Words by Ian Pennington

As promised, September brings with it a deluge of musical delights, so where the summer months offered one gig per night, it’s now offered nearer three.

Local promoters Comfortable on a Tightrope have assembled a fine supported cast of Yes Blythe and Irma Vep for a bill at Kraak on Monday 1st, topped by US touring act Sun Foot.

Tuesday 2nd is teeming with great shows. Texan post-rockers This Will Destroy You may be true to their name at Deaf Institute, but if not they’ll at least destroy the sanctity of your ears.

Round the corner at Gorilla, pull up a sofa for Deep South gospel soul by St Paul and the Broken Bones. Or dive into the 1980s, via Band on the Wall, where Perfume Genius will be plugging in their synths.

Just one pick for Wednesday 3rd. Marissa Nadler arrives at Soup Kitchen to gently glide through her ambient alt-folk soundscapes.

The Manchester Museum After Hours events are often worth a peek with zero entry charge. This Thursday 4th sees them team up with Oxjam ahead of the latter’s annual Northern Quarter festival next month.

On Friday 5th, plug you ears into the debut album of local electro pop duo Gymnast, whose musical agility will be swinging from the high bars at the Castle Hotel. It’s a free to join and leotards aren’t compulsory.

As is the theme of the week, there are also other options on Friday. You won’t go far wrong with either of two seasoned folkies: Art Garfunkel offers sounds at a higher volume level than silence for his Intimate Evening at Bridgewater Hall, while that melodically talented family The Felice Brothers stop their tour bus at Academy 2.

After a full day of distortion in Levenshulme on Saturday 6th? The Bad Uncle and Grey Lantern promoters have put their heads together and come up with just the ticket: the second instalment of their Box Social. Blood Sport, Claw the Thin Ice, Sex Hands and more are queuing up to rock your socks off at the Klondyke Bowls Club, off Albert Road.

Or, if you have other plans and would prefer to invest a smaller chunk of your day in music, then catch Louis Barabbas & the Bedlam Six’s last gig before a planned hiatus. Band on the Wall is hosting it. Expect fireworks (Disclaimer: no, not real fireworks).

Third time lucky on Friday, acoustic warbler Willie Watson waltzes through Night & Day Café as well.

I’ll end on a brief and unexciting anecdote. Earlier this week I met someone who turned out to be the sister of Lisa Stansfield. That’s the full and uncensored anecdote I’m afraid, but it does tie in with the pick of Sunday 7th, which is Lisa Stansfield herself, performing at the Bridgewater Hall.

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