Thursday 15 August:
Zu – Italian prog/noise/jazz celebrate the 10th anniversary of the album ‘Carboniferous’ with Mike Patton. Support from Jezebel (Dark wave / goth / noise, member of Mal & Lonesaw).
Beatnik X & guests - A night of blues groove, song, spoken word and ambient vibe in a gem of a venue tucked away in Liverpool’s world famous Chinatown. With Luke Garcia Doherty and Carl Southworth.
The Bagelry, Nelson Street.
God on My Right (duo from Liverpool electronica/industrial/darkpop), Double Echo, The Webb, The Mekano Set.
Atomck (From Bristol – Blast beats), Hibakusha (Grinding Crust from Czech republic), Chinsniffer.
New Brighton Music Festival for MacMillan. Carl Southworth, Legion Green, Jefferson Milk Float, Karl Lornie, Roger Spectrum, Swamp Dog Millionaires , Scene Stealers.
Vale park, New Brighton.
Whitechapel Fundraiser – Xander & The Peace Pirates, Lotharios (Liverpools' Finest Light Entertainers and Skydiving Team), Crikey It’s the Cromptons, Antoinette Politico (poet).
Peter Broderick & Friends play ‘Arthur Russell’
24 Kitchen Street
Future Yard Festival. Anna Calvi, Bill Ruder-Jones, Queen Zee, Squid, The Intergalactic Republic of Kongo. SPQR, Organ Freeman.
Forest Swords presents Pylon – installation with The kazimier (in The Refectory this project explores the possibilities of tech & tarditioanl instrumentation. Cymbals that use audio and computer data to play themselves. The installation will evolve ove rth eduration of the event and will also be used as a space for experimentation and improvisation bu Forest Swords with special guests. Cilgwri I Gymru (cross-river Musical Celebration between Wirral and Wales). Live SOuntracked Meditative Drone Yoga with The Open Door Centre.
Crapfest - Healthy Junkies, Crapsons (live set and DJ set), Habits , Salt the Snail, Spam Javelin, Pale Rider, Organ Freeman, Infants, Three From Above, Mr. Ted, Scotch Funeral , Society of Losers DJs.
Yellowman & The Sagittarius Band.
24 Kitchen Street
Tuesday 16th – Open Decks: DJ Workshop for women 7-10pm hosted by Nina Franklin @ Stockroom
Tuesday 16th - In Our Lane Constellations Female DJ Event 6-9.30pm @ Constellations
Wednesday 17th Donny McCaslin / Artephis 7.30pm @ Band On The Wall
Thursday 18th – Beatnik X with Virginia Haze and Luke Garcia Doherty 8pm @ The Bagelry
Eugene Lange and Mark Byrne are Beatnik X performing ambient poetic jazz/blues. With songs from VH and playlists from LGD
Thursday 18th – Paddy Steer / The Aleph / Claire Welles 7.30pm @ Stockroom
Thursday 18th – Jazz Jam with Mark Jones 7.30pm @ Ship & Mitre
Friday 19th - Neil Cambell & Charlie Mckeon 7.30pm @ 81 Renshaw
Saturday 20th MIF - Queens of the Electronic Underground – Holly Herndon – Jlin – Aisha Devi ft. MFO – Klara Lewis – Katie Gately – Mary Anne Hobbs https://mif.co.uk/
21st Sumati Sundays @ Zanzibar – Remy Jude Ensemble/Blue Saint/Leora 7pm @ Zanzibar
Thursday 15th – ZU & Jezebel 7.30pm Stockroom
Anniversary show from prog, math noise free jazz . sax bass drums
Harambe Maoni, Andchuck – Phase One – 8pm
Parrjazz presents… Saxophone-lead instrumental music blending Afro jazz, Drum N Bass, Hip Hop and Modern Jazz
Liquid Club: Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher – Royal Standard – 6:30pm
The Liquid Club is a monthly discussion group which invites collective thinking and drives the development of Liverpool Biennial 2020. It is free and open to all.
