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This Week: Gig Roundup 13th July – 19th July

July 16, 2015 in News

We’ve got three fantastic shows lined up for you this week, starting on Friday where folk-rock troubadour Alex Rainsford celebrates the release of his single ‘Lighter Mind’ by headlining Baddie’s Banquet. On Saturday, folktronica duo Malpas play The Rainbow to coincide with the release of their debut album Rain, River, Sea, whilst Best Friends inflict their warped idea of garage-pop onto The Sunflower Lounge crowd. All the details can be found below:

FRIDAY 17TH JULY

Baddie’s Banquet: Alex Rainsford + Ethan Ash + Myrrh Room & more @ The Rainbow Courtyard & Cellar
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Baddie’s Banquet is a new Friday night event at The Rainbow. One set entry price allows access to three rooms of music, including a host of the best local live bands in The Rainbow Courtyard & Cellar. After shows in Europe, a heavy 2014 festival season & playing tour support for artists such as Status Quo, Hudson Taylor and Dry The River, Alex Rainsford is  hitting 2015 hard to celebrate the continuing success of his 2nd EP, Gone Away and the release of his single ‘Lighter Mind’.

Listen to the Gone Away EP sampler below:

SATURDAY 18TH JULY

Malpas + Arc Vel + Tom Lenthall (Big Tent) @ The Rainbow Courtyard
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Malpas announce a show at The Rainbow to coincide with the release their debut album Rain, River, Sea out on July 31st. Developed over a series of email correspondences between London and Birmingham, Malpas have created an entirely original sound, combining elements of folk music and electronic. Singer-songwriter Ali Forbes provides acoustic instrumentation and heartfelt vocals, while Andy Savours, a student of studio geniuses Alan Moulder and Flood adds electronic loops, drones, and samples of found percussion. Support comes from one of the most exciting sonic experimenters to come out of Birmingham Arc Vel, and a very special solo performance from Birmingham folk favourite, Big Tent’s Tom Lenthall.

Listen to ‘Where The River Runs’ below:

Best Friends + Birdskulls + Grim Disco + MUTT @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Emerging from a damp, airless basement rife with decay and broken equipment Best Friends set about inflicting their warped idea of garage pop on the public, hell bent on taking music back to a time when three minute pop songs transported you from your miserable maggot existence to a blissful state of nirvana. Support comes from Brighton’s Birdskulls, Birmingham post-punk quartet Grim Disco and feisty alt-rock four-piece MUTT.

Listen to ‘Cold Shapes’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 29th June – 5th July

June 29, 2015 in News

On Wednesday we welcome much-hyped garage rock band Hidden Charms to The Sunflower Lounge following praise from the UK press, industry and music fans alike. The band’s debut 7” release ‘Dreaming Of Another Girl’ has been produced by legendary producer Shel Talmy, responsible for tracks such as The Who’s ‘My Generation’ and The Kinks’ ’You Really Got Me’. Friday sees another installment of Baddie’s Banquet, this time headed up by Broken Witt Rebels and SW4RM. And on Saturday we welcome off-kilter folk-popster Sea of Bees to The Sunflower Lounge hot on the heels of her latest album Build a Boat to the Sun. Check out the full listings below:

WEDNESDAY 1ST JULY

Hidden Charms + Bad Girlfriend + The Hungry Ghosts @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Hidden Charms – barely out of their teens – have fast created waves amongst the U.K press, industry and music fans since uploading their first track titled ‘Sunny Side’ onto their Soundcloud. The band’s debut 7” release ‘Dreaming Of Another Girl’ has been produced by legendary producer Shel Talmy (responsible for tracks such as The Who’s ‘My Generation’ and The Kinks’ ’You Really Got Me’) and will be released in mid-June on Deltasonic Records in the UK and B3SCI Records in the US. Drawing comparisons to Them and 13th Floor Elevators you don’t want to miss out on seeing this much hyped band live! Support comes from Bad Girlfriend and The Hungry Ghosts. 

Listen to ‘It’s Time’ below:

FRIDAY 3RD JULY

Broken Witt Rebels + SW4RM & more @ The Rainbow Courtyard and Cellar
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Baddie’s Banquet is a new Friday night event at The Rainbow. One set entry price allows access to three rooms of music, including a host of the best local live bands in The Rainbow Courtyard & Cellar. Headliners Broken Witt Rebels combine the power and intensity of classic rock with the finesse and delicacy of soulful blues.

