Words by Ian Pennington

Well, the Yuletide themed TV adverts are already engulfing and filling us with consumerist angst, but that surest sign of reindeer’s hooves on the rooftops won’t come knocking for a while yet. The Pogues aren’t touring their one hit for another month.

The rest of music hardly bats an eyelid, starting tonight, Monday 18th November, with the Scandinavian jazz threesome, Trio Riot. They’re due to perform at the intimate surrounds of Kim By The Sea in Hulme from 6pm, ahead of a larger show at Matt & Phreds on Tuesday 19th.

Also on Tuesday 19th, Califone’s tour will be stopping in at Newton Street’s Roadhouse. The solemn toned folk-tronic shoegazers are supported by Tony Dekker of the Canadian folkies, Great Lake Swimmers.

Some may have doubted Mùm in a post-Finally We Are No One world, with a couple of unmemorable albums in the late noughties, but the Icelandic glitch whizzes will always have two more crème de la crème albums that most bands (who could forget their debut, Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK) and their newest LP, Smilewound, isn’t bad either. They’re visiting Gorilla on Wednesday 20th.

Playing on the other side of town that same night, the locally renowned, monastery-filling soundscapists Embers are headlining a show in support of the War Child charity fund. That one’s at The Ruby Lounge.

On Thursday 21st, label hip hop, soul and electronica record label My First Moth have curated the line-up for the independent magazine Now Then Manchester’s regular Social at Deaf Institute’s main bar. Neko Neko and Mecca:83 will both perform live, but expect a more relaxed, sit-down vibe than other gigs might . Coincidentally, another example of a gig with a sit-down vibe is happening on the same night. Fat Out Till You Pass Out will be laying out the pews at Salford’s Sacred Trinity Church for the former Swans vocalist and organ droner, Jarboe.

Finally, the folks at Now Wave have dreamt up a two-city soiree on Saturday 23rd that’s a really tough coin toss or cross-town dash. Inside the Manchester City Council’s bounds at the Deaf Institute will be the full Austra jaunty electro pop experience. Then not far away in the Salford arts factory, Islington Mill, the same band will be showcasing their record collections in support of twee electronica eccentric Baths. I don’t envy your decision.

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