Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Arts & Music Preview, July 2010

The World Cup’s nearly over and, if it’s been on your radar, you’ll soon have an extra-round Jabulani football-shaped void to fill. It seems appropriate timing, then, for another glance into the Now Then crystal ball of entertainment.

To kick off, a few of the many arts displays worthy of your time. Independent gallery Mooch N4 is exhibiting for the first time from Thursday 8th, promising contemporary painting and street art from Rocket01 and Faunagraphic for the foreseeable. On the walls at Nexus Art Café for the next month or so will be a look at urbanisation, environmental utopia and childhood imagination under the moniker of The View From Here; it culminates in a free film night there on Friday 6th August. Otherwise, time is slipping away on your chance to view Manchester Art Gallery’s Dorothy Bohm exhibition (with work spanning six decades), but, never fear, from Wednesday 4th August the ever-dependable Blank Media Collective take up the photographic mantle with their Angle of Refraction curation at Greenroom depicting uses of light through abstract images.

You’ve just missed July’s instalment of An Outlet’s premier live music showcase, Some Drum I Would Never Hear, but as long as you’re there on the first Saturday of any coming month then you’ll not go far wrong when previous bills have included Borland, Waiters and Illum Sphere. Early word is that SDIWNH resident Eleanor Lou (think PJ Harvey or The Kills) will be joined by glitch whiz Vei and Gold Blood on Saturday 7th August for the next one. And speaking of Waiters, they’re down to support New York’s 80s revivalists Silk Flowers under Comfortable on a Tightrope’s promotion on Wednesday 21st.

Trip-hop, experimental beats, dubstep and electronica specialists This City Is Ours return with The Glitch Mob headlining a show with From the Kites of San Quentin and Jonny Dub in support, visuals from Fata Morgana and OneFiveEight’s eye-catching live art. All happening under Sound Control’s roof on Friday 9th.

If you’re into psychedelic monotony then Wooden Shjips offshoot Moon Duo are worth a look on Sunday 25th, courtesy of Now Wave’s stubborn insistence to stage buzz bands in this city before others have the chance to see them. The Sacred Trinty Church should be a great setting for that as well. The Now Wavers are teaming up with WOTGODFORGOT for an even bigger one; Silver Apples founder Simeon strides straight out of the 60s and into your ears on Wednesday 28th, ably supported by Denis Jones, but if you prefer your noiseniks less noodley than the irresistibly catchy ‘I Don’t Care What the People Say’, for instance, then the second half of WOTGOTFORGOT’s divided attention that night is at The Corner in the form of younger electronic types These Are Powers, who likely owe a debt to the pioneering of Silver Apples themselves.

A Micron / Contort Yourself collaboration looks a safe bet where tech house is concerned. They’ve booked Saytek to bring his drum machines, synths and effects gadgetry to The Roadhouse on Saturday 17th.

Then looking a little further ahead you may have to toss a coin on 3rd August to choose between Wu-Tang Clan’s much-anticipated return, staged by Now Wave, One Inch Badge and OH Productions, and Pantha Du Prince; Ruby Lounge, put on by WOTGODFORGOT.

Words: Ian Pennington

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