Now fully recovered after another glorious bank holiday Monday, many of you may be looking back on Sunday’s storming Sounds From The Other City. With a thirteenth outing, the DIY festival treated fans at various venues across Salford to an eclectic spread of music and art from a range of national talent. Continuing in the communal spirit of SFTOC, this week sees a cluster of local acts, both established and fresh, take to stages across the city. We’ve picked out a few in our rundown of the best shows in Manchester this week.
Tuesday 2nd: Kinetic Manchester (International Anthony Burgess Foundation)
// Kinetic – a new night in Manchester which ‘aims to showcase exciting, innovative new chamber music‘ – invites you to the International Anthony Burgess Foundation (just off Oxford Road, if you’re unsure) for an evening of experimental music from local composers.
// South African singer-songwriter and blues-rock guitarist Dan Patlansky is still riding high from the success of 2016’s ‘Introvertigo’, supported with a current European tour. Elsewhere, jazz/hip hop vocalist José James brings cool and confident RnB to Band On The Wall.
// Electronic/experimental noise maestro (and one half of Fuck Buttons) Blanck Mass will be treating eardrums to a new set at Deaf Institute supporting latest LP ‘World Eater‘. Indiana indie quartet Hoops will be invite fans to Soup Kitchen before heading to an instore show at Nottingham’s Rough Trade and Hull’s La Bête Blooms join a cast of fresh acts at The Castle Hotel, courtesy of up-and-coming promoters Scruff Of The Neck. The Pilot Light TV Festival also kicks off this Thursday (read our preview here) for four days of television events across Manchester.
// Mancunian institution The Travelling Band are a set of musicians who have always worked best together on the stage, rather than the studio. They return to the city with a homecoming show at Band On The Wall before heading out on the festival circuit this summer. The Comet Is Coming continue to channel Sun Ra’s cosmic psych-jazz over Soup Kitchen, followed by Zutekh club night from Fabric resident Craig Richards. Contemporary reggae artist Protoje (son of Jamaican singer, Lorna Bennett) will also be treating fans at Gorilla.
// Mancunian five-piece The Rainband offer a local show at Deaf and prolific touring trio The Parrots bring raw, DIY rock and roll to an anticipating crowd in Soup Kitchen’s basement. Over at The Ruby Lounge, reformed Wigan alt-rockers The Railway Children take the stage followed by weekly club night Underground.
// Gorilla are screening the entire first series of legendary satire Brass Eye, including unseen footage and a Q&A with director Michael Cumming. Also helping bring the week to a close are folk/rock duo Sound Of The Sirens, ahead of the release of their latest LP ‘For All Our Sins’.
A full listing of this week’s events may be found here.