Ben Poole @ The Musician, Leicester, 29th March 2015

There are a select few performers who make my heart glad when they pick up a guitar. Ben Poole is one of those. Annoyingly natural in his talent, as well as being unfeasibly young for what he has accomplished, he was brought up on a diet of Blues and Rock greats by his folks and […]

Catfish and the Bottlemen @ The Institute, 28th March 2015

I have not looked forward to a gig as much as this for twenty years (since Radiohead in 1994 at the Wulfrun Hall).  Catfish lead singer Van McCann was still in nappies then, as is most of the audience at The Institute tonight or not even born in a lot of cases.  It makes me […]

Lucy Rose + The Half Earth @ The Temple 25th March 2015

Fans have arrived early to the Institute to cement a prime spot ready for tonight’s headline act. But first, The Half Earth meekly walk on stage – a solo project from singer and guitarist Conor Stephenson. For this tour however, Stephenson is accompanied by Ben, who is helping him out on keys and synth. Stephenson comes […]

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 […]

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Obey The Brave Announce European Tour

Canadian hardcore band Obey The Brave have announced a UK and Europe headline tour kicking off this month. The tour includes seven UK dates with an appearance at The Oobleck on 9th April. Malevolence, Napoleon and Kublai Khan will be completing the tour line up. This announcement comes shortly after the band completed an extensive […]

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Suburban Legends & MC Lars for The Rainbow next week

Buddies since high school, third wave ska vets Suburban Legends will bring their distinct blend of fizzy ska and sugary pop, with accents of disco and funk to The Rainbow on Thursday 9th april. The Orange County-based group’s latest EP, Dreams Aren’t Real But These Songs Are (Rock Ridge Music), is a reverently played and imaginatively arranged collection of […]

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Ben Poole @ The Musician, Leicester, 29th March 2015

There are a select few performers who make my heart glad when they pick up a guitar. Ben Poole is one of those. Annoyingly natural in his talent, as well as being unfeasibly young for what he has accomplished, he was brought up on a diet of Blues and Rock greats by his folks and […]

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Zoax Confirms UK Headline Tour For April

Zoax are  pleased to confirm they will head out on their UK headliner tour this month. The thirteen date round trip includes an appearance at The Oobleck  on Tuesday 7th April. The band completed their video for the first single ‘Zero Point Seven’ off their  EP ‘Is Everybody Listening?’ which was released earlier this year. […]

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Catfish and the Bottlemen @ The Institute, 28th March 2015

I have not looked forward to a gig as much as this for twenty years (since Radiohead in 1994 at the Wulfrun Hall).  Catfish lead singer Van McCann was still in nappies then, as is most of the audience at The Institute tonight or not even born in a lot of cases.  It makes me […]

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Lucy Rose + The Half Earth @ The Temple 25th March 2015

Fans have arrived early to the Institute to cement a prime spot ready for tonight’s headline act. But first, The Half Earth meekly walk on stage – a solo project from singer and guitarist Conor Stephenson. For this tour however, Stephenson is accompanied by Ben, who is helping him out on keys and synth. Stephenson comes […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin

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

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