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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.
staging.brumnotes.com/magazine

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.
staging.brumnotes.com/magazine

Bombay Bicycle Club to release acoustic album

Frisky indie darlings Bombay Bicycle Club have revealed they are set to release an acoustic album.

Drummer Suren De Saram told Brum Notes Magazine the band are putting the finishing touches to the record which should be released by the summer.

The band are also planning to finish a second full studio album, the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2009 debut album I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose, by the end of the year, with recording due to start next month.

Read the full interview with the band on p10-11 of this month’s magazine, available online here.

Bombay Bicycle Club play at the O2 Academy in Birmingham on Thursday (February 11). Buy tickets here.

Brum’s Lasan wins The F Word

Birmingham restaurant Lasan has been picked by potty-mouthed chef Gordon Ramsay as the best local restaurant in the country.

The city centre Indian restaurant was named as the overall winner on the final of Channel 4 series The F Word, screened last night.

We’re not exactly short of somewhere to grab a decent curry here in the Midlands, but Lasan, based in James Street off St Paul’s Square, prides itself on its contemporary twists.

Brummie-born chef director Aktar Islam, who was ticked off for being a bit cocky in a pot-kettle-black moment by Mr Michelin star Ramsay, cried a bit, shouted at his head chef Aysan Sheikh as if he was a naughty child and grinned a lot en route to taking the title.

The pair cooked up a mouth-watering selection of three dishes for a room full of 50 food critics in last night’s televised final, toppling Cambridgeshire pub The Pheasant, scoring 70 out of 100 to The Pheasant’s 61.

Aktar and Aysan dished up tandoori style masala chicken and mint chutney for a starter and a main of masala beef with curried pumpkin, while their poorly-scoring and bizarre-sounding pastry parcels stuffed with carrot and served with ice cream did not stop them scooping the title.

Good luck getting a table in the next few weeks.

Brum's Lasan wins The F Word

Birmingham restaurant Lasan has been picked by potty-mouthed chef Gordon Ramsay as the best local restaurant in the country.

The city centre Indian restaurant was named as the overall winner on the final of Channel 4 series The F Word, screened last night.

We’re not exactly short of somewhere to grab a decent curry here in the Midlands, but Lasan, based in James Street off St Paul’s Square, prides itself on its contemporary twists.

Brummie-born chef director Aktar Islam, who was ticked off for being a bit cocky in a pot-kettle-black moment by Mr Michelin star Ramsay, cried a bit, shouted at his head chef Aysan Sheikh as if he was a naughty child and grinned a lot en route to taking the title.

The pair cooked up a mouth-watering selection of three dishes for a room full of 50 food critics in last night’s televised final, toppling Cambridgeshire pub The Pheasant, scoring 70 out of 100 to The Pheasant’s 61.

Aktar and Aysan dished up tandoori style masala chicken and mint chutney for a starter and a main of masala beef with curried pumpkin, while their poorly-scoring and bizarre-sounding pastry parcels stuffed with carrot and served with ice cream did not stop them scooping the title.

Good luck getting a table in the next few weeks.

Brum’s Lasan wins The F Word

Birmingham restaurant Lasan has been picked by potty-mouthed chef Gordon Ramsay as the best local restaurant in the country.

The city centre Indian restaurant was named as the overall winner on the final of Channel 4 series The F Word, screened last night.

We’re not exactly short of somewhere to grab a decent curry here in the Midlands, but Lasan, based in James Street off St Paul’s Square, prides itself on its contemporary twists.

Brummie-born chef director Aktar Islam, who was ticked off for being a bit cocky in a pot-kettle-black moment by Mr Michelin star Ramsay, cried a bit, shouted at his head chef Aysan Sheikh as if he was a naughty child and grinned a lot en route to taking the title.

The pair cooked up a mouth-watering selection of three dishes for a room full of 50 food critics in last night’s televised final, toppling Cambridgeshire pub The Pheasant, scoring 70 out of 100 to The Pheasant’s 61.

Aktar and Aysan dished up tandoori style masala chicken and mint chutney for a starter and a main of masala beef with curried pumpkin, while their poorly-scoring and bizarre-sounding pastry parcels stuffed with carrot and served with ice cream did not stop them scooping the title.

Good luck getting a table in the next few weeks.

Jedward to be the new Wossy?

Bookies are offering odds of 500/1 on Irish X Factor twins John and Edward replacing outgoing BBC presenter Jonathan Ross.

The controversial chat show host has quit the Beeb after 13 years, leading to a flurry of speculation on his next move and who will fill his expensive boots.

Bookmakers Paddy Power are offering 4/6 that ‘Wossy,’ who insisted his decision not to open contract re-negotiations with the BBC was “not financially motivated,” will switch to ITV, 9/4 he lands his own chat show at Channel 4, 4/1 he plumps for Sky and an unlikely 8/1 he next hosts a programme for Channel 5.
A flutter on a trans-Atlantic trip for an Oprah-rivaling US chat show will get you 6/1.

Irish comedian Graham Norton is being hotly tipped at 1/5 to replace Ross on his Friday night show, while film critic Mark Kermode is the red-hot favourite at 1/3 to take over the Film review series.

Loveable rogues/despised laughing stock (delete as appropriate) John and Edward, Jedward if you will, are a longer shot at 500/1 to replace Ross, with other unlikely shouts including Terry Wogan at 25/1 and Holly Willoughby at 33/1 while unfunny, floppy-haired fop Michael McIntyre is a flattering 10/1.

Ross’s much-talked £16.9m contract expires in July bringing the curtain down on his Saturday Radio 2 slot, Film review programme and Friday night chatshow.

The star said: “I think it’s not a bad time for me to move on. It’s possibly not a bad time for them either.”

Jedward – replacement for Jonathan Ross? No, basically.

Hometown show for reggae collective

Reggae collective Xova will perform a headline show at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath, Birmingham, tonight (FRI 8).

The multi-cultural Birmingham band are made up with musicians behind renowned acts such as Pato Banton, Apache Indian and Musical Youth and last year released album The Pressures of Life, focusing on hard-hitting topics in an uplifting style.

Tickets are £3.

35 Seconds named best Birmingham band of the decade

Epic indie rockers 35 Seconds have been named as Birmingham’s best band of the past decade in an online poll.

After weeks of debating, blogging, tweeting, podcasting and other things ending in ‘ing’ instigated by The Blue Whale Blog, a comprehensive top 100 chart of the best bands to emerge from the Second City during the annoyingly named ‘noughties’ has now been compiled, featuring everyone from the likes of full blown rock superstars Editors to the lesser-known talent underpinning the Midlands music scene.

The now sadly-dormant 35 Seconds earned fans-a-plenty with their heartfelt, ethereal, soaring melodies, recording with the likes of Max Heyes (Doves, Primal Scream) along the way. They were renowned for their stellar live shows and pipped the likes of Sunset Cinema Club and Calories to top spot.

To see the top 10 see pages 6-7 of this month’s Brum Notes Magazine.

To view the countdown of the top 100 down to 11 check out the ever-excellent Blue Whale Blog.

Think there’s still more bands which merit a mention? Have your say here or here.

35 Seconds named best Birmingham band of the decade

Epic indie rockers 35 Seconds have been named as Birmingham’s best band of the past decade in an online poll.

After weeks of debating, blogging, tweeting, podcasting and other things ending in ‘ing’ instigated by The Blue Whale Blog, a comprehensive top 100 chart of the best bands to emerge from the Second City during the annoyingly named ‘noughties’ has now been compiled, featuring everyone from the likes of full blown rock superstars Editors to the lesser-known talent underpinning the Midlands music scene.

The now sadly-dormant 35 Seconds earned fans-a-plenty with their heartfelt, ethereal, soaring melodies, recording with the likes of Max Heyes (Doves, Primal Scream) along the way. They were renowned for their stellar live shows and pipped the likes of Sunset Cinema Club and Calories to top spot.

To see the top 10 see pages 6-7 of this month’s Brum Notes Magazine.

To view the countdown of the top 100 down to 11 check out the ever-excellent Blue Whale Blog.

Think there’s still more bands which merit a mention? Have your say here or here.