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Vinny Peculiar – Return Of The Native

This Vinny Peculiar album has proved something of a challenge. Not in a negative way mind you. I’m not generally quite so tardy when it comes to reviews but somehow I’ve had to revisit Return Of The Native several times just to get to put fingers to keyboard. That’s not a bad thing as all […]

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The Wedding Present + Dexy @ o2 Academy, 25th May 2018

Following The Wedding Present can be an addiction. A recent thread on Facebook highlighted that several people have seen this band play a serious number of times, whilst others can’t understand why anyone would “want to see a group more than once a year”. Being one of the former group of people (call me sad […]

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Field Music + Mary Epworth, O2 Institute

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Reviews of recent Field Music gigs always seem to start on one observation. David Brewis is manning the merch stand! The inference is that the Brewis brothers and their band members are somehow only taking to the stage on the way to a food bank. To me, band members being jacks of all trades is an increasingly […]

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Nightmare Air – Fade Out

Time flies by in the wonderful world of the #realbirminghamlive and the appearance of the new album by Nightmare Air is testament to that. Some Mancunian bloke once wrote: the passing of time and all of its crimes is making me sad again. Not that I’m particularly sad, in general or about the release of Fade Out. […]

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Bowling For Soup Get Happy Tour, 13th February 2018

As the ‘Get Happy Tour’ has made it’s way to Birmingham’s O2 Academy; with the line up featuring Army of  Freshmen, The Aquabats and being headlined by Bowling For Soup it was sure to be a night filled with pop punk fun. When we arrived 10 minutes before doors even opened we could see the […]

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The Damned @ o2 Academy, 1st February 2018

Tonight, I approach The Damned with wary anticipation. I’m not adverse to legacy acts as readers of some of my previous reviews will be aware. Positively some of the best gig nights for me have been had when watching reformed bands from my youth.  The last time I saw them was possibly 15 years ago […]

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Mark Lanegan @ Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, 29th November 2017

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For the latest round of dates, Mark Lanegan has called into Wolverhampton to play the Wulfrun Hall. Like her sister building, the Civic, she is undergoing extensive works, but from first glance it appears exactly the same as it’s always been. The staff assure me work is going on behind the scenes. Mark Lanegan has […]

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Little Mix @ Genting Arena, 17th November 2017

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From their beginnings in 2011 as the only group to date to win The X factor, to the accolade of Best British Single for ‘Shout Out to My Ex’, Little Mix are on a dazzling journey to the top. The Glory Days album was released in November 2016 and the accompanying tour is testament to […]

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Morrissey – Low In High School LP

Some thirty years ago Morrissey famously sang about dead people who had “loves and hates, And passions just like mine”. These days even his most ardent fans seem to be questioning whether his current loves, hates, and passions belong six foot under, or if he has just appointed himself the agitator general; the embarrassing uncle […]

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Counterparts + Polar @ Rescue Rooms, Nottingham 14th November, 2017

I ventured to Nottingham to catch American hardcore band Counterparts; the Rescue Rooms being a nice little gem of a venue situated next door to Rock City. First up, Polar, a Hardcore band from Surrey. Forming in 2009, the band as supported the likes of While She Sleeps and Defeater; building up a loyal fan […]

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Album Review Gabrielle – Under My Skin

I have always felt there is an honesty and humanity in Gabrielle’s work that makes it stand out from the […]

Gabrielle @ 02 Institute 8 August 2018

Gabrielle is an icon.  She has forged her own path since first breaking the charts in the early 90’s and […]

Mad Caddies @ o2 Institute 1st August, 2018

You would to be hard-pushed to find anyone that would argue against the fact that ska music is perfect for […]

John Prine + John Moreland @ Town Hall 3rd August 2018

During any performance, both the artist, and the audience, will hopefully find themselves removed from thought, completely lost in the […]

James – Living in Extraordinary Times

There aren’t many people who haven’t heard of james. The legendary Manchester band have been on the indie scene since […]

Employed To Serve @ Slade Rooms, 24th July 2018

It would seem that recently Wolverhampton has slowly began to fall from the touring schedule map, perhaps due to the […]