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.