Another Friday the Thirteenth dawns upon us, trying to cut short your New Year’s resolutions of less drinking, more visits to the gym and healthy eating. While we can’t help you there, let us guide you through the week’s finest gigs, shows and events.

Wednesday 11th: Halfnoise (Deaf Institute)

// Indie rock/pop project fronted by ex-Paramore drummer Zac Farro, following the release of Sudden Feeling last year.

Thursday 12th: The Steve Rothery Band (Band On The Wall) // The Blue Aeroplanes (Ruby Lounge) // Brass In Pocket (Manchester Central Library)

// Keeping with exes, former guitarist and Marillion-founder Steve Rothery brings his atmospheric brand of prog rock to the stage. Elsewhere, Bristol cult outfit The Blue Aeroplanes will be performing at The Ruby Lounge, ‘like Philip Larkin fronting Television’ if Stewart Lee’s word is anything to go by. For all you budding managers, musicians and moguls, head to the Manchester Central Library for a (FREE) seminar on how to make a living in the music industry.

Friday 13th: The Flipside (The Fallow Cafe) // King Schascha’s Rudeboy Skankin Tour (The Ruby Lounge) // Extra Love (Deaf Institute) // Poets Of The Fall (Sound Control) // Lee Fields and The Expressions (Gorilla)

// Finnish post-grunge rockers Poets Of The Fall will be providing quintessential Friday the Thirteenth vibes at Sound Control. For those who prefer funkier climates, your free monthly serving of soul can be found at The Fallow Cafe courtesy of The Flipside while prolific funk and soul songsmith Lee Fields will be taking the stage at Gorilla.

Saturday 14th: Devil You Know (Sound Control) // Toxic Twins (The Ruby Lounge) // Crime Scene: David McLean & Phil Carney (Islington Mill) // Antics Club Night Daft Punk Spezial (Night & Day Cafe)

// If you made it though Friday, Antics return to brighten up your Saturday night with a Daft Punk Special with live music from The Night Café, Summerhouse and Gathering of Strangers. If you still prefer things a little darker, metal supergroup Devil You Know are on hand to help on Oxford Road. Saxophonist David McLean and film noir writer Phil Carney culminate a 10-day residency at Islington Mill with Crime Scene (read our preview here) accompanied by local musicians and actors.

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