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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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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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NYJO @ Festival On The Close, Rugby, 27th June 2017

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) presented their mix of swing, funk and jazz standards in our second major event […]

Beyond The Tracks – Interview with Nick Power from The Coral

Beyond The Tracks is is a new festival for Birmingham and the BrumLive team are excited by the line up […]

Festival on the Close – G4 + Lesley Garrett

G4 and Lesley Garrett opened Festival on the Close 2017 in Rugby tonight, representing a whole series of landmarks, and […]

The XX @ o2 Academy, 21st June, 2017

It is the type of heat that feels like you are standing on a thousand suns. It is sticky and […]

Kiefer Sutherland + Sound of the Sirens @ o2 Academy

To be honest – I can’t think of any occasion where I would think of mentioning Kiefer Sutherland and That […]

Mark Lanegan @ o2 Institute 2 , 19th June, 2017

The very talented Duke Garwood is the support act for tonight’s performance, which is unsurprising as he is a long […]