Gig: KOYO at The Sunflower Lounge
KOYO are an incredible band, drawing on a raft of influences such as Ozric Tentacles, Velvet Underground and My Bloody Valentine they engineer beautiful sonic soundscapes laced with inventive electronics and a gentle touch of out there hippyness, like Hawkwind with knobs on. Best experienced live when trippy visuals add a whole other dreamy layer to their spaced out musical barrage.
Thu 12 Apr 7.30pm at Sunflower Lounge, 76 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham B5 4EG www.ticketweb.uk
Club: Count Skylarkin at The Dark Horse
Possibly the country’s most sartorially clued up DJ and Garden Shed innovator, Count Skylarkin, will be bringing pure vinyl dancehall joy as smart as his suits to Moseley’s weekly dip into the reggae vaults at Jam Jah tonight. “The king of run and bass” knows how to get any room moving, what a glorious way to start the week.
Mon 9 Apr 9pm at The Dark Horse, 145 Alcester Rd, Birmingham B13 8JP www.darkhorsemoseley.co.uk
Gig: Cruelty, Frantic State, No More Pain at Subside
More free lead heavy noise down at Subside thanks to Surprise You’re Dead promoters with an exclusive Midlands lineup this time round. Birmingham’s own skull crushing hardcore monsters Cruelty bring dark hardcore riffs in the vein of Obituary and Entombed for their first headline show with local metal newbies No More Pain and Leicester’s raging Frantic State in support.
Tue 10 Apr 7pm at Subside, 57 Digbeth, Birmingham B5 6DA www.facebook.com
Comedy: Roger Monkhouse at Patrick Kavanagh
A prolific writer for a raft of familiar shows including 8 out of 10 Cats, Monkhouse (no relation before you ask) is never short of new material which is delivered in a genially laconic haze belying the restless stage prowling for which he is renown. Just when an audience is at its most relaxed Roger lets rip a killer routine, he is sharp, cute and challenging, but most importantly very funny.
Wed 11 Apr 8pm at Patrick Kavanagh 142 Trafalgar Rd, Birmingham B13 8BX weebly.com
Film: The Gold Diggers (dir: Sally Potter, 1983, cert n/a) + discussion and Real Junk Food Project dining
One of the most important entries in the canon of feminist cinema is Sally Potter’s debut feature The Gold Diggers. Completed with an all female crew and featuring incredible cinematography alongside a compelling score, the film stars Julie Christie as a bank clerk who becomes obsessed with the intersection of power and gold. Experimental, some might say difficult, it’s a seminal work that demands to be experienced. There’s also a really cool extended tap dancing sequence. The screening will be followed by a discussion, with ‘pay what you can’ food available from the Real Junk Food Project.
Thu 12 Apr 7pm at Cafe Ort, 500-504 Moseley Rd, Birmingham B12 9AH ortcafe.co.uk
Comedy: Karl Adams at Patrick Kavanagh
This should be a fascinating mash up of comedy stylings with the improv masters from The Bunkum Factory getting inside the head of unpredictable comic Karl Adams, a self confessed ‘big idiot wiv no sense’, and creating an entirely new show from his thoughts.
Thu 12 Apr 7.30pm at Patrick Kavanagh 142 Trafalgar Rd, Birmingham B13 8BX www.fatpenguinimprov.com
Club: Love is The Message at The Dark Horse
The disco balls will be spinning at maximum nostalgia overload this weekend as two of Birmingham’s most renowned DJs, Sam Redmore and Bootsy, take revellers back to the heady days of the slick and sleazy 1970s New York clubbing scene. The Loft and Paradise Garage re-lived upstairs at The Dark Horse, Moseley. What more could you want?
Fri 13 Apr 9pm at The Dark Horse, 145 Alcester Rd, Birmingham B13 8JP www.darkhorsemoseley.co.uk
Published on: Thu 8 Mar 2018