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Dan Croll to play Mama Roux’s Birmingham

April 27, 2017 in News

Dan Croll recently released his brilliant new single ‘Away From Today’ on 3rd March 2017 via Communion Records.

The second track to be taken from his forthcoming album produced by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Cee Lo Green) which is released later this year, ‘Away From Today’ follows the quirky, addictive electro/pop classic ‘Swim’.

The single is typical of Dan’s charismatic style and delivers something wholly eclectic and completely unique, encompassing a range of sounds from horns to electronics over an afro infused hip-hop beat.

Having played a stunning show at a sold out Village Underground in October (as well as supporting Daughter on their European tour and Aurora in the US), Dan embarks on a headline UK tour in May, calling at Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Wed 17th.

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Dan Croll plays Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Wed 17th May 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Away From Today’ here:

Jesse Malin announces Mama Roux’s show

April 26, 2017 in News

Few in the modern musical landscape have reinvented themselves like Jesse Malin. Revered by iconic figures from Bruce Springsteen and Joe Strummer to Joey Ramoneand Jim Jarmusch, Malin’s writing is a fearless blend of gritty street poetry and incisive self-reflection. “His songs are so good they hurt my feelings,” Ryan Adams once said, and it’s little wonder considering Malin’s ability to bridge the reckless abandon of The Replacements with the sensitive introspection of Neil Young.

Malin’s career began on Manhattan’s Lower East Side at the age of 12, when founded the pioneering hardcore band Heart Attack, which would go on to release the seminal God Is Dead 7-inch and play dates with Bad BrainsBlack Flag, the Dead Kennedys, and more.

His 2002 debut solo album The Fine Art Of Self Destruction, produced by Ryan Adams, was stripped-down, acoustic, raw, and intimate, and it was an unqualified smash with press on both sides of the pond. Malin would spend the next decade-and-a-half blurring the lines between singer-songwriter and punk rocker. Malin returned with a bang in 2015, releasing a pair of albums within seven months of each other. Showcasing a newfound musical adventurousness that tipped its cap to the bass-driven grooves of The Clash and punchy brass of Motown, New York Before The War and Outsiders found Malin tying together all the disparate threads of his musical life like never before.

Jesse Malin Link: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Jesse Malin plays Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Mon 3rd July 2017, with support from Matthew Ryan. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘London Rain’ below:

Sam Brookes to play Mama Roux’s Birmingham

April 26, 2017 in News

London based songsmith Sam Brookes is one of the UK alt-folk’s best kept secrets. His acclaimed 2014 album Kairoswas tipped by The Independent for a Mercury Prize nomination, received support from the likes of Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2.

Sam’s singing career began at an early age, filling the rafters of Her Majesty the Queen’s private chapel, as a chorister. Now his unmistakable, soaring vocal combined with crafty arrangements, deft guitar-playing and arresting lyrics delivers an aural patchwork that has been positively likened to Wild BeastsBon IverNick Drake and Tim Buckley.

Sam is also the featured vocalist on the Basement Jaxx single ‘What A Difference Your Love Makes’ and has collaborated with the likes of Lucy Rose and Newton Faulkner.

Sam Brookes Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Sam Brookes plays Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Sun 30th April 2017, with support from Low Chimes & Eve Pitt. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Numb’ below:

Introducing: Parekh & Singh

April 21, 2017 in News

Parekh & Singh are a dream-pop duo from Kolkata, India. Nischay Parekh sings, plays guitar, keyboards and synths. Jivraj Singh plays drums, drum machines and effects. While Nischay has one foot in this world and the other in the realm of dreams, Jivraj is a student of math and logic and drawn to life’s darker recesses. Friends, enemies, neighbours and brothers – they wrestle, play table tennis, eat, think, argue, play chess and roam the streets. But, above all, they make music of whimsical, magical beauty and Ocean is their debut album.

These office dreamers have conjured nine glowing tracks of cosmic pop that shimmer like an Indian sunset. While undeniably sun-kissed, a darkness lurks within. Innocence is tempered by experience. The pill-popping oddity of ‘Hill’ plays like a ‘B’ movie trailer. With the latter stealing a line from Annie Hall, a shared love of Woody AllenDavid Lynch and Wes Anderson comes as no surprise.

Parekh & Singh Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Parekh & Singh play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Wed 24th May 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘I Love You Baby, I Love You Doll’ below:

WATCH: Gurr – ‘Ode To Oatmeal’

April 20, 2017 in News

Berlin garage-pop duo Gurr release video for the new single ‘Ode To Oatmeal’. Gurr embark on a joint headline tour with Brighton quartet Yonaka this spring.

Later this month the duo will release their new EP Furry Dream, a follow up to their last album In My Head, and have just dropped a bright, shimmying new song called ‘Ode To Oatmeal’, all about the glory of being able to live on cheap food.

Director Luis Krummenacher’s video has a charming and obvious concept: We see the band members singing while oatmeal (and, sometimes, milk) rains down on them.

Yonaka & Gurr play Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Thurs 11th May 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Ode To Oatmeal’ below:

Kevin Devine announces show at The Sunflower Lounge

April 20, 2017 in News


Kevin Devine is used to living life in the gray. For the past 14 years, the Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter has oscillated between As and Bs: intimate acoustic moments and bombastic rock songs; deeply introspective lyrics and sociopolitical charges; the storm cloud and its silver lining.

Produced by John Agnello (Sonic YouthDinosaur Jr.) and released via Brand New’s Procrastinate! Music Traitorslabel, Instigator is Devine’s ninth full-length album and comes on the heels of a busy few years. In addition to recording two albums with Bad Books (the indie-rock supergroup he formed with members of Manchester Orchestra), he released the Kickstarter-funded double-album collection Bubblegum and Bulldozerin 2013 along with the wildly ambitious 2015 Devinyl Splits 7” series with the likes of Brand New’s Jesse Lacey, Perfect Pussy‘s Meredith Graves and Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws.

Devine is a master storyteller, and he imbues Instigator – from the biting power-pop of ‘Both Ways’ and ‘No Why’ to the angular, Nirvana-esque ‘Guard Your Gates’ and gorgeously finger-picked ‘No One Says You Have To’ – with intricate details and often-uncomfortable truths. Their meanings are personal, but their themes are universal. It’s a skill that makes both his albums and his live show so alluring. Even when Devine’s writing about the world at large, he’s pointing a mirror back at himself.

Kevin Devine Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Kevin Devine plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Wed 12th July 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Instigator’ below:

BC Camplight to play NoteBar Birmingham

April 18, 2017 in News

Lost treasure needn’t be found in the distant past; the 21st century hides many artists who disappeared into the great wide yonder. BC Camplight is one such example. The alter-ego of American songwriter Brian Christinzio released albums in 2005 and 2007, both gems of a certain psych-pop vintage, combining eloquent songwriting with a self-destructive bent.

His last album How To Die In The North, recorded in his adopted home of Manchester, England, is a fantastically rich, stylistically diverse trip. From dramatic, layered pop to a haunted take on Sixties sunshine-pop, from blue-eyed soul to speedy surf-pop, from sparser piano balladry to psychedelic showstoppers and a grand finale that’s part Nilsson and part Broadway showtune.

Originally from New Jersey, Christinzio started playing piano aged just four, inspired by his mum’s Jerry Lee Lewis and Nilsson records and his Dad’s classical collection. Depression and crippling hypochondria clashed with captaining the football team and a penchant for boxing. Post-school, he fell in with people, “willing to go through shit to be a musician,” which saw him relocate to Philadelphia where he occasionally played live with Philly faves The War On Drugs and guested on Sharon Van Etten‘s album Epic.

BC Camplight will be playing a special solo piano show at new venue NoteBar.

BC Camplight Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

BC Camplight plays NoteBar Birmingham on Fri 21st April 2017, with support from Grace Lightman and Alex Ohm. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Just Because I Love You’ below:

Spectres to play Hare & Hounds Birmingham

April 13, 2017 in News

Noise rock quartet Spectres were formed in Barnstaple, North Devon in 2011.  After moving to Bristol a couple years later they self-released a few EPs and singles on their own Howling Owl label, before joining forces with Sonic Cathedral for 2015’s Dying, their incendiary debut that they promised would “snap people out of their comfort zones. We want our noise to smack the spoon out of their mouths that is feeding them the warm diarrhoea that is served by start-up PR companies”.

The resulting largely positive coverage everywhere from NME to Drowned In SoundThe Times and the Guardian to BBC Radio 1, comparisons to Sonic Youth and Loop – not to mention people fleeing their gigs, hands pressed tightly over bleeding ears – would suggest they went some way to achieving this aim.

Spectres latest album Condition was released 10th March 2017 via Sonic Cathedral.

Spectres Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Spectres play Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Tues 25th April 2017, with support from Mutes, Simple Eyyes & Ghosts of Dead Airplanes. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Dissolve’ below:

Meat Wave to play The Flapper Birmingham

April 10, 2017 in News

Chicago trio Meat Wave return with their much-anticipated third album The Incessant - a bracing, emotional punk record that confronts taking responsibility for your actions with dark humour and self-deprecation, drawing influence from acts like The BreedersHot SnakesDrive Like Jehu, and, yes, Fiona Apple, as much as Franz Kafka’s MetamorphosisJeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex and the poems of Emily Dickinson and Sutter’s friend Hannah Gamble.

Elsewhere on The Incessant, Sutter exposes his most vulnerable side. Sounding like a less jubilant Japandroids track, ‘Tomosaki’ is a nakedly sincere love song to the cat that he lost in the split, written while ugly-crying on the floor of the shared apartment he was about to leave behind. “Entranced by the mist of life / Does he sense I’ve gone awry? / My guy / Let him roam outside / Meditate on his afterlife,” Sutter roars. “That was huge for me as a songwriter. I’ve never written a song like that. I think that’s the power of something that touches you so deeply, like a cat that you’re not going to be able to see any more.”

Meat Wave Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Meat Wave play The Flapper Birmingham on Tues 25th April 2017, with support from Cassels, Mutt & Jaded. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘The Incessant’ below:

Charlie Straw to play Ort

April 5, 2017 in News

Charlie Straw doesn’t know when to stop. He’s relentless in his artistry, a perfectionist who’s dedication has taken him across the country several times over. Debut single ‘St. Ives’ was an explosive online success, quickly racking up more than a quarter of a million streams. Setting out on the road, Charlie Straw couch-surfed his way across the UK, playing a total of 30 dates in 30 days.

Originally from the Wirral and now based between Leeds and London, Charlie’s music sits somewhere between Blues and Folk. Taking inspiration from artists including Justin Vernon and Jeff Buckley right through to Howlin’ Wolf and Etta James, his sets consist of calming songs mixed with a dark, soulful edge.

Alongside sessions for BBC Leeds and BBC Introducing, he has supported artists such as James Morrison, James Bay, Nathaniel Rateliffe and Marika Hackman, as well as numerous UK festivals.

Charlie Straw Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Charlie Straw plays Ort Birmingham on Thurs 13th April 2017, with support from Ryan Sparrow, Matt Millard and Lucy Shaw. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘St Ives’ below: