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Charlotte Carpenter to play free Birmingham gig

June 9, 2014 in News

Charlotte Carpenter is a rising songstress pursuing a sound not dissimilar to the raw spirits of Marika Hackman and three-piece Daughter. Her song writing is already markedly tenacious and compelling. Having previously shared stages with the likes of George Ezra, Alessi’s Ark and Saint Raymond,she is one to keep an eye on throughout 2014.

Her new EP ‘Whole’ charted at No.10 in the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and displays Charlotte Carpenter at her best, an extremely talented singer/songwriter who defies her young years.

Charlotte Carpenter Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

CHARLOTTE CARPENTER PLAYS THE YARDBIRD BIRMINGHAM ON SUN 15TH JUNE 2014, WITH SUPPORT FROM ALEX MOIR, SEAN STEWART & EMMA CROWDER. FREE ENTRY, MORE INFO HERE.

Listen to ‘Whole’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 2nd – 8th June

June 2, 2014 in News

We have a many a musical treat for you all this week. Catch two massive bands both born out of Glasgow appearing at The Sunflower Lounge. As well as local heroes playing their first hometown show in Wolverhampton for 18 months and a living legend who has previously played for Kyuss and Queens on the Stone Age. Have a gander below and see which takes your fancy.

MONDAY 2ND JUNE

Baby Strange + Dumb + Juice @ The Sunflower Lounge

After slots at Radio 1 Big Weekend in their hometown of Glasgow, T in the Park and The Great Escape as well as support slots with Palma Violets and The Vaccines, Baby Strange will be stopping by The Sunflower Lounge on Monday night. Having earned a reputation for a raucous live show and with strong local support from Dumb and Juice, make sure to get your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Pure Evil’ below:


TUESDAY 3RD JUNE

Paws + Virals + Furrow @ The Sunflower Lounge

We are hooking up with Counteract Magazine to present Galswegion three piece Paws at The Sunflower Lounge this Tuesday night. The band have an impressive support slot list featuring  Japandroids, Bleached, We Are Scientists, The Cribs, Mates Of State, No Age, Wavves and Ty Segall. Make sure to catch them showcasing tracks from new album ‘Youth Culture Forever’, with support from Virals and Furrow; tickets available here

Watch the video for ‘Tongues’ below:

 

Howling Bells + Climbing Boys @ Hare & Hounds

If you are headed King’s Heath way Tuesday night instead, be sure to catch the stunning Australian four-piece Howling Bells at Hare & Hounds. They be sure to play tracks from new album ‘Heartstrings’ set for release on June 2nd. This hotly anticipated record comes after the group severed ties with old record label and began to work with Catherine J Marks and Alan Moulder on a new ‘fuller and grungier’ sound. Catch them with support from East London four-piece Climbing Boys and get your tickets here.

Check out a preview of the band’s new album below:


FRIDAY 6TH JUNE

Forest + Only Shadows + Holy @ Hare & Hounds

If you are looking for a fun way to spend your Friday night, why not head to Hare & Hounds and catch indie Cambridge lads Forest. After the release of acclaimed EP ‘Wisdom Tusk’ in March, this five piece have been causing a stir appearing in many ‘Ones To watch’ list as well as praise from The Guardian. This young group are set for a busy Summer, make sure you don’t miss out and see them at the start of it all in King’s Heath. With local support from Only Shadows and Holy, get your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Coaster’ below:


SATURDAY 7TH JUNE

God Damn + Women + Weatherbird + The Scribers @ The Slade Rooms

Birmingham Promoters are teaming up with Brum Notes to present God Damn in their hometown Wolverhampton at The Slade Rooms on Saturday night. Having recently signed to One Little Indian Records and the release of latest single ‘Shoe Prints in the Dust’, the boys want to celebrate with a local show to remember. Come and feel the noise, with support from Women, Weatherbird and The Scribers, grab your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Shoe Prints in the Dust’ below:

 

Nick Oliveri @ The Bull’s Head, Moseley

Former member Kyuss and Queens on the Stone Age, and a current member for Mondo Generator,Bl’astMoistboyz and The Dwarves, Nick Oliveri will be playing a solo acoustic set at The Institute this Saturday. He will be showcasing songs from both old albums and new record ‘Leave Me Alone’, which featured guitar solos from the likes of  Phil Campbell (Motorhead), Dean Ween (Ween/Moistboyz) and Stephen Haas (Moistboyz). Tickets available here.

Watch this live session performance of ‘Green Machine’ below:

 

Little Barrie + Gil De Ray @ The Sunflower Lounge

If a blend of rock, blues, garage and soul is more your thing, head down to The Sunflower Lounge for Little Barrie. They will be playing songs from new album ‘Shadow’. Shortly before recording the record, the band supported the likes of The Stone RosesCharles BradleyDinosaur JrKasabian and Primal Scream. Now they set out on the road this summer with their own UK headline tour. Catch them with support from Gil De Ray and get your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Tip It Over’ below:


SUNDAY 8TH JUNE

Peter Shoulder + Jessica Mary York + Nix Dadry @ The Yardbird

If you are around the city centre on Sunday, why not round off your week with our Sunday Social at The Yardbird, where The Union lead singer Peter Shoulder will be performing. We will also have soul-pop star Jessica Mary York and local act Nix Dadry performing. Check out all the information for this FREE ENTRY show here.

Watch this performance of ’Dust to Dust’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 26th May – 1st June

May 26, 2014 in News

Check out this selection of wonderful gigs we have for you all this week . Think brand new synth pop outfits, a local RnB and reggae act, a free entry show including a stunning new rising star as well as pizza themed velvet underground madness. Enjoy!

MONDAY 26TH MAY 

The Pizza Underground + The Pizza Underground’s Exploding Pizza Inevitable @ Hare & Hounds

Fan of The Velvet Underground? And pizza? How about the two combined at the Hare & Hounds?! Yep on Monday evening we have tribute band with a twist The Pizza Underground performing. Band-members Matt Colbourn, Deenah Vollmer, Austin Kilham, Phoebe Kreutz and Macaulay Culkin will burn your mouth with low-fi hits like “All the “All the Pizza Parties” (All Tomorrow’s Parties), “Pizza, It Hurts” (Venus in Furs), and “Take a Bite of the Wild Slice” (Walk on the Wild Side”). Tickets for this gig are completely sold out! If you managed to get yourself a ticket, see you there for some unique pizza filled entertainment.

Watch the band’s debut video below:


WEDNESDAY 28TH MAY

Victories At Sea + Death Rattle @ The Old Blue Last, London

If you’re headed for the Big Smoke Wednesday night, catch Victories At Sea playing The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch. Fresh from the release of their new EP ‘In Memory Of’ and supporting Editors on their European tour, catch this experimental trio influenced by the likes of Echo and The Bunnymen and New Order if you can. A free entry show and support from London duo Death Rattle, how can you say no? Find out all information here.

Watch the video for ‘Low’ below:

 

Only Real + Atlas + Lime @ The Sunflower Lounge

If sun-kissed and carefree rap infused fuzz-pop is more your thing, catch Niall Galvin a.k.a Only Real at The Sunflower Lounge this Wednesday. Following a headline slot the Lexington for the 2014 NME Awards he will be embarking on his first headline tour of the UK in March in anticipation of his new album due out later this year. With local support from four pieces Atlas and Lime, grab your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Get It On’ below:


THURSDAY 29TH MAY

Vix & Her Mschiefs + Special Guests @ The Sunflower Lounge

ViX, having previously toured the UK and Emirates supporting the likes of Paul Weller, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, The Wailers, The Christians, Arrested Development etc, she introduces her brand new all-female line-up band  Vix & Her Mschiefsfeaturing ukulele, violin, guitar and cajon playing Alt-Country tracks. Tickets available here. 


FRIDAY 30TH MAY

Keziasoul + Burnside @ Hare & Hounds 

Birmingham based Keziasoul, influenced by  reggae, soul, folk, rock and R & B and artists such as Jill Scott, Mary Wells, Billie Holiday and Dionne Warwick, will be performing at Hare & Hounds on Friday night. This young neo-soul, jazz funk styled all rounded vocalist will be supported by Brummie six piece Burnside. Don’t miss out and grab your tickets here. 

Watch her perform ‘My Love’ below:


SATURDAY 31ST MAY 

Wall Of Sound 20th Anniersary ft Ekkoes + Kids On Bridges @ The Sunflower Lounge

Iconic British Independent Record Label ‘Wall of Sound’announce their 20th Anniversary with a series of ‘Off the Wall’ projects to celebrate their musical heritage. The label continues to march forward with a plethora of fresh and exciting artists including new forthcoming releases from recent signings synth pop Ekkoes and funk rock Kids on Bridges. Make sure to get your tickets here.

Listen to ‘Fight The Feeling’ below:


SUNDAY 1ST JUNE

Smoke Fairies + The Lake Poets @ Hare & Hounds

Smoke Fairies will be showcasing their outstanding epynomous new album at Hare & Hounds on Sunday night. Having toured with Bryan FerryRichard Hawley and Laura Marling, and had a single released on Jack White’s Third Man Records, the duo are back. Come see how they have experimented with piano and synth in their new album and with support from The Lake Poets be sure to get a ticket here.

Watch the video for ‘Eclipse Them All’ below:

Roo Panes + Matt Sheehan + Daniel Beckett + Alex Rainsford @ The Yardbird 

Why not round off your week with our Sunday Social at The Yardbird where the stunning Roo Panes will be headlining in anticipation of new single ‘Tiger Striped Sky’ which will be released on June 9th through CRC Music. Supporting him will be Matt Sheehan, Daniel Beckett and Alex Rainsford. Make sure you check out all the information for this FREE ENTRY gig here.

Listen to ‘Tiger Striped Sky’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 19th – 25th May

May 20, 2014 in News

Here we round up the next seven days worth of gigs we have to offer. With popular indie pop bands to punk-noise trios to B-town legends, spend this week seeing the diverse acts Birmingham has to offer at all the best venues in town.

MONDAY 19TH MAY

Drowners + Cold Ocean Lies @ The Sunflower Lounge

Fresh from supporting fellow New Yorker’s SKATERS, we have Drowners returning to Birmingham for their own headline show at The Sunflower Lounge. They will be showcasing their garage pop tracks from latest eponymous album including ‘Luv, Hold Me Down’ and ‘A Button on Your Blouse’. With support from local four piece Cold Ocean Lies, grab your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Luv, Hold Me Down’ below:


WEDNESDAY 21ST MAY

Young Rebel Set + Empire Divide + Broken Witt Rebels @ The Sunflower Lounge

Experience a night of rebellion with our second offering this week – five piece Young Rebel Set. With upcoming performances at Tomorrow Festival, Weekender, Southside Festival, Hurricane Festival and Stockton Calling, as well as their UK tour, these folk infused indie boys have a busy few months ahead of them and we are delighted they will be stopping at The Sunflower Lounge in the midst of it all. With strong local support from Empire Divide and Broken Witt Rebels don’t miss out and get your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Tuned Transmission’ below:


THURSDAY 22ND MAY 

Tiny Ruins @ The Glee Club

To celebrate their first signing with Bella Union, Tiny Ruins will be promoting their second album ‘Brightly Painted One’ on tour and will be stopping by The Glee Club on Thursday evening.  Based in New Zealand and previously a solo act, Tiny Ruins have supported artists such as Beach HouseJoanna NewsomFleet FoxesFather John MistyThe Handsome Family and Calexico we cannot wait to see what they bring in Brum. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Days Are Long, Nights Are Longer’ below:

 

The Struts + Friday Club + The Concept @ Hare & Hounds, King’s Heath

If indie rock reminiscent of a combination of The Libertines and Queen is more your thing, stop by Hare & Hounds and catch The Struts on Thursday night. Having recently gained recognition with their instantly addictive track ‘I Just Know’ which featured on a TV Denim campaign, the band will be sure to play tracks from the debut album which is set for release this Summer. Birmingham based support from Friday Club and The Concept, get your tickets now here.

Watch the video for ‘Matter Of Time’ below:


FRIDAY 23RD MAY

The Hoosiers + Ariana & The Rose + Capital Sun @ The Institute

The Hoosiers have made a come back with new album ‘The News From Nowhere’ and UK tour, including a show at The Institute. The self-produced and self-released album is said to be a true return to form. With support from the beautiful New York based Ariana & The Rose and local band Capital Sun, tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Make or Break’ below:

 

Thumpers + Cut Ribbons + Field Harmonics + Arc Vel @ Hare & Hounds, King’s Heath

You can also catch Thumpers at Hare & Hounds performing on Friday night at Hare & Hounds. Ex-members of Pull Tiger Tail who have reformed into an unstoppable duo who were recently signed to mighty American Sup Pop Records. Having been tipped hotly by the likes of VEVOTransmitterThe Line of Best Fit,Independent on SundayFake DIY and Amazing Radio, Thumpers will showcase debut album ‘Galore’. Supported by Cut Ribbons, Field Harmonics and Arc Vel, grab your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Galore’ below:


SATURDAY 24TH MAY

Youth Man + Elephantine + Adore @ The Sunflower Lounge

With festival slots lined up at The Great EscapeLiverpool Sound City, 2000 Trees & Y Not Festival, trio Youth Man will be playing a warm up headline show at The Sunflower Lounge on Saturday night. By the end of their brakeless juggernaut of a show – once the ringing in your ears has subsided – you’ll have plenty to talk about. With popular local support from Elephantine and Adore you don’t wanna miss this show, tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Wide Awake’ below:

 

Swim Deep + The Magic Gang + Juice @ The Oobelck

If you’re a B-Twon fan there’s nowhere else to be this Bank Holiday Saturday other than brand new venue The Oobleck at Alfie Birds in The Custrad Factory where Swim Deep will be playing. Taking a break from writing their much-anticipated second album, the Birmingham four-piece will join us for the launch weekend of of the venue. Due to popular demand we have released a limited amount of 14+ tickets for the show so don’t miss out and catch The Magic Gang and Juice supporting. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘King City’ below:


SUNDAY 25TH MAY

Joe Miles + Holly Aires + Connor Hemming + Wes Dance @ The Yardbird

If you’re city centre bound this Bank Holiday Sunday why not round off your week at the Sunday Social at The Yardbird, where singer/songwriter Joe Miles, acoustic act Holly Aires, folk rock act Connor Hemming and the mesmerising Wes Dance are playing. Entry to this event is free, find out all you know here.

Watch Joe’s cover of Michael Buble’s ‘Home’:

Birmingham Weekly Gig Roundup 12th – 18th May

May 14, 2014 in News

What a week! We roundup the next seven days worth of gigs – from synth pop to indie folk to anthemic tracks which will stick in your head long after the week is over, take a look at what we have to offer and ignore the post bank holiday blues!

TUESDAY 13TH MAY

We Were Evergeen @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath

On Tuesday, London synth-pop trio We Were Evergreen stop by Hare & Hounds as part of their latest UK headline tour. Having previous support slots with the likes of London Grammar and Little Dragon, We Were Evergreen produce an exciting amalgamation of beats and rhythms from across the world, warm vocals and electronic-pop melodies. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Daughters’ below:


WEDNESDAY 14TH MAY

Teleman + Gentlemen + Babe @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath

Hare & Hounds will play host to one of BBC 6 Music favourite four-pieces, Teleman. Having the unique comparison of Pet Shop Boys meets The Velvet Underground, the boys’ debut album Breakfast is set for release on June 2nd, which will feature popular tracks ‘Cristina’, ’23 Floors Up’ and new release ‘Lady Low’. They will be supported by fellow Moshi Moshi pals Gentleman and Babe, grab your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Steam Train Girl’ below:


FRIDAY 16TH MAY

Augustines + Empire Divide @ The Institute

We have a busy Friday this week, the first to kick things off being the mighty Augustines who are playing at The Institute as part of their ‘Walkabout Tour’. They will be sure to play a host of tracks from new self-titled album recorded with co-producer Peter Katis (The National, Frightened RabbitInterpol) at Tarquin Studios in Connecticut, as well as hits from their much loved Rise Ye Sunken Ships LP.  With support from London based Empire Divide, pick up your tickets for mere £10 here.

Watch the video for ‘Nothing To Lose But Your Head’ below:

 

Lotte Mullan + Robert Lane @ The Glee Club

Our second offering takes the shape of the lovely Lotte Mullan performing at The Glee Club. Following support slots with the likes of Scott MatthewsNewton Faulker and Albert Hammond, plus a triumphant headline tour last year, Lotte will be showcasing her new album produced in Nashville with Band of Horses. With comparisons to Laura Marling and music featured in a Ridley Scott Productions short film, stop by The Glee Club for a night of indie infused folk pop. Support comes from Robert Lane, tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Valentine Song’ below:

 

Beaty Heart + Deaf Inspector + Mutes @ Hare & Hounds

Last but not least on Friday will be Peckham trio Beaty Heart who are performing at Hare & Hounds. Having been championed by Radio 1’s Huw StephensPhil Taggart & Alice LavineRob Da Bank,  6Music’s Radcliff & MaconieXFM and Amazing Radio and fresh from their support slot with Jungle, we are delighted to welcome the three-piece to Birmingham. With support from Deaf Inspector and Mutes be sure to get your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Slush Puppy’ below:


SATURDAY 17TH MAY

Black Market Empire + New Bays @ Alfie Birds, Custard Factory

A bittersweet night as we see Black Market Empire perform their last ever gig for our first ever show at brand new venue Alfie Birds at The Custard Factory. Having been compared to everyone from The Kinks and The BeatlesThe Buzzcocks and The Clash,The StrokesThe LibertinesPulp and Suede and having played with the likes of The Temper TrapBombay Bicycle ClubViva BrotherThe BluetonesNine Black Alps, Black Market Empire have sadly decided to call it a day. With support from New Bays, tickets are £5 on the door, more info here

Watch the video for ‘Sally Anne’ below:


SUNDAY 18TH MAY

Courtney Barnett + Honeyblood @ Hare & Hounds

Melbourne based Courtney Barnett will be playing for us at Hare & Hounds to top off our week. Described as a remarkable hybrid of Kimya Dawson and Kurt Cobain, Courtney played knockout performance at Coachella and has recently announced a forthcoming slot at Glastonbury. Courtney will be supported by Glaswegian two piece Honeyblood, final few tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Avant Gardener’ below:

 

French For Rabbits + Chris Bicknell @ The Yardbird

Alternatively, if you’re city centre bound, why not round off your week at the Sunday Social at The Yardbird where haunting dream folk duo French For Rabbits and singer/songwriter Chris Bicknell are playing. Entry to this event is free, find out all you know here.

Watch the video for ‘Goat’ 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.

 

TUESDAY 3RD

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 5TH

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:

 

FRIDAY 6TH

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 7TH

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:

 

SUNDAY 8TH

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

MONDAY 25TH

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:

 

THURSDAY 28TH

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:

 

FRIDAY 29TH

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:

 

SATURDAY 30TH

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:

 

SUNDAY 1ST

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.

Amber Run to play free entry Birmingham show

November 22, 2013 in News

If you’re in the mood for a soft folk-rock sound there’s a new band that provides the right remedy. Noah, the debut EP of the quintet Amber Run recalls the sound of Blur and Mumford & Sons. Will Jones, Tom Sperring, Josh Keogh, Henry Wyeth and Felix Archer met at the University in Nottingham and around the end of 2012 they formed the band that soon found online success with a cover of Imogen Heap’s ‘Hide & Seek’. Considering that they are still in college, Amber Run are an exciting, young band to keep an eye on.

Noah is the demonstration of the passion that the five guys put into every chord and every word; it’s a good start and, developing their own and more original style, they have a lot potential of doing something memorable for the future.

Amber Run Links: Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

AMBER RUN PLAY A FREE ENTRY SHOW AT THE YARDBIRD BIRMINGHAM ON SUN 24TH NOVEMBER 2013, WITH SUPPORT FROM NATALIE MCCOOL, RICK WELLINGS & ZEE KHATTAK. MORE INFO HERE.

Watch the video for the EP’s title track ‘Noah’ below:

Weekly Gig Roundup 18th – 24th November

November 18, 2013 in News

Check out our list of live music events to warm your fingers and toes at this week!

 

WEDNESDAY 20TH

On Wednesday, electro solo artist Brolin plays a free entry show at The Yardbird as part of his UK headline tour. Described as ‘the new Burial’ by The Guardian and ahead of his tour support with Gold Panda, Brolin plays with local sample improviser James Brough at this special and intimate event. Find out further information over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Reykjavik’ by Brolin below.

 

THURSDAY 21ST

Thursday welcomes Northern Irish songwriter Foy Vance to the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath. Influenced by his time in the southern states of America and drawing from the feelings that love inspires, Foy Vance promises a beautiful set including numbers from his recently released second album, Joy Of Nothing. On support is Rams’ Pocket Radio, the alias of Northern Irish multi-instrumentalist Peter McCauley. Taking inspiration from Beethoven to brutalist architecture, be sure to get down early so as not to miss this varied performer. Tickets for this event are priced at £12 advance and are available over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Guiding Light’ (ft. Ed Sheeran) by Foy Vance below.

 

FRIDAY 22ND

On Friday, indie pop five-piece theLights return to Birmingham to play their last show of 2013 at The Victoria. Fresh from recording with legendary producer Gavin Monaghan, they’ll play a selection of old and new material. Entry to the evening is priced at just £5 on the door – find out further information here.

 

SATURDAY 23RD

Saturday sees a very special performance from Birmingham indie-punk ruffians Untitled Musical Project who reform this year to play two shows only. Friends again for this night at least, Untitled Musical Project are joined by Birmingham three-piece Youth Man and electronic math duo, Tales. Purchase your tickets for what promises to be a completely explosive performance for £5 advance here or make your way to The Sunflower Lounge from 7:30pm.

Listen to ‘The People Versus Michael Miller’ by Untitled Musical Project below.

 

SUNDAY 24TH

Round off your week on Sunday with one of the following; the weekly extravaganza which is the Sunday Social at The Yardbird which this week features performances from Nottingham five-piece, Amber Run; plus support from Merseyside-based singer-songwriter Natalie McCool; local singer songwriter and Bombergs’ frontman, Rick Wellings; and folk blues musician, Zee Khattak. Pop into this free event from the cold of the German Christmas Market which runs outside it, and find out more about all of the acts here.

Listen to ‘Noah’ by Amber run below.

 

Over at The Institute in Digbeth, Oxford indie folk four-piece Stornoway celebrate the release of their second album, Tales From Tera Firma, and an incredibly successful year. Drawing influences from Tom Waits, and John Adams and with nods to 19th century poets John Clare and Samuel Coleridge along the way, expect a wonderfully wistful affair from these boys. Support comes courtesy of intricate Cambridge singer songwriter, Sivu, and local folk/Americana five-piece Goodnight Lenin. Expect something truly special at this event – pick up your tickets for £14 advance from the event page.

Listen to ‘When You Touch Down From Outer Space’ by Stornoway below.

 

Finally, husband and wife indie pop duo Summer Camp return to Birmingham to play live at the Hare & Hounds. Having released their self-titled second album earlier in the year, the couple will play a selection from both LPs in what promises to be a stunning performance. Support is provided by London’s Fryars – pick up tickets for this event, priced at £8.50 advance, here.

Listen to ‘Fresh’ by Summer Camp below.

Weekly Gig Roundup 11th – 17th November

November 11, 2013 in Listing

This week is fit to bursting with a selection of live music events to take your fancy…

 

MONDAY 11TH

On Monday, Scottish indie rock five-piece Frightened Rabbit return to Birmingham to celebrate the release of their fourth record, Pedestrian Verse. Having shot to number nine in the charts when it was released earlier this year, this is their most successful album to date – catch the celebrations at The Institute where support will come courtesy of Lanterns on the Lake and Paul Thomas Saunders. Tickets, priced at £13 advance, are available over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Candlelit’ by Frightened Rabbit below:

 

TUESDAY 12TH

Manchester-based Bipolar Sunshine, the solo project of Adio Marchant is live at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath on Tuesday. Creating brutally honest and heartfelt lyrics, delivered in an upbeat refrain, Biploar Sunshine has won real critical support over the past year. He plays with Ulla Nova and Kastella for the price of £6 advance and tickets can be found along with further information on the event page.

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Listen to ‘Love More Worry Less’ by Bipolar Sunshine below:

 

WEDNESDAY 13TH

On Wednesday, the wonderful Pogues-esque five-piece Skinny Lister are live at the Hare & Hounds. Having wowed the festival circuit this summer, they call into Birmingham as part of their full UK tour – expect a performance and a half at this one! Support is provided by Dirty Old Folkers & Mile Wide Stride, and tickets are priced at £7 advance – get hold of them here.

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Read our interview with Skinny Lister here.

Listen to ‘Rollin Over’ by Skinny Lister below:

 

THURSDAY 14TH

On Thursday there are two shows to choose from:

The legendary Har Mar Superstar plays the Hare & Hounds in support of his new record with support from funk four-piece, Racing. Expect a selection of the finest dance moves and musical talent to boot at this one which is priced at £12 advance – get your tickets here.

Listen to ‘Lady, You Shot Me’ by Har Mar Superstar below:

 

Alternatively, Portland electronic four-piece STRFKR travel the country, playing their Birmingham date at The Sunflower Lounge. Promoting the release of their fourth full-length studio album, Miracle Mile, don’t miss your chance to see them while they’re here! All further information can be found along with tickets on the event page.

Listen to ‘While I’m Alive’ by STRFKR below:

 

FRIDAY 15TH

Friday is another double attack as local lo-fi three-piece Mirrorhall are live at The Victoria. Playing an eclectic sounding art rock laced through with atmospheric storytelling, this one will be a beautifully intimate affair. Tickets for this show are priced at £5 and will be available on the door – find out more here. Don’t forget top RSVP to the Facebook Event!

Listen to ‘Cadmium’ by Mirrorhall below:

 

Over at The Institute, Cheltenham six-piece, Young Kato play a headline show with support from Propellers and Club Phobia. Hugely inspired by the success of the Birmingham music scene in recent times, Young Kato play a blend of indie pop with irresistible hooks and catchy lyrics – make sure you catch them at this show! Find out more and purchase tickets, priced at £8 advance, over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Drink, Dance, Play’ by Young Kato below:

 

SATURDAY 16TH

On Saturday, brand new Birmingham four-piece Cascades are live at The Sunflower Lounge. Describing themselves as “the biggest thing to hit Birmingham since the Second World War”, imagine if The Libertines and The Wombats joined Rudimental and you’re getting close. In support of the release of their very first single, this is their first Birmingham Promoters show – get your tickets for the event for £5 on the door. Find out more, including information on support acts Symphony State and The Mumblecores, over on the event page.

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SUNDAY 17TH

Bring your week to a chilled out close at our regular Sunday Social event at The Yardbird. This week we bring you sounds from family folk rock trio, High Horses; the Jeff Buckley-influenced, Nothing But Thieves; modern acoustic duo, Tom & Josh; and folk singer songwriter, Bethan Marshall. Enjoy this in the beautiful surrounds of The Yardbird jazz club for the price of free – find out all you need to know, here.