Natural Born Killers

Words by Ian Pennington

The headlines following Sunday’s umpteenth Superbowl bonanza don’t belong to Homer Simpson’s Denver Broncos, but instead to the half-time music medley with Coldplay forced to share the limelight. Collaboration and camaraderie is crucial to finding a musical blend, though, and this week’s Manchester shows are no different.

Tonight, Monday 8th, we have Together Pangea making the tectonic movements into Soup Kitchen for sweat-fuelled college rock of Weezer leaning.

Manchester Histories Festival returns this summer (3rd-12th June), and the city’s history is something we can all share in. Which is why there’s an open planning event at March Arch pub aiming to document the various tales of Angel Meadows.

The Awful Truth’s Songwriter Sessions perhaps epitomise the ethos of collaboration, inviting local musicians to play songs by their artist of choice. Their latest roster of tributes features Jake Thackray (by Black Jack Barnet), Rodgers & Hart (by Aidan Smith) and Ian McCulloch (by Al Keoghs) – all at Strangebrew in Chorlton on Wednesday 10th.

Oz psych rockers Tame Impala continue their rise and rise on Thursday 11th, joined by an Arena’s worth of fans. Their latest riffs, such as November’s ‘The Less I Know The Better’, are as catch-all catchy as ever.

On Friday 12th, the Manchester duo Hurts reflect their own elevation to greatness with a show at the Academy. It’s a long time now since their High Voltage label days under the guise of Bureau, and their crisply delivered synth pop is more popular than ever.

For a more intricately layered ensemble of sounds, head to the Ritz to watch boy wonder Floating Points connecting the musical dots in the shape of jazz-tinged electronica.

Saturday 13th will surely bring everyone out to the music venues of this city, with plenty penned into our calendar space. Our highlight arrives at Gullivers in the form of the band presumably high on Donald Trump’s jogging playlist, Gun Outfit. When they’re not sounding like a US Second Amendment lobbying group, their jangly folk-pop prompts more peaceful arm-linking than wartime belligerence.

Finally, this one is for the bittersweet lovers’ bonds, channelling the nihilistically violent, faux romantic lovers of Bonnie and Clyde influencees, True Romance and Natural Born Killers. RAD Films are hosting with their usual scene-setting efforts at Gorilla.

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