DIY trailblazer Calvin Johnson to play Birmingham this May

Legendary American musician, writer, producer and vocalist Calvin Johnson is set to play Birmingham’s Centrala on Wednesday 8th May.

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Calvin Johnson was a founding member of Cool Rays, Beat Happening, The Go Team and The Halo Benders. An incredibly influential figure on the DIY punk, lo-fi, indie and rock scene, Johnson is notorious for his deep monotone singing voice. He also runs K records, early home to artists such as Beck, Modest Mouse, Built to Spill and Bikini Kill.

“Calvin now performs as a solo artist – his infamous acoustic shows combine the pure pop magic of Doo Wop with the open-hearted simplicity of Beat Happening’s finest moments.” – Stevie Baker, ColdRice

Support comes from two acts from the Swedish PNKSLM label, local garage-rock duo Cherry Pickles and stripped-back solo artist Henrik Apparel. Opening up the night will be The Moving Pictures (also from Johnson’s hometown of Olympia) known for minimalist half-spoken singing and emotive performances.

 

Maryam Snape

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