The Growlers + Mystic Braves @ 02 Academy 2, 24th May, 2017

Southern California based band The Growlers are part Seattle part San Diego. Or perhaps a better way to describe them is a part Liverpool part Brighton. The rock funk that steams from the band is undeniable, but so is their lighter more beach surf side. With their sixth album City Club released in 2016 the […]

Monster Magnet @ o2 Academy 2, 21st May, 2017

A few short minutes after London based opener for Monster Magnet, The Dust Coda leaves the stage, an army of amplifiers appear and psychedelic oil projections begin to dance across the walls of Birmingham’s O2 Academy 2. A strong turnout of old hippies, tripped out girls and battle-jacket-clad metalheads are clearly whet with anticipation, and […]

Whiskey Myers + Buffalo Summer @ o2 Institute, 21st May, 2017

Promoting their fourth album, ‘Mud’, Whiskey Myers played Birmingham as part of a UK Tour. Supported by Buffalo Summer, the smaller Library part of the Institute venue is close to full when they played their excellent thirty minute set of rock with a tinge of blues. We often try to pigeon hole and make comparisons […]

Simple Minds + The Anchoress @ Symphony Hall, 21 May 2017

If you thought that seeing Simple Minds’ “Acoustic” tour late on a Sunday evening at Birmingham Symphony Hall would involve sitting back and relaxing then you were wrong. By the end of the first chorus frontman Jim Kerr was out in the audience dancing with fans and the whole house were on their feet dancing. The […]

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Echobelly + supports @ O2 Institute 20th May 2017

One of the challenges for a band like Echobelly is the need to overcome that weird phenomenon that people in the Sunday Supplements describe as the Zeitgeist. They could probably get by just playing a few obscure album tracks, a few 90s singles and end with King of the Kerb, and have people lap the […]

Twin Atlantic @ Copper Rooms, Coventry, 20th May 2017

Twin Atlantic signalled my first time at the Copper Rooms tonight and I was very impressed with the venue. It’s a good size, sound is impressive and the lighting was a delight. Darlia took to the stage with a notable amount of intrigue from the audience. The British rock band formed in Blackpool have toured with […]

Leftfield @ o2 Institute, 19th May, 2017

It is the 22nd anniversary of Leftfield’s seminal album Leftism and to celebrate one half of the duo, Neil Barnes, is performing the album live in its entirety with assistance from Leftfield studio engineer, Adam Wren. From the ticket sales, this has been a popular decision and at the Institute tonight, you are lucky to […]

The Vamps @ Genting Arena, 19th May, 2017

A love of music starts somewhere. Many of us can attest to that; normally a passion for a certain band or style of music develops in our younger years. Huddled around records, around CD players, around itunes and spotify and youtube, our music tastes begin to shape. As we grow and mature so do our […]

Dan Croll + OUTLYA @ Mama Roux’s, 17th May, 2017

Our team went out to see Dan Croll and Outlya and came back with a comprehensive review.  Up and coming pop rock trio OUTLYA put on one of those performances that stop you in your tracks.  Many of us have come to expect very little from opening bands. They tend to be newer on their […]

The Cribs + Slotface + God Damn @ The Institute, 13th May 2017

Some bands, as The Cribs have, manage to create an album in their careers that become a defining piece of work. At least this is how it seems to me. Every track is a winner, the album as a whole just seems to flow, and as a complete package it’s better than anything a band […]

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The Growlers + Mystic Braves @ 02 Academy 2, 24th May, 2017

Southern California based band The Growlers are part Seattle part San Diego. Or perhaps a better way to describe them is a part Liverpool part Brighton. The rock funk that steams from the band is undeniable, but so is their lighter more beach surf side. With their sixth album City Club released in 2016 the […]

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Chronixx plays the o2 Academy 27th May, 2017

Ahead of the highly anticipated release of his debut album Chronology, Jamaican Reggae sensation Chronixx – backed by his Zincfence Redemption Band, brings his Chronology tour to Birmingham on Saturday 27th May. Returning to the UK after 2015’s highly successful Reparation tour, which included the sold out annual ‘Summer series’ event at the world famous […]

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Gang of Youths play The Sunflower Lounge this Sunday

Birmingham Promoters continue to bring exciting and interesting bands to the city.  This weekend on 28th May, Gang of Youths with support from Demob Happy and Birmingham Live will be there to cover it. The five piece Sydney band, Gang of Youths, is considered as one of Australia’s most impressive live acts. Comprising members David Le’Aupepe, […]

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The Amazons – debut album review

After much anticipation, The Amazons release their self-titled debut album, and it doesn’t fail to deliver. After completing a recent sold-out headline tour, their live performance is particularly powerful and the question had to be asked how this would transcend in the studio, but there was no need to worry as they have achieved a […]

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Iron Maiden @ Barclaycard Arena, 21st May, 2017

Iron Maiden

While The Rolling Stones are the usual targets for ‘old bastard’ jokes and “this-is-it-surely”, Iron Maiden are nearly their heavy metal equivalent. Founder member and bassist Steve Harris once opined that he’d always thought the band would do 15 albums, only for Maiden to still continue their forward gallop into immortality by releasing their acclaimed […]

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Monster Magnet @ o2 Academy 2, 21st May, 2017

A few short minutes after London based opener for Monster Magnet, The Dust Coda leaves the stage, an army of amplifiers appear and psychedelic oil projections begin to dance across the walls of Birmingham’s O2 Academy 2. A strong turnout of old hippies, tripped out girls and battle-jacket-clad metalheads are clearly whet with anticipation, and […]

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Whiskey Myers + Buffalo Summer @ o2 Institute, 21st May, 2017

Promoting their fourth album, ‘Mud’, Whiskey Myers played Birmingham as part of a UK Tour. Supported by Buffalo Summer, the smaller Library part of the Institute venue is close to full when they played their excellent thirty minute set of rock with a tinge of blues. We often try to pigeon hole and make comparisons […]

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Simple Minds + The Anchoress @ Symphony Hall, 21 May 2017

If you thought that seeing Simple Minds’ “Acoustic” tour late on a Sunday evening at Birmingham Symphony Hall would involve sitting back and relaxing then you were wrong. By the end of the first chorus frontman Jim Kerr was out in the audience dancing with fans and the whole house were on their feet dancing. The […]

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Echobelly + supports @ O2 Institute 20th May 2017

Echobelly

One of the challenges for a band like Echobelly is the need to overcome that weird phenomenon that people in the Sunday Supplements describe as the Zeitgeist. They could probably get by just playing a few obscure album tracks, a few 90s singles and end with King of the Kerb, and have people lap the […]

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Twin Atlantic @ Copper Rooms, Coventry, 20th May 2017

Twin Atlantic signalled my first time at the Copper Rooms tonight and I was very impressed with the venue. It’s a good size, sound is impressive and the lighting was a delight. Darlia took to the stage with a notable amount of intrigue from the audience. The British rock band formed in Blackpool have toured with […]

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Leftfield @ o2 Institute, 19th May, 2017

It is the 22nd anniversary of Leftfield’s seminal album Leftism and to celebrate one half of the duo, Neil Barnes, is performing the album live in its entirety with assistance from Leftfield studio engineer, Adam Wren. From the ticket sales, this has been a popular decision and at the Institute tonight, you are lucky to […]

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The Vamps @ Genting Arena, 19th May, 2017

A love of music starts somewhere. Many of us can attest to that; normally a passion for a certain band or style of music develops in our younger years. Huddled around records, around CD players, around itunes and spotify and youtube, our music tastes begin to shape. As we grow and mature so do our […]

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Declan McKenna plays the o2 Institute next Wednesday

Declan McKenna is out on a new UK tour calling in at the o2 Institute on 24th May, this follows an extensive run of sold out dates earlier this year. Following twelve months of persistent touring across the UK, US, and Europe, Declan and his band’s live shows have soon become spectacles in themselves. As […]

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Dan Croll + OUTLYA @ Mama Roux’s, 17th May, 2017

Our team went out to see Dan Croll and Outlya and came back with a comprehensive review.  Up and coming pop rock trio OUTLYA put on one of those performances that stop you in your tracks.  Many of us have come to expect very little from opening bands. They tend to be newer on their […]

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The Wedding Present , George Best 30th Anniversary at o2 Academy in June.

Amazing really that one of the most heartfelt, bittersweet albums of love and longing now reaches thirty!  To celebrate The […]

Shawn Smith @ The Sunflower Lounge, 16th May 2017

Not appreciating how early the stage times would be for this Shawn Smith gig, I missed both support acts, BlackCar […]

Slam Dunk 2017 – 10 bands we can’t wait to see

Nothing heralds the arrival of festival season quite like a firmed-up line up for Slam Dunk 2017 and here at […]

Marilyn Manson announces UK tour for December 2017

Marilyn Manson has announced he will tour across the UK in December 2017. The US rocker will play five dates […]

CKY @ o2 Academy, 13th May, 2017

Upon gaining access to the 02 Academy tonight I was suprised that we were in the main room, but after […]

Qujaku @ The Sunflower Lounge, 13th May, 2017

Qujaku appearing at The Sunflower Lounge brings me to what is possibly the smallest venue in Birmingham that I’ve ever […]