Words by Ian Pennington

‘What will we do with the drunken sailor?’ they used to sing, innocently enough. Well that is now a reality, and as the worthy title-holder of story of the week, this rum-fuelled parking malfunction sets the scene for our imminent seven-day voyage aboard the good ship Bag Thing listings.

All’s quiet on the western front tonight. Well, not all. You can hear the subtle ambient flickers of our two Monday 23rd picks floating on the sea breeze. The Loscil show at Eagle Inn has sold out, so ready your sea legs for another downtempo whizz, The Album Leaf, at Deaf Institute.

Okay, own up. Who overloaded the Tuesday 24th cargo hold? We’re struggling to pick our favourite from three, and even then we’re allowing a few gooduns to drift away. Intense doom-voiced alt-rockers Disappears have their vanishing act at Soup Kitchen; returning grunge throwback heroes Nine Black Alps get their guns once again at Sound Control and Gullivers sinks under the weight of riffage spouting from Hatcham Social’s guitars.

The midweek deluge continues as the sirens are luring you out to more shows on Wednesday 25th. Take the plunge with Vennart, back in town for more jagged indie rock after a sold out album launch gig earlier in the year; some time FLotus collaborator and bass cradling funk maestro Thundercat is at Academy 2 in cahoots with Odd Future castaways The Internet (Ed. The Internet have now cancelled but Thundercat will still peform with special guests); and psychedelic fuzz equines Whyte Horses top an animalistic bill at Night & Day Café ahead of Mt Wolf and My Grey Horse.

The newly music-ready Jewish Museum open its doors once more on Thursday 26th to be flooded with the dulcet vocal chords of Karima Francis, in anticipation of more recorded material over the not-too-distant horizon.

Sitting on the dock of another bay that night is a tidal waving sharknado of a show at Islington Mill, featuring the sonic barrage of Dälek’s industrial flows atop a bill fighting against the electronic currents.

The BBC’s go-to programme trailer backing composers Cinematic Orchestra’s Albert Hall jive tests the waters after several years aboard different boats, but it’d sold out, which means your Friday 27th is better suited to the Titanic booking of electronic veterans 4Hero, who top a tasty line-up at Antwerp Mansion.

Craig Charles has invited the Blackbyrds along for his monthly Saturday Band on the Wall slot, whose laidback funk could transport you to lounging on a lilo.

Finally, Sunday 29th sees a boat race head to head between stratospheric alt-pop Yorkshiremen alt-J at Manchester Central and delay-friendly electronicians Desert Sound Colony at Soup Kitchen.

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