Words by Ian Pennington
After a third long weekend in just over a month, you’re possibly toying with taking your eye off the gigs calendar for a short while. The message from here at Bag Thing HQ (shaped like a giant brown paper bag, in case you’re wondering) is: don’t. We still have plenty up our musical wizard’s sleeve, from where all these previews magically emerge, predominantly of a psychedelic persuasion this week.
For any 9 to 5ers, the week starts in earnest on Tuesday 27th, when Tunng’s label mates at Full Time Hobby, Smoke Fairies, strike the chords of their introspective shoegaze at Band on the Wall.
After that one there’s only three days to another weekend. Before then on Wednesday 28th you have the Wilco sound-alike Marc Ford at Deaf Institute or mid-era Bob Dylan enthusiasts The War On Drugs at Academy 2, whose recent single
Band on the Wall is the location for your inner sat-nav on Thursday 29th. Beefheart-less they may be, but his former comrades The Magic Band are still whisking up sonic hallucinations for your enjoyment all these years on from making records in remote mountain cabins.
Also that night is a more stripped down sound in the form of alt-country group Two Wings. They’re on at The Castle Hotel.
Friday and Saturday are psychedelic wherever you look (providing you’re not exposing your ears to saccharine mush at the Etihad Stadium). One option on Friday 30th is day one of Hookworms’ ‘Lost Weekend’, at which they’ve hand-picked bands to join them at Islington Mill.
Day two of that event takes place on Saturday 31st, when across town at the Night & Day Café they’re having an all day Psych Fest of their own. The latter features TOY, Ghost Outfit and – back on the Wizard’s Sleeve imagery – Richard Norris on the turntables (ie one half of Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve, next to Erol Alkan).
For Sunday 1st June, why not begin the month in slightly different surrounds? Didsbury Comedy Club rounds off the week.