The Spirit of Liverpool – VideOdyssey & other venues – 11-19 May
“Reclaiming women’s histories through film” is the aim and tag-line of this week-long film festival showing some fascinating documentaries, shorts, and feature films across various alternative make-shift cinemas around Liverpool. ‘Liverpool Women United’ at Kitty’s Launderette (Monday 13th) and Welcome II The Terrordome at VideOdyssey (Saturday 18th) both stand out as good excuses to get off the sofa.
Crack Cloud – Shipping Forecast – 7:30pm
Angular, sharp and spiky post-punk that is well-honed here by Canadian revolving-door group – the band bills itself as a ‘mixed media collective’ “modelled around harm reduction philosophy… a rehabilitative outlet for a revolving cast of multi-disciplinary artists across Canada.” Support comes from on-a-roll locals Yammerer and unknown knowns NOV3L. A tip of the hat to Harvest Sun for further expanding their remit when booking interesting and intriguing guitar music in our city.
Neil Campbell’s Tabula Rasa Suite – Parish Church – 1pm
Especially for World Meditation Day, the meticulous local solo guitarist presents his ‘pastoral suite’ in a lunch-time concert setting at the heart of L2. Free entry and finished by 2pm.
Writing on the Wall / Where are we now 2019: Peter Tatchell – Leaf – 7pm
Arrested and detained in 2018 for a one-man protest in Moscow against the state of LGBTQIA+ rights in Russia, Peter Tatchell delivers a keynote speech in response to the current state of the global movement for LGBTQIA+ rights.
https://www.wowfest.uk/ / https://www.writingonthewall.org.uk/
Byenary – Sound Food & Drink – 7pm
Queercore noise punks from Brighton, Byenary are joined by Bitch Hunt from London, Piss Kitti from Liverpool, and scousers Q-Folk for a night of LGBTQ-friendly rioting.
J Mascis – Arts Club Theatre – 7pm
For the un-initiated, J Mascis functions as one of the grunge originators and is a master of under/overstated guitar playing. Stepping out solo away from his much-adored alternative rock power trio Dinosaur Jr, this is a re-scheduled date from January this year, with lauded recent record ‘Elastic Days’ still providing the basis of the material for his live sets. Opening act is country-folk tinged independent Philadelphia artist Rosali.
Light Night – everywhere – 5pm until late
Starting as the best opportunity to visit the city’s museums and galleries outside of regular hours – and enjoy the party spirit that comes with evening revelry around such spots – Light Night has grown into a huge city centre celebration for all ages, tastes and persuasions. Starting at 5pm, almost every cultural institution, big or small, will be opening their doors until around 9pm. Highlights are hard to choose in this larger-than-ever-before programme, but our picks would obviously include the Ritual of Retail series – music for shops, commissioned by us at PMS – plus the goings-on around the Anglican Cathedral and Albert Dock with provide dramatic, drop-in performances. Cave Raves at UoL, Spanish Inquisition at Central Library, a Wicker Woman in the Georgian Quarter, and Anti-Microbial Avengers all await, in this year’s far-reaching programme.
Full listings from this wonderful calendar highlight courtesy of Open Culture, here on their site:
And for our commission - http://lightnightliverpool.co.uk/whats-on/music-for-shopping/
Electric Six – Arts Club (Theatre) – 7pm
The world’s favourite disco-punk band has sold out this headline gig! Only seems like a month ago they were playing the Zanzibar or a tiny place on Renshaw Street. Kudos.
The Bevis Frond – Shipping Forecast – 7:30pm
First gig in Liverpool for two decades from these underground songsters, the Bevis Frond are an oft-referenced psychedelic group, and act as heroes to the likes of Teenage Fanclub and Elliott Smith (who both covered their material in the past).
Space Jamz: Isocore – Smithdown Social Club – 6pm
Fantastic use of a long-time out-of-service community centre, Space Jamz have been revivifying what was once known as south liverpool’s conservative club, with family-friendly electronic music boogies on intermittent weekend nights throughout this year. Each of these events acts as a fundraiser for what will soon become Smithdown Road’s go-to hanging out place. Worthy cause, well worth sticking one’s head in if they’re nosey about the rejuvenation of the Penny Lane area in particular.
Murad Ali & Kousic Sen – Capstone Theatre – 1pm
Presented her for a sarangi and table matinee recital, maestro Murad Ali will be performing alongside percussion master Kousic Sen in this concert of stunning melodies and rhythmic beats.
