeners into the world of Von Hausswolff, and what she’s really all about. Dead magic, that’s where she likes to dabble.
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