Monday, March 08, 2010

TONIGHT IN MANCHESTER: Cate Le Bon + Lawrence Arabia

Well with Spring well and truly here, this August’s Green Man Festival seems just around the corner. And to bring a little of its Welsh mountain magic a bit closer here's a mini-trailblazer for the festival working its way across the UK currently. Tonight the double-header of Cate Le Bon and Lawrence of Arabia calls into the Deaf Institute.

I saw Cate Le Bon for the first time live at Green Man last year and then got the excellent "Me Oh My" album when it came out at the end of the year. It’s gorgeous psych-folk that works equally well as quiet ballad (like ‘Sad, Sad Feet’) or the full-band sound of the seriously spooky ‘Hollow Trees House Hounds".

I know little about Lawrence Arabia except he is from New Zealand and is recently signed to Bella Union. But the track ‘Apple Pie Bed’ has well and truly earwormed it’s way into my head. The press blurb says “Think Fleetwood Mac meets The Beach Boys with a dash of Bowie and White Album-era Beatles and you’re on the right lines”. Not sure this works for me but try the song below.

At each night on this tour there is a chance to win a pair of tickets to Green Man Festival in August. With Joanna Newsom and First Aid Kit added to the bill that already includes The Flaming Lips, Beirut and Billy Bragg, this is a good incentive to attend but the music is the main draw.

Remaining dates for the tour are:
Tuesday 9 March Harley, Sheffield
Wednesday 10 March Portland Arms, Cambridge
Thursday 11 March Lexington, London
Friday 12 March Louisiana, Bristol
And tickets for Green Man Festival 20-22 August can be bought here.

Cate Le Bon
Me Oh My [BUY]

Lawrence Arabia
Chant Darling [BUY]

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