We’ve got a wide range of live shows to tell you about this week, including a visit from melodic hardcore band Defeater, a headline show for local indie faves The Heist, a much-anticipated show from hip-hop luminaries Cannibal Ox and finally a fantastic free entry show at The Sunflower Lounge on Saturday, headlined by local blues-rock band Blue Nation. See the full listings below:
After a full year of being off the road, Boston-based melodic hardcore band Defeater announce a UK tour with news of a new album for 2015. The new album arrives after three critically acclaimed studio albums. Support comes from Napoleon.
Watch the video for ‘Bastards’ below:
THURSDAY 9TH JULY
The Heist + Judges + Millbrook @ The Rainbow Courtyard MORE INFO • TICKETS ON THE DOOR
The Heist cap off two years on the b-town scene with a final headline show at The Rainbow. The band have headlined several shows around Birmingham in which can only be described as carnage, and have supported the likes of Raglans, Tempting Rosie and The Carpels. Support comes from indie-rock quartet Judges and Birmingham trio Millbrook.
Watch The Heist perform ‘Lucy’ live at The Rainbow below:
Underground hip-hop luminaries Cannibal Ox are responsible for one of the “Top 200 Albums of the 2000s”. The Harlem duo, consisting of Vast Aire and Vordul Mega, have worked with El-P (Run the Jewels), MF Doom and U-God (Wu-Tang Clan). They play a special late show The Rainbow on Friday – doors 9pm.
Watch the classic video for ‘Pain Killers’ below:
SATURDAY 11TH JULY
Blue Nation + Sherelle Myers + Ruth Owens + The Beau Jangles @ The Sunflower Lounge MORE INFO • FREE ENTRY
The blues-rock band, currently working with Andy Macpherson who has produced for acts such as The Who, Eric Clapton and The Buzzcocks, release their 2nd album in September. Support comes from singer-songwriters Sherelle Myers, Ruth Owens and gypsy jazz duo The Beau Jangles.
This Wednesday we welcome much-hyped Scottish hip-hop outfit Stanley Odd to Birmingham’s The Sunflower Lounge. Following that, Thursday sees North-London pop-rockers Room 94 take to the stage at The Rainbow after tour dates with the likes of Union J and Lawson. Friday we bring you the second installment of Baddie’s Banquet, a night that brings you 3 rooms of live music and DJs until late. This Friday’s event is headed up by rising Telford noisemakers Hyena, with support from Manchester duo Bad Grammar and local four-piece The Drive. Saturday sees 20 year-old Brighton based singer-songwriter Jack Watts headline the free entry Acoustic Sessions at The Glee Club, followed by a visit from Melbourne garage rock quintet Money For Rope over at The Sunflower Lounge. Check out the full listings below:
Edinburgh-based alternative hip-hop band Stanley Odd return with their third studio album A Thing Brand New. The record follows up from the band’s second album Reject, which was shortlisted for a 2012 Scottish Album of the Year. Since then, Stanley Odd have continued to tour heavily, taking in some their biggest shows to date including a string of US dates with The View and numerous festival slots including Wickerman, Belladrum, Insider, Greenbelt and Celtic Connections. Support at this show comes from Telford-based acoustic hip-hop duo Loose Lips and acoustic hip-hop and soul influenced Bear.
North London pop-rockers Room 94 have built up a loyal following over the last couple of years through shows withUnion J, Lawson and Twenty Twenty. Their debut albumNo Strings Attached reached the Top 30 in March 2014 – a mightily impressive feat for a then unsigned band. Less than a year later, they’re back with a second self-titled album. What follows is even more impressive, with anthemic, hook-heavy rock that recalls the band’s love of You Me At Six, The Offspring and Bring Me The Horizon. Support comes from Shropshire based rock four-piece Young Braves.
Baddie’s Banquet is a new Friday night event at The Rainbow. One set entry price allows access to three rooms of music, including a host of the best local live bands in The Rainbow Courtyard & Cellar. Aftershow follows in the bar with Testify DJ’s spinning 60s R&B, Northern Soul and Disco till late. Headlining this week are rising Telford noisemakers Hyena, Manchester noise-rock duo Bad Grammar and local indie rockers The Drive.
Watch the video for ‘Mental Home’ below:
SATURDAY 20TH JUNE
Acoustic Sessions: Jack Watts + Contact + Franklin & Jones + The Gardener’s Son @ The Glee Club Lounge MORE INFO • FREE ENTRY
After recently releasing his debut EP, Red Shortbread, Jack joins us at the Glee Club Birmingham to headline our weekly free entry Acoustic Sessions! A song-cycle of sorts tracing the transition from a failed relationship into stability & contentment elsewhere, Red Shortbread is the work of a magnetic new talent, as distinctive and assured as the emotional territory it inhabits is fragile. Support comes from acoustic duo Contact, folk duo Franklin & Jones and folk singer-songwriter The Gardener’s Son.
Melbourne-based quintet Money For Rope’s raw brand of rock music has earned them a reputation for chaotic, ambling musical mayhem tied together by harmonies driven by the spirit of rock. Twin drum kits, two guitars, four voices, a bass, keys and a sweltering, sultry, swaggering style, Money For Rope are dealers in a raw brand of rock music that must be felt to be believed. With their public-bar rise propelled by word-of-mouth whisperings, 7” releases and an energetic, swirling live show that seethes with energy, Money For Rope released their much-anticipated self-titled full-length recording in November 2012, taking their pulsing sound from dark stages to stereos right across the globe. Support comes from Birmingham trio Millbrook.