We’ve got something for everyone this upcoming week, from infectious electro-pop courtesy of critically acclaimed Little Dragon, to the celebrated rootsy Americana of Trampled By Turtles and everything in between! Plus, we also have a SOLD OUT show from The Computers and a rare live outing from reunited rudeboys The Ordinary Boys! Check out all the gigs coming up next week below:
MONDAY 17th NOVEMBER
Johnny Lloyd + Eskers @ Hare & Hounds
The former Tribes frontman has received wide critic and public praise for his recent solo output, releasing a series of self-recorded EP’s along with the help of friend and collaborator Mystery Jets’ Blaine Harrison. Lloyd’s solo songwriting skills debuted earlier this year with the Pilgrims EP receiving the seal of approval from The Horrors. Key sites were just as excited with Pigeons & Planes asking ‘is this a lost demo tape from 30 years ago? It’s so hushed and lo-fi and shot through with a magical, intimate melancholy’ whilst Line of Best Fit claimed Lloyd ‘croons with a crackly, nostalgic sadness’. Tickets are available here.
Watch the video for ‘Happy Humans’ below:
Bahamas + special guests @ The Sunflower Lounge
Toronto-based artist Bahamas embarks on a UK tour this November to celebrate the release of his new album Bahamas Is Afie (Brushfire/Island Records). After touring internationally with Feist for three years and returning home with a large backlog of new compositions, Afie recorded Bahamas’ 2009 debut Pink Strat. The record was nominated for Canada’s Juno Award and the Polaris Music Prize. Bahamas hit the road for two years after the release, touring with artists such as Wilco and Robert Plant and now he brings his award-winning material to the intimate Sunflower Lounge. Support comes from rising Birmingham indie-rockers Eskers. Get your tickets here.
Watch the video for ‘Stronger Than That’ below:
TUESDAY 18th NOVEMBER
Little Dragon + NAO @ The Institute
Since the release of Little Dragon’s highly anticipated fourth studio album, Nabuma Rubberband, the band have received huge praise. The band kicked off 2014 in spectacular style with the release of ‘Klapp Klapp’ the first single from the new record which not only received incredible radio support both in the UK & internationally, but saw the band make their biggest US primetime TV appearance to date performing the track on the David Letterman Show. Following huge shows at Coachella and SXSW Little Dragon play The Institute, with support from NAO. Tickets available here.
Watch the video for ‘Paris’ below:
WEDNESDAY 19th NOVEMBER
King Tuff + Table Scraps @ Alfie Birds
“Black Moon Spell is scuzzy, wired and bulging with Marc Bolan vocals, riffs Jimmy Page forgot to stick on any Zeppelin album and a bunch of outrageously catchy choruses. Big fun.” – NME
King Tuff returns with his new album, Black Moon Spell through Sub Pop Records celebrates by playing Alfie Birds as part of his UK tour. The album produced and recorded by Bobby Harlow at Studio B in Los Angeles, California, follows 2008′s debut Was Dead and 2012′s King Tuff. Support come from local racket-makers Table Scraps. Tickets can be found here.
Watch the video for ‘Black Moon Spell’ below:
Trampled By Turtles + The Dirty Beggars @ The Institute
The Minnesota quintet’s hybrid folk sound continues its evolution with the release of their seventh studio album Wild Animals. Formed in 2003 in Duluth, Minnesota the band have consistently reached new heights with each release. 2012’s Stars And Satellites saw the band play to more fans than ever, sell close to 100,000 albums, make their first national television appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman. Wild Animals is the sound of a band at the peak of their potential, strengthened from a decade together, winning some and losing some, but growing none-the-less. Support comes from Scottish bluegrass/Celtic fusion The Dirty Beggars. Tickets can be bought here.
Watch The Dirty Beggars perform ‘Hey Hey’ below:
THURSDAY 20th NOVEMBER
The Computers + Magpies & Vagabonds @ The Sunflower Lounge
Following a string of previous riotous headline shows, The Computers have confirmed they will return to Birmingham on Thursday 20th November 2014 for a much-anticipated SOLD OUT show at The Sunflower Lounge. The Exeter quintet released their critically acclaimed second album Love Triangles, Hate Squares, last year via One Little Indian – a record that marked a new direction for the five-piece, combining the band’s love of rock n roll and soul with the energy of punk rock.Support comes from boisterous Birmingham four-piece Magpies & Vagabonds. Tickets are available here.
Watch the video for ‘Disco Sucks’ below:
FRIDAY 21st NOVEMBER
The Rural Alberta Advantage + PS I Love You + My Grey Horse @ Hare & Hounds
In 2006 singer-songwriter Nils Edenloff, percussionist Paul Banwatt, and multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole came together to release their debut self-titled EP as The Rural Alberta Advantage. The ensuing years have brought two full-length albums (2008’s Hometowns and 2011’s Departing), widespread critical praise (SPIN, The New York Times,Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, etc), two Juno Award Nominations, and a hard earned reputation as one of the most impressive live bands you’ll ever see. It was through all of this that The RAA’s latest album, Mended With Gold, took shape. Support comes from PS I Love You and My Grey Horse. Tickets can be found here.
Watch the video for ‘Tornado 87′ below:
SATURDAY 22nd NOVEMBER
Jim Noir + Glitches @ The Sunflower Lounge
Jim’s latest album Finnish Line boasts all the indisputable upbeat pop charisma of Jim Noir, with ignited clarity and even more killer hooks ensuring the album lodges itself in the brain. Sounding altogether fuller, finer, and downright dandy, Finnish Line was self produced and marks a cut above all Noir’s previous records to date. Support comes from Radio 1 and XFM favourites Glitches. Tickets are available here.
Watch the video for ‘The Broadway Jets’ below:
SUNDAY 23rd NOVEMBER
Beardyman + special guests @ The Institute
The lovable beatboxing champion and festival favourite Beardyman returns with a new direction, reinventing himself producing an album a world away from the Beardyman we once knew. New album Distractions is a multi-faceted collection that takes in blissed-out declarations of love, glitchy electronica and thwacking great big pop songs. Three years in the making, Distractions was initially designed to showcase what ‘the Beardytron’ is capable of. In doing so, it also showed what Beardyman is capable of. Get your tickets here.
Watch Beardyman perform on Radio 1′s Comedy Lounge below:
The Ordinary Boys + Whales In Cubicles + Stubblemelt @ Hare & Hounds
Following a seven year hiatus, The Ordinary Boys are set to return with a brand new album. Their story began in Brighton in 2001 with their critically acclaimed debut Over The Counter Culture winning them support tours and endorsements from Morrissey, Paul Weller and The Who.After earning a reputation as a consistently electrifying live band, they recorded second album Brassbound and followed this with third album How To Get Everything You Ever Wanted In Ten Easy Steps. 2014 sees the band returning to their roots. The Ordinary Army are recruiting again.Support comes from highly tipped grungers Whales In Cubicles and Birmingham art-rockers Stubblemelt. Tickets are available here.
Watch the band perform ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ at Top of the Pops below: