The Nightingales & Christy & Emily at Actress and Bishop on Saturday

July 27, 2007

The Nightingales, Saturday 28 July BIRMINGHAM, Actress & Bishop, 36 Ludgate Hill
9.00pm, £5 adv, £6 door

Starting on Thursday 26 July the group will undertake a short European tour with special guests from NYC Christy & Emily, plus on selected dates, the fantastic Violet Violet. The tour will finish with a return visit to the Klangbad Festival in Scheer, Germany at the invitation of Joachim Irmler of legendary krautrockers Faust. [Read more]

The Music Network, Birmingham

July 26, 2007

Music Networking Meeting at UCE Technology and Innovation Centre, Birmingham

Date: Thursday July 26, 2007
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
This event repeats every month on the last Thursday of each month.
Location: UCE Birmingham Technology Innovation Centre

The Music Network organises a NETWORKING EVENT on the last **Thursday** of each month, 4-6pm at UCE Birmingham Technology and Innovation Centre, Millennium Point, Birmingham(directions tel: 08712 262725)

The meeting is open to all involved in Birmingham Music who wish to network. [Read more]

Dufus European Tour dates planned October / November 2007

July 24, 2007

DUFUS are planning yet another EUROPEAN TOUR OCT/NOV/DEC 2007
Electronic Press Kit here:

To support the band’s 10th album Dufus: The Last Classed Blast (Iron Man Records) and the recent re-issue of Dufus – Neuborns (Iron Man Records) and also a brand new self released album Dufus – Legend of Walnut a collection of unreleased studio and live tracks, a whole bunch of goodies from 2001-2007 and several other new releases on the way. If you would like to have the band perform, please contact Dufus at this address: [Read more]

Eastfield Gig dates

July 24, 2007

Here’s a message from Jessi Eastfield:

Double trouble this month…well, you had a rest from us during July while the skate park lost it’s music license (the gig there on 27 July is not happening now). Don’t let the influx of the yuppie disease get it’s way..the Spotted Dog is under threat…petition attached for those who do such things.
meanwhile we can be found at….

Sunday 5 August 2007 – BIRMINGHAM Flapper and Firkin
Kingston Row
Contempt, Noctophyle, Eastfield and Dik Guru
7-11pm. £3

Thursday 9 August 2007 – BIRMINGHAM Market tavern
Moseley Street, Digbeth
Greenland Whalefishers, Eastfield, Mapatazi Bob, Dik Guru and Ram-Man
8pm start. £4 [Read more]

Dufus: The Last Classed Blast CD reviews

July 23, 2007

“An incredible record which wears off-kilter, experimental song structures like a gleaming new suit” – Mary Boyd, National Student Newspaper

“Songs like the cut-up Dawn Crusade and the interestingly titled Nenglich Phlarloosely keep the freak flag flying” – Subba Culture

“A weird mix of folk, Beefheart and Zappa style avant-nuttiness” – Mark Rowland Penny Black Music

“It’s dark, carnivale and a very special record” – Skif, Vanity Project Review

“Leading lights of anti-folk deliver more utterly bonkers songs” – Subba Culture [Read more]

Dufus – The Last Classed Blast CD

July 23, 2007

Released Monday 16th October 2006 by Iron Man records
distributed by Code 7 via Plastic Head Distribution. Buy it HERE

Dufus - The Last Classed Blast


Dufus are from Ithaca, New York, and are widely respected as possibly one of the most prolific, original and influential bands to emerge from the chaotic mash of the Anti-Folk and Experimental Acoustic/Rock genre in the last ten years. Dufus released their 10th album “The Last Classed Blast” on Monday 16th October on Iron Man Records, distributed by Code 7 via Plastic Head Distribution. Dufus will be touring extensively across Europe from October to December 2007 with the full band line-up to promote the new album. [Read more]

The Nightingales Tour dates 2007 updated

July 23, 2007

THE NIGHTINGALES + special guests from New York CHRISTY & EMILY*


Thursday 26 July COVENTRY, Taylor John’s House, Coal Vaults, Canal Basin
+ Ana Egge
8.00pm, £6 adv, £7 door

Friday 27 July LEICESTER, Firebug Bar, 1 Millstone Lane
+ Not In This Town
8.00pm, £7 adv

Saturday 28 July BIRMINGHAM, Actress & Bishop, 36 Ludgate Hill
9.00pm, £5 adv, £6 door

Sunday 29 July LONDON, The Luminaire, 311 High Road, Kilburn
+ VIOLET VIOLET + Spinmaster Plantpot
7.30pm, £6 adv, £7 door

Monday 30 July BRIGHTON, Prince Albert, 48 Trafalgar Street
7.30pm, £6 adv, £7 door

[Read more]

P.A.I.N – OH MY GOD…Review

July 22, 2007

P.A.I.N -‘OH MY GOD! WE’RE DOING IT’ CD Buy it here
This is a re-release of P.A.I.N.’S (Propaganda and Information Network) debut record from a decade ago. Through raw dub, reggae and punk rock P.A.I.N. challenge inconsistent politics and attack and question through intelligent and bright lyrics:

“So many thousands across the country with nowhere to go at night, so they take over empty derelict houses to call their own and try to put right, can’t you see that squatting is not a moral wrong it’s a cry for help from those in need, anxious for a roof over their head when the council are deaf to their pleas”.

[Read more]

Support Local Music Events and those who sweat blood to make them happen or else

July 22, 2007


Musoplex Birmingham plug in to Kerrang TV & Radio

July 19, 2007

You may be wondering what ever happened to Framework Studios. Well, Framework has moved and mutated. It is now part of Musoplex and is bigger, better equipped and ready to cause chaos. Andy and Si who run the place asked me to pass this information on to you.

Opened in May 2007, Musoplex is an exciting new West Midlands-based venture created by specialists from several music and multimedia backgrounds and placed handily just minutes from Junction 2 of the M5.

The team is:

Si Reeves – record producer and engineer (from Napalm Death to PJ Harvey)
Pete Rhead – videographer (now supplying video work to Kerrang!)
David Rann – photographer and photography teacher
Dale Perry – promoter and co-founder of the Acoustic Society
Andy Ward – live engineering and recording

Kitted out over 2,500 square feet, Musoplex offers a professional music and multimedia playground, with facilities for record label/independent recording, video-making and photography, as well as rehearsal rooms, green screen and space for PAs/promotion, teaching and schools liaison.

[Read more]

A.O.S.3 on Tour 2007 and at ramming Speed

July 18, 2007

Here’s a few words from John AOS3 I’m passing on:

“ok, hi there, AOS3 in effect, and now blooded with the claret of a first gig. It is great to be playing the songs again, and lovely that some folk remember and still like the stuff we play. Thanx from the bottom of our heart to everyone who made the trip up or down to Birmingham….we have plans now to tour with Citizen Fish in July around the UK, a small festival near Bath in August…And a plot to tour about Europe (actually probably just Belgium and Holland!) in late October….and maybe pop over to Ireland early next year….if you would like to see us near you, get in touch! Many thanks to Frank and Xena, and also to Fleece and Sandra for all their support.

Here are the Fish tour dates…we don’t play at them all, and play Eastern Haze Festival on Saturday 21st WITHOUT Citizen Fish. Confused?? Then all is as it should be!!


19 Leeds Rios Citizen Fish+AOS3
20 Leicester The Shed Citizen Fish+AOS3
21 Weston-Super-Mare Hobbits
22 London Camden Underground Citizen Fish+AOS3 


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The Nightingales / Christy & Emily Summer 2007 Tour

July 18, 2007


COVENTRY, TAYLOR JOHN’S HOUSE, Coal Vaults, Canal Basin, CV1 4LY
w/ Ana Egge
doors: 8.00

LEICESTER, FIREBUG BAR, 1 Millstone Lane, LE1 5JN / (Kat) 0116 2551228
w/ Not In This Town
Promoter: John Roberts
doors: 8.00

Promoter: Scott
doors: 9.00

LONDON, THE LUMINAIRE, 311 High Road, Kilburn, NW6 7JR 020 73727123
w/ VIOLET VIOLET + Spinmaster Plantpot
doors: 7.30

BRIGHTON, PRINCE ALBERT, 48 Trafalgar Street, BN1 4ED 01273 730499
6.00 doors [Read more]