May sees the start of the most ridiculously named festival in the UK, the Liverpool Music Week for 2011. Why 'ridiculous'? Well, it lasts for more than 7 days and runs intermittently throughout late spring and summer - but at least it really does take place in Liverpool and not Bognor or Stirling. And there's 'owt wrong with it lasting all summer, right? It means loads of great music from a broad palette of indie, rock, reggae and general left-fieldness - and that equals 'all good in the Allgigs hood'.
The first confirmed related LMW gig is next Tuesday, courtesy of expansive reggae knees-up specialists, Gentleman's Dub Club who, like all of the other nights mentioned in this piece, will perform at the city's Mojo venue. Reggae and rocksteady fans might also fancy going to listen to the sweet harmonies of the legendary Dawn Penn, who had a career resurgence with her old hit "No, No, No" a couple of decades back - she plays on the 29th.
But it's the rock and acoustic acts who will probably pull in the quickest ticket sales, especially the much-touted Suuns and the perennially popular The Duke Spirit. The former play on the 14th while the latter will close off the first month on the 31st. All of these shows are a tenner or less, a price that also applies to the eagerly-anticipated Tune-Yards concert on 16th June - you can expect tribal tin-pan rhythms and heartfelt yodels from the one-woman band aka Merrill Garbus who recently issued her second full-length album, "w h o k i l l".
Also appearing are Hercules and Love Affair (8th June - £12.50) and the recommended Americana/rock fusion outfit, Vetiver (1st July), who could give Fleet Foxes a run for their dollars, I can tell you! Of a slightly more 'surfer' inclination is Best Coast who (at present) round-off the whole shebang on 31st August.
We'll keep you informed of any further additions to the Liverpool Music Months, I mean, Week schedule, including the many free shows which always accompany the season!