Titus Andronicus  – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – This is the most fun I’ve had at a gig in a long time. Titus Andronicus, the world’s greatest punk rock bar band have brought their show supporting their 92-min, 3 LP/2 CD rock opera about mental illness (yes, really) The Most Lamentable Tragedy, to Manchester’s Deaf Institute, and it’s all sorts of incredible. The packed room is full of excited fan-boys (and a smattering of... Read More


The Computers Devon band The Computers’ new EP, Want The News, Here’s The Blues will be released on 27th November.  To coincide with this, Silent Radio is giving you the chance to win two tickets to see them play The Deaf Institute on 8th December. All you have to do is let us know your favourite lyric that mentions computers! Drop them into the comments box below and we’ll announce the winner on our radio show on Saturday 28th so make sure... Read More

LIVE: MONARCHY – 15/10/2015

Monarchy – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – So Monarchy, so mysterious. The English “synthpop” duo have courted the enigmatic since they formed in 2009: initially concealing their identities à la Daft Punk, their first live show was projected into space. In 2011 after playing Coachella they spent Christmas with Dita von Teese, who is such a huge fan she appears on two of their tracks and made a video with them. It took Monarchy five... Read More

LIVE: BLANCK MASS – 24/09/2015

Blanck Mass – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – Blanck Mass is in a good mood tonight. He takes to the Deaf Institute stage to the sound of the hulking main sample of ‘Loam’, the opening track of this year’s stunning album Dumb Flesh. It’s stretched out to hypnotic length, a powerful, throbbing sound that fills the room such that when it breaks down into the glitchy, stuttering noise of the outro it’s almost... Read More


All of this for just £3 (with no booking fee at, and you’ll be able to pick up a copy of The Skinny Student Handbook. Then you get to see Leeds’ grunge band MENACE BEACH on the same day new EP ‘Super Transporterreum’ is launched. Then there’s fellow Leeds outfit Weirds, a band whose ‘Off The Hook/Heavy Rain’ 7” single on Rough Trade sold out in a matter of days. False Advertising fly the flag for Manchester – their... Read More

LIVE: OUGHT – 02/09/2015

Ought – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – Well summer’s over, the tent is packed away and the sun cream remains unused. Don’t shed a tear though, because dark nights drawing near ushers in months of fantastic gigs. Two days into September and we’re already under way, another stellar line up from prolific promoters Now Wave. Headliners Ought formed in the thriving DIY arts community of Montreal. Despite signing to Constellations –... Read More

LIVE: KAWEHI – 28/07/2015

Kawehi – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – “Holy shit, I’m in Manchester!” exclaims Kawehi as she takes to the stage in front of an initially quiet crowd at The Deaf Institute. The tiny American, who hails from Hawaii but is now based in Kansas, already seems quite comfortable addressing the room and gets a rowdy cheer after a brief introduction full of enthusiasm and self deprecation with a loud ‘Hey y’allllllll!’... Read More


Leon Bridges – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – When he started in music, Leon Bridges admitted that he had not been listening to Sam Cooke ‘too hard’ and only began really digging into soul music, once his first single hit the cult blog ‘Gorilla Vs Bear’. It seems quite ironic then, when the widely-hyped OkayKaya covers Mr Cooke in her support set, after saying ‘Leon Bridges makes her feel like this.’ Although soul may not... Read More


Andrew Jackson Jihad –  THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – In case any of us had forgotten, Andrew Jackson Jihad (AJJ) reminds us that guitars can actually sweat. And bleed. Clean and raucous, friendly furious, the punk-folk band from Arizona turs up as an effective catalyst for teenagers’ rage, as most of the audience tonight is pretty young and passionate for this odd DIY orchestra. Like their support band Hard Girls, the guys from... Read More

LIVE: UGLY DUCKLING – 30/04/2015

Ugly Duckling – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER –  I love hip-hop shows. I wouldn’t say I go to many, and I don’t have much of a grasp on the current hip-hop scene (how old do I sound?), but whenever an old school hip-hop group is in town, I’ll try to make it to the show. One of my favourite hip-hop groups from way back when is Ugly Duckling, a trio of dudes from California who’ve got such a great sound, with some brilliant rhymes... Read More

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