You are browsing the archive for Digbeth.

Augustines to play The Rainbow Warehouse

April 28, 2016 in News

Augustines return with ‘When Things Fall Apart’, the new single taken from their upcoming album, This Is Your Life, on via Caroline International, on 10th June 2016. The group, fresh from their own sold out Electric Ballroom and Manchester shows, and dates with Noel Gallagher in Europe, will play selected festivals (including headlining Dot to Dot) over the summer. They will later return to the UK for a full headline tour that includes their biggest Birmingham show to date at The Rainbow Warehouse.

Recorded in New Orleans and Los Angeles with long-time associate Peter Katis (The NationalInterpolFrightened Rabbit), This Is Your Life, the group’s third LP, follows 2014’s eponymous second album.

Ahead of the album’s release and the band’s recent shows, Augustines’ lead singer Billy McCarthy has also just completed a solo European tour, Journals, Maps, Stories and Songs, a mixture of (as its title suggests) autobiographical stories and songs from this charismatic and captivating frontman that was rightly hailed “a jaw-dropping, knockabout oddyssey” [The Independent *****”].

Augustines Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

AUGUSTINES PLAY THE RAINBOW WAREHOUSE BIRMINGHAM ON THURS 20TH OCTOBER 2016. TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM 9AM ON FRI 6TH MAY 2016 HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Are We Alive’ below:

Bry to play O2 Institute Birmingham

February 16, 2016 in News

Bry is an Irish singer/songwriter with a unique approach to life. Using social media as his vice, the young Irish man’s life goal is to travel to (and perform in) every single country in the world. Thus far, 59 countries have graciously been ticked off the list in just a few years.

Emboldened by the growth of his followers online, Bry (or BriBry as he was known until this year) saw the opportunity to take his music out of the online sphere and into the physical world. Operating without a manager, booking agent, or record label for 3 years, he booked trips overseas, tweeting his intention to be in a certain city at a set time, and then waiting with his guitar in tow to see who might show up.

In late 2014, a word-of-mouth recommendation from a friend led Jonny Quinn, Snow Patrol drummer and co-founder of Polar Patrol Publishing, to check out the singer-songwriter’s YouTube channel. In early 2015, Bry duly joined Belle and Sebastian, Johnny McDaid and more as the newest addition to the Polar Patrol stable. Bry is currently at work on his debut album.

Bry Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

BRY PLAYS O2 INSTITUTE3 BIRMINGHAM ON TUES 12TH APRIL 2016. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE FROM FRI 19TH FEB AT 9AM.

Watch the video for ‘Care’ below:

Sundara Karma to play The Rainbow Birmingham

January 7, 2016 in News

Sundara Karma are a Reading four piece who have previously claimed their indie-infused sound is “more refreshing than sunshine.”

Since forming in 2011, they have built a devoted following thanks to relentless touring. NME promptly noted  “hints of Arcade Fire and Bruce Springsteen in their powerful approach, all driving, rousing indie rock that proves that quartet can create euphoria more than one way.”

The quartet’s second EP, EP II, was released November 6th via Chess Club Records (home to MØ, Tove Stryke and Swim Deep).

Sundara Karma Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

SUNDARA KARMA PLAY THE RAINBOW BIRMINGHAM ON TUES 8TH MAY 2016, WITH SUPPORT FROM PALE WAVES. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Vivienne’ below:

The Joy Formidable announce intimate Birmingham show

January 7, 2016 in News

The Joy Formidable will return to the UK for a run of intimate performances in February 2016.

Says lead singer, guitarist Ritzy Bryan, “We’re really looking forward to playing these intimate UK dates in February. That same week, we’ll be releasing the first single off the new record & then enjoying the live shows to preview some other new material. Later in May, there will be a much longer run of the UK and Europe, once the album has been released.”

Last year saw the band embark on a U.S. tour, appear at Riotfest, and cover the Twin Peaks theme music.

The Welsh trio will release a new album in late Spring of 2016.

The Joy Formidable Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

THE JOY FORMIDABLE WILL PLAY THE RAINBOW BIRMINGHAM ON WED 24TH FEBRUARY 2016. TICKETS ON SALE 10AM ON FRI 8TH JANUARY HERE.

Watch ‘Silent Treatment’ below:

Jesse Malin to play O2 Institute Birmingham

December 8, 2015 in News

Fresh off the heels of New York Before The WarJesse Malin returns with his latest album, Outsiders, released via One Little Indian / Velvet Elk Records. Born from late night recording sessions in the Pennsylvania woods with producer Don DiLego, far from any expectations, this new record presents Jesse Malin in his rawest form yet.

Malin began playing live the age of 12 years old in the seminal hardcore band Heart Attack. Following several in-between bridge bands, he embarked on a solo career and has released six critically acclaimed records, starting with 2002’s The Fine Art of Self Destruction, produced by Ryan Adams. Malin has been nominated for the Shortlist Music Prize, received four star reviews in Rolling StoneUncutand more, and collaborated with artists such as Bruce SpringsteenGreen Day, and Wayne Kramer along the way.

February will also see the re-issue of The Fine Art of Self Destruction, featuring a bonus disc and brand new liner notes by Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Athem.

Jesse Malin Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

JESSE MALIN PLAYS THE INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM ON THURS 18TH FEBRUARY 2016. TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM 10AM ON WED 9TH DEC 2015 HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Turn Up the Mains’ below:

Ulrich Schnauss to play The Rainbow Birmingham

November 17, 2015 in News

German-born electronic artist Ulrich Schnauss announces a run of UK and Ireland dates next spring. The live shows will coincide with the release of his fifth studio album which will come out early next year.

At once uplifting and otherworldly, the music of Ulrich Schnauss combines multi-layered synthesizers with beats and ethereal vocals, serving as an aural escape route from the trappings of reality. As Schnauss explains, ‘I’ve always used making and listening to music as a way to escape – putting on headphones is a great way to leave reality behind for a while, reminding yourself why it still makes sense to carry on.’

In addition to recording his own album, Ulrich has been working on the new Tangerine Dream album also due for release in 2016. Ulrich is continuing the work of the late Edgar Froese who sadly passed away earlier this year.

Ulrich will be joined on stage by visual artist Nat Urazmetova. Nat has been working with Ulrich for the past few years, adding a powerful extra dimension to live performances.

Ulrich Schnauss Links: Website | Facebook 

ULRICH SCHNAUSS PLAYS THE RAINBOW BIRMINGHAM ON FRI 26TH FEBRUARY 2016. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch Ulrich perform at Norwich Sound & Vision Festival below:

Listen: Tigercub – ‘Antiseptic’

October 29, 2015 in News

Brighton’s grunge-pop trio Tigercub have shared a new song, titled ‘Antiseptic’. It’s the second track from their upcoming EP Repressed Semantics, due for release November 27th via Venn Records.

The band describe the EP as, “a bi-polar mixture of songs that represent to us, a cocktail of aggression and restraint, bottled up frustration and an absolute rejection of ideals presented to us by a divorcee-generation of self medicated baby-boomers. The old rules no longer apply. You are your life and nothing else”.

After touring the UK with Royal Blood and becoming Zane Lowe’s “Next Hype” on Radio 1, Tigercub are on track to become one of 2015ʼs breakthrough acts.

Tigercub Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

TIGERCUB PLAY THE RAINBOW BIRMINGHAM ON FRI 6TH NOVEMBER 2015, WITH SUPPORT FROM YOUTH MAN. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Listen to new track ‘Antiseptic’ below:

Introducing: Tax The Heat

September 30, 2015 in Introducing

“Tight, ferocious, crowd-pleasing, guitar-wielding, solo-humping, belting blues rock n roll band” - Altsounds.com

2015 has been an intense year for Bristol’s rising stars Tax The Heat. Following the release of two critically acclaimed singles (both of which were playlisted across rock radio), the band have cemented their live reputation by supporting the likes of Cadillac 3, Reef, The Graveltones, Black Star Riders, Masters Of Reality, Virginmarys and Thunder, alongside festival appearances at 2000 Trees and Download. The bands unique blend of classic blues driven rock with a modern alternative twist has won them a legion of fans along the way.

Newly signed to Nuclear Blast (home to acts such as Blues Pills, Black Star Riders & Crobot), the band are currently putting the finishing touches to their anticipated debut album, Fed To the Lions, which is due for release in March 2016.

Tax the Heat Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

TAX THE HEAT PLAY THE RAINBOW CELLAR BIRMINGHAM ON TUES 1ST DECEMBER 2015. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Highway Home’ below:

Introducing: Naytronix

September 10, 2015 in News

Following the announcement of his new album, Mister Divine, Naytronix (Nate Brenner of tUnE-yArDs) shares another slice of his soulful electronics with new song ‘Back In Time’.

Naytronix’s latest musical offering sees him turning from the disjointedly funky party dance anthems of his debut Dirty Glow to surrealist stream of consciousness poignancy. Throughout Mister Divine, an arsenal of bright percussion underpins Nate’s tranquil vocals, complete with flickering synth sounds and a driving hook courtesy of Nate’s weapon of choice, the bass guitar.

It’s an album that’s hard to pin down periodically; modern themes fuse seamlessly with classic elements. There’s dub, there’s funk, there’s minimalist new wave, there’s jazz, hip hop and lots of electronic. More importantly there’s a lot of soul and warmth in these songs. Naytronix belongs to no musical microcosm other than it’s own, it’s own small tiny galaxy… but it’s expanding.

NAYTRONIX PLAYS THE RAINBOW CELLAR ON WEDNESDAY 25TH NOVEMBER 2015. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE.

Naytronix Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Listen to ‘Back In Time’ below:

Peace announce intimate Birmingham show

August 3, 2015 in News

Peace, one of the UK’s most exciting young live bands, announce a super intimate warm-up show at The Institute on Thurs 27th August 2015, ahead of their Reading & Leeds Festival appearances. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 7th August.

2015 has already seen the release of the quartet’s much anticipated second Top 20 album, Happy People, as well as a sellout UK tour in January. The band play Reading & Leeds in August, before embarking on a mammoth tour this autumn that includes a date at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Sat 10th October.

The four-piece leapt into the hearts of the public with their joyously escapist debut album In Love in 2013. Their heart-on-sleeve indie anthemics, impulsive and charismatic frontman Harry Kossier, and knack for writing a genuine song hook swiftly saw the colourful Birmingham four piece grace every tastemaker music front cover, play two sold out Shepherds Bush Empires shows, and pop a top 20 debut album in their back pocket.

Fast-forward to present day and Peace have stepped up from songs for indie clubs, to something much, much bigger. Happy People has the kind of ambitious spirit which has the potential of touching lives of millions. The brilliance of these songs is in their effervescence — in how for all the craft and consideration and studio experimentation, how irresistible and irrepressible and effortless they sound. These are songs of youth and joy, these are choruses to be sung loud and en masse, this is the sound of a band on fire.

Peace Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

PEACE PLAY A SUPER INTIMATE WARM UP SHOW AT THE INSTITUTE ON THURS 27TH AUGUST 2015. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE FROM 10AM ON FRI 7TH AUGUST.

Watch the interactive lyric video for ‘I’m a Girl’ below: