Words by Ian Pennington

Amid plans to implement a “truly seven-day NHS”, the political PR machine rumbles along and all’s well in the truly seven-day Manchester listings blog at Bag Thing.

In the US there’s been a campaign to #StandWithSongwriters, a campaign which if successful would affect royalties for songwriters such as the touring Indianan indie rockers Murder By Death, who’re parking themselves at Deaf Institute for the evening.

Day two and we’re still going strong at Band on the Wall. Multi-instrumental virtuoso and neo-soul spark Meshell Ndegeocello will bring a hearty dose of good times across funk, soul and jazz. The American-German plays on Tuesday 19th.

One band at the high-pitched alt-rock peak of health is Mew, having continued to grow in popularity to the extent that a gig at The Ritz, also on Tuesday, is familiar territory.

On Wednesday 20th, former Violator and Kurt Vile collaborator Steve Gunn injects his take on Saharan blues into the musical veins of an audience at the soon-to-die Roadhouse venue.

Swapping cultural continents to mainland Europe, the Franco-psych oddities Aquaserge commence mind-expanding musical operations at Kraak on Thursday 21st.

The 10th annual Dot To Dot festival is on the horizon, with the shortest waiting time for the Manchester leg, which kicks off on Friday 22nd. Expect Saint Raymond, Swim Deep and Rae Morris to cure any silence you’ve been experiencing. 

Or an alternative therapy for both sight and sound is Video Jam, who’re returning to the original format for a hand-picked programme at Islington Mill the same night.

Cymande reformed last year for a Band on the Wall show after umpteen years lying dormant and a repeat prescription funky soul is urged on Saturday 23rd.

Or taste a spoonful of sugary Canadian techno to help the medicine go down at Soup Kitchen, where Doldrums will be on hand to nurse you through the night.

Any contemporary classical fans will have lapped up Nils Frahm’s free LP released not long ago and he’s due to perform those songs and more at Albert Hall this Sunday 24th. Missing out would be a bitter pill to swallow.

Finally, a Moston Miners Centre fundraiser starring local songwriters Death to the Strange is our final tip for healing any Sunday hangover.

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