Happy Blue Monday! It may be (reportedly) the most depressing day of the year, but we’re keeping our heads up and looking on to another seven days of new shows, and there’s plenty for you indie kids this week. Read on for our picks…

Monday 15th: SMN #32: Heavy Hearts, Lightcliffe + Smother (The Castle Hotel)

// Starting us off this week, the Castle Hotel host a raucous night featuring three budding indie/emo acts in the shape of Heavy Hearts, Lightcliffe and Smother.

Tuesday 16th: Polo / Loux / Sequin Sally (Jimmy’s)

// Staying with triple bills, music night SHE invites an indie-electronic themed line-up to their stage for a night of music to promote women in the music industry. This week, they host Polo, Loux and Sequin Sally on Jimmy’s intimate stage.

Wednesday 17th: Starcrawler (Deaf Institute)

// Hotly-tipped Los Angeles rock band Starcrawler visit Deaf just two days before the release of their debut album, on January 19th. Expect to hear lead single and fan favourite ‘I LOVE LA’ (listen below!)

Thursday 18th: David Ramirez (Castle Hotel), Richard Spaven + Hunrosa + Stuart McCallum (Band On The Wall)

// Visiting on his ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere’ tour, Texan singer-songwriter David Ramirez drops into the Castle Hotel offering a slice of his raw and melodic take on Americana. Just around the corner, versatile jazz drummer Richard Spaven visits Band on the Wall supporting his new album ‘The Self’.

Friday 19th: Lord Huron (The Ritz), Jane Fitz x Gwenan (Soup Kitchen), Paramore (Arena)

// US indie folk act Lord Huron kick off their short tour of Europe at our very own O2 Ritz. Read our full preview here. Elsewhere, Jane Fitz and Gwenan co-headline a night of trance and minimal house down in Soup Kitchen’s basement and pop-punk superstars Paramore pack out the Arena.

Saturday 20th: Deacon Brody (Academy 3), Howling Rhythm – Girl Power Special! (The Ruby Lounge), Girls On Film (Deaf Institute)

// Folk-Rock three piece Deacon Brody return to Manchester following previously sold out shows, now with debut EP ‘Hey To The River’ under their belts. Elsewhere, The Ruby Lounge unleash a ‘Girl Power Special‘ of soulful club night Howling Rhythm, and Deaf host another 80s extravaganza with Girls On Film.

Sunday 21st: Hudson Taylor (Academy 3)

// Irish folk duo Hudson Taylor end the week on a softer note. Brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson-Taylor are embarking on a European tour, with a follow-up to 2015’s ‘Singing for Strangers’ expected in the not-too-distant future…

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

Fancy listening to some of the best artists performing across Manchester in the coming months? Listen below for our latest playlist previewing those in town for this month’s best shows!

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