As 2017's gig calendar clicks slowly into gear, here's a handful of gigs to add to your planner, from indie veterans to pop-punk to garage rock...
We dive into the listings to bring you the essential guide to gigs in Liverpool this week – plus the latest news on festivals, tour announcements and more. Think we've missed something? Hit up firstname.lastname@example.org with the details...
Wed 11 Jan
Indie veterans of no minor pedigree, Bristol's The Blue Aeroplanes return to Liverpool with original members Gerard Langley, John Langley and dancer Wojtek Dmochowski still on board. This time they're heading out in support of Welcome, Stranger!, their first album in six years – and considering their graceful songwriting influenced alt rock titans from R.E.M. to Radiohead, you can bet on it being a good 'un. O2 Academy, 7pm, £12.50
Thu 12 Jan
Oxford pop-punkers Better Than Never released their latest EP Head Under Water toward the tail end of 2016, and you can catch 'em in their chosen genre's natural habitat (i.e. a bar that sells pizza) alongside Eastbourne tourmates The Holiday, Coventry's Proud Ember plus local types Pine and Last Reserves. Hey, that's how you pop-punk, innit? Maguire's Pizza Bar, 7pm, £5
Fri 13 Jan
Clearly familiar with the scuzzy garage rock of Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees are Manchester's Psyblings, whose eardrum-scorching racket is entirely worthy of your attention. Theyre touring with like-minded types Valensole and the Smokin Durrys, while Liverpool's own janglers Spinn and blues-rockers Dangerously Canadian open up the bill. Maguire's Pizza Bar, 7pm, £5
Sat 14 Jan
Roll up, roll up for Bathyfest 2017! With local heroes Bathymetry preparing – tragically – to go their separate ways for a short while, they gather a must-see line-up of pals to mark their hiatus with a bang. It's with optimism that we note they promise to return, but in the meantime soothe your aching heart with their appearance tonight, plus The Floormen, Shrinking Minds, FlightWorks, Prowles and Disastronauts. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday night, all in all. Buyers Club, 7pm, £3