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This Week: Gig Roundup 22nd – 28th June

June 23, 2015 in News

This week gets off to a start on Thursday with House of Sound, a new music night at The Rainbow that collects the very best of the UK’s emerging talent alongside open mic slots and chilled vibes. This week’s events is headed up by The Piratones and Kizzy Crawford. On Friday Sheffield indie quartet The Sherlocks take to the stage at The Rainbow fresh from Isle of Wight Festival and support slots with The Buzzcocks, Reverend & The Makers and The Enemy. Friday also sees maximalist cosmic voyagers Free School play a show at the Hare & Hounds to celebrate the launch of their new single ‘Love Calling’. Saturday we welcome Boat To Row frontman Michael King to The Glee Club as he headlines the Acoustic Sessions for what promises to be a beautiful set. Following that over at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham-born singer-songwriter Benjamin Yellowitz returns to his hometown to celebrate the release of his brand new EP. Bringing it all to a close on Sunday we can’t wait to welcome Alden Penner, co-founder of celebrated Canadian art-pop band The Unicorns and his close friend Michael Cera to The Rainbow. Take a look at the full listings below for more info:


House of Sound ft. Kizzy Crawford & The Piratones @ The Rainbow Courtyard

Beatfreeks presents a brand-spanking new music night collecting the very best of the UK’s national and emerging talent alongside open mic slots, tea and chilled vibes.This month they’re bringing you the ska punk sounds of The Piratones & bi-lingual music magic from Kizzy Crawford, alongside open mic slots.


The Sherlocks + Cubstone + Young Skins + The Regulars @ The Rainbow Courtyard

Having performed in excess of 500 gigs, including supporting the likes of The Enemy, The Buzzcocks & Reverend & The Makers, the Sheffield indie quartet play The Rainbow with support from Birmingham indie-rock four-piece Cubstone, Lichfield indie/psych quintet Young Skins & Wolverhampton based indie four-piece The Regulars. 

Watch the video for ‘Escapade’ below:

Free School + Hoopla Blue + The Grafham Water Sailing Club + Field Harmonics @ Hare & Hounds

Maximalist cosmic voyagers Free School have won the support of Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe, Gilles Peterson & Jacques Renault. The duo’s live show features a live drummer, a string of guest vocalists and has seen them support Editors, Andrew Weatherall, Walls, Ulrich Schnauss and Fujiya & Miyagi. Free School have set sail for bolder territories on their new LP. Together with a fearless band of shamanistic vocalists (Maps, Greg Bird, Tomlin Mystic, Sigmund Frued) they have created their most unique and profound set of hypnotic broadcasts to date. New single ‘Love Calling’ was recently premiered on BBC 6 Music. Set your controls for the heart of the sun.

Watch the video for ‘Love Calling’ below:


Acoustic Sessions: Michael King + Greg Larkin + Simon Joseph Gregory @ The Glee Club Lounge

The lead singer and songwriter in much loved Birmingham folk quintet Boat To Row takes to the stage at The Glee Club as part of the weekly free entry Acoustic Sessions. Support comes from Manchester based acoustic instrumental guitarist Greg Larkin and Simon Joseph Gregory, guitarist in Birmingham indie-folk band Midnight Bonfires. 

Watch the video for ‘Tightrope’ below:

Benjamin Yellowitz + Indica Campbell + Atlas @ The Sunflower Lounge

Birmingham-born singer-songwriter, backed by the likes of Ben Howard, Fink and Coldplay, returns to his hometown to celebrate the release of his brand new EP. The self-produced musician, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist takes acoustic roots to new levels with his dark ambient production style. Support comes from 21 and a singer/songwriter Indica Campbell,  daughter of UB40′s Ali Campbell and granddaughter of folk singer Ian Campbell, plus opening support from Emma-Lee Shepherd aka ATLAS, an experimental indie/pop singer-songwriter from Birmingham.

Watch Benjamin perform ‘Ash Wednesday’ below:


Alden Penner (The Unicorns) & Michael Cera + The Adam Brown @ The Rainbow Courtyard

In 2003 Alden Penner cemented himself in the annals of indie rock history as the co-founder/singer of The Unicorns, Montreal’s beloved dysfunctional art-pop outfit. Following a series of low-key self releases Alden Penner is back with a new EP Canada In Space. Featuring his friends Michael Cera, Laura Crapo and Farley Miller Penner will be playing songs from his new EP along with songs from throughout his career. Support comes from The Adam Brown. 

Listen to ‘Meditate’ below:

JAWS debut album ‘Be Slowly’ out now + Free Entry JAWS afterhow at The Sunflower Lounge

September 16, 2014 in News

After an impressive string of hook-laden and immersive hazy garage-pop singles, JAWS‘ debut album, Be Slowly, is finally here and available now through iTunes. To celebrate its release, JAWS will be playing a sold out show at The Oobleck Birmingham on Saturday 20th September with support from Fickle Friends and Milk Teeth.

The Offical JAWS Aftershow will immediately follow and be held at The Sunflower Lounge. It’s a completely FREE ENTRY event and will include live sets from BP faves The Grafham Water Sailing Club and Dumb, plus DJ sets from JAWS, Juice, Jacky P, Pink Violence and Zombie Prom DJs.

Jaws Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Think Too Much Feel Too Little’ below:


Birmingham & Beyond Festival at Hare & Hounds

June 12, 2014 in News

Birmingham Promoters team up with Counteract Magazine to present the Friday of their inaugural Birmingham festival, bringing you then finest acts from Birmingham and beyond.

The line up for Friday includes headliners LIFE  – a Hull four-piece compared to the likes of Splashh, Best Friends and Parquet Courts. New single ‘Take Off With You’ is released via Birthday Records on 23rd June – pre-order it here via iTunes.

Joining them on the bill will be newly reformed Heavy Waves, along with fellow locals The Grafham Water Sailing Club, Curb, Mirrorhall, Byron Hare and Kin.

Birmingham and Beyond Links: Facebook | Twitter


Listen to ‘Take Off With You’ by LIFE below:

Weekly Gig Roundup 2nd – 8th December

December 2, 2013 in News

As Christmas draws ever closer, team your shopping trips to the city with an evening at which you won’t feel like bashing people over the head with your purchases at! We’ve the usual selection of cross-genre talents at venues across the city and beyond, so take a cursory scroll down this roundup to introduce yourselves to the acts.



On Tuesday, Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble brings his solo setup to The Institute in Digbeth. Playing a selection of his own folk material from his four album back catalogue, as well as Idlewild favourites, he calls into Birmingham as part of his full UK tour this winter. With support to be announced, tickets for what promises to be a really beautiful event are priced at £15 advance and can be purchased over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Listen to Keep’ below:



Thursday welcomes Bristol art-rockers, The Blue Aeroplanes to the stage at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath. Releasing their debut Bop Art album in 1984, the outfit went on to release a staggering ten full length records from which they construct a lengthy and varied set for us tonight. Having collaborated with the likes of Michael Stipe and Andy Sheppard and with past members having gone on to form bands including Massive Attack, Suede and Primal Scream, the lineup at this show features Gerard and John Langley, Mike Youe, Bec Jevons, Gerard Starkie, Chris Sharp and Wojtek Dmochowski on dancing. Pick up your tickets for this one, priced at £10 advance, here.

Watch The Blue Aeroplanes’ video for ‘Jacket Hangs’ below:



On Friday, Birmingham singer songwriter Guy Jones joins us to play a set of his original guitar-based music which combines intricate playing with soulful vocals. Opening up the bill are Shanade and Kerry Smyth featuring Greg Pullin, who team together to bring us an evening of local and beautiful folk. Tickets for this event, which takes place at The Victoria on John Bright Street, are priced at £5 and are available to purchase on the door. Find out all further information, including links to all the artists’ music, via the event page.

Listen to ‘Curtain Call’ by Guy Jones below:



Saturday sees a very special showcase of the best in emerging West Midlands talent when Bedworth boys The Grafham Water Sailing Club play a headline show at The Sunflower Lounge. Combining layers of guitars and electronics with a brooding vocal and driving drums, it’s a unique setup not to be missed. Support comes courtesy of female-fronted grunge five-piece Victor, thundering four-piece Prayers, and newcomers to the scene, Noir all of which you can hear over on the event page. Tickets for the show are priced at £5 advance and are available here.

Don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook Event!

Listen to ‘Ankara’ by The Grafham Water Sailing Club below:



Round off your week at the Sunday Social at The Yardbird which this time around features performances from 21 year old acoustic singer songwriter, Tammy King, country pop folk outfit, Bethan & The Morgans and Wolverhampton indie rockers, Velvet Riot. Entry to this event is free, find out all you know here.

Weekly Gig Roundup 25th November – 1st December

November 25, 2013 in News


Start off your week at the Hare & Hounds on Monday when The Monster NME Radar Tour calls into town. Showcasing the best in up and coming national talent including New York punk quintet, Cerebral Ballzy; Glasgow’s rock and soul, The Amazing Snakeheads; South London 60s psych six-piece, Fat White Family; and the Black Country’s own, Victor, this promises to be a completely frenetic evening. Tickets are priced at £8 advance and are available over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Don’t Tell Me What To Do’ by Cerebral Ballzy below:



Jump forward to Thursday and classic folk trio, 3 Daft Monkeys, who weave world music into the sounds they create, play the Hare & Hounds for the price of £10 advance. With support from Johnny Kowalski & the Sexy Weirdos  you can find out everything you need to know over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Paranoid Big Brother’ by 3 Daft Monkeys below:



On Friday, we welcome local guitar pop quintet, Drakelow, to the stage at The Victoria on John Bright Street. Celebrating the release of their new single, Amber, expect melodies and hooks which will stay with you for days. Support comes courtesy of Only Shadows and Mutes – find out further information on all the acts and pick up your tickets for £5 advance from the event page.

Listen to ‘Be Still’ by Only Shadows below:



On Saturday, we present local outfit Cold Ocean Lies’ first ever show at The Sunflower Lounge. Drawing inspiration from the wealth of talent that the city has spawned over the past year, the band promise en exciting selection of songs including the demos they have just finished recording. Support comes from energetic midlands five-piece, Mr George’s Famous Last Words. Tickets for the event are priced at £6 on the door – find out more, here.

Listen to ‘The Game’ by Cold Ocean Lies below:


Alternatively, exciting live act Crystal Fighters play live at The Institute in Digbeth for the price of £10 advance. They’re joined by Roosevelt and The Grafham Water Sailing Club – find out more here and don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook Event!

Listen to ‘LA Calling’ by Crystal Fighters below:



Round off your week at the Sunday Social which this week features performances from blues pop fusion artist, Nina Baker; soulful songwriter, Guy Jones; Birmingham singer songwriter, Demi Marriner and young piano-based artist, Emily Ewing. This event at The Yardbird is, as ever, completely free – warm your cockles and join us for what promises to be a beautifully intimate affair. Find out more about all of the artists, here.