Robert Henke AV Bag Thing

Words by Ian Pennington

We’re on borrowed time; grouping a quarter of a day from each of the past three years to append and extend a frosty February. It’s the sort of temporal tallying that The Beatles were fond of, but better still, it beckons in March, and with it all manner of sonic revelry. We look forward once more to a week (by the typical standards, not the eight-day variety) on Manchester’s events calendar.

Tonight, Monday 29th, you could spend your extra day of 2016 picking the audio-visual brains of Lumiere composer Robert Henke, courtesy of the folks at Test Card. That’s at Texture on Lever Street.

If you’d rather some musical interlude than techie talk, then the Dancehouse Theatre’s doors are open to those wanting a seat in front of angel-voiced Aussie Ry X as he embarks on a new, album-welcoming tour.

On Tuesday 1st March, open your eyes to the curated visions of Manchester photographers at Chapter One books on Lever Street, who’ll host an exhibition chronicling homelessness experiences in the city. It’s produced by Symmetry Creative under the name MyManchester and will remain on the walls until 1st April.

Otherwise, South London folk-tronic hybrid Adem returned last October with his first album in most of a decade, entitled seconds are acorns. Carefully Planned have jumped at the chance to invite him up to Levenshulme watering hole Fred’s Ale House for a live set.

The next activities rear their heads on Thursday 3rd, when politically conscious rapper Pharoahe Monch heads to Band on the Wall, while Gorilla hosts Jamie Woon for a more light-hearted and lightheaded set of his smooth funk and soul.

Friday 4th sees Waxwing punk rocker Rocky Votolato in solo guise, which means pensive acoustic lilts aplenty at the Castle Hotel.

Round the corner at Soup Kitchen, you’ll be seeing twice as many acoustic guitarists while harmonising duet Sound of the Sirens enrapt the stage.

It’s album launch time for satisfyingly colossal local garage blues rockers Bones Shake, whose Junk will be thrust across Gullivers on Saturday 5th.

They’ll be competing for attention with Låpsley, the Southport teenager who made it onto the BBC’s ‘Sound Of’ longlist last year and followed it up with a show at Salford’s First Chop Brewery. Her Academy 2 destination this time around provides a more traditional venue setting and her debut album also drops this week.

End the week (unless another day is added somewhere along the line) at Islington Mill. Fat Out and Video Jam have teamed up to present Matthew Bourne and Michael England‘s AV performance of the former’s Moogmemory album. Expect abstract electronica and an eyeful of entrancing images.

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