November’s in full swing and with it, so are the gigs, as Getintothis’ Simon Kirk has all the details.
November. The time when Christmas decorations begin to appear in people’s windows. There will be more talk about that one wretched day of the year in the coming weeks, so – for now – we shall park any further thoughts.
Onto more pressing matters and it’s another week brimming with the good oil that is live music. Plenty of musical precision, plenty of noise merchant tomfoolery, plenty of local love-ins. And, of course, there’s the veteran of treacle, Rick Astley.
This week showcases something for everyone. Gigs coming in all shapes and sizes, and plenty of events that won’t put too much of a strain on the household budget. But hey, if you want to blow your hard-earned money on the Astley, then who are we to judge? As they say, do what makes you happy.
The pick of the action as follows:
Makaya McCraven: 24 Kitchen Street, Tuesday, November 13
Chicago jazz drummer and producer, Makaya McCraven, hits 24 Kitchen Street for a live set on the back of his new album, Universal Needs.
With Universal Needs being produced from a slew of gig tapes and layered together into a double album, it will be fascinating to see how this translates live. Don’t miss it.
King Nun: Sound Food and Drink, Wednesday November 14
Boss name, isn’t it? King Nun are set to provide a midweek pick-me-up at Sound Food and Drink.
Where live shows are concerned, the young firebrand’s are said to be of the mental variety, so if you’re looking for something new and to equally grab you by the scruff of the neck, this one may be for you.
The Tea Street Band: District, Thursday & Friday November 15 & 16
To celebrate the release of their new album, Frequency, Liverpool’s patron saints, The Tea Street Band, will be playing District over two nights this week.
This will arguably be the local love-in of the month, so if you haven’t already, get your tickets sorted.
JUNIORE: The Shipping Forecast, Thursday, November 15
Those of you who like a dose of French dream-pop, get down to the Shipping Forecast and see Juniore perform on their Liverpool debut.
On the back of their new record, Magnifique, as well as providing support to Miles Kane across various continents, the Ship‘ seems like the perfect venue for this.
HINDS: Arts Club, Friday November 16
Madrid four-piece, Hinds, kick off the weekend festivities, bringing their lo-fi garage rockers to Seel Street.
Hinds’ second album, I Don’t Run, was released earlier this year to more critical acclaim, and along with songs from their first album, 2016’s Leave Me Alone, this gig is sure to bring a smile to many faces.
Slaves: O2 Academy, Friday November 16
Slaves will be greeting punters inside the O2 Academy for a night of sweaty anthemic punk with plenty of meaty riffs.
The band’s third album, Acts of Fear and Love, dropped in August and for those who have a ticket to this, you are sure to be met with a renewed dose of rancour.
Ohmns: Craft Taproom, Friday November 16
For those of you who aren’t fussed on Slaves and sweaty crowds, then you may want to opt for a quieter night on Smithdown Road with Ohmns.
Support comes from Chupa Cabra, Elektra Complex and Death Bed. It all kicks off from eight, and here’s the best bit, folks – it’s free!
Gruff Rhys: Arts Club, Saturday November 17
The Arts Club has played host to some stunning gigs this year and it’s pretty much pinned on that this will be added to the list in due course.
Juanita Stein: Sound Food and Drink, Sunday November 18
Australia’s Juanita Stein is the voice behind Howling Bells. Also the brains trust behind Sydney’s late 90s act, Waikiki, Stein has also forged a solo career with her latest album, Until the Lights Fades, released earlier this year.
After supporting Bryan Ferry in April, Stein returns to Liverpool in the more intimate milieu of Sound Food and Drink. So, ditch the candle light dinners on Sunday night and get down to Duke Street for this.
What else is happening this week:
- Seamus Fogarty: Studio 2 Parr Street, Monday November 12
- Billy Ocean: Philharmonic Hall, Tuesday November 13
- Of Mice And Men: O2 Academy2, Tuesday November 13
- Welcome To Daisyland: O2 Academy, Tuesday November 13
- SHEAFS: Arts Club, Loft, Tuesday November 13
- Glass Caves: Studio 2 Parr Street, Thursday November 15
- Saint Raymond: Arts Club, Thursday, November 15
- Jungle Drum ‘n’ Bass Party w/ DJ Hybrid: 24 Kitchen Street, Thursday, November 15
- Hushtones: Sound Food and Drink, Friday November 16
- Nerina Pallot: Studio 2 Parr Street, Friday November 16
- Seafoam Green’s The Last Waltz: Philharmonic Hall, Friday November 16
- Titan Bass, Problem Central, Voltage, Upgrade, Sub Zero: Invisible Wind Factory, Friday November 16
- Watt HZ? // Shlomo, VSK, Tapefeed: Invisible Wind Factory Substation, Friday November 16
- This Feeling: EBGBs, Friday November 16
- Nicola Hardman: Jacaranda Phase One, Friday November 16
- Murderfest 18: North Shore Troubadour, Saturday November 17
- Rick Astley: Echo Arena, Saturday, November 17
- Monks: Sound Food and Drink, Saturday, November 17
- FRANÇOIS: 81 Renshaw, Saturday November 17
- Another Sky: The Jacaranda, Sunday November 18
- Oya Paya, Stephani B, Brick House: Studio 2 Parr Street, Sunday November 18