Murad Ali is a sixth generation sarangi player, having begun his musical journey at the age of 10. Alongside his classical training, he has also participated in cross-cultural and experimental musical endeavours. Murad is an award-winning musicians who has played in venues across the world.
A ‘Music for the Mind and Soul’ concert would not be complete without tabla favourite, Kousic Sen. The master drummer from Kolkata is known globally for his world-class percussion skills and he is one of the most sought after accompanists.
Looking ahead: Tuesday 28th May
KRS-One – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
A massively influential figure in hip-hop and not one to shun gigs in the North West of England, ‘the Teacher’ is in town to deliver a rap lecture.
Music Memes – Kaleidoscope Quartet - https://www.lukedanielsmusic.com/musicmeme
Led by Luke Daniels (UK, Accordion), with Rihab (Syria, Oud), Zi Lan (Liverpool, Chinese Harp), Abel Selacoe (South Africa, Cello). New journeys with strong, rootsy collaborations.
Four sets of four concerts. Luke Daniels will play duet concerts with each collaborator and quartet concerts. (May-June)
Folk music from the British Isles, China, Syria and South Africa
The Venues – The Phil, The Atkinson, The Citadel, The Met in Bury
MusicMeme app – audiences sample the concerts and submit remixes that will then be performed at the final concerts at each venue.
Wed 1st May – Smithdown Road Festival – Over Four Weekends – Supporting Whitechapel Centre.
Craft Taproom – Handyman Brewery 3rd May – RONGORONGO, Double Echo, Lonesaw, Claire Welles
1st May – The Liquid Club #4: The Sound of Culture @ The Caledonia 6.30pm
Discussion event that focusses on the role that diaspora and technology have played in the development and consumption of music, drawing from Louis Onuorah Chude-Sokei's The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics (2016)
Thurs 2nd May – Emotion Wave @ Constellations 8pm
Spirit Level/Professor Khaos/Mark Lawless/Ben Sleia
Fri 3rd May – Manchester Collective: Goldberg Variations (BACH) IWF 8pm
90 minutes of variations from one aria, one of the most important examples of the form.
Rakhi Singh - violin
Ruth Gibson - viola
Bart LaFollette - cello
Sun 5th May – Irvine Welsh DJs at The Merchant
7th May -Rakhi Singh and Vessel/Singh Quartet at RNCM 8pm
Performing contemporary collaborative work inspired by Janaceks’s string quartet Intimate Letters.
24th May - Gaika @ Kitchen Street
Artist, Writer. Gothic danchall and industrial electronics/ghettofuturism
Wrote a piece for DAZED criticising the Met Police’s decision to crack down on Drill music in 2018
User Not Found – Leaf – 6pm
It’s the moment of your death. There’s a magic button. Do you delete your entire online legacy?
Or do you keep it – and leave the choice for someone else?
USER NOT FOUND is about our digital identities after we die. The show is performed in Leaf café: audience members receive a smartphone and a pair of headphones and are immersed in one man’s story as he’s faced with keeping or deleting his partner’s online existence. A story of contemporary grief unfolds through this intimate, funny performance that gently interrogates our need for connection.
Lowkey – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
As mentioned in previous gig guides, our pick here pits the back-from-hiatus Iraqi/British hiphop MC Lowkey (known for collaborations with socially conscious “black Shakespeare” Akala and fierce freestyles live on radio) against the opening backdrop of Farsi-speaking grime artist Tardast (of geographically disparate collective #Manteq). Lowkey returns to the live arena after time out to focus on studies and activism, while Tardast’s Persian-language flow over off-kilter experimental production provides a glimpse of what’s just around the corner in terms of contemporary world sonics of the rap genus. Also supporting will be London-based Eritrean rapper Awate, touring his own old skool hiphop flavoured and highly politicised recent record ‘Happiness’.
Furrow Collective – Philharmonic Music Room – 8pm
Again a highlight from earlier programmes, English/Scotch four-piece traditional music group Furrow Collective bring their interpretations of ancient songs from our island to a seated and attentive audience in this ideally intimate setting. As well as us being fans of the project here on the Popular Music Show, the Furrow Collective were awarded 'Best Group' at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017.
Stock Footage, Vice Moth – Kazimier Stockroom – 7:30pm
A rare re-union as Joe McLaughlin (of Kling Klang, The International, Part Chimp and several others) makes the return trip back to Liverpool (from NYC) for a brief spell including this reformation gig. Stock Footage is headed up by Joe and can only be described as a Liverpool underground garage rock super-group. Other members come from brilliant Merseyside-made projects such as Chinsniffer; Horsebast*rd; Zombina & the Skeletones; and a.P.A.t.T.; and Stock Footage’s shows are always a fairly OTT semi-theatrical anti-spectacle of the kind you’d expect to be dreamt up on the way back from a pub. Expect a slice of current affairs to be cut through with biting wit (previous outings have had frontman Golden Tony put through a T-Pain style autotuner, and used phone interview recordings of Paul Gascoigne as the basis for an entire set’s worth of music). Taking time out from their other commitments – such as celebrating the release of Stealing Sheep album number three, and kindly working closely with the programme in and out of Germanager guise – is Emily Lansely and Alex Germains as Vice Moth, an electronic improvised duo. Ben Duvall of Ex-Easter Island Head provides between-act tunes. Part comedy, part drama, all worth checking out in this new Kaz setting.
Dig Vinyl 5th birthday: Yammerer, Samurai Kip, Good Problems – Kazimier Garden / Stockroom – 6pm
Bido Lito is helping out local record shop Dig Viny celebrate their five years in the city centre in the throwing of this big old knees up. Indoors are three popping local acts: grunge pop LIPA grads Good Problems, local indie press darlings Samurai Kip, and a turbo charged Can/LCD Soundsystem hybrid in the form of a wild-man-fronted Yammerer. Outside there’s DJ sets from Melodic Distraction, Beers for Queers’ Linster Sangster, Nightdubbing and of course the taste-makers and –breakers at Dig Vinyl themselves. A suitably eclectic social for the broad-shoulder’d music emporium.
Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge presents the Midnight Hour – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
In another moment of sure-fire hiphop legend appearances in our town, the teams responsible for putting Liverpool on the map in terms of these kinds of bookings – BamBamBam, Madnice Marauders, and those at 24KS itself – this time welcome A Tribe Called Quest’s production mastermind Ali Shaheen Muhammad, and fellow next-generation studio wizz Adrian Younge down for a night of jazzy, R’n’B inflected golden-age rap reminiscence. They’re accompanied on this tour by a nine-piece brass and string band to breathe new life into the already invigorated work together, including their acclaimed score for streaming hit Luke Cage.
Malena Zavala - Sound Basement - 7:30pm
Argentinian artist and producer influenced by psychedelic guitar players.
Nkisi, Bryn – Best Before – 10pm
Wunderkind upstarts Athe (deity-figure-influenced DJs and extreme music fans Nina Franklin and Lea Ben Said) have booked Congolese/Belgian ‘hard music’ maker Nkisi to play an extended set of her own gabba and doomcore inspired dark electronic music. Opening up the night is the city’s very own ‘Heavy Metal DJ’ and industrial grime music regurgitator, Bryn.
DJ Sprinkles – 24 Kitchen Street – 10pm
Yet another exciting bit of programming from the in-house Wonder Pot stable, DJ Sprinkles is the stage alias of utterly intriguing dance music activist, public speaker and producer Terre Thaemlitz, known for their outspoken politicisation of the dancefloor as a rightfully and inherently queer space. Should prove a fascinating night of mixology, too, with a live set from Meine Nacht’s head honcho Breakwave and Daniel Ruane, who both recently celebrated the launch of a record label with the release of the latter’s debut dubplate. Part of Rise Liverpool – a city-wide program celebrating extraordinary female artists, thinkers and leaders.
The Specials – Olympia – 7pm
Touring new LP 'Encore', the 2-tone Ska greats head to the illustrious Kensington theatre with The Tuts in tow.
Looking ahead: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June
Africa Oye – Sefton Park – 12:30pm onwards until 9:30pm
Certifiable hero of Jamaican music and a timely, poignant choice as Oye’s Windrush Day pick, Horace Andy headlines the weekend celebration of Afro-Saxon lineage in Liverpool. Other highlighted selections would have to include Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda – who have worked with PMS favourite Arab-world electronica producer Ammar 808 – alongside hugely celebrated Belize big band Garifuna Collective.
Tirzah – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
Modern experimental soul singer Tirzah makes her city debut in the Baltic area, performing material from her highly acclaimed 2018 record ‘Devotion’, a stripped-back emotive slice of swung R’n’B produced by national treasure and contemporary Mica Levi. A surefire hit.
