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C Duncan to play Hare & Hounds Birmingham

January 10, 2017 in News

Glasgow’s prodigious talent C Duncan released his second album The Midnight Sun last October to critical acclaim.

Blending electronic elements and sweeping synth sounds with his signature layered vocals and dreamy instrumentation, the follow up to his Mercury Prizenominated debut Architect won huge praise from the likes of The GuardianThe Sunday TimesMojoUncut and The Quietus.

With a brand new and bigger live show in tow, C Duncan has blossomed into a fully accomplished live artist. Having fast-tracked from playing basement venues alone to selling out 900 cap venues within a year, his live show has come along hugely. Now joined by a four-piece band, they provide the perfect backdrop for his hushed vocals and help execute the plentiful harmonies with mesmerising precision.

C Duncan Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Other Side’ below:

Ed Geater to play Hare & Hounds Birmingham

December 23, 2016 in News

Ed Geater is back in 2017 with a headline show at the Hare & Hounds, serving as the last stop of his debut UK tour. The gig follows the success of his Unseen EP release launch at Mama Roux’s in October, which received rave reviews from Counteract, Bab Mag and Brum Radio.

Ed will be playing material from both EPs released in 2016 by London label Music Mandi, plus some new songs, and is set to be joined by friends on stage for a host of collaborations.

“If there is one thing we love to emphasize here at HumanBeatbox.com, it’s this: beatbox is music. Ed Geater is a perfect example of how beatbox can be used in magically creative ways.” – Human Beatbox

Ed Geater plays Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Fri 24th March 2017, with support from Bear, Dee Ajayi, Amy Louise Ellis, followed by DJ sets from Jack Barber & The Deviant till 2am. Tickets available here.

Ed Geater Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Symmetry’ below:

Slow Club to play Birmingham Xmas show

December 1, 2016 in News

Slow Club have announced a string of Christmas UK live dates, which they will play as a two-piece, in support of their new Matthew E White produced album One Day All Of This Won’t Matter Anymore (available now via Moshi Moshi Records).

From the cute indie-folk of their 2009 debut Yeah So, to the wonky-pop of its follow up Paradise, two years later, to the sophisticated, polished soul of 2014’s Complete Surrender, this is a band that have never stood still, going out of their way to present a new version of themselves on every release, while maintaining the spirit, the warmth and the chemistry that has marked their music since they formed in 2006.

At their heart Slow Club are still a pop band and One Day…contains some of the best melodies they’ve yet created. The duo’s knack for writing hooks and melody has, if anything, become stronger.

Slow Club Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Slow Club play Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Thurs 15th December 2016, with support from Auld. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Silver Morning’ below:

Felix Riebl (The Cat Empire) to play Hare & Hounds

June 15, 2016 in News

In following his musical horizon, Felix Riebl has sung, danced, hooted, hollered, loved, shouted, sweated and danced from hundreds of stages, in scores of countries. The lithe, charismatic, and gentle Melbournian has always exuded the joie de vivre and boundless love of music one associates with a life lived long, full and well.

As the co-founder and long-time front man of The Cat Empire, Riebl has spun the magic of his musical vision around the globe since his late teens, firmly establishing himself as one of our most passionate, durable, and genuinely engaging musical ambassadors.

But with the release of his second full solo album Paper Doors (following 2011’s well received, rock-oriented album Into the Rain) Felix makes the rare quiet spaces and simple still places add up to something rare and special. After years of navigating the surreal, body-trashing banality, and momentary bliss of tour life, he’s peering over his shoulder to re-glimpse the experience.

Felix Riebl Links: Website | Facebook

Felix Riebl plays Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Sat 26th November 2016, tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Crocodiles’ 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:

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:

This Week: Gig Roundup 10th – 16th November

November 10, 2014 in News

We have another busy week of gigs coming up , including a sold out show from critically acclaimed poet, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest, a performance from revived and re-energised rock quartet Solemn Sun and a visit from the ‘future of hip-hop’ Shabazz Palaces. Check out all the info below…

MONDAY 10th NOVEMBER 

Shabazz Palaces + MoD + Leftfoot DJs @ Hare & Hounds

Described as “the future of hip-hop”, Shabazz Palaces are a Seattle-based experimental hip-hop group led by Ishmael Butler, aka Palaceer Lazaro (formerly Butterfly of jazz–hip hop group Digable Planets) and multi-instrumentalist Tendai “Baba” Maraire. With support from Birmingham’s very own MoD and Leftfoot DJs, this gig is not one to be missed! Get your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘#CAKE’ below:


TUESDAY 11th NOVEMBER 

Simply Dylan @ The Glee Club 

Liverpool based artist John O’Connell will be taking Simply Dylan – his personal exploration and celebration of the rich and diverse work of Bob Dylan – along with band across the UK for the very first time this November. This is no ordinary interpretation of Bob Dylan, this is a remarkable and exceptional project which promises to delight Dylan fans young and old. Tickets are available here

Watch the video for ‘Precious Angel’ below:

 

The Lost Brothers + Lisa O’Neill + Franklin & Jones @ Hare & Hounds

Irish duo The Lost Brothers recently returned to Liverpool, the birthplace of the band, to record the first of a new trilogy with Bill Ryder-Jones, solo artist and former guitarist of local heroes The Coral. Now heading out on a UK tour to celebrate, support comes from Domino’s Lisa O’Neill and locals Franklin & Jones. Get your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Bird in A Cage’ below:


Solemn Sun + Youth Man + Lime @ The Sunflower Lounge

Earlier this year, folk-punks Jim Lockey and The Solemn Sun found themselves at a junction, having released two full length albums under the moniker, the band opted to lay their previous works to rest and regroup, reinventing themselves as Solemn Sun, an ambitious rock outfit. The band play The Sunflower Lounge with strong support from two fantastic local bands: Youth Man and LimeTickets can be found here.

Watch the video for ‘Josef’ below:


THURSDAY 13th NOVEMBER 

Marika Hackman + Howard James Kenny @ The Sunflower Lounge 

Having been described as “the lovechild of Nico and Joanna Newsom” by NYLON and releasing a series of hugely revered singles and EPs over the last year, Marika Hackman calls at The Sunflower Lounge this November, her largest headline UK tour to date, with the addition of her newly formed live band. Tickets available here.

Watch Marika perform ‘Wolf’ live at Toe Rag Studios below:


SATURDAY 15th NOVEMBER 

Bad Grammar + Fauxchisels + Dong Fang + The Scribers @ The Sunflower Lounge 

Manchester’s Bad Grammar create fuzzy, riff infused pop jams. The two-piece consisting of Ben Forrester & Lucy Brown have recently released a new EP titled Forced Fun via Flatpack Records. The duo have had recent play on Radio 1 and features in NME Radar & Artrocker New Blood alongside being personally selected to play Y Not Festival by none other than Andrew W.K. With support coming from Fauxchisels, Dong Fang and The Scribers, this gig is not to be skipped on! Tickets can be found here.

Watch the video for ‘Temper Temper’ below:


SUNDAY 16th NOVEMBER 

Kate Tempest @ Hare & Hounds *SOLD OUT*

Birmingham Promoters are delighted to announce they’ll be teaming up with Leftfoot to bring the wonderful Kate Tempest to the Hare & Hounds Birmingham. She started out when she was 16, rapping at strangers on night buses and pestering emcees to let her on the mic at raves. Ten years later she is a published playwright, novelist, poet and respected recording artist. Her debut album Everybody Down has finally hit the shelves – real and virtual – to ubiquitous acclaim.

Watch the video for  ‘The Beigeness’ below:

Watch: Beans on Toast – ‘The Chicken Song’

October 28, 2014 in News

Beans on Toast has revealed a brand new video for ‘The Chicken Song’ – a track taken from his forthcoming album The Grand Scheme of Things.

With a fresh spring in his step after an incredible start to the year, which saw him conquer his first American headline tour, play a series of shows with Flogging Molly in the US and perform to over 100,000 people in just one week whilst opening Frank Turner’s UK stadium tour in February, Beans On Toast will be heading back onto the UK live circuit for 16 dates across the country including a performance at the Hare & Hounds on December 3rd.

Marking the release of his sixth studio album with Xtra Mile Recordings, as is tradition on his 1st December birthday, ‘The Next Album Tour 2014’ will be an unforgettable experience as the singer, storyteller and guitar player’s self-deprecating nature goes a long way to break down the barriers between musician and audience, creating a real sense of equality.

With digital single ‘Keep You’ added to the XFM Evening Playlist at the start of the year, a ‘Best of Toast Pressed on Vinyl’ flying off the shelves for Independent Record Store Day and his busiest upcoming festival season yet, anything is now possible for this unmissable performer.

Beans On Toast Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

BEANS ON TOAST PLAYS HARE & HOUNDS BIRMINGHAM ON WED 3RD DECEMBER 2014, WITH SUPPORT FROM WILL VARLEY. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘The Chicken Song’ below: