PassionArt Trail 2016

Words by Ian Pennington

The musical marmite that is Dave Grohl has been in the media this week as his personal PR machine cranked up another gear. He recently met up with Kelsey Rohr, who gained the accolade of “most badass kid on the playground” after appearing in Nirvana’s ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ video. It’s a good job she was keeping her nose clean by hanging around with rock stars in the US rather than visiting the UK, where she might have been stopped her in her tracks with the police’s child-seeking taser guns. Here on the weekly Bag Thing events preview blog, we advocate the use of 50,000 volts only in powering the soundsystems of Manchester’s finest venues.

Shooting from their scaly hips on Monday 15th are King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, whose name alone is still a marvel of linguistics to the particular delight of a sold out Gorilla.

On Tuesday 16th, take advantage of Common’s weekly offer of BOGOF burgers – that’s every Tuesday throughout February and March. On the music front, Californian dance punks !!! (chk chk chk) return to the city in the spacious surrounds of Sound Control, while additional aural nourishment arrives at Soup Kitchen in the form of Sunflower Bean, a popular beat combo packing paintball heat in their ‘Wall Watcher’ vid.

On the topic of music videos, the Sessions of March project is one well worth diving into and supporting. Their current Kickstarter campaign closes its doors on Wednesday 17th at 3pm. Chip in if you can. To get out and about that day, explore the city’s art courtesy of the PassionArt Trail – curating installations themed around the concepts of Be Still and Stillness Over Status, it launched on the first day of Lent last week and continues at several of Manchester’s iconic through to the week after Easter.

Thursday 18th presents a series of standoffs that can only be decided by either gunslinging at 10 paces or roulette à la 13 Tzameti. First up, there’s Sango taking his Boiler Room form into the Ruby Lounge to face off against a show for fellow Boiler Room vets Stuff, who’ll channel their ambient jazz into Band on the Wall.

Elsewhere, a double headlining show at Salford’s Sacred Trinity Church sees prolific computer game and film soundtracker Shawn Lee tag teaming with Colorama’s Carwyn Ellis. They’re outnumbering the aloof post-punk throwbacks Girls Names at Soup Kitchen, but will they be outgunned?

Friday is crammed full of big named club divas this week: Annie Mac-hyped Hannah Wants expresses what she wants at Albert Hall; ballad’s brothers link arms at the Ritz for Ultimate Power; Hidden hosts abstract glitch harnesser Andy Stott; and tickets for Erol Alkan’s Soup Kitchen show have been scarcer than a media word against Dave Grohl.

It’s that time of the month again at Ruby Lounge. Howling Rhythm relive the 60s in their inimitable pop picking style on Saturday 20th. By contrast, Deaf Institute’s Girls on Film club night never fails to miss a chance to fill your ears with 80s pop. They’re on every Saturday, with this week no different.

The live weekend belongs to GoGo Penguin, whose pair of Band on the Wall gigs have sold out. So instead, Ex Easter Island Head’s residency at Islington Mill climaxes, and Mercury nominated songwriter C Duncan heads for Deaf Institute.

On Sunday, take the opportunity to frisk the racks at Wood, whose winter threads are prime for the picking. Or quench your thirst for real ale with Port Street Beer House’s Growler Time initiative, which offers 20% off their draught prices in a takeaway bottle format.

Finally, a nod to Thursday 25th next week, when achingly trendy fashion setters Oi Polloi’s tenth issue of Pica Post launches at Common with the promise of free beer.

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