Words by Ian Pennington

On the anniversary week of Guy Fawkes’ comeuppance below the Houses of Parliament, we’ve fittingly selected an explosive array of Manchester music listings.

Scandinavian-monikered teenager Låpsley makes the short trip from her native Southport to perform her fizzing slow-burners at Deaf Institute tonight, having previously sold out the First Chop Brewery venue, which houses more barrels than Fawkes’ basement.

Tuesday 3rd makes way for the alt-indie soundscapes of Holy Holy at Sound Control, whose crescendos caress with a warm glow.

From holy to unholy in the space of a few pixels, Anathema’s Cathedral show on Wednesday 4th, preaching Scouse damnation via progressive sparklers.

You know that hoods-up, bright-eyed hush in front of the bonfire as it bristles with crackles and pops? That’s the sound of melancholy purveyed by singer-songwriter Soak, who’ll light up Gorilla the same evening.

For something a little different on bonfire night, Oldham Central Library is hosting Scribble Festival from 2pm. No penny for the guy this time – it’s free and includes talks and performances by wordsmiths such as Chris Killen and Jenna G.

Another show you won’t see every day is the Silent Hill live soundtrack, bringing computer gaming to the musical stage at Gorilla. A full live band will perform the compositions of Akira Yamaoka, complete with spectacular visuals. Tuesday’s show is sold out, but as I write there are still some tickets available for Thursday 5th.

Finally that day, witness an audio tapestry across the night sky courtesy of Ultimate Painting, who’ll be planting their gunpowder in the bowels of Soup Kitchen.

Keep your pets indoors on Friday 6th, as a pair of alt-rock bangers fire on all cylinders. Dinosaur Pile-Up plug in at the Ruby Lounge, while Deerhunter light the fuse at the Ritz.

On Saturday 7th, Islington Mill hosts Audio Farm’s all-day fundraiser – a worthy plot in the name of Green Paw Project. Mama Moonshine are among the extensive list of live bands and DJs.

Artsy oddity Jenny Hval returns to the city dangle the effigies of her intuitions in ritualistic performance, all at Soup Kitchen on Sunday 8th.

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