The Wedding Present – Reissue Launch Event @ The Barfly, Camden – 20th October 2014

Some time ago David Gedge (DLG) decided it would be a good idea to reissue all of the albums by The Wedding Present in new improved and expanded format. This event was designed as the launch-pad for the re-releases but, as expected, turned out to be much more. Launch events can be fractious affairs, all […]

Feed The Rhino + Night Verses + Baby Godzilla @ The Asylum 2 – 19th October 2014

With a line-up that included some of the best live bands around right now, tonight was never going to be boring. Having seen both Baby Godzilla & Feed The Rhino put on two of the most energetic and tenacious sets at this year’s Download Festival and considering Night Verses are easily one of the most […]

Holly Johnson + Dave Kendrick @ The Institute, Birmingham, 19th October 2014

The voice of Holly Johnson became the soundtrack to my final years at school in 1984/85 and as such stirs powerful memories. The songs of his band, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, have lasted the fickle years between then and now, still sounding contemporary and dangerous. Holly is in his mid-fifties now, so on entering the […]

Bury Tomorrow + Hands Like Houses + In Hearts Wake + Slaves @ The Institute, Birmingham – 18th October 2014.

Sandwiched between tours of Australia and mainland Europe, the Bury Tomorrow Runes tour kicked off in Birmingham tonight, and by the queues outside the venue it would appear that plenty of people were keen to see what the boys from the South Coast had in store.  The queue did have a rather eclectic feel being […]

Patent Pending + Suburban Legends + Mario & The Brick Breakers + The Hype Theory @ The Institute – 17th October 2014

A fairly last minute change to the venue opening time meant I arrived at The Institute, Birmingham to an already packed out room that was quite clearly enjoying the first band of the night – The Hype Theory.  Although I didn’t manage to catch all of The Hype Theory I did see enough to know […]

Black Veil Brides + Attila + Fearless Vampire Killers + Drama Club @ O2 Academy – 7th October 2014

The ‘Black Mass Tour’ sees Black Veil Brides (BVB) touring ahead of the release of their fourth album, which is due out on October 28th. With support bands differing slightly to that of the U.S. leg of the Black Mass Tour, they’re joined in the U.K. by electro-house/shock pop, DJ duo Drama Club; British rock […]

Jake Bugg + Hudson Taylor @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton – 7th October 2014

Wolverhampton would appear to have somewhat of a soft spot for Jake Bugg and his startling take on the blues. It would also appear that this fondness is reciprocated by Bugg himself as tonight’s performance will be his last of a two night stint, Wolverhampton being the only city on this tour to have had […]

Lethal Bizzle @ The Institute, Temple, 7th October 2014

With all the special guest appearances on TV and a line of clothing being made, it makes you wonder how Lethal Bizzle has got the time to put on a show, never mind a Dench one. But it wasn’t all about Dench tonight as a new salute is in the making. The “Rari Workout” which […]

Judas Priest + Steel Panther @ The Bell Centre, Montreal

Heralded as one of the most influential heavy bands of all time, Judas Priest have been delivering their classic riffs for four decades now and have described this year’s album as a move back to classic Priest, and it’s impressive that, even after all these years, they’re playing an arena in Montreal to a crowd […]

FKA Twigs @ Birmingham Institute – 3rd October 2014

You may never have heard of Tahliah Debrett Barnett but I’d put good money on most people being aware of her alter-ego FKA Twigs before long. While the tabloids get all excited about the singer dating Twilight star Robert Pattinson, it’s her music and theatrical performances which should soon be the talking point. That, along […]

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Album Review – The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave

Similar, but definitely not the same. That phrase can be applied to every performance by The Twilight Sad that I have had the pleasure to experience and on hearing this, their fourth album; I can confirm that it continues to apply to their recorded output as well. The “folk with layers of noise” description that […]

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Interview – Elephant Stone

Not content with reviewing the live band, and then the latest album The Three Poisons, Katie Grimason has completed the whole set and gone for a quick Q&A session with Elephant Stone front man Rishi Dhir. As you can see he is a man renowned for being succinct and to the point: KG: How did you […]

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The Wedding Present – Reissue Launch Event @ The Barfly, Camden – 20th October 2014

Some time ago David Gedge (DLG) decided it would be a good idea to reissue all of the albums by The Wedding Present in new improved and expanded format. This event was designed as the launch-pad for the re-releases but, as expected, turned out to be much more. Launch events can be fractious affairs, all […]

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Erica Nockalls Album Launch and Art Exhibition

In anticipation of the launch of her second studio album, Birmingham Conservatoire trained violinist Erica Nockalls has prepared a collection of  oil paintings inspired by her new music for her first official art exhibition. Erica is best known for her work with The Wonder Stuff and The Proclaimers, as well as fronting her own feisty, […]

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Feed The Rhino + Night Verses + Baby Godzilla @ The Asylum 2 – 19th October 2014

With a line-up that included some of the best live bands around right now, tonight was never going to be boring. Having seen both Baby Godzilla & Feed The Rhino put on two of the most energetic and tenacious sets at this year’s Download Festival and considering Night Verses are easily one of the most […]

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Holly Johnson + Dave Kendrick @ The Institute, Birmingham, 19th October 2014

The voice of Holly Johnson became the soundtrack to my final years at school in 1984/85 and as such stirs powerful memories. The songs of his band, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, have lasted the fickle years between then and now, still sounding contemporary and dangerous. Holly is in his mid-fifties now, so on entering the […]

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Bury Tomorrow + Hands Like Houses + In Hearts Wake + Slaves @ The Institute, Birmingham – 18th October 2014.

Sandwiched between tours of Australia and mainland Europe, the Bury Tomorrow Runes tour kicked off in Birmingham tonight, and by the queues outside the venue it would appear that plenty of people were keen to see what the boys from the South Coast had in store.  The queue did have a rather eclectic feel being […]

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Patent Pending + Suburban Legends + Mario & The Brick Breakers + The Hype Theory @ The Institute – 17th October 2014

A fairly last minute change to the venue opening time meant I arrived at The Institute, Birmingham to an already packed out room that was quite clearly enjoying the first band of the night – The Hype Theory.  Although I didn’t manage to catch all of The Hype Theory I did see enough to know […]

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Interview – Patent Pending

Patent Pending are a five piece “pop punk” band from New York who are currently on the UK leg of the ‘Brighter Tour’. Touring fourteen towns and cities in the UK, they are joined by Hype Theory and Suburban Legends. Patent Pending already have a loyal fan base in the UK which is growing all […]

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Local Band Spotlight – Arbor Lights – Interview

The West Midlands scene is a vibrant and thriving one and we always like to highlight  local bands. Dave Musson interviews Arbor Lights about their music, the expanding local scene and this weekend’s Oxjam. Ditching vocals for intense musical soundscapes, Arbor Lights are arguably one of the region’s most innovative and epic bands. With a […]

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Interview – The High Dials

Indie rockers The High Dials have been building a solid following for a while now and, with their fifth album finally ready and a successful tour with fellow Montrealers Besnard Lakes just wrapped, we felt it was a good time to quiz the band on how things are progressing… BL – With over a decade […]

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Interview – Maverick Sabre

It has been a few years since Maverick Sabre, the biggest male breakthrough artist of 2012 released his brutally opinionated and honest album Lonely Are the Brave. With the London born Irishman’s second single having been released from the forthcoming follow up and a nine date UK tour starting later this week, Birmingham Live got […]

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Slipknot to return to the U.K. in 2015

The multi-platinum, Grammy-Award-winning, masked beast that is SLIPKNOT is set to make a long awaited return to UK arenas in January 2015 with their ‘Prepare For Hell’ tour, which includes a tour finale at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena SLIPKNOT’s frontman Corey Taylor muses; “The UK has always been very special for us. In a lot of […]

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The Assist – Single Launch @ The Victoria Birmingham, Saturday 11th October 2014

Often the Birmingham Live! crew can seem obsessed with the bigger names who are merely passing through our region when there is a lot going on, on our own doorstep. The West Midlands scene is a vibrant and thriving one and is not just limited to Birmingham. I’ve known about Walsall based band The Assist […]

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Elephant Stone – The Three Poisons – Album Review

For various reasons, Canadian bands including The Besnard Lakes and The High Dials have been very much in the eye […]

Ryan Adams announces Midland dates for 2015

Ryan Adams will be embarking on a UK tour in February/March 2015.  The tour includes Midlands dates in Wolverhampton and […]

Napalm Death album update

After a busy year with intense studio sessions as well as incessant international touring activities, Birmingham Grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH […]

The Besnard Lakes + The High Dials + Einstellung @ The Oobleck, 1st October 2014

One of the things I like about going to gigs is the support band lottery.  Every now and then it […]

Ella Eyre @ The Institute, Birmingham – 1st October 2014

20 year old singer and songwriter Ella Eyre has had an impressive year, starting in near obscurity save for her […]

Meshuggah – The Ophidian Trek – Review

Meshuggah return with a retrospective offering covering their past twenty five years. It’s impossible to try to describe them, but […]