September may bring with it some unwelcome wet weather, but we’re also greeted with a deluge of stellar shows to look forward to following the quieter summer months. As usual, we’ve been looking ahead to the next seven days of music in the city…

Monday 10th: Janelle Monae (Academy 1)

// We start the week with a visit from multi-talented pop star Janelle Monae, on tour supporting new album ‘Dirty Computer’.

Tuesday 11th: Albert Hammond Jr. (Club Academy)

// Ex-Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. continues to add to his solo credentials with a visit to Club Academy. Fourth record ‘Francis Trouble’ has been greeted as “some of the brightest and scrappiest music he’s ever made“.

Wednesday 12th: The Devil Makes Three (Deaf Institute)

// Expect a genre-blending cocktail of folk, jazz and blues at Deaf Institute on Wednesday, with a visit from Californian trio The Devil Makes Three, on the road supporting new record ‘Chains Are Broken’.

Thursday 13th: Youngblood Brass Band (Deaf Institute), Masego (Gorilla)

// Collective horn blowers Youngblood Brass Band will return to the city once more possessing a signature New Orleans sound and strong punk ethos. The riot jazz/hip-hop ensemble have been thrilling audiences since 1998, now celebrating their 20th anniversary with latest album ’20 Years Young’. Over to Gorilla, where “TrapHouseJazz” musician Masego visits on latest tour.

Friday 14th: Clario (Gorilla)

// Electro-pop musician Clario has come to attention in recent years with with a series of Bandcamp demos, now with debut EP ‘diary 001’ under her belt and track ‘Pretty Girl’ racking up over 20 million views on YouTube.

Saturday 15th: Wooden Shjips (Gorilla), Nines (Academy 1), You Dig? Sampled (Band On The Wall), SEXTILE + Fehm (Soup Kitchen)

// Psych rock outfit Wooden Shjips drop anchor at Gorilla in support of fifth studio album ‘V.’ and the Academy receives a visit from breakthrough rapper Nines with new record ‘Crop Circle’ still fresh on the shelves. Over on Swan Street, gunk and soul club night You Dig? celebrate their sixth birthday with a bundle of classic breaks and timeless melodies sampled by hip hop and electronic legends. Having sold out The Castle Hotel back in January, post-punk outfit SEXTILE return to Manchester with a night at Soup, followed by tropical club night Swing Ting.

Sunday 16th: Why? (Club Academy)

// We return to the Manchester Academy venues to bring the week to a close, where US alt-hip hop outfit Why? visit to perform their 2008 sophomore album ‘Alopecia’, celebrating its 10th anniversary.


That’s your lot! For full listings see our calendar.

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