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This Week: Gig Roundup 10th – 16th August

August 11, 2015 in News

We have another jam packed week for you featuring some of the best local live acts in Birmingham! Kicking it all off on Wednesday, psych-pop troubadours Sky Children take to the stage at The Sunflower Lounge with support from Gleam and Lacura. Friday sees indie-rockers The Rubikons return to Birmingham where they play The Rainbow to celebrate the release of their debut EP. Whilst over at The Sunflower Lounge, hotly-tipped  rockers Romans debut songs from their eagerly anticipated album - = + (Less is More). Check out the full listings below for more info:

WEDNESDAY 12th AUGUST

Sky Children + Lacura + Gleam @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Cosmic pop troubadours from Birmingham, who create warped tunes out of comforting head trips and helter skelter choruses. After forming in January 2015, Sky Children gained some momentum by releasing their heart thumping demos ‘Images’ and ‘In Hindsight’. They have since supported bands such as BBC introducing favourites Neon Waltz and Chilean Kraut-Rock band Follakzoid. Support comes from Birmingham shoegazers Gleam and East Midlands dream-poppers Lacura.

Listen to ‘Images’ below:

FRIDAY 14th AUGUST

The Rubikons + The Shanklins + Hankks + Handwaxx + Bad Penny @ The Rainbow Cellar
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After a brief taste of success in 2009 only to split a few months later, The Rubikons have been rejuvenated with their new 3 piece line-up. Previously described as ‘Stomping stadium indie with epic sweeping sounds’ the band are back with more tunes than a pharmacy counter. And with an arsenal of over 50 songs, The Rubikons released their debut EP Love, Faith & Fear on the 18th May 2015. Support comes from Cannock indie four-piece The Shanklins, Birmingham rock’n'roll quartet Hankks, psychedelic indie trio Handwaxx and hard rock three-piece Bad Penny.

Listen to ‘Have We Moved On?’ below:

Romans + Authors @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Since the release of their EP turning heads at Kerrang! & Rock Sound, Romans have cemented themselves on the live circuit supporting Mallory Knox & Nothing But Thieves. Romans are itching to show the world what they’ve been working so hard on. A solid debut album from a quartet with heaps of potential, Romans are doing British rock proud and may soon become your new favourite band. Support comes from Birmingham alt-rock quintet Authors. 

Watch the video for ‘Bet’ below:

SATURDAY 15th AUGUST

SLTP @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Freaky fivesome from Birmingham SLTP are a fun-loving cry yourself to sleep alternative band. Inspired by old wave, new wave and no wave they stand on the fine line between “pop” and “what on earth am I listening to right now?

Listen to ‘Weight of The World’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 20th July – 26th July

July 20, 2015 in News

We’ve got another busy week of gigs lined up this week, all starting with visits from bot hotly-tipped singer-songwriter Mike Dignam & New York indie band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at The Rainbow on Wednesday. Thursday we’re joined at The Rainbow by New York quintet The Felice Brothers for a very special intimate show following the release of their fifth album Favorite Waitress. On Friday local punk rock trio Lime take to the stage at The Rainbow where they will be joined by Piano Wire, featuring Sym and Andy from Eighties Matchbox B Line Disaster. Saturday marks this year’s One Beat Festival at The MAC. Headlining this year’s event will be Black Country noise makers God Damn. Bringing it all to a close on Sunday, LA based garage rock singer-songwriter Colleen Green plays The Sunflower Lounge. For more info, check out the full listings below:

WEDNESDAY 22ND JULY

Mike Dignam @ The Rainbow Cellar
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Mike Dignam, a singer-songwriter from the North-West of England, has been writing, recording and touring his own music for the past five years. He has supported many artists including JP CooperLewis Watson & Gabrielle Aplin. Headline tours of the UK and tours of Universities have all contributed in making Mike an accomplished and commanding live performer and an artist worth experiencing in the live arena2015 will see Mike release his debut album, with all tracks written by solely by him, and continuing the next phase of his journey with a more mature sound.

Listen to ‘Addict’ below:

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart + Victories at Sea + Gleam @ The Rainbow Courtyard
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The New York pop idealists return with their long-awaiting third album Days of Abandon, following across the board acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork & The Guardian. Produced by Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine, Patrick Wolf, Cloud Boat) and mixed by Charlie Hugall (Swim Deep, Florence And the Machine). Abandon is a bright and refreshing about-face from the roar and clamor that defined the group’s last record, the Flood-and-Alan Moulder helmed Belong. No longer content to simply be “loud” or “soft,” Abandon is a record that revels in nuance and grace. Support comes from highly acclaimed Birmingham electronic trio Victories at Sea and Birmingham shoegaze quartet Gleam.

Watch the video for ‘Simple and Sure’ below:

THURSDAY 23RD JULY

The Felice Brothers + Pierce Brothers @ The Rainbow Courtyard
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New York quintet The Felice Brothers play a special intimate show at The Rainbow following the release of their fifth album Favorite Waitress last year. The band have been traveling the world for 8 years now, playing major festivals like Coachella to Midwestern dive bars to ancient churches in Bavarian Germany and and touring with the likes of The Killers, Mumford and Sons, and Bright Eyes. They are known for their wild and intense live shows and their sincere, intelligent song writing. Support comes from Australian twin brothers Pierce Brothers. 

Watch the video for ‘Lion’ below:

FRIDAY 24TH JULY

Lime + Piano Wire (Ex-Eighties Matchbox) + MeMe Detroit + The Borgias @ The Rainbow Courtyard
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Lime are a hotly-tipped new three piece from the West Midlands that wear their sound on their sleeve. Bringing a certain raucousness and energy to their live shows, Lime are a band that combine exceptionally catchy hooks along with hard hitting riffs and a certain punk ethos. Support comes from Piano Wire, the new band from Sym and Andy, still smouldering from the wreckage of Eighties Matchbox B Line Disaster’s final uncontrolled detonation. The band have been tipped by the likes of The Quietus, Clash and Radio 1 and are making waves with their post-punk pop. Support also coming from MeMe Detroit and The Borgias. 

Listen to ‘Everything’ below:

SATURDAY 25TH JULY

One Beat Festival ft. God Damn @ The MAC Outdoor Arena, Cannon Hill Park
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Featuring the best new and breakthrough bands from the region and from across the UK, including God Damn fresh from supporting Foo Fighters and also The Magic Gang who are on tour with Wolf Alice and Swim Deep this year. Plus also playing Youth ManKiokoJagaaraCold Ocean LiesKagouleFaux PalmsField Harmonics and a special DJ set by Jaws.

SUNDAY 26TH JULY

Colleen Green + Frank + Sonic The Comic @ The Sunflower Lounge
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The LA-based songwriter known for her DIY ethic undergoes a major sonic change with the release of her second album, enlisting help from Jake Orrall (JEFF the Brotherhood). I Want to Grow Up is an experience, not unlike life: questioning, learning, taking risks. And in true CG fashion, a quote from a beloved 90s film seems the perfect summation: ”Understanding is reached only after confrontation.” Support comes from local alternative rock quartet Frank and energetic duo Sonic The Comic. 

Watch the video for ‘TV’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 18th May – 24th May

May 21, 2015 in News

After a quiet start to the week, things get loud on Thursday with a visit from Philadelphia quartet  Creepoid who take to the stage at The Rainbow. Friday we welcome local folksters Boat To Row to The Rainbow for an eagerly awaited set. Saturday we invite you all to another Free Entry Acoustic Sessions event at The Glee Club where local songstress Sally Haines headlines. Saturday night sees Buckinghamshire/Birmingham based indie five-piece New Bays play The Sunflower Lounge following rave reviews from Clash. If any of the above takes your fancy then check out the full listings below for more info:

THURSDAY 21ST MAY

Creepoid + Gleam + Holy @ The Rainbow

Philadelphia quartet Creepoid have shared stages with the likes of Dinosaur Jr. and Kurt Vile and have been compared to everyone from Sonic Youth, Brian Jonestown Massacre and Nirvana. They release their third album Cemetery Highrise Slum this summer following their two highly acclaimed albums Horse Heaven and Creepoid. Support comes from Birmingham shoegaze quartet Gleam and psych-rockers Holy. Tickets are available here.

Listen to ‘American Smile’ below:

FRIDAY 22ND MAY

Boat To Row + Alessi’s Ark + My Grey Horse @ The Rainbow

The Birmingham folk quintet have earned an outstanding live reputation after supporting the likes of Slow Club, Willy Mason and Johnny Flynn, plus crowd pleasing sets at Moseley Folk & Lunar. Their songs play host to winding tales, journeying through light and shade. Expect an intricate set woven with strings and vocal harmonies, layered with an ever-expanding collection of instruments. Crossroads, Grassmarket and Loyal Light EPs have paved the way for new single ‘Tightrope’. Released on Nocturne Records, it has enjoyed BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio and BBC 6 Music play. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Tightrope’ below:

SATURDAY 23RD MAY

*FREE ENTRY* Acoustic Sessions: Sally Haines + Interior Castle + Patrick Brewer @ The Glee Club

The unstoppable Sally Haines has steadily nurtured her own solo career in many venues in and around Birmingham as well as being a familiar artist in Birmingham Pride. Her capacity for working in diverse music styles is quite remarkable. Even more outstanding is that she is successful in all of them. There can be few vocalists that work with blues, rn’b and soul bands who have also had personal citations from principal soloists at Covent Garden and Bucharest State Opera. Support comes from Interior Castle and Patrick Brewer. More info here.

Watch Sally live in session below:

New Bays + Fox Chapel + Institutes @ The Sunflower Lounge

Out on May 11th, the deeply independent outfit, who have performed alongside the likes of The Cribs, Kids in Glass Houses, Young Kato, released their latest EP Reckless on their own VersicRecords imprint. The title track is a breezy piece of fuzz pop with a nagging melancholic feel, and is currently streaming on Clash. Support comes from Fox Chapel and Institutes. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Reckless’ below: