Jesca Hoop Tonight we take a trip to the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath, Birmingham to see songstress Jesca Hoop supported by Lucas Oswald.


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Charlotte Carpenter The two support slots set up the headliner nicely and Charlotte Carpenter takes to stage initially in a trio backed by guitar and drums. "Woes" from the October 2014 released EP "Take It All" kicks of the headliner's set in soft yet enchanting style.


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Roland Gift So way back in the 80’s, as one classic Brum band ‘dissolved’ another one was born. This new band did rather well,  worldwide success, and a couple of platinum albums beckoned before they too went their separate ways. But no matter, as tonight, in an exclusively snug venue, their lead singer plays in his own right, playing the old and new - it is the immense vocal talent of Roland Gift, of Fine Young Cannibals fame.


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Kiran Leonard I came to Kiran Leonard via hearing him on Marc Riley’s excellent Radio 6 programme. It’s always good to catch new talent when it’s fresh and before it becomes famous. I wish I had a better track record in this respect, because the only famous band I’ve genuinely managed to catch in its true infancy (nappy stage) was the Human League. And that was a long time ago.


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Temples Tonight at King’s Heath’s Hare and Hounds, we’re treated to the music of two up-and-coming, but contrasting, bands, Temples and Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs. Both draw various musical and fashion influences from past eras, including the psychedelic 1960s and the glam and new wave music of the 1970s.


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Alternative Dubstep Orchestra ADO (Alternative Dubstep Orchestra) took to the stage for a gig on home turf last Friday night like a force of nature, opening with a Specials cover that quite literally had the room rattling with bass and vibrating with heavy electric guitar. This is the next generation of dubstep according to Juno Records and from the word go ADO stated their mission... to quite simply get the room and everyone in it to wobble like jelly.


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Alternative Dubstep Orchestra ADO (Alternative Dubstep Orchestra) took to the stage for a gig on home turf last Friday night like a force of nature, opening with a Specials cover that quite literally had the room rattling with bass and vibrating with heavy electric guitar. This is the next generation of dubstep according to Juno Records and from the word go ADO stated their mission... to quite simply get the room and everyone in it to wobble like jelly.


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The Travelling Band For one moment we shivered in anticipation of Spinal Tap schadenfreude as The Travelling Band stacked the stage with racks of back-up guitars and rock-tech paraphernalia - turns out they put it all to great effect. (My son tells me we saw this lot at Greenman Festival but I was distracted by the beckoning songs of the 8% scrumpy Sirens... rock n' roll!)


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Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan Stories of sumptuous Maharajahs, simple village life, the aromatic spice-trains of richly dressed camels, heroic romances and the diaspora of the Dhoad Gypsies to Spain were told through traditional songs set against a background of tablas, dhol, harmonium and the captivating precursors of the Flamenco castanets. The call and response instrumental/vocal dialogues were dazzlingly intricate and witty.


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Esben and the Witch Two years to the week since Esben And The Witch last flew their broomstick spells over a capacity full Hare. Not quite so tonight in the snug room though none the less warmly welcomed for that. And, today's confirmation of a Greenman Festival debut must've certainly warmed their collective cockles further.


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Molotov Jukebox Samba-Swing, hug-a-Dub magpie musical Fusionistas, Molotov Jukebox, seemed to attract a number of not-so-closet Harry Pot-Heads tonight. Wonder why! And, worrying really, door-admission being 18+ as it was - how did they get in? Perhaps there was a Nymphadora Tonks aka Natalia Tena angle to it? Admittedly, seeing her writhe and squeeze-box strut about the stage - all sort of angles readily come to mind.


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Molotov Jukebox Samba-Swing, hug-a-Dub magpie musical Fusionistas, Molotov Jukebox, seemed to attract a number of not-so-closet Harry Pot-Heads tonight. Wonder why! And, worrying really, door-admission being 18+ as it was - how did they get in? Perhaps there was a Nymphadora Tonks aka Natalia Tena angle to it? Admittedly, seeing her writhe and squeeze-box strut about the stage - all sort of angles readily come to mind.


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The Dirty Old Folkers Bain of the bankers' bloated bonus, no succor to the politicians' humbug, the pioneers of alt.punk 'Inappropriate Folk', The Dirty Old Folkers, celebrated their fifth year of Yuletide mayhem with a singularly alternative interpretation of the evergreen childrens' pantomime favourite, Dick Whittington - the dramatic conceit being predicated, presumably, on the childish audience comprising mostly of The Midwich Cuckoos. (And, that might explain the Boris Johnson platinum wigs later on!).


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Toyah Willcox After her rainy day ramble down nostalgia lane to receive her Kings Heath Walk Of Fame badge of honour earlier today at The Hare, Toyah Willcox got down to the serious business of reminding us just how and why her Princess of Post-Punk/Goth-lite song-writing and stage theatrics undoubtedly caught the 80s zeitgeist.


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