Words by Ian Pennington
If there’s one thing Bag Thing avoids, it’s forcing U2 down your throat via your electronic music device of choice. To illustrate this, below we’ve selected some this week’s live picks that’ll be infinitely easier to swallow.
Starting once again on Monday, which this week is the 22nd, you’ll need to check for ticket returns to get into the Band On The Wall for Ezra Furman’s display of chirpy pop rock.
You’ll fare better in your hunt for a ticket to the Angel Olsen show on Tuesday 23rd. The US indie rocker’s Manchester date has been moved from Deaf Institute to the more spacious Gorilla to cope with demand.
Wednesday 24th sees a couple of larger shows wrestling for your attention. Recent country rock mainstay Ryan Adams plugs in at Albert Hall.
At the other end of Deansgate the Cathedral’s crannies will be filled with the ambient tones of Yann Tiersen, whose scoring CV includes Amélie and Goodbye Lenin.
Downscale to Bay Horse’s basement on Thursday 25th for a knees up orchestrated by the storytelling punk dystopias crafted by Throw Them Bones, not a million miles away from Gogol Bordello.
Or join the masses in another of this city’s larger venues, The Ritz, where Joy Division and New Order alumnus Peter Hook presents a performance of tracks by both former bands backed by his current assemblage The Light.
Wild Beast fans my like to divert their gazes towards Soup Kitchen on Friday 26th, where fellow falsettos Famy will be delivering their chorals and jangly chords
Warehouse Project’s downsize back to Store Street has been met by predictably fast ticket sales. Their latest chapter begins on Saturday 27th with a re-launch event featuring Seth Troxler.
Chances are that you weren’t quick enough to snaffle a ticket for that particular raffle – or perhaps even weren’t moved by the identikit line-ups on offer. Either way, there is still more to be found away from that glorified car park. Why not try some funky soul at Band On The Wall handpicked by Craig Charles. The latest band to grace his monthly slot is Federation of the Disco Pimp.
Or at Soup Kitchen there will be drum machines and synths aplenty courtesy of the dreamscaping 90s dance manufacturers Lust For Youth.
Finally, Sunday 28th is another day to rock your socks off, so best to wear flip flops while flipping out to the groove meisters The Jim Jones Revue on their farewell tour.