Words by Ian Pennington
Some of the musical heavyweights old and new are in town this week, but let’s not forget those flying further below the radar – we’ll pick out those newcomers worth turning your ears to as well.
The Jungle Brothers were contemporaries of De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest back in the 80s, delivering smooth, jazzy hip hop with a positive message. Their latest tour sees them stop by Band On The Wall for a show on Monday 29th.
A more contemporary floor-filler, SBTRKT, step onto the Albert Hall stage on Tuesday 30th to entertain two tiers of electronic music fans.
Scale down to The Ruby Lounge on the same night for indie rockers The Besnard Lakes.
Coming full circle back round to hip hop, Jurassic 5 vocalist Chali 2na is set to perform a solo show in the relatively intimate climes of Club Academy.
That’s on Wednesday 1st, which is the same day you’ll find a pair of alt-folkies elsewhere in the city. Both Gemma Ray at Castle Hotel and RM Hubbert in Cornerhouse’s Anneke room will be constructing their guitar-based melodies for you – the former with vocals, the latter without.
Back at Cornerhouse a day later, Thursday 2nd, former múm band member Ólöf Arnalds brings her shrill, Kate Bush-ian tones.
Flipping the switch to wordy alt-indie, Andrew Jackson Jihad has timed it so that he and his band will be at Deaf Institute that same evening, performing chirpy tales of woe.
One more option for Thursday, I hear you demand? How about Syd Arthur at Band On The Wall? Their niche of rock is more closely aligned with the guitar pedal aficionados Tame Impala.
Burning through to the weekend, Friday 3rd sees another visit to Club Academy from the late 80s to early 90s breed of hip hop. This time it’s Atmosphere.
Across town, Moog psychedelians Gulp will be shaking the cobwebs from Gullivers’ crannies.
The Hey! Manchester promoters have set up a coin toss on Saturday 4th. Take your pick between a couple of local folkies: Travelling Band at Gorilla and Jesca Hoop at First Chop Brewery. Both were signed up to the ill-fated, Ancoats-based Undressed Festival earlier in the summer, so here’s your opportunity to catch one or the other.
If you choose neither, the hyped RnB act FKA Twigs is back in front of a seated audience. This time she’s scheduled to perform at RNCM.
End the week with Scottich indie rockers Twilight Sad, who’re lugging their amps down to Soup Kitchen on Sunday 5th.