Roy Harper – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall – 7:30pm
The archetypal musician’s favourite folky is celebrating 50 years in the biz at this anniversary concert, sure to include cuts from his beloved 1968 record ‘Folkjokeopus’.
Misha Gray’s Prehistoric Jazz Quintet – Jacaranda Records (Phase One) – 7pm
Composer/pianist Gray leads this ancient music-inspired five-piece through original compositions that rely heavily on astute improvisation, accompanied by well-established North West musos including the must-see rhythm section combo of Johnny Hunter on drumset and Hugo Harrison on upright bass.
Bleib Modern, Double Echo, Full House, Lonesaw – Sound Food & Drink – 7pm
Gothic catharsis and pulsating industrial throbs abound as four post-punk/coldwave acts vie for the moodiest musical moments manageable, taking place in the basement of this Duke Street premises.
Godwosh – Constellations – 6pm (first set 8pm)
More improvised music as part of the Baltic venue’s regular easy-going night of live stuff, Godwosh tread a path that weaves between electronic rock, groove-oriented minimalism and the more danceable side of jazz fusion.
Manila Luzon – Heaven – 9pm
A well-seasoned wink-wink drag queen if ever there was one, Manila is known for her appearances on the increasingly popular RuPaul’s Drag Race and its spin-off All Stars, expect humour-laced lip syncs and cross-eyed cabaret in this live public performance.
Ghetto, Horseb*stard, Fidget - Drop the DumBulls - 8pm
Fast, faster, fasterest frenetic hardcore guitar music at the North Docks hot spot.
Eat Me: The Brexit Edition – District – 8pm
Drag, dinner, and disco from the mischievous lot providing Liverpool with its most alternative cabaret; this one’s a Leave Eve special in the accommodating confines of this Baltic area space.
Sarah Hennies’ Contralto – Royal Norther College of Music (Manchester) – 8pm
As part of the RNCM’s ‘Decontamination’ series, a fascinating 60min video, percussion and strings piece incorporates recordings of trans women’s voices, and acts as a bridge between experimental music and documentary in an exploration of the certain area between gender and sound.
Angel Field Festival - Hope Uni Creative Campus - until 30th March
Coming to the Everton neighbourhood in place of the Cornerstone, Hope University's Steve Davismoon is curating a combined arts international festival with the Capstone Theatre's central Angel Field garden as its nexus and hub. Marking a series of anniversaries - 100 years since the Bauhaus movement, 50 years since the Moon landing, 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall & Romania's Ceaucescu regime - with an eclectic array of screenings, performances, set pieces and other media. Begins with 'Cartographies' (a 4-channel sound installation running for 4 days) in the Cornerstone Foyer, and closes with an Immix Ensemble concert in the Senate Room, titled 'Dream Makers'. Collaborative, cross-discipline and full of curios - highlights might include a Russian balalaika recital, adventurous 20th century works for solo violin and string quartet, and Fran Cottrell's housing interventions.
Acid Arab – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
Another rarefied Middle East-meets-West counter cultural sound clash extraordinaire as the machinations of acid techno become peppered with oriental scales, embellishments and musical turns of this continental live electronic project.
That Thing: Itoa, Juke Joint, Samurai Breaks, Sirr Timo + residents - Meraki - 10pm
Tony Loco has worked tirelessly to bring the fringes of electronic music's global currents to our city, and this packed bill makes no exception. Prepare for 8 hours of 160BPM footwork, juke, ghetto house from the high-tempo and high energy Chicago dance music tradtions - there's even a workshop in how to move your feet at these speeds, double time. Like the US's own take on drum'n'bass, think lo-fi and with overheating drum machines. Impurity and Junglotrane join Tony Loco on warm-ups.
Look ahead: Wednesday 17th April - Tirzah - 24 Kitchen Street
+ Saturday 27th April - Nkisi - Best Before (end of Newhall Street behind Constellations)
Monday 25 February
Tracey Thorn in conversation (central Library, 1-2pm)
Monday 25 February 2019, 1 to 2 pm: Tracey Thorn in ConversationTickets available here www.ticketquarter.co.uk/Online/tracey-thorn-in-conversation
The Letter Room presents No Miracles Here – the story or Ray who performs with his band, the Raylettes. Northen soul, wall to wall dancing.
Edge Hill Arts Centre (Monday, 7:30, Tuesday 2:30 & 7:30). Free tickes for PMS listeners, call the box office after 2pm on Monday and quote PMS.
Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar.
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Music Room.
Liverpool Arab Arts Festival presents Palestinian Hip Hop crew DAM at Constellations.
Dan Wilson & The Counterfactuals. The Victims Album launch.
Emotion Wave – Reedale Rise, Isocore, Lo Five, DJ Andrew Bates.
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Music Room.
Outpost punk party – Spoilers, Down & Outs, Natterers, Crocodile God.
Outpost, Renshaw Street.
DiN Double Bill – D’Voxx, Ian Boddy, Nigel Mullaney & Ian Boddy present an evening of modular synth music. “
The Living Brain, The Shadow Kabinet, Suzie & The OHM, Big Flower.
Beatrice Dillon & Keith Harrison present Ecstatic Material – Caustic Coastal (Salford) 7:30pm
A live, experimental, collaborative performance from “two original figures from their respective fields”, musician/producer Beatrice Dillon and visual artist Keith Harrison. Sound meets sculpture in real time, as part of the 4th Outlands Network UK tour.
Freeport – University of Salford, MediaCityUK (Salford Quays) – ongoing until Saturday
From Abandon Normal Devices festival, this commission was initially intended for Manchester Airport, picture the slightly more approachable/accessible Uni campus as ‘Terminal MCR’ with artworks, talks and screenings from international artists such as N-Prolenta and !Mediengruppe. Subjects range from cryptocurrency to (digital) citizenship. Expect fascinating-as-ever programming from AND. Free all week.
Wednesday 13th February
Rob Heron & Tea Pad Orchestra – Philharmonic Music Room – 8pm
Reputable ‘North Eastern Swing’ combo highlight jazz’s early 20th century American highlights.
Spine presents Arma Agharta, Territorial Gobbing, President Business – Factory Kitchen – 8pm
Ultimate alternative Valentines from the Lonesaw extended industrial music family, featuring Lithuanian high-speed noise, quasi-improvised big-band biz, and a drone act from Leeds. Upstairs at IWF, 25 Carlton Street.
Free R&R with Mincemeat, Vee VV, and Malfeasance – Sound Basement – 8pm
Alternatively, join the free rock and roll punk party on Duke Street, showcasing some truly outsider computer music from the opener.
Deep Cuts: Eli Smart, COW, Silver Linings, Heavy North, Dan Disgrace – Jacaranda Phase One – 7pm
A spread of five eclectic live acts from across the pop-musical spectrum as we’ve come to expect from the Get Into This tastemakers. Pure song-writing talent (Eli Smart) rubs shoulders with out-rock jam band antics (COW; Dan Disgrace), dive bar blues (Heavy North), and sizzling dissonance (Silver Linings). Note: at Jacaranda’s second premises – 40 Seel Street.
Seatbelts, Strawberry Guy, Sara Wolff, Roy – 81 Renshaw Street – 7:30pm
Well worth catching bizzarro bedroom psych-pop kid Strawberry Guy playing before the headliner, the re-jigged Hooton Tennis Club project.
Leon Vynehall – Meraki – 10pm
A pick from a while back, this electronic music producer’s own records have an imperceptible, gradually-building brilliance that is frequently reflected in his undulating DJ sets, all the more so given LV will play from start to finish (4am!), as part of his DJ-Kicks tour.
Nekk-Fest 2.0 – Drop the DumBulls Gallery – 8:30pm
Ultra alt. alternative V-day with fast, fun and funny music from the likes of local d-beat/crust-punk sender-uppers DAD. Expect the usual hyper-self-parodying brilliance from DtDB.
Wednesday 27 February - DAM – Constellations – 7:30pm
Palestinian hip-hop group who rose to prominence in the ‘90s as the first Middle Eastern act of their ilk to ‘break through’ to a wider, global audience, fusing Arabic rhythmic and melodic material with rapped Arabic verse. Opening act DJ Sotusura has been pro-active in the Middle Eastern hip-hop scene for some 15 years. 16+ permitted with guardian.
Saturday 23rd Feb – Omar Souleyman (re-scheduled) – 7pm
Postponed previously from 9th of the month, Syria's original 'acid Arab' with wedding singer flair for the club. 24 Kitchen Street, 10pm finish, Jacques Malchance and Giovanna (SisBis) on world-aware DJ supports.
Mikey Kenney @ Leaf 7pm
Album Launch – The Reverie Road.
XamVolo/Mersey Wylie/Sub Blue/ Blue Vibe @ Arts Club 7pm
Anwar Ali (Bajuni Islands) & Dave Owen – Mchanga Mweupe EP Launch 8pm @ Naked Lunch
Mama Snake @ Meraki 10pm – Experimental Electronica event platforming artists who are womxn, queer or people of colour. Mama snake will be bringing trance, techno, breaks and other sounds to Meraki.
Lupini & Ben Sleia also
Emotion Wave: The Aleph/Kuyokuyo/Germanager/La French 8pm Drop The Dumbulls
58 Comeback Special @ Zanzibar 7.30pm
Other acts: Lolly Hayes and the Naked Flames, Krank Williams, Samya O’Grady
Alien Sound: Ambient Music and the Limits of the Human – 10.30am-4.30pm Tate Liverpool
Talks, interviews and discussions on new possibilities for thinking and practising a different relationship to noise and music.
Guest Artists include Marie Thompson, Paul Reket, Dhanveer Singh Brar, Larne Abse Gogarty, Steve Davismoon, Rachael Rosen, Jon Davies, Annalaura Alifuoco and Silvia Battista.
Queen Zee Album Launch 3pm Phase 1
Witch Fever – Jacaranda Records Phase One – 7pm
Getintothis presents ‘Independent Women at independent Venue Week 2019’ with this opening party. Headlining are Manchester’s all-female punk spirits Witch Fever. Mersey Wylie, Niki Kand, Sara Wolff will all perform, along with spoken word by Cath Holland, Janaya Pickett, and a pop-up screen-printed poster art stall from That Girl Who Prints.
Crazy P – 24 Kitchen Street – 10pm
A school night DJ set from the beloved, playful, celebrated soulful UK dance band, Crazy P.
Bassekou Kouyate – Philharmonic Music Room – 8pm
A true master musician of the ngoni – the ancient, traditional lute instrument of West Africa – Bassekou Kouyate presents here his band currently containing three ngoni players and two percussionists, plus singer Amy Sacko.
LIMF Academy Live – Philharmonic Hall – 7pm
The Ignition Orchestra will be backing up local hand-picked Liverpool International Music Festival artists including LUNA, Kyami, Raheem Alameen and alumni Sub Blue. Original songs and covers pepper the evening’s programme, arranged by composer Katie Chatburn. A local female music talent incubator and rare moment to see the fusion of pop songwriting with a contemporary orchestra.
Ross From Friends – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
Adding on a second live date the day before a sold-out appearance at this Baltic venue means hype for the lo-fi electronica producer’s release on Brain Feeder records must be real. Eschewing the self-deprecating descriptor of ‘cheap house’, RFR will exposit his new more dramatic, technicolour sound palette in a live setting, perhaps flanked – as recent video footage suggests – by a backing band.
False Advertising et al
Eyesore & The Jinx single launch party – Outpost – 7:30pm
Jo Mary and Hannah’s Little Sister play before local post-punk trio Eyesore & The Jinx at the first Bido Lito social event of the year of their 100th issue.
Mugstar, Mincemeat, The Cubical – Craft Taproom – 7pm
An IVW outing for lauded local innerspace psychonauts Mugstar, now in a fresh five-person incarnation. Joining them in this Smithdown Road dispensary will be two more explorers of the cosmic sonic spectrum.
Jah Wobble & The Invaders of the Heart – Philharmonic Music Room – 8pm
Nominated in 1990 for the Mercury Music Prize for their debut record, Jah Wobble’s east-meets-west ensemble truly cemented him as a serious player on the global music stage. They regroup in the intimate extension of the Liverpool Phil for a night of Chinese Dub and other world fusions.
Omar Souleyman – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
An early doors club showing for the Syrian wedding singer, an artist well known for his infectious melding of Middle Eastern music and acidic subgenres of dancefloor-inclined electronica. Opening DJ slots from Jacques Malchance of Upitup Records, and Giovanna from the SisBis party collective.
The PMS team's recommendations as presented on the programme.