News: The Walkmen headline HMV Ritz

The Walkmen return this summer with ‘Heaven’, their seventh album and the follow-up to 2010’s critically acclaimed ‘Lisbon’, and Now Wave are proud to bring them back to Manchester for a headline show at HMV Ritz on Tuesday 30th October as part of the band’s first UK tour since the start of last year.

Having been welcomed back with a coveted ‘Best New Music’ selection on Pitchfork for comeback single ‘Heaven’, the New York-based five-piece have been selected to act as main support for Florence + The Machine’s extensive US tour this July. The Walkmen are renowned for their explosive live shows, with lead singer Hamilton Leithauser only rivalled by The National’s Matt Berninger in talent and stage presence, and the band as a whole having built a reputation as one of the most lyrically intimate, and yet musically ambitious, guitar bands of this generation. Celebrating ten years since the release of their debut album ‘Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone’, The Walkmen have continued to prove themselves as potent and vital as day one and this October marks a chance to see a band at the height of their powers showcasing brand new material for the first time.

Main support comes from Virginia-based dream-pop band Wild Nothing, whose 2010 debut LP on respected label Captured Tracks was described as “lusciously textured” and “perfectly formed” (BBC) and received an 8.2 rating and the tag of ‘Best New Music’ from Pitchfork.

Tickets for The Walkmen at HMV Ritz are available from Skiddle and See Tickets.

Recommended: Brand new Now Wave mix

As a follow-up to our genre-spanning mixes and an accompaniment to our new weekly show on Beatwolf Radio, we decided it was time to put together a fresh collection of our stand-out new tracks. Our May 2012 mix features new cuts from past Now Wave guests Disclosure, Death Grips and Grimes (who returns to Manchester to headline Sound Control on 30th August) as well as the upcoming likes of Bondax and No Glow.


1. Actress – Glint
2. Bondax – You’re So
3. Bobby Tank – Circles
4. Disclosure – Flow
5. XXXY – I Know This (Can’t Be Love)
6. No Glow – Toronto
7. Death Grips – Bitch Please
8. Hudson Mohawke – CBAT
9. Nicki Minaj – I Am Your Leader (Ft. Cam’ron & Rick Ross)
10. RL Grime – Treadstone
11. Romare – Down The Line (It Takes A Number)
12. Lianne La Havas – Forget (Shlomo Remix)
13. Grimes – Be A Body
14. Elite Gymnastics – Here In Heaven 4 (CFCF Remix)


Preview: New Sounds of the North, FutureEverything

On the 18th of May Now Wave are taking over Quay House in collaboration with FutureEverything, showcasing some of the best and most interesting new sounds from the North. Six bands will be proclaiming their talents, and each one bringing something a little different to the table.

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Preview: Friends, Academy 3

Friends are heading off on their European tour and luckily they’re paying Manchester a visit in May to play Academy 3. Having missed the band play in February at the Deaf Institute, I’m looking forward to catching some of this Brooklyn band’s deliriously upbeat pop wonders. Alternative bands seem to have been blossoming from New York’s underground scene for years, and even amongst all the other gems (Battles, Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors…) these guys still managed to make an impact, and their debut is due to be released June 5th on Lucky Number Music and Fat Possum Records.

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News: Now Wave launch Beatwolf radio show

We’re chuffed to have been asked to join the roster at brand new Manchester-based internet radio station Beatwolf Radio. As part of the Beatwolf family – which includes a fantastic website and record label – the new station has picked a range of presenters reflecting all aspects of Manchester’s scene and we’re lucky to be part of a group that includes Mike Joyce, Dave Haslam and 808 State as well as our friends Illum Sphere (Hoya:Hoya), John Thorp (Work Them) and Hit & Run. Our weekly show will be broadcast on Wednesdays, 8-10pm.

Listen to Beatwolf radio here.

News: Here We Go Magic headline The Deaf Institute

Here We Go Magic make their long-awaited return next month with ‘A Different Ship’, their third full-length and their second for Secretly Canadian. The Brooklyn five-piece, fronted by lead songwriter Luke Temple, have carved out a niche in guitar music, straddling a unique fine line between folk, psych and krautrock, and with their third album, due next month, produced by Radiohead’s ‘sixth member’ Nigel Godrich, they’ve continued to develop their sound on a larger scale. We’re excited to bring the band to Manchester for their first appearance here since headlining 2010′s Postcards From Manchester event, with a date at The Deaf Institute on Sunday 6th May.

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News: Tennis return to Manchester

Last here supporting Sleigh Bells at their sell-out Now Wave show at The Deaf Institute last year, Tennis are set to return to Manchester this May for a headline appearance at Soup Kitchen. The Denver duo released ‘Young & Old’, the follow-up to debut LP ‘Cape Dory’, in February and have continued a move toward a stronger, clearer rock sound under the watchful production of The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney.

Carney’s production is evidenced best in return single ‘Origins’, which builds a gently twinkling melody around a confident, Suburbs-esque piano line. Celebrated by Pitchfork as a ‘nicely clanging… sprightly piano-popper’, the single was released last December.

Tickets for Tennis at Soup Kitchen are available from Skiddle and See Tickets.


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