Words by Ian Pennington

The latest revival of Madchester throwback marketing came and went last week with a hearty usage of the F5 key and disappointment for many. But why get spend your pennies topping up Mani et al’s pension pot when you could be seeing more of the best upcoming acts for less? If you’re now gawping at the screen apoplectically then this blog might not be for you, otherwise, read on for a dose of Roses antidote.

Tonight (Monday 9th, for those who’ve not checked your calendar yet today), for fans of Sheffield mathcore, this is the one for you: Soup Kitchen plays host to post-everything five-piece Rolo Tomassi.

It won’t be the hardest thing in the world for Joe Pug to dazzle an audience at Gullivers on Tuesday, so head along to witness his effortlessly strummed ditties.

Money. That’s certainly one thing on the minds of the Manchester quartet currently in their counting house with their fools’ gold. Another locally-formed quartet under the un-Googleable guise of Mr Brown’s pound signs are airing their effects pedals once more, this time at The White Hotel – aka the new venue adjoining the Bunker.

Ever on the lookout for new settings, the Video Jam team come out of hibernation just in time for winter with their first programme at the Manchester Jewish Museum. A suitably varied bill will all perform to pre-allocated short films – topped by Flamingods, whose joyous psychedelic love spreads in the ornate climes on Thursday 12th.

If you’ve heard she bangs the drums, then I’m afraid you’ve been misled, for it is Josephine’s voice which attracts the crowds. You can sample for yourself at an early evening Royal Exchange freebie show on Friday 13th.

Don’t stop, you cry. Not sated for Friday, you could try Bonobo collaborator Andreya Triana whose set begins at gig o’clock at Gorilla.

You’re still standing here? Okay then, here’s a third event you could squeeze in if you’re feeling energetic – Space Cassette returns to a mystery warehouse location featuring Tim Exile and Henge.

Lo-fi fans lamenting their tardiness in buying Ladyfest tickets could try Deaf Institute instead on Saturday 14th, where The Lovely Eggs wanna be adored.

Alternatively, LA Priest are breaking into heaven the same night, using uptempo electro-pop floor-fillers as their entry key. Find them by going down to Soup Kitchen’s basement.

Sunday 15th sees former Fear of Music man Jo Rose resurrecting a full band setup for the first time in who knows how long. The soft spoken Americana peddler is looking to earn his spurs at Gullivers.

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