Schande, Careering, Good Grief, Mean Jean – Outpost – 7pm
Post-hardcore fix for the week provided by San Franciscan riff wraiths Schande and 3 more crews from UK.
The Good, The Bad, and The Queen – O2 Academy – 7:30pm
This slightly dumbfounding ‘alternative rock supergroup’ pegs Afrobeat Godfather Tony Allen (on drums) against Paul Simonon of the Clash, Damon Album of Blur, and the guitar/keyboardist from The Verve, Simon Tong. The result is a multi-meter exercise in groove and theatrical storytelling that sits more comfily alongside Gorillaz and Allen’s post-Fela Kuti work than any of the more conventional Britpop projects one might imagine this to drift towards. A pretty weird all-star show that caught attention last month at the 6 Music Festival – back for a second helping.
Girli, Ashnikko, The Difference, Charity Shop Pop – The Zanzibar Club – 7pm
Child of the PC Music ‘extreme pop’ moment, Girli has graduated from that school and is touring her bratty, brash, bubblegum punk LP ‘Odd One Out’.
Hunjoo Jung, ISO, Jezebel, Nick Branton – Factory Kitchen – 8pm
Wunderkinds of the truly underground sounds for our city, Spine host regular noisy soirees in some of Liverpool’s cosiest environs (as frequently mentioned on the show for their post-industrial figurative torch-carrying tendencies and abilities). Headlining this iteration of their intense excursions is South Korean ‘digital noise’ artist Hunjoo Jung (now Germany-based). ISO combine found-sound with sound design. Jezebel sees the first solo outing of scene saxophonist, synth-player and screamer Jez test the crowd with sound art. And Nick Branton comes to show his free improv skills to the petite, attentitve audience. Support all these people as they’re cultivating the next gen of challenging, locally-sourced noise’n’music.
Sonic Yootha – 24 Kitchen Street – 9pm
The 39th edition of the ultimate club night for every body in Liverpool…
Idlewild – Grand Central Hall – 7pm
Good Friday greets the Scotch rockers, should you fancy your indie of yesteryear over this long weekend.
Constellations’ 5th Birthday – Constellations – 10am / all weekend
With just one year left at their current premises, the creative team behind the Baltic area’s greatest (outdoor) success story mark the occasion by taking over the turntables and getting all the friends they’ve made since inception to take turns doing the same. A come and go as you please, toast the team in their grand garden type of affair. Here’s to the next great thing for the grassroots art, culture and music scene that this lot turn their hands to.
Sink The Pink – Camp & Furnace – 9pm
London’s premier touring drag show and entertainment gesamtkunstwerkhouse finally makes a stop in our good city, and the town is ready for it. The theme is ‘When I Grow Up’ – so expect childhood fantasies writ large amongst a celebration of pop music across the ages, and an array of fabulous scene-stealing spectacles. This is the country’s best version of the all-singing, all-dancing drag party.
Antoine Boyer plays Django Reinhardt – Philharmonic Music Room – 8pm
Accompanied by a rhythm guitarist and upright bassist, this ought to be a real tour-de-gypsy jazz force for Antoine’s ninth tour in a row.
Music for the Jilted Generation (CALM fundraiser) – 24 Kitchen Street – 10pm
A celebration of the life and music of The Prodigy’s front-man Keith Flint, who sadly passed away last month.
Micachu, Coby Sey, Brother May – The White Hotel – 10pm
Mica Levi and friends present a new roving club concept, CURL. Hear the trio guide revellers into the early hours with a woozy take on bass culture.
Looking ahead: Tuesday 23rd April – Lowkey – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
British/Iraqi MC comes back from time away spent on activism and his studies to re-ignite his socially conscious hip-hop fire. Firebrand local support comes from Anfield-based Iranian Grime artist Tardast – well worth checking out.
+ Furrow Collective – Philharmonic Music Room – 8pm
Folk favourites of the show, expect good helpings of traditional songs from Scotland and England.
Friday 17th May – Light Night: Ritual – everywhere in Liverpool – from 5pm
Stand by for our commission working with local musicians to put unusual music in unusual places…
The Deportees – Phase One (Jacaranda Records) – 7:30pm
Playing original material here for ParrJazz, the Deportees consists of six members of Liverpool’s improvisation-led, bar-backroom-based rhythm, blues and everything else players, variously hailing from Iran, the US, Spain, and the UK – so sure to bring a heady mix of “America’s classical music” (that’s jazz in this case) and avant-garde soloing. Attendance also comes with the chance to win a record of choice from the shopfront that this gig takes place in.
Droves, Gay Panic Defence & Chinsniffer – Drop the DumBulls – 8pm
In this week’s powergrind news, local machine-heavy but guitar-free noise ‘mutants’ Chinsniffer play host to two fast (and fun) anti-fascist Scots hardcore bands. Noubt better to punctuate one’s week than with a trip to this tip of the subgenre iceberg. And not to worry: GPD are on the correct side of herstory.
Deep Cuts Away Day – The Arts Centre (EHU) – 7:30pm
The Get Into This team descend on the Edge Hill University with Liverpool-ish picks like Charity Shop Pop along for the ride.
Mahan Esfahani + Ensemble 10/10 & Jon Small – St. George’s Hall Concert Room – 7:30pm
A harpsichord concerto recital as interesting performer and personality Esfahani continues his residency with the Phil. Repertoire includes a world premiere of ‘Composer in Association’ Gary Carpenter’s piece ‘Mondrian’, plus Henri Dutilleux’s ‘Les Citations’, and Hindemith’s ‘Octet’. Intimate, profound, and little bit brilliant in its revivalism.
BBC Music Introducing with Queen Zee & others – Cavern Club – 7:45pm
The Mysterines, Zuzu, and Red Rum Club join – in our minds anyway – the 6 Music Festival headliners Queen Zee, hosted and introduced by Tom Robinson and Dave Monks.
SPQR, Ohmns + P*ss Kitti – Arts Club – 7pm
Also forming part of the 6 Music Festival Fringe, local punks go at it in the former Masque loft.
Lucrecia Dalt, Silvia Kastel, Teresa Winter – The White Hotel – 8pm
This Salford venue’s name pops up again, this time making way for excellent Colombian sound artist and spoken word performer Lucrecia Dalt, whose recent music appears on a label we like, Rvng Intl. and can be described as tectonically shifting, out-loud questioning, and deep diving and excavating.
Threshold Festival – Jamaica Street / Baltic Area – 7pm (until Sunday midnight)
Returning after a year off to round up all the Merseyside live acts one never knew existed; our showstopper to watch at this would certainly be Paddy Steer. Full details of billing, here: https://thresholdfestival.co.uk/
BBC 6 Music Festival Fringe Eggy Records Showcase – Sound Food and Drink – 8pm
One highlight from this round-up of local characters would be Eyesore and the Jinx, a tight and taught, wiry and angular garage rock group. Other doo-gooders would include Ana Mae, and Dan Disgrace, seasoned six-sting-slingers and songsmiths of the locally-cultivated bendy bedroom pop genus. Full details of the Festival and its Fringes, by day and by night, on: bbc.co.uk/6music
Bob Log III – Phase One – 7pm
King of the booze’n’blues one-man-band thing and a regular favourite year after year, slide guitar player Bob Log is always a riot. Helped in his cause this evening by opening acts Stompin Thompson, Krank Williams, and the good people at The Go Go Cage and No Fun.
Immix Ensemble’s Dream Makers – Hope Uni Senate Room – 7:30pm
Adapted works for an extended edition of this much loved, Liverpool-based and mostly-bred contemporary classical troupe, it’s an outing to mark the 50 years since the first lunar landing. Collaborators this time include Emma Papper, Freya Hellier, Andrew Hunt, and Steve Davismoon with Sadie Smith & Chatsworth Community College. Part of the Angel Field Festival at Hope’s creative campus. Full details: http://www.thecapstonetheatre.com/whatson/angel-field-festival-immix-ensemble---dream-makers.html
6 Music Festival Fringe: Parr Street – Studio 2 – 7:30pm
Cosmic scousers Peach Fuzz play last, though Gazelle Twin and Ali Horn providing the interest.
6 Music Festival picks: Julian Cope, Clinic, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gaika, Comet Is Coming, Anna Calvi.
