Tuesday 19th – Sea Nos @ VideOdyssey
Tuesday 19th – Rozi Plane @ LEAF
Thursday 21st – Free Love/Baron Farg/Foxen Cyn @ Outpost 7.30pm
The First single 'Bones' taken from 'EXTREME DANCE ANTHEMS' is out now on Optimo Music
Thursday 21st Richard Dawson & Alexander Tucker @ RNCM 7.30pm
Friday 22nd – Spine #18 @ 17 Love Lane 8pm
Kepla / Low Braids / Nick Branton & Phil Morton / Lupini
Friday 22nd – Manchester Collective: The Centre Is Everywhere @ Invisible Wind Factory 8pm
Saturday 23rd – JukeBox at Eric’s Launch Party @ Casa, Hope Street 7pm
DJ Norman ‘The Cat’ Killon & DJ Poor Boy Paul. Copies of the record available on the night at a discounted price. “Join us for an Apocolyptic Night of wild 50’s rock n roll and underground grooves with and Eric’s Twist.
Saturday 23rd – Toxteth Day Of The Dead @ District 8.30pm
Expect to see fresh plans from Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond. The solemn daytime proceedings flow into celebrations at District –
Moody Boyz (dub)
Kermit and the Super Weird System
Eva Crystaltips Meets The Esoteric Discotheque
Saturday 23rd – Upbeat in Liverpool @ Craft Taproom 8pm
Pleasure Trips(Berlin) / Musclebound Grotesque/Jo&Co/Esa Shields
Sunday 24th – Piano Forte @ Capstone 4pm
Giacomo Fazi – Nina Windsor Roe – Jez Wing – Karen Wynne – Nick Smith
Sunday 24th – Paula & Serpil @ Northwest Kurdish Community Centre 4pm
As part of Liverpool Kurdish film nights 24th – 26th
December 8th Ponderosa Glee Boys album launch at District
Homotopia presents: Strange Lands and How to Survive – Unity Theatre – daily until 17th
When transgender artist Mandy Romero set off to cross Asia from China to Turkmenistan in 2017, she was determined to bring back a visual record of her encounters in some of the most illiberal and intolerant regimes in the Northern Hemisphere. Travelling with a large square of red silk as her main costume resource, to signify both the communist origins of the countries and the Silk Road route she was following, Romero brought a set of portraits of herself taken by a fascinating varity of photographers, many of whom she met along the way, back to the UK. Including location shots from China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, Strange Lands and How to Survive is a captivating exhibition that will be held within the Unity Theatre Bar, and is free to enter. No need to book.
Adam Ant – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall – 7:30pm
“Pop icon Adam Ant returns to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall to perform his landmark solo album Friend or Foelive for the first time in its entirety, as well as classic chart-topping singles and personal favourites.”
Eat Me presents Hedwig and the Angry Inch – District – 6:30pm
An interactive film screening, drag show and queer disco party at District, with performances featuring Gez Mez and Midgitte Bardot plus a DJ set from Zee Sasstones.
Kaelan Mikla – Studio 2 – 7pm
Synth-punk / darkwave trio from Iceland, flanked by US electronic duo Body of Light, Liverpool’s own authentic shimmering goth project Double Echo and the anthemic Rongorongo.
The Black Lips – Arts Club – 7pm
Yammerer, Ohmns, Piss Kitti and DJ Carl Combover all provide sympathetic pre-sounds before the main act, who return to the venue some 8 years after their last visit to town. Enthusiastic garage rock and punk and shredding and all of that fast stuff.
Natacha Atlas – Capstone Theatre – 7:30pm
Heralded as one of the world’s most distinctive voices, Natacha Atlas has carved a path synthesising western and middle eastern vocal traditions with mind-blowing dexterity. Her latest work sees her push vocal and musical boundaries even further by effortlessly weaving jazz traditions into her already unique blend.
Atlas has worked with Peter Gabriel, Nitin Sawhney, Nigel Kennedy, Indigo Girls, Jean-Michel Jarre, and Ibrahim Maalouf, to name a few, while, most recently, she has been collaborating with the likes of Omar Sosa and Paolo Fresu, whilst co-composing (with frequent collaborator Samy Bishai) the score for Herve Koubi’s 2019 contemporary dance creation Odyssey.
