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The Front Bottoms to play O2 Institute Birmingham

June 29, 2016 in News

New Jersey quartet The Front Bottoms recently shared a new video for their song ‘Ginger’ via Pitchfork TV. ‘Ginger’ is from their 2015 critically acclaimed album, Back On Top, which was produced by Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, The Strokes, White Stripes), and received widespread praise for its earnest sentiment and sing-along anthems.

The band made their network TV debut earlier this year, performing ‘West Virginia’ on Late Night with Seth MeyersRolling Stone called them one of the best 30 Best Things they saw at Coachella this year and NPR: All Songs Considered’s Bob Boilen has hailed them as “one of the absolute ten best American bands in a live situation.”

The Front Bottoms have also announced tour dates in Europe and Australia, including a Birmingham show at O2 Institute on Wed 23rd November. With a string of sellout Birmingham shows already under their belts, we recommend picking up your tickets asap!

The Front Bottoms Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

The Front Bottoms play O2 Institute Birmingham on Friday 25th November 2016. Tickets available from 10am on Thurs 30th June here.

Watch the video for ‘Ginger’ below:

Gabrielle Aplin, Lewis Watson & Hannah Grace live

February 2, 2016 in News


“Effortlessly switching form sultry, hypnotic sounds to more upbeat jazz melodies, Gabrielle Aplin’s second album is exactly what we wanted to hear.” – 5/5, Glamour

Following the positive reception that greeted her new album Light Up The DarkGabrielle Aplin approaches a major UK and Ireland headline tour that includes a Birmingham show at O2 Institute!

Light Up The Dark adds a new chapter to a career that has already delivered 80 million Spotify streams, 90 million YouTube views, 1.5 million sales of single, and #1 chart positions in the UK and Australia over the course of her debut album English Rain. Her second album has already received extensive Radio 1 support with a playlist for the title track as well as Huw Stephens’ Hottest Record followed by a second playlist for the recent single ‘Sweet Nothing’.

The new album was inspired by Joni Mitchell and the production on Feist’s The Reminder. “Her voice is just here, right at the front, and everything sits around it perfectly,” says Aplin. “I’ve also become much more comfortable writing songs about other people’s stories as well as my own, much of which is inspired by travelling and everything I’ve seen since my first album.”

Gabrielle’s recent underplay show at London’s Wilton’s Music Hall sold-out in less than 24 hours. The Evening Standard’s review drew comparisons with Florence + The Machine and Feist, and concluded that it was “A mini-triumph; greater ones will come.”

Gabrielle Aplin Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

GABRIELLE APLIN PLAY THE INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM ON SUN 14TH FEBRUARY 2016, WITH SUPPORT FROM LEWIS WATSON & HANNAH GRACE. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Sweet Nothing’ below:

Jesse Malin to play O2 Institute Birmingham

December 8, 2015 in News

Fresh off the heels of New York Before The WarJesse Malin returns with his latest album, Outsiders, released via One Little Indian / Velvet Elk Records. Born from late night recording sessions in the Pennsylvania woods with producer Don DiLego, far from any expectations, this new record presents Jesse Malin in his rawest form yet.

Malin began playing live the age of 12 years old in the seminal hardcore band Heart Attack. Following several in-between bridge bands, he embarked on a solo career and has released six critically acclaimed records, starting with 2002’s The Fine Art of Self Destruction, produced by Ryan Adams. Malin has been nominated for the Shortlist Music Prize, received four star reviews in Rolling StoneUncutand more, and collaborated with artists such as Bruce SpringsteenGreen Day, and Wayne Kramer along the way.

February will also see the re-issue of The Fine Art of Self Destruction, featuring a bonus disc and brand new liner notes by Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Athem.

Jesse Malin Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

JESSE MALIN PLAYS THE INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM ON THURS 18TH FEBRUARY 2016. TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM 10AM ON WED 9TH DEC 2015 HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Turn Up the Mains’ below:

Funeral For A Friend Announce Final Ever Tour

September 14, 2015 in News

Funeral For A Friend have announced the ‘Last Chance To Dance’ Tour, a final curtain call on the band’s illustrious fifteen year career and each city they play will be treated to two shows. As Matthew Davies-Kreye elaborates -

“It’s the natural end. We’ve done everything we set out to do and way more than I could ever have hoped so I’m not upset that it’s run its course. For me it seemed obvious to go out with both Hours and Casually Dressed. I feel that both those records distill what Funeral is to a whole load of people more definitively than just piecing together a set from all the records we’ve made.”

The ‘Last Chance To Dance’ Tour will feature an Hours show one night followed by a Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation show the next in each and every city the band play.

As pioneers of the modern UK rock scene, Funeral For A Friend’s music has inspired a whole generation of British bands to follow in their footsteps to international acclaim. From their beginnings in the early-2000s, FFAF’s own unique take on post-hardcore captured the imagination of music fans across Britain and propelled the band to a formidable career. The band released their seventh and final studio album Chapter And Verse via Distiller Records earlier this year and will be leaving behind an impressive catalogue of music which will be held dear by their dedicated legion of fans.

Tickets are on sale this Friday 18th September at 10am. 

Funeral For A Friend Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND PLAY THE INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM ON WEDNESDAY 13TH & THURSDAY 14TH APRIL 2016. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Juneau’ below:

Prides to play The Institute Bham

September 8, 2015 in News

Following the success of their debut album, The Way Back Up, and huge sets at Glastonbury, T in the Park, Latitude and Reading & Leeds Festivals, Prides now announce a huge UK tour across 22 cities starting this October.

Lead singer, Stewart Brock, says “This year has been ridiculous, getting to release our debut album just before the summer, and playing hands down the most fun shows over the festival season, we thought it was high time we hit the road… again! This time, stopping in more cities so we get to see more of your faces. We’ll be playing some tracks from the album that have yet to be played live anywhere, and we have plenty of surprises in store”.

With over 4.2 million Spotify streams, over 2.6 million video views, two sold out UK tours and a charting debut album at 24 in the Official Charts and 5 in Scotland, Prides have had a remarkable year so far.

Prides Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

PRIDES PLAY THE INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM ON TUESDAY 10TH NOVEMBER 2015, WITH SUPPORT FROM FATHERSON. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for the Prides tour announcement below:

Peace announce intimate Birmingham show

August 3, 2015 in News

Peace, one of the UK’s most exciting young live bands, announce a super intimate warm-up show at The Institute on Thurs 27th August 2015, ahead of their Reading & Leeds Festival appearances. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 7th August.

2015 has already seen the release of the quartet’s much anticipated second Top 20 album, Happy People, as well as a sellout UK tour in January. The band play Reading & Leeds in August, before embarking on a mammoth tour this autumn that includes a date at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Sat 10th October.

The four-piece leapt into the hearts of the public with their joyously escapist debut album In Love in 2013. Their heart-on-sleeve indie anthemics, impulsive and charismatic frontman Harry Kossier, and knack for writing a genuine song hook swiftly saw the colourful Birmingham four piece grace every tastemaker music front cover, play two sold out Shepherds Bush Empires shows, and pop a top 20 debut album in their back pocket.

Fast-forward to present day and Peace have stepped up from songs for indie clubs, to something much, much bigger. Happy People has the kind of ambitious spirit which has the potential of touching lives of millions. The brilliance of these songs is in their effervescence — in how for all the craft and consideration and studio experimentation, how irresistible and irrepressible and effortless they sound. These are songs of youth and joy, these are choruses to be sung loud and en masse, this is the sound of a band on fire.

Peace Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

PEACE PLAY A SUPER INTIMATE WARM UP SHOW AT THE INSTITUTE ON THURS 27TH AUGUST 2015. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE FROM 10AM ON FRI 7TH AUGUST.

Watch the interactive lyric video for ‘I’m a Girl’ below:

The Bohicas to play The Institute Birmingham

July 15, 2015 in News

The Bohicas release ‘Swarm’, their razor-sharp new single, on Friday the 21st of August, alongside the release of their debut album, entitled The Making Of, which you can pre-order now via Domino Mart and iTunes.

The Bohicas are rock and roll painted in vivid primary colours. Hi def, loud, fast and shiny. A barrage of killer hooks, razor blade riffs and choruses that slap you in the face, grab your hand and lead you onto the dance floor. All shot through with pulp imagery torn from the pages of a graphic novel.

“Channelling Marc Bolan, Led Zeppelin and Arctic Monkeys to riveting effect.” – The Sunday Times

“Straddling early-60s Merseybeat, blues rock, Krautrock and Velvets fuzz-fuckery while throwing in modernist electro twists. A radical reimagining of the pre-Beatles age.” – NME

“A debut album that fires on all cylinders.” – Q

The Bohicas Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

THE BOHICAS PLAY THE TEMPLE AT THE INSTITUTE ON SAT 3RD OCTOBER 2015. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE FROM 10AM ON FRI 17TH JULY. 

Watch the video for ‘Where You At’ below:

Spector to play The Institute Birmingham

July 3, 2015 in News

After a year that felt like a lifetime, Spector are ready to return with their second album and all new live show. With help from friend and inspiration Dev Hynes the band have honed their own production, developing their sound in claustrophobic home recording sessions before embarking on a trip that took them to Glasgow then New York, before returning to London for an intense 24/7 month with Malcolm McLaren’s engineer and protegé Duncan Mills.

Taking influence from their often euphoric and sometimes dire club experiences across Europe, the spectre of McLaren, and the great lyricists of our time (Nick Cave, Morrissey, Drake), the album has emerged as an emotional modern pop noir, more honed and personal than their debut and a further step towards embodying the unique vision that is Spector.

Spector Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

SPECTOR PLAY THE LIBRARY AT THE INSTITUTE BHAM ON WED 14TH OCT 2015. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Bad Boyfriend’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 29th June – 5th July

June 29, 2015 in News

On Wednesday we welcome much-hyped garage rock band Hidden Charms to The Sunflower Lounge following praise from the UK press, industry and music fans alike. The band’s debut 7” release ‘Dreaming Of Another Girl’ has been produced by legendary producer Shel Talmy, responsible for tracks such as The Who’s ‘My Generation’ and The Kinks’ ’You Really Got Me’. Friday sees another installment of Baddie’s Banquet, this time headed up by Broken Witt Rebels and SW4RM. And on Saturday we welcome off-kilter folk-popster Sea of Bees to The Sunflower Lounge hot on the heels of her latest album Build a Boat to the Sun. Check out the full listings below:

WEDNESDAY 1ST JULY

Hidden Charms + Bad Girlfriend + The Hungry Ghosts @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Hidden Charms – barely out of their teens – have fast created waves amongst the U.K press, industry and music fans since uploading their first track titled ‘Sunny Side’ onto their Soundcloud. The band’s debut 7” release ‘Dreaming Of Another Girl’ has been produced by legendary producer Shel Talmy (responsible for tracks such as The Who’s ‘My Generation’ and The Kinks’ ’You Really Got Me’) and will be released in mid-June on Deltasonic Records in the UK and B3SCI Records in the US. Drawing comparisons to Them and 13th Floor Elevators you don’t want to miss out on seeing this much hyped band live! Support comes from Bad Girlfriend and The Hungry Ghosts. 

Listen to ‘It’s Time’ below:

FRIDAY 3RD JULY

Broken Witt Rebels + SW4RM & more @ The Rainbow Courtyard and Cellar
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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. Headliners Broken Witt Rebels combine the power and intensity of classic rock with the finesse and delicacy of soulful blues.

Watch the video for ‘Shake Me Down’ below:

SATURDAY 4TH JULY

Sea of Bees + Charlotte Carpenter + AC Thomas @ The Sunflower Lounge
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The extraordinarily talented Sacramento native Julie Ann Baenziger, better known as Sea of Bees, will be bringing her beautifully idiosyncratic and effortlessly moving vein of off-kilter folk to The Sunflower Lounge hot on the heels of her latest album Build a Boat to the Sun, released 29th June via 3 Loop Music. Sea of Bees gorgeous offbeat, emotive guitar pop, is as instantly infectious as it is deeply affecting. Stunning, concise, uplifting but with a roiling undertow – songs that are all the more potent when you see Sea of Bees live onstage. Support comes from Northampton songstress Charlotte Carpenter and Midlands-based acoustic-blues artist AC Thomas. 

Listen to new track ‘Test Yourself’ below:

SUNDAY 5TH JULY

Modest Mouse + Hippo Campus + Elle King @ The Institute
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Following the release of Strangers To Ourselves, Modest Mouse’s first album in 8 years, the band have announced a string of headline dates across the UK, alongside slots at this year’s London Calling and T In The Park festivals. Modest Mouse’s 2007 studio album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank featuring The Smith’s Johnny Marr, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and was released to rave reviews. Since playing Coachella in 2013, the group headlined Fun Fun Fun Fest and re-released their critically-acclaimed albums This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About, and The Lonesome Crowded West, on Glacial Pace. Both earned “Best New Reissue” ratings from Pitchfork. 

Watch the video for ‘Lampshade on Fire’ below:

Watch: The Staves – ‘Teeth White’

June 19, 2015 in News

The Staves are pleased to unveil the video for their new single ‘Teeth White’.

Shot at Le Bar à Bulles in Paris and directed by La Blogotheque, ‘Teeth White’ is the latest track to be lifted from The Staves’ acclaimed second album, If I Was. The track was produced by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. 

Teeth White is a song about feeling like no matter what you do, it’s never good enough. It’s really a song about the frustration of being held back and not being free. We were so excited to team up with the the wonderful folks of La Blogotheque once more to create this video. We would like to thank all the people in Paris who volunteered to be in it with us!

If I Was is out now through Atlantic Records. It marks The Staves’ first Top 20 UK album and has received high praise on both sides of the Atlantic.

“Songs of love, loss and heartache, the 12 tracks here see the Staves shake off their home-counties roots and go stellar.” – Sunday Times

“Every once in a while, an album comes along that just breaks you. For me so far this year, that has been the Staves’ sophomore album, If I Was, an unexpected master class in both vulnerability and resilience.” – Vulture

“The Staves and Justin Vernon are a match made in heaven.” – Daily Express

THE STAVES PLAY THE INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM ON SUNDAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2015, WITH SUPPORT FROM GABRIEL RIOS. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Teeth White’ below: