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Barry Adamson – Interview

Over the last decade or so music has become simultaneously more superficial yet at the same time, if you want to look for it, more sophisticated.  Artists like Barry Adamson have tuned in to the 360 degree audio visual world and produced works that can be poppy and accessible whilst being at the same time […]

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Glass Mountain – Glacial CDEP

2016 has been an exciting year for the band Glass Mountain. In February they were asked to do their first gig supporting MARSICANS in Leeds. Accepting that they would need a second guitarist they quickly found a fourth member in Lewis, who, turning up for an initial jam session, caused them to realise that they […]

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Wolf Bites Boy – Family Isn’t Always Blood

Picking up this album by Wolf Bites Boy  after their recent very well received performance on the ‘new’ band stage at Rebellion Festival in Blackpool, I expected something good. Their live performance, so good as it was, meant that the merchandise stand outside the smallest of the festival stages struggled to keep up with demand. […]

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The Appleseed Cast @ The Rainbow, 19th June 2016

As the glorious British summer continues in fine form I make my way into Digbeth on a wet and dreary Sunday evening for what promises to be one hell of a night. Tonight The Rainbow plays host to Atlas:Empire, Kurt Travis, Listener and The Appleseed Cast which is one darn fine line-up if you ask […]

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Eagulls – Ullages

Often a band will look to drive home the advantage of an early success; keeping the ball rolling. They will approach the “difficult next album” scenario by giving us more of the same. In a move that cuts across the weave of the usual music industry approach, Eagulls have taken a deliberate pause for breath; […]

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The London Souls – Here Come the Girls

Some bands make great records, and some bands are great live; not often are they great at both.  This is because sometimes the qualities of a raw and edgy live performance cannot be captured in a studio; many times I have listened to a dull album and been told you have to see them live […]

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Killing Joke – Pylon

Every few years, with the state of Planet Earth sinking utterly beyond satire and parody in its Nineteen Eighty-Five-on-steroids ruination, a certain collective pauses to pass scathing comment upon it. This acidic dissent comes courtesy of Messrs Jaz Coleman, Martin ‘Youth’ Glover, Geordie Walker and Big Paul Ferguson, trading unclassifiable apocalyptic disco-metal as the legendary and […]

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Terry De Castro – You Can’t Separate Light

Sometime terms that are bandied around like indie, low-fi and the rest of the classifications thrown around by the pundits, do little to throw any light on the music they are meant to describe. But I’m going to succumb to this anyway because Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Terry De Castro has created a real mid-Atlantic “West […]

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Malpas – Rain River Sea

Malpas, aka songwriter Ali Forbes and producer Andy Savours, will release their début album ‘Rain River Sea’ on 27th July 2015 through Killing Moon Records. For Andy this is his first venture out from behind the mixing desk, having previously made records with artists including The Horrors, Sigur Ros and My Bloody Valentine.  The album has […]

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We Are The Ocean – Ark

With three years having passed since the release of Maybe Today Maybe Tomorrow, and the departure of singer Dan Brown, We Are The Ocean move further into area’s yet to be explored with new record Ark. Released through BMG Rights Management and being represented by a new management company, it feels like a clean slate […]

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Echobelly play o2 Institute and release new album

Echobelly play the 02 Institute in May ahead of the release of their new album Anarchy and Alchemy (26th May). […]

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man + Dan Caplen @ O2 Academy, 24th April 2017

It’s been quite a year for Rory Graham from Brighton who, as  Rag ‘n Bone Man, is one of the […]

Marianas Trench for the o2 Institute in May

Canadian Pop-Punk band Marianas Trench are returning to the UK and back to Birmingham in May, stopping of at Birmingham’s O2 on May 2nd.   […]

Julie Byrne at the Hare and Hounds

The enchanting Julie Byrne pays a visit to Birmingham in late May as part of her UK tour. Her second […]

The Kooks + Clean Cut Kid @ o2 Academy, 22nd April, 2017

Formed in Brighton in 2004, The Kooks rose to fame with the release of their debut album ‘Inside In/Inside Out’ […]

Richard Ashcroft + Black Grape @ Barclaycard Arena, 20th April, 2017

Promoting the 2016 ‘These People’ album Richard Ashcroft called into Birmingham and the cavernous Barclaycard Arena (NIA to the locals). […]