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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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Godiva Festival Friday, 5th July 2019

Godiva Festival is Coventry’s very own home-grown music festival that’s held annually in the War Memorial Park. It can cater for up to 150,000 people, although the expected attendance this year was around half of this, it means there is still growing room for this family-orientated festival in the future. The weather was set to be […]

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Ministry – Birmingham O2 Institute, 4th July 2019

  Across the USA people are busy celebrating the 4th of July, but it’s clear that industrial metal pioneers Ministry aren’t feeling quite so patriotic. Emerging onstage as a glitchy, distorted video of Donald Trump plays in the background, the first half of tonight’s set is dedicated to playing their most recent album ‘AmeriKKKant’ in […]

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The Eagles @ Birmingham Arena, 29 June 2019

There is a special feeling you get when you go to see a band you have been listening to, and for the most part, loving, for over forty years.  Sometimes it isn’t the band itself you love, it is the songs, and where and when the songs entered your life.  It is how these songs […]

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Philip Anselmo + Raging Speedhorn @ The Mill, 28th June 2019

First up we had Raging Speedhorn, a band I’ve seen twice before. The band always show terrific energy and passion onstage; the two vocalists John and Frank play off each other expertly with their classic hardcore style delivery. No need for mic stands here. They beckon the crowd wherever possible and to great effect. ‘How […]

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Scott Lavene + The VCR + The NU + The RA Project @ Sunflower Lounge, 13 June 2019

Who is Scott Lavene you might wonder? He’s a storyteller and a songwriter from Essex who writes about his own life about what he has seen and done. His maverick mind creates punk ballads and gutter-pop with witty lyrics and incisive wordplay about everyday life. After watching a few videos of his songs, like ‘My […]

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Villagers & Pat Dam Smyth @ Hare and Hounds, 9 June 2019

Every once in a while you see a performance by a band that makes you re-evaluate their entire back catalogue. I have liked Villagers since their debut in 2010 and have been impressed with each successive release, but only now I have seen them live do I revisit those albums with a renewed sense of […]

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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 […]

Album Review – Babybird “Photosynthesis”

It is strange when you read articles about Stephen Jones, in which he is made notable for having built up […]

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 […]

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. […]

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. […]

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 […]