The Ruby Lounge
BBC Manchester Introducing Live presents A Me B / Coupe De Ville / Coldside / Samuel James Routledge
Every last Friday of the month BBC Manchester Introducing Live presents a clutch of the finest new bands from hereabouts live on stage with a DJ soundtrack brought to you from BBC Manchester Introducing’s Natalie-Eve Williams and Michelle Hussey. This gig will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester Introducing and in case you’ve missed them before, these shows are FREE ENTRY.
A Me B
A Me B is not your ‘typical’ teenage artist. With heartfelt and meaningful lyrics which people of all ages can relate to she is about to take the British Urban scene by storm. When she was 17, Amy was described ‘as a polished act’ by BBC ‘Introducing’. A Me B (real name Amy Burns) has been producing and writing her own material since the age of 12. Her musical style is distinctive and engaging, incorporating deftly delivered rhymes and catchy hooks for an edgy commercial sound which is hard to resist. Effectively still learning her trade Amy has caught the attention of the industry, having being play-listed on 4 Music’s Box TV and nominated as ‘Best Newcomer’ for the Official Mixtape Awards held in London. She has performed on the BBC stage at Salford’s ‘Un-convention’ event and supported London’s Mobo award winner Akala at Manchester Academy, DJ Ironik, and Tinchy Stryder.
A Me B can be heard regularly on BBC Introducing, Rinse FM and most Manchester radio stations and with the forthcoming album release and accompanying tour, expect to hear a lot more from A Me B in 2012. A Me B
“A rapper successful beyond her years.” ~ Manchester Evening News
“A Me B’s music is everything I look for in new music, it’s unique, and it expresses her personality and is true to herself as an artist. Her live performance is so full of energy, full of life and so fresh, she really get my hands clapping and feet moving, I just love it!.” ~ BBC Manchester Introducing
Coupe De Ville
Hailing from a City not usually associated with Hip-Hop, Manchester’s own Coupe De Ville are a band determined to do things differently. They offer a truly exciting genre-mangling formula that bares as many traces of The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy as it does The Charlatans, The Stone Roses and Massive Attack.
The band have recently finished recording their brilliant debut album at Manchester’s Hustle Studio’s with a number of tracks set to feature the vocal talents of Denise Johnson of Primal Scream fame. Building a growing momentum with the release of debut single ‘Back to The Future’, described by the Manchester Evening News as a ‘Manchester anthem in waiting‘, and more-recently the hard-hitting ‘Viva L’America’ (both released through Manchester independent label Fat Northerner Records), alongside explosive live support slots with the likes of Audio Bullys, Reverend Soundsystem, The Furious 5, Mark E.Smith’s The Fall and Beastie Boys turntable maestro Mixmaster Mike, Coupe De Ville are quickly establishing themselves of one of Manchester’s finest new bands. Coupe De Ville
Coldside have mastered their craft and then some. Gone are the days when a band has to be confined by genres and put into categories. Coldside have no genre and have no category and thats how they want it. They take their sound from so many styles in the world and infuse them with hard hitting bass lines, cutting edge lyrics and hooks that you wont be able to stop singing for a week. They combine music from Hip Hop, Dubstep, Pop, Rock, Indie and Soul to name but a few. Coldside are not here to co-exist, Coldside are here to lay their mark on any genre they touch and change the way music is created and portrayed. Born and raised in Wythenshawe they have performed at Salford’s Lowry Centre, Virgin Megastores, Manchester Academy and the City of Manchester Stadium three times. In 2011 Coldside won the 2011 CitySound award, ran by Key103 and Manchester City, being dubbed “Manchester’s Best Unsigned Act“, not only performing in front of a capacity crowd of over 42,000 people but judged by top industry professionals like Gary Stein (Key103 Program Director) who had this to say about the boys… “they truly have created a unique sound that sounds experimental as it does accessible, definitely destined for big things.” Zane, Aitch & Red are Coldside. Coldside
“They stormed onto the stage in front of our judging panel that day and basically blew all the other acts away.” ~ Lee Morrison (Sony / RCA Records Regional Radio Promoter)
Samuel James Routledge
Manchester’s deep affinity for acoustic music is one of the city’s worst kept secrets. It is therefore a perfect setting for Samuel James Routledge to step into the fray. Fresh from a spell in Val d’Isère – where he could be seen as part of the Pacific Bar’s house band – Samuel has taken his brand of acoustic pop to the unsuspecting public of Manchester, as he trails through the city’s open mic nights, as well a growing schedule of his own gigs. Samuel’s previous ventures in the piano laden acoustic tones of Fourth Trace as well as well the blues inspired sound of Dialemma, helped to forge a love of both songwriting and performing – which only ever grows stronger. These songs have taken Samuel onto French radio as well as a number of festivals including On The Pond and a special guest spot at Glastonbury’s Greenfields. His time spent studying in Leeds also saw him perform a string of gigs throughout the city as he looked to place his mark on the area’s burgeoning music scene. Samuel James Routledge’s music is as soulful as it is catchy. There’s an intensity that few can readily replicate and with a long line of performances due in the coming months you will soon understand why this singer songwriter is one to watch out for. Samuel James Routledge
7.30pm / FREE
The Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB
Be My Guest
Simon Tomkinson curates another two-floor musical marathon of beats to delight discerning music lovers and please the finest shape-shifters. In the Kitchen Simon welcomes a weekly guest whilst the Basement is handed over to various promotions, this week it’s Doodle.
