Wednesday 4th – Film: Sons Of Norway @ Next To Nowhere 7.30pm
Comedy set in late seventies Norway about teenager Nikolaj learning to rebel via post punk but failing thanks to his encouraging and even-more-rebellious dad. Tragedy hits the family and this coming of age story that “embraces the chaos of life and refuses to offer up easy answers” while emphasising independent thought.
Thursday 5th – BEAK>/The Hysterical Injury @ Arts Club 7pm
Thursday 5th – Amorphic Music Listening Sessions 7.30pm @ Stockroom
Various musicians, performers and DJs will share, try out and discuss new/newly discovered music
Friday 6th – Spine #19
Harpoon - Think warped, broken, polyrhythmic techno, doomy drone-squall, and music concrete textures from Bristol
Alec Tronik & WHXRS
Friday 6th – Athe @ North Shore 10pm til late
SPFDJ / Miley Serious / FAUZIA / Ehua
(high tempos, acid, techno, gqom)
Athe actively promote a safe and inclusive dancefloor
Saturday 7th – Open Culture Winter Arts Market 10am – 7pm
Handmade gifts and crafts. Local & independent.
Sunday 8th – Ponderosa Glee Boys album Launch @ District
Vermin Suicides in support
Sunday 8th – John Colpitts - Man Forever @ Stockroom 5pm
Solo project of founding member of legendary alt rock / noise band Oneida
A musician and composer equally versed in the disparate musical languages of DIY rock, improvisation, and contemporary classical whose music is explorative, innovative and fearless.
Presenting an exclusive masterclass: 'No One Cares' - How the public's indifference can free your creativity.
John Colpitts on composition, improvisation and the creative process.
Followed by a live show.
March 3rd 2020 – Jon Hopkins Bridgewater Hall – Polarity Tour – looking to create some profound moments of stillness. Moving away from electronica and using piano, guitar, violin and cello.
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
Ghost Stories: A Night Opera @ Edge Hill Uni 7.30pm
Moon Duo IWF 7.30pm
Katumba In Toxteth
Boris Bass Rave @ Best Before (Next To Baltic Social)
Pre brexit anti-austerity blowout in collab with Chemtrail Party Mix
DJ Funniest Vines Compilation 2016
DJ Centrist Dad
Deal or No Deal
Simon Jones Chillout Brexit Experience
Bad Eror Lad
Jacob Rees Donk
Fact exhibition launch and afterparty – you feel me_
Birkendread, Gloom Building 6.30pm
Blind Monk at the Spot
Sat 2nd- The Scientist/The Uppercut Band/Kiko Bun (DUB) @ District 9pm
'Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires' (1981) in it’s entirety. Liv DUB from a veteran.
Support acts – roots reggae/dancehall/soul
2nd Athe and Bloom present ANZ Shipping Forecast 10pm
Club night promoting safe and inclusive spaces featuring DJs that are on the independent airwaves like NTS, Melodic Distraction
23rd November Mr Scruff @ 24 Kitchen Street
Melt Banana (new album next year)
Visible Women - ringing together three unique music artists, Visible Women shows off the contemporary talents of Irish singer-songwriters Maz O’Connor, Laura Duff and headliner Lisa O’Neill. Hosting the evening is a bilingual spoken-word artist, broadcaster Ciara Ní É.
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Music Room.
Spine Halloween special - Unstoppable Sweeties Show, LONESAW (Cacophonous industrial post-punk with a grinding electronics carved out by saxophone and guttural vocals), MUSIK BAND (Bringing together the very best of pitch, rhythm and further decisions regards what the sound should sound like). DJ Doc Horror's Haunted House Of Rock (DJ Doc Horror plays records and facilitates your unpopular karaoke choices! 50's n' 60s//punk n' new wave//goff stuff//silliness)MONOMORTE (DJ set).
17 Love Lane.
Real Terms, Vette Brakes, Claire Welles.
Alex Baciu, Bizar, Sill. (minimalist techno)
Meraki, Dickson Street
Snapped Ankles (sold out)
Invisible Wind Factory substation.
Congo Natty (pioneer of Jungle Music in the UK headlining a very intimate show), Run Rizzimz Run, Spektrum.
Meraki, Dickson Street
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
Vic Goddard & The Subway Sect.
81 Renshaw Street.
1st November – Marillion
2 November – Squeeze, Heaven 17 – Liverpool Philharmonic
2 November – Shakespear’s Sister – Liverpool Empire
17th November – Chris Wood – Ullet Road Unitarian Church.
23rd November - Steve Hillage
Thursday 3rd Nihiloxica @ White Hotel, Salford 8pm
Nihiloxica (live) [UG - Nyge Nyge Tapes ]
+ Rian Treanor [UK - Planet MU / Arcola]
The live project Nihiloxica brings together the indigenous percussion group Nilotica Cultural Ensemble, and analogue synths for a hybrid take on traditional Buganda and Busogo sonics from the Kampala region of Uganda, appearing via the esteemed Nyege Nyege Tapes imprint.
Chemtrail Party Mix x Planet Fun: Grooclone/GFOTY/Spinee
Ultra Ironic mashups and daft donks
We Shall Overcome All-Dayer @ 81 Renshaw 1pm – 11pm
In Aid of Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services (LCVS)
Charlie McKeon, Campbell L Sangster amongst may more
Jeff Mills @ IWF. 2pm
One of the biggest names in techno.
Michael Chapman/Nick Ellis @ St Brides Church 7pm
Michael Chapman first became known on the London and Cornish folk circuits in mid-1966. Playing a blend of atmospheric and autobiographical material he established a reputation for intensity and innovation.
Saturday 5th @ Stockroom: Lime (Dancehall & Bashment) 8pm
Sunday 6th Creep Show at arts club
Electronic project that includes John Grant
16th Oct – Daniel Johnston Film screening stockroom 7pm
The Devil and Daniel Johnston is a documentary portraying the life of the cult folk singer. It chronicles his work as an artist and his struggles with mental illness. Using a blend of home movies, Johnston's own audiotapes, vintage performances and footage shot by filmmaker Jeff Feuerzeig, it gives an insight into the life of one of the most unique musicians of the past 30 years.
Monday 9th September
XLodeaX, Falaun, DJ Funniest Vine Compilation – Kazimier Stockroom – 7pm
It's Monday, you're tired, still a bit hungover, WELL Get your socks ready for some mean grinding and silly trash, Coming alll the way from Israhell, the worst band on the planet,
XLodeaX All the way from the same city, the most mediocare band in Liverpool, here to make you second guess the decision to come to this show, Falaun. Also travelling excruciating distances to crush whatever spirits you have left, DJ Funniest Vine Compilation 2016. Whatever time life would be filled with the trashiest after party designed to ensure the feeling of utter disappointment. https://www.facebook.com/events/355606925386242/
Saturday 14th September
Once and Future Band + Ali Horn + Some Bodies – 81 Renshaw – 7:30pm
Formed out of the primordial creative ooze of the San Francisco Bay Area, Oakland’s Once & Future Band released their self-titled LP on John Dwyer’s Castle Face records in 2017, garnering rave reviews from MOJO, Uncut, Modern Drummer and Shindig among other publications and landing a spot on The Wire and The Guardian’s Best of 2017 list. BBC RadioGideon Coe, Jon Hillcock and Marc Riley (whose show they have performed live on multiple times). They’ve made their way across the US and Canada as main support for Tool and Chris Robinson’s “As The Crow Flies” shar the stage with such diverse acts as Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, White Denim, Mild High Club, King Tuff, Dungen, !!!, Battles, Foxygen, Red Fang and Metronomy. They were selected by Flying Lotus and Wire to play their curated festivals. Support comes from Liverpools own Ali Horn who will be playing with his full band. Also on the bill are fellow Funnel artist, the excellent, Some Bodies. *Ali Horn also solo on Friday 18th October, same venue. http://www.81renshaw.co.uk/venue
Free Rock & Roll Festival – Sound Food & Drink – 4pm (same time Sunday 15th, too)
