The past week has been filled with grander platitudes than an early Beatles compilation. The British Phonographic Industry said on Friday, “We will, of course, press the government to swiftly negotiate trade deals that will ensure unimpeded access to EU markets for our music and our touring artists.” Many record labels trade internationally and no doubt feared Brexit. The only certainty is uncertainty, no doubt piquing the interest of The Raveonettes, who love uncertain times. Whatever the longer-term outcome of last week’s national power brokering contest, we at BagThing will still be welcoming all touring artists with open arms, reflected in this week’s selection of Manchester’s upcoming music highlights.
A lot has been said post-referendum, and one way to get those inner feelings off your chest is through poetry and prose. Verbose‘s monthly spoken word soapbox at Fallow Cafe coincides with Monday 27th and this time takes flash fiction as its theme.
Another wordsmith, Aussie acoustic guitarist CW Stoneking, makes his way half way around the world to Deaf Institute on Tuesday 28th. An alternative arrives from the US. If Kamasi Washington‘s dulcet sax appeals, then join an audience at Academy 2.
Deaf is quite the destination for acoustic pop balladeering evergreens this week. Ed Harcourt, who now has six albums to his name including his Mercury-bothering debut, will venture up north from the big smoke on Wednesday 29th. Paws are en route from the opposite compass point the same day, descending from the Scottish remainers to perform at Soup Kitchen.
There’s more jazz for you on Thursday 30th, albeit from more of an abstract level of virtuosity. Grammy hoarding US bassist Victor Wooten is the man tasked with taming Gorilla’s stage.
Friday 1st sees another North American entertain in Manchester, this time a synth pop nugget. Gullivers will be all ears for Laurel Sprengelmeyer’s Little Scream. A shorter travel lies ahead for Hebden Bridge-based Ramber Records, whose premier pair of performers, Akranes and OLA, takes their varying shades of ambient electronica to Fuel Cafe in Withington. Otherwise, funk and soul disco divas should head to You Dig? at Deaf Institute to groove the night away.
Castlefield Bowl will be in action over the next couple of weeks, branded as Sounds of the City 2016 for a series of outdoor indie rock shows by the canal. On Friday 1st there’s a pair of Manchester’s best loved songwriters, Guy Garvey and Badly Drawn Boy, with Beta Bandee Steve Mason warming up. But Saturday 2nd’s instalment is sold out, closing the Haçienda Classical‘s doors to non-ticket holders, unless your flat’s positioned at a strategic vantage point.
But elsewhere on Saturday 2nd there are other options, not least an intriguing insight into Tim Exile‘s musical mechanics, having supplemented his IDM by crafted his own sonic machine. He’ll explain all during a Soup Kitchen matinee, before playing live later in the evening. A GAS Music showcase at Ruby Lounge tackles various tempos of electronic musicology, from the award-winning ambienteers Marconi Union to ADHD fidgeters Modern Family Unit. Finally, after diverting last month across Old Granada Studios, Stockport tune selector Mr Scruff returns to the right side of the tracks, namely his regular Band on the Wall residency.
Looking further ahead, Wild Beasts and Warpaint are two to keep an eye out for towards the end of the year. The former end a long wait for an M-postcode show by visiting the Academy on 9th October, while the latter delays til 24th October for their Albert Hall jive.