Alvvays + Moon King @ Hare and Hounds, 27th January 2015

During their set Alvvays’ Molly Rankin took the time to praise the Birmingham crowd for resisting the “gross” habit of watching a gig through their mobile phones, as well as praising the “legendary jukebox” at The Kerryman in Digbeth. These Canadians eh?; coming over here, paying compliments to people and places, regaling us with their […]

Mark Lanegan @ The Institute, 26th January 2015

Supporting the current album, Phantom Radio, Mark Lanegan plays The Institute, in the intimate Library. Support is from the excellent Sean & Zander, who simply blew me away. A duo, Sean does the most incredible vocals with Zander providing the strings (and later bass strings for Mr Lanegan). Their harmonies are sublime, with real passion […]

Julian Cope + Fido-X @ The Glee Club, 25th January 2015

The Glee Club was the perfect venue to host Julian Cope’s gig ,as his extensive repertoire of songs is eclipsed by the volume of anecdotes and musings that he loves to share, which made tonight’s show part spoken word and part ‘unplugged’ greatest hits performance. This was my first visit to the Glee Club for live […]

Queen + Adam Lambert @ Barclaycard Arena, 23rd January 2015

Tonight Queen + Adam Lambert bring their sell out tour to Birmingham, to the newly refurbished and rebranded National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, which on the face of it is new name same issues, but rather than repeating the negatives about this venue let’s concentrate on the positives, and that is that one of rocks […]

Hozier + Alana Henderson @ The Institute, 23rd January 2015

  Friday night at The Institute was packed to the rafters for a sold out show from Andrew Hozier Byrne, better known simply as Hozier. Looking at the tour page on his official website earlier that day the remaining UK dates and almost all of his dates in America are SOLD OUT! If you’re thinking […]

Gerard Way + No Devotion @ O2 Academy, 20th January 2015

As an ex-member of My Chemical Romance, Gerard Way can pull a crowd. Tonight saw the Birmingham date of Way’s tour to promote his latest album, Hesitant Alien. With a room full of fringes, the mood was set for No Devotion, compiled of former members of Lostprophets and Thursday. The transatlantic sextet were new to […]

Funeral For A Friend + No Bragging Rights + Creeper @ Institute Library, 16th January 2015

It’s a classic English January evening, bitterly cold, windy and just generally miserable. So let’s hope that Funeral For A Friend can help brighten the crowd’s spirits for an hour or so. Arriving in Birmingham on the cusp of the release of their 7th LP, Chapter And Verse. They bring with them Southampton punks Creeper […]

Die Antwoord + Tom Shorterz @ The Institute, 15th January 2015

Crazy, awesome, weird, amazing, insane….. Choose any of these words and put them in any order and you might come close to describing Die Antwoord‘s live show tonight. Talking to others in The Institute, it was clear that people had travelled far and wide to see the show.  The chap next to me had made a six […]

Parkway Drive + Heaven Shall Burn + Northlane + Carnifex @ Nottingham Rock City, 15th December 2014

Tonight Parkway Drive treated a sold out Rock City crowd to a show that surely demonstrates to all of the haters and critics that metalcore is far from dead. Their choice of guests for the evening was… interesting. Starting out as all good evenings should, with a healthy dose of Death Metal courtesy of Carnifex, […]

Taking Back Sunday + Blitz Kids + Marmozets @ The Institute, 11th December 2014

Taking Back Sunday hit The Institute tonight in support of their most recent, 6th LP, Happiness Is. Despite their first two albums, Tell All Your Friends and Where You Want To Be, still being their two biggest and best known albums, their music work since then has been consistently strong. They have almost a cult […]

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Local Band Spotlight – Bishop – Interview

Continuing our campaign to get recognition for local bands we feature heavy five-piece outfit Bishop.  These guys like things loud and, judging by their latest video, messy. They also like having a Subway next to their practice studio and raising money for charity. Oh yeah, they’re also pretty darn great.. Formed in 2011 the current line-up […]

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Alvvays + Moon King @ Hare and Hounds, 27th January 2015

During their set Alvvays’ Molly Rankin took the time to praise the Birmingham crowd for resisting the “gross” habit of watching a gig through their mobile phones, as well as praising the “legendary jukebox” at The Kerryman in Digbeth. These Canadians eh?; coming over here, paying compliments to people and places, regaling us with their […]

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Mark Lanegan @ The Institute, 26th January 2015

Supporting the current album, Phantom Radio, Mark Lanegan plays The Institute, in the intimate Library. Support is from the excellent Sean & Zander, who simply blew me away. A duo, Sean does the most incredible vocals with Zander providing the strings (and later bass strings for Mr Lanegan). Their harmonies are sublime, with real passion […]

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Julian Cope + Fido-X @ The Glee Club, 25th January 2015

The Glee Club was the perfect venue to host Julian Cope’s gig ,as his extensive repertoire of songs is eclipsed by the volume of anecdotes and musings that he loves to share, which made tonight’s show part spoken word and part ‘unplugged’ greatest hits performance. This was my first visit to the Glee Club for live […]

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Queen + Adam Lambert @ Barclaycard Arena, 23rd January 2015

Tonight Queen + Adam Lambert bring their sell out tour to Birmingham, to the newly refurbished and rebranded National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, which on the face of it is new name same issues, but rather than repeating the negatives about this venue let’s concentrate on the positives, and that is that one of rocks […]

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Hozier + Alana Henderson @ The Institute, 23rd January 2015

  Friday night at The Institute was packed to the rafters for a sold out show from Andrew Hozier Byrne, better known simply as Hozier. Looking at the tour page on his official website earlier that day the remaining UK dates and almost all of his dates in America are SOLD OUT! If you’re thinking […]

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Gerard Way + No Devotion @ O2 Academy, 20th January 2015

As an ex-member of My Chemical Romance, Gerard Way can pull a crowd. Tonight saw the Birmingham date of Way’s tour to promote his latest album, Hesitant Alien. With a room full of fringes, the mood was set for No Devotion, compiled of former members of Lostprophets and Thursday. The transatlantic sextet were new to […]

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Local Band Spotlight – Broken Witt Rebels – Interview

With an impressive online following already in place and some big gigs already nailed, the future looks more than a bit exciting for bluesy Brummies Broken Witt Rebels. We wanted to know more, so got the guys to take part in our local bands feature. Band name: Broken Witt Rebels Genre: Blues/Rock When did you […]

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Funeral For A Friend + No Bragging Rights + Creeper @ Institute Library, 16th January 2015

It’s a classic English January evening, bitterly cold, windy and just generally miserable. So let’s hope that Funeral For A Friend can help brighten the crowd’s spirits for an hour or so. Arriving in Birmingham on the cusp of the release of their 7th LP, Chapter And Verse. They bring with them Southampton punks Creeper […]

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Die Antwoord + Tom Shorterz @ The Institute, 15th January 2015

Crazy, awesome, weird, amazing, insane….. Choose any of these words and put them in any order and you might come close to describing Die Antwoord‘s live show tonight. Talking to others in The Institute, it was clear that people had travelled far and wide to see the show.  The chap next to me had made a six […]

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Norma Jean – Exclusive Interview

Norma Jean have been blazing their own trail in the world of heavy rock n roll since forming in Atlanta, Georgia in 1997. Since then they’ve had multiple line-up changes and a string of critically acclaimed albums. They’re a band that, in my opinion, should be much bigger than they are. We caught up with […]

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Julian Cope To Play The Glee Club In January

Julian Cope is a singer, poet, occultist and photographer who has enjoyed a 30-year career, and is described by his Bloomsbury book publishers as a ‘visionary rock musician and musicologist, hip archaeologist and one-time front man of the Teardrop Explodes.’ During that time, Cope has released over 20 solo albums, countless collaborative projects, and six […]

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The Dirty Old Folkers Christmas Panto – Babes In The Wood @ Kitchen Garden Café, 19th December 2014

The Dirty Old Folkers‘ kick-asymmetric annual take on the traditional Christmas Panto was celebrating its seventh year and seemingly immune to Coalition cuts. So far. As with previous sell-out productions their robust middle-fingered gesture to the time honoured Panto conventions remained both reassuringly immature and up to the minute subversive. This year’s home-spun, snow-speckled spunky […]

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The Wonder Stuff + Mark Morriss @ O2 Academy, 18th December 2014

The Wonder Stuff have been treating us since the mid-eighties, and have had numerous line-up changes, but ever present is chief songwriter and vocalist Miles Hunt, the self-proclaimed ‘Gobshite’ who has had a very busy year. Not only does he keep the embers burning for the Wonder Stuff, there’s solo work, endless touring and he’s […]

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Interview – Northlane

Northlane had a pretty roller coaster 2014, with the shock departure of vocalist Adrian Fitipaldes and the arrival of his […]

Interview – Dirty Old Folkers

Christmas is just not the same without Dirty Old Folkers’ annual Christmas shindig. This year it’s Babes In The Wood. […]

Rival Sons @ Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, 9th December 2014

Entering the final dates of the year, Rival Sons have been touring this year to support this summer’s “Great Western […]

‘68 + Trophy Scars + The Crimson Star @ O2 Academy 3, 9th December 2014

On what is a dreary, cold and wet Tuesday evening in Birmingham, former The Chariot and Norma Jean vocalist Josh […]

Marillion + Luke Jackson @ The Assembly, Leamington Spa, 7th December 2014

It’s become a tradition on the Marillion calendar that the band play a handful of dates just before Christmas across […]

Decoration – Put Me Back On My Bike

Kay’s Catalogue, a song on this album, opens with the line “Don’t get carried away, you bumped into an old […]