Friday, 17 October 2008

Music Round-Up (17th October to 31st October)


Monday 20th October - Jenny Lewis
Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis brings her delightful country stylings to Manchester to promote her second solo album, Acid Tongue. The actress turned singer-songwriter - who once appeared in an episode of the Golden Girls, FACT - will be playing her beautiful brand of heartfelt, harmony-laden Americana, which sounds like a magnificent mix of downbeat Dolly Parton and seminal 1960s singer Laura Nyro.
www.myspace.com/jennylewismusic
Details: Academy 3, Oxford Rd, Central Manchester
7.30pm, £12 adv (excluding fees).

Who'd have thunk that Manchester on a Wednesday night in October was the place to be. I think we all know that's not normally the case, so make the most of October the 22nd, when not one, not two, but three noteworthy events are taking place across the city.


Wednesday 22nd October - Those Dancing Days
We may have been a little disappointed by their début album (see below), but that doesn't mean we don't still love this sprightly Stockholm five-piece. They were frikkin funtastic when we saw them back in June at Night & Day, with just the right blend of youthful naivety and technical ability. They have been touring tirelessly since summer, so it will be interesting to see whether that teenage exuberance is still as infectious, or whether it's been lost on the road in a too-much too-young style. They're supported by up-and-coming London-based indie-rock trio, The Joy Formidable.
http://www.myspace.com/thosedancingdays
http://www.myspace.com/thejoyformidable
Details: The Deaf Institute, Grosvenor St, Central Manchester
10pm to 2am, £5 adv (excluding fees)



Wednesday 22nd October - Tilly And The Wall
Moshi Moshi Records' 10th Birthday Tour is taking place just up the road (we think a bit of gig-hopping might be possible). Headlining the Manchester leg of their anniversary celebrations are the marvellous Tilly And The Wall. Much has been made of the fact that this Omaha quintet have a tap dancer instead of a drummer, but TATW are more than just a novelty act. Their latest eponymous album (also known as O) is a clever, joyous affair, filled with polished, danceable indie-pop gems.
www.myspace.com/officialtillyandthewall
Details Club Academy, Oxford Rd, Central Manchester
7.30pm, £10 adv (exluding fees)



Wednesday 22nd October - Manchester Blog Awards
OK, so it's not strictly a music event, but we still think the Manchester Blog Awards, taking place as part of the Manchester Literature Festival, are worth a mention. Categories include Best New Blog, Best Writing On A Blog, Best Arts And Culture Blog, Best Personal Blog and Best Neighbourhood Blog. Amidst the award-giving and back-slapping will be a number of readings from the likes of Single Mother On The Verge blogger Maria Roberts, plus tunes from music blogger Yer Mam!. The Manchester blogging scene is, and has for some years been, really rather healthy, so these awards offer the perfect opportunity to celebrate the variety and commitment of Mancunian bloggers and put a few faces to some well-known names.
http://manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk
Details: Matt And Phreds, Tib Street, Central Manchester
7pm, £3, £2 adv (excluding fees)

10 comments:

Matthew Gibson said...

Don't say Jenny Lewis sounds like Laura Nyro! You want people to want to go and see her don't you? A downbeat Dolly Parton I would like to see though.

But I think that somebody should go and see Jenny Lewis and talk her into playing here in Tampere.

Helen of... said...

What's your problem with Nyro, she's ace! Did you have good times in New Yoik? I'm off in December and I can't wait. Any reccomendations?
x x x x x

Thom said...

Aww I should really go and see Tilly and the Wall. 'Wild Like Children' is just the most perfect indie-pop album I know. Do you play 'Beat Control' at your night? I'm totally at the next one by the way

xx

Helen of... said...

We most definitely will if you promise to bust some moves. We'll have Love Is All queued as well! Any more requests good sir. Our night is your night x x x x

Thom said...

Hoorah! I'll get working on my list. Is it the 7th or the 14th? Tis my birthday weekend if it's the latter.

Helen of... said...

Actually Mr Docking, I don't know if you know that we've asked Greg to DJ (in Dec I think, Lynds is the organised one of the two). Anyhoo, we've been reading your blog and think you'd do an awesome job as well, so if you'd be up for spinning some of your favourite lady tunes we'd be honoured. Not sure when, but if you're up for it we can sort out a date that suits x x

Thom said...

Oh my goodness I would love to! I know Mr Thorpe is very excited (he has his setlist planned already apparently). I would be free whenever.

Love love

Matthew Gibson said...

Laura Nyro is just not very good. I've tried to like her, I really have. But I just don't. She is a bit waily for my liking.

Helen of... said...

I was forced to listen to her from a very early age so I might well be biased! You can't argue with And When I Die though - most uplifting song about carking it ever...
Fact.
x

Matthew Gibson said...

Well I only know Eli and the 13th Confession. Every one said that it was her best album, but I just couldn't get into it myself. I try every few years to listen to it and always turn it off halfway through. Maybe I just got the wrong record...