Leila Bordreuil – 17 Love Lane – 8pm
Brooklyn-based cellist, composer and sound-artist from France. She accesses concepts as diverse as Noise, contemporary classical, free jazz, and experimental traditions but adheres to none of them. Her music mixes deep melancholia with fleeting harsh noise walls, and was described by the New York Times as “steadily scathing music, favoring long and corrosive atonalities”. Driven by a fierce interest in pure sound and inherent texture, Leila challenges conventional cello practice through extreme extended techniques and unorthodox amplification methods, to the extent she sometimes seems to be playing the P.A system rather than the cello. Her compositions frequently incorporate sound-spatialization by way of site-specific pieces and multichannel installations. Plus: ATATAT – solo project of J C Barbara of Barberos et al; RAH-Solve Et Coagula - seemingly intense Tarot-core act of self-flagellation; Ben Duvall – ExEIH founder playing all new solo materia.
Afrodeutsche – Meraki – 10pm
Live stodgy techno from this highly skilled, very much deservedly on-the-rise Manchester producer, with support from Upitup’s mayor of electro keytar, our friend our yours in Merseyside-dwelling Roman expert of the liveset Jacques Malchance.
Blue Orchids – 81 Renshaw Street – 7:30pm
Ex-Fall man Martin Bramah (from that band’s initial incarnations) heads up this rich and resonant kosmic guitar pop project. “Blue Orchids, as a post punk psychedelic adjunct to Fall-world are well established in the music enthusiast’s consciousness, and yes, Martin Bramah was a founding father of The Fall, and as expressed recently might have reasonable grounds to even call himself The Fall, well, why not…but then he’s not daft. Perhaps people could do with reconnecting with Martin’s oeuvre a little more deeply than obsessing over the ex-Fall schtick, specially what with the recent albums being a succession of magick pop psych masterpieces choc stock (oh yes) with fabulous gems full of rich, resonant sounds and stinging, esoteric lyrics.” – 81 Renshaw. “While their last studio album, Righteous Harmony Fist was released last year, the band did release The Magical Record Of Blue Orchids in June this year. According to Bramah, it’s “the first covers concept album”. – GIT
Cowtown – Kazimier Stockroom – 8pm
A free gig in this former storage area just up the way from our HQ, expect it to get warm as Liverpool-based newies Fumar Mata open up with their third ever show in as many weeks, stalling the crowd before Leeds’ legendary ‘overstimulated electro-punks’ take to the stage for delightful hook-laden moments for fans of Deerhoof / Devo
Giant Swan – The White Hotel – 23:59
The most enjoyable live electronic music being made in the country right now, incidentally by guitar-band guys making use of their voices, effects pedals, and grid-quantised percussive sounds. Supported by Dis Fig, Hesska & Clemency, and Ossia.
Chris Wood with Charlie McKeon – Ullet Road Unitarian Church – 7pm
"... at art school they said I had a remarkable eye for trivia, like it was a bad thing." Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. A self-taught musician, composer and song writer, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its surgical clarity. He cites his major influence as “Anon”.
His most recent album ‘So Much to Defend’ has received wide critical acclaim and includes reflections on minor league football, empty nest syndrome, learning to swim, Cook-in Sauce and, not least, the Gecko as a metaphor for contemporary society. Hollow Point; his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles Menezez, won a BBC Folk Award (he's won six.) and emphatically secured Wood’s place as a serious speech-master for the unofficial history of England. Collaborators include Martin Carthy, Dizraeli, Billy Bragg, Andy Cutting, Andy Irvine, Karine Polwart, Jean Francois Vrod, The Imagined Village, Hugh Lupton, Martin Butler and many others. On stage Chris has the air of a craftsman who no longer needs to be precious about his art. Without any apparent effort he reaches deep into an enviable repertoire of songs before revealing another gem.
Charlie McKeon tells great stories, both in song and in-between songs. He's is a truly gifted musician with magic, dancing fingers, and a tendency toward beautiful, titling melodies (like that's a bad thing). He's also a funny man and a lovely chap. To see these two wonderful songsmiths playing in the beautiful, elegant surrounds of the Unitarian Church is a rare treat.
