Ah, gigs. For most bands, it's the best way to advertise their wares; what better way to experience a record than to hear it performed in front of you by flailing piles of flesh and bone? It's the human element that we crave in music, unfolding before your eyes. Fortunately, instead of gambling on the day of an event or tossing and turning at night fretting over which band to see, Last.fm have provided a lifeline. Their gig guide assembles all the events across your city, putting the listings into a neat'n'tidy order so you can see the who, what, where, when (but probably not why) on any given evening. To make that decision process even easier, here's our recommendations for the week ahead. We're nice like that.


Little Comets: 05/02/14 – Club Academy, Manchester

Indie rock threesome Little Comets have a new EP (The Gentle) on the way, and so the jangly guitar wielders have embarked upon a race around the UK to show off new material. If you're struggling to find solace or some warming beacon in this maelstrom of a winter, Little Comets will light up the sky.

Forgive the cheese. They'll be good, promise.


Childish Gambino: 06/02/14 - Koko, London

On his devastatingly brief adventure in the UK, Donald Glover will hit London's Koko. As one of the finest rap talents around at the moment – even if his recent record Because The Internet was weeeeeeird – it's pretty important you trundle your butt along and experience the Cheezy.


Future Of The Left: 08/02/14 – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

Hometown shows are always great. A heightened sense of camaraderie, special celebratory sets and surprises – they always rock doubly hard. Welsh alt. rockers, replete with razor wit, are set to bring the house down when they return to Cardiff, still hot after the release of their fourth LP, How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident, in October 2013. Bring earplugs to this one.


Nai Harvest, Hey Sholay and more: 08/02/14 – Castle Hotel, Manchester

£5 for a festival you say? Well we're bloody sold. Manchester's Not A Summer Fest, erm, Fest fields a bounteous crop of guitar-based punk/indie/shoegaze/pop acts very worth your while, especially as you'd probably pay more than a fiver for each of them anyway. Nai Harvest, the up-and-coming melodic indie-gaze Sheffield lads, are big draws and what better place to catch them than on a bill also featuring a band wonderfully named 'Crywank'?


Future Islands: 11/02/14 – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London

Okay so the track above isn't from their upcoming new, eagerly-anticipated LP, entitled Singles, but sod it, it's a fecking tune. The Maryland synthpop chefs always ensure a rip-roaring night of larks'n'japes, and with fresh cuts surely dropping on the night, there's not really any reason that you should miss it, is there?