Last week, Spotify announced they’ve hit an impressive 50 million subscribers, an increase of 20 million on this time last year. Though questions are still asked on how sustainable the current streaming model is for some artists (with per-stream royalties “somewhere between $0.006 and $0.0084”) it’s a sign that they’re still the public’s go-to streaming service. A recent addition of theirs, the Discover feature, uses an algorithm to mimic the behaviour of users, recommending a weekly playlist of music they should enjoy. Here at BagThing, we try to be a little more human about it… Allow us to guide you through the best shows in Manchester this week.

Monday 6th: The xx (The Apollo)

// Indie pop perfectionists The xx return to The Apollo for the second of two dates, following a widely praised first night…

Tuesday 7th: Lee “Scratch” Perry (Band On The Wall), July Talk (Night & Day), Lany (Gullivers)

// Seminal reggae and dub artist Lee “Scratch” Perry returns to Band On The Wall, still bringing in adoring crowds just ahead of his 81st birthday. Canadian alt rockers July Talk are currently touring their sophomore album Touch, whilst LA trio Lany stop off in Manchester supporting their debut, which we’re expecting this summer.

Wednesday 8th: Oddisee (Gorilla), Sam Coomes (Eagle Inn)

// American singer-songwriter Sam Coomes (one half of indie outfit Quasi and ex-Heatmiser bassist) invites you to join him at the Eagle Inn, whilst over at Gorilla, you’ll catch American rapper and producer Oddisee.

Thursday 9th: Mark Eitzel (Deaf Institute), Mitski (The Ruby Lounge), Dom Major & Tom Kay (Gullivers)

// Mark Eitzel is touring his latest album, Hey Mr Ferryman with a date at the Deaf Institute. 25-year-old Brooklyn singer-songwriter Mitski brings moody indie pop to The Ruby Lounge, whilst over at Gullivers, ‘Alt Americana’ act Dom Major & Tom Kay take the stage.

Friday 10th: Banks (Albert Hall), Grails (Deaf Institute), Dead Pretties (Night & Day)

// Enigmatic singer-songwriter BANKS has received praise for her 2016 release The Altar, stopping at the Albert Hall for the first of three UK dates. The instrumental and experimental Grails bring in the crowds at the Deaf Institute, whilst over at Night & Day you’ll catch London Trio Dead Pretties.

Saturday 11th: State Champs (The Ritz), Lower Than Atlantis (Academy), Wild Child (Deaf Institute), The Excitements (Band On The Wall)

// Catch pop punk outfit State Champs are on at The O2 Ritz, and Lower Than Atlantis take the Academy. Texan indie pop duo Wild Child are in town on a European tour, as are Soul revivalists The Excitements.

Sunday 12th: Laura Marling (Albert Hall), Black Star Riders (The Ritz), Sophie Willan (Lowry)

// One of this week’s highlights comes courtesy of alt folk singer-songwriter Laura Marling, ahead of her latest LP, Semper Femina. Thin Lizzy spin-off group Black Star Riders will be performing at The O2 Ritz and away from music, comedian Sophie Willan brings her latest show to The Lowry.


A full listing of this week’s events may be found here.

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