“Is There No Alternative?
For our next discussion group, we are reading cultural theorist Mark Fisher's seminal book on Capitalist Realism.
In the text, Fisher problematises how capitalism has successfully presented itself as the only realistic political-economic system. He analyses the development of neoliberal ideology as a particular operation of capitalist realism as a lived ideological framework, using examples from politics, films, fiction, work and education.
Delving into the widespread effects of neoliberal ideology on popular culture, work, education and mental health in our contemporary society, Fisher highlights the collective depression we have all lived in for decades. His aim is to grasp the central features of the political-ideological landscape in which we are currently located, and to identify a possible route of exit. “
Find out more and download the text from:
Spine: Siegfried Kärcher, JC Leisure & WHXRS – Kazimier Stockroom – 7:30pm
Siegfried Kärcher (Frankfurt)
JC Leisure (Liverpool)
Joan as Police Woman – Epstein Theatre – 7:30pm
Joan As Police Woman releases her first career retrospective “Anthology” May 2019 via PIAS. The multi disc set collects thirty of her greatest songs alongside rare and unreleased material.
Anthology highlights Joan’s remarkable first fifteen years of writing and recording music that defies categorization. This compilation reveals her dedication to experimentation and vast knowledge and love of music of all kinds.
For her 2019 tour she strips her sound down to its true essence, performing her songbook solo with piano and guitar. This is a concert format her fans have longed to hear since her much loved solo shows in support of her 2006 classic debut album Real Life.
These concerts will see Joan reimagine many of the key songs from Anthology and play songs from her upcoming second album of covers. Not to be missed.
Tank and the Bangas – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
4th July, for Independence Day, we're delighted to welcome Tank and the Bangas to Liverpool, for the NPR Tiny Desk winners 1st performance in the city. Expect fiery soul, deft hip-hop, deep-groove R&B and subtle jazz from one of the most distinctive groups to come out of New Orleans.
The Floormen & others – Kazimier Stockroom – 8pm
This 4th of July celebrate Kinsdependence Day the only way, scranning a Kinsey bake at the Kaz, with The Floormen, CURLY MOUTH, LADY and Them Heavy wigs. The Floormen - scouse pyschedelia coming over and under and then straight at ya. CURLY MOUTH - mixed genre solo project turned 5-piece full frontal rock band with a generous side helping of lime. LADY - psychedelic soul from Leeds, where Lauryn Hill meets Jeff Buckley. Them Heavy Wigs - the heaviest of wigs.
Janelle Monae – Castlefield Bowl (MIF) – 6pm
An opportunity to catch a pop icon of our time headlining the Manchester International Festival.
Juliana Yazbeck – Royal Court Studio – 7:45pm
Liverpool Arab Arts Festival launches with the UK Premiere performance of Juliana Yazbeck’s debut record SUNGOD. Unapologetic and raw, Juliana’s lyrics challenge the effects of colonisation on cultural identities, the current state of love & relationships and gender inequality. SUNGOD is a call to all women and cultures to shed internalised shame and to remember, reawaken and reclaim our inherent and divine beauty, both as women and as autonomous peoples. Born in the USA to Lebanese parents, Juliana draws on her mixed cultural upbringing to create her signature sound, an unlikely but mesmerising fusion of spoken word, otherworldly electronics, and haunting Levantine vocals.
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th
Bootle Music Festival – Lock & Quay (Irlam Road0 – 1pm
Tommy Scott’s locally-made faves Space, Dodgy celebrating 25 years of pop gem ‘Homegrown’, baggy also-rans The Farm, and Nick Harper (son of Roy) all take centre stage at this pair of family-friendly all-day rock shows.
Thursday 20th – Fracture Patterns @ Naimos Manchester 7.30pm
A live collaboration between Semiconductor & Eartheater. Multichannel video woks combined with soundtrack and live performance by Eartheater + vocal ensemble. Exploring the space between meaning and noise. Semiconducter ‘see noise as a primordial soup where things both emerge fro and return to through interference’. Eartheater incorporates analogue, digital and vocal sounds into her sound palette.
