Nap Eyes There is a short change over time before Nap Eyes take to the stage. I was fortunate enough to catch the Nova Scotian quartet at last year’s Moseley Folk Festival which led me to seek them out on their return to King's Heath. They open up the set with Judgement taken from the latest album, I’m Bad Now, with their usual laid back ease and understated approach to music making.


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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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Shonen Knife On Sunday night I was pulled back in time, up into space, and transformed into an Osaka Ramone. Didn’t you go? Are you jealous? You should be! All three acts were excellent. They followed one another beautifully, but were diverse enough to give three wildly different experiences.


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Sunflower Bean Bizarrely, I’d never been instructed to ‘step into the room on the right’ whilst attending any one of a number of gigs at the Hare & Hounds in King's Heath, but I was on this night. The fact that it’s twice the size of the other room is testament to the sudden popularity of New York’s newest rock trio, Sunflower Bean.


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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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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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