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This Week: Gig Roundup 20th July – 26th July

July 20, 2015 in News

We’ve got another busy week of gigs lined up this week, all starting with visits from bot hotly-tipped singer-songwriter Mike Dignam & New York indie band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at The Rainbow on Wednesday. Thursday we’re joined at The Rainbow by New York quintet The Felice Brothers for a very special intimate show following the release of their fifth album Favorite Waitress. On Friday local punk rock trio Lime take to the stage at The Rainbow where they will be joined by Piano Wire, featuring Sym and Andy from Eighties Matchbox B Line Disaster. Saturday marks this year’s One Beat Festival at The MAC. Headlining this year’s event will be Black Country noise makers God Damn. Bringing it all to a close on Sunday, LA based garage rock singer-songwriter Colleen Green plays The Sunflower Lounge. For more info, check out the full listings below:

WEDNESDAY 22ND JULY

Mike Dignam @ The Rainbow Cellar
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Mike Dignam, a singer-songwriter from the North-West of England, has been writing, recording and touring his own music for the past five years. He has supported many artists including JP CooperLewis Watson & Gabrielle Aplin. Headline tours of the UK and tours of Universities have all contributed in making Mike an accomplished and commanding live performer and an artist worth experiencing in the live arena2015 will see Mike release his debut album, with all tracks written by solely by him, and continuing the next phase of his journey with a more mature sound.

Listen to ‘Addict’ below:

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart + Victories at Sea + Gleam @ The Rainbow Courtyard
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The New York pop idealists return with their long-awaiting third album Days of Abandon, following across the board acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork & The Guardian. Produced by Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine, Patrick Wolf, Cloud Boat) and mixed by Charlie Hugall (Swim Deep, Florence And the Machine). Abandon is a bright and refreshing about-face from the roar and clamor that defined the group’s last record, the Flood-and-Alan Moulder helmed Belong. No longer content to simply be “loud” or “soft,” Abandon is a record that revels in nuance and grace. Support comes from highly acclaimed Birmingham electronic trio Victories at Sea and Birmingham shoegaze quartet Gleam.

Watch the video for ‘Simple and Sure’ below:

THURSDAY 23RD JULY

The Felice Brothers + Pierce Brothers @ The Rainbow Courtyard
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New York quintet The Felice Brothers play a special intimate show at The Rainbow following the release of their fifth album Favorite Waitress last year. The band have been traveling the world for 8 years now, playing major festivals like Coachella to Midwestern dive bars to ancient churches in Bavarian Germany and and touring with the likes of The Killers, Mumford and Sons, and Bright Eyes. They are known for their wild and intense live shows and their sincere, intelligent song writing. Support comes from Australian twin brothers Pierce Brothers. 

Watch the video for ‘Lion’ below:

FRIDAY 24TH JULY

Lime + Piano Wire (Ex-Eighties Matchbox) + MeMe Detroit + The Borgias @ The Rainbow Courtyard
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Lime are a hotly-tipped new three piece from the West Midlands that wear their sound on their sleeve. Bringing a certain raucousness and energy to their live shows, Lime are a band that combine exceptionally catchy hooks along with hard hitting riffs and a certain punk ethos. Support comes from Piano Wire, the new band from Sym and Andy, still smouldering from the wreckage of Eighties Matchbox B Line Disaster’s final uncontrolled detonation. The band have been tipped by the likes of The Quietus, Clash and Radio 1 and are making waves with their post-punk pop. Support also coming from MeMe Detroit and The Borgias. 

Listen to ‘Everything’ below:

SATURDAY 25TH JULY

One Beat Festival ft. God Damn @ The MAC Outdoor Arena, Cannon Hill Park
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Featuring the best new and breakthrough bands from the region and from across the UK, including God Damn fresh from supporting Foo Fighters and also The Magic Gang who are on tour with Wolf Alice and Swim Deep this year. Plus also playing Youth ManKiokoJagaaraCold Ocean LiesKagouleFaux PalmsField Harmonics and a special DJ set by Jaws.

SUNDAY 26TH JULY

Colleen Green + Frank + Sonic The Comic @ The Sunflower Lounge
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The LA-based songwriter known for her DIY ethic undergoes a major sonic change with the release of her second album, enlisting help from Jake Orrall (JEFF the Brotherhood). I Want to Grow Up is an experience, not unlike life: questioning, learning, taking risks. And in true CG fashion, a quote from a beloved 90s film seems the perfect summation: ”Understanding is reached only after confrontation.” Support comes from local alternative rock quartet Frank and energetic duo Sonic The Comic. 

Watch the video for ‘TV’ below:

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart to play The Rainbow

July 6, 2015 in News

Days of Abandon, the long-awaited third record from New York’s The Pains of Being Pure at Heart finds the band focusing on what’s always set them apart from their peers – songwriting. After two critically-acclaimed records (The New York Times, Pitchfork, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Spin) that demonstrated the group’s ability to shift musical registers from bedroom pop daydreams to Alternative Nation anthems, the band have shared a new vision of gilded pop idealism.

Produced by Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine, Patrick Wolf, Cloud Boat) and mixed by Charlie Hugall (Swim Deep, Florence And the Machine). Abandon is a bright and refreshing about-face from the roar and clamor that defined the group’s last record, the Flood-and-Alan Moulder helmed Belong.

The record’s title — a nod toward Elena Ferrante’s celebrated 2002 novel – hints at both the freedom and the fear that comes with solitude. While The Pains of Being Pure at Heart has always been centered on Berman’s songwriting, the amicable departure of three bandmates since the release of Belong allowed for new opportunities for growth and collaborations. The soaring vocals of Jen Goma are featured prominently throughout and help deliver on the pop promise the band has long aspired to. Likewise, multi-instrumentalist Kelly Pratt’s (Beirut, David Byrne) horn arrangements bring a newfound sophistication. No longer content to simply be “loud” or “soft,” Abandon is a record that revels in nuance and grace.

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THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART PLAY THE RAINBOW BIRMINGHAM ON WED 22ND JULY 2015, WITH SUPPORT FROM VICTORIES AT SEA. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Simple and Sure’ below: