Capsule @ Sonar

Each year music promoters Capsule attend the Sonar Festival in Barcelona. From their site: “For the 4th time Capsule will be holding a stall at this years Sonar Festival in Barcelona, on previous visits we have been accompanied by labels/ arts organisations / Festivals organisers to take advantage of the opportunity to promote their wares/ … [Read more…]

The Destroyers

The Destroyers are one of Birmingham’s more intriguing musical outfits. A 15 piece (give or take) group made up of alumni from the Birmingham Conservatoire plus other like minded souls they formed three years ago having met at various jam sessions in the city. The core of their sound is Klezmer, “a musical tradition which … [Read more…]

Friends of the Stars

On his blog The Wireless new media bod Andrew Dubber is posting up an mp3 every day and writing a bit about it. Since he’s fairly in touch with the local music scene a number of the acts promise to be from the region. On Monday he posted a track by Friends of the Stars … [Read more…]

Flatpack Festival coming soon

The Flatpack Festival from experimental film collective 7 Inch Cinema takes place over four days over the weekend of February 1st – 4th. Full details are still forthcoming but the Saturday event run with Capsule has been announced. Known / Unknowns has six bands in two rooms of the Jug of Ale (presumably one of … [Read more…]

Interview with Mark Badger

Click here for a long interview with Mark Badger. A long time fixture on the Birmingham music scene Mark runs Iron Man Records and in 2000 founded the Birmingham Music Network.

Soweto Kinch

“Stupid fool. You’re a boffin from music school. Let me give you a tip, Mr Intelligent Black Man, put down the microphone and stick to the sax, man.” Soweto Kinch is an award winning jazz saxophonist and rapper living in Hockley. Wikipedia biography. Quotes from the excellent 12 minute interview on Podnosh (mp3 link) where … [Read more…]

Frank Cougar

Frank Cougar, aka Andy Green, is a musician and spoken word poet from Chemsley Wood. Biography “Inspired and influenced by life in an uncertain world and using different mediums to try to get past the fear and mind control of the oligarchy, the powers that try to rule all of us. It is not politics, … [Read more…]