New Yorker Jeffrey Lewis is a singer-songwriter (and well respected comic book artist – watch out for illustrated songs, or ‘low-budget videos’, at his gigs) who is perhaps most known for his lyrical dexterity. Regarded as part of the anti-folk movement, his vocals are off-kilter and tell stories of everyday musings as well as self-deprecating humour that sweetens a somewhat nihilistic world-view. He signed with Rough Trade in 2001 and has since released six albums through the London label. After ensembles of literary delight (Jeffrey Lewis & The Jitters and Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard) he resumes his 15-year career as Jeffrey Lewis & The Jrams, because alliteration is awesome. It’s his first show in Manchester for three years, so don’t hang about.

Sat 23 Aug, The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, M1 7HE. Tel: 0161 276 9350, 7pm, £9,

Sat 23 Aug
Edwina Chan
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Sun 10 Aug 2014