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Weekly Gig Roundup 25th November – 1st December

November 25, 2013 in News


Start off your week at the Hare & Hounds on Monday when The Monster NME Radar Tour calls into town. Showcasing the best in up and coming national talent including New York punk quintet, Cerebral Ballzy; Glasgow’s rock and soul, The Amazing Snakeheads; South London 60s psych six-piece, Fat White Family; and the Black Country’s own, Victor, this promises to be a completely frenetic evening. Tickets are priced at £8 advance and are available over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Don’t Tell Me What To Do’ by Cerebral Ballzy below:



Jump forward to Thursday and classic folk trio, 3 Daft Monkeys, who weave world music into the sounds they create, play the Hare & Hounds for the price of £10 advance. With support from Johnny Kowalski & the Sexy Weirdos  you can find out everything you need to know over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Paranoid Big Brother’ by 3 Daft Monkeys below:



On Friday, we welcome local guitar pop quintet, Drakelow, to the stage at The Victoria on John Bright Street. Celebrating the release of their new single, Amber, expect melodies and hooks which will stay with you for days. Support comes courtesy of Only Shadows and Mutes – find out further information on all the acts and pick up your tickets for £5 advance from the event page.

Listen to ‘Be Still’ by Only Shadows below:



On Saturday, we present local outfit Cold Ocean Lies’ first ever show at The Sunflower Lounge. Drawing inspiration from the wealth of talent that the city has spawned over the past year, the band promise en exciting selection of songs including the demos they have just finished recording. Support comes from energetic midlands five-piece, Mr George’s Famous Last Words. Tickets for the event are priced at £6 on the door – find out more, here.

Listen to ‘The Game’ by Cold Ocean Lies below:


Alternatively, exciting live act Crystal Fighters play live at The Institute in Digbeth for the price of £10 advance. They’re joined by Roosevelt and The Grafham Water Sailing Club – find out more here and don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook Event!

Listen to ‘LA Calling’ by Crystal Fighters below:



Round off your week at the Sunday Social which this week features performances from blues pop fusion artist, Nina Baker; soulful songwriter, Guy Jones; Birmingham singer songwriter, Demi Marriner and young piano-based artist, Emily Ewing. This event at The Yardbird is, as ever, completely free – warm your cockles and join us for what promises to be a beautifully intimate affair. Find out more about all of the artists, here.

Weekly Gig Roundup 17th-22nd September

September 17, 2013 in News

Autumn is now in full swing. Coats and jumpers have come out of the cupboard, and you’re toying with idea of putting the heating on. Or, if you’re anything like me, you stubbornly refusing to put the heating on, despite being very cold.

But all is not lost! This time of year can only mean one thing – the start of touring season. As we excitedly await an influx of bands from all corners of the globe, here’s a brief round-up of the wide range of shows we have coming up this week.



If you’re looking for something a little different this week, seven-piece folk, country and blues outfit Carousel Circus play a free entry show at The Yardbird Jazz Club on Wednesday. Performing traditional melodies with a modern twist, Carousel Circus have previously played in the grand surrounds of Birmingham’s Symphony Hall so be sure to catch them in this unusually intimate setting. Completing the impressive local line up, support comes courtesy of Solihull’s Tori Lamb and Walsall’s Faye Bagley. For further information including links to the musician’s songs, take a look at the event page.

Listen to Carousel Circus below:



On Thursday, indie-rock electronic five-piece The Ramona Flowers are live at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath with support from Leamington Spa’s Cowboy and the truly remarkable, The Bluebeat Arkestra. Make sure to get down to the venue nice and early to catch both of these support acts who illustrate the wide array of musical talent coming out of the West Midlands right now. For further information, and to purchase tickets (priced at £5 advance), head on over to the event page and make sure to RSVP to the Facebook Event, here.

Listen to The Ramona Flowers below:



Then, on Friday, Cornwall’s folk-punk Crowns are live at The Rainbow. Having previously toured with the likes of Blink-182, Dropkick Murphys and The Pogues, they play in Birmingham as part of their UK September tour. Support comes courtesy of Birmingham’s very own Open to Fire who have drawn comparisons from Japandroids to The Gaslight Anthem. Opening the show will be the equally excellent Magpies & Vagabonds. Find out more about each of the bands over on the event page where you can also purchase your £5 tickets in advance.

Or, if intricate folk mixed with ambient electronica is more your cup of tea, then head down to The Victoria on John Bright Street where Malpas play a very special headline gig. With support from Forest Life who play their first ever show tonight, as well as fresh and funky five-piece Fat Kicks. Make sure you purchase those £5 tickets in advance over on the event page and RSVP to the Facebook Event, here.

Listen to Crowns below:



On Saturday, Canterbury’s psych blues rock quartet, Broken Hands take to Birmingham’s Sunflower Lounge, hot on the heels of a busy festival season that included the likes of T in the Park, Dot to Dot and Live at Leeds. North London’s Storms and Birmingham rock act ANiMA provide support at what promises to be a very sweaty gig indeed. Find out more, and purchase advance tickets priced at £6, over on the event page.

Meanwhile, New Jersey’s The Front Bottoms are also live at The Institute in Digbeth supported by pop-punk singer songwriter Allison Weiss and emo pop outfit Panda Watch. For tickets and further info, head on over to the event page and don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook Event.

Listen to The Front Bottoms below:



Round off your week of live music with the Sunday Social which is at The Yardbird for the price of free every week. This Sunday, the combined jazz-funk talents of Martin Rowberry and David Clarke grace the stage along with the other talented musicians who form the Rowberry-Clarke Project. Support comes from the eloquent Brains for Breakfast and Demi Marriner. Find out more about all, here.