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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:

This Week: Gig Roundup 23rd – 29th March

March 23, 2015 in News

We’ve got a ridiculously busy week this week with 7 fantastic shows lined up over 5 days! We’ve got something for everyone, kicking off with a visit from Irish indie rockers Raglans, shows from The Devil Makes Three, The Coronas, Lotte Mullan, Marika Hackman, Erros and finishing with a much-anticipated return from Manchester songstress Ren Harvieu. Phew! Check out the full listings for this week below:

MONDAY 23RD MARCH 

Raglans + Luke Wylde & the Japes @ The Rainbow

Indomitable Irish indie-folk four-piece Raglans have undergone a meteoric rise in popularity since the release of their debut album ‘RAGLANS’ with sell out shows across the continent and touring as support for Haim, The Strypes and The Fray. The Dublin band return to the road for their second UK headline tour in March 2015, dates which coincide with the UK release off their new single ‘Natives’. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Digging Holes’ below:

TUESDAY 24TH MARCH 

She Makes War + Louis Barabbas + Forgery Lit @ Ort Cafe

Bristol-based gloom-pop artist She Makes War has been championed by the likes of BBC6′s Lauren Laverne, Marc Riley and Tom Robinson, follows on a high profile support slot with folk rockers The Levellers with her first UK headline tour. Her inimitable brand of melancholy, grungey rock with a modern twist has been likened to Blood Red Shoes, Throwing Muses and Bon Iver. Fellow Bristol rockers and collaborators Forgery Lit join her as the support act for many of these dates. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Slow Puncture’ below:

The Devil Makes Three + Rhino & the Ranters @ The Rainbow

Laced elements of ragtime, country, folk & rockabilly, this trio recorded their latest album with Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) and supported Willie Nelson & Trampled By Turtles. The band’s travels and travails serve as inspiration for their fourth album and their New West Records debut, I’m a Stranger Here, produced by Buddy Miller and recorded at Dan Auerbach’s (Black Keys) Easy Eye Sound Studio in Nashville. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Stranger’ below:

WEDNESDAY 25TH MARCH 

The Coronas + Jimmy Weston @ O2 Academy 3, Birmingham 

Boasting 3 double platinum albums in their homeland of Ireland, The Coronas have sold out everywhere from Dublin’s 13,000 capacity o2 Arena to The Olympia Theatre, where they played a record-breaking six night run. They have supported Sir Paul McCartneyThe ScriptJustin Timberlake and Pink. New album The Long Way is released on 9th March 2015 on Island RecordsSupport comes from Coverntry-based singer-songwriter Jimmy Weston. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Just Like That’ below:

Lotte Mullan + Jazz Morley + Lexis @ Hare & Hounds

Dubbed as the female Bob Dylan, Lotte will be playing intimate versions of songs from her forthcoming album Love’s Bonfire, made out in Nashville with Band of Horses. Lotte is joined by fellow songstress Jazz Morley as special guest. The Dorset girl has been quietly touring the UK for the past 4 years, honing her skills and notching up over 500 shows in the process, including festival slots at Isle Of White, Guilfest, Redfest and The Great Escape. Support comes from Solihull-born songstress Lexis. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘I’m Still Here’ below:

THURSDAY 26TH MARCH 

Marika Hackman + Charlotte Carpenter @ The Sunflower Lounge

London folk songstress Marika Hackman returns to Birmingham to showcase songs from her debut album We Slept At Last, released 16th February via Dirty Hit. Described as the lovechild of Nico and Joanna Newsom, We Slept At Last is an assured and endlessly intriguing debut album that rewards every repeated listen with new riches. Support comes from Northampton-born singer-songwriter Charlotte Carpenter. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Drown’ below:

FRIDAY 27TH MARCH 

Errors + Victories at Sea + Ubre Blanca @ The Rainbow

After support slots with Chvrches & The Twilight Sad, the Glasgow ‘post-electro’ trio play The Rainbow to mark the release of their new album ‘Lease of Life’.  The band were formed in 2004 as a bedroom-based electronic project. They were quickly signed to Rock Action Records, the label developed by fellow Glaswegians Mogwai. Support comes from Birmingham’s Victories at Sea and Glasgow duo Ubre Blanca. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Slow Rotor’ below:

Ren Harvieu @ The Glee Club

The Manchester singer/songwriter formerly nominated for BBC Sound of 2012 returns following the success of her debut album Through The Night which reached No.5 in the UK charts. Currently working on her second album, join Ren for a very special night at The Glee Club. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Do Right By Me’ 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:

Victories at Sea replace Blue on Blue as Savages support

November 6, 2012 in News

We’ve just had word that Blue on Blue will no longer be supporting Savages tonight at The Rainbow. Never fear, however, as they are to be replaced with the rather excellent Victories at Sea!

Victories At Sea are an experimental 3 piece from the Midlands, citing influences as wide and diverse as Slowdive, Boards of Canada, and M83 through to more unadulterated alternatives such as Echo and The Bunnymen, New Order and mid 80’s Cure. By using various electronics and drum loops live, their traditional set up is enveloped by resonating layers of sound cast against the backdrop of the city at night.

“Redefining ‘anthemic’ to suit their own brilliant mould”ThisIsFakeDIY

Victories at Sea support Savages at The Rainbow Birmingham tonight on Tues 6th November 2012. Limited advance tickets still available online here if you’re quick.