CROWW - Working around the periphery of music of the vantablack variety, Croww is a Manchester based artist pecking at the corpuses of Black Metal, Flashcore and DnB and nesting new mutations of hypermodern dance music. CROWW will write a set especially for this performance in response to the work commissioned on this Outlands tour.
MARILYN MISANDRY - Marilyn Misandry is a gender-clown and performance artist. Working with drag and noise she creates visceral and intense work that reflects life as a fat autistic trans woman.
Friday 21st – Black Midi/Rattle @ Phase one 7.30pm
Dark, angular noise punk.
Friday 21st – Wizards of Twiddly/Michael Livesley & Musical Chums @ Zanzibar
“A Twiddsummer Night’s Dream”
Friday 21st – Kazimier Solstice Party 6pm
GODWOSH-EVAN MAJUMDAR-SWIFT-RANGA LIVE-ATHE DJS -KRUKTHRUST -THEO WAWA TEMPLE
AFRICA OYE 12.30pm – 9.30pm
Saturday 22nd - Bido100! Presents: Inside Pages @ Constellations 1pm
Some names – Clinic, XamVolo, The Mysterines, Rongo Rongo, The Aleph,Yank Scally, Jacques Malchance, Melodic Distraction DJs, Sonic Yootha DJs
Sunday 23rd – Neil Hamburger @ The Bread Shed Manchester
July 19th - Neil Campbell & Charlie McKeown
The Spirit of Liverpool – VideOdyssey & other venues – 11-19 May
“Reclaiming women’s histories through film” is the aim and tag-line of this week-long film festival showing some fascinating documentaries, shorts, and feature films across various alternative make-shift cinemas around Liverpool. ‘Liverpool Women United’ at Kitty’s Launderette (Monday 13th) and Welcome II The Terrordome at VideOdyssey (Saturday 18th) both stand out as good excuses to get off the sofa.
Crack Cloud – Shipping Forecast – 7:30pm
Angular, sharp and spiky post-punk that is well-honed here by Canadian revolving-door group – the band bills itself as a ‘mixed media collective’ “modelled around harm reduction philosophy… a rehabilitative outlet for a revolving cast of multi-disciplinary artists across Canada.” Support comes from on-a-roll locals Yammerer and unknown knowns NOV3L. A tip of the hat to Harvest Sun for further expanding their remit when booking interesting and intriguing guitar music in our city.
Neil Campbell’s Tabula Rasa Suite – Parish Church – 1pm
Especially for World Meditation Day, the meticulous local solo guitarist presents his ‘pastoral suite’ in a lunch-time concert setting at the heart of L2. Free entry and finished by 2pm.
Writing on the Wall / Where are we now 2019: Peter Tatchell – Leaf – 7pm
Arrested and detained in 2018 for a one-man protest in Moscow against the state of LGBTQIA+ rights in Russia, Peter Tatchell delivers a keynote speech in response to the current state of the global movement for LGBTQIA+ rights.
https://www.wowfest.uk/ / https://www.writingonthewall.org.uk/
Byenary – Sound Food & Drink – 7pm
Queercore noise punks from Brighton, Byenary are joined by Bitch Hunt from London, Piss Kitti from Liverpool, and scousers Q-Folk for a night of LGBTQ-friendly rioting.
J Mascis – Arts Club Theatre – 7pm
For the un-initiated, J Mascis functions as one of the grunge originators and is a master of under/overstated guitar playing. Stepping out solo away from his much-adored alternative rock power trio Dinosaur Jr, this is a re-scheduled date from January this year, with lauded recent record ‘Elastic Days’ still providing the basis of the material for his live sets. Opening act is country-folk tinged independent Philadelphia artist Rosali.