Two days of Garage Rock & Roll, Punk Rock, Ska, Art and Noise: PIZZATRAMP One minute thrash skate noise punk genius from South Wales on TNS / Plasterer Records. BLUE CARPET BAND Dirty Garage Rock & Roll from that London and winners of Vive le Rock Magazine 'Most Punk Band Ever Award' or something like that PETE BENTHAM & DINNER LADIES Free Rock & Roll Festival hosts and the UK's leading/only purveyors of Kitchencore classics on Antipop Records. SALT THE SNAIL Big lads from Widnes, making big noise, having big fun. A proper show. SNAKERATTLERS Out of control trash rock and roll from York with a screaming, wailing brand new take on the rockabilly genre. A lovely couple. SHEEPY Scouse pop punk faves. Get ready for a Ket Party... BOLSHY Riotous 7 piece pushing the boundaries of Ska Punk combining Klezmer/Dub/Metal/Afrobeat. OLD RADIO Scouse Ska Punk favourites, a crusty must for any DIY Fest! THE WASTERS Young punks with a classic 77 sound, recently reformed and with a boss new album. CRAPSONS Two noisy idiots from the Wirral playing snotty and brilliant punk rock. CRASH MATS Idiotic Ska Punk from Oldham, especially for lovers of wrestling and sausage rolls WERECATS Boys and girls from South London playing punk rock tales from the underside of life (and death). What's not to love about these cats? POLY-ESTERS Grunge/Riot Grrrl/Punk from Blackpool, the punk rock capital of the world! SPAM JAVELIN Fast sub-hardcore band from North Wales fond of funny hats, not so fond of Nazi Line Dancers LITTERBUG Punk, Surf, Pop DIY stalwarts from Blackpool, home of Rebellion! IRENE & THE DISAPPOINTMENTS Irresistable melodies and classic pop tunes from Scouse kids reminiscent of Cocteau Twins and maybe Mamas & the Papas. https://www.facebook.com/events/992357077637512/
Siren ~ A Party With Athe – Kazimier Stockroom – 10pm
From the South West of the country, Siren is an all-womxn DJ and production crew making a welcome city debut with like minds at Athe. An eclectic bill that also sees Sybil from Berlin, and Jay from London with genre going out the window and beyond techno and post-punk and ambiance high as it gets on the agenda. https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1296410
Thursday 19th September
Aimee Steven, Tee + Galileo Girl – 81 Renshaw – 7:30pm
An eclectic line-up graces the September edition of The Bido Lito! Social with rising stars AIMÉE STEVEN, TEE and GALILEO GIRL on the line-up. Taking place at treasured venue 81 Renshaw, the Bido Lito! Social is our chance to welcome the latest issue of the magazine into the bosom of Liverpool’s music community. Everyone is welcome whether you’re a reader of the magazine, a contributor, or just want to experience the best in new local music. Aimee Steven recently impressed at LIMF and is featured in this month’s Spotlight section. Spoken word artist Tee was recently announced as a LIMF Academy Most Ready artist while Galileo Girl (the solo project Seatbelts’ keyboardist Abi Dot) is winning fans left and right with her idiosyncratic sound. http://www.81renshaw.co.uk/venue
Friday 20th September
Claire Welles, Benjamin D. Duvall, JC Leisure, Jezebel – 17 Love Lone – 7pm
SPINE invites you to the newly repurposed 17 Love Lane - located in a disused railway storage tunnel - for an packed bill of sound art, experimental pop, and industrial ritual noise. Benjamin D. Duvall
EXPERIMENTAL//ELECTROACOUSTIC//LVP Founding member of prepared guitar ensemble Ex Easter Island Head & Strangways performs a solo set of brand new material. Claire Welles SYNTH POP//EXPERIMENTAL POP//LVP One of Liverpool’s finest underground provocateurs. Fiercely singular in her approach to music yet with a musical nous you simply can’t teach. A long history of recording music, Claire has straddled almost every musical styling yet imbues her music with a rich melodic tendency which makes her experimental pop ease into your being over time. If you let it. JC Leisure EXPERIMENTAL//TAPE LOOPS//DRONE Tape Droneology from Pale Master's Jake Mascis
JEZEBEL EXPERIMENTAL//NOISE//POP//LVP Mother of MAL, skronk-queen of LONESAW, soundscape dreamer of DOGHEAD; JEZEBEL's influence can be found all over Liverpool's experimental noise and sound art scene. Having already released two tracks this year, her solo performance will be an open invitation to her world where rituals and the macabre meet; treading the line between pop music and industrial noise. LOW BRAIDS: DIGITIZE//DEATH//LVP A debut performance from the vocalist of LONESAW. Embodying live electro-acoustic and electronica performance art, the piece transforms death, reanimation, and rebirth into digitized cacophony. https://www.facebook.com/events/2432838990319373/
