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This Week: Gig Roundup 15th – 21st June

June 17, 2015 in News

This Wednesday we welcome much-hyped Scottish hip-hop outfit Stanley Odd to Birmingham’s The Sunflower Lounge. Following that, Thursday sees North-London pop-rockers Room 94 take to the stage at The Rainbow after tour dates with the likes of Union J and Lawson. Friday we bring you the second installment of Baddie’s Banquet, a night that brings you 3 rooms of live music and DJs until late. This Friday’s event is headed up by rising Telford noisemakers Hyena, with support from Manchester duo Bad Grammar and local four-piece The Drive. Saturday sees 20 year-old Brighton based singer-songwriter Jack Watts headline the free entry Acoustic Sessions at The Glee Club, followed by a visit from Melbourne garage rock quintet Money For Rope over at The Sunflower Lounge. Check out the full listings below:

WEDNESDAY 17TH JUNE

Stanley Odd + Loose Lips + Bear @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Edinburgh-based alternative hip-hop band Stanley Odd return with their third studio album A Thing Brand New. The record follows up from the band’s second album Reject, which was shortlisted for a 2012 Scottish Album of the Year. Since then, Stanley Odd have continued to tour heavily, taking in some their biggest shows to date including a string of US dates with The View and numerous festival slots including Wickerman, Belladrum, Insider, Greenbelt and Celtic Connections. Support at this show comes from Telford-based acoustic hip-hop duo Loose Lips and acoustic hip-hop and soul influenced Bear. 

Watch the video ‘Pastime’ below:


THURSDAY 18TH JUNE

Room 94 + Young Braves @ The Rainbow
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North London pop-rockers Room 94 have built up a loyal following over the last couple of years through shows withUnion J, Lawson and Twenty Twenty. Their debut albumNo Strings Attached reached the Top 30 in March 2014 – a mightily impressive feat for a then unsigned band. Less than a year later, they’re back with a second self-titled album. What follows is even more impressive, with anthemic, hook-heavy rock that recalls the band’s love of You Me At Six, The Offspring and Bring Me The Horizon. Support comes from Shropshire based rock four-piece Young Braves. 

Watch the video for ‘For the Day’ below:


FRIDAY 19TH JUNE

Baddie’s Banquet: Hyena + Bad Grammar + The Drive & more
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Baddie’s Banquet is a new Friday night event at The Rainbow. One set entry price allows access to three rooms of music, including a host of the best local live bands in The Rainbow Courtyard & Cellar. Aftershow follows in the bar with Testify DJ’s spinning 60s R&B, Northern Soul and Disco till late. Headlining this week are rising Telford noisemakers Hyena, Manchester noise-rock duo Bad Grammar and local indie rockers The Drive. 

Watch the video for ‘Mental Home’ below:


SATURDAY 20TH JUNE

Acoustic Sessions: Jack Watts + Contact + Franklin & Jones + The Gardener’s Son @ The Glee Club Lounge
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After recently releasing his debut EP, Red Shortbread, Jack joins us at the Glee Club Birmingham to headline our weekly free entry Acoustic Sessions! A song-cycle of sorts tracing the transition from a failed relationship into stability & contentment elsewhere, Red Shortbread is the work of a magnetic new talent, as distinctive and assured as the emotional territory it inhabits is fragile. Support comes from acoustic duo Contact, folk duo Franklin & Jones and folk singer-songwriter The Gardener’s Son. 

Watch the video for ‘Red Shortbread’ below:

Money For Rope + Millbrook @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Melbourne-based quintet Money For Rope’s raw brand of rock music has earned them a reputation for chaotic, ambling musical mayhem tied together by harmonies driven by the spirit of rock. Twin drum kits, two guitars, four voices, a bass, keys and a sweltering, sultry, swaggering style, Money For Rope are dealers in a raw brand of rock music that must be felt to be believed. With their public-bar rise propelled by word-of-mouth whisperings, 7” releases and an energetic, swirling live show that seethes with energy, Money For Rope released their much-anticipated self-titled full-length recording in November 2012, taking their pulsing sound from dark stages to stereos right across the globe. Support comes from Birmingham trio Millbrook. 

Watch the video for ‘Easy Way Out’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 8th – 14th June

June 9, 2015 in News

This week kicks off with a visit from Boxed In, otherwise known as songwriter and producer Oli Bayston, who combines his love of Krautrock and house music in his critically acclaimed solo project. Wednesday is a busy day at The Rainbow, with celebrated folk-punk band Andrew Jackson Jihad playing in The Rainbow Cellar, whilst rock’n'roll trio Little Barrie take to the stage in The Rainbow Courtyard. Friday sees the first of a series of events called Baddies Banquet, an event that delivers 3 rooms of music every Friday at The Rainbow. Headlined by the dynamic Birmingham indie/ska fusion band The Underclass, this event should be the first of many great nights! And bringing it all to a close on Saturday at The Glee Club, Birmingham troubadour Barnesy plays a much anticipated set as part of the weekly Acoustic Sessions events. Check out the full listings below and see if something takes your fancy!

TUESDAY 9TH JUNE

Boxed In + Zola Blood + Midnight Bonfires @ The Rainbow
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Boxed In is songwriter and producer Oli Bayston. Having played in indie band Keith, written for The 2 Bears, sung for George FitzGerald and been a producer for the likes of Charlie Boyer and the VoyeursRosie Lowe and The Bohicas, Oli is now bringing his wide array of talents to bear on his own solo project. Boxed In brings together Oli’s two greatest musical loves: Krautrock and house music. Inspired by the motorik rhythms of CanCluster and Neu! as well as house producers, like Pépé Bradock and Theo Parrish, Oli nevertheless emphasises that the art of pop song writing is right at the heart of Boxed In. Support comes from London-based electronic-rock band Zola Blood and Birmingham’s Midnight Bonfires,a band who fuse folk sensitivity with rock and roll energy.

Watch the video for ‘Mystery’ below:

WEDNESDAY 10TH JUNE

Andrew Jackson Jihad + Hard Girls + Ghosts of Dead Airplanes @ The Rainbow Cellar
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 Andrew Jackson Jihad have always had a way with words. That’s pretty obvious from their near endless catalog of songs like ‘The Michael Jordan of Drunk Driving’ and ‘Love in the Time of Human Papillomavirus’ for example. But on their latest album, Christmas Island, the Phoenix folk-punk weirdos seem intent on upping their eccentric lyric game. Support on this show comes from Californian punk trio Hard Girls and energetic Birmingham quartet Ghosts of Dead Airplanes.

Watch the video for ‘Temple Grandin’ below:

Little Barrie + Gil De Ray @ The Rainbow Courtyard
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Following the release of their critically acclaimed album King Of The Waves, the rock ‘n’ roll trio return with latest album Shadow, recorded with Edwyn Collins. Recorded and mixed in just 17 days there is a relaxed urgency about Shadow inspired by having recently worked with Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Damo Suzuki (Can), Andrew Weatherall and Pete Molinari. Support comes from Gil De Ray.

Watch the video for ‘Bonneville Ride’ below:

FRIDAY 12TH JUNE

Baddies Banquet: The Underclass + Bloom & more @ The Rainbow Courtyard & Cellar
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Baddie’s Banquet is a new Friday night event at The Rainbow. One set entry price allows access to three rooms of music, including a host of the best local live bands in The Rainbow Courtyard & Cellar. Aftershow follows in the bar with Testify DJ’s spinning 60s R&B, Northern Soul and Disco till late.

This week features The Underclass, Savannah, Hope Street, Party Hardly, Bloom, Rituals, Fringe & Shooze!

SATURDAY 13TH JUNE

Acoustic Sessions: Barnesy + Mike Moloney @ The Glee Club Lounge
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2014 saw Barnesy make huge strides in the right direction, playing sets at Lunar & Moseley Folk Festivals, sharing stages with John McCullagh and James Walsh (Starsailor). Barnesy is currently recording in the studio following the release of his single ‘Blue Flashing Lights’, mastered by the legendary Pete Maher.  Support comes from modern day crooner Mike Moloney.

Listen to ‘Blue Flashing Lights’ below:

Interview: Alex Moir

May 28, 2015 in News

We caught up with Birmingham singer-songwriter Alex Moir ahead of his headline show at The Glee Club Lounge on Sat 30th May, as part of our weekly free entry Acoustic Sessions. Check out the full interview below:

Can you tell us about how you started out as a musician and what inspired you to begin a career in music?
I’ve always had an unexplainable attraction to music. I heard a guy at school who was the son of a teacher called “Jake Flowers” and he was the first reason why I started writing music. He was quite a bit older than me and I just thought he was doing something that was cool and unexpected. I wanted to be a part of that.

You released your debut EP The Numbers Game in April. Can you tell us more about the release?
It’s been a very long time coming. The 3 tracks were recorded over a 3 year period, so obviously there’s been some ups and downs along the way. I’m just relieved to be able to hold something physically that I can call my record. 

You launched the EP with a show at The Sunflower Lounge, how was it?
Incredible. I chose The Sunflower Lounge because it’s somewhere I’ve been going since I was 16. There’s been countless nights where I’ve fell in love with the place and I knew I had to released the EP there. It was a sold out show, so that’s given me reassurance about what I’m trying to do with music. 

You’re currently back in the studio recording your second EP. What can we expect from this release?
I’m attempting to strip everything back but also not rely on conventional instrumentation. I have to have music that lets my lyrics breathe but at the time isn’t bland and uninteresting.

Can you tell us more about where you find inspiration for your music?
Everyday there’s a different reason to write a song. I tend not to write about personal situations and rather about fictional scenarios. I hope people can find a reason to connect to the stories and relate it to their own lives rather than mine. 

Who are your biggest musical influences and why?
I could give you a massive list here. I won’t. Elliott Smith is the most important musical figure to me. Musically and lyrically there is no-one like him. He was a great talent and it’s a devastating that he left us so soon.

What can audiences expect from your set at The Glee Club on Saturday 30th May?
 It’s still a full band but we’re stripping it back quite a bit. Expect harmonies and hooks.

If you could collaborate with any musician, past or present, who would it be and why?
Elliott Smith. For all the reasons I listed before but also because I only want to work with people who care. People who will stay up all night trying to get a vocal take right. He definitely comes across as someone who fits that category. 

And finally, what’s your favourite thing to do when in Birmingham?
Aside from going to The Sunflower Lounge, I like The Electric Cinema, Snobs and talking to Basketball man.

ALEX MOIR PLAYS THE GLEE CLUB BIRMINGHAM ON SAT 30TH MAY, WITH SUPPORT FROM JIMM ZORN & KATE ROBERTA. MORE INFO CAN BE FOUND HERE

Jaws announce free Birmingham show

May 12, 2015 in News

Following the release of their remarkable debut album Be Slowly, and their sold out hometown headline show at The Institute, Birmingham quartet JAWS announce a very special intimate FREE ENTRY show this Sunday at a secret location.

The past year and a half has seen this young four-piece churn out a steady and impressive output of hook-laden and immersive hazy garage pop, from singles ‘Donut’ and ‘Surround You’ to ‘Friend Like You’, ‘Stay In’ and ‘Gold, all now staunch live favourites. It has seen them record a live session for Huw Stephens at Radio 1, guest on the Phil Taggart & Alice Levine show and play a succession of headline shows around the UK.

In order to be within the chance of winning tickets for you and a friend, please email comp@jawsjawsjaws.co.uk with the email subject ‘Free Show’. Entrants must be 14 or over, and under 16′s must be accompanied by an adult in order to gain entry.

More details about the event will be released later on this week, so stay tuned for more info… GOOD LUCK!

Jaws Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Be Slowly’ below:

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: