Chic with Nile Rodgers, 02 Academy, 25 March 2015

Imagine a nightclub. Imagine the best disco you have ever been to. Imagine a DJ playing every number one, top funky-disco-pop tune of the last 30 years… one after the other. Now imagine one man is responsible for every song being played, and imagine further, that he is playing all these great songs live. Now […]

Logic @ 02 Academy, 23rd March 2015

Logic is a new kind of rapper for a new kind of era in Rap music. He makes conscious and thought provoking music. Originally raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland in the USA he has faced all the ills that an inner city life in America could throw at a young man and he has turned it […]

Kiesza @ The Institute, 23rd March 2015

Following the release of her new single, No Enemiesz and the imminent release of her debut album ‘Sound Of A Woman’, Kiesza embarked on her biggest UK tour to date this month. Riding high off the success of her recent European tour, including her knockout performance at this years EMA’s, Kiesza took her standout, dance-fuelled […]

Placebo + The Mirror Trap @ o2 Academy, 18th March 2015

Currently promoting the ‘Loud Like Love’ album (even though it was released over twelve months ago), Placebo are on quite an extensive UK tour, and tonight they play Birmingham at the o2 Academy, which really does seem a small venue for them. It’s sold out, as you’d expect, and by the time Mr Molko et al […]

Papa Roach @ o2 Academy, 17th March 2015

You can’t help but admire Papa Roach; 15 years on from the release of their triple-platinum, career-shaping album Infest and more than 20 years since they formed, they’re still touring, still pulling big crowds, still putting out albums and still writing great songs. They survived the fall out from the popping of the nu metal […]

The Charlatans @ o2 Academy, Leicester, 14th March 2015

On the face of it you would think it would be extremely difficult for someone to make a bad hair/cardigan combo appear cool. For Tim Burgess it’s like lifting a finger. He could come on the stage wearing a crash helmet and still exude his trademark aura and have the crowd eating from his hand. […]

Lionel Richie + Larissa @ Barclaycard Arena, 14th March 2015

I worry for the future of pop music.  I worry that due to the throwaway culture of pop music today; we are no longer creating the legends of the future.  Legends like Lionel Richie.  When I grew up in the 1970’s Lionel Richie was a star, then through the 1980’s he became a superstar and […]

Christina Edkins memorial gig: Voodoo Sioux + Vicious Nature + Bittersweet Revenge @ The Asylum, 14th March 2015

It’s a slightly odd atmosphere inside the Asylum tonight; set against the anticipation of night of rock from three Midlands bands is the tragic reason everyone is here. The murder of teenager Christina Edkins two years ago was horrific, but with tonight’s show being put on to raise money for a fund in her memory, […]

José González + Ólöf Arnalds @ Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry 13th March, 2015

  José González played just three dates at smaller venues on the UK leg of his Europe and US tour. He is back on the road to promote his latest record “Vestiges & Claws” and having been a fan of his first album and it being nearly eight years since his last, I was keen […]

Thunder + Reef + Tax the Heat @ Barclaycard Arena, 13th March 2015

Apart from Status Quo, it’s tough to think of a band quite as bad at splitting up as Thunder; since their most recent farewell show in Wolverhampton in 2009, there have been festival slots, Christmas shows, a new album and now a headline arena tour. Not that this is a bad thing – it’s the […]

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Chic with Nile Rodgers, 02 Academy, 25 March 2015

Imagine a nightclub. Imagine the best disco you have ever been to. Imagine a DJ playing every number one, top funky-disco-pop tune of the last 30 years… one after the other. Now imagine one man is responsible for every song being played, and imagine further, that he is playing all these great songs live. Now […]

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Interview – Ghostpoet

  With his third record, Shedding Skin, having just been released and ahead of his forthcoming UK tour, which includes a stop at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath, Birmingham Live caught up with Obaro Ejimiwe, otherwise know as Coventry rapper and MC, Ghostpoet.   So, album number three has just been released and […]

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Logic @ 02 Academy, 23rd March 2015

Logic is a new kind of rapper for a new kind of era in Rap music. He makes conscious and thought provoking music. Originally raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland in the USA he has faced all the ills that an inner city life in America could throw at a young man and he has turned it […]

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Kiesza @ The Institute, 23rd March 2015

Following the release of her new single, No Enemiesz and the imminent release of her debut album ‘Sound Of A Woman’, Kiesza embarked on her biggest UK tour to date this month. Riding high off the success of her recent European tour, including her knockout performance at this years EMA’s, Kiesza took her standout, dance-fuelled […]

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Gretchen Peters @ Birmingham Town Hall, 21st March 2015

  Could there be a more rewarding experience, than that of catching a glimpse of the artist that brings you so much joy, whilst they are firmly in the ascension of their endeavours? Judging by the standing ovation that converged upon the final notes that fleeted around Birmingham’s Town Hall tonight, I suspect, the answer to be an […]

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Placebo + The Mirror Trap @ o2 Academy, 18th March 2015

Currently promoting the ‘Loud Like Love’ album (even though it was released over twelve months ago), Placebo are on quite an extensive UK tour, and tonight they play Birmingham at the o2 Academy, which really does seem a small venue for them. It’s sold out, as you’d expect, and by the time Mr Molko et al […]

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Lotte Mullan at the Hare and Hounds next week

Lotte Mullan will be playing the Hare and Hounds on 25th March in support of her new album Love’s Bonfire. Dubbed as the female Bob Dylan, Lotte has built a dedicated following with her personal, story telling songs that chronicle everyday life with heartbreaking honesty. The British music press raved about Lotte’s self released debut album Plain […]

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Papa Roach @ o2 Academy, 17th March 2015

You can’t help but admire Papa Roach; 15 years on from the release of their triple-platinum, career-shaping album Infest and more than 20 years since they formed, they’re still touring, still pulling big crowds, still putting out albums and still writing great songs. They survived the fall out from the popping of the nu metal […]

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The Cribs – For All My Sisters

The Cribs mark a welcome return with the announcement of their new album, For All My Sisters, released on 23 March 2015. The band’s sixth studio album, it follows 2013’s career spanning Payola collection and 2012’s Top 10 album In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull and is their first for new label Sonic Blew […]

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The Charlatans @ o2 Academy, Leicester, 14th March 2015

On the face of it you would think it would be extremely difficult for someone to make a bad hair/cardigan combo appear cool. For Tim Burgess it’s like lifting a finger. He could come on the stage wearing a crash helmet and still exude his trademark aura and have the crowd eating from his hand. […]

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Lionel Richie + Larissa @ Barclaycard Arena, 14th March 2015

I worry for the future of pop music.  I worry that due to the throwaway culture of pop music today; we are no longer creating the legends of the future.  Legends like Lionel Richie.  When I grew up in the 1970’s Lionel Richie was a star, then through the 1980’s he became a superstar and […]

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Kodaline @ The Institute, 14th March 2015

The Institute was in full craic effect last night as Kodaline were in town. What one could only describe as the unofficial launch party for the St Patrick’s day parade which was taking place on Sunday; perched on the edge of Digbeth in the Irish Quarter of Birmingham, the Irish quartet with strong affinities to […]

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Christina Edkins memorial gig: Voodoo Sioux + Vicious Nature + Bittersweet Revenge @ The Asylum, 14th March 2015

It’s a slightly odd atmosphere inside the Asylum tonight; set against the anticipation of night of rock from three Midlands bands is the tragic reason everyone is here. The murder of teenager Christina Edkins two years ago was horrific, but with tonight’s show being put on to raise money for a fund in her memory, […]

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José González + Ólöf Arnalds @ Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry 13th March, 2015

  José González played just three dates at smaller venues on the UK leg of his Europe and US tour. He is back on the road to promote his latest record “Vestiges & Claws” and having been a fan of his first album and it being nearly eight years since his last, I was keen […]

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Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin

Its been a few years since we first heard from Obaro Ejimiwe, aka Coventry rapper and MC Ghostpoet with his […]

Architects + Every Time I Die + Bless The Fall + Counterparts @ The Institute, 12th March 2015

It’s exactly a year, to the day, that I witnessed Architects tear apart the Institute in Birmingham. That show came […]

Steel Panther + Skindred + Lounge Kittens @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, 12th March 2015

There was already a queue outside the Wolverhampton Civic Hall when I arrived. Within the queue were numerous men dressed […]

Royal Blood + Mini Mansions @ Civic Hall Wolverhampton, 11th March 2015

In three short months Royal Blood have gone from small club venues to larger 3000 capacity ones, and the fact […]

Interview – Dylan Carlson

I am at the Custard Factory in Birmingham to interview Dylan Carlson from Earth before they play the Oobleck.  It […]

Idlewild + Sorren Maclean @ The Institute, 10th March 2015

Standing inside the fairly empty space of the main room of ‘The Institute’, Birmingham, I found myself wondering why we […]

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