Words by Ian Pennington

If Gilles Petersen is always joining the musical dots, then my picks for Monday 7th err towards scribbling outside the musical lines; neither are bona fide gigs. First up, Central Library hosts a Manchester Records workshop as part of the Earth Wind and Fire Project, or tuck into some jerk chicken at Soup Kitchen from midday till late at Rum ‘n’ Reggae, where Hotmilk and Swing Ting DJs will be on the ones and twos.

Tuesday 8th sees us step back onto the gigging straight and narrow. You can walk the existential tightrope alongside Bright Eyes tunesmith Conor Oberst at Manchester Cathedral or shimmy down to Band On The Wall for soul crooners Myron & E.

Manchester-based electronic duo Ghosting Season have spawned a record label, This Is It Forever, which has in turn spawned a live showcase night. The first is on Wednesday 9th at Kosmonaut, where Greece-born producer Dalot headlines the free entry event.

Thursday 10th sees a few more options heading this way. Following the recent path of their well-documented musical friends/foes (delete as applicable) The Dandy Warhols, The Brian Jonestown Massacre hotfoot it from Glastonbury to The Ritz.

It’s also the first of two Castlefield Bowl shows. Pixies are the main attraction at the former, again on Thursday, before James will urge you to sit down and behave yourselves on Friday 11th. Tickets are likely to be scarce for both.

In smaller climes on Friday, The Burning Hell, those chirpy folky raconteurs with a knack for off-kilter metaphors, will drop into Gullivers to uphold a Manchester date they had to postpone earlier this year or local alt-country warblers Bone Box pull the plug for an acoustic set at Fallow Café.

If you’re not one of those heading to the sold out Tame Impala show on Saturday 12th then you’ll be looking for something else to do, right? Then why not try the new funk/jazz/soul spinning night down at Deaf Institute’s basement, the Flyin’ Easy Soul Club, where Joe In Ohio and So Flute’s Bolts are in charge of tunes.

That football event thing will be hearing its conclusion by the evening of Sunday 13th. That’s right, I’m talking about the Trof Trophy, for which many of Manchester’s musical community will be competing. From Murkage to Band On The Wall, The Travelling Band to Hoya Hoya, there’s 16 teams in all pitting their 5-a-side skills in search of the coveted silverware – all in the name of supporting the local drug and alcohol abuse charity, The Lifeline Project. Can last year’s winners Now Then x The Natural Curriculum retain their crown? You’ll have to find out during the afternoon at Ardwick Power League, or wait until the after party at Deaf Institute where that other footy game will be screened and there’ll be prizes up for grabs.

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