Isaac Gracie The Hare & Hounds in King's Heath Brummieland is always a treat to visit. None more so than on this Autumnal night to see a certain Mr Isaac Gracie.


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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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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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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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Cate Le Bon Three albums on, and despite work with the likes of Neon Neon (Gruff Rhys) and Manic Street Preachers, Cate Le Bon is still, alas, a well kept secret, but for how long? Fortunately for us punters in the meantime, this means that we can still get to see her perform in small and intimate venues like The Hare and Hounds.


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Cate Le Bon Three albums on, and despite work with the likes of Neon Neon (Gruff Rhys) and Manic Street Preachers, Cate Le Bon is still, alas, a well kept secret, but for how long? Fortunately for us punters in the meantime, this means that we can still get to see her perform in small and intimate venues like The Hare and Hounds.


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Connan Mockasin Time then for Mr Mockasin, this evening bedecked in white trousers, a white silk blouse top, black leather jacket and what looked suspiciously like his granny's sun hat. Proof that you can sometimes judge a book by its cover Connan’s music is a similar mix of the masculine and feminine, blending woozy psychouts with a vocal that’s occasionally so high pitched only dogs and particularly attentive teens can hear it. Swigging from a bottle of wine (naturally) throughout the gig the set’s relatively short on tracks but given that some of them stretch out languidly to 10 minutes or more that’s no real surprise.


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Connan Mockasin Time then for Mr Mockasin, this evening bedecked in white trousers, a white silk blouse top, black leather jacket and what looked suspiciously like his granny's sun hat. Proof that you can sometimes judge a book by its cover Connan’s music is a similar mix of the masculine and feminine, blending woozy psychouts with a vocal that’s occasionally so high pitched only dogs and particularly attentive teens can hear it. Swigging from a bottle of wine (naturally) throughout the gig the set’s relatively short on tracks but given that some of them stretch out languidly to 10 minutes or more that’s no real surprise.


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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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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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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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