8pm-1am / Free
Doodle featuring Todd Terje / Stretford Dogs Club / Mike O’Mara / Chris Feinmann
Doodle are really excited to bring Todd Terje to the basement at Soup Kitchen for a “good ol’ northern knees up”, so much so they’ve roped in some other friends to make the night extra special. They welcome Stretford Dogs Club and Development’s Chris Feinmann to the controls, whilst Mike O’Mara returns after wooing the dancefloor at our last outing. Doodle
Following a string of celebrated releases leaning on everything from kitschy euro sounds to deep funk and latin jazz, the relatively new to the scene Todd Terje has already made his mark within dance music circuits. Gems such as the cheese monster “Eurodans” and the latin disco-fuelled edit of Jacko’s “Can’t Help it” under his Tangoterje edit-moniker instantly made industry types and clubbers alike go bananas, and whatever the 25 year old Norwegian puts his fingers on, it always comes out with that crucial blend of musicality and playfulness.
Is it house, funk, techno or disco? Terje speaks of catchy rhythms, dubby sounds, dreamy synth layers, cinematic moods, a playful approach and searching for that one nerve when asked to describe his music, and the resistance to being pigeonholed is obvious. His latest offering ‘Inspector Norse‘ has taken the world by storm whilst his DJ sets ooze class and have become a thing of legend. Todd Terje
10pm-6am / £10+ (Very, very limited, if any, available otd)
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF
Band On The Wall
The Impossible Gentlemen
Band on the Wall present the cream of British and American jazz talent – Gwilym Simcock, Steve Swallow, Mike Walker and Adam Nussbaum performing as the new quartet, The Impossible Gentlemen. The band is full of inspirational improvisational playing – performing music written specially for the quartet by Gwilym, Mike, Steve and Adam. Their album ‘The Impossible Gentlemen‘ was voted No. 1 Jazz Album of the Year in Mojo.
“Jazz supergroups are volatile concoctions, bespoke teams of virtuosi often just getting in each other’s way. But the Anglo-US quartet built from scratch this week around the untried partnership of pianist Gwilym Simcock and Salford Mike Walker, with Americans Steve Swallow on bass and Adam Nussbaum on drums, fulfilled all its promise – and then some”. **** ~ The Guardian
Multi award winning pianist Gwilym Simcock has been named checked as a “genius” by no less Chick Corea and has worked extensively throughout Europe with the cream of British and international jazz artists including Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Bob Mintzer and Bobby McFerrin. Mike Walker is regarded as one of Europe’s most exciting guitarists and has worked with George Russell’s the Creative jazz Orchestra, Vince Mendoza, Anthony Braxton, Bill Frisell, Tim Berne, and Mark-Anthony Turnage. Steve Swallow is regarded as the leading exponent of the bass guitar and his illustrious career spans decades of playing many of the great – Paul Motian, Lee Konitz, John Scofield, Carla Bley, Chris Potter and many others. Steve and his long-time friend and rhythm section partner Adam Nussbaum have worked on many projects together. Adam’s work with Michael Brecker won a Grammy in 1988. The Impossible Gentlemen
8pm / £15 adv / £17 otd
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 5JZ
Hey! Manchester present Easter album launch show
Hey! Manchester are pleased to be working with one of this city’s best bands, Easter, to present the launch show for their debut album. For two years it was tough to find a settled band and gain momentum but things came good and now Easter have a choice line up of musicians in place – Lonelady drummer Andrew Cheetham, experimental musician Danny Saul on guitar, and bass player Gavin Clarke joining Thomas Long who founded the band in 2009. Having played with David Pajo, Tall Firs, The Phantom Band, Rangda, White Hills, The Fresh and Onlys, Yuck and Pontiak, Easter have built up a solid underground fan base and ‘couldn’t be any more different or intriguing than anything on the current rock scene’.