Watch the video for ‘Shake Me Down’ below:

SATURDAY 4TH JULY

Sea of Bees + Charlotte Carpenter + AC Thomas @ The Sunflower Lounge
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The extraordinarily talented Sacramento native Julie Ann Baenziger, better known as Sea of Bees, will be bringing her beautifully idiosyncratic and effortlessly moving vein of off-kilter folk to The Sunflower Lounge hot on the heels of her latest album Build a Boat to the Sun, released 29th June via 3 Loop Music. Sea of Bees gorgeous offbeat, emotive guitar pop, is as instantly infectious as it is deeply affecting. Stunning, concise, uplifting but with a roiling undertow – songs that are all the more potent when you see Sea of Bees live onstage. Support comes from Northampton songstress Charlotte Carpenter and Midlands-based acoustic-blues artist AC Thomas. 

Listen to new track ‘Test Yourself’ below:

SUNDAY 5TH JULY

Modest Mouse + Hippo Campus + Elle King @ The Institute
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Following the release of Strangers To Ourselves, Modest Mouse’s first album in 8 years, the band have announced a string of headline dates across the UK, alongside slots at this year’s London Calling and T In The Park festivals. Modest Mouse’s 2007 studio album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank featuring The Smith’s Johnny Marr, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and was released to rave reviews. Since playing Coachella in 2013, the group headlined Fun Fun Fun Fest and re-released their critically-acclaimed albums This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About, and The Lonesome Crowded West, on Glacial Pace. Both earned “Best New Reissue” ratings from Pitchfork. 

Watch the video for ‘Lampshade on Fire’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 15th – 21st June

June 17, 2015 in News

This Wednesday we welcome much-hyped Scottish hip-hop outfit Stanley Odd to Birmingham’s The Sunflower Lounge. Following that, Thursday sees North-London pop-rockers Room 94 take to the stage at The Rainbow after tour dates with the likes of Union J and Lawson. Friday we bring you the second installment of Baddie’s Banquet, a night that brings you 3 rooms of live music and DJs until late. This Friday’s event is headed up by rising Telford noisemakers Hyena, with support from Manchester duo Bad Grammar and local four-piece The Drive. Saturday sees 20 year-old Brighton based singer-songwriter Jack Watts headline the free entry Acoustic Sessions at The Glee Club, followed by a visit from Melbourne garage rock quintet Money For Rope over at The Sunflower Lounge. Check out the full listings below:

WEDNESDAY 17TH JUNE

Stanley Odd + Loose Lips + Bear @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Edinburgh-based alternative hip-hop band Stanley Odd return with their third studio album A Thing Brand New. The record follows up from the band’s second album Reject, which was shortlisted for a 2012 Scottish Album of the Year. Since then, Stanley Odd have continued to tour heavily, taking in some their biggest shows to date including a string of US dates with The View and numerous festival slots including Wickerman, Belladrum, Insider, Greenbelt and Celtic Connections. Support at this show comes from Telford-based acoustic hip-hop duo Loose Lips and acoustic hip-hop and soul influenced Bear. 

Watch the video ‘Pastime’ below:


THURSDAY 18TH JUNE

Room 94 + Young Braves @ The Rainbow
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North London pop-rockers Room 94 have built up a loyal following over the last couple of years through shows withUnion J, Lawson and Twenty Twenty. Their debut albumNo Strings Attached reached the Top 30 in March 2014 – a mightily impressive feat for a then unsigned band. Less than a year later, they’re back with a second self-titled album. What follows is even more impressive, with anthemic, hook-heavy rock that recalls the band’s love of You Me At Six, The Offspring and Bring Me The Horizon. Support comes from Shropshire based rock four-piece Young Braves. 

Watch the video for ‘For the Day’ below:


FRIDAY 19TH JUNE

Baddie’s Banquet: Hyena + Bad Grammar + The Drive & more
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Baddie’s Banquet is a new Friday night event at The Rainbow. One set entry price allows access to three rooms of music, including a host of the best local live bands in The Rainbow Courtyard & Cellar. Aftershow follows in the bar with Testify DJ’s spinning 60s R&B, Northern Soul and Disco till late. Headlining this week are rising Telford noisemakers Hyena, Manchester noise-rock duo Bad Grammar and local indie rockers The Drive. 

Watch the video for ‘Mental Home’ below:


SATURDAY 20TH JUNE

Acoustic Sessions: Jack Watts + Contact + Franklin & Jones + The Gardener’s Son @ The Glee Club Lounge
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After recently releasing his debut EP, Red Shortbread, Jack joins us at the Glee Club Birmingham to headline our weekly free entry Acoustic Sessions! A song-cycle of sorts tracing the transition from a failed relationship into stability & contentment elsewhere, Red Shortbread is the work of a magnetic new talent, as distinctive and assured as the emotional territory it inhabits is fragile. Support comes from acoustic duo Contact, folk duo Franklin & Jones and folk singer-songwriter The Gardener’s Son. 

Watch the video for ‘Red Shortbread’ below:

Money For Rope + Millbrook @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Melbourne-based quintet Money For Rope’s raw brand of rock music has earned them a reputation for chaotic, ambling musical mayhem tied together by harmonies driven by the spirit of rock. Twin drum kits, two guitars, four voices, a bass, keys and a sweltering, sultry, swaggering style, Money For Rope are dealers in a raw brand of rock music that must be felt to be believed. With their public-bar rise propelled by word-of-mouth whisperings, 7” releases and an energetic, swirling live show that seethes with energy, Money For Rope released their much-anticipated self-titled full-length recording in November 2012, taking their pulsing sound from dark stages to stereos right across the globe. Support comes from Birmingham trio Millbrook. 

Watch the video for ‘Easy Way Out’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 8th – 14th June

June 9, 2015 in News

This week kicks off with a visit from Boxed In, otherwise known as songwriter and producer Oli Bayston, who combines his love of Krautrock and house music in his critically acclaimed solo project. Wednesday is a busy day at The Rainbow, with celebrated folk-punk band Andrew Jackson Jihad playing in The Rainbow Cellar, whilst rock’n'roll trio Little Barrie take to the stage in The Rainbow Courtyard. Friday sees the first of a series of events called Baddies Banquet, an event that delivers 3 rooms of music every Friday at The Rainbow. Headlined by the dynamic Birmingham indie/ska fusion band The Underclass, this event should be the first of many great nights! And bringing it all to a close on Saturday at The Glee Club, Birmingham troubadour Barnesy plays a much anticipated set as part of the weekly Acoustic Sessions events. Check out the full listings below and see if something takes your fancy!

TUESDAY 9TH JUNE

Boxed In + Zola Blood + Midnight Bonfires @ The Rainbow
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Boxed In is songwriter and producer Oli Bayston. Having played in indie band Keith, written for The 2 Bears, sung for George FitzGerald and been a producer for the likes of Charlie Boyer and the VoyeursRosie Lowe and The Bohicas, Oli is now bringing his wide array of talents to bear on his own solo project. Boxed In brings together Oli’s two greatest musical loves: Krautrock and house music. Inspired by the motorik rhythms of CanCluster and Neu! as well as house producers, like Pépé Bradock and Theo Parrish, Oli nevertheless emphasises that the art of pop song writing is right at the heart of Boxed In. Support comes from London-based electronic-rock band Zola Blood and Birmingham’s Midnight Bonfires,a band who fuse folk sensitivity with rock and roll energy.

Watch the video for ‘Mystery’ below:

WEDNESDAY 10TH JUNE

Andrew Jackson Jihad + Hard Girls + Ghosts of Dead Airplanes @ The Rainbow Cellar
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 Andrew Jackson Jihad have always had a way with words. That’s pretty obvious from their near endless catalog of songs like ‘The Michael Jordan of Drunk Driving’ and ‘Love in the Time of Human Papillomavirus’ for example. But on their latest album, Christmas Island, the Phoenix folk-punk weirdos seem intent on upping their eccentric lyric game. Support on this show comes from Californian punk trio Hard Girls and energetic Birmingham quartet Ghosts of Dead Airplanes.

Watch the video for ‘Temple Grandin’ below:

Little Barrie + Gil De Ray @ The Rainbow Courtyard
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Following the release of their critically acclaimed album King Of The Waves, the rock ‘n’ roll trio return with latest album Shadow, recorded with Edwyn Collins. Recorded and mixed in just 17 days there is a relaxed urgency about Shadow inspired by having recently worked with Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Damo Suzuki (Can), Andrew Weatherall and Pete Molinari. Support comes from Gil De Ray.

Watch the video for ‘Bonneville Ride’ below:

FRIDAY 12TH JUNE

Baddies Banquet: The Underclass + Bloom & more @ The Rainbow Courtyard & Cellar
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Baddie’s Banquet is a new Friday night event at The Rainbow. One set entry price allows access to three rooms of music, including a host of the best local live bands in The Rainbow Courtyard & Cellar. Aftershow follows in the bar with Testify DJ’s spinning 60s R&B, Northern Soul and Disco till late.

This week features The Underclass, Savannah, Hope Street, Party Hardly, Bloom, Rituals, Fringe & Shooze!

SATURDAY 13TH JUNE

Acoustic Sessions: Barnesy + Mike Moloney @ The Glee Club Lounge
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2014 saw Barnesy make huge strides in the right direction, playing sets at Lunar & Moseley Folk Festivals, sharing stages with John McCullagh and James Walsh (Starsailor). Barnesy is currently recording in the studio following the release of his single ‘Blue Flashing Lights’, mastered by the legendary Pete Maher.  Support comes from modern day crooner Mike Moloney.

Listen to ‘Blue Flashing Lights’ below: