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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:

Tickets on sale for Wolf Alice, Wide Eyed & Hoopla Blue

January 16, 2013 in News

We are very excited to be welcoming the excellent Wolf Alice to the Sunflower Lounge in February, along with support from two of Birmingham’s finest new bands, Wide Eyed and Hoopla Blue.

Having recently debuted on Huw Stephen’s In New Music We Trust on BBC Radio 1, North London’s Wolf Alice are set to release their debut single on 11th February 2013 via Chess Club Records in the form of ‘Fluffy’.

Wolf Alice made a spectacular entrance with the insatiable ‘Leaving You’ – a download-only track that found its way onto Radio 1, top of NME’s lauded Radar section, peaking the Hype Machine charts and finding the band with a swell of new fans following a tour with Peace. The four-piece release ‘Fluffy’ as another remarkable statement of intent certifying their burgeoning reputation as one of London’s hottest new acts.

Far removed from their folk-beginnings, ‘Fluffy’ rocks with a ballsy and unabashed nonchalance, echoing the raucous live sets the band have quickly become reputed for. Breaking from a groove-laden smack of distorted guitars and thumping drums, Ellie Rowsell’s tender vocals then take centre stage as the hypnotic tale of seeking cheap thrills in the mire of small town boredom forces an unadulterated high.

“In Ellie Rowsell, Wolf Alice have a completely transfixing frontwoman, and one who seems blissfully unaware of her onstage magnetism” – NME

WOLF ALICE PLAY THE SUNFLOWER LOUNGE BIRMINGHAM ON SAT 23RD FEBRUARY 2013, WITH SUPPORT FROM WIDE EYED AND HOOPLA BLUE. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Listen to ‘Leaving You’ below:

Temples to support Stealing Sheep

December 3, 2012 in News

We are super excited to have the hotly-tipped Temples supporting the incredible Stealing Sheep at Hare & Hounds this Thursday!

Temples are a neo-psych group from Kettering, England. The four-piece are a much-welcome addition to Heavenly Records recent psych-inspired signings, including TOY, Stealing Sheep & Charlie Boyeur and the Voyeurs.

Drawing comparisons to such heavyweights as The Flamingo Lips and Tame Impala, the band have already chalked up impressive support slots with Mystery Jets, Tribes and an appearance at the London Calling festival.

Shelter Song/Prisms’ is available now via Heavenly Recordings.

“None of this matters really because Temples are so good at what they do, and so accomplished in their (strawberry) field of endeavour.” – The Guardian

Stealing Sheep, Temples and Hoopla Blue on Thursday 6th December 2012 at Hare & Hounds Birmingham. Tickets available here.

Check out the video for ‘Shelter Song’ below: