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This Week: Gig Roundup 14th – 20th November

November 14, 2016 in News

We’ve got a busy week of gigs lined up this week, including critically acclaimed Illinois singer-songwriter Ryley Walker at the Hare & Hounds on Wednesday, and Danny Brown at The Rainbow Warehouse celebrating the release of his new album. Thursday brings a night of math-rock with Three Trapped Tigers shaking up The Flapper with their effect-laden guitars and glistening sci-fi synths. Saturday sees Glasgow duo Honeyblood take on Mama Roux’s following support slots with Foo Fighters and Wolf Alice. Check out the full listings below:

MONDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

Is Bliss + Outlander @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Introducing Velvet Dreams EP, the debut from psychedelic shoegazer trio Is Bliss, released on Club AC30 – a tantalising taster of this new band’s potential. The EP’s atmosphere resonates strongly with the hazy sixties underground, with its sitar­like waterfall guitars and hypnogogic beats, but other, harder influences bleed through. The band have been together barely a year and yet have quickly gained attention opening for Wolf AliceTelescopes and Nine Black Alps. Support from Birmingham Mogwai-influenced Outlander.

Watch the video for ‘Ocean Blue’ below:


WEDNESDAY 16TH NOVEMBER

Ryley Walker + Itasca @ Hare & Hounds
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With a powerful voice that spans ranges and eras & an effortless approach to a fine melody on the guitar, the Illinois singer-songwriter sets the bar high for the modern folk artist. Robert Plant declared himself a fan – as did double-bass legend Danny Thompson, with whom Ryley would later embark on a string of sell-out British shows. A sprawling tour of the USA around Primrose Green presented a perfect chance to workshop ideas for what would eventually become his third studio album, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung. Support comes from Itasca, L.A.-based guitarist, singer-songwriter Kayla Cohen.

Watch the video for ‘The Roundabout’ below:

Danny Brown + Zelooperz @ The Rainbow Warehouse
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One of rap’s brightest lights Danny Brown celebrates the release of his 4th studio album Atrocity Exhibition with intricate wordplay, unmatched storytelling, and lyrical thoughtfulness. The album is the latest peak in a career full of highlights: over the last decade, he’s worked with a breadth of artists from Purity Ring and Rustie to Schoolboy QE-40, and Ghostface Killah. Support comes from 21-year-old Detroit rapper ZeelooperZ, member of Brown’s hip-hop collective Bruiser Brigade.

Watch the video for ‘When It Rain’ below:


THURSDAY 17TH NOVEMBER

Three Trapped Tigers + The Physics House Band + Constant Waves @ The Flapper
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Three Trapped Tigers are a band for which genres and labels struggle to keep up; they move - often at breakneck speed – from screeching, effect-laden guitars, an arsenal of glistening sci-fi synths, pummelling sub-bass, colossal riffs and audacious drum patterns that both underpin and define their unique sound. In full force the band feel both gracefully intelligent and wildly primal, gargantuan yet melodic. Support comes from Brighton psychedelic math-rock trio The Physics House Band and West Midlands prog rock band Constant Waves.

Watch the video for ‘Engrams’ below:


FRIDAY 18TH NOVEMBER

The Graveltones + Brandy Row @ The Flapper
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UK based Australian heavy blues rock and roll duo The Graveltones formed in late 2011, after the two members met in London’s Tin Pan Alley, brought together by a mutual love of artists as diverse as Captain BeefheartHowlin WolfJohn Lee Hooker and QOTSA. Their critically acclaimed debut album saw the band tour extensively with the likes of Rival SonsThe Temperance MovementBoss HossMonster TruckCadillac Three and a stunning set at Download Festival 2013. Support comes from blues rock and roll singer-songwriter Brandy Row.

Watch the video for ‘Bang Bang’ below:

Spotlight On: Alligator + Gloss + Nausea + Gasfoodlodging @ O2 Institute Blue Room
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Birmingham Promoters present a new weekly night at a brand new venue within the O2 InstituteThe Blue Room. Every week Birmingham Promoters will showcase the best & most exciting local acts from across the West Midlands. Alligatr are not just your usual indie band from Leicester. Combining their influences of  jungle and dance with rock and jazz, they have created a unique vibe which makes their  songs sound far from the bland and the obvious. Support comes from indie post-punk band Gloss, Birmingham based Nausea and 3 piece alternative countrified/indie-fied Gasfoodlodging.

Listen to ‘Reminiscing’ below:


SATURDAY 19TH NOVEMBER

Weirds + Vulgarians + History Of Sex @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Weirds have been destroying venues across the UK for the past year with their blistering sonic assault of motorik­driven, druggy grunge. NME described their live show as “like a vulture ravaging a corpse”, but beneath the fuzz and sprawling, psycho­tropic breakdowns lies a knack for melody and structure. Support comes from Vulgarians with their unique brand of chilling post­punk noise, and Birmingham based garage noise band History Of Sex.

Watch the video for ‘Old World Blues’ below:

Honeyblood + Pins @ Mama Roux’s
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Glasgow duo Honeyblood have managed to brilliantly capture then subtly refine and embellish the duo’s notorious live energy that over the past two years shared stages all round the globe with everyone from Belle And Sebastian and Foo Fighters to close comrades like Courtney Barnett and Wolf Alice. Support comes from Manchester band PINS crafting a blend of noise, texture and melody.

Watch the video for ‘Ready For The Magic’ below:


SUNDAY 20TH NOVEMBER

And Yet It Moves + Bad Girlfriend @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Fronted by former Amazing Snakeheads frontman Dale Barclay, who has witnessed firsthand the banality of the music industry and came out battered but unbeaten, And Yet It Moves want to play music for the love of it. Live they enrapture crowds with a real natural chemistry, Barclay’s undeniably captivating aura and expansive, songs of sorrow mixed with themes of the heart. If you want freedom these are the guys for you, if not just go away. Support from Birmingham heavy garage rock band Bad Girlfriend.

Listen to ‘No Way Back To Lunch’ below:

God Damn, Johnny Foreigner & Youth Man Xmas Show

November 9, 2016 in News

Wolverhampton’s God Damn celebrate the release of their new album Everything Ever, following recent dates supporting Red FangTorche & Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes.

Featuring recent single, ‘Sing This’, which launched as Daniel P Carter’s Rockest Record on BBC Radio 1, as well as album highlights ‘Ghost’, dubbed “louder than Black Sabbath having a screaming row with Nirvana” by the NME, and ‘Fake Prisons’, which DIY Magazine described as “a stomping introduction”, Everything Ever is a 13 track behemoth of artfully crafted noise-pop.

Picking up further praise from Kerrang!, Popmatters, Punktastic, Upset Magazine, Team Rock and more, the band have delivered a second album so smart, so irresistible, so made-for-radio, so slips-down-the-ears-so-easily-you-barely-notice-it’s-trying-to-slit-yer-throat that even your granny will be whistling the likes of ‘Dead To Me’ before Christmas.

God Damn Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

God Damn play Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Fri 16th December 2016, with support from Johnny Foreigner, Youth Man, False Grails & Matters. Tickets available from 9am on Thurs 10th November here.

Watch the video for ‘Sing This’ below:

Martha Ffion to play Hare & Hounds Birmingham

June 1, 2016 in News

Hot on the heels of releasing her third single ‘We Disappear’, Glasgow’s Martha Ffion has announced a full UK tour for October – her first ever.

Having released three singles over the last six months to widespread acclaim this tour will be the first she has done across England, Scotland and Wales. It will be also be accompanied by a new release – more details to follow. Meanwhile Martha Ffion will also appear at Latitude and End of The Road festivals over the summer and is currently working on her debut album scheduled for an early 2017 release.

Martha Ffion Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

MARTHA FFION PLAYS HARE & HOUNDS BIRMINGHAM ON TUESDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2016. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘We Disappear’ below:

Introducing: Sorority Noise

April 21, 2016 in News

“I don’t want to be in an emo band anymore,” proclaims Sorority Noise frontman Cameron Boucher. “But I have no problem with people calling us that, because in the strictest of senses, we are an emotionally driven band.”

That, is Sorority Noise in a nutshell: part of a movement, but also discrete and determined to break free from the pack. Truth be told, the Connecticut-based quartet have always operated a little differently than most of their peers. With the release of their Topshelf Records debut, Joy, Departed,Sorority Noise— named one of the 100 Bands You Need to Know in 2015 by Alternative Press—are poised to break out in a big way.

Boucher started Sorority Noise in late 2013 with friends as an outlet to explore musical styles outside his work in screamo band Old Gray. The group then recruited Ackerman and issued their debut full-length, Forgettable, in May 2014. Much buzz—and tours with rising stars Modern Baseball and The Hotelier—followed, as did a split 7” with Somos.

Sorority Noise Links: Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

SORORITY NOISE PLAY HARE & HOUNDS BIRMINGHAM ON SUN 9TH OCTOBER 2016. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE FROM 9AM FROM ON FRI 22ND APRIL 2016.

Watch the video for ‘Nolsey’ below:

Broken Hands to play Birmingham Hare & Hounds

February 22, 2016 in News

“Blending hints of Primal Scream with the alluring dirt of BRMC, it’s an oddly suave piece of modern rock’n'roll.” - Classic Rock Magazine

Following a stint supporting iconic British rock band The Cult through February & March, Canterbury quintet Broken Hands will headline Birmingham Hare & Hounds on Monday 25th April, following the release of their latest single ‘Four’ on 25th March.

‘Four’ – a two-and-a half-minute tour de force of dirty riffs and high octane urgency – is the latest single to be taken from the band’s acclaimed debut album Turbulence.

The album itself, produced by the award-winning Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Killing Joke and Maccabees), recalls the superfuzz melodic rush of Queens Of The Stone Age or perhaps The Verve at their early, wigged-out best. The band count 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and XFM’s John Kennedy as champions of the band, and they have also received strong support from BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart.

Broken Hands have supported the likes of The Rolling Stones and Black Sabbath, as well as playing various festivals, including BST in Hyde Park, Reading & Leeds, T In The Park and Sonisphere. They finished 2015 with an acclaimed performance at CMJ Festival in NYC and a hugely successful UK headline tour.

Broken Hands Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

BROKEN HANDS PLAY HARE & HOUNDS BIRMINGHAM ON MON 25TH APRIL 2016. TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM 10AM ON WED 24TH FEBRUARY HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Who Sent You’ below:

Ben Watt Band ft Bernard Butler in Birmingham

January 29, 2016 in News

In 2014 – after sixteen years and nine albums as songwriter-performer-producer with Tracey Thorn in best-selling duo Everything But The Girl, a further ten at the helm of his award-winning electronic label Buzzin’ Fly, a DJ residency on BBC 6Music, and two prize-nominated books – Ben Wattreturned to his roots as a solo singer and songwriter. Hendra, his second album – arriving thirty-one years after his indie chart No. 1 debut – met with wide acclaim at home and abroad for its eloquent lyrics and stripped-back aesthetic and pipped Anna Calvi and Blood Orange to win Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album at AIM Independent Music Awards 2014.

Ben’s third solo outing, Fever Dream, is set for release on 8th April 2016.

“The music I heard in my teens – jazz, folk, art-rock – still cuts the deepest with me,” he says. “I recently spent over ten years exploring electronic music and clubland but have come back to language and that band-in-a-room spontaneity again. The human voice, unaffected words, pushing simple instruments to their limits – that is now what fascinates me.”

Ben Watt Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

BEN WATT BAND FEAT. BERNARD BUTLER PLAY HARE & HOUNDS BIRMINGHAM ON FRI 10TH JUNE 2016. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Gradually’ below:

The Besnard Lakes return to Birmingham

December 18, 2015 in News

The story of The Besnard Lakes begins at Besnard Lake: a spectacular yet secluded water feature in rural Saskatchewan which the Montreal group’s husband and wife core, Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, visit each summer for inspiration and escape. This year the couple’s campsite was surrounded for a worrying few days by forest flames, a literal ring of fire which informed the devil-may-care spirit of their exuberant fifth album.

Unique among their furrowed brow peers, The Besnard Lakes are unafraid to marry textured, questing headphone sonics to the honeyed pleasure of radio hits past: the rapture of My Bloody Valentine entwined with the romance of Fleetwood Mac. Imagine dreamy Beach House riding Led Zeppelin dynamics, with unabashedly androgynous vocal harmonies.

The Besnard Lakes’ fifth album, A Coliseum Complex Museum, is released 22nd January 2016 via Jagjaguwar. Pre-order it here.

The Besnard Lakes Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

THE BESNARD LAKES PLAY HARE & HOUNDS BIRMINGHAM ON FRI 1ST APRIL 2016. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Golden Lion’ below:

Christopher Owens (Girls) to play Hare & Hounds Bham

November 29, 2015 in News


“Not since Jonathan Richman has there been a songwriter so willing to convey honest and deep feelings through the most basic pop syntax” - Pitchfork

“One of the greats of our generation” – Drowned In Sound

Christopher Owens has announced a short string of intimate solo shows across the UK, his first since the release of this year’s Chrissybaby Forever album. The tour will call at Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Mon 30th November.

Considered as one of the best songwriters of a generation for his solo work and that with his previous band, the critically lauded Girls, this tour provides opportunity for fans to hear the defining songs of Christopher’s career to date, stripped back and at their honest, vulnerable best.

Christopher Owens Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

CHRISTOPHER OWENS PLAYS HARE & HOUNDS BIRMINGHAM ON MONDAY 30TH NOVEMBER 2015, WITH SUPPORT FROM THE BANK ACCOUNTS. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘To Take Care of Myself Again’ below:

9Bach to play Hare & Hounds Birmingham

October 2, 2015 in News

Birmingham Promoters are delighted to announce a new UK album tour from 9Bach in spring 2016. These special shows will coincide with the release of their second album on Real World Records, and the tour will call at Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Wednesday 4th May.

9Bach made their name by taking traditional Welsh folk songs and recasting them onto a spectral and haunting sound canvas. Their 2014 album Tincian was the worthy winner of the coveted Best Album in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015.

Tincian is an evocative and emotional hybrid of the folk tradition and contemporary influences. Building on a deepened, almost ambient sound-picture, the songs take you into the landscape of 9Bach’s home environment of Gerlan, North Wales and the emotions that evokes.

Ethereal female vocals, harp, guitar, electronics, dubby beats, smart arrangements and a pounding rhythm section – 9Bach’s songs are captivatingly original, inspirational and emotionally charged.

9Bach Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

9BACH PLAY HARE & HOUNDS BIRMINGHAM ON WED 4TH MAY 2016. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the session video of ‘Wedi Torri’ below:

JAWS announce intimate Birmingham show

September 23, 2015 in News

Following a phenomenal headline show at The Institute earlier this year, Brummie favourites JAWS play an exclusive intimate Christmas show at the Hare & Hounds on Sun 16th December 2015. Capacity is super limited, so make sure you pick up your tickets asap!

With their summer of festivals now wrapped up, JAWS unleash new single ‘What We Haven’t Got Yet’. Following on from this summer’s fiery ‘Bad Company’ single, ‘What We Haven’t Got Yet’ showcases a muscular side to the band’s melodic indie-rock. Taken from their soon-to-be-announced second full-length, it sees the newly slimmed-down three-piece fine tune every element of their being, as they venture between both shimmering melody and grunge-inspired riffing with ease.

The single comes alongside details of a month-long run of intimate dates for the band, who are set to take material both new and old across the UK this November and December.

JAWS Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

JAWS PLAY THE HARE & HOUNDS BIRMINGHAM ON SUNDAY 16TH DECEMBER 2015, WITH SUPPORT FROM NAI HARVEST. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FROM 10AM ON FRI 25TH SEPTEMBER HERE

Watch the video for ‘Be Slowly’ below: