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Gregory Porter – One Night Only: Live at the Royal Albert Hall, album review

One Night Only: Live at the Royal Albert Hall is the latest release from Gregory Porter, on Decca Records. Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year, it is his first live release and it confirms why he is one of the best vocalists of his generation. His vocals are effortless and the […]

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Novo Amor – new album ‘Birthplace’

On first listening to Ali Lacey’s debut solo record ‘Birthplace’ (under the name Novo Amor), I was transported back to when I saw Sufjan Stevens play live, supporting Rosie Thomas in 2004 at Birmingham’s Glee Club.  Not just because of the musical similarities with Stevens’ albums from that time, but because of the way I […]

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Album Review – Tom Odell, Jubilee Road

Strikingly honest and soulful singer songwriter Tom Odell has made a career of combining heart wrenching lyrical content with intricately laid instrumentals. Over his two releases, 2013 Long Way Down and 2016 Wrong Crowd, Odell has masterfully crafted hit after hit, propelling him to sold out stages around the world. While the fame may have […]

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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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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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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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Album Review Pale Waves – My Mind Makes Noises

It’s been a massive summer for rising phenomenon Pale Waves. The band has found themselves on major festival stages around the world including spotlights at Barn on the Farm, Reading and Leeds, Summer Sonic and Lollapalooza, merely warm-up gigs for their insanely massive headlining tour coming in the next few months including a late September […]

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Album Review Gabrielle – Under My Skin

I have always felt there is an honesty and humanity in Gabrielle’s work that makes it stand out from the manufactured pop that floods the airwaves.  It has been a bright light twinkling in a sea of mediocrity for the last three decades.  Gabrielle also is an artist who doesn’t feel like she needs to […]

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James – Living in Extraordinary Times

There aren’t many people who haven’t heard of james. The legendary Manchester band have been on the indie scene since the early 80s after signing to the legendary Factory Records label; and their early 90s iconic tracks are still sing-a-long anthems and floor fillers to this day. Over the course of the last 4 decades, […]

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Vinny Peculiar – Return Of The Native

This Vinny Peculiar album has proved something of a challenge. Not in a negative way mind you. I’m not generally quite so tardy when it comes to reviews but somehow I’ve had to revisit Return Of The Native several times just to get to put fingers to keyboard. That’s not a bad thing as all […]

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Mercury Rev @ Glee Club, 10 December 2018

Never has a venue and band been more perfectly suited than the Glee Club and Mercury Rev, particularly for this […]

Nightwish @ Arena Birmingham, 10th December 2018

Nightwish in Birmingham caused a flurry of excitement through the Birmingham Live team when the tour was announced.  Could they […]

Razorlight @ o2 Institute, 10th December 2018

Opening the latest Razorlight tour at the O2 Institute in Birmingham on Monday evening were Fetiche, a French rock band […]

808 State and Lone @ O2 Institute 8th December, 2018

When I found out that Mancunian acid house pioneers and legends 808 State were touring for their 30th anniversary, I […]

Buffalo Tom @ o2 Institute, 6th December 2018

I first came across Buffalo Tom in something like 1991 when a friend with exceptional knowledge of the music scene […]

The Cardigans @ O2 Academy, 6th December 2018

It’s twenty years since The Cardigans released Gran Turismo, the album that eradicated the kitsch indie pop that the band […]