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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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Acid Mothers Temple @ Mama Roux’s, Digbeth, 17th October 2017

Last year around this time I saw the groove monster that is Acid Mothers Temple on my doorstep in Stourbridge. You can read that review on BrumLive, a review which was written within an hour after the gig with more than a couple of beers inside me, just to see how blown away I was. […]

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JP Cooper – Raised Under Grey Skies

 2017 was the year of “September Song.” JP Cooper’s hit single was played on every radio station in seemingly every minute of the day, and very rightfully so. The up-tempo island pop is the perfect balance of carefree ease and good vibes that typify a summer tune. After a summer filled with festivals and shows, […]

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Superfood @ Mama Rouxs, 11th October, 2017

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A sold out evening of home-grown talents was on the cards for Mama Roux and the anticipation in the room was exhilarating. Feel-good and release were the motifs for the night and the bands really went to town in giving the fans what they wanted. Spilt Milk Society kicked us off with a bouncing surfer […]

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Sparks @ O2 Institute, 24th September 2017

Sparks are back again. Five years have gone in a flash and the first thing they did was answer the question that was posed in our review from 2012 of the Two Hands, One Mouth Tour: “what more a full band could have added to the performance?”. More of that later. Sparks are one of […]

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Inner City Live @ O2 Academy, 12th August 2017

Inner City Live

Inner City Live posed the question “when is a festival not a festival?”. The answer is straightforward – it’s when it is a gig with four bands. The topic of the move from the Rainbow Arena to the O2 Academy may well be subject to rumour control and conjecture but the fact is, it turned […]

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Gary Numan @ The Assembly, Leamington Spa, 29th July 2017

Tonight’s an early start. It’s 7.15pm when support act for Gary Numan, (IAM) WARFACE take to the stage to greet the near capacity crowd. They open with ‘ To Die For ‘, and it’s clear that the guys mean business tonight. They are going to take advantage of their prestigious support slot and enjoy every […]

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Oceans Ate Alaska @ Mama Roux’s, 26th July 2017

Up first, supporting Oceans Ate Alaska, we had Failure Is An Option, a midlands-based metal band who I’ve seen once before when they opened for Bad Omens at The Flapper a few months back. Their style is a mix of emo; especially with clean singer Matt’s singing, intertwined expertly with Brandon’s guttural death growling and […]

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Laura Mvula @ Festival On The Close, Rugby 29th June 2017

There was a distinct end of term feel to Laura Mvula’s appearance at Festival On The Close tonight. This event was the last of the inaugural running of the festival, and the last of our coverage this year. But it was also the real end of term. Rugby School has finished another year and the […]

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Pagan @ The Flapper, 15 May 2019

Every now and then you see a band that is enjoyable for no clear reason other than the music is […]

Matthew and The Atlas for the Castle and Falcon on Saturday

The Birmingham Live team are all geared up for this one as Birmingham Promoters bring Matthew and the Atlas to […]

Download Festival, 14-16 June 2019

A countdown clock graces the upper right hand corner of Download’s main page signalling the double digit days till the […]

Micah Erenberg plays Coventry 23rd May

The Tin Music and Arts in Coventry, welcomes Micah Erenberg next Thursday (23rd May) and he’s one to see. Canadian […]

Hollywood Undead + Loathe @ Rock City, 3rd May 2019

Arriving into the venue to see Hollywood Undead tonight I noticed how busy it already was half an hour after […]

Papa Roach @ O2 Academy, 29th April 2019

The unpredictable, yet always charming Papa Roach take over O2 Academy Birmingham again, touring in support of their 10th studio […]