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Album Review – Alt-J REDUXER

What is happening? It is my first thought when I open the new Alt-J project REDUXER. Expecting the indie transcendence that has come to typify Alt-J my brain was immediately bombarded by in your face urban tinged explosion, an intoxicating mixture of genre splicing that literally stops my breath. A reinterpretation of previous album RELAXER, […]

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Europe @ O2 Institute, 19th September 2018

Whatever you think you might know about Swedish rock veterans Europe, it’s only part of the story. Before the doors open for their gig at the Institute there’s a massive queue snaking right around the block made up of all different kinds of people – from loyal fans who have followed the band since their […]

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The Blinders – “Columbia” Debut album released 21 September 2018

‘Columbia’ by The Blinders is a very exciting debut.  I’ve got a lot to say about this so I will endeavour to guide you while I meander down a trail of highly charged emotions.  This is in part due to the feeling you get when you watch a great band over a period of 18 […]

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50 Cent @ Arena Birmingham 18 September, 2018

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of “Get Rich Or Die Tryin”. Business man, rap tycoon, street kid immortal 50 Cent was providing for himself by any means here at Arena Birmingham showcasing the album that propelled him from Street Kid to one of the most successful rappers of all time. The queue was so big that 50 […]

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Jayce Lewis @ O2 Academy, 16th September 2018

For an artist out on his first headline tour of the UK, Bridgend’s electro-industrial prodigy Jayce Lewis has certainly had an interesting career so far. Big initial success in Asia followed the release of his debut album back in 2010 and with the support of high-profile collaborators including Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen […]

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SEXTILE @ Cuban Embassy, 16 September 2018

It’s a wet, autumn night and you’re a very cheerful, good looking band, who have travelled four thousand or so miles from sunny LA to be in a country of grim, dour and pasty residents of which twenty could manage to put their mobile phones down and come out to be entertained. What do you […]

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Jaret Reddick @ o2 Institute, 15 September 2018

Heartache and Hilarity was an acoustic tour which saw Bowling for Soup’s front man Jaret Reddick express raw emotion as he shared with us the origins of his songs before playing them for us. Having been a band for near on 25 years Bowling for Soup have many songs, so its hardly surprising that only 12 months after seeing […]

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Album Review – Bananarama Live at the London Eventim Hammersmith Apollo

Bananarama surprised many fans when the original line up announced they were going on tour at the end of 2017. I was one of the fortunate who reviewed this reunion and their latest album captures one of the dates from this tour. Recorded on 29th November at the London Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, Bananarama prove their […]

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Forever Came Calling + Handguns@ The Exchange, Stoke 12th September 2018

Due to a lack of Birmingham show, the Birmingham Live bus took a road trip up to Stoke on Trent on Wednesday evening to catch a joint headline tour between US pop punk bands Forever Came Calling & Handguns. Opening the show were South Wales pop punk band Junior, who opened to a pretty much […]

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Garbage @ Digbeth Arena 8 September 2018

The smell of hot dogs fills the air. There’s no discernible source. The concession stands outside the open air Digbeth Arena are selling pizza, burgers and burritos. A New York style hot dog stand is nowhere to be seen. And yet, that smell is the first thing that hits me when I get through the […]

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Album Review – Alt-J REDUXER

What is happening? It is my first thought when I open the new Alt-J project REDUXER. Expecting the indie transcendence […]

Europe @ O2 Institute, 19th September 2018

Whatever you think you might know about Swedish rock veterans Europe, it’s only part of the story. Before the doors […]

The Blinders – “Columbia” Debut album released 21 September 2018

‘Columbia’ by The Blinders is a very exciting debut.  I’ve got a lot to say about this so I will […]

50 Cent @ Arena Birmingham 18 September, 2018

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of “Get Rich Or Die Tryin”. Business man, rap tycoon, street kid immortal 50 Cent was providing […]

Jayce Lewis @ O2 Academy, 16th September 2018

For an artist out on his first headline tour of the UK, Bridgend’s electro-industrial prodigy Jayce Lewis has certainly had […]

SEXTILE @ Cuban Embassy, 16 September 2018

It’s a wet, autumn night and you’re a very cheerful, good looking band, who have travelled four thousand or so […]