Churning out the hits of yesteryear and today, legendary bluesman Son of Dave will be heading back onto the open road for his latest tour, taking in an unlucky thirteen shows around the UK throughout May and June 2015.
This bluesman ain’t superstitious however. His unmistakable music, made with harmonica, beatbox, percussion and a loopstation, hasn’t need much luck to win him his reputation. Surviving 30 years in the business, he’s loaded with tales, has jammed with Spinal Tap, been on telly with Cindy Lauper, been sampled by Rizzlekicks, been telephoned by Grace Jones, courted by Gene Simmons…. He’s made six solo studio albums, knocked back countless tours and written one book. His tracks have even made their way onto the soundtrack of Breaking Bad and Later With Jools Holland, no mean feat for a one-man band.
Last November saw the launch of a new series of “Filthy 45′s” where Son of Dave took on some classic (and not so classic) tunes, giving them his own unmistakable mistreatment. Already known for his renditions of ‘Bonkers’ - Dizzie Rascal, ‘Black Betty’ - Ram Jam, ’Bom Bom’ - Sam and the Womp, and many more, he decided to bow to public demand and crank out more crowd pleasers, both live and on a limited edition seven inch vinyl.
His live show has already toured five continents and earned him a cult status amongst a diverse audience. With a CV as long as your arm and a briefcase full of naughty tricks, this is not to be missed.
Another busy week gets underway with a visit from American indie quartet Sun Club on Tuesday who bring their infectious sunshine-pop to The Sunflower Lounge. Bringing it to a close on Sunday we are delighted to bring you a special free entry show from local indie favourites JAWS. In between we have shows from Paper Aeroplanes, David Ford, Clare Maguire, Lazy Habits, Bear, The Bots, God Damn, Son of Dave, and loads more. Phew, what a week! More details about all our shows can be found below:
TUESDAY 12TH MAY
Sun Club + KIN @ The Sunflower Lounge
The US indie quintet are influenced by Animal Collective and The Beach Boys and create dirty sunshine pop to get your body grooving. After working with producer Steve Wright, their debut EP was released on Goodnight Records on January 21st 2014. Support comes from KIN. Tickets are available here.
Listen to ‘Beauty Meat’ below:
WEDNESDAY 13TH MAY
Paper Aeroplanes + Lewis & Leigh @ The Rainbow
The Welsh duo return with their intoxicating brand of alt folk on new album Joy following 2013′s critically acclaimed release Little Letters. ‘Guessing Game’, the first single, added more rhythmic and electronic elements to the band’s trademark acoustic sound, bringing to mind the likes of Lykke Li, Florence and Feist. The new album, released March 2015, continues this theme, a varied and thrilling collection of songs to augment their already stunning live set. Support comes from Lewis & Leigh. Tickets are available here.
Watchthe video for ‘Guessing Game’ below:
THURSDAY 14TH MAY
David Ford @ The Rainbow
Throughout his decade long career, David Ford has been lauded by press and public alike for creating music that combines Americana, English melodicism & rock ‘n’ roll. With four critically-acclaimed studio albums and a live show defined by The Guardian as ‘unmissable’, Ford is essential listening for anyone who gives a damn about music. A multi-instrumentalist and master of the loop pedal, Ford’s mesmerising live performances regularly sell-out venues on both sides of the Atlantic. As well as playing headline shows to his devoted and loyal fan base, he has toured with and supported artists such as Elvis Costello and Ray LaMontagne. Tickets are available here.
Watch the video for ‘Pour A Little Poison’ below:
FRIDAY 15TH MAY
Clare Maguire + Jax Jones (Rhythm & Blues Set) @ The Glee Club * SOLD OUT*
The Birmingham-born songstress blessed with an almighty powerful voice brings her three week residency at The Glee Club to a close with another sold out show. Back with a thundering 60′s influenced soul-pop sound, Clare releases her eagerly-awaited new album later this year following the success of her new EP released April 13th via Virgin/EMI. More info can be found here.
Watch the video for ‘Don’t Mess Me Around’ below:
Lazy Habits + Fjokra @ The Rainbow
With the hype of upcoming sophomore album The Atrocity Exhibition fully lighting the way, brass infused hip-hop trailblazers Lazy Habits are set to ignite the UK music scene. The Kicking the Clouds tourwill be the first live opportunity to hear the seven-piece’s explosive new material, which has been garnering celebrity and industry support in the lead up to it’s anticipated release later this year. Support comes from Dublin-based Fjokra. Tickets are available here.
Watch the video for ‘Fades’ below:
SATURDAY 16TH MAY
*FREE ENTRY* Acoustic Sessions: Bear + Ed Geater + Stylusboy + James Attwood @ The Glee Club
An exciting blend of acoustic, hip hop, and soul, Bear are Wolverhampton vocalist Faye Smith, accompanied by French multi-instrumentalist Gordon Begard. Begard provides a perfectly gauged backdrop of guitar and beats for Smith’s unique voice, which belongs amongst the likes of Selah Sue, Adele, Janis Joplin, Florence Welch, and at times Lauren Hill. Meeting in Toulouse, France, Bear have travelled and played together for little over a year, they now call Birmingham their home and seek to see how the city and beyond, through the people they meet, can influence their sound. Support comes from Ed Geater, Stylusboy and James Attwood. More info can be found here.
Listen to ‘For Me’ below:
Son Of Dave @ The Rainbow
Churning out the hits of yesteryear and today, legendary bluesman Son of Dave will be heading to Birmingham with his unmistakable music, made with harmonica, beatbox, percussion and a loopstation. Last November saw the launch of a new series of “Filthy 45′s” where Son of Dave took on some classic (and not so classic) tunes, giving them his own unmistakable mistreatment. Already known for his renditions of ‘Bonkers’ –Dizzie Rascal, ‘Black Betty’ – Ram Jam, ‘Bom Bom’ – Sam and the Womp, and many more, he decided to bow to public demand and crank out more crowd pleasers. His live show has already toured five continents and earned him a cult status amongst a diverse audience. With a CV as long as your arm and a briefcase full of naughty tricks, this is not to be missed. Tickets are available here.
Watch the video for ‘Tequila’ below:
The Bots @ The Rainbow Cellar
The US garage-rock duo, who have received praise from Zane Lowe & Rolling Stone, released their debut album Pink Palms in October 2014 to widespread critical acclaim. They duo have already kicked off 2015 in winning fashion with themmbeing named “L.A.’s most celebrated rock duo” by LA Weekly and featured in Interview Magazine’s “15 Faces of 2015”. They made their national TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers, in February 2015, performing their single ‘Blinded’. Tickets are available here.
Watch the video for ‘Blinded’ below:
God Damn + Elephantine + Bad Girlfriend + False Grails @ The Sunflower Lounge *SOLD OUT*
Dropped like a pipe-bomb into the British rock scene, Wolverhampton noise makers God Damn released their debut album Vultures on 11th May to widespread praise. A dizzying blend of barbed wire guitars, lung-shredding vocals and drums that run away like wild horses. It’s all the more effective when you learn God Damn are a stripped-down two-piece. Their set-up has naturally drawn comparisons to fellow rising bands such as Slaves and Royal Blood (we’re inclined to name-check Winnnebago Deal and Wet Nuns at this juncture too) but really that is where comparisons to duos end. God Damn always call themselves “a band.” Support comes from local noise rockers Elephantine, heavy garage rockers Bad Girlfriend and False Grails. More info can be found here.
Watch the video for ‘When The Wind Blows’ below:
SUNDAY 17TH MAY
*FREE ENTRY* JAWS @ Venue TBA
Following the release of their debut album Be Slowly, and their sold out show at The Institute, JAWS announce a FREE ENTRY show this Sunday at a secret location. More details about the event will be released later on this week, so stay tuned for more info. Click herefor more details on how to enter.
Take a look at the host of live music events taking place in and around the city as we edge ever closer to the festive season.
On Tuesday, stunning vocalist Gabrielle Aplin plays at The Institute in Digbeth as part of her second UK tour this year – the first having completely sold out. Responsible for that cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘The Power of Love’ which stormed to Number 1 in the singles chart last year, expect beautifully intricate vocals from this performance. Support on the night comes from husky-voiced Jack Savoretti and Birmingham-based 20 year old singer songwriter, Emma Crowder. To purchase your tickets, priced at £14 advance, check out the event page.
Listen to ‘Home’ by Gabrielle Aplin below:
Alternatively, London alt trio Bear’s Den play live at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath. Part of only their second ever UK tour, the trio describe their influences as Wilco and Ryan Adams and have toured with Ben Howard, Daughter and The Staves in the past. Support comes courtesy of Arcade Fire-esque London seven-piece, The Mariner’s Children and tickets are completely sold out. More information on the event is available here.
Listen to ‘Agape’ by Bear’s Den below:
On Wednesday, North Wales’ psych-folk-popper Sweet Baboo calls in to the Hare & Hounds ahead of the release of his forthcoming concept EP, Motorhome Songs. Playing a selection of songs from his four album back catalogue, and celebrating his tenth year as a solo artist, Sweet Baboo comes highly recommended as does support for the evening, Birmingham multi-instrumentalists, Big Tent & The Gypsy Lantern& Rick Wellings. Tickets for this event are priced at £7 advance and can be found, along with further information, over on theevent page.
Listen to ‘Let’s Go Swimming Wild’ by Sweet Baboo below:
Two live music events to choose from on Thursday as raucous one-man blues show,Son of Dave comes to the Hare & Hounds to support the release of his forthcoming LP, Blues at the Grand. This is the first night of the UK tour, which goes on to call at Leeds, Glasgow and Manchester, expect the jaunt to begin with a bang. Find out further information and purchase your tickets, priced at £10 advance, over on the event page.
Listen to ‘We Goin’ Out’ by Son of Dave below:
Alternatively, 25 year old singer songwriter Luke Sital-Singh, described as ‘the British Bon Iver’ plays what promises to be a beautiful set at The Glee Club in The Arcadian. Support comes from hotly-tipped Nottingham singer-songwriter, Ady Suleiman – find out more about both artists, and pick up your tickets, priced at £7 advance, here.
Listen to new single ‘Nothing Stays the Same’ by Luke Sital-Singh below:
Round off your week of live music performances at the Sunday Social which this week features performances from alt acoustic rock songwriter, Riots; autobiographical folk singer, George Gadd; young pensive political storyteller, Connor Hemming and Wolverhampton’s Daniel Beckett. Entry to this event at The Yardbird is, as ever, free and you can find further information on all of the acts over on the event page.