Where and how do you listen to music these days? If it’s anything like our embedded videos below, it’ll be via YouTube or perhaps Vimeo – a fact which the major labels are still coming to terms with. Aside from Vevo, which is licenced by Sony and UMG, most of the music is uploaded by fans. As listeners, it’s all good until the broadband connection fades out, at which point we’d suggest hopping along to a selection of the below events taking place this week across Manchester.
While performance licencing in the internet era is no laughing matter for the majors, on Monday 11th we’re sending you in the direction of matters of much laughter. Take your pick between Quippodrome’s oddball humour factory at Gullivers and the Group Therapy Comedy featured act at Gorilla, John Robins.
Instead of feeling sympathy for Sony et al, turn your protestation energies to a project aiming to support causes from animal rights to eco-consciousness, unambiguously named We Love Our Planet. Badly Drawn Boy has seen all possibilities with this one, so will be lending both his music videos and personal appearance to the launch do at Deaf Institute on Tuesday 12th.
From animal rights to Animal Collective in 24 hours, The Ritz hosts a widescreen rendition of the offbeat harmonising psychedelians on Wednesday 13th.
Elsewhere that night, change the channel to Soup Kitchen, where Glaswegian indie rockers Holy Esque will be serving up the vibes.
Pen:chant‘s Thursday 14th exhibition of wordplay sees ‘sustainable nihilist’ Jonny Fluffypunk and Kirsty McGee on the bill at Gullivers, which is their fourth Manchester venue as a nomadic cabaret and variety show whose performances are an open book.
Midlake-esque wholesome folk rockers Treetop Flyers are just a couple of klicks along Oldham Street at Night & Day Cafe at the same time.
The weekend from Friday 15th is suitable crammed with difficult choices. Glitchcore indie sonics Liima‘s gig at Deaf Institute was preceded by last month’s unnervingly car crash viewing ‘Roger Waters’ video – made by filmmakers based right here in Manchester.
Our other picks are just as mind-bending: Sun Ra Arkestra‘s 60th anniversary tour bus stops to refuel the juices of cosmic cacophony at Band on the Wall and unrelenting psych rock droners The Heads get together at The Ruby Lounge.
Among those joining the record store day party this Saturday 16th are Deaf Institute and Soup Kitchen, who are both starting early (6pm and 4pm, respectively) to squeeze as much live music in as possible. Horsebeach headline at the former; Hot Vestry at the latter.
In the regular gigging slots, Lazy Habits will be as dance-inducing as ever as a heterogeneous hip hop and brass amalgam not a million miles from Bonobo’s beats. The Hipshakes steal in for our last Saturday night tip. Their Ruby Lounge show is an album launch, so get your cameras at the ready for the snarlingly, snot-flickingly faux-punk occasion.
Finally, a pair of the greatest music videos of all – record shop dramas. A Sunday extension of Record Store Day at Gorilla sees RAD Films’ latest double bill screening High Fidelity and Empire Records.