Ahead of the inauguration of America’s 45th President this week, we’re lucky enough to be visited by some of America’s best and brightest musical talent to lighten up a week that kicks off with the most depressing day of the year…

Monday 16th: King Creosote (RNCM)

// It’s the third Monday of the year, a much revered date in any Manchester diary: Blue Monday. Lift your spirits at the Royal Northern College of Music with the visit of Scottish singer-songwriter King Creosote, supported by Charlie Cunningham at 7pm.

Tuesday 17th: Insomnium (Sound Control)

// Head down to New Wakefield Street from 7pm to catch the heavy melodic death metal of Insomnium, straight from the picturesque city of Noensuu, Finland.

Wednesday 18th: Emmure (Sound Control)

// If your eardrums are still intact following Tuesday’s effort, head back to Sound Control on Wednesday for another helping of metal, this time courtesy of Connecticut’s Emmure ahead of the release of their seventh album ‘Look At Yourself’.

Thursday 19th: Cage The Elephant (Albert Hall), Meshuggah (The Ritz), Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton (Soup Kitchen)

// Widely celebrated in the UK, Kentucky’s alternative rock band Cage The Elephant are appearing at the Albert Hall on the 19th. Over at the Ritz, Swedish metal band Meshuggah continue to pioneer their complex and extreme metal with a night of epic and brutal riffs. For something a little softer, founding members of Vancouver folk trio The Be Good Tanyas visit the Soup Kitchen from 7:30pm.

Friday 20th: The Dillinger Escape Plan (Academy 2), Beth Rowley (The Ruby Lounge), Ultimate Power (The Ritz)

// Planning on a ‘extended hiatus‘ after twenty years of mathcore metal, New Jerseyan’s The Dillinger Escape Plan heading out for one last farewell following the release of their sixth studio album, Dissociation. Don’t miss your last chance to catch them at Academy 2. Due to popular demand, the ‘World’s Greatest Club Night‘ Ultimate Power begin their now monthly at The Ritz on Friday. The Ruby Lounge also sees the visit of Beth Rowley.

Saturday 21st: Guns Or Roses (The Ruby Lounge), Donny Osmond (Manchester Arena), Dillinja + MC Killa P (Band On The Wall)

// Fans of Axl Rose & Co. can catch tribute act Guns Or Roses at 7pm back at The Ruby Lounge, whilst former teen idol Donny Osmond continues to bring in swooning crowds, onstage at the Manchester Arena. For those who prefer their bass a little dirtier, drum’n’bass hero Dillinja will be playing old school classics over at Band On The Wall from 11pm.

Sunday 22nd: The Flaming Lips (Academy), Felice Brothers (Gorilla), Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (Soup Kitchen)

// One of this week’s highlights will be the visit of The Flaming Lips at the Academy on Saturday. The Oklahoma psych-rockers have spent over three decades perfecting their unique psychedelic and alternative rock, and are back in the UK following the release of Oczy Mlody last week.

New York country rock band The Felice Brothers will be onstage at Gorilla, while the up-and-coming Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs take the stage at the Soup Kitchen.

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Full listings of this week’s events can be found here.

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