On 11 June their debut album ‘Innocence Man‘ will be released on White Box Recordings. The album was recorded live in a single night in a Northern Quarter loft studio and features a wonderful turn on backing vocals and cello by Julie Campbell on the Americana-infused centre-piece ‘Begin Again‘. Genre mixers in the manner of Sebadoh, Easter possess hooks born from screeching, wailing guitars and lead-heavy drums. Songs veer wildly from their expected course into psyched up jams and Crazy Horse wig-outs, but there is always a hint of introspection, a sense of place, that underpins the songwriting itself. The release of ‘Innocence Man‘ sees Long’s ‘Crumpsall pipe dreams’ becoming reality. Easter
“Easter blur the lines between pop structures and loose experimentalism, a musical backdrop of Godspeed and Sonic Youth melded together with the atmospheric vocal delivery of Red House Painters’ Mark Kozelek. Wonderful stuff from outta nowhere” ~ Piccadilly Records
7.30pm / £5 otd
Kraak / 11 Stephenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB
Dry Bar / Dry Live
12:51 at Dry Bar
DJ Wrighty hosts a night dedicated to the best indie and alternative music from legends of the past to the newest bands defining the sounds of the present, dipping into retro and club classics, 80′s electronica and 90′s Britpop.
9pm-4am / FREE
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN
Matt & Phreds
Singer Orla Murphy is currently touring England to showcase her second album ‘Wonderous Visions‘ and tonight makes a stop in the Northern Quarter’s Matt & Phred’s. The album is a presentation of new jazz arrangements and re-workings of Stevie Wonder songs, for the main part chosen from his work of the 1970′s (his classic period). A golden moment includes Orla’s self penned ‘love letter’ to her idol Wonder, co-written with pianist Steve Lodder. The 3 sets will cover the entirety of the album and original material from Orla and her band, as well as the singers acclaimed debut album ‘Wishful Thinking‘.
Orla Murphy is a talented London-based Jazz Vocalist. Her voice has been described as possessing a distinctive, rich sound with a deep and soulful timbre; and often comparisons are made with great Jazz Vocalists Nina Simone, Cleo Laine, and Diana Krall. A successful debut album released in 2008 gained her a respected place as a regular touring musician, a Jazz Festival favourite and impressive recording sessions with some of London’s leading jazz musicians: Jonathan Gee, bassist Andy Hamill, multi-talented pianist Aron Ottignon, and Richard Barr.
You can hear some of Orla’s music on her website; Orla Murphy
9.30pm – 1am / £5
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW
Just Skank presents Sunbeatz Ibiza 2012 launch party with Micky Finn / Sub-Zero & more
Just Skank‘s regular party night at Moho comes this month with a Balearic twist as they play host to the official Sunbeatz Ibiza 2012 Launch party with nothing less than a spectacular line-up. In the Main Room you’ll find the Sunbeatz Ibiza crew lead by Micky Finn with MC Fearless and ably supported by Sub-Zero, Twisted Individual, Majistrate, Propz & Rowney, Salvage b2b Carbon and Raasclarke & Manuva. Over in the Side Room you’ll find Yesi & Maynard and Sub:Concious. Tickets from Skiddle here.
11pm- 4am / £10 Adv /£12
Moho Live / Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Freitags with Benjamin Yourself
An excursion of musical wonderment joining the dots between Kraut, Baltimore Club, House, Indie, Electro, Outsider Pop, Disco, Cosmic Nonsense and forgotten gems. This week’s ‘friend’ is Benjamin Yourself.
9pm-2am / FREE before 10pm / £2 after
Common/ 39-41 Edge Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HW
Bay Horse Pub
Feel Good Friday
Head to The Bay Horse for Feel Good Friday with resident DJs Dan Soulsmith & Paul Wright, where you can delight in funk, soul, disco, leftfield pop and cosmic rock to make you “Feel Good”! And it’s free in which makes you feel good too!
8pm-1am / FREE
The Bay Horse Pub / 35-37 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1NA
Bring On The Dancing Horses
Patrick mixes it up live in the cut with a selection of get down disco, get up house and off the wall pop to get your party started…..After that it’s up to you!
Odd Bar / 30-32 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1ER
Pop ‘Til You Drop
A year into its existence and at its new home of Mint Lounge, PTYD DJ’s continue to provide a plethora of music spanning decades of quality pop from hip hop to indie, disco to rock, r n b to acid house, steering well clear of the cheesier side of the charts. Digging deep into their libraries, resident DJ’s from the camps of Crazy P and El Diablo’s Social Club (the original founders of the night), alongside other local heroes and don’t knows, hope to take you down a musical memory lane and have you firmly routed to the dancefloor.
10.30pm – 3.30am / £5
Mint Lounge / 46-50 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE
Taking an Excursion through Hip Hop, Pop, Funk & Soul, expect house party vibes and R.Kelly after midnight. “Beats that are hard, beats that are funky. It could get you hooked like a crackhead junkie”.
The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs
MC Barry Dodds presents Simon Clayton, Danny Deegan and David Longley for The Frog and Bucket’s flagship Friday night show, Barrel of Laughs. The show goes on until 2am with one of the Frog’s resident DJ’s.
7pm / £16 / £8 concession
The Frog & Bucket / 102 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LJ