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Album Review Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Wembley Or Bust

Live albums can be a little hit or miss.  I guess this is because part of the thrill of a show is being there; listening to a recording in your living room is never going to recreate that atmosphere. There are however, some great live albums:  the live versions on Led Zeppelin’s “The Song Remains […]

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Brooke Bentham – “This Rapture” EP released 17 November

Before you read this and listen to Brooke Bentham’s latest release “This Rapture”, if you haven’t already I need you to listen to and buy her earlier ‘The Room Swayed’ ep from June… I’ll wait for you to do that ok…?  You might also want to read a review of that ep here (http://www.brumlive.com/brooke-bentham-room-swayed-ep/).  Don’t […]

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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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Gregory Porter – Nat “King” Cole and Me, Album Review

Following a very successful career to date, some may ask why Gregory Porter has chosen to release a covers album, but not of various artists, just of the great Nat “King” Cole. These are certainly large shoes to fill, however, from the first listen it is cleary evident that the shoes are not only filled, […]

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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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Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life

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It has been a little over two years since Wolf Alice‘s debut album My Love is Cool was released, and I think it’s fair to say the band hit the ground running upon its release. Since then they have played sold out show after sold out show, ventured over to the USA and beyond, and […]

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EP Review – The Japanese House “Saw You In A Dream”

Indie pop solo artists Amber Bain is perhaps known better by her stage name, The Japanese House. The Japanese House first appeared in 2015 with albums Pools to Bathe In and Clean. The singles and the albums both shook the market, becoming instant hits for the indie circles launching The Japanese House into acclaim. 2016 […]

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Brooke Bentham – The Room Swayed ep

In a world where the internet pries into every corner of our lives, the word enigmatic has maybe become redundant.  Rising stars usually aim for maximum exposure and spread themselves thin to become the smell of the week.  There is rarely any mystery anymore.  Once you know a name, you search and find out everything […]

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The Amazons – debut album review

After much anticipation, The Amazons release their self-titled debut album, and it doesn’t fail to deliver. After completing a recent sold-out headline tour, their live performance is particularly powerful and the question had to be asked how this would transcend in the studio, but there was no need to worry as they have achieved a […]

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Victories At Sea – A Place To Stay EP

Victorie At Sea A Place To Stay

Last Weekend Victories at Sea released their EP, A Place to Stay. Much as I admire and like their debut offering Everything Forever, (18 months ago – surely not?), I approached this selection of tunes with mild trepidation. You see over the past few years I have developed an obsession about the recorded work not […]

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LANY @ o2 Insitute, 9th December 2017

The Ancient Greek aphorism “knows thyself” has been the seat of conceptual knowledge that has driven humans to contemplative realms […]

JP Cooper @ o2 Institute, 8 December, 2017

JP Cooper has had a smashing year; hit singles “September Song” and “Perfect Strangers” were the standout songs of the […]

Nothing More @ o2 Institute 8 December, 2017

In a mad rush with really bad traffic outside, on a cold winter night I enter a warm, steamy, crowded […]

Happy Mondays @ o2 Institute 6 December, 2017

It’s been a very long time since I last saw the Happy Mondays I think we are probably going back […]

Marilyn Manson @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton 6 December, 2017

Having not been to see Marilyn Manson for over a decade, I was quite excited and anticipated a great theatrical […]

JAWS + Marsicans @ 02 Institute, 2nd December, 2017

  Our team went to see JAWS hometown gig with Marsicans supporting. The first time I heard Marsicans I was […]