Words by Ian Pennington

While some of you might be tempted by the outdoor events on offer this week, the real fireworks will be taking place indoors. No, not like Mario Balotelli. I meant at live music venues across Manchester. I can’t guarantee pyrotechnics, no. Oh, let’s just move on.

There’ll be some gentle sparkles to begin the week on Monday 3rd at the Ritz. Venture there and you’ll find Future, a rapper who seems to be in the news less for his music then for his on-off engagement to fellow US limelight seeker, Ciara.

On Tuesday 4th I’m opting for another of the larger venues, the Apollo, where ageing cards specialists Motörhead will be plugging in their amps once more.

Bonfire night itself serves up a few more spectacular sights. Electronic hip hop duo Shabazz Palaces make the trip to Gorilla, where local glitch trio From the Kites of San Quentin will be warming up.

Elsewhere, Domino Records signed post-punks White Lung are looking to tear a layer of paint from the Soup Kitchen walls with their screaming guitars, punters spilling their bowls in excitement.

The biggie on Thursday 6th is courtesy of idiosyncratic spellers Chvches, whose minimal electro pop will entertain an audience at Academy 1.

Not too dissimilar (think Tycho meets Baths) is a US duo named Arms & Sleepers, who are playing with local multi-instrumentalist Shunya at the Eagle Inn as part of their album tour.

Kurt Vile’s old band The War On Drugs peddle their MOR rock, à la 1980s Bob Dylan, at the Ritz on Friday 7th. Just don’t tell Sun Kil Moon.

And if you prefer you club nights to avoid squabbling indie bands, then head to the Ultimate Power offshoot, Ultimate Anthems, at Sound Control.

I’m afraid you’ve already been too slow on snapping up tickets for Nightmares On Wax’s live show at Band on the Wall on Saturday 8th, but why not head to Gorilla instead to sample Submotion Orchestra’s new song?

Back at Sound Control that night, original PiL bassist Jah Wobble continues his solo adventures.

Without sounding too much like a stuck record with directions to Gorilla, they’ve booked another show worth your time for Sunday 9th. Sonic 50-something Thurston Moore continues his solo saga.

Band on the Wall offers more relaxed vibes, with local indie folk group Glass Ankle performing at their regular Acoustic Bhuna event, while you munch on curry.

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