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Jesse Malin announces Mama Roux’s show

April 26, 2017 in News

Few in the modern musical landscape have reinvented themselves like Jesse Malin. Revered by iconic figures from Bruce Springsteen and Joe Strummer to Joey Ramoneand Jim Jarmusch, Malin’s writing is a fearless blend of gritty street poetry and incisive self-reflection. “His songs are so good they hurt my feelings,” Ryan Adams once said, and it’s little wonder considering Malin’s ability to bridge the reckless abandon of The Replacements with the sensitive introspection of Neil Young.

Malin’s career began on Manhattan’s Lower East Side at the age of 12, when founded the pioneering hardcore band Heart Attack, which would go on to release the seminal God Is Dead 7-inch and play dates with Bad BrainsBlack Flag, the Dead Kennedys, and more.

His 2002 debut solo album The Fine Art Of Self Destruction, produced by Ryan Adams, was stripped-down, acoustic, raw, and intimate, and it was an unqualified smash with press on both sides of the pond. Malin would spend the next decade-and-a-half blurring the lines between singer-songwriter and punk rocker. Malin returned with a bang in 2015, releasing a pair of albums within seven months of each other. Showcasing a newfound musical adventurousness that tipped its cap to the bass-driven grooves of The Clash and punchy brass of Motown, New York Before The War and Outsiders found Malin tying together all the disparate threads of his musical life like never before.

Jesse Malin Link: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Jesse Malin plays Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Mon 3rd July 2017, with support from Matthew Ryan. Tickets available here.

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Sam Brookes to play Mama Roux’s Birmingham

April 26, 2017 in News

London based songsmith Sam Brookes is one of the UK alt-folk’s best kept secrets. His acclaimed 2014 album Kairoswas tipped by The Independent for a Mercury Prize nomination, received support from the likes of Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2.

Sam’s singing career began at an early age, filling the rafters of Her Majesty the Queen’s private chapel, as a chorister. Now his unmistakable, soaring vocal combined with crafty arrangements, deft guitar-playing and arresting lyrics delivers an aural patchwork that has been positively likened to Wild BeastsBon IverNick Drake and Tim Buckley.

Sam is also the featured vocalist on the Basement Jaxx single ‘What A Difference Your Love Makes’ and has collaborated with the likes of Lucy Rose and Newton Faulkner.

Sam Brookes Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Sam Brookes plays Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Sun 30th April 2017, with support from Low Chimes & Eve Pitt. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Numb’ below:

Introducing: Parekh & Singh

April 21, 2017 in News

Parekh & Singh are a dream-pop duo from Kolkata, India. Nischay Parekh sings, plays guitar, keyboards and synths. Jivraj Singh plays drums, drum machines and effects. While Nischay has one foot in this world and the other in the realm of dreams, Jivraj is a student of math and logic and drawn to life’s darker recesses. Friends, enemies, neighbours and brothers – they wrestle, play table tennis, eat, think, argue, play chess and roam the streets. But, above all, they make music of whimsical, magical beauty and Ocean is their debut album.

These office dreamers have conjured nine glowing tracks of cosmic pop that shimmer like an Indian sunset. While undeniably sun-kissed, a darkness lurks within. Innocence is tempered by experience. The pill-popping oddity of ‘Hill’ plays like a ‘B’ movie trailer. With the latter stealing a line from Annie Hall, a shared love of Woody AllenDavid Lynch and Wes Anderson comes as no surprise.

Parekh & Singh Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Parekh & Singh play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Wed 24th May 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘I Love You Baby, I Love You Doll’ below:

WATCH: Gurr – ‘Ode To Oatmeal’

April 20, 2017 in News

Berlin garage-pop duo Gurr release video for the new single ‘Ode To Oatmeal’. Gurr embark on a joint headline tour with Brighton quartet Yonaka this spring.

Later this month the duo will release their new EP Furry Dream, a follow up to their last album In My Head, and have just dropped a bright, shimmying new song called ‘Ode To Oatmeal’, all about the glory of being able to live on cheap food.

Director Luis Krummenacher’s video has a charming and obvious concept: We see the band members singing while oatmeal (and, sometimes, milk) rains down on them.

Yonaka & Gurr play Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Thurs 11th May 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Ode To Oatmeal’ below:

Kevin Devine announces show at The Sunflower Lounge

April 20, 2017 in News


Kevin Devine is used to living life in the gray. For the past 14 years, the Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter has oscillated between As and Bs: intimate acoustic moments and bombastic rock songs; deeply introspective lyrics and sociopolitical charges; the storm cloud and its silver lining.

Produced by John Agnello (Sonic YouthDinosaur Jr.) and released via Brand New’s Procrastinate! Music Traitorslabel, Instigator is Devine’s ninth full-length album and comes on the heels of a busy few years. In addition to recording two albums with Bad Books (the indie-rock supergroup he formed with members of Manchester Orchestra), he released the Kickstarter-funded double-album collection Bubblegum and Bulldozerin 2013 along with the wildly ambitious 2015 Devinyl Splits 7” series with the likes of Brand New’s Jesse Lacey, Perfect Pussy‘s Meredith Graves and Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws.

Devine is a master storyteller, and he imbues Instigator – from the biting power-pop of ‘Both Ways’ and ‘No Why’ to the angular, Nirvana-esque ‘Guard Your Gates’ and gorgeously finger-picked ‘No One Says You Have To’ – with intricate details and often-uncomfortable truths. Their meanings are personal, but their themes are universal. It’s a skill that makes both his albums and his live show so alluring. Even when Devine’s writing about the world at large, he’s pointing a mirror back at himself.

Kevin Devine Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Kevin Devine plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Wed 12th July 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Instigator’ below:

BC Camplight to play NoteBar Birmingham

April 18, 2017 in News

Lost treasure needn’t be found in the distant past; the 21st century hides many artists who disappeared into the great wide yonder. BC Camplight is one such example. The alter-ego of American songwriter Brian Christinzio released albums in 2005 and 2007, both gems of a certain psych-pop vintage, combining eloquent songwriting with a self-destructive bent.

His last album How To Die In The North, recorded in his adopted home of Manchester, England, is a fantastically rich, stylistically diverse trip. From dramatic, layered pop to a haunted take on Sixties sunshine-pop, from blue-eyed soul to speedy surf-pop, from sparser piano balladry to psychedelic showstoppers and a grand finale that’s part Nilsson and part Broadway showtune.

Originally from New Jersey, Christinzio started playing piano aged just four, inspired by his mum’s Jerry Lee Lewis and Nilsson records and his Dad’s classical collection. Depression and crippling hypochondria clashed with captaining the football team and a penchant for boxing. Post-school, he fell in with people, “willing to go through shit to be a musician,” which saw him relocate to Philadelphia where he occasionally played live with Philly faves The War On Drugs and guested on Sharon Van Etten‘s album Epic.

BC Camplight will be playing a special solo piano show at new venue NoteBar.

BC Camplight Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

BC Camplight plays NoteBar Birmingham on Fri 21st April 2017, with support from Grace Lightman and Alex Ohm. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Just Because I Love You’ below:

Charlie Straw to play Ort

April 5, 2017 in News

Charlie Straw doesn’t know when to stop. He’s relentless in his artistry, a perfectionist who’s dedication has taken him across the country several times over. Debut single ‘St. Ives’ was an explosive online success, quickly racking up more than a quarter of a million streams. Setting out on the road, Charlie Straw couch-surfed his way across the UK, playing a total of 30 dates in 30 days.

Originally from the Wirral and now based between Leeds and London, Charlie’s music sits somewhere between Blues and Folk. Taking inspiration from artists including Justin Vernon and Jeff Buckley right through to Howlin’ Wolf and Etta James, his sets consist of calming songs mixed with a dark, soulful edge.

Alongside sessions for BBC Leeds and BBC Introducing, he has supported artists such as James Morrison, James Bay, Nathaniel Rateliffe and Marika Hackman, as well as numerous UK festivals.

Charlie Straw Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Charlie Straw plays Ort Birmingham on Thurs 13th April 2017, with support from Ryan Sparrow, Matt Millard and Lucy Shaw. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘St Ives’ below:

Kite Base announce Birmingham show

April 3, 2017 in News

Kite Base, a two-piece band consisting of bass guitarists Ayse Hassan (Savages) and Kendra Frost, have announced details of a headline U.K. tour in June. The band previously announced a run of shows supporting Thor & Friends (Thor Harris of Swans / Shearwater) and an appearance at this year’s Field Day Festival.

The band also recently played a sold-out show at London’s Kamio, bagged a double-page spread in Loud & Quiet and picked their top-5 albums for London in Stereo.

They recently released ‘Transition’, which was accompanied by a visually stunning video based around live footage taken from the band’s sold-out show at London’s Electrowerkz at the end of last year and directed by Simone Pellegrini & Giorgio Testi. The track is a taster from their forthcoming debut album, Latent Whispers, which is released on Friday May 26th 2017.

“There are traces of everything from Stereolab’s urban sophistication to PJ Harvey’s ferocity to Radiohead’s artful darkness to Sufjan Stevens’ childlike singsong in this music” – Stereogum

Kite Base Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Kite Base play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Tues 13th June 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Transition’ below:

WATCH: C Duncan – ‘Like You Do’

March 31, 2017 in News

Fresh from supporting Elbow on their recent tour, Glasgow-based songwriter/producer C Duncan has shared his new video for ‘Like You Do’.

The Helen Plumb-directed clip keeps things simple and focusses on the delicate presence of Duncan himself. Here’s what the director has to say about her work:

“The lyrics in ‘Like You Do’ are very powerful and intimate and we wanted the video to be simple enough that C Duncan could tell the story himself. We distorted the image throughout the video to convey uncertainty and confusion and captured his image in short bursts to represent the feeling of being stuck in a loop.”

With a brand new and bigger live show in tow, C Duncan has blossomed into a fully accomplished live artist. Having fast-tracked from playing basement venues alone to selling out 900 cap venues within a year, his live show has come along hugely. Now joined by a four-piece band, they provide the perfect backdrop for his hushed vocals and help execute the plentiful harmonies with mesmerising precision.

C Duncan plays Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Mon 8th May 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Like You Do’ below:

The Urban Voodoo Machine to play new Bham venue

March 30, 2017 in News

The Urban Voodoo Machine’s music would sound like a great night out in a dangerous part of town. From the get-go, The UVM fused junkyard blues and stinging rockabilly with mariachi horns, fiddles, sinister cabaret and punk rock tangos. “I wanted to play rock’n’roll music with a different instrumentation,” says Angel, “taking inspiration from everything from delta blues, latin and gypsy music without losing the spirit and attitude of punk.” His lyrics – part Lemmy, part Bob Dylan – made other (more acclaimed) songwriters sound totally. Fucking. Boring.

“We’re not Americana and were definitely not ‘retro’,” says Angel. “I write songs about living in London right now. Although having a shit time, no money, heartbreak, mental illness, addiction and suppression from the big guy is kinda universal and timeless, I guess…”

The Urban Voodoo Machine Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

The Urban Voodoo Machine play new Birmingham venue The Castle and Falcon (formerly Ceol Castle) on Sat 1st April 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Rather You Shot Me Down’ below: