LIVE: PINEGROVE – 23/02/2017

Pinegrove – DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – Pinegrove make genuinely warm music that exposes all our fallibilities and good intentions. Their music is wracked with nostalgia, recalling late nights, old friends and drunken mistakes. The six-piece alt country band were one of the breakthrough acts of last year, with their album Cardinal featuring on numerous end-of-year lists and their live shows garnering praise from critics on both sides... Read More


Jake Webb’s Methyl Ethel have released a new song, ‘L’Heure des Sorcières’ from their forthcoming album, Everything Is Forgotten, due for release on Friday 3rd March 2017. French for ‘The Witches’ Hour’, the track takes a darker tone from its predecessors ‘Ubu’ and ‘No. 28’. Hear the single in full below. The second album from Methyl Ethel, Everything Is Forgotten, is a vivid, compelling... Read More


Young Legionnaire – DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – Back in 2010, Young Legionnaire were quite a promising prospect. They had big support slots booked, a huge sounding debut album in the bag and an ever-growing following that were transfixed by their heartfelt brand of alt rock. Sadly, things didn’t really take off the way in which many initially thought and the band hadn’t really gotten much further than a semi cult status. But... Read More


Ulrich Schnauss – DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – Since 2001, German ambient techno master Ulrich Schnauss has been making the kind of music that sounds incredible through headphones; particularly when you’re on a long train journey, when you’re just staring out of the window watching the beautiful/bleak (delete as appropriate) landscapes of England’s sometimes green and pleasant land go by, thinking about something, everything, nothing. It... Read More

LIVE: DUKE GARWOOD – 12/02/2017

Duke Garwood – DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – It’s been a while since the Deaf Institute, with its adapted original features and perfect gig ambience, committed cultural harakiri and was eclipsed by the apparently more original-feature-featuring, more perfectly ambient and notably larger Albert Hall. Once the hottest alt gig venue in town, the good old Deafy could no longer meet the demand it seductively whipped up and now sits quietly... Read More

LIVE: BOXED IN – 09/02/2017

Boxed In – DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – When you decide you like a band, you listen to their music and decide, “I like that”. You don’t need their influences listed and what they’ve done previously to decide if you like them. However if that was all I had to go on without listening to Boxed In, I would be intrigued to know that lead singer Oli Bayston’s influences are Nirvana’s In Utero and house music, and that he... Read More


She Drew The Gun She Drew The Gun have announced details of their album Memories Of Another Future and their upcoming UK tour. To be released Friday March 17th 2017 on Skeleton Key Records and produced by James Skelly (The Coral), Memories Of Another Future contains the singles ‘Poem’, ‘Pit Pony’ and ‘Since You Were Not Mine’. A new version of the Liverpool quartet’s 2016 debut Memories Of The Future, the album features three brand new... Read More

LIVE: VAULTS – 06/02/2017

Vaults – DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – Vaults’ rise to fame is one that epitomises today’s musical landscape. The electronic trio first pricked the ears of listeners when they uploaded ‘Cry No More’ to Soundcloud. The viral hit soon amassed 100,000 plays in just one week and they were soon fielding calls to appear on the soundtrack of Fifty Shades of Grey, which they did with ‘One Last Night’. Perhaps their biggest star turn... Read More

LIVE: STAY FRESH FEST 2 – 28/01/2017

Mums – DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – For a lot of people, the new year takes a few weeks to get properly started. But with the cobwebs cleared and the post-Christmas diets given up on, Trof and The Skinny have joined heads to get the 2017 live music year up and running for good. Following on from the success of the first Stay Fresh Fest back in September, this second event boasts several of the country’s most exciting young bands playing... Read More

LIVE: CASS McCOMBS – 23/01/2017

Cass McCombs – DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – It’s Monday night and the Deaf Institute is heaving. In fact, the audience must be double the one that came to see Cass McCombs’ last Deaf Institute show. ‘Mangy Love’, Cass’ most recent record, is a large reason for this swell in the audience. His most concise record to date, ‘Mangy Love’ is the antithesis of his previous album ‘Big Wheel and Others’, a sprawling... Read More

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