Words by Ian Pennington

Once again, we at Bag Thing are endorsing a diverse selection of gigs from Manchester’s live music week. Take your pick from post-rock to alt-pop, folk to soul, and jazz to hip hop.

Ticking the box at the poppier end of indie on Monday 20th, London’s Teleman entertain Gorilla gig goers with the tones of their 2014 album, Breakfast.

Promising to squeeze more notes into your night and happening concurrently across town at Band on the Wall, you’ll find the dextrous horn blowers of the Youngblood Brass Band.

Tuesday 21st is a double sell out night. Mercury shortlisted jazzmen GoGo Penguin won’t be able to let any more through Soup Kitchen’s basement doors, and nor will DFA 1979, who’ll play to a packed Gorilla. Not got a ticket for either? You won’t go far wrong taking a punt on the heavy blues of Wille and the Bandits at Night & Day Café.

Next up on consecutive nights are two critically acclaimed leading ladies in the Albert Hall spotlight. First, on Wednesday 22nd, is wonky pop darling St Vincent, whose example will be followed by soul singer Sharon Jones and her backing band The Dapkings on Thursday 23rd.

Away from that Grade II listed super venue, another option for Thursday is at Soup Kitchen. Dream pop purveyors North Atlantic Oscillation measure their melodies to fit the Northern Quarter eatery’s basement.

Close in on another weekend with The Herbaliser, blending their chilled out trip hop vibes downstairs at the Student Union in Club Academy on Friday 24th.

That is, unless you’d prefer to embark on another venue double dayer – this time at First Chop Brewery. On the Friday they’re hosting local strummer Liam Frost. He’s playing with Manchester super group Tokolosh these days, but this show is a return to the solo roots that made his name.

24 hours later, on Saturday 25th, the same Salford based ale fermenting archway, First Chop, is inviting fans of Wave Pictures to watch the band perform Daniel Johnston’s Artistic Vice album.

And round off your week with a laugh at Frog & Bucket on Sunday 26th. The 2014 Women in Comedy Festival concludes with this evening of stand up slots featuring acts assembled by Laughing Cows.

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