LIVE: KIRAN LEONARD – 25/08/2016

Kiran Leonard – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – Kiran Leonard is Greater Manchester born and bred, but he is far removed from the brit-pop indie stereotype that many Mancunian musicians have followed. Perhaps it’s because he was too young to have grown up engulfed by the likes of The Stone Roses and Oasis, his style is nothing further from the ‘typical’ Manchester sound that people may have come to expect. His latest album release... Read More


Julianna Barwick – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – The Deaf Institute is a more sophisticated place than normal tonight. Decked with four rows of chairs and soundtracked by some choice ambient music between acts, the chatter rarely raises beyond a murmur. There’s certainly no crowd noise during opening act Tiny Leaves. The project of composer Joel Nathaniel Pike, the music has been described as indie classical, but tonight the emphasis... Read More


Miracle Legion photo by Brendan Downes – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – Connecticut’s Miracle Legion became a fixture on the campus radio stations run by college and university students in North America during the 1980s. Since my teens in Manchester I’ve been retrospectively in love with their contemporaries from the ‘college rock’ days, bands like R.E.M., Hüsker Dü, The Replacements and Sonic Youth, but somehow I was... Read More

LIVE: ED HARCOURT – 29/06/2016

Ed Harcourt – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – The world certainly seems to be on fire, as Ed Harcourt warns a lurking crowd. He and his band – with silent John J Presley guest starring, are warmly welcomed. There’s a misty atmosphere surrounding this track, ‘The World Is On Fire’, from his brand new album Furnaces, produced by Flood and out on 19th August. Smartly dressed, Harcourt shows a gorgeous, perfectly warmed up voice... Read More


Weaves – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – Weaves are  good, full of enthusiasm and an interesting set of songs get our taste buds going. Georgia, my companion for the evening, is particularly impressed and at the same time bemused by the quirky demeanor of frontwoman Jasmyn Burke. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, their self-titled EP is a solid little release, they write catchy tunes and perform them to a very high standard. ‘Coo-Coo’... Read More

LIVE: THIS IS THE KIT – 03/06/2016

This Is The Kit – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – What strikes me most about Kate Stables of This Is The Kit, is just how charismatic she is. Every person in The Deaf Institute here would love to be her friend. I want to be her friend. She effortlessly chats between songs. Tells jokes while tuning up. Bad ones, the ones that are bad but are still funny because they are bad, and that’s how she relates them. Whistles perfectly. Mockingly... Read More

LIVE: TOURIST – 10/05/2016

Tourist – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – The usually refined Deaf Institute with its animal print wallpaper and red cushioned seats has tonight been transformed into something much more in line with the euphoric electronics of Tourist. Huge lights stand tall and form an arch around Tourist’s impressive array of production equipment that consists of a drum pad, keyboard and a couple of mixing desks. This alone is enough to build... Read More

LIVE: LUH – 06/05/2016

LUH – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – It seems disingenuous to mention the former band of someone who has re-emerged anew but WU LYF were an act of such influence they simply cannot be ignored. Ellery Roberts, now part of the duo LUH (Lost Under Heaven) formed with his partner Ebony Hoorn, was once the frontman of this band who were initially masters of creating hype with little material; their satanic emblem and a picture of them on... Read More


On Saturday 8th October 2016 brand new Neighbourhood Festival will be taking over Manchester City Centre for a full day of incredible live music. Over 100 of the hottest bands and freshly tipped new artists from all around the world will be performing across nine of Manchester’s best and most iconic music venues for one day only.  This includes The Albert Hall, O2 Ritz, Sound Control, Dog Bowl, Deaf Institute, XOLO and Gorilla. At the helm of Neighbourhood... Read More

LIVE: U.S. GIRLS – 07/04/2016

U.S. Girls – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – Half Free, Meghan Remy’s first album on 4AD, bubbled under the surface last year, never quite reaching the end-of-year lists but still capturing the attention of a new audience; including myself. This release might also go some way to explaining the packed house in the Deaf Institute, although throughout tonight’s set the fans show themselves to be as loyal to her older stuff as the cuts... Read More

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