The station’s take-over of Liverpool manages to make use of most venues and performance places in town, with a modicum of individual events and talks cropping up that are worth attention. Again, the place to digest is: bbc.co.uk/6music
Looking ahead: Wednesday 10th April
Terry & Gyan Riley, Ex-Easter Island Head, Lupini – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
Minimalist maestro and son are in for a recital for piano, synthesizer, and guitar. Interweaving inter-generational melodic lines grace this nightclub’s dancefloor, providing quite a treat as they’ll perform familiar material by this compositional elder stateseman, as well as recently-written collaborative pieces.
Roy Harper – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall – 7:30pm
The archetypal musician’s favourite folky is celebrating 50 years in the biz at this anniversary concert, sure to include cuts from his beloved 1968 record ‘Folkjokeopus’.
Misha Gray’s Prehistoric Jazz Quintet – Jacaranda Records (Phase One) – 7pm
Composer/pianist Gray leads this ancient music-inspired five-piece through original compositions that rely heavily on astute improvisation, accompanied by well-established North West musos including the must-see rhythm section combo of Johnny Hunter on drumset and Hugo Harrison on upright bass.
Bleib Modern, Double Echo, Full House, Lonesaw – Sound Food & Drink – 7pm
Gothic catharsis and pulsating industrial throbs abound as four post-punk/coldwave acts vie for the moodiest musical moments manageable, taking place in the basement of this Duke Street premises.
Godwosh – Constellations – 6pm (first set 8pm)
More improvised music as part of the Baltic venue’s regular easy-going night of live stuff, Godwosh tread a path that weaves between electronic rock, groove-oriented minimalism and the more danceable side of jazz fusion.
Manila Luzon – Heaven – 9pm
A well-seasoned wink-wink drag queen if ever there was one, Manila is known for her appearances on the increasingly popular RuPaul’s Drag Race and its spin-off All Stars, expect humour-laced lip syncs and cross-eyed cabaret in this live public performance.
Ghetto, Horseb*stard, Fidget - Drop the DumBulls - 8pm
Fast, faster, fasterest frenetic hardcore guitar music at the North Docks hot spot.
Eat Me: The Brexit Edition – District – 8pm
Drag, dinner, and disco from the mischievous lot providing Liverpool with its most alternative cabaret; this one’s a Leave Eve special in the accommodating confines of this Baltic area space.
Sarah Hennies’ Contralto – Royal Norther College of Music (Manchester) – 8pm
As part of the RNCM’s ‘Decontamination’ series, a fascinating 60min video, percussion and strings piece incorporates recordings of trans women’s voices, and acts as a bridge between experimental music and documentary in an exploration of the certain area between gender and sound.
Angel Field Festival - Hope Uni Creative Campus - until 30th March
Coming to the Everton neighbourhood in place of the Cornerstone, Hope University's Steve Davismoon is curating a combined arts international festival with the Capstone Theatre's central Angel Field garden as its nexus and hub. Marking a series of anniversaries - 100 years since the Bauhaus movement, 50 years since the Moon landing, 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall & Romania's Ceaucescu regime - with an eclectic array of screenings, performances, set pieces and other media. Begins with 'Cartographies' (a 4-channel sound installation running for 4 days) in the Cornerstone Foyer, and closes with an Immix Ensemble concert in the Senate Room, titled 'Dream Makers'. Collaborative, cross-discipline and full of curios - highlights might include a Russian balalaika recital, adventurous 20th century works for solo violin and string quartet, and Fran Cottrell's housing interventions.
Acid Arab – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
Another rarefied Middle East-meets-West counter cultural sound clash extraordinaire as the machinations of acid techno become peppered with oriental scales, embellishments and musical turns of this continental live electronic project.
That Thing: Itoa, Juke Joint, Samurai Breaks, Sirr Timo + residents - Meraki - 10pm
Tony Loco has worked tirelessly to bring the fringes of electronic music's global currents to our city, and this packed bill makes no exception. Prepare for 8 hours of 160BPM footwork, juke, ghetto house from the high-tempo and high energy Chicago dance music tradtions - there's even a workshop in how to move your feet at these speeds, double time. Like the US's own take on drum'n'bass, think lo-fi and with overheating drum machines. Impurity and Junglotrane join Tony Loco on warm-ups.
Look ahead: Wednesday 17th April - Tirzah - 24 Kitchen Street
+ Saturday 27th April - Nkisi - Best Before (end of Newhall Street behind Constellations)
Monday 25 February
Tracey Thorn in conversation (central Library, 1-2pm)
Monday 25 February 2019, 1 to 2 pm: Tracey Thorn in ConversationTickets available here www.ticketquarter.co.uk/Online/tracey-thorn-in-conversation
The Letter Room presents No Miracles Here – the story or Ray who performs with his band, the Raylettes. Northen soul, wall to wall dancing.
Edge Hill Arts Centre (Monday, 7:30, Tuesday 2:30 & 7:30). Free tickes for PMS listeners, call the box office after 2pm on Monday and quote PMS.
Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar.
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Music Room.
Liverpool Arab Arts Festival presents Palestinian Hip Hop crew DAM at Constellations.
Dan Wilson & The Counterfactuals. The Victims Album launch.
Emotion Wave – Reedale Rise, Isocore, Lo Five, DJ Andrew Bates.
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Music Room.
Outpost punk party – Spoilers, Down & Outs, Natterers, Crocodile God.
Outpost, Renshaw Street.
DiN Double Bill – D’Voxx, Ian Boddy, Nigel Mullaney & Ian Boddy present an evening of modular synth music. “
The Living Brain, The Shadow Kabinet, Suzie & The OHM, Big Flower.
Beatrice Dillon & Keith Harrison present Ecstatic Material – Caustic Coastal (Salford) 7:30pm
A live, experimental, collaborative performance from “two original figures from their respective fields”, musician/producer Beatrice Dillon and visual artist Keith Harrison. Sound meets sculpture in real time, as part of the 4th Outlands Network UK tour.
Freeport – University of Salford, MediaCityUK (Salford Quays) – ongoing until Saturday
From Abandon Normal Devices festival, this commission was initially intended for Manchester Airport, picture the slightly more approachable/accessible Uni campus as ‘Terminal MCR’ with artworks, talks and screenings from international artists such as N-Prolenta and !Mediengruppe. Subjects range from cryptocurrency to (digital) citizenship. Expect fascinating-as-ever programming from AND. Free all week.
Wednesday 13th February
Rob Heron & Tea Pad Orchestra – Philharmonic Music Room – 8pm
Reputable ‘North Eastern Swing’ combo highlight jazz’s early 20th century American highlights.
Spine presents Arma Agharta, Territorial Gobbing, President Business – Factory Kitchen – 8pm
Ultimate alternative Valentines from the Lonesaw extended industrial music family, featuring Lithuanian high-speed noise, quasi-improvised big-band biz, and a drone act from Leeds. Upstairs at IWF, 25 Carlton Street.
Free R&R with Mincemeat, Vee VV, and Malfeasance – Sound Basement – 8pm
Alternatively, join the free rock and roll punk party on Duke Street, showcasing some truly outsider computer music from the opener.
Deep Cuts: Eli Smart, COW, Silver Linings, Heavy North, Dan Disgrace – Jacaranda Phase One – 7pm
A spread of five eclectic live acts from across the pop-musical spectrum as we’ve come to expect from the Get Into This tastemakers. Pure song-writing talent (Eli Smart) rubs shoulders with out-rock jam band antics (COW; Dan Disgrace), dive bar blues (Heavy North), and sizzling dissonance (Silver Linings). Note: at Jacaranda’s second premises – 40 Seel Street.
Seatbelts, Strawberry Guy, Sara Wolff, Roy – 81 Renshaw Street – 7:30pm
Well worth catching bizzarro bedroom psych-pop kid Strawberry Guy playing before the headliner, the re-jigged Hooton Tennis Club project.
Leon Vynehall – Meraki – 10pm
A pick from a while back, this electronic music producer’s own records have an imperceptible, gradually-building brilliance that is frequently reflected in his undulating DJ sets, all the more so given LV will play from start to finish (4am!), as part of his DJ-Kicks tour.
Nekk-Fest 2.0 – Drop the DumBulls Gallery – 8:30pm
Ultra alt. alternative V-day with fast, fun and funny music from the likes of local d-beat/crust-punk sender-uppers DAD. Expect the usual hyper-self-parodying brilliance from DtDB.
Wednesday 27 February - DAM – Constellations – 7:30pm
Palestinian hip-hop group who rose to prominence in the ‘90s as the first Middle Eastern act of their ilk to ‘break through’ to a wider, global audience, fusing Arabic rhythmic and melodic material with rapped Arabic verse. Opening act DJ Sotusura has been pro-active in the Middle Eastern hip-hop scene for some 15 years. 16+ permitted with guardian.
