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This Week: Gig Roundup 1st – 7th June

June 1, 2015 in News

We’re off to a flying start this week as rabble-rousing indie rockers The Mirror Trap land at The Sunflower Lounge on Monday. Hotly-tipped Irish duo All Tvvins join us at The Rainbow on Wednesday, closely followed by Glasgow quintet Admiral Fallow on Thursday. We’re back at The Sunflower Lounge on Friday for acclaimed alt folk singer-songwriter Rozi Plain, and on Saturday afternoon our weekly free entry Acoustic Sessions at the Glee Club Lounge continue with headliner Tara Chinn. Saturday night sees Essex rockers The Bohicas take on The Rainbow, whilst Chilean electronic-psych mavericks Follakzoid arrive at The Sunflower Lounge this Sunday! Full details for this weeks events below:


The Mirror Trap + The Surrenders @ The Sunflower Lounge

Gaining attention whilst joining Placebo on tour, the rabble rousing indie rockers The Mirror Trap unite the political passion of Billy Bragg with the angular chops of Franz Ferdinand. Support comes from psych-blues quartet The Surrenders.

Watch the video for ‘Little Ease’ by The Mirror Trap below:


All Tvvins + Kiera Lawlor @ The Rainbow Cellar

Recently signed to Warner Bros. Records, Irish duo All Tvvins are influenced by TV On The Radio’s art-pop twists with the leftfield psychedelic excursions of Animal Collective. Support comes from alt-pop singer-songwriter Kiera Lawlor.

Watch the video for ‘Thank You’ by All Tvvins below:


Admiral Fallow + C Duncan + Oh Stockholm @ The Rainbow

With new album Tiny Rewards released in May, 2015 promises to be a huge year for the Glasgow quintet Admiral Fallow, who have toured with the likes of Fyfe Dangerfield & Snow Patrol. Support comes from fellow Glaswegian C Duncan, and Birmingham indie-folk trio Oh Stockholm.

Watch the video for ‘Evangeline’ by Admiral Fallow below:


Rozi Plain + Lexis @ The Sunflower Lounge

Heralded as ‘One to Watch in 2015′ by The Guardian, Bristol based alternative-folk singer-songwriter Rozi Plain released her third album Friend in May to much critical acclaim. Support comes from Solihull songstress Lexis.

Watch the Rozi Plain video for ‘Actually’ below:


Acoustic Sessions: Tara Chinn + Matthew Socci + Eagle Empire + Kerry Smyth @ The Glee Club Lounge

Our weekly free entry Acoustic Sessions at The Glee Club Lounge continue, this week headlined by Birmingham’s own Tara Chinn – blessed with a voice that seamlessly marries soul, blues, Americana and country, recalling classic female voices including Dusty Springfield & Carole King. Support comes from Matthew Socci, Eagle Empire and Kerry Smyth.

Watch Tara perform ‘Cigarettes & Gin’ below:


The Bohicas + Dead Sea Skulls + TempleVesta @ The Rainbow

Poised for a major breakthrough in 2015, Essex rockers The Bohicas announce a UK tour ahead of the release of their much-anticipated debut album…“Channelling Marc Bolan, Led Zeppelin and Arctic Monkeys to riveting effect.” – The Sunday Times. Support comes from unstoppable punk-rock trio Dead Sea Skulls, and new Brummie quintet TempleVesta.

Watch the video for ‘To Die For’ by The Bohicas below:


Follakzoid + The Hungry Ghosts + Sky Children @ The Sunflower Lounge

Chilean electronic-psych mavericks Follakzoid released their latest album III to widespread acclaim following appearances at Primavera, ATP Festival and Austin Psych Fest. Now they hit the road this spring, calling at The Sunflower Lounge on Sun 7th June! Support comes from garage-blues four-piece The Hungry Ghosts, plus cosmic pop troubadours Sky Children.

Watch the video for ‘Electric’ by Follakzoid below:

Interview: Lexis

May 6, 2015 in News

We caught up with award-winning Solihull born songstress Lexis ahead of her show at The Glee Club, to talk about her influences, plans for the future and her career highlights.

Can you tell us about how you started writing and performing and what inspired you to begin a career in music?
My parents had a big vinyl record collection so I grew up listening to their Queen and Carpenters records. I also learnt classical piano. It wasn’t until I was given my first guitar that I was able to play chords and come up with melodies. I found writing an easy way to express my emotions, and it felt really natural to put my words to music. In the beginning I wrote lots of songs in my bedroom and I didn’t even know if they were any good. 

Can you tell us more about the creative process behind your songs? Where does the inspiration for your lyrics come from?
Most of the lyrics are very personal and are about love. I find that the best lyrics come after an emotional experience. Sometimes however the inspiration will come out of the blue. Recently I have been stepping out of my comfort zone and I wrote a song called ‘Take The Night’ which is about following your dreams and I also wrote a song called ‘Oh Harry’, where the words were originally a poem written by a friend.

Are there any artists that you would say you are particularly influenced by?
I am influenced by Queen, The Carpenters, Dolly Parton, Ella Fitzgerald and classical music. I could go on!

You won the Shure Songwriting Award with your original song ‘Cupid’s Boy, can you tell us how the opportunity came about?
I was actually visiting a music school as I wanted to study music, and on my way out, I picked up this music magazine from the reception. On my way home, whilst reading the magazine, I noticed an ad for the competition which was going to be judged by KT Tunstall and the prize was a scholarship to study music at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) in London. Having never really played any of my songs in public at that time, I decided to take a chance and enter the competition so I recorded and uploaded a video of myself playing the song in my bedroom. A few months later, and to my disbelief, I received the call saying KT had picked me as the winner and she said she was most struck my lyrics. A few months after that I was at ICMP! I’m really glad I had visited that music school.

What have been the highlights of your musical career so far?
There have been many highlights but a more recent highlight is a gig I played at the Hare and Hounds in Birmingham supporting artist Lotte Mullan. I had always wanted to play there and it lived up to its expectations! It’s such an intimate venue and the room was packed. The audience were completely silent for the whole set and they were listening to every word I was singing. It was also a real honour to have supported Lotte. She is a fantastic artist and I really enjoyed her set.

Are there any local acts you recommend we listen to?
Caballo Blanco are a great alternative rock band. They have a unique sound and I like that they play trumpet. I think they are working on an album and you can catch them at their gig at the Flapper on 23 May. I will be going!

You release your debut single ‘Flame’ this summer, can you tell us about the track?
I wrote the song about a year ago. It’s a song about the feeling of being in a relationship that when you are with that person everything seems fun and exciting and never wanting that to end but fearing it may. It’s got a cinematic/baroque pop feel which is the route I am going down with my tracks. For example the main instruments are drums and strings. I have been heavily involved in its production and we are just finalising the string arrangement at the moment. I can’t wait for the world to hear it!

What can audiences expect from your set at The Glee Club on Saturday 9th May?
We will be playing a 45 minute acoustic set. I’ll be playing with my Birmingham based guitarist Karam. We’ll be playing a mixture of old and new songs including a few we haven’t played live before! We have also thrown in a cover which is a combination of Justin Timberlake and Ella Fitzgerald ‘Cry Me A River’ especially for the gig.

If you could collaborate with any musician, past or present, who would it be and why?
I’d love to collaborate with Fleetwood Mac. They have so many great songs. At some of my gigs I’ve had people approach me saying my voice reminds them of Stevie Nicks. I’ve been told it’s something about the vibrato, so I would love to write a song with Stevie.



This Week: Gig Roundup 23rd – 29th March

March 23, 2015 in News

We’ve got a ridiculously busy week this week with 7 fantastic shows lined up over 5 days! We’ve got something for everyone, kicking off with a visit from Irish indie rockers Raglans, shows from The Devil Makes Three, The Coronas, Lotte Mullan, Marika Hackman, Erros and finishing with a much-anticipated return from Manchester songstress Ren Harvieu. Phew! Check out the full listings for this week below:


Raglans + Luke Wylde & the Japes @ The Rainbow

Indomitable Irish indie-folk four-piece Raglans have undergone a meteoric rise in popularity since the release of their debut album ‘RAGLANS’ with sell out shows across the continent and touring as support for Haim, The Strypes and The Fray. The Dublin band return to the road for their second UK headline tour in March 2015, dates which coincide with the UK release off their new single ‘Natives’. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Digging Holes’ below:


She Makes War + Louis Barabbas + Forgery Lit @ Ort Cafe

Bristol-based gloom-pop artist She Makes War has been championed by the likes of BBC6′s Lauren Laverne, Marc Riley and Tom Robinson, follows on a high profile support slot with folk rockers The Levellers with her first UK headline tour. Her inimitable brand of melancholy, grungey rock with a modern twist has been likened to Blood Red Shoes, Throwing Muses and Bon Iver. Fellow Bristol rockers and collaborators Forgery Lit join her as the support act for many of these dates. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Slow Puncture’ below:

The Devil Makes Three + Rhino & the Ranters @ The Rainbow

Laced elements of ragtime, country, folk & rockabilly, this trio recorded their latest album with Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) and supported Willie Nelson & Trampled By Turtles. The band’s travels and travails serve as inspiration for their fourth album and their New West Records debut, I’m a Stranger Here, produced by Buddy Miller and recorded at Dan Auerbach’s (Black Keys) Easy Eye Sound Studio in Nashville. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Stranger’ below:


The Coronas + Jimmy Weston @ O2 Academy 3, Birmingham 

Boasting 3 double platinum albums in their homeland of Ireland, The Coronas have sold out everywhere from Dublin’s 13,000 capacity o2 Arena to The Olympia Theatre, where they played a record-breaking six night run. They have supported Sir Paul McCartneyThe ScriptJustin Timberlake and Pink. New album The Long Way is released on 9th March 2015 on Island RecordsSupport comes from Coverntry-based singer-songwriter Jimmy Weston. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Just Like That’ below:

Lotte Mullan + Jazz Morley + Lexis @ Hare & Hounds

Dubbed as the female Bob Dylan, Lotte will be playing intimate versions of songs from her forthcoming album Love’s Bonfire, made out in Nashville with Band of Horses. Lotte is joined by fellow songstress Jazz Morley as special guest. The Dorset girl has been quietly touring the UK for the past 4 years, honing her skills and notching up over 500 shows in the process, including festival slots at Isle Of White, Guilfest, Redfest and The Great Escape. Support comes from Solihull-born songstress Lexis. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘I’m Still Here’ below:


Marika Hackman + Charlotte Carpenter @ The Sunflower Lounge

London folk songstress Marika Hackman returns to Birmingham to showcase songs from her debut album We Slept At Last, released 16th February via Dirty Hit. Described as the lovechild of Nico and Joanna Newsom, We Slept At Last is an assured and endlessly intriguing debut album that rewards every repeated listen with new riches. Support comes from Northampton-born singer-songwriter Charlotte Carpenter. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Drown’ below:


Errors + Victories at Sea + Ubre Blanca @ The Rainbow

After support slots with Chvrches & The Twilight Sad, the Glasgow ‘post-electro’ trio play The Rainbow to mark the release of their new album ‘Lease of Life’.  The band were formed in 2004 as a bedroom-based electronic project. They were quickly signed to Rock Action Records, the label developed by fellow Glaswegians Mogwai. Support comes from Birmingham’s Victories at Sea and Glasgow duo Ubre Blanca. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Slow Rotor’ below:

Ren Harvieu @ The Glee Club

The Manchester singer/songwriter formerly nominated for BBC Sound of 2012 returns following the success of her debut album Through The Night which reached No.5 in the UK charts. Currently working on her second album, join Ren for a very special night at The Glee Club. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Do Right By Me’ below: