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This Week: Gig Roundup 11th May – 17th May

May 11, 2015 in News

Another busy week gets underway with a visit from American indie quartet Sun Club on Tuesday who bring their infectious sunshine-pop to The Sunflower Lounge. Bringing it to a close on Sunday we are delighted to bring you a special free entry show from local indie favourites JAWS. In between we have shows from Paper Aeroplanes, David Ford, Clare Maguire, Lazy Habits, Bear, The Bots, God Damn, Son of Dave, and loads more. Phew, what a week! More details about all our shows can be found below:

TUESDAY 12TH MAY

Sun Club + KIN @ The Sunflower Lounge 

The US indie quintet are influenced by Animal Collective and The Beach Boys and create dirty sunshine pop to get your body grooving. After working with producer Steve Wright, their debut EP was released on Goodnight Records on January 21st 2014. Support comes from KIN. Tickets are available here.

Listen to ‘Beauty Meat’ below:

WEDNESDAY 13TH MAY

Paper Aeroplanes + Lewis & Leigh @ The Rainbow

The Welsh duo return with their intoxicating brand of alt folk on new album Joy following 2013′s critically acclaimed release Little Letters. ‘Guessing Game’, the first single, added more rhythmic and electronic elements to the band’s trademark acoustic sound, bringing to mind the likes of Lykke LiFlorence and Feist. The new album, released March 2015, continues this theme, a varied and thrilling collection of songs to augment their already stunning live set. Support comes from Lewis & Leigh. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Guessing Game’ below:

THURSDAY 14TH MAY

David Ford @ The Rainbow

Throughout his decade long career, David Ford has been lauded by press and public alike for creating music that combines Americana, English melodicism & rock ‘n’ roll. With four critically-acclaimed studio albums and a live show defined by The Guardian as ‘unmissable’, Ford is essential listening for anyone who gives a damn about music. A multi-instrumentalist and master of the loop pedal, Ford’s mesmerising live performances regularly sell-out venues on both sides of the Atlantic. As well as playing headline shows to his devoted and loyal fan base, he has toured with and supported artists such as Elvis Costello and Ray LaMontagne. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Pour A Little Poison’ below:

FRIDAY 15TH MAY

Clare Maguire + Jax Jones (Rhythm & Blues Set) @ The Glee Club * SOLD OUT*

The Birmingham-born songstress blessed with an almighty powerful voice brings her three week residency at The Glee Club to a close with another sold out show. Back with a thundering 60′s influenced soul-pop sound, Clare releases her eagerly-awaited new album later this year following the success of her new EP released April 13th via Virgin/EMI. More info can be found here.

Watch the video for ‘Don’t Mess Me Around’ below:

Lazy Habits + Fjokra @ The Rainbow

With the hype of upcoming sophomore album The Atrocity Exhibition fully lighting the way, brass infused hip-hop trailblazers Lazy Habits are set to ignite the UK music scene. The Kicking the Clouds tour will be the first live opportunity to hear the seven-piece’s explosive new material, which has been garnering celebrity and industry support in the lead up to it’s anticipated release later this year. Support comes from Dublin-based Fjokra. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Fades’ below:

SATURDAY 16TH MAY

*FREE ENTRY* Acoustic Sessions: Bear + Ed Geater + Stylusboy + James Attwood @ The Glee Club

An exciting blend of acoustic, hip hop, and soul, Bear are Wolverhampton vocalist Faye Smith, accompanied by French multi-instrumentalist Gordon Begard. Begard provides a perfectly gauged backdrop of guitar and beats for Smith’s unique voice, which belongs amongst the likes of Selah Sue, Adele, Janis Joplin, Florence Welch, and at times Lauren Hill. Meeting in Toulouse, France, Bear have travelled and played together for little over a year, they now call Birmingham their home and seek to see how the city and beyond, through the people they meet, can influence their sound. Support comes from Ed Geater, Stylusboy and James Attwood. More info can be found here.

Listen to ‘For Me’ below:

Son Of Dave @ The Rainbow

Churning out the hits of yesteryear and today, legendary bluesman Son of Dave will be heading to Birmingham with his unmistakable music, made with harmonica, beatbox, percussion and a loopstation. Last November saw the launch of a new series of “Filthy 45′s” where Son of Dave took on some classic (and not so classic) tunes, giving them his own unmistakable mistreatment. Already known for his renditions of ‘Bonkers’ –Dizzie Rascal, ‘Black Betty’ – Ram Jam, ‘Bom Bom’ – Sam and the Womp, and many more, he decided to bow to public demand and crank out more crowd pleasers. His live show has already toured five continents and earned him a cult status amongst a diverse audience. With a CV as long as your arm and a briefcase full of naughty tricks, this is not to be missed. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Tequila’ below:

The Bots @ The Rainbow Cellar

The US garage-rock duo, who have received praise from Zane Lowe & Rolling Stone, released their debut album Pink Palms in October 2014 to widespread critical acclaim. They duo have already kicked off 2015 in winning fashion with themmbeing named “L.A.’s most celebrated rock duo” by LA Weekly and featured in Interview Magazine’s “15 Faces of 2015”. They made their national TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers, in February 2015, performing their single ‘Blinded’. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Blinded’ below:

God Damn + Elephantine + Bad Girlfriend + False Grails @ The Sunflower Lounge *SOLD OUT*

Dropped like a pipe-bomb into the British rock scene, Wolverhampton noise makers God Damn released their debut album Vultures on 11th May to widespread praise. A dizzying blend of barbed wire guitars, lung-shredding vocals and drums that run away like wild horses. It’s all the more effective when you learn God Damn are a stripped-down two-piece. Their set-up has naturally drawn comparisons to fellow rising bands such as Slaves and Royal Blood (we’re inclined to name-check Winnnebago Deal and Wet Nuns at this juncture too) but really that is where comparisons to duos end. God Damn always call themselves “a band.” Support comes from local noise rockers Elephantine, heavy garage rockers Bad Girlfriend and False Grails. More info can be found here.

Watch the video for ‘When The Wind Blows’ below:

SUNDAY 17TH MAY

*FREE ENTRY* JAWS @ Venue TBA

Following the release of their debut album Be Slowly, and their sold out show at The Institute, JAWS announce a FREE ENTRY show this Sunday at a secret location. More details about the event will be released later on this week, so stay tuned for more info. Click here for more details on how to enter.

Watch the video for ‘Be Slowly’ below:

Elephantine to play EP Launch show

September 18, 2014 in News

Fronted by the classically trained enigmatic Anna Palmer, who follows former student Laura Mvula straight out of the world renowned Birmingham Conservatoire. Her unique shrieking vocals and PJ Harvey-esque presence create something of a breath of fresh air in today’s somewhat stagnant music scene that can often be safety over substance. Backed by Guitarist Thomas Ford who has arrived back in his home town via Berkley, Boston and his old school friend Sebastian Maynard Francis on drums their time has come to unleash their heavy riffs on the world.

Influenced by the likes of Jeff Buckley, Kate Bush, Sonic Youth, Deerhoof and Weezer, Elephantine are a constant exploration which will continue to evolve and entertain.

Their debut EP Glimmer is the first release on _records, on 13th October. Released on limited edition vinyl and all digital formats.

Listen to ‘Porcelain’ below:

ELEPHANTINE PLAY THE SUNFLOWER LOUNGE ON FRIDAY 10TH OCTOBER 2014, WITH SUPPORT FROM YOUTH MAN & CONNOR HEMMING. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

 

This Week: Gig Roundup 19th – 25th May

May 20, 2014 in News

Here we round up the next seven days worth of gigs we have to offer. With popular indie pop bands to punk-noise trios to B-town legends, spend this week seeing the diverse acts Birmingham has to offer at all the best venues in town.

