Spare Snare, Mono Sideboards, Lazy Mary – 81 Renshaw St.
The Dundee lo-fi band are back after roughly 25 years away from making music, with a record named ‘Sounds’, suitably subtitled ‘recorded by Steve Albini’.
Refreshed with Royzy Rothschild and others – Kolbox (Hus’ basement) – 6pm
Big Condo Records presents Refreshed, a showcase of hip-hop artists from Liverpool and the surrounding area. Hosted by Royzy Rothschild, other acts include Tiffany Riddell, Kay Frances, Seas of Neptune, Michael Dumbell, Demi Harkness, Danger Dolly, Sarah Henry, Junior Dayvis, and myriad more up-and-coming talent.
Dense & Pika – 24 Kitchen St. – 10pm
This UK techno duo marked their 2018 with an album released on Kneaded Pains (who host the night), Dense & Pika have previous EPs on the Drumcode label and conform to that roster’s particular brand of sparing yet punishing sound system music. Dysart is on support duties at what will be the first party at 24KS of the year.
Bowie Birthday events:
Thursday 17th January
David Bramwell’s The Cult of Water – Gibberish Brewpub – 7pm
A hydromantic tale spun through original music, film, art, and archive footage alongside solo spoken word narration, all inspired by the River Don. A pay-what-you-want affair taking place at the Caryl Street brewery tap.
Friday 18th January
Loka, After the Flood, Gorp – Sound – 7pm
An evening of experimental and progressive music from three Liverpool-based live acts. Instrumental group Loka headlining, a band that have made a welcome return to the local circuit after a few years respite.
Deep Cuts Second Birthday – Jacaranda Phase One – 7pm
Hannah and the Wick Effect, Blurred Sun Band, Shards, Yammerer, Lonesaw, Yank Scally and Bobby West all round out this truly eclectic combination of the GIT blog’s ‘best of 2018’ versus ‘ones to watch 2019’. In the still-fresh Jacaranda Records venue at 40 Seel Street.
Karen Gwyer, Object Blue, Danielle – the White Hotel – 11:59am
A Berlin-style start time for an inspired night featuring five female electronic music artists taking us through the cutting edge of live-set round-the-corner techno and its club-music children.
Mun Sing, Hesska b2b Clemency, Iceboy Violet, BFTT – Aatma – 11pm
Another inspired night of harder electronic music with half of Bristol’s brilliant guitar-pedal-bashing dancefloor-destroyers Giant Swan, Mun Sing, performing live, with some really intriguing artists on the warm-up run-up immediately before.
Sunday 20th January
Redwood, A Burial at Sea, Good Problems, Honeyspider – Sound – 7:30pm
Post-rock, shoegaze, grunge and other shimmering alternative roc k moves all boxed together here in the Duke Street basement venue. A cosy record-release celebration for the headliners, with some skilled Merseyside opening acts beforehand.
Clube do Choro – The Caledonia pub
Friends of the show rattle through their speedy renditions of centuries-old Brazilian jazz-folk – Choro music – in septet format. Led by percussionist Milena Sa of Amile Trio.
Thursday 24th January
Mahler 5 – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall – 7:30pm
Majestic and triumphant, nuanced and roof-raising, while Mahler’s 5th Symphony isn’t typical PMS radio fair, it’s a great opportunity to catch the gateway early modernist composer in his most rousing, accessible and crowd-pleasing best. A series of love letters made into sound. With ‘Classic Intro’ at 6:15pm in the Philharmonic’s Music Room.
Soft Issues, Lonesaw, Prison Behaviour – Drop the DumBulls
Mark Greenwood’s spoken word rhythm box post-punk project (P.B) gives way to sheer power electronics, harsh noise hardcore and a free industrial cult in the North Docks gallery spec.
The PMS team's recommendations as presented on the programme.