Words by Ian Pennington

It’s another busy week ahead on Manchester’s musical landscape, which is fortunate because you can dive straight into a shade after seven days in the predicted sunshine.

So from the beer garden to the gig venue on Monday 13th – specifically Sound Control, where local live hip hop band Mouse Outfit will be launching their latest album, Step Steadier, with a healthy assortment of their collaborating MCs from Sparkz to Black Josh.

On the topic of album launches, Sara Lowes’ The Joy of Waiting is still fresh in the memory. She’ll play songs from that one as well as her Red Deer Club released back catalogue at the Eagle Inn on Tuesday 14th.

Depending on your mood or taste on Wednesday 15th, Gorilla and Band on the Wall have contrasting options at either end of the tempo spectrum. The former welcomes drum and bass duo Sigma, while the latter hosts Green Man festival-friendly country folk combo The Rails.

No such choice on Thursday 16th. It’ll be Soup Kitchen or nothing. Field Music splinter group Slug are the type to shake the basement’s brickwork with their finely crafted riffs.

If you can imagine Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s densely composed dirges in the ornate surrounds of Albert Hall then you’re halfway there. The real thing on Friday 17th will be twice as good.

Friday is one of those with more good options than hours in the day or worldly teleportation devices to be able to sample everything on offer. Second on our tour of the venues that night is Joanna Gruesome, the Welsh indie gang are headlining at Islington Mill.

For a subtler show, Daniel Pearson is playing at the Castle Hotel.

Onto a pair of clubs for night owls, Flyin’ Easy Soul selectors team up with Heads Up at Whiskey Jar to stage Gilles Peterson’s DJing cohort Patrick Forge along with Launette. Or The Ritz will be filled yet again with power ballads as Ultimate Power host the night of your life.

On Saturday 18th, First Chop’s brewing HQ will be hopping to the beats of Scandi-sounding Southport native Låpsley

That is, unless you’d prefer the reggae vibes created by Manchester’s Extra Love at Rebellion.

If we’ve counted correctly, that leaves one more day to cater for. A Sunday 19th daytime hip hop and electronica social at Whiskey Jar under the moniker of Full Circle pits words by Scorzayzee and Mecca:83 as its talking point.

Or for some live acoustic finger picking, head to the Castle Hotel for Ryley Walker’s set.

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