Justin Timberlake @ Birmingham LG Arena – 11th April 2014

It’s safe to say that Justin Timberlake has now risen to the heights of genuine superstar thanks to over a decade of massive hits, starring roles in movies and a celebrity marriage. The 33 year old has come a long way since his days in the Mickey Mouse Club and as a member of cheesy […]

Halestorm + Dayshell + The Smoking Hearts @ Birmingham O2 Academy – 7th April 2014

First up tonight, The Smoking Hearts hit the stage with an aggressive, hard-edged set perhaps more reminiscent of Black Flag than the more radio-friendly rock of tonight’s headliners. Whilst animated and whole hearted, the power of their set is somewhat lost on an audience who have arrived in droves looking for anthemic sing-a-longs and rock ‘n’ […]

Elbow + Jimi Goodwin @ Birmingham LG Arena – 5th April 2014

These days, with these stadium gigs, Elbow both enthrall me and bring out the curmudgeon in me in equal measure. Don’t get me wrong; I am a fan of Elbow but my inner music snob doesn’t really accept that this is where they should be in 2014. The chorus of One Day Like This ring […]

Devildriver + Sylosis @ Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall – 5th April 2014

Despite not being a sell-out the Wulfrun is like a sauna by the time I arrive, with a steady stream of bare chested men, steaming, literally and scantily clad ladies jostling for liquid refreshments at the bar. Devildriver are currently touring to promote ‘Winter Kills’, led by the unmistakable Dez Fafara, whom I last saw […]

The Robert Glasper Experiment @ The Institute, Birmingham – 3rd April 2014

Atmospheric chords, auto tune, coolness and synergy. Four words/phrase that could be use to describe Robert Glasper and friends tonight. From the start everything felt a bit Kanye, sharp well-timed strumming of the keys, well paced drumming to set the metronome, but things got really, really Kanye when Glasper and friends don an auto-tune fuelled […]

Five Finger Death Punch + Upon A Burning Body @ Birmingham O2 Academy – 28th March 2014

It’s a filthy Friday night in Birmingham, to mark the opening date on the UK leg of Five Finger Death Punch’s latest tour. The gig has long been sold out and touts are everywhere. Support tonight came from Pop Evil, whom I caught the last song, and Upon A Burning Body, who looked resplendent in […]

Goldfrapp @ Birmingham Symphony Hall – 26th March 2014

We Were Evergreen are a Parisian three piece who have relocated to the UK and supported the likes of Michael Kiwanuka and Ed Sheeran. For a trio, they utilise a vast number of instruments and loop pedals to create their sound which The Guardian describe as “maddeningly pleasant and obscenely nice”. Throughout their set, they […]

NME Tour featuring Interpol, Temples, Royal Blood + Circa Waves @ Birmingham Institute – 25th March 2014

NME’s annual Awards Tour has introduced the gig-going public to some fairly substantial names over the years. Remember Maximo Park getting some healthy competition from their support band, Arctic Monkeys? Or early exposure for the likes of The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs and some band called Coldplay. So, every year it’s interesting to see […]

Metronomy @ The Institute – 21st March 2014

So this is my first gig in a long time, in fact it is probably over a year since I have had the opportunity to go to one. Going to a gig on your own is always a very strange affair. You kind of stand around hoping that you will bump into somebody you actually […]

We Are Scientists @ Birmingham Institute – 15th March 2014

Keith Murray and Chris Cain have been going at it since the early noughties. With the release of their debut album With Love And Squalor in 2006 they saw huge success in the UK with their indie pop rock and accompanying absurdist skits. It is clear that their goofy self-referential comedy is why We Are […]

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Justin Timberlake @ Birmingham LG Arena – 11th April 2014

It’s safe to say that Justin Timberlake has now risen to the heights of genuine superstar thanks to over a decade of massive hits, starring roles in movies and a celebrity marriage. The 33 year old has come a long way since his days in the Mickey Mouse Club and as a member of cheesy […]

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Whitechapel – Exclusive Interview

Whitechapel are currently preparing to head out on the road for a co-headline American tour with DevilDriver, promoting their new record Our Endless War which is due to be released on 29 April. We caught up with lead singer Phil Bozeman. BL: How are things? P: Yeah, going pretty good. BL: Birmingham Live were fortunate […]

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Mo Kenney to release debut album in May

Mo Kenney’s debut release established her as one of Canada’s most exciting up and coming artists. She has toured extensively with indie rock hero Joel Plaskett and The Emergency and Ron Sexsmith, selling record numbers of CDs offstage and gleaning outstanding reviews. She has played the prestigious Iceland Airwaves Festival, The Great Escape, and Green […]

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Manchester Orchestra + Gang Of Youths @ The Glee Club, Birmingham – 8th April 2014

Opening up for Manchester Orchestra tonight are Sydney five piece Gang Of Youths. Having recently been featured in NME’s ones to watch in 2014 and touring with artists such as Vampire Weekend, they certainly have something to live up to. They deliver a set of well thought out melodies and often soulful moments which are […]

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Halestorm + Dayshell + The Smoking Hearts @ Birmingham O2 Academy – 7th April 2014

First up tonight, The Smoking Hearts hit the stage with an aggressive, hard-edged set perhaps more reminiscent of Black Flag than the more radio-friendly rock of tonight’s headliners. Whilst animated and whole hearted, the power of their set is somewhat lost on an audience who have arrived in droves looking for anthemic sing-a-longs and rock ‘n’ […]

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Sylosis Interview

With recent tours under their belts with the likes of Lamb Of God, Trivium, Killswitch Engage and DevilDriver, along with widespread acclaim for their latest release Monolith, it seems things are going well for Reading based Sylosis. Birmingham Live caught up with vocalist and lead guitarist Josh Middleton before their set in Wolverhampton. BL: How […]

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Elbow + Jimi Goodwin @ Birmingham LG Arena – 5th April 2014

These days, with these stadium gigs, Elbow both enthrall me and bring out the curmudgeon in me in equal measure. Don’t get me wrong; I am a fan of Elbow but my inner music snob doesn’t really accept that this is where they should be in 2014. The chorus of One Day Like This ring […]

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Devildriver + Sylosis @ Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall – 5th April 2014

Despite not being a sell-out the Wulfrun is like a sauna by the time I arrive, with a steady stream of bare chested men, steaming, literally and scantily clad ladies jostling for liquid refreshments at the bar. Devildriver are currently touring to promote ‘Winter Kills’, led by the unmistakable Dez Fafara, whom I last saw […]

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The Robert Glasper Experiment @ The Institute, Birmingham – 3rd April 2014

Atmospheric chords, auto tune, coolness and synergy. Four words/phrase that could be use to describe Robert Glasper and friends tonight. From the start everything felt a bit Kanye, sharp well-timed strumming of the keys, well paced drumming to set the metronome, but things got really, really Kanye when Glasper and friends don an auto-tune fuelled […]

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Napalm Death release Roadburn Festival EP and charity Cardiacs cover-download

After a successful run of dates all across Europe including shows with Hatebreed and The Exploited, Birmingham’s Grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH are proud to announce 2 very special projects that have been in the works recently. First of all and as of today, NAPALM DEATH are launching a special cover song of the track “To […]

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Whitechapel – Our Endless War – Album Review

Deathcore was never a genre meant for the mainstream but if one band can take this extreme music to the masses in 2014 it’s Knoxville, Tennessee sextet, Whitechapel. Their fifth full length album, Our Endless War, sees the band taking their sound in more varied directions without losing any of the brutal energy of its […]

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Paloma Faith announces Symphony Hall gig

The ever-charasmatic Paloma Faith has announced she will play Birmingham’s equally flamboyant Symphony Hall as part of her upcoming tour this autumn. The singer, whose new album, A Perfect Contradiction, shot straight to number two when it was released in March, and hasn’t shown any sign of moving from the top ten since, will play […]

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Five Finger Death Punch + Upon A Burning Body @ Birmingham O2 Academy – 28th March 2014

It’s a filthy Friday night in Birmingham, to mark the opening date on the UK leg of Five Finger Death Punch’s latest tour. The gig has long been sold out and touts are everywhere. Support tonight came from Pop Evil, whom I caught the last song, and Upon A Burning Body, who looked resplendent in […]

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Goldfrapp @ Birmingham Symphony Hall – 26th March 2014

We Were Evergreen are a Parisian three piece who have relocated to the UK and supported the likes of Michael Kiwanuka and Ed Sheeran. For a trio, they utilise a vast number of instruments and loop pedals to create their sound which The Guardian describe as “maddeningly pleasant and obscenely nice”. Throughout their set, they […]

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Five Finger Death Punch return to Birmingham

After supporting Avenged Sevenfold at the LG Arena before Christmas, Five Finger Death Punch return to Birmingham this week with […]

Chuck Ragan – Till Midnight – Album Review

Chuck Ragan’s fans have had to wait three years for Till Midnight, which is Chuck’s fourth solo release on SideOneDummy. […]

Birmingham Punks Youth Man Premiere New Video

Birmingham punk trio Youth Man continue their assault on the UK music scene at full throttle as they share their […]

Oceans Ate Alaska Interview

You’d probably be surprised to learn that a Birmingham progressive metalcore band has been getting more views on YouTube over […]

Architects Interview

2014 could well be Architects‘ year. After almost 10 years in the business it seems that the success they’ve worked […]

Architects + Stray From The Path + Northlane + Landscapes @ Birmingham Institute – 12th March 2014

Brighton Metalcore giants Architects have just entered a very busy period, having only just released their sixth full length LP […]