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This Week: Gig Roundup 14th – 20th November

November 14, 2016 in News

We’ve got a busy week of gigs lined up this week, including critically acclaimed Illinois singer-songwriter Ryley Walker at the Hare & Hounds on Wednesday, and Danny Brown at The Rainbow Warehouse celebrating the release of his new album. Thursday brings a night of math-rock with Three Trapped Tigers shaking up The Flapper with their effect-laden guitars and glistening sci-fi synths. Saturday sees Glasgow duo Honeyblood take on Mama Roux’s following support slots with Foo Fighters and Wolf Alice. Check out the full listings below:

MONDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

Is Bliss + Outlander @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Introducing Velvet Dreams EP, the debut from psychedelic shoegazer trio Is Bliss, released on Club AC30 – a tantalising taster of this new band’s potential. The EP’s atmosphere resonates strongly with the hazy sixties underground, with its sitar­like waterfall guitars and hypnogogic beats, but other, harder influences bleed through. The band have been together barely a year and yet have quickly gained attention opening for Wolf AliceTelescopes and Nine Black Alps. Support from Birmingham Mogwai-influenced Outlander.

Watch the video for ‘Ocean Blue’ below:


WEDNESDAY 16TH NOVEMBER

Ryley Walker + Itasca @ Hare & Hounds
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With a powerful voice that spans ranges and eras & an effortless approach to a fine melody on the guitar, the Illinois singer-songwriter sets the bar high for the modern folk artist. Robert Plant declared himself a fan – as did double-bass legend Danny Thompson, with whom Ryley would later embark on a string of sell-out British shows. A sprawling tour of the USA around Primrose Green presented a perfect chance to workshop ideas for what would eventually become his third studio album, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung. Support comes from Itasca, L.A.-based guitarist, singer-songwriter Kayla Cohen.

Watch the video for ‘The Roundabout’ below:

Danny Brown + Zelooperz @ The Rainbow Warehouse
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One of rap’s brightest lights Danny Brown celebrates the release of his 4th studio album Atrocity Exhibition with intricate wordplay, unmatched storytelling, and lyrical thoughtfulness. The album is the latest peak in a career full of highlights: over the last decade, he’s worked with a breadth of artists from Purity Ring and Rustie to Schoolboy QE-40, and Ghostface Killah. Support comes from 21-year-old Detroit rapper ZeelooperZ, member of Brown’s hip-hop collective Bruiser Brigade.

Watch the video for ‘When It Rain’ below:


THURSDAY 17TH NOVEMBER

Three Trapped Tigers + The Physics House Band + Constant Waves @ The Flapper
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Three Trapped Tigers are a band for which genres and labels struggle to keep up; they move - often at breakneck speed – from screeching, effect-laden guitars, an arsenal of glistening sci-fi synths, pummelling sub-bass, colossal riffs and audacious drum patterns that both underpin and define their unique sound. In full force the band feel both gracefully intelligent and wildly primal, gargantuan yet melodic. Support comes from Brighton psychedelic math-rock trio The Physics House Band and West Midlands prog rock band Constant Waves.

Watch the video for ‘Engrams’ below:


FRIDAY 18TH NOVEMBER

The Graveltones + Brandy Row @ The Flapper
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UK based Australian heavy blues rock and roll duo The Graveltones formed in late 2011, after the two members met in London’s Tin Pan Alley, brought together by a mutual love of artists as diverse as Captain BeefheartHowlin WolfJohn Lee Hooker and QOTSA. Their critically acclaimed debut album saw the band tour extensively with the likes of Rival SonsThe Temperance MovementBoss HossMonster TruckCadillac Three and a stunning set at Download Festival 2013. Support comes from blues rock and roll singer-songwriter Brandy Row.

Watch the video for ‘Bang Bang’ below:

Spotlight On: Alligator + Gloss + Nausea + Gasfoodlodging @ 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. Alligatr are not just your usual indie band from Leicester. Combining their influences of  jungle and dance with rock and jazz, they have created a unique vibe which makes their  songs sound far from the bland and the obvious. Support comes from indie post-punk band Gloss, Birmingham based Nausea and 3 piece alternative countrified/indie-fied Gasfoodlodging.