Saturday 23rd Feb – Omar Souleyman (re-scheduled) – 7pm
Postponed previously from 9th of the month, Syria's original 'acid Arab' with wedding singer flair for the club. 24 Kitchen Street, 10pm finish, Jacques Malchance and Giovanna (SisBis) on world-aware DJ supports.
Mikey Kenney @ Leaf 7pm
Album Launch – The Reverie Road.
XamVolo/Mersey Wylie/Sub Blue/ Blue Vibe @ Arts Club 7pm
Anwar Ali (Bajuni Islands) & Dave Owen – Mchanga Mweupe EP Launch 8pm @ Naked Lunch
Mama Snake @ Meraki 10pm – Experimental Electronica event platforming artists who are womxn, queer or people of colour. Mama snake will be bringing trance, techno, breaks and other sounds to Meraki.
Lupini & Ben Sleia also
Emotion Wave: The Aleph/Kuyokuyo/Germanager/La French 8pm Drop The Dumbulls
58 Comeback Special @ Zanzibar 7.30pm
Other acts: Lolly Hayes and the Naked Flames, Krank Williams, Samya O’Grady
Alien Sound: Ambient Music and the Limits of the Human – 10.30am-4.30pm Tate Liverpool
Talks, interviews and discussions on new possibilities for thinking and practising a different relationship to noise and music.
Guest Artists include Marie Thompson, Paul Reket, Dhanveer Singh Brar, Larne Abse Gogarty, Steve Davismoon, Rachael Rosen, Jon Davies, Annalaura Alifuoco and Silvia Battista.
Queen Zee Album Launch 3pm Phase 1
Witch Fever – Jacaranda Records Phase One – 7pm
Getintothis presents ‘Independent Women at independent Venue Week 2019’ with this opening party. Headlining are Manchester’s all-female punk spirits Witch Fever. Mersey Wylie, Niki Kand, Sara Wolff will all perform, along with spoken word by Cath Holland, Janaya Pickett, and a pop-up screen-printed poster art stall from That Girl Who Prints.
Crazy P – 24 Kitchen Street – 10pm
A school night DJ set from the beloved, playful, celebrated soulful UK dance band, Crazy P.
Bassekou Kouyate – Philharmonic Music Room – 8pm
A true master musician of the ngoni – the ancient, traditional lute instrument of West Africa – Bassekou Kouyate presents here his band currently containing three ngoni players and two percussionists, plus singer Amy Sacko.
LIMF Academy Live – Philharmonic Hall – 7pm
The Ignition Orchestra will be backing up local hand-picked Liverpool International Music Festival artists including LUNA, Kyami, Raheem Alameen and alumni Sub Blue. Original songs and covers pepper the evening’s programme, arranged by composer Katie Chatburn. A local female music talent incubator and rare moment to see the fusion of pop songwriting with a contemporary orchestra.
Ross From Friends – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
Adding on a second live date the day before a sold-out appearance at this Baltic venue means hype for the lo-fi electronica producer’s release on Brain Feeder records must be real. Eschewing the self-deprecating descriptor of ‘cheap house’, RFR will exposit his new more dramatic, technicolour sound palette in a live setting, perhaps flanked – as recent video footage suggests – by a backing band.
False Advertising et al
Eyesore & The Jinx single launch party – Outpost – 7:30pm
Jo Mary and Hannah’s Little Sister play before local post-punk trio Eyesore & The Jinx at the first Bido Lito social event of the year of their 100th issue.
Mugstar, Mincemeat, The Cubical – Craft Taproom – 7pm
An IVW outing for lauded local innerspace psychonauts Mugstar, now in a fresh five-person incarnation. Joining them in this Smithdown Road dispensary will be two more explorers of the cosmic sonic spectrum.
Jah Wobble & The Invaders of the Heart – Philharmonic Music Room – 8pm
Nominated in 1990 for the Mercury Music Prize for their debut record, Jah Wobble’s east-meets-west ensemble truly cemented him as a serious player on the global music stage. They regroup in the intimate extension of the Liverpool Phil for a night of Chinese Dub and other world fusions.
Omar Souleyman – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
An early doors club showing for the Syrian wedding singer, an artist well known for his infectious melding of Middle Eastern music and acidic subgenres of dancefloor-inclined electronica. Opening DJ slots from Jacques Malchance of Upitup Records, and Giovanna from the SisBis party collective.
The PMS team's recommendations as presented on the programme.