With Halloween and Bonfire Night swiftly out the way, thoughts of Yuletide may begin to creep into your mind. We don’t want you to be thinking about Christmas just yet, so let us point you in the direction of another week chock-full of excellent shows. This Friday also sees the welcome return of inner-city music conference and festival Off The Record. We’re giving away two tickets to the event, which you can enter here!

Monday 12th: The Decemberists @ Albert Hall

// The Decemberists have recently teamed up with St Vincent and Lana Del Rey producer John Congleton, expanding their sound for eighth studio album ‘I’ll Be Your Girl’. The Portland five-piece get us started this week over at the Albert Hall.

Tuesday 13th: The Breath @ Deaf Institute

// Manchester-based duo The Breath celebrate the release of new album ‘Let The Cards Fall’ with an alt-folk offering at Deaf. Made up of guitarist Stuart McCallum and singer Ríoghnach, the duo will be joined by a full band for an emotionally charged and anthemic evening.

Wednesday 14th: Kojey Radical @ Deaf Institute

// Back at Deaf Institute, poet, film-maker, visual artist – but first and foremost musician – Kojey Radical returns to the city having last played here during last year’s MIF celebrations.

Thursday 15th: Swimming Tapes @ YES

// London-based five-piece Swimming Tapes bring melodic guitar pop and catchy indie rock to YES, having attracted a growing crowd with a string of recent singles.

Friday 16th: Interpol @ The Apollo // The Glitch Mob @ Academy 2 // Veronica Vasicka / Regis / Das Ding @ The White Hotel // Off The Record @ NQ Venues

// Last year America’s modern rock favourites Interpol took to the Albert Hall to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their breakthrough album ‘Our Love To Admire’, recently treated to three special expanded-edition reissues. They return again this week, this time at the Apollo for what promises to be a special night. LA electronic outfit The Glitch Mob take over Academy 2 for an evening of top notch electro gaze and The White Hotel keep the doors open ’til 7am with a club night from the folks at Minimal Wave Records.

Having sold out two years on the trot, music festival and conference Off The Record returns for its biggest year yet, and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away here!

Saturday 17th: GoGo Penguin @ Albert Hall // Tricot + itoldyouiwouldeatyou @ Soup Kitchen // Girls on Film @ Deaf Institute // Pip Blom @ Night & Day Cafe

Local trio GoGo Penguin bring another instalment of “hard-hitting jazz meets electronica” to the Albert Hall. Japan’s alt-rock cohort Tricot bring their unusual and distinctive sound to Soup Kitchen, and Deaf throw another 80s extravaganza in the shape of club night Girls On Film. Over at Night & Day, Amsterdam’s lo-fi indie pop quartet Pip Blom pay us a visit.

Sunday 18th: Johnny Marr @ The Apollo // Mattiel @ Deaf Institute

Ardwick’s finest, Johnny Marr plays a huge homecoming show at The Apollo to help bring the week to a close, supporting latest studio album ‘Call the Comet’. Elsewhere, Atlanta’s rising star Mattiel pays a visit to Deaf Institute.

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

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