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The Charlatans announce October tour

Manchester-Midlands hybrids The Charlatans have announced plans for a major UK tour, ending in Birmingham in October.

The baggy 90s indie heroes, made up of members from Walsall and Manchester, are currently putting the finishing touches to their new album Who We Touch , produced by Youth, due for release on September 6 on Frinck Recordings through Cooking Vinyl. The album will be preceded by the release of the single Love Is Ending on July 19th.

They will begin an extensive UK tour to showcase the new material starting in Newcastle on October 7 and ending at Birmingham’s O2 Academy on October 23.

Shaun Ryder is special guest on the tour and will be opening all shows.

The full dates are:

October –

7th – Newcastle, O2 Academy

8th – Edinburgh, HMV Picture House

9th – Dundee, Fat Sam’s Live

11th – Liverpool, O2 Academy

12th – Nottingham, Rock City

14th – Leeds, O2 Academy

15th – Sheffield, O2 Academy

16th – Manchester, Apollo

18th – Oxford, O2 Academy

19th – Bristol, O2 Academy

21st – Norwich, UEA

22nd – London, O2 Academy Brixton

23rd – Birmingham, O2 Academy

Tickets go on sale from 9.30am on Friday from here.

Manic Street Preachers to visit Birmingham on tour

Welsh rock stalwarts Manic Street Preachers have announced details of their 10th studio album.

Postcards From A Young Man will be released in September and will be accompanied by their most extensive UK tour ever, including a date at Birmingham’s O2 Academy on October 26.

Their next album, a follow up to last year’s equally pretentiously titled Journal For Plague Lovers, is being tipped as a return to the classic rock roots of Send Away The Tigers and the arena-sized choruses of Everything Must Go.

The band are currently adding finishing touches to the new record with producer Dave Eringa at their Cardiff studio. Mixing will take place later this month with Chris Lord Alge in America.

Support on the autumn tour will be provided by special guests British Sea Power.

The full tour dates are:

29 September GLASGOW, O2 Academy 0844 4999 990

30 September ABERDEEN, Music Hall 0844 4999 990

2 October EDINBURGH, Corn Exchange 0844 4999 990

3 October CARLISLE, Sands Centre 01228 625 222

5 October HULL, City Hall 01482 226 655

6 October SHEFFIELD, O2 Academy 0844 477 2000

8 October LIVERPOOL, University 0151 256 5555

9 October BLACKBURN, King George’s Hall 0844 847 1664

11 October LEEDS, O2 Academy 0844 477 2000

12 October DERBY, Assembly Rooms 01332 255 800

14 October MANCHESTER, Apollo 0844 477 7677

16 October LINCOLN, Engine Shed 0844 888 8766

17 October NORWICH, UEA 01603 508 050

19 October SOUTHAMPTON, Guildhall 023 8063 2601

20 October SOUTHEND, Cliffs Pavilion 01702 351 135

22 October BOURNEMOUTH, O2 Academy 0844 477 2000

23 October NEWPORT, Centre 01633 656 757

25 October BRISTOL, Colston Hall 0117 922 3686

26 October BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy 0844 477 2000

28 October LONDON, O2 Academy Brixton 0844 477 2000

29 October LONDON, O2 Academy Brixton 0844 477 2000

31 October LEICESTER, De Montfort Hall 0116 233 3111

1 November CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange 01223 357 851

Tickets go on sale Friday (June 4) 9am priced £26.50 except London £28.50.

To buy visit www.seetickets.com or call the 24hr cc hotline: 0871 2200 260 / 0844 8262826.

Tantrums EP launch gig tonight

Hotly-tipped Birmingham band Tantrums will mark the launch of their long-awaited debut EP with a hometown gig tonight (June 2).

The Northfield outfit, who adorned the cover of Brum Notes Magazine back in March, will unleash their unique blend of dubstep beats, shaking math-prog basslines and indie hooks at The Rainbow in Digbeth.

The show, open to over-14s, marks the unveiling of five-track release Shamploo on Bigger Than Barry Records, which also marks the fledgling label’s first physical release. Limited copies will be on sale tonight.

Speaking to Brum Notes Magazine ahead of their March cover feature, bassist Josh Mooney revealed the inspiration for the record’s unusual name – a Japanese manga cartoon called Samurai Champloo.

“It means to mix up or shake it up in Japanese so we thought because of the way our music is mixing it up, we’d call it that.

“It had a badass hip-hop soundtrack as well,” he said.

He also revealed it was important for them to get support from a Birmingham label in the shape of Bigger Than Barry Records, becoming only the label’s second guitar-based band after punk-step pioneers Scarlet Harlots.

“It’s a massive thing to be on a local label,” Josh said. “If they came from London or Sheffield or somewhere else we would probably have said no because it wouldn’t have had the personality behind it.

“Nobody really gets it like Barry do.

“The label embodies the whole West Midlands thing, ska and 2 tone all happened here and we’ve tried to marry those cultures.

“We played with The Twang, that was a good show and they asked for us to do it which was great, Bombay Bicycle Club was good and Hot Club de Paris as well. But because they are all guitar based it is good to come on and show that we don’t just use guitars.

“We don’t like being called an indie band and we don’t listen to that much guitar music anyway.”

Read the full interview in the March issue and see other back issues here.

Support for tonight’s show comes from (silver) Souvenirs, Tempting Rosie, Savant and The Carpels, with DJ sets from Bigger Than Barry, Scarlet Harlots and Gutter Skank.

Tickets are £5 from the bands or on the door. View the Facebook event page here.

Watch the video for Tantrums rehearsing If I Don’t Try:

BASS Festival starts this week

The British Arts and Street Sounds (BASS) Festival gets underway in Birmingham this week.

It is the UK’s only month-long celebration of black music and art and returns this month for its fifth consecutive year, taking place at various venues across the city throughout June, organised by Punch Records.

With a theme of ‘DNA’, music, arts and performance events will be staged at venues including Mac, The Custard Factory, Sence, the Hare & Hounds and the Rep, getting underway in earnest on Thursday (June 3).

Among the highlights is a UK premiere of an exhibition of political protest artwork at Devonshire House at The Custard Factory in Digbeth. Protest: Fight the Power, Twenty Years of the Political Poster will be unveiled to invited guests on June 2 before going on display to the public fromJune 3 until June 26. The provocative exhibition has toured Asia and Africa and presents a fascinating insight into decades of grassroots political movements and campaigns that have shaped the modern world. Entry is free every day between 10am and 5pm.

Also starting on Thursday (June 3) is Raycho Stanev’s artistic installation The Great Escursion, an interactive featured aimed at giving a unique insight into the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Bulgarian Turks from Bulgaria in 1989.

The free-to-view installation is presented by Friction Arts at The Edge in Cheapside, Digbeth, until June 19, open from 1pm to 7pm from Tuesdays to Saturdays.

For music-lovers, Jazzie B, a key figure in the evolution of black British music and founder of Soul II Soul, will perform an intimate DJ session at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath High Street on Friday (June 4), presented in partnership with promoters Leftfoot, celebrating their 10th anniversary. Advance tickets are £8 in advance. For ticket details click here.

Other highlights of the festival include Jah Shaka Sound System at the Rainbow Warehouse on June 25 and DNA: The Rave at Sence, led by DJs Jetza (pictured) and Felix Splashment on June 19.

To see the full programme for the BASS Festival see www.bassfestival.co.uk.

Villagers in Birmingham tonight

Rising Irish folk star Conor J O’Brien will return to The Glee Club in Birmingham tonight (TUE) under his guise of Villagers.

Conor, who supported Fyfe Dangerfield at the same venue in January, will be backed by a full band as part of a nationwide tour to support the release of excellent debut album Becoming a Jackal, out on Domino Records last week.

He has already attracted acclaim though an appearance on Jools Holland as well as opening for the likes of Neil Young, Tracy Chapman, Wild Beasts, Cass McCombs, Bell X1 and Tindersticks.

Tonight’s show will give fans a chance to see Villagers’ distinctive blend of strained emotion, captivating melodies and beautifully crafted narrative songs, with the full band backing promising to add a new element to the live shows – Conor played all the instruments and wrote all the songs himself on Becoming a Jackal.

“They [the band] are central to all this,” said the Dubliner.

“When we rehearse, my little dictatorial act is over and they find their own way of playing it.

“The shows are one of most exciting things for me as the music morphs, so you can hear new lines coming in and things dropping out.

“But we only rehearse for a couple of days before a tour, so it’s easy. It means I can keep writing instead of being locked in a room together three days a week. I’ve always preferred solitary writing, shutting your brain off from everything else.”

Tickets for Villagers at The Glee Club (June 1) are £8. For ticket details click here.

Becoming a Jackal is out now on Domino.

Watch the video for Becoming a Jackal by Villagers:


Villagers in Birmingham tonight

Rising Irish folk star Conor J O’Brien will return to The Glee Club in Birmingham tonight (TUE) under his guise of Villagers.

Conor, who supported Fyfe Dangerfield at the same venue in January, will be backed by a full band as part of a nationwide tour to support the release of excellent debut album Becoming a Jackal, out on Domino Records last week.

He has already attracted acclaim though an appearance on Jools Holland as well as opening for the likes of Neil Young, Tracy Chapman, Wild Beasts, Cass McCombs, Bell X1 and Tindersticks.

Tonight’s show will give fans a chance to see Villagers’ distinctive blend of strained emotion, captivating melodies and beautifully crafted narrative songs, with the full band backing promising to add a new element to the live shows – Conor played all the instruments and wrote all the songs himself on Becoming a Jackal.

“They [the band] are central to all this,” said the Dubliner.

“When we rehearse, my little dictatorial act is over and they find their own way of playing it.

“The shows are one of most exciting things for me as the music morphs, so you can hear new lines coming in and things dropping out.

“But we only rehearse for a couple of days before a tour, so it’s easy. It means I can keep writing instead of being locked in a room together three days a week. I’ve always preferred solitary writing, shutting your brain off from everything else.”

Tickets for Villagers at The Glee Club (June 1) are £8. For ticket details click here.

Becoming a Jackal is out now on Domino.

Watch the video for Becoming a Jackal by Villagers:


Villagers in Birmingham tonight

Rising Irish folk star Conor J O’Brien will return to The Glee Club in Birmingham tonight (TUE) under his guise of Villagers.

Conor, who supported Fyfe Dangerfield at the same venue in January, will be backed by a full band as part of a nationwide tour to support the release of excellent debut album Becoming a Jackal, out on Domino Records last week.

He has already attracted acclaim though an appearance on Jools Holland as well as opening for the likes of Neil Young, Tracy Chapman, Wild Beasts, Cass McCombs, Bell X1 and Tindersticks.

Tonight’s show will give fans a chance to see Villagers’ distinctive blend of strained emotion, captivating melodies and beautifully crafted narrative songs, with the full band backing promising to add a new element to the live shows – Conor played all the instruments and wrote all the songs himself on Becoming a Jackal.

“They [the band] are central to all this,” said the Dubliner.

“When we rehearse, my little dictatorial act is over and they find their own way of playing it.

“The shows are one of most exciting things for me as the music morphs, so you can hear new lines coming in and things dropping out.

“But we only rehearse for a couple of days before a tour, so it’s easy. It means I can keep writing instead of being locked in a room together three days a week. I’ve always preferred solitary writing, shutting your brain off from everything else.”

Tickets for Villagers at The Glee Club (June 1) are £8. For ticket details click here.

Becoming a Jackal is out now on Domino.

Watch the video for Becoming a Jackal by Villagers:


Villagers in Birmingham tonight

Rising Irish folk star Conor J O’Brien will return to The Glee Club in Birmingham tonight (TUE) under his guise of Villagers.

Conor, who supported Fyfe Dangerfield at the same venue in January, will be backed by a full band as part of a nationwide tour to support the release of excellent debut album Becoming a Jackal, out on Domino Records last week.

He has already attracted acclaim though an appearance on Jools Holland as well as opening for the likes of Neil Young, Tracy Chapman, Wild Beasts, Cass McCombs, Bell X1 and Tindersticks.

Tonight’s show will give fans a chance to see Villagers’ distinctive blend of strained emotion, captivating melodies and beautifully crafted narrative songs, with the full band backing promising to add a new element to the live shows – Conor played all the instruments and wrote all the songs himself on Becoming a Jackal.

“They [the band] are central to all this,” said the Dubliner.

“When we rehearse, my little dictatorial act is over and they find their own way of playing it.

“The shows are one of most exciting things for me as the music morphs, so you can hear new lines coming in and things dropping out.

“But we only rehearse for a couple of days before a tour, so it’s easy. It means I can keep writing instead of being locked in a room together three days a week. I’ve always preferred solitary writing, shutting your brain off from everything else.”

Tickets for Villagers at The Glee Club (June 1) are £8. For ticket details click here.

Becoming a Jackal is out now on Domino.

Watch the video for Becoming a Jackal by Villagers:


June issue online now!

Get a sneaky peek at the June issue of Brum Notes Magazine, online now, your monthly guide to music and lifestyle from the heart of the country.

This month, we chat to Foals about the trials and tribulations of making one of the albums of the year. Plus, we talk tattoos with New Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem and find out about indie popsters Delays‘ dreams of arm wrestling Craig David. Corrie star and BBC 6 Music DJ Craig Charles shares his love of soul and funk, while three familiar looking Birmingham bands spill the beans on their new projects.

And we’re getting into the spirit of a summer of football and festivals, with our alternative festival survival guide courtesy of bitter ol’ blogger Jeff Stuka as well as a look ahead to the best events coming to Birmingham, while there’s also our tips on the best places to watch the World Cup and a rundown of the unique beast that is the football pop song.

Add to that our usual mixture of news, reviews, cocktail recipes and the biggest and best gig guide around and there’s plenty to keep you entertained until the football starts.

Plus, if you’re feeling lucky and filled with dread at the idea of a month of the beautiful game, then we’re offering you the chance to win a £200 spa break escape for two or a night out with food and drinks at The Glee Club.

Enjoy and good luck!

Read the June issue here.

Don’t worry if you haven’t caught up on May yet, you can still read all our previous issues here.

May issue of Brum Notes Magazine out now

Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? You can almost smell summer and things are hotting up across the Midlands’ musical landscape.
Forget festival fever, there’s more going on this coming month than you can shake a muddy welly at and the May issue of Brum Notes Magazine is here to point you in the right direction…
As always, you’ll find many of the hottest acts visiting Birmingham and beyond this month stopping off first in the pages of Brum Notes on the way.
Of course you can find your own completely free copy in the finest bars, clubs, venues, shops, galleries and endless other places across the West Midlands. But if you’ve not been lucky enough to furnish yourself with a physical issue then you can read up online here.
Put a spring in your step with our guide to the most heart-warmingly original alternative folk acts around from our own fine city and futher afield, with the likes of Oxford’s Stornoway, Brighton trio Peggy Sue, Dubliner songsmith Villagers and Brum’s own Shady Bard, Malpas and Boat to Row.
Plus we get deep down and grimey with pop’s hottest hipster Tinie Tempah, while uber-cool Philly hip hip duo Chiddy Bang shake things up. Britpop survivors The Bluetones prove there’s life in the old dogs yet while guitar music’s torch-bearers The Futureheads get all political on yo ass.
As if that wasn’t enough, you can feast your eyes on where to treat your ears with our comprehensive gig guide, plus the usual mixture of news, reviews and previews.
May you enjoy it. See what we did there? ‘May’…Err, sorry. Read it anyway though.
www.brumnotes.com/magazine