Light Night – everywhere – 5pm until late
Starting as the best opportunity to visit the city’s museums and galleries outside of regular hours – and enjoy the party spirit that comes with evening revelry around such spots – Light Night has grown into a huge city centre celebration for all ages, tastes and persuasions. Starting at 5pm, almost every cultural institution, big or small, will be opening their doors until around 9pm. Highlights are hard to choose in this larger-than-ever-before programme, but our picks would obviously include the Ritual of Retail series – music for shops, commissioned by us at PMS – plus the goings-on around the Anglican Cathedral and Albert Dock with provide dramatic, drop-in performances. Cave Raves at UoL, Spanish Inquisition at Central Library, a Wicker Woman in the Georgian Quarter, and Anti-Microbial Avengers all await, in this year’s far-reaching programme.
Full listings from this wonderful calendar highlight courtesy of Open Culture, here on their site:
And for our commission - http://lightnightliverpool.co.uk/whats-on/music-for-shopping/
Electric Six – Arts Club (Theatre) – 7pm
The world’s favourite disco-punk band has sold out this headline gig! Only seems like a month ago they were playing the Zanzibar or a tiny place on Renshaw Street. Kudos.
The Bevis Frond – Shipping Forecast – 7:30pm
First gig in Liverpool for two decades from these underground songsters, the Bevis Frond are an oft-referenced psychedelic group, and act as heroes to the likes of Teenage Fanclub and Elliott Smith (who both covered their material in the past).
Space Jamz: Isocore – Smithdown Social Club – 6pm
Fantastic use of a long-time out-of-service community centre, Space Jamz have been revivifying what was once known as south liverpool’s conservative club, with family-friendly electronic music boogies on intermittent weekend nights throughout this year. Each of these events acts as a fundraiser for what will soon become Smithdown Road’s go-to hanging out place. Worthy cause, well worth sticking one’s head in if they’re nosey about the rejuvenation of the Penny Lane area in particular.
Murad Ali & Kousic Sen – Capstone Theatre – 1pm
Presented her for a sarangi and table matinee recital, maestro Murad Ali will be performing alongside percussion master Kousic Sen in this concert of stunning melodies and rhythmic beats.
Murad Ali is a sixth generation sarangi player, having begun his musical journey at the age of 10. Alongside his classical training, he has also participated in cross-cultural and experimental musical endeavours. Murad is an award-winning musicians who has played in venues across the world.
A ‘Music for the Mind and Soul’ concert would not be complete without tabla favourite, Kousic Sen. The master drummer from Kolkata is known globally for his world-class percussion skills and he is one of the most sought after accompanists.
Looking ahead: Tuesday 28th May
KRS-One – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
A massively influential figure in hip-hop and not one to shun gigs in the North West of England, ‘the Teacher’ is in town to deliver a rap lecture.
Music Memes – Kaleidoscope Quartet - https://www.lukedanielsmusic.com/musicmeme
Led by Luke Daniels (UK, Accordion), with Rihab (Syria, Oud), Zi Lan (Liverpool, Chinese Harp), Abel Selacoe (South Africa, Cello). New journeys with strong, rootsy collaborations.
Four sets of four concerts. Luke Daniels will play duet concerts with each collaborator and quartet concerts. (May-June)
Folk music from the British Isles, China, Syria and South Africa
The Venues – The Phil, The Atkinson, The Citadel, The Met in Bury
MusicMeme app – audiences sample the concerts and submit remixes that will then be performed at the final concerts at each venue.
Wed 1st May – Smithdown Road Festival – Over Four Weekends – Supporting Whitechapel Centre.
Craft Taproom – Handyman Brewery 3rd May – RONGORONGO, Double Echo, Lonesaw, Claire Welles
1st May – The Liquid Club #4: The Sound of Culture @ The Caledonia 6.30pm
Discussion event that focusses on the role that diaspora and technology have played in the development and consumption of music, drawing from Louis Onuorah Chude-Sokei's The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics (2016)
Thurs 2nd May – Emotion Wave @ Constellations 8pm
Spirit Level/Professor Khaos/Mark Lawless/Ben Sleia
Fri 3rd May – Manchester Collective: Goldberg Variations (BACH) IWF 8pm
90 minutes of variations from one aria, one of the most important examples of the form.
Rakhi Singh - violin
Ruth Gibson - viola
Bart LaFollette - cello
Sun 5th May – Irvine Welsh DJs at The Merchant
7th May -Rakhi Singh and Vessel/Singh Quartet at RNCM 8pm
Performing contemporary collaborative work inspired by Janaceks’s string quartet Intimate Letters.
24th May - Gaika @ Kitchen Street
Artist, Writer. Gothic danchall and industrial electronics/ghettofuturism
Wrote a piece for DAZED criticising the Met Police’s decision to crack down on Drill music in 2018
User Not Found – Leaf – 6pm
It’s the moment of your death. There’s a magic button. Do you delete your entire online legacy?
Or do you keep it – and leave the choice for someone else?
USER NOT FOUND is about our digital identities after we die. The show is performed in Leaf café: audience members receive a smartphone and a pair of headphones and are immersed in one man’s story as he’s faced with keeping or deleting his partner’s online existence. A story of contemporary grief unfolds through this intimate, funny performance that gently interrogates our need for connection.
Lowkey – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
As mentioned in previous gig guides, our pick here pits the back-from-hiatus Iraqi/British hiphop MC Lowkey (known for collaborations with socially conscious “black Shakespeare” Akala and fierce freestyles live on radio) against the opening backdrop of Farsi-speaking grime artist Tardast (of geographically disparate collective #Manteq). Lowkey returns to the live arena after time out to focus on studies and activism, while Tardast’s Persian-language flow over off-kilter experimental production provides a glimpse of what’s just around the corner in terms of contemporary world sonics of the rap genus. Also supporting will be London-based Eritrean rapper Awate, touring his own old skool hiphop flavoured and highly politicised recent record ‘Happiness’.
Furrow Collective – Philharmonic Music Room – 8pm
Again a highlight from earlier programmes, English/Scotch four-piece traditional music group Furrow Collective bring their interpretations of ancient songs from our island to a seated and attentive audience in this ideally intimate setting. As well as us being fans of the project here on the Popular Music Show, the Furrow Collective were awarded 'Best Group' at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017.
Stock Footage, Vice Moth – Kazimier Stockroom – 7:30pm
A rare re-union as Joe McLaughlin (of Kling Klang, The International, Part Chimp and several others) makes the return trip back to Liverpool (from NYC) for a brief spell including this reformation gig. Stock Footage is headed up by Joe and can only be described as a Liverpool underground garage rock super-group. Other members come from brilliant Merseyside-made projects such as Chinsniffer; Horsebast*rd; Zombina & the Skeletones; and a.P.A.t.T.; and Stock Footage’s shows are always a fairly OTT semi-theatrical anti-spectacle of the kind you’d expect to be dreamt up on the way back from a pub. Expect a slice of current affairs to be cut through with biting wit (previous outings have had frontman Golden Tony put through a T-Pain style autotuner, and used phone interview recordings of Paul Gascoigne as the basis for an entire set’s worth of music). Taking time out from their other commitments – such as celebrating the release of Stealing Sheep album number three, and kindly working closely with the programme in and out of Germanager guise – is Emily Lansely and Alex Germains as Vice Moth, an electronic improvised duo. Ben Duvall of Ex-Easter Island Head provides between-act tunes. Part comedy, part drama, all worth checking out in this new Kaz setting.
Dig Vinyl 5th birthday: Yammerer, Samurai Kip, Good Problems – Kazimier Garden / Stockroom – 6pm
Bido Lito is helping out local record shop Dig Viny celebrate their five years in the city centre in the throwing of this big old knees up. Indoors are three popping local acts: grunge pop LIPA grads Good Problems, local indie press darlings Samurai Kip, and a turbo charged Can/LCD Soundsystem hybrid in the form of a wild-man-fronted Yammerer. Outside there’s DJ sets from Melodic Distraction, Beers for Queers’ Linster Sangster, Nightdubbing and of course the taste-makers and –breakers at Dig Vinyl themselves. A suitably eclectic social for the broad-shoulder’d music emporium.
Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge presents the Midnight Hour – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
In another moment of sure-fire hiphop legend appearances in our town, the teams responsible for putting Liverpool on the map in terms of these kinds of bookings – BamBamBam, Madnice Marauders, and those at 24KS itself – this time welcome A Tribe Called Quest’s production mastermind Ali Shaheen Muhammad, and fellow next-generation studio wizz Adrian Younge down for a night of jazzy, R’n’B inflected golden-age rap reminiscence. They’re accompanied on this tour by a nine-piece brass and string band to breathe new life into the already invigorated work together, including their acclaimed score for streaming hit Luke Cage.
Malena Zavala - Sound Basement - 7:30pm
Argentinian artist and producer influenced by psychedelic guitar players.
Nkisi, Bryn – Best Before – 10pm
Wunderkind upstarts Athe (deity-figure-influenced DJs and extreme music fans Nina Franklin and Lea Ben Said) have booked Congolese/Belgian ‘hard music’ maker Nkisi to play an extended set of her own gabba and doomcore inspired dark electronic music. Opening up the night is the city’s very own ‘Heavy Metal DJ’ and industrial grime music regurgitator, Bryn.
DJ Sprinkles – 24 Kitchen Street – 10pm
Yet another exciting bit of programming from the in-house Wonder Pot stable, DJ Sprinkles is the stage alias of utterly intriguing dance music activist, public speaker and producer Terre Thaemlitz, known for their outspoken politicisation of the dancefloor as a rightfully and inherently queer space. Should prove a fascinating night of mixology, too, with a live set from Meine Nacht’s head honcho Breakwave and Daniel Ruane, who both recently celebrated the launch of a record label with the release of the latter’s debut dubplate. Part of Rise Liverpool – a city-wide program celebrating extraordinary female artists, thinkers and leaders.
The Specials – Olympia – 7pm
Touring new LP 'Encore', the 2-tone Ska greats head to the illustrious Kensington theatre with The Tuts in tow.
Looking ahead: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June
Africa Oye – Sefton Park – 12:30pm onwards until 9:30pm
Certifiable hero of Jamaican music and a timely, poignant choice as Oye’s Windrush Day pick, Horace Andy headlines the weekend celebration of Afro-Saxon lineage in Liverpool. Other highlighted selections would have to include Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda – who have worked with PMS favourite Arab-world electronica producer Ammar 808 – alongside hugely celebrated Belize big band Garifuna Collective.
Tirzah – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
Modern experimental soul singer Tirzah makes her city debut in the Baltic area, performing material from her highly acclaimed 2018 record ‘Devotion’, a stripped-back emotive slice of swung R’n’B produced by national treasure and contemporary Mica Levi. A surefire hit.
Schande, Careering, Good Grief, Mean Jean – Outpost – 7pm
Post-hardcore fix for the week provided by San Franciscan riff wraiths Schande and 3 more crews from UK.
The Good, The Bad, and The Queen – O2 Academy – 7:30pm
This slightly dumbfounding ‘alternative rock supergroup’ pegs Afrobeat Godfather Tony Allen (on drums) against Paul Simonon of the Clash, Damon Album of Blur, and the guitar/keyboardist from The Verve, Simon Tong. The result is a multi-meter exercise in groove and theatrical storytelling that sits more comfily alongside Gorillaz and Allen’s post-Fela Kuti work than any of the more conventional Britpop projects one might imagine this to drift towards. A pretty weird all-star show that caught attention last month at the 6 Music Festival – back for a second helping.
Girli, Ashnikko, The Difference, Charity Shop Pop – The Zanzibar Club – 7pm
Child of the PC Music ‘extreme pop’ moment, Girli has graduated from that school and is touring her bratty, brash, bubblegum punk LP ‘Odd One Out’.
Hunjoo Jung, ISO, Jezebel, Nick Branton – Factory Kitchen – 8pm
Wunderkinds of the truly underground sounds for our city, Spine host regular noisy soirees in some of Liverpool’s cosiest environs (as frequently mentioned on the show for their post-industrial figurative torch-carrying tendencies and abilities). Headlining this iteration of their intense excursions is South Korean ‘digital noise’ artist Hunjoo Jung (now Germany-based). ISO combine found-sound with sound design. Jezebel sees the first solo outing of scene saxophonist, synth-player and screamer Jez test the crowd with sound art. And Nick Branton comes to show his free improv skills to the petite, attentitve audience. Support all these people as they’re cultivating the next gen of challenging, locally-sourced noise’n’music.
Sonic Yootha – 24 Kitchen Street – 9pm
The 39th edition of the ultimate club night for every body in Liverpool…
Idlewild – Grand Central Hall – 7pm
Good Friday greets the Scotch rockers, should you fancy your indie of yesteryear over this long weekend.
Constellations’ 5th Birthday – Constellations – 10am / all weekend
With just one year left at their current premises, the creative team behind the Baltic area’s greatest (outdoor) success story mark the occasion by taking over the turntables and getting all the friends they’ve made since inception to take turns doing the same. A come and go as you please, toast the team in their grand garden type of affair. Here’s to the next great thing for the grassroots art, culture and music scene that this lot turn their hands to.
Sink The Pink – Camp & Furnace – 9pm
London’s premier touring drag show and entertainment gesamtkunstwerkhouse finally makes a stop in our good city, and the town is ready for it. The theme is ‘When I Grow Up’ – so expect childhood fantasies writ large amongst a celebration of pop music across the ages, and an array of fabulous scene-stealing spectacles. This is the country’s best version of the all-singing, all-dancing drag party.
Antoine Boyer plays Django Reinhardt – Philharmonic Music Room – 8pm
Accompanied by a rhythm guitarist and upright bassist, this ought to be a real tour-de-gypsy jazz force for Antoine’s ninth tour in a row.
Music for the Jilted Generation (CALM fundraiser) – 24 Kitchen Street – 10pm
A celebration of the life and music of The Prodigy’s front-man Keith Flint, who sadly passed away last month.
Micachu, Coby Sey, Brother May – The White Hotel – 10pm
Mica Levi and friends present a new roving club concept, CURL. Hear the trio guide revellers into the early hours with a woozy take on bass culture.
Looking ahead: Tuesday 23rd April – Lowkey – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
British/Iraqi MC comes back from time away spent on activism and his studies to re-ignite his socially conscious hip-hop fire. Firebrand local support comes from Anfield-based Iranian Grime artist Tardast – well worth checking out.
+ Furrow Collective – Philharmonic Music Room – 8pm
Folk favourites of the show, expect good helpings of traditional songs from Scotland and England.
Friday 17th May – Light Night: Ritual – everywhere in Liverpool – from 5pm
Stand by for our commission working with local musicians to put unusual music in unusual places…
The Deportees – Phase One (Jacaranda Records) – 7:30pm
Playing original material here for ParrJazz, the Deportees consists of six members of Liverpool’s improvisation-led, bar-backroom-based rhythm, blues and everything else players, variously hailing from Iran, the US, Spain, and the UK – so sure to bring a heady mix of “America’s classical music” (that’s jazz in this case) and avant-garde soloing. Attendance also comes with the chance to win a record of choice from the shopfront that this gig takes place in.
Droves, Gay Panic Defence & Chinsniffer – Drop the DumBulls – 8pm
In this week’s powergrind news, local machine-heavy but guitar-free noise ‘mutants’ Chinsniffer play host to two fast (and fun) anti-fascist Scots hardcore bands. Noubt better to punctuate one’s week than with a trip to this tip of the subgenre iceberg. And not to worry: GPD are on the correct side of herstory.