MONDAY 19TH MAY

Drowners + Cold Ocean Lies @ The Sunflower Lounge

Fresh from supporting fellow New Yorker’s SKATERS, we have Drowners returning to Birmingham for their own headline show at The Sunflower Lounge. They will be showcasing their garage pop tracks from latest eponymous album including ‘Luv, Hold Me Down’ and ‘A Button on Your Blouse’. With support from local four piece Cold Ocean Lies, grab your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Luv, Hold Me Down’ below:


WEDNESDAY 21ST MAY

Young Rebel Set + Empire Divide + Broken Witt Rebels @ The Sunflower Lounge

Experience a night of rebellion with our second offering this week – five piece Young Rebel Set. With upcoming performances at Tomorrow Festival, Weekender, Southside Festival, Hurricane Festival and Stockton Calling, as well as their UK tour, these folk infused indie boys have a busy few months ahead of them and we are delighted they will be stopping at The Sunflower Lounge in the midst of it all. With strong local support from Empire Divide and Broken Witt Rebels don’t miss out and get your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Tuned Transmission’ below:


THURSDAY 22ND MAY 

Tiny Ruins @ The Glee Club

To celebrate their first signing with Bella Union, Tiny Ruins will be promoting their second album ‘Brightly Painted One’ on tour and will be stopping by The Glee Club on Thursday evening.  Based in New Zealand and previously a solo act, Tiny Ruins have supported artists such as Beach HouseJoanna NewsomFleet FoxesFather John MistyThe Handsome Family and Calexico we cannot wait to see what they bring in Brum. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Days Are Long, Nights Are Longer’ below:

 

The Struts + Friday Club + The Concept @ Hare & Hounds, King’s Heath

If indie rock reminiscent of a combination of The Libertines and Queen is more your thing, stop by Hare & Hounds and catch The Struts on Thursday night. Having recently gained recognition with their instantly addictive track ‘I Just Know’ which featured on a TV Denim campaign, the band will be sure to play tracks from the debut album which is set for release this Summer. Birmingham based support from Friday Club and The Concept, get your tickets now here.

Watch the video for ‘Matter Of Time’ below:


FRIDAY 23RD MAY

The Hoosiers + Ariana & The Rose + Capital Sun @ The Institute

The Hoosiers have made a come back with new album ‘The News From Nowhere’ and UK tour, including a show at The Institute. The self-produced and self-released album is said to be a true return to form. With support from the beautiful New York based Ariana & The Rose and local band Capital Sun, tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Make or Break’ below:

 

Thumpers + Cut Ribbons + Field Harmonics + Arc Vel @ Hare & Hounds, King’s Heath

You can also catch Thumpers at Hare & Hounds performing on Friday night at Hare & Hounds. Ex-members of Pull Tiger Tail who have reformed into an unstoppable duo who were recently signed to mighty American Sup Pop Records. Having been tipped hotly by the likes of VEVOTransmitterThe Line of Best Fit,Independent on SundayFake DIY and Amazing Radio, Thumpers will showcase debut album ‘Galore’. Supported by Cut Ribbons, Field Harmonics and Arc Vel, grab your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Galore’ below:


SATURDAY 24TH MAY

Youth Man + Elephantine + Adore @ The Sunflower Lounge

With festival slots lined up at The Great EscapeLiverpool Sound City, 2000 Trees & Y Not Festival, trio Youth Man will be playing a warm up headline show at The Sunflower Lounge on Saturday night. By the end of their brakeless juggernaut of a show – once the ringing in your ears has subsided – you’ll have plenty to talk about. With popular local support from Elephantine and Adore you don’t wanna miss this show, tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Wide Awake’ below:

 

Swim Deep + The Magic Gang + Juice @ The Oobelck

If you’re a B-Twon fan there’s nowhere else to be this Bank Holiday Saturday other than brand new venue The Oobleck at Alfie Birds in The Custrad Factory where Swim Deep will be playing. Taking a break from writing their much-anticipated second album, the Birmingham four-piece will join us for the launch weekend of of the venue. Due to popular demand we have released a limited amount of 14+ tickets for the show so don’t miss out and catch The Magic Gang and Juice supporting. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘King City’ below:


SUNDAY 25TH MAY

Joe Miles + Holly Aires + Connor Hemming + Wes Dance @ The Yardbird

If you’re city centre bound this Bank Holiday Sunday why not round off your week at the Sunday Social at The Yardbird, where singer/songwriter Joe Miles, acoustic act Holly Aires, folk rock act Connor Hemming and the mesmerising Wes Dance are playing. Entry to this event is free, find out all you know here.

Watch Joe’s cover of Michael Buble’s ‘Home’: