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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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Album Review – DMA’s – For Now

If you haven’t heard of DMA’s, then it won’t be long before you have. Their sophomore album “For Now” is set to be released on the 27th April and it is a record that is going to capture you almost immediately. The Sydney based trio have drawn references such as the Australian Oasis, and yes […]

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Album Review – Skull -Thoughts Of The Others

Skull are a four piece from Leeds releasing their debut album, Thoughts Of The Others, on the amusingly titled Shove It Up Your Cult Records. They are classed as alternative rock and on an initial listen their album is a modern twist on 90s alt rock reminding me of bands such as Gruntruck with a […]

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Nightmare Air – Fade Out

Time flies by in the wonderful world of the #realbirminghamlive and the appearance of the new album by Nightmare Air is testament to that. Some Mancunian bloke once wrote: the passing of time and all of its crimes is making me sad again. Not that I’m particularly sad, in general or about the release of Fade Out. […]

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Embrace New Album Review – Love is a Basic Need

Music should be a journey, an experience you can recall long after the last song has finished. It should take you somewhere and tell a story. It should have a start, a middle and an end and it should take you through a range of emotions. Embrace’s seventh studio album, ‘Love is a Basic Need’ […]

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Marsicans play The Sunflower Lounge 1st March, 2018

Indie pop band Marsicans create vividly coloured tunes that are mirrored by their electricly charged gigs. Typifying their sound with strong pop structures intermingled with rock and indie influences, Marsicans music is full of glee and spontaneity, musicianship that is poignantly perfected in its simplicity. While their songs are usually balls of energy new single […]

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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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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 […]

Gabrielle @ 02 Institute 8 August 2018

Gabrielle is an icon.  She has forged her own path since first breaking the charts in the early 90’s and […]

Mad Caddies @ o2 Institute 1st August, 2018

You would to be hard-pushed to find anyone that would argue against the fact that ska music is perfect for […]

John Prine + John Moreland @ Town Hall 3rd August 2018

During any performance, both the artist, and the audience, will hopefully find themselves removed from thought, completely lost in the […]

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 […]

Employed To Serve @ Slade Rooms, 24th July 2018

It would seem that recently Wolverhampton has slowly began to fall from the touring schedule map, perhaps due to the […]