Listen to ‘Reminiscing’ below:


SATURDAY 19TH NOVEMBER

Weirds + Vulgarians + History Of Sex @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Weirds have been destroying venues across the UK for the past year with their blistering sonic assault of motorik­driven, druggy grunge. NME described their live show as “like a vulture ravaging a corpse”, but beneath the fuzz and sprawling, psycho­tropic breakdowns lies a knack for melody and structure. Support comes from Vulgarians with their unique brand of chilling post­punk noise, and Birmingham based garage noise band History Of Sex.

Watch the video for ‘Old World Blues’ below:

Honeyblood + Pins @ Mama Roux’s
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Glasgow duo Honeyblood have managed to brilliantly capture then subtly refine and embellish the duo’s notorious live energy that over the past two years shared stages all round the globe with everyone from Belle And Sebastian and Foo Fighters to close comrades like Courtney Barnett and Wolf Alice. Support comes from Manchester band PINS crafting a blend of noise, texture and melody.

Watch the video for ‘Ready For The Magic’ below:


SUNDAY 20TH NOVEMBER

And Yet It Moves + Bad Girlfriend @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Fronted by former Amazing Snakeheads frontman Dale Barclay, who has witnessed firsthand the banality of the music industry and came out battered but unbeaten, And Yet It Moves want to play music for the love of it. Live they enrapture crowds with a real natural chemistry, Barclay’s undeniably captivating aura and expansive, songs of sorrow mixed with themes of the heart. If you want freedom these are the guys for you, if not just go away. Support from Birmingham heavy garage rock band Bad Girlfriend.

Listen to ‘No Way Back To Lunch’ below:

Introducing: Frisco

June 6, 2016 in News

Member of the Boy Better Know collective and CEO of The Den, Frisco first garnered attention after what can only be described as a legendary battle with Grime God Father Wiley in Ayia Napa, Cyprus in 2003. Frisco gained further recognition for his appearance in the Skepta produced ‘Private Caller’. In his 2006 return after a 12 month hiatus, Frisco released his first mixtape; (thus pioneering the practice of doing so in the Grime scene) titled Back 2 Da Lab Volume 1, which was a great underground success and was followed by Volume 2.

Frisco’s sound has taken him across the globe having performed in countries such as Cyprus, Crete, Ibiza, Zante, Netherlands, Jamaica, Paris, New York, Croatia and Denmark just to name a few. 2012 saw Frisco embark on his first solo UK tour alongside fellow Boy Better Know patriot Jammer. After taking a short creative break, March 2014 saw Big Fris return with the critically acclaimed EP British Nights which many regard as his best release thus far.

Frisco Links: Website | Twitter | Soundcloud 

FRISCO PLAYS THE RAINBOW WAREHOUSE ON THURSDAY 14TH JULY 2016. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE FROM 9AM WEDNESDAY. 

Watch the video for ‘Them Man There’ below:

Augustines to play The Rainbow Warehouse

April 28, 2016 in News

Augustines return with ‘When Things Fall Apart’, the new single taken from their upcoming album, This Is Your Life, on via Caroline International, on 10th June 2016. The group, fresh from their own sold out Electric Ballroom and Manchester shows, and dates with Noel Gallagher in Europe, will play selected festivals (including headlining Dot to Dot) over the summer. They will later return to the UK for a full headline tour that includes their biggest Birmingham show to date at The Rainbow Warehouse.

Recorded in New Orleans and Los Angeles with long-time associate Peter Katis (The NationalInterpolFrightened Rabbit), This Is Your Life, the group’s third LP, follows 2014’s eponymous second album.

Ahead of the album’s release and the band’s recent shows, Augustines’ lead singer Billy McCarthy has also just completed a solo European tour, Journals, Maps, Stories and Songs, a mixture of (as its title suggests) autobiographical stories and songs from this charismatic and captivating frontman that was rightly hailed “a jaw-dropping, knockabout oddyssey” [The Independent *****”].

Augustines Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

AUGUSTINES PLAY THE RAINBOW WAREHOUSE BIRMINGHAM ON THURS 20TH OCTOBER 2016. TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM 9AM ON FRI 6TH MAY 2016 HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Are We Alive’ below:

Yak & Black Honey to support Superfood

February 27, 2015 in News

This spring, Birmingham indie darlings Superfood play their biggest hometown headline show to date at The Rainbow Warehouse on Wed 8th April 2015 and have just announced that support will come from Yak and Black Honey. The band released their much-anticipated debut album Don’t Say That on 3rd November through Infectious Music, hailed by NME as “an album that turns mundane everyday experiences into dreamy, surreal highs”. Tickets for the show can be found here.

YAK

New London-based trio Yak have only just posted their first official video for their debut single ‘Hungry Heart’ (set for release on Fat Possum next month), which Q Magazine describe as “Ace noise-rock recalling Spacemen 3”  yet they are already looking to be this year’s ‘Next Big Thing’.

Having already supported the likes of Peace and Palma Violets, the indie three-piece now take to the road with Superfood.

“You could stick your hand on a pylon and it wouldn’t be as buzzy as this band right now” - Phil Taggart, Radio 1

Yak Links: Facebook | Twitter 

Watch the video for ‘Hungry Heart’ below:

BLACK HONEY

Black Honey are fast becoming one of the most talked about guitar bands of 2014. After dreamy opener ‘Sleep Forever’, 60’s psychedelic ‘Teenager’ and grunge rock ‘The Taste’ the band revealed their debut EP with their final hook laden track ‘Bloodlust’ and the first photo of themselves. To celebrate the band played a packed out secret show in their hometown of Brighton. Initially only being known as ’the sweet taste of darkness’ Black Honey have gone on to become an unstoppable force and one of the most exciting bands of the year.

Black Honey Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Listen to ‘Madonna’ below:

Therapy? announce Birmingham headline show

February 3, 2015 in News

“YOU DON’T LOOK LIKE A BOY THAT SINGS…”

This quietly devastating critique, delivered to Therapy? frontman Andy Cairns by a workmate at a Michelin tyre factory in the late ‘80s, neatly encapsulates the sense of suspicion and confusion which enveloped the Northern Irish band at the outset of their career. Outsiders from day one, Therapy? have drawn upon the attendant feelings of alienation, frustration and dislocation for strength and inspiration across their remarkable 26 year career, crafting a dark, idiosyncratic worldview which has garnered the group a reputation as one of the most uncompromising, creative and individualistic bands of their generation. Disquiet, the band’s fourteenth studio album, extends this proud legacy, and finds the trio of Cairns, bassist Michael McKeegan and drummer Neil Cooper in incendiary form.

Therapy?’s first recording for new label Amazing Record CoDisquiet is 11 tracks of charged, in-your-face, bruisingly melodic punk/metal. A sequel of sorts to the band’s million-selling 1994 album Troublegum, it’s by turns confrontational, challenging, vengeful and venomous, a visceral and utterly compelling document of a confident band operating at the peak of their powers. Produced by Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood/Band of Skulls/Turbowolf) at Blast studios in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and featuring cover art by long time collaborator Nigel Rolfe, it’s both the most accessible record Therapy? have made in two decades, and a reaffirmation of their healthy respect for noise, chaos and unsettling psychodrama.

Disquiet is released on 23rd March 2015 via Amazing Record Co.

Therapy? Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

THERAPY? PLAY THE RAINBOW WAREHOUSE BIRMINGHAM ON THURSDAY 16TH APRIL 2015. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FROM 10AM ON WED 4TH FEBRUARY HERE

Watch the video for ‘Screamager’ below:

Loyle Carner to support Kate Tempest

January 13, 2015 in News

“Loyle Carner is Britains most recent new hope in hip hop,” according to The Fader and countless others. The 20 year old emcee from South London has been causing quite a stir following the release of his debut A Little Late EP in September of last year. All but one track on the EP was produced by Loyle’s right hand man and live partner Rebel Kleff. The two of them create reminiscent old school hip hop with their own UK and modern influences.

Following the release of the A Little Late EP, Loyle has gone on to work with the likes of Kate Tempest, Maverick Sabre, Tom Misch and multiple others, all in preparation for releases in 2015. With two successful UK tours now under his belt with Joey Bada$$ and Atmosphere, Loyle has also been championed on Radio 1Xtra by DJ Semtex and Phil Taggart, Huw Stephens and Lauren Laverne at Radio 1. His latest single with Kate Tempest was added to 6Music’s B-list and then bumped up to the A-List immediately after a week and has not stopped being played.

Loyle Carner Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

LOYLE CARNER SUPPORT KATE TEMPEST AT THE RAINBOW WAREHOUSE ON WED 11TH FEBRUARY 2015. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Cantona’ below:

Superfood announce biggest ever Birmingham show

December 2, 2014 in News

Birmingham quartet Superfood released their much-anticipated debut album Don’t Say That on 3rd November through Infectious Music, hailed by NMEas “an album that turns mundane everyday experiences into dreamy, surreal highs”.

Autumn 2014 saw the four-piece head out on the ever-successful NME New Breed Tour with Honeyblood, following previous supports with the likes of Peace, slots at Glastonbury and and their own sell out headline show at The Rainbow.

This spring the quartet play their biggest hometown headline show to date at The Rainbow Warehouse on Wed 8th April 2015 – grab your tickets asap!

Superfood Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

SUPERFOOD PLAY THE RAINBOW WAREHOUSE ON WED 8TH APRIL 2015. TICKETS ON SALE HERE FROM 9AM ON FRI 5TH DECEMBER.

Watch the video for ‘Mood Bomb’ below:

Kate Tempest announces second Birmingham date

October 24, 2014 in News

With the Mercury Music Prize round the corner and her Nov 2014 tour sold out, critically acclaimed Kate Tempest is adding more live dates to her Feb 2015 tour, including a show at The Rainbow Warehouse Birmingham on Wed 11th February 2015.

Kate Tempest started out when she was 16, rapping at strangers on night buses and pestering mc’s to let her on the mic at raves. Ten years later she is a published playwright, novelist, poet and respected recording artist.

Her debut album Everybody Down has finally hit the shelves – real and virtual – to ubiquitous acclaim. And it’s not just the press. Kate played a one off, intimate gig in London to celebrate the release, and Rick Rubin and Frank Ocean were amongst the wowed audience along with The Guardian who awarded it a stunning 5/5 review.

Seeing Kate Tempest perform live enhances everything you hear on the album. She is earnest, urgent, savvy, streetwise, warm and most of all, riotously talented with words. She’s no simple showboat MC, revelling in speed alone, but someone who uses her staggering command of language to create music with narrative, themes, character and meaning in a way unique to her genre. She’s a rapper who makes poetry out of rap music.

Don’t miss your chance to see one of the most thrilling young artists in the UK just now, and get up close to the results of her visceral talent. If you don’t go see her this time, we can promise that when you do, you’ll have to stand a lot further from the stage.

Kate Tempest Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

KATE TEMPEST PLAYS THE RAINBOW WAREHOUSE BIRMINGHAM ON WED 11TH FEBRUARY 2015. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘The Beigeness’ below:

The Twang unveil new track ‘Larry Lizard’

December 18, 2013 in News

Local indie heroes The Twang have revealed a new track entitled ‘Larry Lizard’, from their much-anticipated fourth studio album. This follows previous taster of the new record, the excellent ‘The Wobble’.

The forthcoming album is due for release in February 2014 via the band’s own Jump the Cut Records, and has been produced by Rory Attwell, who has previously produced the likes of Yuck and Palma Violets at his Lightship95 studio in London.

This Sunday 22nd & Mon 23rd sees the band play two special Christmas shows at The Rainbow Warehouse Birmingham, the pair of gigs marking a long-awaited homecoming for the band. Tickets for Mon 23rd have already sold out, and tickets for Sun 22nd are very limited. Supports across both days include the likes of Jaws, Warm Brains, Wide Eyed & The Grafham Water Sailing Club.

THE TWANG PLAY THE RAINBOW WAREHOUSE BIRMINGHAM ON SUNDAY 22ND DECEMBER 2013, WITH SUPPORT FROM WARM BRAINS & WIDE EYED. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Stream new track ‘Larry Lizard’ below:

The Twang to play hometown Xmas show

October 7, 2013 in News

The Twang are pleased to announce a very special Christmas show. The Birmingham band will play at the city’s Rainbow Warehouse on Monday 23rd December 2013. The gig marks a long-awaited homecoming for the band and with only 1000 tickets available is sure to sell out quickly.

The Twang are currently in the studio with Rory Attwell, who has previously produced the likes of Yuck and Palma Violets, recording their as yet untitled 4th album at his Lightsip95 studio in London. A teaser from the album (in the form of new track/video ‘The Wobble’) was recently premiered by The Fly Magazine.

The band will be showcasing new material from the album (due for release January 2014) at the gig.

“‘10:20’ marks a move away from sticky floors, sick puddles and fag ash towards maudlin prettiness and intelligence.” – The Fly

The Twang Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

THE TWANG PLAY THE RAINBOW WAREHOUSE BIRMINGHAM ON MON 23RD DECEMBER 2013. TICKETS GO ON SALE FRI 11TH OCTOBER 2013 AND WILL BE AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Wobble’ below: