Thursday 21st September
New Music For Old Machines: Nicholas Bullen and Kinder Meccano @ Everyman Bistro – 8pm
Napalm Death founding vocalist Nick Bullen presents new acousmatic compositions based around the theme of air as an element. Joined by playfully subversive Salford new / old media duo Michael Cutting and Vitalija Glovackyte, who utilise tape machines and 16-bit melody makers. Music starts at 8:30pm sharp.
Free Rock’n’Roll: Unstoppable Sweeties Show, Wharf Street Galaxy Band, Rex Mundi and the Month of Sundays @ Sound Food & Drink – 8pm
Jazz-prog-punk act USS - one for fans of Cardiacs - plus pfunk-spacerock-disco group (WSGB) from Leeds, along with a ‘mystery set’ from RM+TMOS…!
Liverpool Psych Fest Opening Party with the Bido Lito Social: Ducktails, Ali Horn, The Goa Express @ Constellations – 7pm
Three helpings of dreamy pop to act as the perfect curtain raiser for this year’s Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia.
Friday 22nd September
Abandon Normal Devices Festival: Listening to the Dark – James Ferraro, Nkisi @ Peak Cavern, Castleton (nr. Rochdale) – 8pm
James Ferraro’s “The Deluge” is set an opera set in an AI simulation of humanity, with the Artificial Intelligence coming to terms with the human concepts of emotion and suffering. Nkisi presents “The Dark Orchestra”, an immersive durational performance inspired by the idea of a cave as a portal to the cosmic, leading the imagination on a sonic flight of fancy in the dark. AND is now in its 6th year, moving to the Peak District for the first time.
https://www.andfestival.org.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/1927500930852851/
Pop Art Party @ Tate Liverpool – 6pm
Launch night of Roy Lichtenstein exhibition with a ‘til-late evening of music, performances and pop art, including a live set from Callum Crighton in the café.
http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/late/artist-rooms-roy-lichtenstein-focus/pop-art-party or https://www.facebook.com/events/113065379406650/
Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia @ various Baltic Triangle venues – 3pm
Also in its 6th year, Psych Fest includes Friday night’s headliners – Malian guitar group Songhoy Blues – plus Stereolab singer-frontperson Laetitia Sadier on at 5pm, Manchester grunge band Duds opening at 3pm, highly-regarded ‘80s drone act Loop, Islington Mill familiars Gnod, plus Acid Arab, The Bug vs Dylan Carlson (of Earth), and much else besides. Saturday highlights include Ex-Easter Island Head Large Ensemble, retro-future jazz combo The Comet Is Coming, lauded Scotch noise-rockers A Place To Bury Strangers, and lots more of course.
Le Rock Macabre with The Res Men @ EBGB's – 8pm
Expect the unexpected at this alternative rock show for fans of the Cramps, Nick Cave & Tom Waits.
Saturday 23rd September
Sassden 001 @ Sound Food and Drink – 9pm
Queen Zee and the Sasstones' new clubnight taking place in the basement of Sound, including performances and dance-able music across the most colourful spectrum. Shaman Yew, Babe Punch and Queen Zee all play live, with Alec Tronik and Bitowski amongst the guest DJs.
Sunday 24th September
An Evening of Noise @ Maguire's Pizza Bar – 7pm
Grindcore from Boycott the Baptist, Austrian dbeat & crust punk from Indoctrinate, intense math-rock courtesy Riggots, and a crossover mix of noise and saxophone-skronk by way of JazzHands.
Looking Ahead: Friday 29th September
Richard Barbieri @ St Margaret of Antioch Church – 7pm
The former keyboard and synthesizer player for Japan and Porcupine tree is joined by the 2 principle musicians on his new record: Lisen Rylander Love on sax-voice-electronics, and trumpeter Luca Calabrese. This is Richard's only live date in the North of England.
Saturday 30th September
Phullopium Dude, Code Break, Villy Raze, Yellow Belly Stragglers @ Maguire’s Pizza Bar – 7:30pm
Mixed bag of live treats with live circuit-bent wizard PD, Washington DC hardcore-style feedback-lovers Code Break, a solo set from the Dead Class frontman Villy Raze, and old time rock’n’roll from 3-piece iteration of Yellow Belly Stragglers.
The PMS team's recommendations as presented on the programme.