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Warwickshire What’s On: Mercury prize winner performs in Coventry next month

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Mercury Prize-winning percussionist, producer and composer TALVIN SINGH is heading to Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, on 14 February 2019.

Read the full story from the Warwickshire What’s On here.

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Warwick Courier: Kaiser Chiefs: Exclusive interview ahead of Warwick Castle show

You have to accept there will be ups and downs: left to right, Nick Peanut Baines, Simon Rix,Vijay Mistry, Andrew White and Ricky Wilson. Picture by Danny North

It’s July 2005, and the Kaiser Chiefs are playing to an estimated one million people in Philadelphia at a concert beamed to billions around the world.

Ten years later, the Kaiser Chiefs find themselves playing at dear old Warwick Castle. Yes, there will be thousands upon thousands there and yes, it’s hard to picture a more perfect summer setting. But to the uninformed viewer, it might seems something’s gone wrong for the biggest British indie-rock act of the century.

Read the full story from the Warwick Courier here.

Alternative indie extravaganza hits Zephyr Lounge in half term

A superb line up of music artists from across the county will be appearing at Leamington’s Zephyr Lounge on Wednesday 18 February, in what will be a big night for music in Coventry & Warwickshire.

Only Shadows Feb 2015Nuneaton’s Only Shadows, Leamington’s The Rushmore and Stratford’s Chasing Deer will join forces to provide an energy-packed night of alternative indie, with support from female Warwick-based DJ Keztrel.

Described as “one of the brightest hopes for UK guitar music” by Amazing Radio, headliners Only Shadows will bring their own brand alternative powerpop to Leamington, giving local fans a chance to see them in action before they go on a UK-wide tour in April supporting Young Kato, taking in dates from Nottingham to Southampton.

Citing influences including Editors, Arcade Fire and Placebo, the band have recently released new single ‘Our Sands’, which they’ll be performing live at the Zephyr Lounge.

The Rushmore Feb 2015Support comes from Leamington’s very own The Rushmore, whose energetic blend of indie rock is guaranteed to get the crowd moving. Signed to 4Real Records, the band have been described as “sounding bigger that Godzilla” by The Assembly in Leamington and they will soon be releasing their second album.

Chasing Deer Feb 2015Opening the night are Stratford’s Chasing Deer, kicking off the evening with some amazing acoustic pop rock. The young unsigned band performs a mix of cover songs and original music, and will be treating the Zephyr crowd to a performance of their recently released debut single, ‘Step into the Light’.

DJ Keztrel Feb 2015All three bands will be complimented by two DJ sets from female Warwick-based DJ Keztrel, who’ll be playing a mix of electro and alternative tunes to get people in the mood and round off the evening.

Tickets are £5. They are available directly from the artists, online at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/only-shadows-the-rushmoredj-keztrelchasing-deer-tickets-15591964987, or on the door. Admission policy is 14+.

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When Rosetta met the Rascals: Zephyr gig’s big name bands

Leamington’s Zephyr Lounge is the place to be for live music on Saturday 2 August as local heroes, Rosetta Fire, return to the town following a busy summer of gigs and festival appearances.
They’ll headline as a full band with support from Coventry’s Pretty Rascals, who have created a big buzz following a number of London dates and a recent support slot for none other than The Enemy.
Rosetta Fire and Pretty Rascals will be joined by young up and coming Stratford and Leamington-based band, Chasing Deer, to complete what promises to be an incredible line up of local bands from across Coventry & Warwickshire.
The ‘one night only’ event will give music fans an opportunity to see all three acts in one place before they go on to release new music and gig further afield in the autumn.
Rosetta Fire posed full bandThe headline appearance as a full five-piece band for Warwick’s Rosetta Fire follows hot on the heels from a number of gigs around the Midlands for the band and its core songwriters, Anthony Gliddon and James Lapworth.
The band have recently been in the studio working on new live tracks and a video documentary that will form part of a crowd-funding campaign to be launched in the autumn, which will help fund the recording of their next EP.
Rosetta Fire’s eclectic sound, drawing on indie, folk, rock and jazz, coupled with their harmonious vocals and infectious pop melodies will top off a brilliant line-up of local talent achieving big things. The following Wednesday (6 August), Rosetta Fire head to London to play a showcase gig at The Bedford in Balham, home of the annual FolkFest music event.
Pretty Rascals Photo 1After only their third live show at London’s 02 Academy, Islington (attended by a number of music industry executives), young Midland’s rock group, Pretty Rascals have played Wychwood Festival and recently supported The Enemy.
Formed in March 2014, five-piece Pretty Rascals are already making a big impression and are currently demoing songs for their debut album. The group grew from the core songwriting talent of Steve Malik and Loz Pettite, who first met in a Coventry club when Steve was just 13 and Loz 15. They soon began performing and writing together and developed an impressive, songwriting maturity, which now combines with the similarly huge range of musical influences of the other three members of Pretty Rascals, to make for an original sound that is at once both classic and fresh.
Chasing_Deer_Logo_v1Chasing Deer are a brand new three-piece band from Stratford and Leamington, consisting of Rob Hodkinson (vocals/piano), James Cushing (guitar/vocals) and Adam Biddlecombe (drums/percussion). The band describe their music as acoustic/alternative and will be treating the crowd to their own unique take on some well-known songs as they start to work on their own original material.
Limited advance tickets for the gig, priced at £4.50, can be booked online now via www.rosettafire.com including a free digital Rosetta Fire track that will be sent to everyone who makes a booking. Doors open at 7.30pm with on the door tickets priced at £5.

Preview: Let’s Say F to Cancer @ Rosie Malones 17.05.14

Read our preview of the upcoming ‘Let’s Say F to Cancer’ charity event by Plug&Amp contributor, Richard Ounsworth

LET’S SAY F TO CANCER

Cancer affects everyone. Not to sound like one of those adverts you see or one of the charity collectors you see on the streets, but it does. It’s not a disease that targets race, sex, age, trend or the music you listen to, as illustrated all too well by Stephen’s Story. It affects people you may pass on the street or people you know personally.

Well now is the time to ‘Say F to cancer’. If you’re in the Coventry area on the 17 May, you want to be a part of some fundraising for Macmillan and listen to some awesome music, then head down to Rosie Malones and get involved.

This incredible evening has been set up by someone whose friend has sadly been affected by the disease.  I personally think this is an amazing thing to do for a friend.

Doors open at 5.30pm and the event will run until midnight. The organiser is asking that people donate £2 to the charity but I implore you to donate a bit more. This awesome lineup is easily worth £10.

The lineup includes:

Joe Dolman LAMPJoe Dolman – a talented young guitarist and songwriter (17) with a big online following who could be destined for big things.

Rosetta Fire – playing an acoustic set tonight, their happy, infectious indie tunes and harmonious vocals will have you dancing. This band are definitely one to see.

 

 

HuffyHuffy – describes himself as a solo acoustic punk with folk influences. He writes about and campaign for causes close to his heart and is a regular face at anti-fascist and anti-racism events.

Dead Crooners – these four guys sound like ‘what if The League of Gentleman had a band’ and will definitely be fun to see!

 

 

War Engine – A bit of Midlands metal is always needed! War Engine will definitely fill the gap for that! Expect awesome guitar work and a lot of pits.

Jonny Concrete – Hip hop/rock/rap/r and b/pretty much everything! Since Dean Ingram decided to make his solo career into a group project, he and the band have created amazing anthems to appeal to a lot of audiences. This is one of Coventry’s best groups and you should definitely catch them.

The ProphetsThe Prophets – The Prophets recently spent a week in London making their brand new EP and after supporting the huge Neck Deep at a packed Kasbah, these guys and girl are definitely going to bring their A game to Rosie Malones.

So get down to Rosie Malones on 17 May for some awesome music from some amazing local talent, all in aid of a very worthy cause.

I love music/I hate music latest review: Shonen Knife @ The Tin

Another great review and photos from Daniel Faulkner and his excellent I love music/I hate music blog, kindly shared with Plug & Amp…

SHONEN KNIFE @ THE TIN, COVENTRY 04.05.14

Shonen Knife 2Shonen Knife blitzed through Coventry in a whirlwind of feedback, heavy riffs and pop-tastic melodies.

 

 

As part of the Japanese Culture Festival at the Coal Vaults, iconic pop punk trio Shonen Knife graced the intimate stage tucked away in the canal basin and basically caused a bit of a riot.

Shonen Knife 3The tiny venue served as a perfect setting for the trio who blazed through tons of classic hits as well as performing tracks from their new album Overdrive.

 

Well known for their influence on the 90s grunge scene and having a fan base that include the likes of Thurston Moore and Kurt Cobain the band showed that after 30 years their infectious tunes and stage personas are as fierce as ever.