Gig Guide Monday 14th May 2018
Tuesday 15th May
Grey Hairs, SAVAK, Salt the Snail – the Peer Hat – Manchester – 8pm
Hyper Enough’s first foray into the promotion gambit sees Nottingham’s gracelessly-aging noise rock act headline a show with fellow artless ‘hearing aid’ jammers SAVAK, alongside Runcorn/Widness riff-purveyors Salt the Snail. For fans of all the ear-alarming guitar music of the 90s and early 00s.
Wednesday 16th May
Father Murphy, Mesange, Atatat – 81 Renshaw Street – 8pm
Italian partnership forged intercontinentally and then all back home, this dark psychedelic group are on their farewell tour. Other acts are the duo of local guitar wunderkind Luke Mawdsley & loop-oriented violinist Agathe Max, plus the solo drumset-electronics-vocals of Joel Barbara (of Barberos)
Future Station: Art, Sound and Blackness in the Global City – Metal Liverpool – 6pm
This lecture will address the question of the relationship between blackness and cities with reference to the sonic and visual cultures of the African diaspora. How have cities around the world been shaped by and in turn influenced creative articulations of 'blackness'? Why has 'urban culture' become almost synonymous with cultures of 'blackness'? This lecture will argue that visual art, music and sound culture - the sounds and images of blackness - are essential to understanding the past, present and future of global cities
Thursday 17th May
Oshun, Katbrownsugar – Soup Kitchen – Manchester – 7pm
“The sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism” is what this NYC hiphop/RnB/soul duo bring, recent collaborators with the UK’s very popular singer Jorja Smith, the pair will be supported on the night by Manchester’s DJ/radio host and RnB vocalist in her own right, rising star Katbrownsugar.
Friday 18th May
LightNight – Citywide inc. Liverpool Cathedral, galleries and museums – from 5pm until late
Various and very many interpretations of the theme Transformation will take in commissions from the likes of local audio-visual artist In Atoms, whose two-screen installation at Liverpool Cathedral features myriad local musicians and artists collaborating on an all-new original score, at 9pm and 10:30pm. Also performing live on the night will be St. Jude the Obscure, plus the official afterparty in Constellations features South London DJ Manara, local archivist/activist Sandi Hughes, and Giovanna of SisBis collective. LightNight’s programme is very wide-reaching, encompassing many forms and media, so is well worth checking out in full, as with every year.
Saturday 19th May
Car Seat Headrest, Naked Giants – Invisible Wind Factory – 7pm
Independent-minded and DIY-spirited bedroom guitar pop is writ large on this full band tour for Virginia-to-Seattle transplant Will Toledo, whose group will be accompanied by fellow travellers Naked Giants for this stop on the north docks.
Friday 25th May
Moro, Aja, Hesska, JC Leisure, Alec Tronik – Rat Alley (Kazimier Garden) – 10pm
London label Tobago Tracks have worked with local future-facers Cartier 4 Everyone to host Argentinian producer Moro, Opal Tapes noise artist Aja, plus Liverpool-based tape label operator JC Leisure, Manchester beat expert Hesska, and no stranger to the esoteric Merseyside scene, Alec Tronik. Takes place in the Kazimier Garden’s out-back space, Rat Alley.
Thursday 31st May
Dave Haslam: ‘Sonic Youth Slept on my Floor’ – the British Music Experience – 7pm
The writer and DJ will be in conversation with Paul Morley about music, Manchester, and more, going in-depth on his already-deep memoir.