The Aces After recently coming off tour with 5 Seconds of Summer, tonight, The Aces embark on their very first headline tour of the EU/UK. Bringing their first sold out UK date to the Hare & Hounds in Birmingham. For those of you who don’t know The Aces, they are made up of sisters Cristal (lead vocals/guitar) and Alisa Ramirez (drummer) along with Guitarist Katie Henderson and Bassist McKenna Petty.


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Kioko If you’re reading this it’s safe to assume that you love music, and hopefully you hate racism. If that’s the case, check out Love Music, Hate Racism! They were founded in 2002 during a time of increasing prejudice (remember that time the BNP started to gain support? *Shudder*). They’ve been peacefully campaigning for equality across all ethnic groups ever since, using gigs that celebrate love and acceptance.


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Shame I have a lot of feelings about this gig, so this review might get intense. If so, it will only be an accurate reflection of the show itself. As always, I’ll try to make you feel as though you were there, but I don’t know whether I’ll be able to do justice to the savagery and thrill of the evening. Bear with me and I’ll try my best!


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Rews It may have been a schoolnight, but that didn’t stop the gig junkies of Birmingham turning out in force for an evening of heavy happiness. This show was sold out in advance, and was Rews’ second sold out show in Brum. Take that as prior warning for next time! Their popularity is unsurprising. It’s difficult to pass up the opportunity of seeing a rising rocket so early in their career, and the incredible talent as support was a bonus!


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Rationale Arriving (slightly later than originally planned) at Birmingham’s Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath tonight is Tinashe Fazakerley, better known as Rationale, for his rescheduled date following cancellation of his (Birmingham and Brighton) October shows due to a chest infection. Tonight’s gig is the penultimate show of the tour, but the band will be out on the road again supporting Rag ’n’ Bone Man on his UK tour within a couple of weeks.


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Albert Hammond Jr t’s becoming a regular treat to see musical heroes and icons playing at my local pub the Hare & Hounds. The venue has gone from strength to strength over the past ten years producing a wide and varied music programme to suit all adult tastes. It makes sense then that Albert Hammond Jr, guitarist of THE coolest band of the past 20 years, The Strokes, would make a stop here on his solo headline tour.


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Interview with Har Mar Superstar Gig Junkies’ very own Lee and Adrienne had the pleasure of a pre-show natter with Har Mar Superstar (aka Sean Tillmann). Tillmann is currently touring extensively to support his strongest record yet, Bye Bye 17.


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Erica Nockalls So for the first time in years the British summer has actually appeared and we’re all drooping in heat that would be great if you were on holibobs - maybe not so great if you have to work! Tonight we’re at the indie venue in Brum with a legendary status, the Hare & Hounds in King's Heath, to see a ‘family affair’ - interlinking artistes - who do more than just play music. Predicting the room would be hot and stuffy - we’re wrong! Tonight’s air con is hugely efficient; it’s cooler inside than out.


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Erica Nockalls So for the first time in years the British summer has actually appeared and we’re all drooping in heat that would be great if you were on holibobs - maybe not so great if you have to work! Tonight we’re at the indie venue in Brum with a legendary status, the Hare & Hounds in King's Heath, to see a ‘family affair’ - interlinking artistes - who do more than just play music. Predicting the room would be hot and stuffy - we’re wrong! Tonight’s air con is hugely efficient; it’s cooler inside than out.


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Lindi Ortega ‘Ruby-lipped, raven-haired beauty Lindi Ortega pulls on her bright red cowboy boots once again for a European jaunt..’ So froths the PR copy along with a red-booted photo of Ms Ortega giving the camera some leggy smolder in a ubiquitous US pick-up truck. Interesting, isn’t it, that you’ll not often find male artist’s opus predicated by their looks? Ah...One Direction... (Need to think this one through...


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Lindi Ortega ‘Ruby-lipped, raven-haired beauty Lindi Ortega pulls on her bright red cowboy boots once again for a European jaunt..’ So froths the PR copy along with a red-booted photo of Ms Ortega giving the camera some leggy smolder in a ubiquitous US pick-up truck. Interesting, isn’t it, that you’ll not often find male artist’s opus predicated by their looks? Ah...One Direction... (Need to think this one through...


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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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Cate Le Bon Essentially you have to think Fairport Convention meets The Cowboy Junkies and Jefferson Airplane with Blue Cheer providing the chemical hospitality. Call it retro existential cosmetic angst if you will. Cate Le Bon, on electric guitar/vocals, sports a Mary Quant iconic 60s black hair bob and swirly black cloak. The discordant, jangling, vibrato keyboards evoking Country Joe & The Fish circa 1970. Her dreamy beat-pop and precise vocal articulation was a canny, decoy ruse of Welsh wizardry because suddenly the band unleashed a chaotic, septic wasps’ nest of psychedelic guitar riff mayhem. Wonderful.


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