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This Week: Gig Roundup 29th June – 5th July

June 29, 2015 in News

On Wednesday we welcome much-hyped garage rock band Hidden Charms to The Sunflower Lounge following praise from the UK press, industry and music fans alike. The band’s debut 7” release ‘Dreaming Of Another Girl’ has been produced by legendary producer Shel Talmy, responsible for tracks such as The Who’s ‘My Generation’ and The Kinks’ ’You Really Got Me’. Friday sees another installment of Baddie’s Banquet, this time headed up by Broken Witt Rebels and SW4RM. And on Saturday we welcome off-kilter folk-popster Sea of Bees to The Sunflower Lounge hot on the heels of her latest album Build a Boat to the Sun. Check out the full listings below:

WEDNESDAY 1ST JULY

Hidden Charms + Bad Girlfriend + The Hungry Ghosts @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Hidden Charms – barely out of their teens – have fast created waves amongst the U.K press, industry and music fans since uploading their first track titled ‘Sunny Side’ onto their Soundcloud. The band’s debut 7” release ‘Dreaming Of Another Girl’ has been produced by legendary producer Shel Talmy (responsible for tracks such as The Who’s ‘My Generation’ and The Kinks’ ’You Really Got Me’) and will be released in mid-June on Deltasonic Records in the UK and B3SCI Records in the US. Drawing comparisons to Them and 13th Floor Elevators you don’t want to miss out on seeing this much hyped band live! Support comes from Bad Girlfriend and The Hungry Ghosts. 

Listen to ‘It’s Time’ below:

FRIDAY 3RD JULY

Broken Witt Rebels + SW4RM & more @ The Rainbow Courtyard and 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. Headliners Broken Witt Rebels combine the power and intensity of classic rock with the finesse and delicacy of soulful blues.

Watch the video for ‘Shake Me Down’ below:

SATURDAY 4TH JULY

Sea of Bees + Charlotte Carpenter + AC Thomas @ The Sunflower Lounge
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The extraordinarily talented Sacramento native Julie Ann Baenziger, better known as Sea of Bees, will be bringing her beautifully idiosyncratic and effortlessly moving vein of off-kilter folk to The Sunflower Lounge hot on the heels of her latest album Build a Boat to the Sun, released 29th June via 3 Loop Music. Sea of Bees gorgeous offbeat, emotive guitar pop, is as instantly infectious as it is deeply affecting. Stunning, concise, uplifting but with a roiling undertow – songs that are all the more potent when you see Sea of Bees live onstage. Support comes from Northampton songstress Charlotte Carpenter and Midlands-based acoustic-blues artist AC Thomas. 

Listen to new track ‘Test Yourself’ below:

SUNDAY 5TH JULY

Modest Mouse + Hippo Campus + Elle King @ The Institute
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Following the release of Strangers To Ourselves, Modest Mouse’s first album in 8 years, the band have announced a string of headline dates across the UK, alongside slots at this year’s London Calling and T In The Park festivals. Modest Mouse’s 2007 studio album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank featuring The Smith’s Johnny Marr, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and was released to rave reviews. Since playing Coachella in 2013, the group headlined Fun Fun Fun Fest and re-released their critically-acclaimed albums This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About, and The Lonesome Crowded West, on Glacial Pace. Both earned “Best New Reissue” ratings from Pitchfork. 

Watch the video for ‘Lampshade on Fire’ below:

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 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:

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: