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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:

Introducing: Rhodes

October 27, 2014 in News

A year ago Rhodes had played just a handful of live shows. Now, 12 months later, he is something of a veteran, having supported Sam Smith, London Grammar, Laura Marling, Nick Mulvey and Rufus Wainwright. He has toured the UK, sold out three nights at London’s Sebright Arms, as well festival performances at Glastonbury, Wilderness and Latitude to name a few.

Now signed to Ministry of Sound through his own Rhodes Music imprint, Rhodes released a stunning new EP Home on 19th October. He is a singular talent. His voice is striking and the stark simplicity of his songs is initially deceptive. Whether he plays electric guitar or keyboards, solo or with a band, the sound totally belongs to him.

Using producers Ian Grimble (Daughter), Tim Bran/Roy Kerr (London Grammar) and Iain Archer (Jake Bugg), Home showcases Rhodes impressive songwriting talent. Lead track ‘Breathe’ is beautiful, held together by a stripped back verse and a glimmering chorus. The endearing anthemic title track leads into bittersweet piano ballad ‘What If Love’. The EP picks up the tempo and closes with the warming and catchy ‘Crash’.

Rhodes Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

RHODES PLAYS HARE & HOUNDS THURSDAY 30TH OCT, WITH SUPPORT FROM FRANCES. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Breathe’ below:

Teleman play Hare & Hounds Birmingham tonight!

October 21, 2014 in News

Following a remarkable Birmingham show back in May, we’re delighted to be welcoming Teleman back to the Hare & Hounds on Tues 21st October.

The group are rapidly growing in stature since the release of debut album Breakfast on via Moshi Moshi back in June, with heavy radio support and a number of 6Music live sessions for Marc Riley, plus supports with the likes of Suede, Franz Ferdinand, and Metronomy.

The album, produced by Bernard Butler, has variety in abundance, from the pared-back ‘Cristina’ and the modernist proposition of ‘Steam Train Girl’, to the sax-drenched ‘Lady Low’.

Teleman Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

TELEMAN PLAY HARE & HOUNDS BIRMINGHAM ON TUESDAY 21ST OCT, WITH SUPPORT FROM BOXED IN. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Skeleton Dance’ below:

Introducing: Trampolene

October 15, 2014 in News

Trampolene released six-track EP Alcohol Kiss, mixed by Cenzo Townshend (The Horrors / The Vaccines / Florence & The Machine) back in April. This followed two limited edition double A-sided 7” singles, which pricked the right ears and picked up plaudits from the likes of The Guardian, XFM and Radio 1.

Not so long ago, Trampolene decamped from their native Swansea without a penny to share and moved into a small flat in North London. In another age, bands used to do this all the time, but in increasingly straitened times, you’d have to be insane to take that sort of chance. Or absurdly idealistic. If you’ve met Trampolene’s Jack Jones, you’ll know which category he falls into. Having already conquered a bone tumour by the age of five, Jack has since successfully taken on Crohns Disease. Throughout the last ten years, the constant has been his extraordinary guitar playing and, latterly, his extraordinary stage presence.

When there’s no safety net, no trust fund, no Brit school bursary, there’s nothing to lose. When Trampolene take to the stage, they’re playing for their lives.

Trampolene Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

TRAMPOLENE PLAY THE HARE & HOUNDS BIRMINGHAM ON FRI 17TH OCTOBER 2014, WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CRIMSON STAR & DONG FANG. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Alcohol Kiss’ below:

Ringo Deathstarr to play Hare & Hounds

August 19, 2014 in News

Ringo Deathstarr are making no hesitations when it comes to checking things off their 2014 To Do List. The Austin, Texas trio kicked off the year with a US tour, followed by the release of their much-anticipated album God’s Dream via Neon Sigh / Noyes Records. This summer, the three-piece embark on a UK tour calling at Birmingham’s Hare & Hounds on Friday 29th August 2014.

Warm guitars and pulsing drums combine to form an aggressively atmospheric bubble, encompassing the listener in an infectious cohesive which blends the sounds of an era when Sonic Youth and Jesus and Mary Chain walked the Earth with a forward thinking and creatively stubborn indie darling. Joined by Adam Franklin of Swervedriver on the track ‘Nowhere’ and Jeff Schroeder of the Smashing Pumpkins on ‘Chainsaw Morning’, Ringo Deathstarr have created a flawlessly crafted sound.

The trio have been putting out records since 2007 – their sound is born from a love of melody, a love of guitar, and a hatred of pompous vocals. Finding it to be too much fun, the group has expounded upon the sounds of the masters before them. This desire to play the music they were too young to witness as children has taken Ringo Deathstarr around the globe, performing in places as far flung as Israel, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, Europe, Canda, and the continental USA, supporting favorites like …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, The Wedding Present, and The Smashing Pumpkins.

“…the absolute best band of shoegaze revivalists operating now.” - 4/5, All Music Guide

Ringo Deathstarr Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

RINGO DEATHSTARR PLAY THE HARE & HOUNDS BIRMINGHAM ON FRI 29TH AUGUST 2014, WITH SUPPORT FROM KALEIDOSCOPES. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Rip’ below:

The Amazing Snakeheads set to play Hare & Hounds

July 23, 2014 in News

It’s been a long time since going to a gig was a visceral, unpredictable experience. [The Amazing Snakeheads are] one of Britain’s most exciting new bands’- The Times

Following recent support dates with Jack White and a headline slot on the BBC Introducing stage at T In The Park, The Amazing Snakeheads have announced a full UK tour for October 2014, including a Birmingham show at the Hare & Hounds on Mon 13th October.

The Glasgow band will also be playing Secret Garden Party, Stockton Weekender and Reading & Leeds festivals over the summer as well as Bestival in September.

The band’s debut album, Amphetamine Ballads, which saw its UK release in April, was featured on Pitchfork and won critical acclaim across the board. A monument to the redemptive powers of rock ‘n’ roll – full of rage, romance and dark humour – Amphetamine Ballads is an uncompromising, astonishingly visceral record. Purchase it from Domino here or from iTunes here.

The band’s last Birmingham show sold out, so make sure you pick up your tickets asap!

The Amazing Snakeheads Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

THE AMAZING SNAKEHEADS PLAY HARE & HOUNDS BIRMINGHAM ON MON 13TH OCTOBER 2014. TICKETS GO ON SALE ON FRI 25TH JULY AT 9AM HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Nighttime’ below: