Anna Calvi @ Town Hall, 4th October 2018

With three albums of atmospheric leftfield pop to her name, London’s Anna Calvi’s most recent effort ‘Hunter’ sees her up the ante with her most powerful and dramatic yet, and Birmingham’s Town Hall is the perfect backdrop for her performance tonight.  The contrasting grand architecture behind the stage and modern refurbished sheen giving the show […]

Three Days Grace @ o2 Institute, 4 October 2018

“You guys are on fire tonight. You’re fucking loving it.” Adam Gontier is not wrong. It might be a Thursday night. Some of us might have work tomorrow but fuck it, we are here to party and Three Days Grace are providing the tunes. Tonight’s gig at Birmingham’s O2 Institute is an enthusiastic back-and-forth between […]

The Night Cafe @ o2 Institute, 30 September 2018

What exactly does teen spirit smell like? I would venture to claim that if Nirvana were still alive they would say that teen spirit smells like a gig from The Night Cafe. An elixir of sweat and teen enthusiasm, of slightly stale beer and youthful dreams, that is what smells like teen spirit. With boundless […]

SEXTILE @ Cuban Embassy, 16 September 2018

It’s a wet, autumn night and you’re a very cheerful, good looking band, who have travelled four thousand or so miles from sunny LA to be in a country of grim, dour and pasty residents of which twenty could manage to put their mobile phones down and come out to be entertained. What do you […]

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Shiiine On Birmingham @ O2 Academy 8th September 2018

Shiiine On has come to Birmingham. Normally a three-day extraganza of indie music that takes place annually at Butlins in Minehead, Shiiine On is a gilt edged 90s nostalgia success story of alternative, indie and dance music. The question has always been whether it would be sustainable, given that there is not an endless conveyor […]

Soccer Mommy + Brooke Bentham @ Hare and Hounds

The Hare and Hounds is a favourite little venue of mine, I have been to some amazing gigs over the years and tonight is absolutely no exception. Tonight, we have two artists on offer, one from the UK and one from the USA. Both female, both young and both with huge potential. First up is […]

Incubus @ o2 Academy 4th September, 2018

After a mix up at the box office, I finally make it in to the near-capacity venue illustrating how popular Incubus are. The vast numbers of fans mean ridiculous queues at the bar let alone limited places to be able to see the stage unless you are over six foot, so you will have to […]

The Used @ Manchester 02 Ritz 30th August 2018

Arriving at this venue I was impressed early with the friendly nature of the staff, they all seemed happy and helpful. I’ve never shot at this venue before but have attended as a customer. The first band and only support of the night was a band called Lowlives. Instant comparisons can be made with The […]

Del Amitri with Trashcan Sinatras @ Symphony Hall, 23 July 2018

I was thrilled to see Justin Currie wrote the following words on Symphony Hall’s website to promote their return to Birmingham’s finest venue tonight: “Del Amitri first played the Birmingham Symphony Hall on July the 13th 1992, just a year after it officially opened. You could still smell the paint, and it all seemed a […]

2000 Trees Festival 2018 – Day Two

After a stunning first day at 2000 Trees Festival our photographer/reviewer Neale was ready for a full day on ay two.  His highlights include 1. Holding Absence I’ve caught this up and coming gem of a band a few times before. From the very start lead singer Lucas is getting about all over the stage, […]

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Suede @ Hammersmith Apollo, 13th October 2018

It was always going to be a compelling event, this second and last of two shows at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, the only English dates on Suede’s Blue Hour tour. The titular album, the band’s eighth in the studio, was released in September with a haunting internet trailer, and subsequent song-by-song breakdown discussions with the band […]

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Sea Girls @ Mama Rouxs 11 October, 2018

We first met Sea Girls a handful of months ago when we caught their set at Barn on the Farm festival. Flooding the stage with energy, they put on a massive show that wowed us, immediately making us lifelong fans. While festival season is now sadly in the past it does mean that bands take […]

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Album Review – Tom Odell, Jubilee Road

Strikingly honest and soulful singer songwriter Tom Odell has made a career of combining heart wrenching lyrical content with intricately laid instrumentals. Over his two releases, 2013 Long Way Down and 2016 Wrong Crowd, Odell has masterfully crafted hit after hit, propelling him to sold out stages around the world. While the fame may have […]

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The Coral + She Drew The Gun + Cut Glass Keys @ O2 Institute, 5 October 2018

Firstly, a disclaimer: I have already spoken to other people who attended this gig and they loved it.  They describe an electric atmosphere and unforgettable performances.  I had a different experience and from my vantage point I could see the whole venue, so I feel justified in writing a slightly negative, but honest review… well, […]

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Anna Calvi @ Town Hall, 4th October 2018

With three albums of atmospheric leftfield pop to her name, London’s Anna Calvi’s most recent effort ‘Hunter’ sees her up the ante with her most powerful and dramatic yet, and Birmingham’s Town Hall is the perfect backdrop for her performance tonight.  The contrasting grand architecture behind the stage and modern refurbished sheen giving the show […]

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Three Days Grace @ o2 Institute, 4 October 2018

“You guys are on fire tonight. You’re fucking loving it.” Adam Gontier is not wrong. It might be a Thursday night. Some of us might have work tomorrow but fuck it, we are here to party and Three Days Grace are providing the tunes. Tonight’s gig at Birmingham’s O2 Institute is an enthusiastic back-and-forth between […]

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The Night Cafe @ o2 Institute, 30 September 2018

What exactly does teen spirit smell like? I would venture to claim that if Nirvana were still alive they would say that teen spirit smells like a gig from The Night Cafe. An elixir of sweat and teen enthusiasm, of slightly stale beer and youthful dreams, that is what smells like teen spirit. With boundless […]

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Ólafur Arnalds @ Town Hall, 28 September 2018

Sitting behind me, a couple discuss the differences and pleasures of seeing live events abroad. I know eavesdropping is generally, and rightfully, frowned upon but listening to them seems a more engaging way to entertain myself before tonight’s concert starts without resorting to scrolling through my phone. While I don’t mind attending concerts on my […]

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Pale Waves @ O2 Institute, 25th September 2018

It’s been a whirlwind year for Manchester’s self-styled “goth-pop” outfit Pale Waves, making countless “ones to watch” lists, touring huge venues and supporting labelmates The 1975.  They are now making headway in the US, culminating in a Top 10 placing back home for their newly released debut album ‘My Mind Makes Noises’ ahead of their […]

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Boston Manor at Mama Roux’s, 23rd September

When it comes to barrier less shows in the second city, Mama Roux’s comes up trumps in my opinion. For its aesthetically pleasing interior and moderately sized floor, the lack of barrier allows for chaos to ensue as it did on Sunday evening, as Boston Manor brought their latest UK tour to the venue. Opening […]

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The Magic Gang @ o2 Institute 22nd September, 2018

Their arises for each generation an indie rock band whose music embodies the ethos of its people. Think The Beatles or Oasis, U2 or Green Day, heralded musicians who expertly craft music that reflects the tenacious turmoil and excitable energy of their peers. While The Magic Gang are still in the early stages of their […]

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Album Review – Alt-J REDUXER

What is happening? It is my first thought when I open the new Alt-J project REDUXER. Expecting the indie transcendence that has come to typify Alt-J my brain was immediately bombarded by in your face urban tinged explosion, an intoxicating mixture of genre splicing that literally stops my breath. A reinterpretation of previous album RELAXER, […]

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Europe @ O2 Institute, 19th September 2018

Whatever you think you might know about Swedish rock veterans Europe, it’s only part of the story. Before the doors open for their gig at the Institute there’s a massive queue snaking right around the block made up of all different kinds of people – from loyal fans who have followed the band since their […]

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The Blinders – “Columbia” Debut album released 21 September 2018

‘Columbia’ by The Blinders is a very exciting debut.  I’ve got a lot to say about this so I will endeavour to guide you while I meander down a trail of highly charged emotions.  This is in part due to the feeling you get when you watch a great band over a period of 18 […]

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50 Cent @ Arena Birmingham 18 September, 2018

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of “Get Rich Or Die Tryin”. Business man, rap tycoon, street kid immortal 50 Cent was providing […]

Jayce Lewis @ O2 Academy, 16th September 2018

For an artist out on his first headline tour of the UK, Bridgend’s electro-industrial prodigy Jayce Lewis has certainly had […]

Jaret Reddick @ o2 Institute, 15 September 2018

Heartache and Hilarity was an acoustic tour which saw Bowling for Soup’s front man Jaret Reddick express raw emotion as he shared […]

Album Review – Bananarama Live at the London Eventim Hammersmith Apollo

Bananarama surprised many fans when the original line up announced they were going on tour at the end of 2017. […]

Forever Came Calling + Handguns@ The Exchange, Stoke 12th September 2018

Due to a lack of Birmingham show, the Birmingham Live bus took a road trip up to Stoke on Trent […]

Garbage @ Digbeth Arena 8 September 2018

The smell of hot dogs fills the air. There’s no discernible source. The concession stands outside the open air Digbeth […]