Lemuria | Mon 10 Jul | Sunflower Lounge | £12.10
Barnacle-tight New York trio Lemuria are one of the latest in the East Coast’s fine lineage of DIY post-hardcore bands: they’re full of twists and turns like Medications, mid-tempo melancholia like Jawbox, and the raw vocal delivery of Hop Along. The band are touring in support of the ten year anniversary (and reissue) of their debut album, ‘Get Better’ – a loveable, angular mess of heartfelt emo-punk. seetickets.com
Martin Stephenson | Tue 11 Jul | Kitchen Garden Café | £12.50
30 years after the release of Martin Stephenson & the Daintees’ highly acclaimed ‘Boat to Bolivia’ LP, Mr. Stephenson is touring his rootsy rock anthems around the UK in a series of special, solo shows. See our full preview here.
Kevin Devine | Wed 12 Jul | Sunflower Lounge | £9.90
Introspective indie-rock maestro Kevin Devine hits the Sunflower Lounge in support of last year’s ‘Instigator’ LP, a collection of pop-rock anthems that charge like Jimmy Eat World one moment, then turn to an easygoing Simon & Garfunkel breeze the next. Fans who’ve given up on waiting for another Brand New album might find the right antidote in Devine’s wordy, chameleonic jams. seetickets.com
Hoopla Blue | Sat 15 Jul | Dark Horse | FREE
Indie futurists, and Brum’s answer to the baroque harmonies and twisting structures of Grizzly Bear or Adult Jazz: Hoopla Blue are the second city’s hot ticket for enveloping, confounding guitar pop. Catch them at Moseley’s Dark Horse – for free, no less – and catch a taste of last year’s outstanding ‘Itch Be Still’ EP.
Juice Aleem | Sat 15 Jul | Wagon & Horses | £5
A collaboration of sound and light between local hip-hop prophet Juice Aleem and Brum-born illustrator Will Barras, this live exhibit looks like an afrofuturist banquet to overload all the senses. With Juice Aleem’s hotly-anticipated sophomore album Voodu StarChild due later this year, this is a perfect opportunity to see one of the UK’s finest underground MCs in his deeply-strange element – with plenty of other outstanding collaborators on hand too. More information here.
Published on: Sun 2 Jul 2017