Words by Ian Pennington

Despite the week of fireworks drawing to a close, there are still a few musical pyrotechnics left up the Manchester gig calendar’s sleeve this week.

An apt segue from explosive performances is Alice In Chains, with the Seattle grunge throwbacks stopping their high-mileage tour bus at Academy 1 on Monday 11th. US indie rock lynchpins The National’s popularity has been proven once more with two consecutive nights at the Apollo Theatre on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th.

Hey! Manchester’s folk-leaning promotions arm has reached out to grab two musical treasures on one night. The Anglo-Scottish trio Lau – featuring the much-loved Aidan O’Rourke on the fiddle – will be well-suited to the Central Methodist Hall where they’ll be sheltering on Wednesday 13th, while this month’s Skinny Northwest cover star and multi-instrumentalist Julia Holter will entertain at the Deaf Institute across town.

Fast forward 24 hours and Gorilla welcomes Kettering’s answer to Tame Impala, Temples, who’ve transplanted the Antipodeans’ vocal tones and almost selected a perfect anagram of their Aussie predecessors’ name. Also performing live on Thursday 14th is Submotion Orchestra – a band whose ambient trip hop has been featured at the more boisterous Hit & Run clubnights on recent tours, but this time cosies up to the Deaf Institute’s famous wallpapered décor. Local electronic Kate Bush voiced duo Shield Patterns supports. And if neither of those picks takes your fancy, there’s always the ongoing Soul II Soul reunion – this time calling in at The Ritz.

On Friday 15th, sometime Mulatu Astatke collaborators Heliocentrics’ Band On The Wall show has been postponed, but – never fear – still going full steam ahead are gigs headlined by the summery Americana advocate Laura Veirs and local electronic duo Ghosting Season, performing at Academy 3 and 2022NQ respectively.

Sunday evening in front of the television is a familiar experience for most, but not when we’re talking about the seminal US post-punk trailblazers who visit once every blue (marquee) moon. That’s it for the Television-related quips, I’m afraid. They’re on at Academy 2 on 17th. Enjoy.

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