Deep Cuts Away Day – The Arts Centre (EHU) – 7:30pm
The Get Into This team descend on the Edge Hill University with Liverpool-ish picks like Charity Shop Pop along for the ride.
Mahan Esfahani + Ensemble 10/10 & Jon Small – St. George’s Hall Concert Room – 7:30pm
A harpsichord concerto recital as interesting performer and personality Esfahani continues his residency with the Phil. Repertoire includes a world premiere of ‘Composer in Association’ Gary Carpenter’s piece ‘Mondrian’, plus Henri Dutilleux’s ‘Les Citations’, and Hindemith’s ‘Octet’. Intimate, profound, and little bit brilliant in its revivalism.
BBC Music Introducing with Queen Zee & others – Cavern Club – 7:45pm
The Mysterines, Zuzu, and Red Rum Club join – in our minds anyway – the 6 Music Festival headliners Queen Zee, hosted and introduced by Tom Robinson and Dave Monks.
SPQR, Ohmns + P*ss Kitti – Arts Club – 7pm
Also forming part of the 6 Music Festival Fringe, local punks go at it in the former Masque loft.
Lucrecia Dalt, Silvia Kastel, Teresa Winter – The White Hotel – 8pm
This Salford venue’s name pops up again, this time making way for excellent Colombian sound artist and spoken word performer Lucrecia Dalt, whose recent music appears on a label we like, Rvng Intl. and can be described as tectonically shifting, out-loud questioning, and deep diving and excavating.
Threshold Festival – Jamaica Street / Baltic Area – 7pm (until Sunday midnight)
Returning after a year off to round up all the Merseyside live acts one never knew existed; our showstopper to watch at this would certainly be Paddy Steer. Full details of billing, here: https://thresholdfestival.co.uk/
BBC 6 Music Festival Fringe Eggy Records Showcase – Sound Food and Drink – 8pm
One highlight from this round-up of local characters would be Eyesore and the Jinx, a tight and taught, wiry and angular garage rock group. Other doo-gooders would include Ana Mae, and Dan Disgrace, seasoned six-sting-slingers and songsmiths of the locally-cultivated bendy bedroom pop genus. Full details of the Festival and its Fringes, by day and by night, on: bbc.co.uk/6music
Bob Log III – Phase One – 7pm
King of the booze’n’blues one-man-band thing and a regular favourite year after year, slide guitar player Bob Log is always a riot. Helped in his cause this evening by opening acts Stompin Thompson, Krank Williams, and the good people at The Go Go Cage and No Fun.
Immix Ensemble’s Dream Makers – Hope Uni Senate Room – 7:30pm
Adapted works for an extended edition of this much loved, Liverpool-based and mostly-bred contemporary classical troupe, it’s an outing to mark the 50 years since the first lunar landing. Collaborators this time include Emma Papper, Freya Hellier, Andrew Hunt, and Steve Davismoon with Sadie Smith & Chatsworth Community College. Part of the Angel Field Festival at Hope’s creative campus. Full details: http://www.thecapstonetheatre.com/whatson/angel-field-festival-immix-ensemble---dream-makers.html
6 Music Festival Fringe: Parr Street – Studio 2 – 7:30pm
Cosmic scousers Peach Fuzz play last, though Gazelle Twin and Ali Horn providing the interest.
6 Music Festival picks: Julian Cope, Clinic, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gaika, Comet Is Coming, Anna Calvi.
The station’s take-over of Liverpool manages to make use of most venues and performance places in town, with a modicum of individual events and talks cropping up that are worth attention. Again, the place to digest is: bbc.co.uk/6music
Looking ahead: Wednesday 10th April
Terry & Gyan Riley, Ex-Easter Island Head, Lupini – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
Minimalist maestro and son are in for a recital for piano, synthesizer, and guitar. Interweaving inter-generational melodic lines grace this nightclub’s dancefloor, providing quite a treat as they’ll perform familiar material by this compositional elder stateseman, as well as recently-written collaborative pieces.
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)
The PMS team's recommendations as presented on the programme.