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This Week: Gig Roundup 6th – 12th April

April 7, 2015 in News

As touring season gets into full swing, we’ve got even more musical treats lined up for you with a show for every day of the week! The week kicks off with a visit from up-and-coming Scottish fuzz-pop duo Tuff Love, followed by a welcome return from New York noise-makers A Place To Bury Strangers, then a long-awaited hometown headline show from local heroes Superfood, plus Suburban Legends, Ekkah and Balthazar closing the week with a bang! The full week’s listings can be found below:

MONDAY 6th APRIL

Tuff Love + The Jacarandas + Jump The Shark @ The Sunflower Lounge

Glasgow two-piece Tuff Love are creators of hyper-infectious, fuzzed-up, lo-fi pop music that the city is so famous for. The band have previously supported the likes of Real Estate, Perfect Pussy, Joanna Gruesome, Honeyblood & PAWS and have been championed by the likes of Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Rob Da Bank and Huw Stephens. Be sure to catch this band in a small venue while you can! Support comes from Birmingham indie-popsters The Jacarandas and Brit Award Winners Jump The Shark. Tickets are available here.

Listen to ‘Groucho’ below:

TUESDAY 7th APRIL

A Place To Bury Strangers + September Girls + Fauxchisels @ The Rainbow

New York noise purveyors A Place to Bury Strangers returned with their fourth studio album Transfixiation, released on the 17th February 2015 via Dead Oceans. Catch them debut tracks from the critically acclaimed album when they play The Rainbow on Tuesday, joined by Irish all-female noise-pop five-piece September Girls and local racket-makers Fauxchisels. It’s gonna get loud… Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘You Are the One’ below:

WEDNESDAY 8th APRIL

Bipolar Sunshine + Cape Cub + Shatter Effect @ The Institute 

After announcing festival slots including Longitude, Reading & Leeds and Glastonbury, Bipolar Sunshine will once again make a hotly anticipated appearance at The Institute Birmingham. The solo project of Manchester based Adio Marchant, previously of Kid British fame, continues to impress and carve out his own singular path. Latest single ‘Daydreamer’, described as “a warm breeze of a song… that channels 1970′s Elton to dreamy effect” by  The Times, provides a teaser for his upcoming album. Support comes from much-talked-about solo artist Cape Cub and local electro rock act Shatter Effect. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Deckchairs on the Moon’ below:

Superfood + YAK + Black Honey @ Rainbow Warehouse 

The Birmingham indie quartet play their biggest hometown headline show to date following the sold out NME New Breed Tour and the release of their debut album Don’t Say That on 3rd November through Infectious Music. Originally touted as heralding a re-birth of cheeky, choppy indie guitar pop, Superfood dug deeper to record an album that’s energy, warmth, and wit was infectious. The Midlands four-piece have travelled well over the past twelve months, taking to the road alongside Wolf Alice and We Are Scientists, but now they take to the Rainbow Warehouse joined by London-based buzzband YAK and up-and-comers Black Honey. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Mood Bomb’ below:

THURSDAY 9th APRIL

Retox + Warsawwasraw + Opium Lord @ The Sunflower Lounge

Featuring Justin Pearson (The Locust, Head Wound City), Retox have emerged from the collective depths of San Diego & LA with their latest antagonistic effort, Beneath California. Varying styles and sonically experimenting, melding the raw with the refined, the band continuously teases, yet never settles on any one genre. Since their conception in 2011, they have toured with similarly like-minded acts such as Melt-Banana, Tomahawk, OFF!, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Doomsday Student. Support comes from blistering avant-thrash punk duo Warsawwasraw and Opium Lord. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Lets Not Keep In Touch’ below:

Suburban Legends & MC Lars + The Bottom Line @ The Rainbow

Third wave ska vets, Orange County’s Suburban Legends, return with their distinct blend of fizzy ska and sugary pop, with accents of disco and funk. The group’s latest EP, Dreams Aren’t Real But These Songs Are (Rock Ridge Music), is a reverently played and imaginatively arranged collection of Disney classics. Suburban Legends have built an impressive live profile playing multiple tours throughout the US, UK, Europe, and Canada, undertaking successful runs with big names like Reel Big FishLess Then JakeBowling for Soup, and GoldfingerThe band are joined by MC Lars and The Bottom Line. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Kiss the Girl’ below:

FRIDAY 10th APRIL

The Assist + Fleece @ The Rainbow

The Assist are a 4 piece indie/alternative band from Walsall. The lads have a huge passion for real music, and their honest, hard hitting lyrics speak for themselves. It’s music that anyone can identify with from sing along anthems to infectious guitar riffs. They recently featured in the Itunes Alternative Chart with their track ‘Walsall FC Go To Wembley’, the official anthem for Walsall Football Club’s trip to the stadium. The band are joined by local indie four-piece Fleece. Tickets are available here.

Listen to ‘In Your Ear’ below:

SATURDAY 11th APRIL

Ekkah + Chartreuse @ The Sunflower Lounge

Hotly-tipped Birmingham duo EKKAH have announced they will return to The Sunflower Lounge this spring, following a triumphant headline show back in January. The pair recently released their much-anticipated debut EP Last Chance To Dance in November via new label Year One Recordings (UK) and Honeymoon (US). The band will be joined by local favourites Chartreuse. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Last Chance to Dance’:

SUNDAY 12th APRIL

Balthazar + CHAMPS @ The Sunflower Lounge

The Belgian indie-rock quintet return with their much-anticipated third album Thin Walls, released 30th March via Play It Again Sam, the follow up 2012′s acclaimed effort Rats. Having been holed up in the studio, the band emerge bearing new tracks, whetting appetites and their first live shows of 2015, including a show at Birmingham’s Sunflower Lounge. Balthazar are joined by folk-pop duo CHAMPS. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Bunker’ below:

Watch: A Place to Bury Strangers – ‘What We Don’t See’

April 2, 2015 in News

New York noise purveyors A Place to Bury Strangers have released the video for their latest single ‘What We Don’t See’.

Directed by Jimmy Fusil, the track is taken from the band’s latest album Transfixiation, released via Dead Oceans on February 17th. The album, that scored an impressive 8/10 on Drowned in Sound, sees the band produce a sound even closer to the intense level of their infamous live show.

Rather than fixate on precious recording techniques and minute details, the members of the group — Ackermann, Lunadon, and hard-hitting drummer Robi Gonzalez — trusted their instincts and tried to keep things as pure as possible. If that meant a mess of cross-contaminated microphones and mud-caked mistakes, so be it. Music is much more exhilarating when it’s unpredictable, and from the tortured straight-to-tape transmission of “I Will Die” and molten funk melodies of “Straight” to the violent guitar spasms, cannon-like drums and not-so-idle threats of “Deeper,” this is very much an unpredictable record.

A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS PLAY THE RAINBOW BIRMINGHAM ON TUES 7TH APRIL 2015, WITH SUPPORT FROM SEPTEMBER GIRLS & FAUXCHISELS. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘What We Don’t See’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 9th March – 15th March

March 12, 2015 in News

We’ve got another jam-packed week for you this week, with three amazing shows from Birmingham-born singer-songwriter Benjamin Yellowitz, a visit from highly-acclaimed Bristol experimental quintet Zun Zun Egui, and after a four year musical evolution, a welcome return from electronic Leeds five-piece Vessels. We are also proud to present Clover Fields Festival, St. Patrick’s Parade’s biggest party live on Adderley Street! We’ll have DJ sets from top bands, including The Enemy and The Twang, plus live music from a whole host of up-and-coming folk acts. So don’t miss out, come and join the biggest St. Patrick’s Day party in Birmingham! Check out all our events for the week below:

THURSDAY 12TH MARCH 

Benjamin Yellowitz + Just Boy + Brains For Breakfast @ Hare & Hounds

The Birmingham-born singer-songwriter arrives back in his hometown to celebrate the release of his brand new EP before continuing on his UK/European tour. The self-produced musician, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist takes acoustic roots to new levels with his dark ambient production style. Since the release of his first demo Blue Light, Benjamin has performed extensively across the UK and Europe. His reputation has been pushed further by the backing from highly respected acts such as Ben Howard, Fink and Coldplay. Support comes from local indie-rock artist Just Boy and Walsall-based multi-instrumentalist Brains for Breakfast. Tickets are available here.

Watch Benjamin perform ‘Ash Wednesday’ below:


SATURDAY 14TH MARCH 

Zun Zun Egui + The Courtesy Group + Fauxchisels @ The Sunflower Lounge

Zun Zun Egui formed in Bristol in late 2008. A love for experimentation, free jazz, fusion, DIY culture, throwing parties and playing wild shows was the glue that bonded the outfit together. All of these varied disciplines were marshalled to produce their debut Katang on Bella Union. Even for a band as exploratory and talented as ZZE though, the step up in terms of songwriting and inspiration since Katang is astounding and it is already clear that new LP Shackles’ Gift is one of the most unique and thrilling that will be released in 2015. Support comes from Birmingham’s own tunemongering grinesters, The Courtesy Group and Birmingham-based noise-makers Fauxchisels. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘African Tree’ below:


SUNDAY 15TH MARCH 

Vessels + Pink Violence + Free School (DJ Set) + @ Hare & Hounds

The transformation is complete. After four years of incremental musical evolution, Leeds quintet Vessels emerge into the light with a brave and brilliant new sound.  With their new album Dilate, Vessels are firmly focused on the euphoria of the dancefloor. Always a consummate live act, recent performances have been an unholy communion, maintaining the crystalline melodies and crushing dynamics of Vessels’ previous life as a rock band: two drummers front and centre, band and audience feeding off each other’s energy. Support comes from Pink Violence, the brain child of electronic music producer Jason Tyler. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Echo In’ below:

