Liverpool gig guide: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Ali Horn, A Certain Ratio, Viagra Boys, Kikagaku Moyo and more

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Viagra Boys

After an impressive week has passed, another follows with a fine array of midweek gigs and Getintothis’ Simon Kirk has the details.

No sooner has an impressive week has passed then another is upon us. Particularly in the interest of midweek gigs.

Last week produced some absolute belters on the gig circuit, with Crack Cloud and Tropical Fuck Storm rolling through the city and making it their own last Tuesday night. Where the latter was concerned, it was one of the finest representations of rock music this writer has witnessed in quite some time.

This week boasts an equally impressive line-up of acts and again, it feels as if the main points of concern are during the week, which means there’s no excuse for ditching gigs in favour of weekend rambles in North Wales. You can do both!

There’s a brilliant mix of up and coming local acts, International talent and, of course, a bit of nostalgia for those seeking past glories.

So, enjoy the sun, but not too much. Get a balance of the better weather by enjoying some live music. Combined with the sun, it’s good for the soul.

This week’s top picks.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets: The Shipping Forecast, Tuesday May 21

Australia’s Psychedelic Porn Crumpets should draw the biggest crowd of the week based on their awesome name alone.

Off of the Aussie psychedelic conveyor belt that brought us Tame Impala and Pond, PPC are touring in support of their new album, And Now For The Whatchamcallit.

Ali Horn

Ali Horn: 81 Renshaw Street, Wednesday May 22

On the back of his Modern Voodoo single and recent performance at Sound City, Ali Horn plays the tranquil climes of 81 Renshaw Street.

If you’re like this writer and missed Ali at Sound City, then it seems like we have a reprieve. Cloud Factories will also be performing on the night.

Viagra Boys (Credit: Facebook)

Viagra Boys: Jacaranda Phase One, Wednesday May 22 

Swedish post-punk firebrands, Viagra Boys, provide your relevant dose of venom for hump day at Jac Phase One.

The four-piece arrive in the country on the back of their latest long-player, Street Worms. Should be a lively one, this.

Saint Etienne announce UK tour including Liverpool date

A Certain Ratio

A Certain Ratio

A Certain Ratio: Jacaranda Phase One, Thursday May 23

Manchester’s A Certain Ratio play Jac’ Phase One in celebration of their 40th anniversary.

Having just released their compilation ACR: BOX, which also contains reworking’s of past material, this one is surely the nostalgic gig of the week.

The Claque

The Claque (image via the artist’s Facebook page)

The Claque: Kazimier Stockroom, Thursday May 23

Introducing The Claque. They are from Dublin and comprise of current Girl Band member, Alan Duggan. Enough? No? Well, their performance at the Kazimier Stockroom is their very first U.K. show. Now you’re excited!

Support comes from everyone’s favourites locals, Eyesore & The Jinx.

Kikagaku Moyo

Kikagaku Moyo

Kikagaku Moyo: District, Friday May 24

Japan’s Kikagaku Moyo return to the city for more psychedelic goodness, this time bringing their noise to District.

The psychsters tour in support of the brilliant 2018 release, Masana Temples.

Witching Waves

Witching Waves (image via the artist’s Facebook page)

Witching Waves: Craft Taproom, Friday May 24

Before embarking on a tour with Ex Hex, London’s Witching Waves will play at the Craft Taproom on Smithdown Road in support of their new album, Persistence.

Support is provided by Mincemeat and Puzzle. Did we also mention this one’s free? Yup, it is.

What else is on:

  • Alex Abbuehl single launch: Jacaranda Phase One, Monday May 20
  • ParrJazz presents Liminal: Jacaranda Phase One, Tuesday May 21
  • Matthew & the Atlas: Leaf, Wednesday May 22
  • Parrjazz presents The Blues featuring Zingaro: Lounge 69, Wednesday May 22
  • James Walsh (Starsailor): EBGB’s, Wednesday May 22 
  • Mamatung: Studio2 Parr Street, Thursday May 23
  • The Luca State with The Rahs: The Zanzibar, Friday May 24
  • Infants, Blanchard, Piss Kitti: Outpost, Friday May 24
  • Spare Rib Superstar 2019: Jacaranda Phase One, Friday May 24
  • Neck Deep: Hangar34, Friday May 24
  • Haus22 presents Dax J: 24 Kitchen Street, Friday May 24
  • Flamingo House: Sound Food and Drink, Liverpool. Friday, 24 May
  • Crazy P: The Invisible Wind Factory, Friday May 24
  • The Icicle Works: O2 Academy, Saturday May 25
  • Live Transmission plus special guests: EBGB’s, Saturday May 25
  • Lizzie Nunnery & Vidar Norheim: 81 Renshaw, Saturday May 25
  • Sassy J In store DJ Set: Jacaranda Phase One, Saturday May 25
  • The Shipbuilders single launch: The Shipping Forecast, Sunday May 26

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