The Alarm @ Marrs Bar, Worcester, 26th February 2015

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of The Alarm’s ‘Strength’ album, and at the time they were mixing with the likes of U2 in stadiums around the world. Thirty years on and Mike Peters is still promoting all things Alarm, despite some serious personal health problems, but he looks very well and […]

Years & Years + Sam Sure + Zibra @ The Institute Library, 26th February 2015

Years & Years, the BBC Music Sound Of 2015, are playing The Library tonight, after a venue upgrade from The Temple on the first of a sold out run of dates across the UK. Support is provided by Sam Sure and Zibra. Opening tonight’s proceedings were the bass ridden pop quartet Zibra. On the opening […]

The Jesus and Mary Chain + Tess Parks @ The Institute, 25th February 2015

It’s a special night, not only are the Jesus and Mary Chain playing together again, but they’re playing their iconic ‘Psychocandy’ album in its entirety. This promises to be a great evening. Support for this UK Tour was offered, I believe, to local artists, with a different support in each venue. Tonight we have Tess […]

Fightstar + Moose Blood + More Dangerous Animal + SHVPES @ The Institute, 23rd February 2015

Having recently reformed, Fightstar were well overdue a tour, and where better to start than in Birmingham. Tonight sees  Fightstar’s four date tour start at The Institute with support from SHVPES,  More Dangerous Animal and Moose Blood. Local boys SHVPES, formally Cytota, are opening the show tonight with their heavy rock/metalcore crossover sound. With sub […]

Earth + Black Spirituals + Don Mcgreevy & Rogier Smal Duo @ The Oobleck, 21st February 2015

The Oobleck in Birmingham’s Custard Factory plays host to the ‘Godfathers of Drone ‘, Earth , as they return to UK to support their biggest selling album in their 20 year plus history ‘Primitive & Deadly’.  This title is very apt for tonight’s performance as the headliners get back to a primitive minimalist three piece […]

Sleaford Mods + Rainbow Grave + Youth Man @ Hare and Hounds, 20th February 2015

While driving to the gig listening to Sleaford Mods outstanding ‘Divide and Exit’ CD,  I came to the crossroads where the Hare and Hounds pub , the venue for tonight’s gig, is located and Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn from Sleaford Mods were standing on the pavement waiting to cross the road.  I stopped to let […]

Arrested Development + Heaven Beatbox @ The Assembly, Leamington Spa, 20th February 2015

I knew tonight was going to be about proper hip hop at The Assembly, Arrested development are/were pioneers of the genre from back in the day, you wont hear lyrics about guns, gangs or whips (that’s cars to you and I) tonight. Arrested Development are masters of the old school, their first album “3 Years, […]

Kerrang! Tour 2015 – Don Broco + We Are The In Crowd + Young Guns + Bury Tomorrow + Beartooth @ o2 Academy, 19th February 2015

Tonight Kerrang! pulled together a selection platter of bands from either end of the current rock music spectrum, and to be honest it shouldn’t have worked, but according to the packed out Academy crowd it really did. Having seen Beartooth on each of their visits to the UK and watched their live sound and stagecraft […]

Enter Shikari + Feed The Rhino @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, 18th February 2015

‘Abusing music’s worthless genre boundaries since 2003′ Enter Shikari‘s self-claimed tag-line has never been so true; having just released their fourth full length album The Mindsweep, to, yet again, critical acclaim from across the alternative music scene. This is an album that sees the St Albans boys combine all the best traits from their previous […]

The Cribs + Menace Beach @ The Oobleck, 17th February 2015

Some venues are so incongruous that I can’t help just liking them in spite of their obvious peculiarities. The Oobleck is certainly one of these.  The place feels at odds with Alfie Bird’s next door, the sedate arty interior of the Custard Factory and the “thinking pool” pond just outside the front door, just waiting […]

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Moon King – Secret Life

Back in January we covered Alvvays at the Hare and Hounds. The were marvellous, but at the same gig I experienced one of those chance encounters with a support band that reaffirms to me why we are right to be excited about the prospects of being mugged by acts on the so-called under-card. Over the […]

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Nigel Kennedy to perform The Hendrix Project for “Human Aid” Charity at The Assembly, Leamington Spa

The Assembly in Leamington Spa have announced that they will host a very special charity concert by legendary violinist Nigel Kennedy on Monday 9th March. He will be performing his acclaimed ‘The Hendrix Project’ for no fee as the opening event of a series of “Human Aid” charity concerts organised by internationally renowned barrister Michael Mansfield […]

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The Alarm @ Marrs Bar, Worcester, 26th February 2015

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of The Alarm’s ‘Strength’ album, and at the time they were mixing with the likes of U2 in stadiums around the world. Thirty years on and Mike Peters is still promoting all things Alarm, despite some serious personal health problems, but he looks very well and […]

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Years & Years + Sam Sure + Zibra @ The Institute Library, 26th February 2015

Years & Years, the BBC Music Sound Of 2015, are playing The Library tonight, after a venue upgrade from The Temple on the first of a sold out run of dates across the UK. Support is provided by Sam Sure and Zibra. Opening tonight’s proceedings were the bass ridden pop quartet Zibra. On the opening […]

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Local Band Spotlight – The Polaris

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The Jesus and Mary Chain + Tess Parks @ The Institute, 25th February 2015

It’s a special night, not only are the Jesus and Mary Chain playing together again, but they’re playing their iconic ‘Psychocandy’ album in its entirety. This promises to be a great evening. Support for this UK Tour was offered, I believe, to local artists, with a different support in each venue. Tonight we have Tess […]

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Fightstar + Moose Blood + More Dangerous Animal + SHVPES @ The Institute, 23rd February 2015

Having recently reformed, Fightstar were well overdue a tour, and where better to start than in Birmingham. Tonight sees  Fightstar’s four date tour start at The Institute with support from SHVPES,  More Dangerous Animal and Moose Blood. Local boys SHVPES, formally Cytota, are opening the show tonight with their heavy rock/metalcore crossover sound. With sub […]

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Papa Roach – F.E.A.R.

Last week it was confirmed that Papa Roach will play the o2 Academy on 17th March in support of their new album F.E.A.R.  We thought that it would be a good idea to get a fan’s view of the new material ahead of this exciting gig. Gemma Bywater took up the challenge. Listening to F.E.A.R. […]

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Midlands Rock Bands Celebrate the Memory of Christina Edkins

Three Midlands heavy rock bands will come together in Birmingham for a special gig in memory of schoolgirl Christina Edkins, almost two years to the day since she was murdered on a city centre bus. All money raised from the gig will go to the Christina Edkins fund, which will put it towards transforming a run-down […]

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Earth + Black Spirituals + Don Mcgreevy & Rogier Smal Duo @ The Oobleck, 21st February 2015

The Oobleck in Birmingham’s Custard Factory plays host to the ‘Godfathers of Drone ‘, Earth , as they return to UK to support their biggest selling album in their 20 year plus history ‘Primitive & Deadly’.  This title is very apt for tonight’s performance as the headliners get back to a primitive minimalist three piece […]

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Sleaford Mods + Rainbow Grave + Youth Man @ Hare and Hounds, 20th February 2015

While driving to the gig listening to Sleaford Mods outstanding ‘Divide and Exit’ CD,  I came to the crossroads where the Hare and Hounds pub , the venue for tonight’s gig, is located and Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn from Sleaford Mods were standing on the pavement waiting to cross the road.  I stopped to let […]

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Arrested Development + Heaven Beatbox @ The Assembly, Leamington Spa, 20th February 2015

I knew tonight was going to be about proper hip hop at The Assembly, Arrested development are/were pioneers of the genre from back in the day, you wont hear lyrics about guns, gangs or whips (that’s cars to you and I) tonight. Arrested Development are masters of the old school, their first album “3 Years, […]

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Kerrang! Tour 2015 – Don Broco + We Are The In Crowd + Young Guns + Bury Tomorrow + Beartooth @ o2 Academy, 19th February 2015

Tonight Kerrang! pulled together a selection platter of bands from either end of the current rock music spectrum, and to be honest it shouldn’t have worked, but according to the packed out Academy crowd it really did. Having seen Beartooth on each of their visits to the UK and watched their live sound and stagecraft […]

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Papa Roach Set To Return To Birmingham In March 2015

The unstoppable Papa Roach are delighted to announce that their  full UK tour  will include a date at the o2 Academy next month.  Front man Jacoby Shaddix, guitarist Jerry Horton, bassist Tobin Esperance and drummer Tony Palermo return for a headline tour for the first time in 2 years in March.  Shaddix says “”We are super stoked to get back to do a headlining […]

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The Remi Harris Project @ Hare and Hounds, 19th February 2015

Never having heard of Gypsy Jazz as a genre before, I wasn’t sure what to expect upon arrival at The […]

Photo-feature – George Ezra + Raleigh Ritchie @ o2 Academy, 18th February 2015

Less than twelve months ago George Ezra was playing venues such as the Hare and Hounds. A hit on the […]

D’Angelo @ o2 Academy, 17th February 2015

Music is a business, up in the air because of the internet, a bit like most at the moment; Supply […]

Chelsea Grin + Veil Of Maya + Oceans Ate Alaska – o2 Academy 3, 16th February 2015

Queuing to get into the Academy 3, the signs on the door indicated that all 300 tickets for tonight’s show […]

Echo and the Bunnymen + Liam McClair – Birmingham Institute, 15th February 2015

I first saw Echo and the Bunnymen live in Sefton Park, Liverpool in 1982.  It was the same year I […]

The Used + Landscapes @ o2 Academy 2, 15th February 2015

Sunday might be a day of rest for some people, but Sunday night is still ripe for a great rock […]