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This Week: Gig Roundup 18th May – 24th May

May 21, 2015 in News

After a quiet start to the week, things get loud on Thursday with a visit from Philadelphia quartet  Creepoid who take to the stage at The Rainbow. Friday we welcome local folksters Boat To Row to The Rainbow for an eagerly awaited set. Saturday we invite you all to another Free Entry Acoustic Sessions event at The Glee Club where local songstress Sally Haines headlines. Saturday night sees Buckinghamshire/Birmingham based indie five-piece New Bays play The Sunflower Lounge following rave reviews from Clash. If any of the above takes your fancy then check out the full listings below for more info:


Creepoid + Gleam + Holy @ The Rainbow

Philadelphia quartet Creepoid have shared stages with the likes of Dinosaur Jr. and Kurt Vile and have been compared to everyone from Sonic Youth, Brian Jonestown Massacre and Nirvana. They release their third album Cemetery Highrise Slum this summer following their two highly acclaimed albums Horse Heaven and Creepoid. Support comes from Birmingham shoegaze quartet Gleam and psych-rockers Holy. Tickets are available here.

Listen to ‘American Smile’ below:


Boat To Row + Alessi’s Ark + My Grey Horse @ The Rainbow

The Birmingham folk quintet have earned an outstanding live reputation after supporting the likes of Slow Club, Willy Mason and Johnny Flynn, plus crowd pleasing sets at Moseley Folk & Lunar. Their songs play host to winding tales, journeying through light and shade. Expect an intricate set woven with strings and vocal harmonies, layered with an ever-expanding collection of instruments. Crossroads, Grassmarket and Loyal Light EPs have paved the way for new single ‘Tightrope’. Released on Nocturne Records, it has enjoyed BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio and BBC 6 Music play. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Tightrope’ below:


*FREE ENTRY* Acoustic Sessions: Sally Haines + Interior Castle + Patrick Brewer @ The Glee Club

The unstoppable Sally Haines has steadily nurtured her own solo career in many venues in and around Birmingham as well as being a familiar artist in Birmingham Pride. Her capacity for working in diverse music styles is quite remarkable. Even more outstanding is that she is successful in all of them. There can be few vocalists that work with blues, rn’b and soul bands who have also had personal citations from principal soloists at Covent Garden and Bucharest State Opera. Support comes from Interior Castle and Patrick Brewer. More info here.

Watch Sally live in session below:

New Bays + Fox Chapel + Institutes @ The Sunflower Lounge

Out on May 11th, the deeply independent outfit, who have performed alongside the likes of The Cribs, Kids in Glass Houses, Young Kato, released their latest EP Reckless on their own VersicRecords imprint. The title track is a breezy piece of fuzz pop with a nagging melancholic feel, and is currently streaming on Clash. Support comes from Fox Chapel and Institutes. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Reckless’ below:

Alessi’s Ark to support Boat to Row

February 23, 2015 in News

Only a few short years into her career, the London-based Alessi Laurent-Marke is already prolific: her first, self-released EP, 2007’s Bedroom Bound, garnered the then-teenage artist a major label deal and attention around the globe.

A debut album soon followed, with Laurent-Marke heading to Omaha, Nebraska to record with producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, The Faint, Rilo Kiley). The resulting Notes from the Treehouse was a testament to both her evolving talents and to her affinity with a new wave of American singer/songwriters.

The last few years have seen tours through England and across the Continent – supporting artists including Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling, Villagers, and Laura Veirs – with the young singer backed by a revolving cast of musical collaborators, her own ‘Alessi’s Ark’.

Travel, adventure and personal revelation mark the new album The Still Life, a work both lucid and heartbreakingly lovely, a sonic landscape that roams a wide range of emotions.

Alessi’s Ark Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 


Watch the video for ‘Tin Smithing’ below:

Boat To Row announce Birmingham show

February 10, 2015 in News

Birmingham quintet Boat To Row have earned an outstanding live reputation since their beginnings as a solo project in 2009. They combine a genuine ease in each other’s musical company with an energetic, skilfully crafted sound. Their songs play host to winding tales, journeying through light and shade. Expect an intricate set woven with strings and vocal harmonies, layered with an ever-expanding collection of instruments.

They have supported Slow Club, Willy Mason and Johnny Flynn and have toured with Dog Is Dead and Gemma Hayes. They recently joined Jim Lockey And The Solemn Sun and Devon Sproule for dates on their UK tours.  This summer saw appearances at 2000 Trees, Lunar, Wood, Behind The Castle, Moseley Folk, Green Man and Cambridge Folk festivals.

Crossroads, Grassmarket and Loyal Light EPs have paved the way for new single ‘Tightrope’. Released on Nocturne Records, it has enjoyed BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing, BBC Shropshire & Cambridgeshire, Amazing Radio and BBC 6 Music play.

“Simply wonderful” – Janice Long, BBC Radio 2

“A band to get your ears involved with” – This is Fake DIY

“One of the West Midlands most exquisitely talented folk acts” – Brum Notes

Boat To Row Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 


Watch the video for ‘Tightrope’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 24th – 30th November

November 24, 2014 in News

This week kicks off with a bang with a fantastic four band bill at The Sunflower Lounge, headlined by Nottingham fine young things Huskies. This week also sees visits from Leeds noisemakers Pulled Apart By Horses, pioneers in electric-rock Silver Apples and Sunderland indie rockers Frankie & The Heartstrings.


Huskies + Pleasurehouse + Avenues + SLTP @ The Sunflower Lounge

Championed by the likes of NME, Radio 1 and BBC Introducing, Nottingham quartet Huskies are in for big things, and you can catch them live at The Sunflower Lounge this Monday, with support from bright young things Pleasurehouse, Avenues and SLTP. Tickets are available on the door.

Watch the video for ‘Beach’ below:


Pulled Apart By Horses + Menace Beach + Them Wolves @ The Institute 

The Leeds quartet formed in 2008 bring their suckerpunch riffs and zinging choruses to Birmimgham’s Institute to celebrate the release of their third album Blood. The new album sees them embracing their love of psychedelic cinema and developing as a band whilst retaining the thrilling ‘Horses’ sound. It’s their most brilliantly fully-formed yet, a record that matches rhythmic stoner-rock propulsion with hollered hooks. Support comes from Menace Beach and Them Wolves. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Lizard Baby’ below:


The Vaselines + Schwervon! @ Hare & Hounds

Legendary Scottish indie-pop duo The Vaselines favoured by Kurt Cobain play Birmingham’s Hare & Hounds this week, with support from Schwervon! The band, who rose to prominence in the late 80s, wrote the blueprint for modern indie-pop and are back with their latest album V for Vaselines, a celebration of the continued chemistry of Eugene and Frances. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Sex with an X’ below:


Charlotte Carpenter @ Hare & Hounds

Having three previously self-released EP’s under her belt, and her most recent EP Whole climbing to No.10 in the iTunes singer/songwriter charts, Northampton songstress Charlotte Carpenter who channels Laura Marling’s breathless insight with Daughter’s ambient indie. takes to the stage at the Hare & Hounds to showcase her more bluesy, rockier sound to prove why she’s been anointed ‘alts newest darling’. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Whole’ below:

Silver Apples @ Hare & Hounds

Formed in 1967 as an electronic rock duo featuring Dan Taylor on drums and Simeon on a homemade synthesizer, Silver Apples quickly gained a reputation as New York’s leading underground musical expression. Many years on, Simeon, working as a solo performer with Danny’s drum sounds recreated by electronic means, has continued the Silver Apples legacy with performances literally all over the world. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘You and I’ below:


Sweet Baboo & Pictish Trail + Michael King (Boat To Row) @ The Glee Club

Two sonic stallions from the Moshi Moshi stable, Stephen Black, and Johnny Lynch (Sweet Baboo and Pictish Trail, respectively), canter around the counties for a seasonal co-headline tour calling at Birmingham’s Glee Club. Lynch invited Black up to the island to help him record his latest Pictish opus, Secret Soundz Vol.2. For this special advent tour, the pair are reunited for a fortnight of song-swapping, thigh-slapping and local-ale gargling; expect folk-tinged winter hymns, lo-fi audio wizardry and sweet Eigg-nog kisses under the casio. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for Sweet Baboo’s ‘Let’s Go Swimming Wild’ below:


Goodnight Lenin + The Travelling Band + Boat To Row (DJ Set) @ The Institute 

Birmingham’s Goodnight Lenin play their biggest headline performance to date to accompany the release of the band’s debut album, In The Fullness Of Time. The record, mixed by Jonathan Wilson, is the culmination of four years hard workThe band will be supported by Manchester folk-rock superhumans The Travelling Band who count Michael Eavis and Marc Riley amongst their fans and whose whimsical folk pop melodies are perfect for admirers of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Frightened Rabbit and Elbow. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘You Were Always Waiting’ below:

Frankie & The Heartstrings + New Bays @ The Sunflower Lounge

The energetic Sunderland indie five-piece have toured with the likes of The Vaccines, Florence and The Machine and the Kaiser Chiefs whilst also starting their own record label Pop Sex Ltd. This week they arrive at Birmingham’s Sunflower Lounge playing songs from their two critically acclaimed albums, Hunger and The Days Run Away. Support comes from Buckinghamshire/Birmingham quartet New Bays. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Hunger’ below:

Coasts + Only Shadows @ The Institute *SOLD OUT*

Conceived in 2011 in the crypt of a church, the Bristol-born five piece’s non stop touring has quickly built a growing group of fans across the country and the quintet embark on another headline tour this November, stopping at The Institute this week. Citing Foals and Arctic Monkeys as their current favourite bands, COASTS’ anthem Oceans has now had over 2 million+ plays on Soundcloud. Catch them at a small venue while you still can…

Watch the video for ‘Oceans’ below:


The Xcerts + Kagoule @ The Sunflower Lounge

This week comes to close with a visit from Aberdeen/Exeter three piece The Xcerts, fresh from their US tour with Brand New. The tour coincides with the release of their hugely anticipated third studio album There Is Only You. Support comes from Nottingham grunge trio Kagoule who have played shows alongside the likes of Temples, Merchandise, Drenge, METZ and Iceage. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Shaking in the Water’ below:

Weekly Gig Roundup 23rd-30th September

September 23, 2013 in News

Weekly Gig Roundup 23rd – 29th September

Waving a fond farewell to festival season can mean only one thing – touring season is now in full swing, yippee!

We have some absolute gems lined up for the coming winter, all of which you can peruse at your leisure over on our Event Listings page. For now, check out the wide array of touring and local talent we bring to the stages across the city this week.


The full calendar of live music begins with Hooded Fang at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath on Monday. A Canadian four-piece producing psychedelic-hued garage, Hooded Fang will play the best of their brand new album, Gravez, as well as old favourites from debut LP, Tosta Mista. With special guests to be announced, tickets for this show are priced at just £7.50 advance – you can find out further information over on the event page.

Listen to Hooded Fang below:



On Tuesday, Birmingham buzz band JAWS play a sold out show at The Institute in Digbeth. Championed by Huw Stephens, The Guardian and NME, JAWS’ performance of their beach-hued pop sound promises to be incendiary. With support from Wolverhampton pedal-pushers Laced and grunge / britpop revivalists, Babypink, you can find out more about all of the acts by visiting the event page and don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook Event, here.

Listen to JAWS below:



On Wednesday, there are two live music events to choose from. At the Hare and Hounds, 18 year old Nottingham-born singer songwriter Callum Burrows, AKA Saint Raymond performs with support from Joel Baker and Birmingham Promoters-favourite, Charlotte Carpenter. Tickets are priced at £6 advance – find them along with further event information, here.

Alternatively, Cheltenham folk rock quartet Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun are live at The Rainbow. Having been Zane Lowe’s Next Hype band and appearing with Frank Turner at the Olympics Opening Ceremony where they played to an estimated audience of 25 million, the group come to this intimate setting in Birmingham for one night only. Supported by the beautiful Boat to Row – an instrument-swapping collective of Midlands talent, tickets for this event are priced at £7 advance and are available, along with further information over on the event page.

Listen to Saint Raymond below:



On Thursday, we welcome West Coast-influenced four-piece Cloud Control to the Hare and Hounds. Originally from Australia’s Blue Mountains but now residing in London, Cloud Control’s debut album, Bliss Release, won Australia’s version of the Mercury prize in 2011. Having previously supported Vampire Weekend, Weezer and Arcade Fire amongst others, Cloud Control embark on a headline tour of their very own to celebrate the release of second album, Dream Cave. Tickets for this event are priced at £8 advance – find out more info over on the event page.

Listen to Cloud Control below:



Friday sees 90s grunge-influenced trio Since Monroe play at The Victoria on John Bright Street. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Nirvana, Weezer and Foo Fighters, Since Monroe bring their music into the modern day by applying a layer of pop. Support comes courtesy of Telford four-piece Weatherbird and Fans of Faye. Tickets for this show are priced at £5 on the door – find out more info over on the event page.

Listen to Since Monroe below:



On Saturday, Mountain of Love, the new band formed by two former members of Alabama 3 play   at The Sunflower Lounge. Constructing a mix of electro and house with dub and funk influences, Mountain of Love promise a rich and complex performance. Support for this show is to be announced – keep up to date via the event page where you can also purchase tickets priced at £8 advance.

Listen to Mountain of Love below:



Bring your week to a relaxing and atmospheric close at the Sunday Social which this week features performances from Bedfordshire singer songwriter, Terry Emm, Wolverhampton storyteller Daniel Beckett and the blues and pop-influenced Portia Reed. Check out the event page, here. Entry to the show at The Yardbird is, as always, completely free. We’ll see you there then!

Listen to Terry Emm below: