November 2019: 10 gigs in Birmingham for less than a tenner

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Christmas comes early in November, as this is the month to sink your teeth into as many gigs as possible. It’s hard to bundle all these gigs up into just 10, but we tried our very best to bring you some of the best in alt, psych, indie and more.

Chartreuse + Arlo Day

Who: Glowing soul with bedroom pop inflections
When: 6th November
Where: Hare and Hounds
Tickets: Free

The rest of the country is finally getting a glimpse into the incredible Chartreuse. Soft and wistful, yet pounding with soul, the local quartet are celebrating the release of new material with a free Birmingham show.

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Brain Food + The Devil and Saint Joseph + Mundays

Who: Mind-bending Americana infused psych
When: 7th November
Where: The Night Owl
Tickets: Free

Your monthly injection of wild psychedelia is back with its creators at the helm. Brain Food whip up Americana riffs with oozing psych for a whole new take on psych rock, plus support from The Devil and Saint Joseph and Mundays, plus DJs and an arts market.

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Hamer + Nonsuch + Exotic Pets

Who: Trashy punk performed at breakneck speed
When: 8th November
Where: Muthers Studio
Tickets: £5

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If you’ve been lucky enough to catch Hamer on their other Birmingham adventures, you know this show is not to be missed. Trashy punk that barely pauses for breath, this is a heavy line up matched only by some incredible Birmingham supports.

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Big Joanie + Sofa King

Who: 2019’s newest answer to Riot Grrl
When: 14th November
Where: Hare and Hounds
Tickets: £8.50

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After supporting the one and only Bikini Kill on their UK run of a reunion tour, Big Joanie are the name on everyone’s lips. The black feminist group are “like The Ronnettes mixed with 80s DIY and 90s Riot Grrl” – we can’t think of anything more punk.

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The Ninth Wave + Walt Disco + Clarion

Who: Dark post punk laced with new wave romanticism
When: 16th November
Where: The Flapper
Tickets: £9

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Dark, 80s tinged post punk meets new wave synth for the dystopian romantics among us. A firm DIY ethos and deep hooks that bleed into new wave semantics, The Ninth Wave are any 80s lover’s newest addiction.

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China Bears + Robert Craig Oulton + Shai Brides + Humanstairs

Who: Ambient, melancholic indie
When: 18th November
Where: The Sunflower Lounge
Tickets: £7

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Influenced by the likes of The National, Dry The River and Frightened Rabbit, China Bears create ambient, misery strewn guitars creating a fantastically precise indie sound.

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Brain Food + Modern Literature + Felix Shepherd

Who: Local music, drag and art raising money for charity
When: 19th November
Where: Hare and Hounds
Tickets: £6

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The Serious Ladies of Art and Gigs (Slag Mag) are back, but not as you know it. Celebrating International Men’s Day by supporting trans, LGBT+ and non binary musicians and artists, whilst raising money for CALM – a movement hoping to end the growing suicide rate in men. Expect live music, arts market, DJs, a drag workshop and more, with a ticket including a free zine.

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Ekkah + Patawawa

Who: London via Birmingham jazzy disco-pop
When: 21st November
Where: The Castle and Falcon
Tickets: £7

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Sucker for some sequins? Love all things 70s, but funked up with modern bass riffs? Wrap your ears around Ekkah – the infectious Birmingham duo who bring the disco anywhere they go. Match that with the glittered electro riff of Patawawa and you have one hell of a cosmic disco.

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Sugar Candy Mountain + Sugarthief + Sorry Grace + Mount Pleasant

Who: Californian psych pop
When: 27th November
Where: The Night Owl
Tickets: £8

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Tucked in the dusty boxes of forgotten vinyl gems is where you would most likely find Sugar Candy Mountain. They fizz with eclectic 60s riffs and rambling organs and melting synth keys. Sunny California is bottled and brought to Birmingham along with a plethora of local talent in Sugarthief, Sorry Grace and Mount Pleasant.

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The Taboo Club w/ Sofa King

Who: Heart breaking cathartic indie.
When: 30th November
Where: The Prince of Wales
Tickets: Free

A consortium of artists from the Midlands join forces to create adventurous, amorous music that bends through genres and conventions in The Taboo Club. With support from the vivid, imagination-led art pop Sofa King, this free gig is a cinematic trip to end the month perfectly.

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Sophie Hack

PR, events and social media by day, lover of all things geeky and retro. Can often be found scribbling notes at the back of the gig.