Friday 27th September
Alexander Tucker + Silvia Battista – Kazimier Stockroom – 7:30pm
Capable of creating immense sounds on such a grand scale that it is astounding to realize that it is (mostly) all the work of just one man. There is a distinct otherworldliness to his art. Psychedelic without ever resorting to tropes of the genre, it’s the subtle thread connecting every aspect of his output, from the vibrant and hypnotic avant-pop of Grumbling Fur, his duo with Daniel O’Sullivan, to extended drone collaborations with Charlemagne Palestine and Stephen O’Malley, to his beautiful yet strangely unnerving paintings and comics. The unknown explored in his visual art was adventurously traveled on “Don’t Look Away” (Thrill Jockey, 2018) where the music, lyrics, and artwork all worked in tandem to conjure a universe that felt as fantastical and mysterious as familiar and warm. “Guild of the Asbestos Weaver”, his new album, due August 23rd on Thrill Jockey captures Tucker’s boundless vision as a composer. In focusing on the more arcane aspects of his sound, and giving individual ideas and motifs more space to grow and evolve, Alexander Tucker has made his most immersive and intoxicating music yet. https://www.skiddle.com/e/13591751/
Saturday 28th September
Charlie McKeon + Ben Burke + ‘Passing Tides’ screening – 81 Renshaw – 7:30pm
Nothingville return to 81 Renshaw with there second 'Something & Nothing' event. Once again it will prove to be an eclectic evening of top Quality Performances. As well as Charlie McKeon & Ben Burke there will be a screening of 'Passing Tides', a short film by Roisin Burns featuring Bill Ryder-Jones. http://www.81renshaw.co.uk/venue
Thursday 3rd October
Nihiloxica & Rian Treanor – The White Hotel (Salford) – 7pm
The live project Nihiloxica brings together the indigenous percussion group Nilotica Cultural Ensemble, and analogue synths for a hybrid take on traditional Buganda and Busogo sonics from the Kampala region of Uganda, appearing via the esteemed Nyege Nyege Tapes imprint. https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1300782
Motionhouse: Wild – Hinterlands – 7:30pm
Following on from the huge success of BLOCK at River Festival 2019, Motionhouse present their daring new outdoor production WILD for LEAP Festival. The performance explores our disconnect with the natural environment and asks if, in our increasingly urban lives, the wild is still shaping our behaviour? Where do we belong? Do we choose to survive as a lone wolf or engage with the pack and the tribe? Integrating dynamic choreography, acrobatic movement and hand-to-hand partnering, WILD will be staged atop an urban forest of industrial scaffolding inside the Baltic’s new Hinterlands space, in a breathtaking show for audiences of all ages. Motionhouse are a global touring production company, known for their stunning dance-circus and large-scale performances. The company’s Artistic Director Kevin Finnan was Choreographer and Movement Director of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. With a DJ set by local electronic producer and frequent dance-realm collaborator, M T Hall. https://www.mdi.org.uk/events/motionhouse-wild/ https://www.artinliverpool.com/major-outdoor-spectacle-to-launch-leap-festival-2019/
Thursday 10th October
Ibibio Sound Machine – Invisible Wind Factory – 7pm
One for the Popular Music Show’s outward-looking heads, ISM are fronted by the captivating Nigerian singer Eno Williams. “A clash of African electronic elements inspired in equal measure by West African funk & disco and modern post-punk & electro” https://www.skiddle.com/e/13502893/
Sunday 13th October
The Dinner Ladies Album Launch – All Ages Afternoon Punk Show – Studio 2 Parr St. – 2pm
The Dinner Ladies plus guests present an afternoon all ages punk show to celebrate the release of their new album 'England's Up For Sale' on Antipop Records. Get the new album at the gig or from www.antipoprecords.co.uk. £5 OTD. Under 12's go free. Special guests... BRATAKUS Amazing Riot Grrrls from Scotland on Screaming Babies Records. More special guests to be announced!
