The best Manchester gigs this week
MONDAY 24th MAY
POGO (£5 ADV.)
After a recent ‘new band of the day’ article on the Guardian’s ever-reliable website tagged him as a potential ‘black Morrissey’ and a ‘hip hop doofus’, Theophilus came back with a track name-dropping it’s author, Paul Lester, stating that the piece was ‘all lies’. The fact that it mentioned him in the same breath as sexual deficiency probably had a lot to do with it, but despite him using the old school technique of a diss track, there’s a lot that’s fresh and new from London, and The Corner are offering a rare chance to see him in the flesh.
NOW WAVE (£7 ADV.)
GANGLIANS/JAVELIN/WITH THAT KNIFE
As far as CVs in the music world go, at the minute you can’t do much better than having had a 12″ put out by Woodsist records. Their latest effort ‘Monster Head Room’ carries on in a similar canon, and anyone into their psychedelic, rural pop cannot miss this – with the added bonus of Javelin joint headling/supporting, it’s another case of Now Wave showing how ridiculously good their musical sensibilities are.
BAND ON THE WALL
After stealing the show at Sounds from the Other City, the Tom Waits endorsed artist with the prodigious voice is back on stage in the area – not surprising since she relocated here from sunnier climes a while back. Ridiculously gifted and consistently breathtaking, not one to miss if you like your music personal, witty and sung by the weirdly angelic.
TITUS ANDRONICUS/MILK MAIDS
Despite having formed in 2005, it was only this year that Rolling Stone saw fit to give them the title of one of the years ‘best new bands’. Anyone who heard their 2008 effort ‘The Airing of Grievances’ is entitled to feel reliably fulfilled, and should be at the Ruby Lounge to see one of the frontrunners noise rock do what they do best.
TUESDAY 25th MAY
IT SOUNDED BETTER IN MY HEAD (£3)
THE MIDDLE ONES/MORGAN ORION/EDMUND COTTAM/THE SHREIKING VIOLETS
If you’ve ever seen The Middle Ones perform, then it’s likely you’ll want to get down to this gig. On record, they’re beautiful, but that’s nothing compared to the majesty of their sugary sweet pop harmonies in the flesh. With just the right amount of twee in their sound, to turn up to An Outlet will be to fall in love, especially given the undoubted quality of each of the support acts. Add to the fact that Jam on Bread is putting on this show (and thus guaranteeing you’ll get a glance at his lovely beard) and you’ve got yourself a perfect Tuesday night.
WEDNESDAY 26th MAY
GOLDHEART ASSEMBLY/IVAN CAMPO/EMMA TRICA
This London based six piece have been around for about a year and a half, but have already garnered enough hype for an entire lifetime thanks to their folk-pop stylings. Well worth checking out.
THURSDAY 27th MAY
AUCAN/TONNICA/WITH THAT KNIFE
Reccommended by the wonderful Simon Catling [tumblr]: “Battles indebted math-rock Italians Aucan showcase their robotic twists of sound at Satan’s Hollow on Thursday”
FRIDAY 28th MAY
One of the best live acts in the country, and one of the definitive sounds of the new millenium. It is impossible to be hyperbolic about the genius of Slow Club, given the quality of their debut ‘Yeah, So’ and the way that the second record is shaping up. Whilst it might be in the horrible surrounds of FAC251, that’s okay as you’ll be soothed by Charles and Rebecca’s vocal interplay.
LOVE & DISASTER SINGLE LAUNCH (£4 ADV)
DUTCH UNCLES/THE ABC CLUB/DEAF TO VAN GOGH’S EAR
Whilst they look like they’ve fallen out of a charity shop backwards, that’s oddly apt for Dutch Uncles unique sound – tuneful, melodic pop mixed with the intricate precision of a math rock band, they’re taking to the stage to celebrate the launch of The Ink, which is undeniably their best work yet.
SATURDAY 29TH MAY
DEAF INSTITUTE RECORD FAIR
10 AM – 6 PM
An absolute must for all vinyl collectors, with dealers from all over the country gathering for you to peruse. As well as the usual CDs and Vinyls, there also promises to be posters and assorted memorabilia – a perfect way to spend your well earned wages.
AND FROM FURTHER AFIELD:
SATURDAY 29th – SUNDAY 30th MAY
BRAINLOVE FESTIVAL (£20 ADV.)
BRIXTON WINDMILL (LONDON)
TRASH KIT/MAT RIVIERE/BEAR DRIVER/STAIRS TO KOREA/JAM ON BREAD/THE MIDDLE ONES/MORE…
If you’re in or around Brixton this weekend, there’s absolutely no excuse for missing this – one of the country’s best independent record labels putting on around 40 bands for an absolute pittance. Do not miss out. The full line-up is here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=359666626474&ref=mf
Have I missed any out? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org