Pixies and The Big Moon, o2 Academy 16 September 2019

When Black Francis was Frank Black during the 1990’s he played small venues.  They were always packed, but they were small.  At the time I remember thinking how can this be; he was still the same man he was when he was the main songwriter in the Pixies, and was still writing the same beautifully […]

Killing Joke @ KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton 8 August, 2019

30 years is a buggeringly long time for any musical act to keep itself from splitting or killing each other. With this in mind, how about 40? Not only this, but instead of spending those latter years doddering around playing occasional dates, or releasing underwhelming new crap with a soundalike singer and only one finger […]

Lime Cordiale @O2 Academy, 31 July 2019

Coming all the way from Sydney, Lime Cordiale took a break from the non-stop touring around Australia and New Zealand. Currently enjoying their first UK and Europe tour Lime Cordiale is treating fans to an experience with their blend of 70’s style soul, funk, rock and indie. The band comprised of Aussie brothers, Oli and Louis, took over […]

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Inner City Live with Doves + Johnny Marr + The Coral + The Twang

Half way through Doves’ set at Inner City Live, Jimi Goodwin surveyed the soggy crowd in front of him and praised the stiff upper lip of the British festival-goer. So he should; and for two reasons: Firstly, the people in attendance had turned up in spite of the weather, when a duvet day was the […]

Jonathan Wilson @ Hare and Hounds, 18th July 2019

Jonathan Wilson is a lone figure on stage this evening, usually he plays with a band but for this tour he has chosen to explore smaller venues and has abandoned the complex layers of sound produced by the additional players in favour of a stripped back version of his music. Considering the calibre of artists […]

Living Colour + Jared James Nichols + Wayward Sons @ The Mill, 17 July 2019

New Yorkers Living Colour are marking their 30th anniversary by going on tour to play their revolutionary 1988 debut album ‘Vivid’ in full, an album that still stands the test of time and presents powerful messages mostly around themes of political nature about human rights. We were lucky enough to have them coming to Birmingham, […]

Bursters @ The Mill, 16th July 2019

Exploding from South Korea are Bursters, a band conceived in much the same way as almost any other rock band that you would care to mention the world over…well, up to a point at least. A group of friends form a band in the humblest of beginnings, working jobs that slowly chip away at their […]

Bloc Party + whenyoung + Liz Lawrence @ o2 Academy, 13th July 2019

If you are a keen reader of music magazines and blog posts you may have read recently that indie is a dying genre, one that had its peak in the mid-00s only to fade away from its newfound fortune across this current decade. This evening was set to pay homage to (in my opinion) one […]

Godiva Festival Saturday, 6th July 2019

As the sun struggled to peek its rays through the clouds, it looked as though the second day of Godiva Festival could be a miserable one. The acts didn’t let this dampen their spirits though, as the performers loaded in with bright eyes and bushy tails, ready to play their hearts out to the people […]

KISS @ The Arena Birmingham, 9 July 2019

KISS are the champions of the stadium rock show, a title that they refuse to relinquish. Yet the time has come to bring the circus to a close, hence their final End Of The World tour. Prior to the gig, Birmingham is awash with KISS fans, adorned in make-up and merchandise, eagerly awaiting the extravagant […]

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Pixies and The Big Moon, o2 Academy 16 September 2019

When Black Francis was Frank Black during the 1990’s he played small venues.  They were always packed, but they were small.  At the time I remember thinking how can this be; he was still the same man he was when he was the main songwriter in the Pixies, and was still writing the same beautifully […]

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Pixies new album ‘Beneath The Eyrie’

It’s funny that after a band splits up and potentially will not make any more music, they are made into gods, and worshipped and mourned.  Their original albums become almost legendary, bordering on attaining a mythological status, and are played endlessly becoming more beloved with each passing year… and then two decades go by and […]

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The S.L.P @ o2 Institute, 7th September 2019

With five number one albums and a Glastonbury headline appearance under his belt, it’s been some time since Kasabian man Serge Pizzorno has found himself entertaining an intimate crowd of less than 2,000.  But upon the release of his debut solo project under the guise of The S.L.P, the Leicester lad arrived at Birmingham’s O2 […]

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Is Bliss @ The Sunflower Lounge, 4th September 2019

After a summer sitting in fields, drinking warm beer and sleeping in tents, it was time to return to the comfortable venues that we know and love. On Wednesday evening it was to the Sunflower Lounge for a headline show from Is Bliss with support coming from Outlander, Exhailers and Spit. Following a very short […]

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Album Review – New Model Army “From Here”

For a band approaching 39 years, New Model Army continue to be prolific, not only live but by their studio output. From Here is their latest studio album, and it has all the hallmarks of what we’ve come to expect and love, gentle acoustics, pounding tribal drums and thought-provoking lyrics offering a commentary of the […]

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Album Review – Babybird “Photosynthesis”

It is strange when you read articles about Stephen Jones, in which he is made notable for having built up a mass of recordings either officially released or self-released (and not including hours of unreleased material), when he is one of many artists (me included) for whom this is true.  When you look at the […]

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Help needed regarding the forthcoming official documentary about Norwegian band JR Ewing

Do you remember punk/hardcore band JR Ewing?  An official documentary is being worked on and the filmakers are looking for financial support and for lost material. 21 years after the first concert and 14 years after the last, the long awaited JR Ewing documentary film is finally in the making. JR Ewing were a critically acclaimed […]

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Killing Joke @ KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton 8 August, 2019

30 years is a buggeringly long time for any musical act to keep itself from splitting or killing each other. With this in mind, how about 40? Not only this, but instead of spending those latter years doddering around playing occasional dates, or releasing underwhelming new crap with a soundalike singer and only one finger […]

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Lime Cordiale @O2 Academy, 31 July 2019

Coming all the way from Sydney, Lime Cordiale took a break from the non-stop touring around Australia and New Zealand. Currently enjoying their first UK and Europe tour Lime Cordiale is treating fans to an experience with their blend of 70’s style soul, funk, rock and indie. The band comprised of Aussie brothers, Oli and Louis, took over […]

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Inner City Live with Doves + Johnny Marr + The Coral + The Twang

Doves

Half way through Doves’ set at Inner City Live, Jimi Goodwin surveyed the soggy crowd in front of him and praised the stiff upper lip of the British festival-goer. So he should; and for two reasons: Firstly, the people in attendance had turned up in spite of the weather, when a duvet day was the […]

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Inner City Live with DOVES and Johnny Marr 28th July 2019

DOVES are playing at Perry Park this Sunday (28th July) with Johnny Marr, The Coral  and The Twang in support for Innercity Live! One of British music’s rarest treasures, Doves’ reputation as a committed and consistent albums band is gilded by timeless singles including There Goes The Fear, Pounding and Black And White Town. The Manchester band’s four albums […]

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LiveLoudCov Summer Showcase @ Square One, Coventry 20 July, 2019

On Friday July 20th, Square One opened its doors to six up-and-coming Midlands-based bands as LiveLoudCov put on their second showcase of the summer. The stage, which is actually part of Coventry University’s student Hub and located inside the building itself, marked a huge upsize for some of the smaller bands on the bill. At […]

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Jonathan Wilson @ Hare and Hounds, 18th July 2019

Jonathan Wilson is a lone figure on stage this evening, usually he plays with a band but for this tour he has chosen to explore smaller venues and has abandoned the complex layers of sound produced by the additional players in favour of a stripped back version of his music. Considering the calibre of artists […]

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Living Colour + Jared James Nichols + Wayward Sons @ The Mill, 17 July 2019

New Yorkers Living Colour are marking their 30th anniversary by going on tour to play their revolutionary 1988 debut album ‘Vivid’ in full, an album that still stands the test of time and presents powerful messages mostly around themes of political nature about human rights. We were lucky enough to have them coming to Birmingham, […]

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Barn on the Farm, Best Set Sunday- Kawala

Sunday is always the day of struggle at music festivals. Not only are you tired and smelly, but you have […]

Barn on the Farm, Best Set Saturday- Indoor Pets

Saturday at Barn on the Farm was a nice, cool afternoon full of music. About midway through the day band […]

Godiva Festival Sunday, 7th July 2019

We return for Day 3 of Godiva Festival and the sun is shining down so this were going to get […]

Barn on the Farm Sunday, 7th July, 2019

The final day of the festival awakens with the warm sun, drying out the rain soaked ground. As tired zombie […]

Madeleine Peyroux plays the Glee Club next Thursday

Thursday 11th July see the lovely Madeleine Peyroux visit Birminghams Glee Club. Madeleine Peyroux’s extraordinary journey is one of music […]

Barn on the Farm Saturday, 6th July, 2019

The Barn on the Farm fun continues, heading into the weekend with high expectations and tired by the heat fans […]