Words by Ian Pennington

We’ll start this blog where the last one left off: at FutureEverything festival, which has been showcasing some of the finest forward-thinking musical forms since Thursday, and continues in the same vein tonight, Monday 31st, with solo covers band machine The Space Lady at Manchester Art Gallery and tomorrow, Tuesday 1st April, with the must-see Tim Hecker and Julianna Barwick at RNCM.

For something a little more light-hearted, the reinvented Adam Ant will also perform tomorrow, at The Ritz.

Back on the experimental trail at Club Academy on Wednesday 2nd, minimal jazz pianist and producer Robert Glasper presents his Experiment band. Or 60s-lite surf pop queens La Luz grab their guitars and head for the Northern Quarter – specifically Gullivers on Oldham Street.

With the weekend nearing, former James Blake label mates Cloud Boat will be a prime selection for your Thursday 3rd. The duo will perform their subtle cosmic crafts at The Castle Hotel.

From mellow dreamscapes to raucous bluesy rock in a day – Turrentine Jones promise to crank their amps up to eleven on Friday 4th at The Ruby Lounge.

The Saturday night headline-grabber is Bipolar Sunshine, the local boy done good who branched away from Kid British to concentrate on his own, unfussy pop progressions. He’s worked with Rudimental, but this Academy 2 show is a solo outing.

On the other end of the pop spectrum, a tape launch at Islington Mill sees noise-shaping sack-wearers Horrid pull off their best Scarecrow in Batman Begins impressions; not as sinister but twice as loud.

Back in the city centre, Oldham’s discordant keyboard popster Kiran Leonard is the main attraction at The Castle Hotel, or round the corner at Kraak the Grey Lantern promoters have invited Let’s Wrestle along to rock out.

To finish the week on Sunday 6th, settle down at Takk to be entertained by the Welsh wordsmith Sweet Baboo, or shun the day of rest by warming up those devil horn hands with Polish prog rockers Riverside at Club Academy.

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