Words by Ian Pennington

This month feels like it’s racing by, with Manchester’s live music coming thick and fast.

Certainly, the term Trans Am is often linked with high speeds in its US car racing format, but that’s not the Trans Am we’re recommending for Monday 10th. Instead, the shoegazing post-rockers pass the chequered flag at Ruby Lounge.

On Tuesday 11th take your pick between Gorilla and Band on the Wall. The former hosts the artist responsible for Piccadilly Records’ #1 album for January to June 2014, Ibibio Sound Machine.

The latter invites prog rockers Ozric Tentacles to make the trip from their Somerset HQ for another space-age wig out.

Adult Jazz may sound like a description of the programme of events at a dark, seedy gentlemen’s club accompanied by John Thomson’s smug side camera glances, but instead their lengthy and askew song structures dabble in colourful Wild Beastian tones. To sample it head to Deaf Institute on Wednesday 12th.

Soup Kitchen promises a man with Eagles For Hands on Thursday 13th. This wing span will be guiding the Brightonian around his synths and samplers to create danceable electronica.

Friday 14th sees a return to Gorilla, this time for a rare show by Bedroom Community co-founder Ben Frost, whose brand of electronica is subtler fare. Denis Jones and Druss (a Gnod offshoot) both support.

If that’s not your cup of tea then Gullivers might have a more suitable hot beverage for you. Local finger picking folky Cavan Moran sets up in the upstairs room of the recently refurbished Oldham Street bar.

Cross the road to the Castle Hotel to find a similar vein on Saturday 15th. Luke Daniels delivers his gently gliding ditties this time.

At the other end of the scale spectrum, Swedish singer Lykke Li’s audience is large enough to accommodate the Albert Hall.

Finally, we come to Sunday 16th, when, if you been following dead bodies like crumbs in Hansel and Gretel, then you’ll know what’s coming at Ruby Lounge. You guessed it: …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead.

For a less morbid intro, drop into Deaf Institute where the smooth singing Bahamas will be crooning the evening away.

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