China Bears | The Castle Hotel | Mon 25 Nov | 7.30pm | £6

Alt-indie four-piece China Bears kick off this week with a headline gig at the Castle. With the release of their debut EP I’ve Never Met Anyone Like You this summer, and taking influence from those such as Snow Patrol and Frightened Rabbit – the band bring us melancholic anthemic indie – filled with ambient guitars, haunting vocals and fervent lyrics.

66 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE, Tel: 0161 237 9485
The Siennas | The Bread Shed | Thu 28 Nov | 7.30pm | £8

Four young lads with stacks of potential – The Siennas bring their infectious indie-rock sound to the Bread Shed. Guaranteed to get the crowd moving, with tracks such as Temptation – think old-school Arctics, rapid fire vocals and thundering guitar riffs. Support comes from The Notion, The Underclass and North By South.

126 Grosvenor Street, Manchester, M1 7HL, Tel: 0161 273 1471
Saytr Play | Fairfield Social Club | Thu 28 Nov | 7.30pm | £10

Known for their electric live performances, Saytr Play are always wild, yet ever so charming. After the release of their latest single Second Hand Emotion the band rack up another headline gig – this time at the Fairfield Social Club. Sure to be a packed and energetic one!

Archway 6 Temperance Street, Manchester, M12 6HR, Tel: 07464 394868
Tonica | The Eagle Inn | Fri 29 Nov | 7.30pm | £7

Vibrant electro-pop with a dark mysterious edge – Manchester’s Tonica headline The Eagle this week. With tracks such as California, This Is The Last Time and most recently Can’t Stop (The Morning After) – the duo bring us hook-heavy melodies and a contemporary alt-pop sound. Support comes from Yang and Edits.

19 Collier Street, Salford, M3 7DW, Tel: 0161 819 5002
The Wood Burning Savages | Gullivers | Fri 29 Nov | 7.30pm | £8.50

Serving fast-paced punk rock from Derry City, Northern Ireland are The Wood Burning Savages. Noted for their fiery live shows, the band combine lightening fast guitars riffs and lyrics that are charged with a “sharp political edge”. TWBS are gritty and provocative yet articulate in their protests – their poignant punk giving a voice to a generation divided. Support from Sean OB and Carnival Club.

109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW, Tel: 0161 839 4064
Aldous Harding | Manchester Academy 2 | Sat 30 Nov | 7.30pm | £15

Drawing praise for her earlier gothic indie-folk sound – Aldous Harding brings her third album tour Designer to Academy 2. The Kiwi singer/songwriter adopts more of “an off-kilter indie-pop approach” to her new material – with single The Barrel being particularly charming in its eccentricity.

Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PR, Tel: 0161 275 2930
Mon 25 Nov - Sat 30 Nov
Cat Allan
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Fri 22 Nov 2019