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This Week: Gig Roundup 22nd – 28th June

June 23, 2015 in News

This week gets off to a start on Thursday with House of Sound, a new music night at The Rainbow that collects the very best of the UK’s emerging talent alongside open mic slots and chilled vibes. This week’s events is headed up by The Piratones and Kizzy Crawford. On Friday Sheffield indie quartet The Sherlocks take to the stage at The Rainbow fresh from Isle of Wight Festival and support slots with The Buzzcocks, Reverend & The Makers and The Enemy. Friday also sees maximalist cosmic voyagers Free School play a show at the Hare & Hounds to celebrate the launch of their new single ‘Love Calling’. Saturday we welcome Boat To Row frontman Michael King to The Glee Club as he headlines the Acoustic Sessions for what promises to be a beautiful set. Following that over at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham-born singer-songwriter Benjamin Yellowitz returns to his hometown to celebrate the release of his brand new EP. Bringing it all to a close on Sunday we can’t wait to welcome Alden Penner, co-founder of celebrated Canadian art-pop band The Unicorns and his close friend Michael Cera to The Rainbow. Take a look at the full listings below for more info:

THURSDAY 25TH JUNE

House of Sound ft. Kizzy Crawford & The Piratones @ The Rainbow Courtyard
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Beatfreeks presents a brand-spanking new music night collecting the very best of the UK’s national and emerging talent alongside open mic slots, tea and chilled vibes.This month they’re bringing you the ska punk sounds of The Piratones & bi-lingual music magic from Kizzy Crawford, alongside open mic slots.

FRIDAY 26TH JUNE

The Sherlocks + Cubstone + Young Skins + The Regulars @ The Rainbow Courtyard
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Having performed in excess of 500 gigs, including supporting the likes of The Enemy, The Buzzcocks & Reverend & The Makers, the Sheffield indie quartet play The Rainbow with support from Birmingham indie-rock four-piece Cubstone, Lichfield indie/psych quintet Young Skins & Wolverhampton based indie four-piece The Regulars. 

Watch the video for ‘Escapade’ below:

Free School + Hoopla Blue + The Grafham Water Sailing Club + Field Harmonics @ Hare & Hounds
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Maximalist cosmic voyagers Free School have won the support of Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe, Gilles Peterson & Jacques Renault. The duo’s live show features a live drummer, a string of guest vocalists and has seen them support Editors, Andrew Weatherall, Walls, Ulrich Schnauss and Fujiya & Miyagi. Free School have set sail for bolder territories on their new LP. Together with a fearless band of shamanistic vocalists (Maps, Greg Bird, Tomlin Mystic, Sigmund Frued) they have created their most unique and profound set of hypnotic broadcasts to date. New single ‘Love Calling’ was recently premiered on BBC 6 Music. Set your controls for the heart of the sun.

Watch the video for ‘Love Calling’ below:

SATURDAY 27TH JUNE

Acoustic Sessions: Michael King + Greg Larkin + Simon Joseph Gregory @ The Glee Club Lounge
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The lead singer and songwriter in much loved Birmingham folk quintet Boat To Row takes to the stage at The Glee Club as part of the weekly free entry Acoustic Sessions. Support comes from Manchester based acoustic instrumental guitarist Greg Larkin and Simon Joseph Gregory, guitarist in Birmingham indie-folk band Midnight Bonfires. 

Watch the video for ‘Tightrope’ below:

Benjamin Yellowitz + Indica Campbell + Atlas @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Birmingham-born singer-songwriter, backed by the likes of Ben Howard, Fink and Coldplay, returns to his hometown to celebrate the release of his brand new EP. The self-produced musician, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist takes acoustic roots to new levels with his dark ambient production style. Support comes from 21 and a singer/songwriter Indica Campbell,  daughter of UB40′s Ali Campbell and granddaughter of folk singer Ian Campbell, plus opening support from Emma-Lee Shepherd aka ATLAS, an experimental indie/pop singer-songwriter from Birmingham.

Watch Benjamin perform ‘Ash Wednesday’ below:

SUNDAY 28TH JUNE

Alden Penner (The Unicorns) & Michael Cera + The Adam Brown @ The Rainbow Courtyard
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In 2003 Alden Penner cemented himself in the annals of indie rock history as the co-founder/singer of The Unicorns, Montreal’s beloved dysfunctional art-pop outfit. Following a series of low-key self releases Alden Penner is back with a new EP Canada In Space. Featuring his friends Michael Cera, Laura Crapo and Farley Miller Penner will be playing songs from his new EP along with songs from throughout his career. Support comes from The Adam Brown. 

Listen to ‘Meditate’ 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.

Ulrich Schnauss to play Hare & Hounds Birmingham

January 22, 2013 in News

Electronic pioneer Ulrich Schnauss heads to Hare & Hounds Birmingham in March!

Ulrich Schnauss was born in the northern Germany fishing port, Kiel, in 1977. During his formative years he grew a love for a broad spectrum of music ranging from My Bloody Valentine to Tangerine Dream, Chapterhouse to early bleep & breakbeat tracks. He moved to Berlin in 1996, by which time, Ulrich’s musical output had already become prolific, with a variety of pseudonyms (most notably View to the Future and Ethereal 77) veering from techno to drum and bass via electronica.

His debut album under his real name established his pedigree as an outstanding electronic composer, but somehow he managed to take it further by developing his interest in songwriting for electronic music, born of his love for such giants of the independent world as My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields and Cocteau Twins’ Robin Guthrie. From this humble conception came forth a second record of surprisingly rare emotional power, titled ‘A Strangely Isolated Place’.

Since the release of both albums Ulrich has been asked to work with and remix a host of artistes including: Mojave 3, Longview, Johannes Schmoelling, The Zephyrs, Lunz (Rodelius), etc. New album ʻA Long Way To Fallʼ is due out in the UK on January 21st 2013.

Ulrich will be accompanied on stage by London-based visual performance artist Nat Urazmetova.

ULRICH SCHNAUSS PLAYS HARE & HOUNDS BIRMINGHAM ON SUN 24TH MARCH 2013, WITH SUPPORT FROM FREE SCHOOL & ARC VEL. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘A Long Way to Fall’ below: