In light of today’s Armageddon-esque revelations concerning the flight paths of asteroids ringing alarm bells 745,000 miles away, here at Bag Thing we’re bringing you back down the earth with our pick of Manchester’s event listings for the next seven days.

Sticking with the intergalactic analogy, though, music was always written in the stars for Justin Townes Earle, whose father is alt-country artist Steve Earle and whose godfather is cult folkie Townes van Zandt. He lands at Band on the Wall tonight, Monday 19th.

Ducking back into today’s science headlines, it looks like Tuesday 20th has been partially obscured on the live music front, like the two earth-sized rocks residing at the edge of our solar system. Opting for something a little different, then, head to Kosmonaut for around 17.30 to join The Last Party’s live filming for BBC’s Panorama, which will double as their launch event for this year’s CALM charity events.

Switch to autopilot on Wednesday 21st at Roadhouse. I Am Your Autopilot’s sound has been compared variously with Boards of Canada, Grizzly Bear and Simon & Garfunkel – high praise indeed.

Back at Band on the Wall on Thursday 22nd, ex-Cinematic stargazer Stuart McCallum pulls out his guitar for a show of two parts. First a solo strum, then a band performance of otherworldly jazz with the likes of Rioghnach Connolly on vocals and Luke Flowers on drums.

Down the road at Soup Kitchen there’s a hip hop show featuring Dr Syntax & Pete Cannon cutting old jazz clips to roll underneath their satirical spits about Quinoa, herb gardens and lactose intolerance.

Friday 23rd is one of those days with enough space across the city for all sorts of gigs worth your time. So select from the following:

Self-deprecating alt-rocker BC Camplight @ Gorilla;

Motoric big league grunge with Mark Lanegan @ The Ritz;

Gentle lilts caressed by the vocal chords of first-wave anti-folkie Emmy the Great @ Deaf Institute;

Manchester-via-Brussels’ skewed beat maker Oceaán @ Eagle Inn;

And strings-cured harmonisers First Aid Kit @ Apollo Theatre.

There’ll be fewer coin tosses on Saturday 24th. We’ve picked out one event for you in the shape of Summer Camp’s live score of the in-depth indie doc Beyond Clueless, which tries to justify all those seemingly mindless teen movies of yore.

Finally, don’t let the sun go down on your week without checking out the Sunday 25th Acoustic Bhuna special at Band on the Wall, headlined by song writing duo Cahalen Morrison and Eli West.

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