Black Friday is behind us, so Getintothis‘ David Hall gives you the skinny on this week’s gigs using a cheap laptop he wrestled off some old lady in Currys at 5 am.
The last week of November is upon us, so this week you can really cast the shackles off.
You can stop pretending to give a shit about Thanksgiving (pardon our turkey) and stop pretending to give a flying fuck about Black Friday. You waited in an online queue of 15,000 people to get twenty quid off a shit telly Brenda, you’re hardly David fucking Dickinson, now sit down.
All that’s left now is that soul destroying death march towards late December, that you’re more and more sick of hearing and thinking about the closer you get, until it’s another mad Christmas Eve supermarket sweep around the big Asda to buy all your presents. Well in, Dale.
Oh, and there’s some gigs in between. That’s really our point.
Queen: Echo Arena, Tuesday November 28
Adam Lambert hooks up with Brian May and Roger Taylor to do his best Freddie impression for one vision of a perfect night out for Queen fans.
Tie your mother down, because you’re bound to be under pressure if you play the game. It’ll all be over in a flash, but the night you’re in for at the arena should be killer, queen.
La Violette Società 14 – Aviator, Gazelle, Samurai Kip, Matthew David Scott: Studio 2, Tuesday November 28
One of the most consistently strong gig nights in Liverpool – no prizes for guessing the other we have in mind – La Violette Società returns to Parr Street for an unbelievable 14th outing.
Local talent in the shape of rising stars Aviator, Gazelle and Samurai Kip, who all figure along with Matthew David Scott for the princely sum of just a fiver.
Euros Childs: Buyers Club, Thursday November 30
Front man of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci (the John Peel-championed Welsh-language act who now broke up more than a decade ago) Euros Childs brings his solo project to Buyers Club for an intimate gig from Harvest Sun Promotions.
Early 90s psych-pop has morphed into latter day indie folk as Welshman Childs sets out to bring his inventive storytelling to Merseyside.
Mark Lanegan: O2 Academy, Friday December 1
Grizzled troubadour of a thousand projects Mark Lanegan brings his grizzled vocals to the O2 Academy this week for a solo date in support of new album Gargoyle. Did we mention he’s grizzled?
With his gothic new album under his belt, the 52-year-old former Screaming Trees main man brings Mark Lanegan Band back to town to dispatch material from Gargoyle and also past triumphs like Bubblegum and Blues Funeral.
The Last Waltz – Seafoam Green, Mellowtone, Acadian Driftwood: Philharmonic Music Room, Friday December 1 and Saturday December 2
There’s a double-header on the cards in celebration of a night at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco on 25 November, 1976. That’s when The Band performed their last ever concert after 16 years on the road, joined onstage by the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, Dr John, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris and Joni Mitchell to name but a few.
Seafoam Green and Mellowtone celebrate with a concert of songs from the Winterland setlist on that day back in 1976, also with a host of friends. No word on whether that will include Bobby D. yet or not.
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott: Echo Arena, Saturday December 2
The voices of The Beautiful South weigh in with an Echo Arena date sure to satisfy the hometown crowd. Familiar and regular collaborators Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott step up their show to arena size from a UK theatre tour for Merseyside.
They are to dispatch hits from The Beautiful South‘s most fruitful period of their near-twenty year history and three albums under their dual-moniker tag.
If you get your kicks elsewhere, Getintothis‘ Gigbites has plenty as ever to tickle your fancy:
- Scouting For Girls: O2 Academy, Monday November 27
- Blaenavon: Arts Club, Wednesday November 29
- Deathwave Presents – Demonic Resurrection, Wretched Soul: EBGBs, Thursday November 30
- Bido Lito! Presents – XamVolo: District, Thursday November 30
- The Stylistics: Philharmonic Hall, Friday December 1
- Nick Harper: The Magnet, Friday December 1
- Amsterdam: O2 Academy, Saturday December 2
- The Wytches: The Shipping Forecast, Saturday December 2
- Gorgon City: Underground Liverpool, Saturday December 2
- Deathwave Presents – Solitary, Incinery, Terralith: EBGBs, Sunday December 3
Upcoming gigs to keep an eye on:
Cavalry – See The Night Perform EP launch: The Magnet, Saturday December 9
Soaring local country rockers Cavalry roll into The Magnet for a right old knees up before Christmas.
It’s all in celebration of their latest release, a four track EP entitled See The Night Perform, out this week (December 1, to be precise) via the beyond-reputable Fierce Panda records. Should be a good one for sure.