Chuck Prophet | Tu 25 Jul | Hare & Hounds | £17.50
A veteran of Western Americana, Chuck Prophet’s latest album ‘Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins’ is rockabilly to its core; the 53-year-old songwriter isn’t giving up his slide guitar and harmonica any time soon. But his finely-honed ‘California noir’ storytelling puts him in the ring with the likes of Neil Young and Tom Petty, still remarkably consistent after 25 years.

Taffy | Thu 27 Jul | Hare & Hounds | £5.50
Tokyo band and avid 90s revivalists Taffy are in love with the famous C86 era of indie: their melodies drift and dip like Talulah Gosh, their guitars chime like early Blur; and then they shovel layer after layer of My Bloody Valentine-esque jetplane drone on top of everything. This year’s ‘Nyctophilia’ is like watching a gig from the other end of a wind tunnel, while singer Iris whispers directly into your ear.

MeMe Detroit | Fri 28 Jul | Actress & Bishop | £6
New single ‘How She Runs’ is a left-turn for Birmingham indie-grunge songstress MeMe Detroit. While last year’s debut album channeled PJ Harvey and fellow Brummie Carina Round into stormy indie territory, ‘How She Runs’ features a chest-thumping melody over a Horrors-like melding of 80s synths and overdriven guitar: all of which suggests Ms. Detroit has a lot more to show us yet.

Palestine Jazz | Fri 28 Jul | Town Hall | £12.50
Birmingham Town Hall presents a truly unique jazz experience in two parts: singer, composer and flautist Nai Barghouti performs ‘Moments’, a specially curated cycle featuring well-known Palestinian and Arabic songs, accompanied by some of the most inspiring young performers in Palestine today; then Mohamed Najem & Friends perform the intoxicating blend of Arabic music and jazz that has gathered them praise throughout Europe. We guarantee you won’t see anything else quite like this.

Star-Shaped Festival | Sat 29 Jul | O2 Institute | £41.50
In the mad (and cocaine-fuelled) days of the 90s, a great number of oddball indie bands knocked out unexpected hits before getting thrown under the wheels of A&R men looking for their next Britpop success story. Even more unexpected, though, is this mini-festival of Britpop’s overlooked backbenchers, with the Bluetones, Sleeper, Space and more reuiniting under one roof for a short run of shows – also including a stripped-back, acoustic reincarnation of the Breeders-esque rockers, Salad. Expect a back-to-back nostalgia-triggering trip.

Mon 24 Jul - Sun 30 Jul
Chris Donald - Gigs Editor
Published on:
Mon 3 Jul 2017