Friday 18th October
RP Boo + DJ Lag + Zuli + Shannen SP – The White Hotel – 23:59pm
Project 13 Manchester presents an artist we’ve had on the show a bunch: footwork/juke experimenter RP Boo, along with ‘Gqom king’ DJ Lag, the producer and DJ at the forefront of Durban/Johannesburg bass-heavy music genre gqom. Shannen SP’s recent output has also been formidable, and the line-up sees a MCR debut for Zuli with a live set as well. https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1300844
Sonic Yootha Scalloween – 24 Kitchen Street – 9pm
The fourth Halloween SY party, announced at the end of last year so likely to be as full of fun and bodies as possible. The go-to gathering point for those on the outside of everything else, every time.
Saturday 19th October
Roy Ayers – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
After two years we’re overjoyed to invite back vibraphone sensation, and one of the best-known, most loved and respected jazz / R&B artists in the world, Roy Ayers back to Liverpool. Now in his sixth decade in the music business, Ayers, known as the Godfather of Neo-soul, continues to bridge the gap between generations of music lovers. A conceptional artist of the golden times, Roy Ayers has indeed stood the test of time. skiddle.com/e/13629145
Robyn Hitchcock – Capstone Theatre – 7:30pm
Robyn Hitchcock is one of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician's musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock's father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).
Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums as well as starred in Storefront Hitchcock an in-concert film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme.
Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as ‘paintings you can listen to’. His most recent album is self-titled and marks his 21st release as a solo artist. Released on April 21 2017, the album was produced by Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs) and Hitchcock describes it as an "ecstatic work of negativity with nary a dreary groove."
Friday 25th October
Snapped Ankles – IWF Substation – 7pm
Repeato-rock from the trees, it’ll be good to have this London lot back in town with their motorik rhythms and home-made log-synths.
