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This Week: Gig Roundup 11th May – 17th May

May 11, 2015 in News

Another busy week gets underway with a visit from American indie quartet Sun Club on Tuesday who bring their infectious sunshine-pop to The Sunflower Lounge. Bringing it to a close on Sunday we are delighted to bring you a special free entry show from local indie favourites JAWS. In between we have shows from Paper Aeroplanes, David Ford, Clare Maguire, Lazy Habits, Bear, The Bots, God Damn, Son of Dave, and loads more. Phew, what a week! More details about all our shows can be found below:

TUESDAY 12TH MAY

Sun Club + KIN @ The Sunflower Lounge 

The US indie quintet are influenced by Animal Collective and The Beach Boys and create dirty sunshine pop to get your body grooving. After working with producer Steve Wright, their debut EP was released on Goodnight Records on January 21st 2014. Support comes from KIN. Tickets are available here.

Listen to ‘Beauty Meat’ below:

WEDNESDAY 13TH MAY

Paper Aeroplanes + Lewis & Leigh @ The Rainbow

The Welsh duo return with their intoxicating brand of alt folk on new album Joy following 2013′s critically acclaimed release Little Letters. ‘Guessing Game’, the first single, added more rhythmic and electronic elements to the band’s trademark acoustic sound, bringing to mind the likes of Lykke LiFlorence and Feist. The new album, released March 2015, continues this theme, a varied and thrilling collection of songs to augment their already stunning live set. Support comes from Lewis & Leigh. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Guessing Game’ below:

THURSDAY 14TH MAY

David Ford @ The Rainbow

Throughout his decade long career, David Ford has been lauded by press and public alike for creating music that combines Americana, English melodicism & rock ‘n’ roll. With four critically-acclaimed studio albums and a live show defined by The Guardian as ‘unmissable’, Ford is essential listening for anyone who gives a damn about music. A multi-instrumentalist and master of the loop pedal, Ford’s mesmerising live performances regularly sell-out venues on both sides of the Atlantic. As well as playing headline shows to his devoted and loyal fan base, he has toured with and supported artists such as Elvis Costello and Ray LaMontagne. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Pour A Little Poison’ below:

FRIDAY 15TH MAY

Clare Maguire + Jax Jones (Rhythm & Blues Set) @ The Glee Club * SOLD OUT*

The Birmingham-born songstress blessed with an almighty powerful voice brings her three week residency at The Glee Club to a close with another sold out show. Back with a thundering 60′s influenced soul-pop sound, Clare releases her eagerly-awaited new album later this year following the success of her new EP released April 13th via Virgin/EMI. More info can be found here.

Watch the video for ‘Don’t Mess Me Around’ below:

Lazy Habits + Fjokra @ The Rainbow

With the hype of upcoming sophomore album The Atrocity Exhibition fully lighting the way, brass infused hip-hop trailblazers Lazy Habits are set to ignite the UK music scene. The Kicking the Clouds tour will be the first live opportunity to hear the seven-piece’s explosive new material, which has been garnering celebrity and industry support in the lead up to it’s anticipated release later this year. Support comes from Dublin-based Fjokra. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Fades’ below:

SATURDAY 16TH MAY

*FREE ENTRY* Acoustic Sessions: Bear + Ed Geater + Stylusboy + James Attwood @ The Glee Club

An exciting blend of acoustic, hip hop, and soul, Bear are Wolverhampton vocalist Faye Smith, accompanied by French multi-instrumentalist Gordon Begard. Begard provides a perfectly gauged backdrop of guitar and beats for Smith’s unique voice, which belongs amongst the likes of Selah Sue, Adele, Janis Joplin, Florence Welch, and at times Lauren Hill. Meeting in Toulouse, France, Bear have travelled and played together for little over a year, they now call Birmingham their home and seek to see how the city and beyond, through the people they meet, can influence their sound. Support comes from Ed Geater, Stylusboy and James Attwood. More info can be found here.

Listen to ‘For Me’ below:

Son Of Dave @ The Rainbow

Churning out the hits of yesteryear and today, legendary bluesman Son of Dave will be heading to Birmingham with his unmistakable music, made with harmonica, beatbox, percussion and a loopstation. Last November saw the launch of a new series of “Filthy 45′s” where Son of Dave took on some classic (and not so classic) tunes, giving them his own unmistakable mistreatment. Already known for his renditions of ‘Bonkers’ –Dizzie Rascal, ‘Black Betty’ – Ram Jam, ‘Bom Bom’ – Sam and the Womp, and many more, he decided to bow to public demand and crank out more crowd pleasers. His live show has already toured five continents and earned him a cult status amongst a diverse audience. With a CV as long as your arm and a briefcase full of naughty tricks, this is not to be missed. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Tequila’ below:

The Bots @ The Rainbow Cellar

The US garage-rock duo, who have received praise from Zane Lowe & Rolling Stone, released their debut album Pink Palms in October 2014 to widespread critical acclaim. They duo have already kicked off 2015 in winning fashion with themmbeing named “L.A.’s most celebrated rock duo” by LA Weekly and featured in Interview Magazine’s “15 Faces of 2015”. They made their national TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers, in February 2015, performing their single ‘Blinded’. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Blinded’ below:

God Damn + Elephantine + Bad Girlfriend + False Grails @ The Sunflower Lounge *SOLD OUT*

Dropped like a pipe-bomb into the British rock scene, Wolverhampton noise makers God Damn released their debut album Vultures on 11th May to widespread praise. A dizzying blend of barbed wire guitars, lung-shredding vocals and drums that run away like wild horses. It’s all the more effective when you learn God Damn are a stripped-down two-piece. Their set-up has naturally drawn comparisons to fellow rising bands such as Slaves and Royal Blood (we’re inclined to name-check Winnnebago Deal and Wet Nuns at this juncture too) but really that is where comparisons to duos end. God Damn always call themselves “a band.” Support comes from local noise rockers Elephantine, heavy garage rockers Bad Girlfriend and False Grails. More info can be found here.

Watch the video for ‘When The Wind Blows’ below:

SUNDAY 17TH MAY

*FREE ENTRY* JAWS @ Venue TBA

Following the release of their debut album Be Slowly, and their sold out show at The Institute, JAWS announce a FREE ENTRY show this Sunday at a secret location. More details about the event will be released later on this week, so stay tuned for more info. Click here for more details on how to enter.

Watch the video for ‘Be Slowly’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 23rd February – 1st March

February 24, 2015 in News

We have a very busy week of gigs this week with something for everyone, including a very special intimate show with Icelandic composer/performer Olafur Arnalds, a sold out show from folk-pop duo Slow Club, and fresh from supporting Twin Atlantic, a visit from Southend rockers Nothing But Thieves. Check out the full listings below for more info…

TUESDAY 24th FEBRUARY

Olafur Arnalds @ The Glee Club

Since the release of his debut album Eulogy for Evolution in 2007, the Icelandic composer has built up a dedicated international following and is well established for his genre-crossing compositions blending classical, pop and ambient/electronica influences to create a unique musical language. Known for having his music featured in films such as Hunger Games and 300 – Rise Of An Empire, Arnalds recently provided the music to ITV thriller series Broadchurch, which went on to scoop a BAFTA for Best Music. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Only the Winds’ below:


WEDNESDAY 25th FEBRUARY

Leddra Chapman + Lee Broderick + Corrina Jane @ The Sunflower Lounge

The critically acclaimed folk-pop singer songwriter, favoured by Radio 2 and described as “pitch-perfect acoustic pop” by The Independent plays The Sunflower Lounge playing songs from her latest album Fidelity and Grace released January 2015. She will be joined by Liverpool singer-songwriter Lee Broderick and piano driven singer/songwriter Corinna Jane. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Playground’ below:


THURSDAY 26th FEBRUARY

Sivu + James Attwood @ The Sunflower Lounge

Described as a ‘one man Wild Beasts’ by The Guardian, London based Sivu aka James Page, first caught attention for the innovative MRI-machine video for his critically acclaimed single ‘Better Man Than He’ back in 2013. He released his debut album Something On High in October 2014. Support comes from Birmingham indie-acoustic artist James Attwood. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Better Man Than He’ below:


FRIDAY 27th FEBRUARY

Slow Club + Happyness @ The Sunflower Lounge *SOLD OUT*

The Sheffield boy-girl duo Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor, released their career-defining album Complete Surrender last year to widespread critical acclaim. The record breaks away from the nu-folk sound heard in previous years, touching upon Motown and the output of Memphis’ Stax Records to the immaculately produced pop of the 1970s, via Frankie Valli and David Bowie. The band are joined by much-hyped London trio Happyness. 

Watch the video for ‘Everything Is New’ below:


FRIDAY 27th FEBRUARY

DELS + TrueMendous + Lady Sanity @ The Rainbow

London hip-hop artist, championed by Radio 1, makes a triumphant return with second album Petals Have Fallen, following his critically acclaimed debut GOB. The album is a stunning consolidation of everything that makes DELS great, a giant leap forward sonically and imaginatively, an ultra-modern hip-hop masterpiece. Support comes from Birmingham female hip-hop artists  TrueMendous and Lady Sanity. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Burning Beaches’ below:


SUNDAY 1st MARCH

Nothing But Thieves + Twin Wild + Romans @ The Sunflower Lounge

Southend five-piece Nothing But Thieves evoke the profound dynamics of music’s more creative imaginations. Drawing inspiration from the bombast of Muse, the playfulness of Kasabian, the unpredictability of Arcade Fire, the songs on debut EP Graveyard Whistling reimagine the majesty of rock and roll. Support comes from Twin Wild and Romans. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Wake Up Call’ below: