Reel Big Fish @ Wolverhampton Slade Rooms – 13th August 2014

So the last time I saw ska-pop-punk band Reel Big Fish (affectionately known as RBF), I was about 17. Unfortunately, that was quite a few years ago now, way over a decade. Like that gig back in 2003 (it could’ve even been 2002 thinking about it…), this one was cursed with the fact that it […]

’68 + In Archives + Tortuga @ The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes – 8th August 2014

When someone as iconic as Josh Scogin, former frontman of The Chariot and Norma Jean, brings a new project to these shores, you go out of your way to see it – even if that journey takes you to a rock pub on the outskirts of Milton Keynes. Wolverton’s The Craufurd Arms was the closest […]

Pete Fij and Terry Bickers + I Am Ampersand @ The Tin Music and Arts, Coventry 23rd July 2014

Somewhere there should be a study of how the members of successful musical partnerships get together. Some may meet at school, some may be related or even share the same tastes in confectionary. As Pete Fij said in his introduction to Parallel Girl: “I went in for a doughnut, and came out with Terry Bickers” […]

Tame Impala + D.D Dumbo @ The Institute, Birmingham 14th July 2014

Every so often some pundit or other starts a mild controversy in the blogosphere by commenting that a band gets the audience it deserves. That may well be the case but does it get the audience it expects? Tame Impala, purveyors of psychedelic walls of sound, set against a groovy projected backdrop of fractals and […]

Wireless Festival – Perry Park, Birmingham – 4th – 6th July 2014

Wireless Festival has had such a prestigious reputation since it started in London. It’s been a place where the biggest names in the world are proud to play. But it’s always been too far to travel to or too expensive to book the accommodation at. So this year, for the first time in 10 years, […]

Nails @ Birthdays, London – 26th June 2014

In 2014 there are plenty of bands pushing the boundaries and the limits when it comes to extreme music but few have managed to match the furious fusion of hardcore, D-Beat, grindcore and death metal found in the music of California four-piece, Nails. Having recently signed to Nuclear Blast, and with consistent critical acclaim, this […]

Parquet Courts + The Wytches + Ultimate Painting @ Birmingham Institute – 24th June 2014

We have a real quality and value for money bill at The Institute tonight, with not only wonderful off-the-wall headliners Parquet Courts, but also up-and-coming The Wytches and talented new boys Ultimate Painting. An evening of guitar heaven awaits. Ultimate Painting are led by James Hoare (Veronica Falls) and Jack Cooper (Mazes). I’ve not heard […]

Dolly Parton @ Birmingham LG Arena – 22nd June 2014

You would struggle to find someone who didn’t know who Dolly Parton is and when you see her 41 album covers projected on the big screen and hear a medley of her biggest hits, it is clear why she holds this iconic status. As she enters the stage she is literally and figuratively a ray […]

Mongol Horde + Palehorse + Oxygen Thief @ The Institute – 19th June 2014

Möngöl Hörde is a side project….or is it a super group? I’m unsure. Either way, it’s a hardcore punk outfit made up of members of other bands, both current and defunct. They’re mates and I get the impression they’re having a laugh whilst writing, recording and performing together. The band is fronted by punk/folk singer-songwriter […]

Download Festival – 13th-15th June 2014

Friday. Arriving at Donington Park to the sun beaming down and the heat into the mid-twenties, the omens all point towards a great weekend of music spanning a huge variety of genres and eras. Miss May I Open up the Main Stage for the weekend and by this stage the temperature is leaning towards the […]

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Reel Big Fish @ Wolverhampton Slade Rooms – 13th August 2014

So the last time I saw ska-pop-punk band Reel Big Fish (affectionately known as RBF), I was about 17. Unfortunately, that was quite a few years ago now, way over a decade. Like that gig back in 2003 (it could’ve even been 2002 thinking about it…), this one was cursed with the fact that it […]

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’68 + In Archives + Tortuga @ The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes – 8th August 2014

When someone as iconic as Josh Scogin, former frontman of The Chariot and Norma Jean, brings a new project to these shores, you go out of your way to see it – even if that journey takes you to a rock pub on the outskirts of Milton Keynes. Wolverton’s The Craufurd Arms was the closest […]

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Pete Fij and Terry Bickers + I Am Ampersand @ The Tin Music and Arts, Coventry 23rd July 2014

Somewhere there should be a study of how the members of successful musical partnerships get together. Some may meet at school, some may be related or even share the same tastes in confectionary. As Pete Fij said in his introduction to Parallel Girl: “I went in for a doughnut, and came out with Terry Bickers” […]

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Tame Impala + D.D Dumbo @ The Institute, Birmingham 14th July 2014

Every so often some pundit or other starts a mild controversy in the blogosphere by commenting that a band gets the audience it deserves. That may well be the case but does it get the audience it expects? Tame Impala, purveyors of psychedelic walls of sound, set against a groovy projected backdrop of fractals and […]

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Pete Fij and Terry Bickers for Coventry’s The Tin Music and Arts Centre

With their debut album “Broken Heart Surgery” now released on Broadcast Recordings having been a funding success though Kickstarter. Pete Fij (Adorable) and Terry Bickers (House of Love) now hit the road with a series of dates in support. Sold out shows in Worthing and Brighton lead them to Coventry later this month. 16th July, […]

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Wireless Festival – Perry Park, Birmingham – 4th – 6th July 2014

Wireless Festival has had such a prestigious reputation since it started in London. It’s been a place where the biggest names in the world are proud to play. But it’s always been too far to travel to or too expensive to book the accommodation at. So this year, for the first time in 10 years, […]

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Kasabian & The Maccabees announce LG Arena gig

On Sunday night, they headlined Glastonbury, the week before they played a historic hometown show in front of 50,000 people at Victoria Park in Leicester and today Kasabian announce a huge autumn tour including a date at Birmingham’s LG Arena. Kasabian are in the form of their lives both on stage and on record. The […]

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Nails @ Birthdays, London – 26th June 2014

In 2014 there are plenty of bands pushing the boundaries and the limits when it comes to extreme music but few have managed to match the furious fusion of hardcore, D-Beat, grindcore and death metal found in the music of California four-piece, Nails. Having recently signed to Nuclear Blast, and with consistent critical acclaim, this […]

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Parquet Courts + The Wytches + Ultimate Painting @ Birmingham Institute – 24th June 2014

We have a real quality and value for money bill at The Institute tonight, with not only wonderful off-the-wall headliners Parquet Courts, but also up-and-coming The Wytches and talented new boys Ultimate Painting. An evening of guitar heaven awaits. Ultimate Painting are led by James Hoare (Veronica Falls) and Jack Cooper (Mazes). I’ve not heard […]

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Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters for Civic Hall

Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters will tour the UK with for 13 dates this November including The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton on Friday 21st November 2014 in support of Robert Plant’s new album, ‘lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar’, which will be released September 8th on Nonesuch/East West Records. Tickets go on sale Friday 27th June […]

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Dolly Parton @ Birmingham LG Arena – 22nd June 2014

You would struggle to find someone who didn’t know who Dolly Parton is and when you see her 41 album covers projected on the big screen and hear a medley of her biggest hits, it is clear why she holds this iconic status. As she enters the stage she is literally and figuratively a ray […]

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Mongol Horde + Palehorse + Oxygen Thief @ The Institute – 19th June 2014

Möngöl Hörde is a side project….or is it a super group? I’m unsure. Either way, it’s a hardcore punk outfit made up of members of other bands, both current and defunct. They’re mates and I get the impression they’re having a laugh whilst writing, recording and performing together. The band is fronted by punk/folk singer-songwriter […]

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Bloodstock announces even more bands

The award winning BLOODSTOCK is just 7 weeks away and they’re still announcing bands for the Catton Park event. Even more are still to come, plus a wealth of other on site entertainment is still to be announced! Two more additions for the Sophie Stage are ex-Akercocke members, VOICES, who will bring their self-proclaimed ‘whirlwind […]

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Yr Welcome Festival launches in Birmingham

Digbeth-based collective DIE DAS DER have released details of their inaugural two day festival, which will be held at The Wagon and Horses in Digbeth on 9 and 10 August. YR WELCOME, BIRMINGHAM will feature 24 acts across two stages, with DJ’s into the small hours. Audiences should expect the highest calibre of noise that […]

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Kasabian announce supports for homecoming show.

Kasabian have announced the support bill for their homecoming show in Leicester this weekend (June 21st). The band will be […]

The Twilight Sad to perform ´Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters´ at The Slade Rooms

The Twilight Sad will perform “Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters” at The Slade Rooms on Friday 18th July Released in […]

Iron Maiden Vocalist plans WW1 Air Display at Sonisphere

The Great War Display Team, a group of pilots which includes IRON MAIDEN vocalist Bruce Dickinson among its illustrious members, […]

Birmingham’s The Catharsis release “secret” tour documentary

In early 2014 Birmingham hardcore band The Catharsis embarked on a pretty special tour. As they say, “the shows were […]

Peter Shoulder @ The Yardbird, Birmingham – 8th June 2014

Peter Shoulder is one talented man. Having already fronted the brilliant grunge-tinged rockers Winterville and then moving onto forming the […]

Angel Olsen + Jaye Bartell @ The Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath – 5th June 2014

Support tonight comes from Jaye Bartell. Bartell released a band-backed album, ‘Loyalty’, in 2013, but tonight he performs a stripped […]