As regular readers may know, this column is introduced each week by an offbeat story pretty much entirely unrelated to the event preview that follows. This week, the fishiest offering goes to Theresa May’s close encounters of the tern kind, being in close proximity to Italian PM Matteo Renzi when he acted the clownfish. Let’s hope there’ll be no similar mishaps on this week’s Manchester gigging programme, which you’re herring about here first.

First up, New Jersey indie rockers Pinegrove‘s tour bus pulls up outside Gullivers on Monday 5th. The band have been cast adrift from their native streets for most of the year in support of their sophomore album, Cardinal.

Submerge in Soup Kitchen’s basement abyss on Tuesday 6th, where Kayo Dot will be flooding the depths of their noise rock repertoire. Or take a perch on top of the world at the Castle Hotel with Danny, whose band The Champions of the World are all set for a night of country & western.

Angling for attention on Wednesday 7th is Fiery Furnaces’ Eleanor Friedberger swimming in the Soup (Kitchen). She’s not the sole performer that night – round the corner at Castle Hotel we’ve located the headlining show of old-school German psychedleian Klaus Johann Grobe.

Baring all on Thursday 8th at Soup Kitchen, Naked‘s brutalist electronic distortions may leave your sense all at sea. If that’s the case, then float adrift with Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards – their upbeat folk rock is sure to bring you back ashore.

The plaice to be on Friday 9th is The Ritz, where Now Wave have curated a line-up worthy of any seaman’s iPod. Under the banner of Strange Waves, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard offer rhythms beyond their name, ably supported by The Wytches, The Parrots and more (sea) bass-heavy psych rockers.

Saturday 10th’s roster of artists could have just as easily been booked 30 years ago. The three enduring pop groupers are The (Ian Dury-less) Blockheads at Band on the Wall, ska and reggae popularisers Toots & The Maytals (Academy 1), and grunge rockers L7, who’re still pretending they’re dead at The Ritz.

For something more modern that evening, try Shield Patterns‘ Soup Kitchen show, which launches their new album of breathy electronica tunas, Mirror Breathing.

After all that, it’s time to test your nous at Band on the Wall’s ‘World Famous‘ music quiz. Do you know your Pufferfish Daddy from your Never Mind The Pollocks?

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