MONDAY 19th JUNE
PILE w/ COWTOWN & LEATHERNECK
TICKETS: £9 OTD
One of the beauties of Gigs of the Week is that it can occasionally help discover your new favourite band – and it’s Boston indie rockers Pile who have the honour of becoming my new Spotify obsession this time around. Famed for their distinct blend of “melted guitars” and “howling-wolf vocals”, the four have earned themselves a well-deserved cult fanbase that’s only set to grow with the release of latest album A Hairshirt of Purpose. Ferocious Leeds trio Cowtown and Cheshire’s post-hardcore quartet Leatherneck are two supports that’ll definitely see you’re in good hands throughout the night.
TUESDAY 20th JUNE
You’ll be no stranger to Pond if you’re a Tame Impala lover – two Aussie psychedelic outfits that once shared Nick Allbrook and Jay Watson as members. Seven albums in and The Weather is arguably the four’s greatest feat yet – a collection of ethereal tracks that put an electro spin on Pond’s trippy sound that was captured so perfectly on 2015’s Man, It Feels Like Space Again. With a stage presence as unique as their tunes, you have no excuse to avoid grabbing yourself one of the last remaining tickets and getting over to Gorilla on Tuesday.
THE ALBERT HALL: 19:00–23:00
Pysch-rock not your jam? Don’t fear; Everything Everything are hitting The Albert Hall on the same night. Genre-defying and politically-motivated, the infectious Manchester quartet list R Kelly, 10CC and Bowie amongst some of their wide-ranging influences. Wrap your ears around latest single ‘Can’t Do’ if you haven’t already; it’s anticipated to be one of the defining songs of Summer 2017.
WEDNESDAY 21st JUNE
THE DEAF INSTITUTE: 19:00 – 23:00
Kikagaku Moyo may be a name you’re unfamiliar with – but don’t let it stay that way for long. Tokyo-based, and with a name that translates from Japanese as “geometric patterns”, labels such as prog-rock and acid-folk do little to accurately reflect the spectrum of influences that the quintet display. Shake off your midweek slump and get yourself to Deaf Institute on Wednesday for some free-floating, late-night jamming.
FRIDAY 23rd JUNE
THE ALBERT HALL: 19:00–23:00
You’d be hard pushed to find a band with a career as expansive as The Avalanches – the Aussie electro group that shot to fame in 2000 with their debut Since I Left You. Working alongside the revered Toro y Moi, Madonna and Manic Street Preachers – as well scoring support slots with The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy – there’s nothing to expect but the unexpected from a band who have made such an impact on the worldwide music scene with just two current members and two studio albums.
SATURDAY 24th JUNE
EMPEROR X w/ CHRISTIAN HOLDEN
SANTIAGO BAR (LEEDS): 20:00–23:00
TICKETS: £5 OTD
One for our Leeds friends (or travel-happy Mancs), Emperor X hits Santiago’s with support from The Hoterlier’s Christian Holden this Saturday. The project of Berlin-based Chad Metheny since 1998, Emperor X makes music that only vaguely recalls (Sandy) Alex G with its hallucinatory and anthemic songs. This acoustic show promises a hell of a lot with the addition of Holden, too – whose predominantly emo/punk back catalogue will be stripped back with a variety of lowkey interpretations.
SUNDAY 25th JUNE
ICYMI PRESENTS: MANCHESTER FOREVER
FALLOW CAFE: 19:00–0:00
In light of recent events, it’s more important than ever to support Manchester’s music community – and there’s no better way to unite us all than a charity gig. To raise money for the victims of the Manchester Arena Terror Attack, ICYMI have organised a stonker of a local lineup at Fallow Cafe – bringing you Horsebeach, Francis Lung, Gorgeous Bully, Pool Art and Mary Miller, alongside several artists and DJs. Get down and celebrate the enduring spirit of Manchester’s creative scene in style – and don’t forgot those donations.