Wednesday 20th November
Serpente – Stockroom – 8pm
Snaking rhythms, fully hypnotic and ever morphing, from Ondness’ drum-machine-heavy moniker-alias Serpente; accompanying is the intrepid open-end simulation explorers Raft of Trash, and gluing the night together sonically will be Lupini.
Saturday 23rd November
An Evening With The Steve Hillage Band – o2 Academy – 7pm
Toxteth Day Of The Dead Hereafter Party – District – Time TBC
Paddy Steer, Moody Boyz, and Kermit & The Super Weird System head up a huge huge bill of acts to mark the anniversary of the KLF/JAM’s 3-day set of happenings in the beloved L8 community. A knees up in the Baltic to remember the great, the gone, and the going-on-right-now - all put together by the Liverpool Arts Lab.
Sunday 24th November
Piano Forte – Capstone Theatre – 4pm
Jacques Malchance & The Capstone Theatre present:
PIANO FORTE, a celebration of the piano as a solo instrument, featuring five Liverpool based pianists and composers (Giacomo Fazi, Nina Windsor-Roe, Jez Wing, Karen Wynne and Nick Smith) performing all original material composed exclusively for this event.
Also known as "Jacques Malchance", Giacomo Fazi is a Composer, Dj, Producer, Promoter and Radio Host from Rome, Italy, based in Liverpool, UK. He is the founding member of bands Hapytap and Barberos, as well as net-label and events collective Upitup Records and arts collective Distant Future. His works span across electronic music, classical music and contemporary experimental music; specialising in organ, piano and synthesizer instrumentation. He has performed piano recitals of the works of Erik Satie, Claude Debussy and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition in its entirety; and has composed commissioned work for Light Night, The Kazimier and Walk The Plank.
Wednesday 6th Mellowtone 15 years Birthday Party & Exhibition Launch @ Buyer’s Club 6pm
Featuring flyer and poster artwork which will be for sale. Live jazz from the Jubilee Stompers and DJs
Wednesday 6th Aneliya Antandilova/Daniel Thorne/Nina Franklin @ Stockroom 8pm – 10pm
Free event exploring the beauty of short form. Aneliya Antandilova is currently artist in residence and Metal and is developing a mass for Liverpool, a sacred composition made up of local voices, field recordings and her instruments.
Friday 8th Guttersnipe/Mark Morgan/ Gaute Grali @ Stockroom 7.30pm
Guttersnipe – xenofeminist crisis energy rock band from leeds – free form noise. Intense and ecstatic
Friday 8th SisBis @ 24 Kitchen Street 10pm
Headliner - Mafalda – Brazilian music selections.
Raising money for Refugee Women Connect
Friday 8th Machado Ithursarry Duo @ Capstone 7.30pm
Jean-Marie Machado/ Didier Ithursarry
Piano/Accordian duo that features intricate, harmonically rich and jazzy compositions that allow the synergy between the two to flourish.
Saturday 9th Nov 5pm - late
Blade Runner @ Static
In the month Ridley Scott’s classic dystopian sci-fi is set, we bring you an evening of Blade Runner magic.
First up a low-tech screening of Blade Runner. Static is not a sealed box auditorium experience, it’s more street level, more noise, more industrial, more how Blade Runner screen writer Hampton Fancher envisaged the world of Philip K Dick’s masterpiece ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’, the source novel for the film.
Following the film, we treat you to a very special audience with legendary Hollywood insider and the world’s leading authority on Blade Runner, Mr Paul M. Sammon, who will be in conversation with Ivor Powell, Associate Producer of Blade Runner and Alien, and Screenwriter for the forthcoming movie BIOS, released 2 October 2020 through Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, with Tom Hanks in the lead role.
Sammon and Powell will discuss the making of Blade Runner and its subsequent ascent into sci-fi folklore. The discussion will be followed by a Q+A with the audience.
The evening will draw to a close with a screening of Paul Sullivan’s DEATH OF AN ANDROID (EQUAL RIGHTS FOR REPLICANTS), with score by VESSEL (Tri Angle), and Daniel Thorne (Erased Tapes).
FERAL CHOIR https://www.improvisersnetworks.online/uk/merseyside-start-page/feral-choir-liverpool
Concert of improvised accappella music that’s about stretch and expanding the expressive possibilities of the voice.
Chris Wood @ Unitarian Church Sunday 17th NOvember
The PMS team's recommendations as presented on the programme.