Highlighting under the radar arts and culture in Birmingham, UK

Willy Vlautin / Cluster

I hate it when there are two great gigs on the same night. This is the case on Thursday when Willy Vlautin of the Americana/ country band Richmond Fontaine plays The Victoria and Krautrock duo Cluster play the Town Hall. They will both be amazing.

Colour present a rare solo performance by Willy Vlautin. The set will consist of music from Richmond Fontaine’s back catalogue as well as his own. Vlautin is also a sucessful writer whose work has been compared to Raymond Carver and Charles Bukowski. His third novel, Lean on Pete was published this week. The video above is a promo for the book but also gives you an idea of the beautiful music he makes.

‘All around, Willy Vlautin is becoming one of America’s most fundamental artists in words and music.’ Mojo

Supporting will be Mellow Peaches, a duo immersed in ‘timeless American roots music.’ Expect slide guitars, banjos and a stompboard. Nice.

At the Town Hall, Capsule present Cluster, a German experimental group who have influenced the development of contemporary popular electronic and ambient music. They have released 13 albums since 1971.  The Wire places Cluster’s self-titled debut album in their ‘One Hundred Records That Set The World On Fire’. Musicians such as David Bowie to Brian Eno have been influenced by (and participated in) Cluster’s groundbreaking recordings.

Supporting is Einstellung ‘blending glorious monotonous Krautrock with melodic tones and heavy slabs of Sabbath riffage, whilst finding time to declare sonic warfare on those tinnitus victims who have passed the point of no return.’ Wow.

Tickets for Willy Vlautin can be bought here and tickets for Cluster here.


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This entry was posted on February 9, 2010 by in Music and tagged , , , , , , , .
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