Clover Fields Festival FT. DJ sets from The Twang & The Enemy @ Adderley Street, Digbeth

St Patrick’s Parade is Birmingham’s biggest festival, a day to celebrate, have fun and dance the night away, and each year it gets bigger and better. This year, The Old Crown,The Rainbow and Birmingham Promoters have teamed up to bring you Clover Fields, the parade’s biggest party live on Adderley Street! Clover Fields will be bringing massive indie names, local legends and new comers for one day only. Featuring sets from The Enemy (DJ Set), The Twang (DJ Set), Brian Travers UB40 (DJ Set), Young Folk (from Ireland), Red Light Room and The Sharp Darts. Tickets are available here.

This Week: Gig Roundup 10th – 16th November

November 10, 2014 in News

We have another busy week of gigs coming up , including a sold out show from critically acclaimed poet, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest, a performance from revived and re-energised rock quartet Solemn Sun and a visit from the ‘future of hip-hop’ Shabazz Palaces. Check out all the info below…

MONDAY 10th NOVEMBER 

Shabazz Palaces + MoD + Leftfoot DJs @ Hare & Hounds

Described as “the future of hip-hop”, Shabazz Palaces are a Seattle-based experimental hip-hop group led by Ishmael Butler, aka Palaceer Lazaro (formerly Butterfly of jazz–hip hop group Digable Planets) and multi-instrumentalist Tendai “Baba” Maraire. With support from Birmingham’s very own MoD and Leftfoot DJs, this gig is not one to be missed! Get your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘#CAKE’ below:


TUESDAY 11th NOVEMBER 

Simply Dylan @ The Glee Club 

Liverpool based artist John O’Connell will be taking Simply Dylan – his personal exploration and celebration of the rich and diverse work of Bob Dylan – along with band across the UK for the very first time this November. This is no ordinary interpretation of Bob Dylan, this is a remarkable and exceptional project which promises to delight Dylan fans young and old. Tickets are available here

Watch the video for ‘Precious Angel’ below:

 

The Lost Brothers + Lisa O’Neill + Franklin & Jones @ Hare & Hounds

Irish duo The Lost Brothers recently returned to Liverpool, the birthplace of the band, to record the first of a new trilogy with Bill Ryder-Jones, solo artist and former guitarist of local heroes The Coral. Now heading out on a UK tour to celebrate, support comes from Domino’s Lisa O’Neill and locals Franklin & Jones. Get your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Bird in A Cage’ below:


Solemn Sun + Youth Man + Lime @ The Sunflower Lounge

Earlier this year, folk-punks Jim Lockey and The Solemn Sun found themselves at a junction, having released two full length albums under the moniker, the band opted to lay their previous works to rest and regroup, reinventing themselves as Solemn Sun, an ambitious rock outfit. The band play The Sunflower Lounge with strong support from two fantastic local bands: Youth Man and LimeTickets can be found here.

Watch the video for ‘Josef’ below:


THURSDAY 13th NOVEMBER 

Marika Hackman + Howard James Kenny @ The Sunflower Lounge 

Having been described as “the lovechild of Nico and Joanna Newsom” by NYLON and releasing a series of hugely revered singles and EPs over the last year, Marika Hackman calls at The Sunflower Lounge this November, her largest headline UK tour to date, with the addition of her newly formed live band. Tickets available here.

Watch Marika perform ‘Wolf’ live at Toe Rag Studios below:


SATURDAY 15th NOVEMBER 

Bad Grammar + Fauxchisels + Dong Fang + The Scribers @ The Sunflower Lounge 

Manchester’s Bad Grammar create fuzzy, riff infused pop jams. The two-piece consisting of Ben Forrester & Lucy Brown have recently released a new EP titled Forced Fun via Flatpack Records. The duo have had recent play on Radio 1 and features in NME Radar & Artrocker New Blood alongside being personally selected to play Y Not Festival by none other than Andrew W.K. With support coming from Fauxchisels, Dong Fang and The Scribers, this gig is not to be skipped on! Tickets can be found here.

Watch the video for ‘Temper Temper’ below:


SUNDAY 16th NOVEMBER 

Kate Tempest @ Hare & Hounds *SOLD OUT*

Birmingham Promoters are delighted to announce they’ll be teaming up with Leftfoot to bring the wonderful Kate Tempest to the Hare & Hounds Birmingham. She started out when she was 16, rapping at strangers on night buses and pestering emcees to let her on the mic at raves. Ten years later she is a published playwright, novelist, poet and respected recording artist. Her debut album Everybody Down has finally hit the shelves – real and virtual – to ubiquitous acclaim.

Watch the video for  ‘The Beigeness’ below: