Jackson Browne @ Symphony Hall, 17th November 2014

I have always found Jackson Browne’s music to be a bit of a slow-burner, an acquired taste shall we say; songs that require more than one listen.  He was also someone who in my younger days failed to inspire me, as I felt him to be a purveyor of music for the lifeless middle-aged.  I […]

Banks @ Birmingham Institute – 17th November 2014

I’ve come into this gig cold (both physically and musically). I’ve listened to Banks’ album “Goddess”, released this September, a handful of times, but not ‘properly’ by any means. But, I’ve been to enough gigs in my time to know that for every bystander loitering at the back, there’s a super fan at the front […]

Lit + Army of Freshmen + Hey Vanity @ The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 16th November 2014

With Rescue Rooms being such an intimate venue with a capacity of only 450, it was never going to be the easiest place to be the opening act, particularly as it was quite evident that people were there to see Lit and were not overly interested in support acts. Hey Vanity didn’t even half a […]

Dexter + iC1s + The Assist + Paul Beaumont @ The Victoria, 15th November 2014

Tonight was all about firsts for me. This was my first review in ages, the first time I was shooting as well as reviewing. It was the first time seeing live music at The Victoria, the first time seeing these bands, and it will certainly not be the last. First up was local singer/songwriter Paul […]

BBC 1Xtra Live @ LG Arena, 15th November 2014

BBC 1Xtra Live swooped into Birmingham bringing a truck full of energy, vibes and atmosphere with a stellar link up of the best of what Urban Music has to offer right now. The show culminated in the New school Tinashe, Jess Glynne, Fuse ODG, Sigma who all gave a good account of themselves on the […]

The Kooks + Walking On Cars @ O2 Academy, 15th November 2014

Tonight’s events opened with a performance from indie rock newcomers, Walking On Cars.  Hailing from County Kerry, the band burst onto the academy stage backed by a large LED banner utilising The Kooks later stage production. Boasting a sound that’s both incredibly tuneful and hook driven, the material definitely has the sound of a band […]

Suicide Silence + Thy Art Is Murder + Fit For An Autopsy + Black Tongue @ The Asylum, 14th November 2014

Black Tongue were in full flow when I made it into the already packed downstairs room at the Asylum and they instantly made me regret the fact that this was the first time I’d heard them. The Hull City Hate Crew served up an opening set that could make you question your very understanding of […]

Jamie T + Super Food @ O2 Academy, 13th November

Almost five years of nihility (not even a single tweet on Twitter) and a handwritten note appears on the internet. “I have decided it might be time to play a few shows, hope to see you there, Jamie T.” That was back in July, along with the resentfully bitter sweet new track “Don’t you Find.” […]

Asking Alexandria + The Ghost Inside + Crown The Empire + Secrets @ O2 Academy Birmingham – 7th November 2014

Tonight was the last but one date of Asking Alexandria’s headline tour to promote their most recent release From Death To Destiny and judging by the queue that stretched round the block, their dedicated fans had been waiting a while. Although with a line up like there is tonight, I don’t blame them. As I […]

Band of Skulls + Bo Ningen @ The Institute, 6th November 2014

Band of Skulls are good; very good; accomplished. Their brand of hard-rocking, bluesy Americana sits well with the likes of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club or Black Keys, even though theirs is an English take on the genre. They are loud and hard, and as tight as their hairy drummer’s snare. With a set that reflected […]

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Jayce Lewis released his debut album  ‘Nemesis” under his pseudonym Protafield  in June this year. Lewis developed his craft on the live circuit, evolving his sound on the road supporting legends such as Korn, Gary Numan, Killing Joke, Black Light Burns and Combichrist. This year alone he and his industrial punk band hit the festival scene with […]

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Jackson Browne @ Symphony Hall, 17th November 2014

I have always found Jackson Browne’s music to be a bit of a slow-burner, an acquired taste shall we say; songs that require more than one listen.  He was also someone who in my younger days failed to inspire me, as I felt him to be a purveyor of music for the lifeless middle-aged.  I […]

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Banks @ Birmingham Institute – 17th November 2014

I’ve come into this gig cold (both physically and musically). I’ve listened to Banks’ album “Goddess”, released this September, a handful of times, but not ‘properly’ by any means. But, I’ve been to enough gigs in my time to know that for every bystander loitering at the back, there’s a super fan at the front […]

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Lit + Army of Freshmen + Hey Vanity @ The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 16th November 2014

With Rescue Rooms being such an intimate venue with a capacity of only 450, it was never going to be the easiest place to be the opening act, particularly as it was quite evident that people were there to see Lit and were not overly interested in support acts. Hey Vanity didn’t even half a […]

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Dexter + iC1s + The Assist + Paul Beaumont @ The Victoria, 15th November 2014

Tonight was all about firsts for me. This was my first review in ages, the first time I was shooting as well as reviewing. It was the first time seeing live music at The Victoria, the first time seeing these bands, and it will certainly not be the last. First up was local singer/songwriter Paul […]

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BBC 1Xtra Live @ LG Arena, 15th November 2014

BBC 1Xtra Live swooped into Birmingham bringing a truck full of energy, vibes and atmosphere with a stellar link up of the best of what Urban Music has to offer right now. The show culminated in the New school Tinashe, Jess Glynne, Fuse ODG, Sigma who all gave a good account of themselves on the […]

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The Kooks + Walking On Cars @ O2 Academy, 15th November 2014

Tonight’s events opened with a performance from indie rock newcomers, Walking On Cars.  Hailing from County Kerry, the band burst onto the academy stage backed by a large LED banner utilising The Kooks later stage production. Boasting a sound that’s both incredibly tuneful and hook driven, the material definitely has the sound of a band […]

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Pop-Punk’s Not Dead Tour: with headliners New Found Glory @ The Institute, Saturday 15th November 2014

Pop Punk’s Not Dead tour hits the UK this month, and kicking off the country wide tour was a date at Birmingham’s The Institute. The line-up included one of the biggest names within the Pop Punk genre, New Found Glory, as well as a few lively up and coming artists. I was particularly keen to […]

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Suicide Silence + Thy Art Is Murder + Fit For An Autopsy + Black Tongue @ The Asylum, 14th November 2014

Black Tongue were in full flow when I made it into the already packed downstairs room at the Asylum and they instantly made me regret the fact that this was the first time I’d heard them. The Hull City Hate Crew served up an opening set that could make you question your very understanding of […]

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Against Me! + Billy The Kid @ O2 Academy 2, 14th November 2014

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The Levellers + The Selector + She Makes War @ 02 Academy Birmingham, 14th November 2014

Tonight we are assured of somewhat of a party as The Levellers declare, early on in the set, that they will be playing their greatest hits. The o2 Academy is three-quarters full and there’s an expectant buzz about the crowd; the faithful here and those that just know that The Levellers ‘live’ are just one […]

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Jamie T + Super Food @ O2 Academy, 13th November

Almost five years of nihility (not even a single tweet on Twitter) and a handwritten note appears on the internet. “I have decided it might be time to play a few shows, hope to see you there, Jamie T.” That was back in July, along with the resentfully bitter sweet new track “Don’t you Find.” […]

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Gregory Porter @ The Symphony Hall, 11th November 2014

Tonight we are in the presence of greatness, for not only is Gregory Porter a Grammy winner, but one of the smoothest gentlemen in the music industry. Tonight’s show is about music, nothing more. There are no large backdrops, no fancy light displays, just subtle lighting, and the band closely arranged, on the vast stage. […]

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Interview – Heart Of A Coward

Heart Of A Coward are having a short break from writing their third album as they are currently on tour […]

SikTh + Heart Of A Coward + Idiom @ O2 Academy 2 Birmingham – 9th November 2014

In 2008 progressive metal/mathcore outfit SikTh announced, that after the departure of their frontmen Justin Hill and Mikee Goodman, they […]

Interview – Jim Simpson – Photography Retrospective

That this exhibition has come to fruition is in no small part due to the friendly but persistent encouragement from […]

Lacuna Coil @ The Institute, 5th November 2014

Tongue in cheek Bonfire Night clichés always go down well so here is one from tonight: Remember, remember Lacuna Coil […]

Paolo Nutini @ LG Arena, 5th November 2014

On my recent well-managed procrastination of the Book of Face, I had the fortune of coming across the extended version […]

Royal Blood + Turbowolf @ The Institute, 4th November 2014

Digbeth was looking busy tonight in preparation for Royal Blood‘s sell out gig at The Institute. It’s hardly surprising given […]