Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Arts & Music Preview, September 2010

It’s easy to associate September with a new influx of freshers, who line the streets with the flyers they’re bombarded with, blissfully unaware that they are the catalyst for numerous clubnights all clamouring for student loan pennies. But it’s not only wide-eyed freshers who appreciate somebody to separate the wheat from the chaff (and if you happen to be a student then the following preview will hopefully save you the unholy process of taking a mere three strides down Oxford Road before dismissing the umpteenth glossy A6-sized welcome to Manchester).

Very much some of the wheat in that analogy, The Warehouse Project inevitably returns for another stint in the spotlight. Kieran Hebden curates what looks to be the pick of the bunch in November. As for September, you’ve got Maximo Park, Joy Orbison or Basement Jaxx vying for the attentions of the sweaty swarm in that hive of activity below Piccadilly station on various nights.

In the arts, Blank Media’s upcoming exhibition – A New Sense of Emptiness – is at greenroom, where Italian illustrator Mario Sughi’s vibrantly coloured yet minimal scenes will be located for your perusal, from Thursday 9th’s public preview evening through until mid October. Currently adorning the Mooch walls, and continuing through September, will be The Beautiful and the Damned, which showcases Gemma Compton’s striking street art, Ben Slow’s mysterious portraits and Danny O’Connor’s multi-layered montages. When you’ve had your fill of those then there’s Whitworth Art Gallery, whose themed collation is scheduled for an autumn-long stay under the title of The Land Between Us: place, power and dislocation. Multifariously created but hinging on the uses of landscape, both natural and human, expect to see watercolours, creativity borne from conflict and political comment through images.

Local loop-laying electro-acoustic hybrid Denis Jones precedes his October LP, Red + Yellow = (released through Humble Soul and to be reviewed here in due course), with a limited, Piccadilly Records-only EP for album opener ‘Clap Hands’, including remixes by fellow Manc dwellers Graham Massey and Paddy Steer. And while we’re on the subject of recorded output, Melodic have lined-up south Manchester cacophony controllers Working For A Nuclear Free City’s latest, the double-disked Jojo Burger Tempest, for an early-September arrival. Both worth a trip to your local record store.

Gigs-wise: Pineapple Folk’s standouts for the month are fuzzy psyche types Black Mountain and the angsty folkster Deer Tick (15th and 30th, respectively), while Now Wave have PVT playing at the Deaf Institute on 28th. Elsewhere, Hey! Manchester welcome Horse Feathers to The Kings Arms’ cosy confines on Tuesday 14th and OH Productions bring Joanna Newsom to the Palace Theatre on Saturday 18th. The Band on the Wall pick has to be Nancy Elizabeth, Homelife and Denis Jones sharing the bill on Thursday 9th, with The Raghu Dixit Project on Sunday 19th a worthy contender for that crown.

If two of your favourite things are indie-folk bands and seeing your entry fee go to a charity then Sound Control on Sunday 19th is where you should gravitate. The all-dayer will see The Travelling Band, Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six, The Lovely Eggs and plenty of others, all supporting Didsbury’s Francis House Children’s Hospice.

Chorlton plays host to much of Mind on Fire’s innovation this month; Thursday 16th at Nook looks a great bet at the low entry fee of £0 – Manchester/Barcelona duo The Electronic Exchange, newly signed to Concrete Moniker’s ‘net label, will perform their self-proclaimed “toolshed dub” live. Otherwise, check out MoF's affiliated DJing slots; last Sunday of every month at Nook or the monthly record selection at Argyles.

Looking slightly beyond the realm of September, independent music conference Un-Convention returns to its motherland, Salford. And, to indulge in a little self-promotion, Now Then Manchester will be curating a stage as part of the event on Saturday 2nd October. We have King Capisce, Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six, Paul Green and Veí all lined up with their various instruments, while caro snatch and Joe Kriss will punctuate proceedings with spoken word performances. You can also catch the aforementioned Denis Jones performing on a barge.

Finally, if you’re looking for some cheap, post-Bank Holiday entertainment tonight, there’s the free entry show at An Outlet, to launch Red Tides' new EP, with Jo Rose also performing.

Words: Ian Pennington
Image 1: Girls and the City by Mario Sughi
Image 2: Courtesy of Un-Convention

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