Saturday 26th October
Vic Godard & The Subway Sect + The Ronco Pop-O-Matics – 81 Renshaw – 7:30pm
Formed to play at the 100 Club "punk festival" in 1976, Vic Godard's Subway Sect shot beyond punk – their music a testament to the liberating ethos of the movement. Respected, and deservedly so, Godard (actually Napper) has been a career postman more than he has been a career musician, a fact you might attribute to Subway Sect's early days – when all but Vic were sacked from the band by their manager – but which he has turned to his creative advantage. As a great new comp, 30 Odd Years, amply demonstrates, his music has covered tuneful garage post-punk to existential crooning and witty jazz, his mode an inspirational reconciling of opposites. A dandyish character, Godard has more in common with Edwyn Collins (he sang back-up on A Girl Like You) than Joe Strummer, and he remains ahead of a time that would do well to catch him up. http://www.81renshaw.co.uk/venue
Thursday 31st October
The Festival of Great Britain (and Northern Ireland) – The White Hotel
Likely following on from their utterly unique ‘call in sick’ events, TWH’s in-house crew presents an alternative Samhain, a Britquit party placating us with a “Don’t worry, it’s in our hands”. And so we place full trust in the team on Halloween and supposed ‘brexit day’… Free entry and very probably a fascinating mix-media night currently ‘under wraps’. https://thewhitehotel.club
Saturday 16th November
The Blue Orchids – 81 Renshaw – 7:30pm
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. http://www.81renshaw.co.uk/venue
Giant Swan – The White Hotel – 23:59
Not to be missed live quasi-improvised hard dance music coming out of a hardware and guitar pedals techno persuasion. Dis Fig and Hesska + Clemency well worth showing up early enough for, too. https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1300859
Saturday 7th December
Vetiver – 81 Renshaw – 7:30pm
Vetiver is the long-running stage and recording name of San Francisco's Andy Cabic. 'Up On High' is his seventh studio album and the first since 2015. Vetiver has toured around the world on headline tours and supporting artists that include Wilco, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Beach House, Bob Weir & Phil Lesh, and Vashti Bunyan. Vetiver craft nuanced, understated songs that reward careful listening, building a rich duality; a space where sunshine is only a chord away from melancholy, an introspective lyric underlies an extroverted chorus and subtlety tries to be outgoing in an effort to connect the dots of life’s ellipsis. http://www.81renshaw.co.uk/venue
Wednesday 4th September
Mythos: A Trilogy by Stephen Fry Gods / Heroes / Men
One of the world’s greatest storytellers, telling the world’s greatest stories. In this trilogy of plays, Stephen Fry takes to the stage in the company of the Greek gods, heroes and men whose gripping tales still echo today. Laugh-out loud funny, mind-blowing and often personal, Mythos is a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the icon himself. Gods charts the creation of the Cosmos and the primordial deities; the splendidly bloody interbreeding and family feuding that led to the rise of the Olympians - Zeus, Hera, Apollo, Athena, Hermes and the rest; and the creation of Humankind.
Thursday 5th September
Gintis, Inhaler Collective, Bandit, Pelican Band – Phase One – 7pm
A large ensemble, Inhaler Collective seem to be a coming together of myriad new wave of Liverpool jazz world heads, and Pelican Band strike an interesting-sounding chord with their notion of ‘Everly Brothers meets Mercury Rev’. Always an affordable gathering of live music souls at the Get Into This ‘Deep Cuts’ events, this being gig number 29.
Friday 6th September
Mahler with Wine – Philharmonic Music Room – 6pm
Conductor Clark Rundell will pick a selection of extracts from his favourite Mahler symphonies to listen to in the Music Room (it has fantastic acoustics!). Clark will discuss the works and then we’ll sample wines and cheeses chosen for each piece by Clark and Kevin Rooney from Enotria & Coe wine importers. Join us for a feast for all the senses!
Saturday 7th September
Bye Louis Ana Mae, News From Neptune & Douglas Savage – Kazimier Stockroom – 7pm
Music, visual art and community spirit as Emotion Wave releases the debut EP from Bye Louis, ‘The Same Boy’. “A record about love, friendship, animals, and trying to find meaning in the mundane.”
Wednesday 11th September
Lydia Lunch presents Verbal Burlesque – The Kings Arms (Salford) – 7:30pm
A night of spoken word and music with the legendary ‘Queen of No Wave’ Lydia Lunch at the helm. Companion acts for the evening include Slow Knife, Louise Woodcont, and Zim Zum. Worth the trip. Very limited capacity with just 50 spots available, get onto it quickly if yr a fan.
Thursday 12th September
Spine 14: Knifedoutofexistence, Mal, Les Croisières Dolori, V:X – Kazimier Stockroom – 7pm
Industrial-ish, ritualistic, otherworldly music from France, Brighton, and further afield metaphysically as the Spine crew host two touring acts plus formidable Liverpool-based opening acts.
Friday 13th September
It’s For Us, Double Echo, New Haunts, Oh Well Goodbye, Claire Welles – Sound – 7pm
Post-punk, perfect goth and home pop aplenty and all together in this happening happening!
Sunday 15th September
Tashi Wada Group ft. Julia Holter & Corey Foley – Soup Kitchen (Manchester) – 7pm
LA-based composer Tashi Wada brings his brilliant touring ensemble featuring absolute favourite Julia Holter and percussionist Corey Fogel. Look out for the upcoming release on PMS fixture label Rvng Intl.
Looking ahead: Friday 27th September
Disabled Instrumental Years – The Brain Charity – 7pm
An evening of music written by local jazz artist Mark Jones that has come about, has arisen from, and concerns his experience of living with a brain tumour, featuring a live band bringing his recently-recorded album to life. A concert in aid of The Brain Charity, this takes place at their premises on Norton Street, L3 8LR.
PMS Gig Guide Monday 26th August 2019
SisBis vs Boogaloo DJs – Phase One – 6pm
Giovanna of SisBis and Jack Tilston from Boogaloo go toe-to-toe in the Ropewalks record shop turned cosey club until the small hours.
The Jubilee Stompers – Phase One – 8pm
Dragging listeners and on-lookers back through the ages to the likes of Duke Ellingotn, Fletcher Henderson, and Bix Beiderbecke, this cohort of 5 or so players is on hot form, with two horns and a singing rhythm section.
Merseyside Improvisers Orchestra – Kazimier Stockroom – 8:30pm
This month a workshop takes place privately before a performance to the public (so arrive in good time if you intend on taking part), featuring Liverpool luminaries such as Michael Metcalfe, Ged Barry, Phil Morton and Nick Branton.
Tess Parks – Phase One – 7:30pm
Toronto native Parks is known for her split-header records with Anton Newcombe (he of Brian Jonestown Massacre), and here steps out on her own, touting ‘hippified psychedelia’ and making a more than capable frontperson with backing band.
We Are All Trees ‘Reincarnated’ – Fell Foot Wood – all weekend from 1pm
This woodland in Newby Bridge near Ulverston hosted for many years a series of small-capacity ‘happenings’ with a decent atmosphere and inclusive, ritual-y feel. They’re back after a spell off, hopefully quashing their midnight-music curfew this time! Local-ish acts such as Water and The Bear Around Your Neck make the trek up to the start of the Lake District for what will be a deep trip.
King Yellowman – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
A pioneer of dancehall reggae brought to the Baltic Triangle by the Positive Vibration crew along with Yellowman’s Sagittarius Band.
Deerhoof – Gorilla (Manchester) – 7:30pm
The best guitar band in the world: from hyper-expressive instrumental musicianship (notably in drummer Greg Saunier and the current double-lead-guitar line-up) to the understated, muted fronting from bassist/singer Satomi, Deerhoof have a tireless work ethic and too many great records to list. Rock done well with fun and high high energy.
FRIDAY 13th September
King Khan’s Louder Than Death – The Zanzibar – 7:30pm
A show that gets its turn on the road some 13 years in the making, Louder Than Death is a bit of an In The Red records supergroup, featuring he of The Shrines, and BBQ, messr King Khan. The night also marks a welcome return to the Go-Go Cage, Liverpool out-rock promotional stronghold. Prep for grim overstated / overstimulated garage’roll set to deliver high frequency hearing loss and all.
WEDNESDAY 18th September
The Ex 40th Anniversary Tour – The Deaf Institute (Manchester) – 7pm
A still-vital group from the original post-punk and subsequent euro-squat boom, The Ex remain a thrilling live prospect and an adventurous category-defying group of skilled instrument-deconstructing friends. Guitar, bass, drums, etc, but unpacked in a fascinating and informed way.
SATURDAY 23rd November
Richard Dawson – Studio2 Parr Street – 8pm
Transcendental stuff from the unmissable, timeless songwriter and singer. In true PMS style Richard Dawson’s music defies immediate categorisation but comes out of a background in free improvisation by way of a one-person folk storytelling revivalism. Always profound and frequently moving. Shh – keep him a secret!
The PMS team's recommendations as presented on the programme.