DEAF INSTITUTE HAS A 2 FLOOR FESTIVAL OF FRESH BANDS

Stay Fresh Stay Fresh is a two-floor all day party with the very best emerging indie bands from Manchester and across the country sharing the stage! To celebrate the inaugural night there’s a a hefty line-up of 8 bands, all for just £6, and there’ll be some free drinks in the mix too! Leeds’ Cowtown are a phenomenal three-piece with a dynamically brash over-stimulated indie rock sound. They’ll be topping the bill and celebrating the recent... Read More

INTRODUCING: COLLAPSING SCENERY

Starting out as a think-tank music and art project by the meeting of two fertile and febrile minds, Collapsing Scenery began their mission in LA warehouses and basements spreading their dark and noisy electronic sound to those in the know. This week they stream Metaphysical Cops (below), the lead single from their debut UK EP, God’s Least Favorite scheduled for release on Metropolitan Indian Records on September 23rd. Made up of NYC guitarist Don... Read More

LIVE: SUNFLOWER BEAN – 10/09/2016

Sunflower Bean – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – New York’s Sunflower Bean became one of the hottest tip bands after their release of their debut album earlier this year. A potent mix of attitude and great songs, it made for a listen that harked back to days long gone yet still managed to look forward with an incredible clarity. This attitude is clear tonight, with Julia’s ripped tights and the other two’s black clothes all backed... Read More

LIVE: MARGO PRICE – 30/08/2016

Margo Price – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – Margo Price was born into a life on a corn-and-soybean farm in Buffalo Prairie, a place name so Northern American that it almost must be fictional, as if Price is a character in a movie about an up-and-coming rockabilly star. Her life-so-far story truly has taken on cinema-worthy credentials from her family losing the farm circa 1985 through to last year’s uplifting end-of-the-beginning breakthrough:... Read More

FINAL WAVE OF ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD FESTIVAL

BLOSSOMS WHITE LIES FENECH SOLER // THE PIGEON DETECTIVES // JONES // VAULTS // SHOCK MACHINE + MORE ADDED TO THE BILL Stockport’s finest number one selling band Blossoms along with the critically acclaimed White Lies have been announced as daytime headliners for Manchester’s new multi-venue festival Neighbourhood taking place on Saturday 8th October. This will be the last chance to see Blossoms in Manchester this year if fans have missed out... Read More

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

LIVE: JULIANNA BARWICK – 23/08/2016

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

LIVE: MIRACLE LEGION – 18/08/2016

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

LIVE: BEACH SLANG / WEAVES – 12/06/2016

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

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