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Hidden Charms live at Hare & Hounds this Thurs

February 15, 2017 in News

South London based band Hidden Charms return with their intoxicating new single ‘I Just Wanna Be Left Alone’, and new EP Harder From Here released 28th October via Deltasonic Records.

Mounting a strong case for the title of UK’s most exciting guitar band, the four-piece carefully hint at the psych-tinged, effervescent indie rock of their previous releases, but ‘I Just Wanna Be Left Alone’ is the sound of a band moving forward. Delivering propulsive, urgent rock n’ roll both on record and in their fierce live performances, the quartet have carved out something totally unique – the secret of which lies in their powerful bond as musicians, their youthful energy, and their tireless search for new ways to create the music they love.

Hidden Charms have gained a fierce reputation for their live shows with support slots for Benjamin BookerHanni El Khatib, X Ambassadors and YAK over the last 18 months alongside a co-headine tour with The Vryll Society. Having received widespread airplay from the likes of Zane Lowe (Beats 1), Annie Mac (Radio 1) and Huw Stephens (Radio 1), the new single looks set to propel them even further into the limelight.

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Hidden Charms play Hare & Hounds Venue 2 Birmingham on Thurs 16th February 2017, with support from The Bay Rays and The Lizards. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘I Just Wanna Be Left Alone’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 13th – 19th Feb

February 13, 2017 in News

Coming up this week in Birmingham; on Wednesday we have sassy, high energy, pop rock duo Rews at The Flapper, singer-songwriter come vlogger Bry at Mama Roux’s, and Northern five-piece Little Comets at O2 Institute. Thursday sees South London four-piece Hidden Charms bring their psych-tinged, effervescent indie rock to the Hare & Hounds. Check out the full listings below:

WEDNESDAY 15TH FEBRUARY

Rews + Mutt + Ember Weir @ The Flapper
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REWS are the sassy, high energy, pop rock duo consisting of songstress Shauna Tohill and beat-maker Collette Williams. Together they are creating a genuine buzz on the UK/Irish music scene following the release of their four recent singles. They were Huw Stephens‘ “Tip Of The Week” on BBC Radio 1 with their new single ‘Miss You In The Dark’, played on BBC Radio 6Music with Tom Robinson, as well as all 38 BBC Introducing shows. Support comes from raucous and melodic four-piece Mutt, and Birmingham band Ember Weir.

Watch the video for ‘Miss You In The Dark’ below:

Bry + Tessa Violet + Danny Gruff @ Mama Roux’s
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Setting up a YouTube channel (BriBryontour) to let family and friends know how he was getting on in his travels, one late night abroad he uploaded a video of himself playing one of his own songs and everything changed. Hundreds, then thousands, then hundreds of thousands of new subscribers tuned in to hear his music. Forging a very real connection with his followers through personalised videos, question and answer web chats and specially curated online sessions, his confidence grew and his repertoire expanded. Bry landed the sole support of 21 Pilots’ sold out European tour last year. Support comes from vlogger Tessa Violet and singer-songwriter Danny Gruff.

Watch the video for ‘You’re Alright’ below:

Little Comets + Eliza And The Bear @ O2 Institute2
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Little Comets, the five-piece from the North East of England, are soon to release their fourth album WORHEAD on The Smallest Label, the follow up to 2015’s Hope Is A State of MindWORHEAD is the most brutally honest Little Comets album to date – acerbic, withering and uncomplimentary about the state of our time; yet woven together with great beauty and care, drenched in positive melody and the percussive thrust of an innocent mind. Support comes from the Essex quintet Eliza And The Bear.

Watch the video for ‘Salt’ below:


THURSDAY 16TH FEBRUARY

Hidden Charms + The Bay Rays + The Lizards @ Hare & Hounds (Venue 2)
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South London based band Hidden Charms return with their intoxicating new single ‘I Just Wanna Be Left Alone’, and new EP Harder From Here released via Deltasonic Records. Mounting a strong case for the title of ‘UK’s most exciting guitar band’, the four-piece carefully hint at the psych-tinged, effervescent indie rock of their previous releases, but ‘I Just Wanna Be Left Alone’ is the sound of a band moving forward. Support comes from Kent three-piece The Bay Rays and psychedelic pop band The Lizards.

Watch the video for ‘I Just Wanna Be Left Alone’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 26th Sept – 1st Oct

September 27, 2016 in News

Tuesday we welcome Welsh singer-songwriter Hannah Grace to Birmingham’s Sunflower Lounge following support slots with Gabrielle Aplin & Hozier. Wednesday sees ex-Race Horses frontman Meilyr Jones bring his jubilant pop melody and rock & roll to brand new venue Mama Roux’s in Digbeth. On Friday Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers teams up with Ren Harvieu for a rare performance at the O2 Institute3, and at The Sunflower Lounge are dreamy atmospheric Broncho, born out of film project on early 80s punk. Spotlight On returns to O2 Institute The Blue Room showcasing the best & most exciting local acts from across the West Midlands, with self-taught guitarist Jamie Croft taking the headline slot. Saturday sees politically charged alternative foursome ESTRONS and garage rock outfit The Bay Rays come together for a joint headline show at The Sunflower Lounge, and Oscar play The Rainbow Cellar following his recent stint supporting Teleman. Check out the full listings below:

TUESDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER

Hannah Grace + Ben Roberts @ The Sunflower Lounge
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One of the brightest rising stars to come out of Wales in recent years, Hannah Grace will be heading out on the road with her live band taking in 6 cities in the UK. Hannah commented: “I am so excited to go on my first ever solo tour! I have enjoyed the chance to tour around the UK and Ireland opening for Hozier and Gabrielle Aplin but it will be so special to play my own headline shows and I can’t wait for people to hear my new material live.” Support comes from Leeds singer-songwriter Ben Roberts.

Listen to ‘Keep Your Love’ below:


WEDNESDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER

Meilyr Jones + Faux Palms @ Mama Roux’s
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One of this year’s brightest prospects, the incomparable Meilyr Jones, released his much-anticipated solo debut album 2013 on 18th March 2016 via Moshi Moshi, featuring 13 songs in which joy and rapture are tempered by wit and humour, by jubilant pop melody and rock and roll muscularity. Previously, Jones had a stint playing bass on tour for Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip’s Neon Neon, as well as working with Stealing Sheep and Euros Childs. Support from Faux Palms with their freewheeling beat country and cosmic roots music.

Watch the video for ‘Strange Emotional’ below:


FRIDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER

Ren Harvieu & Romeo (The Magic Numbers) + Miranda Lee Richards @ O2 Institute3
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Romeo Stodart of London’s much loved brother/sister harmony rock n roll combo The Magic Numbers teams up with Salford singing sensation Ren Harvieu for a rare performance comprising material from their respective back catalogues. The pair will be debuting absolute gems from their recent songwriting partnership and a few interesting reinterpretations of some choice classics. Support comes from Miranda Lee Richards, a gifted Los Angeles-based singer songwriter.

Watch Ren & Romeo perform ‘Play The Fool’ below:

Broncho + Hankks + Ivory Wave @ The Sunflower Lounge
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BRONCHO, born out of a film project, its initial incarnation sparked when founder Ryan Lindsey was asked to create music, “to set to an early 80s punk film.” What’s evolved from those first tracks there has been a steady run of success, critical accolades and two full- length albums; 2011’s Can’t Get Past the Lips, and 2014’s Just Enough Hip to Be Woman. And beneath it all – the music has been constantly mutating and ceaselessly experimental. Support from Birmingham alt indie rock band Hankks and West Midlands Stone Roses-influenced Ivory Wave.

Watch the video for ‘Fantasy Boys’ below:

Spotlight On: Jamie Croft + Grafton Ash + Gabriella Jones + Zee Khattak @ O2 Institute Blue Room
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Birmingham Promoters present a new weekly night at a brand new venue within the O2 InstituteThe Blue Room. Every week Birmingham Promoters will showcase the best & most exciting local acts from across the West Midlands. Jamie Croft is self-taught guitarist, and has been writing his own material since the age of 15. Producing lyrics and melodies that result in beautifully crafted songs, he is able to give you live performances that you won’t forget. Support from Birmingham acoustic duo Grafton Ash, blues & rock singer Gabriella Jones, and folk-blues singer-songwriter Zee Khattak.

Listen to ‘Falling Down’ below:


SATURDAY 1ST OCTOBER

Estrons & The Bay Rays + Ideal Club @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Politically charged welsh alternative foursome ESTRONS and garage rock outfit The Bay Rays come together for a joint headline show in Birmingham. ESTRONS kick 2016 into gear by being chosen by Radio 1’s Annie Mac as one of her New Names for 2016. The band bring together punchy melodies, powerful vocals and loud guitars to create an in-your-face indie rock sound, underpinned by garage rock sensibilities. The Bay Rays caught the attention of tastemakers online and received support from the likes of Annie MacSteve Lamacq and Huw Stephens with their hugely successful debut single ‘Four Walls’, and the punk trio’s next release is another blistering burst of rock n’ roll sure to win them many plaudits. Support comes from Birmingham punk rock band Ideal Club.

Listen to ‘Drop’ by ESTRONS below:

Listen to ‘New Home’ by The Bay Rays below:

Oscar + Girli @ The Rainbow Cellar
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Following his recent stint supporting Teleman, Oscar will embark on a UK headline tour this autumn. After a string of rambunctious, critically acclaimed singles, Oscar announced his hotly anticipated debut LP, Cut and Paste released on Wichita Recordings, a more than worthy addition to the lineage of eccentric, classic British pop. He recently shared his new single – the album opener and live favourite, ‘Sometimes’, a track which cracks and fizzes with livewire indie-pop energy; all crunching guitars and infectious synth lines, making for an undeniable gem of an earworm. Support from pop-rap artist Girli, with her songs lamenting about selfies, fake eyelashes, nights out with a dose of teenage angst and reckless antics.

Watch the video for ‘Sometimes’ below: