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Pixies and The Big Moon, o2 Academy 16 September 2019

When Black Francis was Frank Black during the 1990’s he played small venues.  They were always packed, but they were small.  At the time I remember thinking how can this be; he was still the same man he was when he was the main songwriter in the Pixies, and was still writing the same beautifully […]

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Pixies new album ‘Beneath The Eyrie’

It’s funny that after a band splits up and potentially will not make any more music, they are made into gods, and worshipped and mourned.  Their original albums become almost legendary, bordering on attaining a mythological status, and are played endlessly becoming more beloved with each passing year… and then two decades go by and […]

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The S.L.P @ o2 Institute, 7th September 2019

With five number one albums and a Glastonbury headline appearance under his belt, it’s been some time since Kasabian man Serge Pizzorno has found himself entertaining an intimate crowd of less than 2,000.  But upon the release of his debut solo project under the guise of The S.L.P, the Leicester lad arrived at Birmingham’s O2 […]

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Is Bliss @ The Sunflower Lounge, 4th September 2019

After a summer sitting in fields, drinking warm beer and sleeping in tents, it was time to return to the comfortable venues that we know and love. On Wednesday evening it was to the Sunflower Lounge for a headline show from Is Bliss with support coming from Outlander, Exhailers and Spit. Following a very short […]

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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 output. From Here is their latest studio album, and it has all the hallmarks of what we’ve come to expect and love, gentle acoustics, pounding tribal drums and thought-provoking lyrics offering a commentary of the […]

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Album Review – Babybird “Photosynthesis”

It is strange when you read articles about Stephen Jones, in which he is made notable for having built up a mass of recordings either officially released or self-released (and not including hours of unreleased material), when he is one of many artists (me included) for whom this is true.  When you look at the […]

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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 financial support and for lost material. 21 years after the first concert and 14 years after the last, the long awaited JR Ewing documentary film is finally in the making. JR Ewing were a critically acclaimed […]

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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. With this in mind, how about 40? Not only this, but instead of spending those latter years doddering around playing occasional dates, or releasing underwhelming new crap with a soundalike singer and only one finger […]

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Inner City Live with Doves + Johnny Marr + The Coral + The Twang

Doves

Half way through Doves’ set at Inner City Live, Jimi Goodwin surveyed the soggy crowd in front of him and praised the stiff upper lip of the British festival-goer. So he should; and for two reasons: Firstly, the people in attendance had turned up in spite of the weather, when a duvet day was the […]

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Inner City Live with DOVES and Johnny Marr 28th July 2019

DOVES are playing at Perry Park this Sunday (28th July) with Johnny Marr, The Coral  and The Twang in support for Innercity Live! One of British music’s rarest treasures, Doves’ reputation as a committed and consistent albums band is gilded by timeless singles including There Goes The Fear, Pounding and Black And White Town. The Manchester band’s four albums […]

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Pixies and The Big Moon, o2 Academy 16 September 2019

When Black Francis was Frank Black during the 1990’s he played small venues.  They were always packed, but they were […]

Pixies new album ‘Beneath The Eyrie’

It’s funny that after a band splits up and potentially will not make any more music, they are made into […]

The S.L.P @ o2 Institute, 7th September 2019

With five number one albums and a Glastonbury headline appearance under his belt, it’s been some time since Kasabian man […]

Is Bliss @ The Sunflower Lounge, 4th September 2019

After a summer sitting in fields, drinking warm beer and sleeping in tents, it was time to return to the […]

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 […]