Hey! Manchester presents  Sara Lowes Oct08

Hey! Manchester presents Sara Lowes...

Hey! Manchester presents Sara Lowes Wed 8 Oct, 7.30pm £6 adv Some artists are singers; others add songwriter to their resume. Others, like Sara Lowes, are something far beyond either simple category: aural visionaries – who are as much about scoring, production and arranging as they are about singing their own tunes. She’s always been a woman in demand; however these days, Manchester-based songwriter and musician Sara Lowes is dictating that adoration on her own sweet terms. A long-established session musician, Sara’s talents have crossed many a musical path playing for bands and artists such as The Earlies, King Creosote, Daniel Johnston and Marina And The Diamonds, to name but a few. Garnering comparisons to the sass of Debbie Harry and the airy vocals of Alison Goldfrapp, Lowes’ songs bubble with everything from the primordial soup of Technicolor pop to acoustic folk, through jazz, and kaleidoscopic prog. Lowes is an artist plying her craft for the long-haul, clearly harbouring ambitions of a different kind. ‘I’ve alway seen myself as a musician rather than a solo artists of any kind,’ says Lowes. ‘It leaves the door open for anything to happen – therefore my ambition grows naturally and I trust the choices I make.’ A favourite among BBC 6 Music DJs such as Marc Riley and Stuart Maconie, Lowes’ solo releases to date have received rave reviews from the press, noting her skill for fusing classic influences through thoroughly modern composition and production, emerging as a true genre-defying talent and one to watch. ‘With a voice somewhere between Alison Goldfrapp and Joni Mitchell, and songs that veer between folk, Brill Building pop and Dexys Midnight Runners-esque soul, Sara Lowes is a curious proposition’ – Q, 4*...

Kevin Morby

19 September 7.30pm Harlem River marks the solo debut of songwriter Kevin Morby. Known for his work as the singer and guitarist for the Brooklyn band The Babies and bassist for Woods, the Kansas City native and new Los Angeles resident calls the record ‘an homage to New York City’, his adopted home for the past five years.Harlem River features eight interweaving tales of tragedy and misfortune; a series of desperate characters playing out their dramas with the city as backdrop. A departure from some of the signature sounds of his better known projects, Morby’s songs glisten with a haunting intimacy and while he maintains that the songs are stories about other people, it’s hard not to feel a piece of him in each one; a half-imagined, half-painfully personal world of lost love, addiction, violence and prayers for the departed. The album was recorded in Los Angeles in February and March 2013 with producer Rob Barbato who recorded The Babies’ second album, Our House On The Hill, and whose guitar and bass work figure prominently on Harlem River. The album also features drummer Justin Sullivan (The Babies) as well as contributions from Will Canzoneri, Tim Presley (White Fence), Dan Lead and Cate Le Bon. Kraak is a performance and exhibition space in the Northern Quarter. It’s down a cobbled street, just behind Fit To Dance off Stevenson Square. This show is a co-promotion with Comfortable On A Tightrope. Price: £7 adv More info: http://crd.fm/4e8 PINNED...

Arbouretum

8pm on Tuesday 6 November 2012 We’re delighted to be welcoming back Baltimore’s Arbouretum, who are in the UK to celebrate Thrill Jockey’s 20th birthday. Dave Heumann has played with The Anomoanon, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Cass McCombs and Papa M. Arbouretum is the first band for which he is the primary songwriter, guitarist and singer. Heumann’s idea for the band was one whose songs would evoke natural forms and movements as opposed to architectural constructions with rigid forms and linear progressions. The band’s debut album, Long Live The Well-Doer, a decidedly solo affair, was released in 2004 on Thrill Jockey Records. Seven years on and The Gathering, Arbouretum’s fourth album, was to a large extent inspired by The Red Book by Carl Jung, or more specifically, Jung’s pursuit of the inner images that led to the book’s writing. Heumann has long been a fan of experiences that surpass comprehension and describe the numinous. The narrative of ‘losing one’s way and finding it again’ resonated deeply and it was in this context that the songs that comprise The Gathering came to be. ‘Heumann has one of the most distinctive voices around, with a unique, heavy-folk feel to his grand, hymnal melodies’ – The Guardian...

Dylan Carlson of Earth...

8pm on Tuesday 16 October 2012 One Inch Badge in association with Rock A Rolla presents Dylan Carlson of Earth. Dylan Carlson is the lead guitarist and lead singer of drone group Earth. Carlson was born in Seattle, Washington and had first become interested in being a rock musician at age 15, inspired by bands such as Molly Hatchet, AC/DC and Black Sabbath. He also cites The Melvins and composers La Monte Young and Terry Riley as major influences on his music. It was in Olympia, Washington that he met Slim Moon, Greg Babior, Dave Harwell and Joe Preston, with whom he would later form Earth. From 1991 to 1996, Earth had an ever-changing lineup. During this time, he would often make ‘sonic collages’ with his then roommate Kurt Cobain. Combining field recordings with classic Scottish and English ballads about human/fairy encounters, Carlson’s first solo outing is a journey through his personal and cultural past, embracing music, folklore, the occult dimension and history. This promises to be a very special show indeed. Kraak is a performance and exhibition space in the Northern Quarter. It’s down a cobbled street, just behind Fit To Dance off Stevenson Square. This show is a co-promotion with One Inch Badge. Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.com, WeGotTickets.com, Ticketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260. Attend...

Easter Album Launch

Hey! Manchester are pleased to be working with one of this city’s best bands, Easter, to present the launch show for their debut album. 7.30pm on Friday 22 June 2012 Hailing from Crumpsall, North Manchester, Thomas Long has been writing, jamming and gigging in the city since he was fifteen. Easter is the outlet for his songs, given form by a band that has existed in some form since 2009, when the beautiful Hob Talk EP was released. For two years it was tough to find a settled band and gain momentum but things came good and now Easter have a choice line up of musicians in place – Lonelady drummer Andrew Cheetham, experimental musician Danny Saul on guitar, and bass player Gavin Clarke. Having played with David Pajo, Tall Firs, The Phantom Band, Rangda, White Hills, The Fresh and Onlys, Yuck and Pontiak, Easter have built up a solid underground fan base and ‘couldn’t be any more different or intriguing than anything on the current rock scene’. On 11 June their debut album Innocence Man will be released on White Box Recordings. The album was recorded live in a single night in a Northern Quarter loft studio – it should have been two but the first session was completely erased and with no spare cash or time left, this fuck-up served only to enhance the raw, intense vibe of a perfectly lo-fi recording situation. Innocence Man also features a wonderful turn on backing vocals and cello by Julie Campbell on the Americana-infused centre-piece Begin Again. Genre mixers in the manner of Sebadoh, Easter possess hooks born from screeching, wailing guitars and lead-heavy drums. Songs veer wildly from their expected course into psyched up jams and Crazy Horse wig-outs, but there is always a hint...