On Wednesday (13), Birmingham Promoters bring folk quintet Skinny Lister to the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath. Drawing comparisons from The Pogues to Flogging Molly, Skinny Lister were crowned the ‘Hardest Working Band in the UK’ by PRS in 2011 due to their relentless touring and work ethic. Be sure to catch them with The Dirty Old Folkers and Mile Wide Stride when they make their way to Birmingham – get your tickets, priced at £7 advance, here.
Thursday (14) sees notorious nude Har Mar Superstar (pictured right) return to Birmingham with his fifth LP, Bye Bye 17. A complete performer with an extensive back catalogue and an unmissable live show, he’s supported by the R&B and gospel inspired Lizzo and local funk and soul four-piece Racing. Make your way to the Hare & Hounds for this one and purchase your tickets, priced at £12, in advance from the Birmingham Promoters website.
Portland-based M83 and Beach House-influenced STRFKR are also live at The Sunflower Lounge with help from local electro indie pop five-piece Eat Y’Self Pretty (tickets £6 advance, available here) and Southend sun-drenched shoegaze trio Skinny Dream play with Silhouettes, Jubilee Courts and the wonderfully upcoming, Noir. Head to the Actress and Bishop and pay £5 for your entry to this one, further details of which can be found over on the Facebook Event.
Alternatively, Cheltenham six-piece Young Kato bring their pop hook laden live set to The Institute with support from Propellers and Club Phobia (tickets £8 advance, available here) or Revolver, The Exploding Sound Machine, The Mad Geese, Jump The Shark and Pretty Selective are all live at The Rainbow for the price of a fiver advance – find out more about that one here.
For your acoustic fix, head to The Glee Club where (Everything But The Girl songwriter) Ben Watt plays a live set of original material. This one is completely sold out, but if you are in possession of a ticket then head over to the website to find out all you need to know about the eve.
Leftfoot and No Way Back present Horse Meat Disco at the Hare & Hounds for the price of £8 advance (more on the door, info here) and in the other room at the same venue there is a complete treat in store when This Is Tmrw hold their inaugural festival, All Years Leaving. A two day extravaganza of the best in upcoming local, national and even international talent, the Friday night will feature performances from the beautiful Hoopla Blue, Kins, Boat to Row, Frankie and the Heartstrings and Manchester experimental indie jazz five-piece, Dutch Uncles.
On the Saturday, there’s performances from Victories at Sea, Best Friends, Wide Eyed, His Clancyness, Sky Larkin, Distophia (who reform after 10 years for one show only) and Yuck. Day tickets for both Friday and Saturday are priced at £15 each and can be found along with information on all of the acts playing across the weekend over on the Facebook Event.
Elsewhere on Saturday (16), Cascades (who describe themselves as if The Libertines and The Wombats met Rudimental) play with Symphony State and The Mumblecores at The Sunflower Lounge (£5 on the door, info here) and Editors (right) play a homecoming show at the O2 Academy which is priced from £22.50 advance. Get hold of your tickets for that one here.
Alternatively, Northamptonshire electro pop four-piece Fenech-Soler play with a stellar lineup (New Young Pony Club and Duologue) at The Institute. Tickets for this are great value at just £12.50 advance for three great bands so make sure to pick them up in advance from The Institute website.
On Sunday (17) there’s the wonderful Sunday Social at The Yardbird which this week features performances from folk trio High Horses, the Jeff Buckley-inspired Nothing But Thieves, acoustic duo Tom and Josh, and seasoned singer/songwriter Bethan Marshall. As always the event is completely free – find out all you need to know here.
Alternatively, The Free Love Club Velvet Revolution featuring Tyler Bridgewater, Dave Shannon, The Sunset Limited, Railway Social Club, Emma-lee Shepherd and many more is at The Sun on the Hill (free entry, info here) and the Ed Sheeran-championed Luke Concannon (Nizlopi) and Jimmy Davis play a co-headline show at Glee Club – tickets for that are £7.50 and available here.
On Monday (18), NME-championed London four-piece Palma Violets play live at the Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton if you fancy a little trip out of the city. Support is to be announced so keep your eye on the website where you can also find tickets, priced at £12.10 advance.
Round off your week on Tuesday (19) with either electro hero Gary Numan at Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall (£30.25 advance, info here) or Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo live at Glee Club (£12, info here).
Whatever you do, have fun and find some new local music to fall in love with.